“May the benefit of this act, and all acts, be dedicated unto the Complete Liberation and the Supreme Enlightenment of all beings, everywhere, pervading space and time, so mote it be. May the benefits of practice, ours and others, come to fruition, ultimately and immediately, and we remain in a state of presence.”

Fr. Verbvm Est Lvx, doing a simple metaphysical operation, asking question to the Maggid named Altotas according the Way to walk, obtained this answer: “Inquiring the Manifesto of Open Source Golden Dawn: there is a work to do inside it.”

On the Manifesto, as it was published on the Open Source Golden Dawn website, you can read (original text in black, commentary in red).

Issued 23 September 2002 CE

“Abrogate are all rituals, all ordeals, all words and signs. Ra-Hoor-Khuit hath taken his seat in the East at the Equinox of the Gods.” And this is a great Mistery. Ra-Hoor-Khuit is a constellation [see on the sky what I mean]; the precession of the equinox is the reason of the changement. I can expound what I mean, but not now.

As Western Civilization enters a new Aeon, so must its esoteric traditions. Our solution is not to destroy the old traditions, but to make them new again. This is the real way to walk on Tradition.

Our Order is a manifestation and heir of the Golden Dawn current — that is, an autonomous entity, but one that draws upon the knowledge, experience, practices and spirit of the system of magical training and attainment developed by the original Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. That Order was in turn an heir to the Hermeticists, Alchemists and Magi of the Renaissance and of the Classical world. This is to relate the doctrine to Sarmung, Sabean, Orphic, Rosicrucian: the continuity of the Tradition.

The practices of the Golden Dawn lodges were built upon the foundation of Hermetic and Qabalistic philosophy, through the outward form of their rituals and symbolism were sociologically derived and culturally biased. The first Chief of the Order, S.L. Macgregor-Mathers (Fr. D.D.C.F.), admitted this in his final statement to the Order before his death.
As reported by his wife and lifelong collaborator, Moina Bergson Mathers (Sr. V.N.R.), he said: “He asks that you should keep intact the official Instruction of the Order, knowing that he received it in a direct line from the most pure Rosicrucian sources, even though these Mysteries are found somewhat modified in their exterior form, for reasons of Tribe and Culture.” This was said as thelast statement of MacGregor Mathers”, done on Sunday, August 7, 1921 in 26 Rue Vavin, 3:00, where G.H. Soror “Vestigia Nulla Retrorsum” [Moina M.] read a message from the late Chief, saing: “He had reason to believe that he would be able to guide and to protect you, from the Spiritual Plane where he now is. He asks that you should keep intact the official Instruction of the Order, knowing that he received it in a direct line from the most pure Rosicrucian source, even though these Mysteries are found somewhat modified in their exterior form, for reasons of Tribe and Culture. For you who aspire to become Adepts, he insists above all on the importance of the spirit of Brotherhood, which is essential in a mystical association (…) and by “Brotherhood” he understands not only submission to the letter, but also to the spirit of our Obligation (…) So D.D.C.F. entered among the Invisibles.

So we conclude that the form of the Golden Dawn system is modifiable “for reasons of Tribe and Culture,” and in fact requires of us to do so given the vast cultural differences between 1888 England and ourselves today. We have to give modern dress to the ancient doctrine. But we have to respect the essential core of the doct.

Since the essence of the Golden Dawn constitutes “mysteries,” and insofar as they are valid they transcend culture, every time the culture shifts, the Mysteries must be “rediscovered” — which is to say they must be re-cast into a form that has the desired effect of Initiation and Exaltation on practitioners belonging to the new culture. Here we are.

Therefore Het-Nuit Lodge, our working body, is undertaking to redact the existing forms of the Golden Dawn System to work more efficiently and correctly within a culture that is radically different from the Anglican Christian/Victorian Era from which the originals came. Entering on a new millennium is as good a time as any for a new start, so it is fitting that Het-Nuit Lodge grew out of a ritual workshop held in February of 2001ev.

Isis-Hathor Lodge express, as UK branch of the OSOGD, the golden embryo of an European movement of awareness and diffusion of  a project conceived with a dinamic vision of communication: EOSEUROPA OPEN SOURCE the solution to transform information (as unilateral process)  into communication (as partecipative process).  Those simple technics are nothing but internet instruments.

So far, this redaction has taken on certain distinct aspects:

Open Source Magick:
The revelation of the once-secret Hermetic symbols and philosophies that are the foundation of the Golden Dawn’s system has long since occurred, yet we still see Lodges swearing their Aspirants to absolute secrecy with mighty oaths of death and destruction, if they dare to reveal to the uninitiated the “secret knowledge” which the uninitiated could buy cheaply at a used book store. We see no reason to follow this defunct and even harmful approach.

This statement means also that “once-secret Hermetic” knowledges, while in OPEN SOURCE, are creating premises for a more inclusive society.  If in past time secret Hermetic was a privilege reserved to aristocracy and upper-class people, OPEN SOURCE forms are shaping a more inclusive model of society.

Instead, following the demonstrably advantageous practice of the Open Source Software movement, we build our Order on the sources of knowledge that are accessible to anyone. Our sources are already open; we simply affirm this obvious fact. We have no “secrets” to conceal, in particular those that have already been revealed. And in any case, the era of artificial secrecy is at an end. Ours is the Information Age, and we embrace it fully. Therefore we ordain and establish our order as the Open Source Order of the Golden Dawn.

In effect, we can see that the work of spreading of the knowledge through the publishing of the rites and secret documents that [especially Aleister Crowley and Israel Regardie] did during the XX Century, and their influence upon pop/rock subcultures through music and cinema (but also on philosophy, especially because of a more exhaustive explanation of what Qabalah is), all this is the demonstration that OPEN SOURCE way is the more effective force in emancipation and progress for spiritual development. We are into a cultural revolution, more deeper than in Seventies, nevertheless still we aren’t fully aware of this. Let’s work together in open source to generate an open society. The Law is for All.  Initiation is for All.

New Aeon:
Het-Nuit bases its authority to redact the GD system on the concept of Aeonic Evolution. The early years of the 20th century mark the “dawning of the Age of Aquarius,” which was the ending of the Modern Era that began with the European Enlightenment and concluded with the Second World War. It was the period that saw the original GD Order explode into schisms, and also saw Aleister Crowley’s writing of Liber AL, the Book of the Law. These things are not at all a “co-incidence,” but rather a line drawn in the sands of time. The old must be put to rest and the new be born.

1888-2008: Post 120 Annos Patebo

… For like as our door was after so many years wonderfully discovered, also there shall he opened a door to Europe (when the wall is removed), which already doth begin to appear, and with great desire is expected of many.

The passage you’ve readed [ Extract from CHAPTER III – THE FAMA FRATERNITATIS OF THE MERITORIOUS ORDER OF THE ROSY CROSS ], really seems to be coming from one of the most important invisible centers that make the authentic European common culture.

This document, that have many resonances with the Medieval Knights ( see, for instance, the beautiful work of Jessie L. Weston – From ritual to romance ) – Templars, Teutonics and of Malta – had been thinking as something to translate – immediately for “… all the learned in Europe who shal read (sent forth in five languages) this our Fama … ” showing since the starting point of this illumination process, his European social character.

As our Praemonstrator (which is the European reference in Open Source Golden Dawn ) states in a recent message:

“This coming year [ 2008 ] will probably be the most important and progressive year (…) being the 120th anniversary of the founding of the Order (in 1888). Why is 120 important? – Well, it is considered to be the Golden Dawn number and is an important Rosicrucian number (the Golden Dawn is, among other things, a Rosicrucian society). You will be hearing more about this as the year progresses (…)

You know, there is a line of the Golden Dawn that recently made the choice to transform itself in an OPEN SOURCE ORDER, which means something very close to the passage quoted from the R.C. document, meaning that there is no more need for secret but there is a great need for sacred, because the heart is open and nevertheless

… Also our building, although one hundred thousand people had very near seen and beheld the same, shal for ever remain untouched, undestroyed, and hidden to the wicked world.”

And this can be an interesting field for our research in European common values, rituals and mores.

Freedom of Information:
We agree with Robert Anton Wilson, who said, “Accuracy of signal and free flow of information define sanity in my epistemology.” Our ritual works, commentaries, instructional documents, diagrams and formulae are all available to the general public, for free without restriction. Our primary means of distribution is the World Wide Web, chosen for it’s economy and ease of universal access.

The Open Source Order of the Golden Dawn is most ready to lead the way in this (as it has already done). We are proud to be part of this and we are delighted to lead the way in this.

Therefore, as we produce works they will be tested in our own lives, modified if need be according to insights gained through our own experience and that of others with whom we share them (like the ‘beta testing’ of computer software) to assure ourselves of their efficacy, and then, upon our satisfaction, released to the general public by posting them to our website in open ‘pdf’ or similar format. Anyone will be allowed and is encouraged to download and use the rites, etc. The files will be open and editable, allowing the user to easily make changes at will. This approach preserves the integrity of our original work while giving users the freedom to apply their own intelligence and insight in light of their own necessity.

We are into a cultural revolution, more deeper than in Seventies, nevertheless still we aren’t fully aware of this. Let’s work together in open source to generate an open society.

Thelema:
Het-Nuit Lodge is not an attempt to rebuild the Golden Dawn on the basis of ‘purely Thelemic’ principles, but Thelema informs and transforms the understanding and purpose of our Work.

The Law is for All.

It’s the same old story: there is a thought’s current which gives to itself the label “Enlightenment”. This doctrine affirm that the reign over the earth, the control of the power have to be given to the narrow circle of superior’s men: the Enlightened. This is the argument that was always product in history, starting with the former social systems in Babylon, in India, in Egypt, in Phoenicia, in Israel.

Opposite to this point of view there is another idea of Enlightenment, which is the idea that each man and each woman, every living being upon the earth and in the whole universe may obtain the progressive awakening of the consciousness, the enlightenment of the mind and of the heart.

Without going into deep discussion of Thelemic philosophy, we take inspiration from the idea the “Ra-Hoor-Khuit hath taken his seat in the East at the Equinox of the Gods” (AL I.49) and alter our rituals accordingly. We operate from the paradigm that the Aeon has changed and Horus (Ra-Hoor-Khuit) is its avatar, as Osiris (Ausar-Un-Nefer) was the avatar of the previous Age of Pisces.

Here there is a lot of work to do: because all Religions are One, but there’s not just one religion.  This means that symbols are liers, and we have to know all the masks to recognize that they are just masks.  We will destroy each false God.  This is the Path of the Aeon.

We hold these truths to be self-evident: that every man and every woman is a Star, and has a ‘True’ Will in life, one that can be discovered by the invocation of the Higher Genius found in us all. Once having discovered one’s ‘True’ Will, then one has no right but to do that Will. That Love is the Law, and Love under ‘True’ Will is Perfect Love.

This is the most important point, because our contemporary society has lost the awareness of the model of social inclusion through initiation (which was the force of originaries Mesopotamian, Egyptian and Greeks societies).  Initiation is the way to educate the willingness.

Duty:
The Order will not require or promote any form of moral dogma, religious canon, apocalyptic doctrine or political philosophy. In keeping with the well-established and eminently wise tradition of the original Order, the civil, moral and religious beliefs and practices of the individual members are none of the Order’s business, however much the teachings and practices of the Order may deepen awareness of one’s commitments.

The Order exists for one reason and one reason only: the elevation of individual human beings from ignorance of their true nature to Magical Adepthood. The Order asks nothing of its Initiates but a sincere commitment to penetrate the Occult Mysteries and apply the knowledge gained to their own lives in a productive and compassionate manner. The only duty to our Order of the Golden Dawn is the Aspirant’s duty to his or her Higher Self, to their own True Will and spiritual destiny, and to the comity of the community.

Because it is written: “The roots of the Tree of Knowledge are on high, because the origins are in the Sky.”

It is our greatest desire and fondest hope that others will take what we have done and build on it for the future, adapting it without breaking it, to work as well for themselves.

Universalism:
The original Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn was steeped in the Protestant Christian mythology and symbolism that typified the era and the religious background of the original members. The Het-Nuit Lodge, on the other hand, was established by 21st century Pagans, who do not subscribe to the Pauline Christian philosophy of a “fallen” humanity in need of redemption from our sinful nature. Instead, our true nature is that of the gods, and the source of our suffering is our ignorance that masks our true nature from ourselves. As Pagans, we also hold that a multifarious expression of the Divine is more representative of its actual Nature than a monotheistic one. This is not to exclude all forms of magical practice and ritual based on Judeo-Christian mythology, but rather to include the rest of the rich mythological history of the World’s cultures on an equal basis. As has been said, “There is none but contains a Ray from the Ineffable Light you are seeking.”

Through the European Open Source EOS movement, the definition of “Pagan”, even interesting, seems to remain not perfectly adequate, because the term express its origin from a confessional language (pagans is a term of christianity to indicate people who are not Christians, the same way “barbaroi” (barbarian) indicates for ancient Greeks “people who are not Greeks”.  With all the meaning of respect and understanding, and with all humility, we state we are working not for barbarian but for the premises of a more conscious form of civilization, which we like to call HOMO LIBER.

The basic symbolism of our Temple and Rituals reflect these principles in their form and function, but are built upon the same foundation of a graded system of spiritual development based on the Hermetic and Qabalistic principles that transcend all outward forms.

The Alexandria’s bibliotheque burning is the emblematic image of this obscurantism control. But the Phoenix always return from its ashes. First, this happened with the Book of Glimmer; then with the Book of the Shining Light. And it is here that you can read the phrase which give legitimation to the turn up of the symbol you see on the top

We have, as much as possible, diminished the Yahwistic and Christian influences that marked the old Aeon manifestation of the Order. Yahweh no longer has primacy as in the Hebraic Qabala, as we acknowledge the Caananite and broader context of which the Hebrew Qabala is product and a remnant. We exalt the Egyptian and Hellenic Pagan archetypes as applied to interpreting the Qabalistic Tree of Life, which figures so prominently in the Golden Dawn system. Our use of the Qabalah and the Hebrew alphabet is as a system of symbolic glyphs and magickal names particularly well suited to the learning process.

Form and Function:
The formula of the Dying and Resurrected God (Osiris) is replaced in our Temple by the formula of the Crowned and Conquering Child (Horus). We find the focus on death and sacrifice a distraction from the sufficiently daunting task of creating a sustainable magickal life in this post-modern era. Birth, and the challenges that ensue, inspire us to Adeptship.

Misteries are Mysteries.  Orion walks with Wand and Sword.  Dioscuri follow him with bearing the Cup.  The Dog Star hold the Pentacle into the mouth.  Eleven Beasts are on fight.  Until Scorpio rises from the West and Vega restart the Wheel.

In much of our temple work, we use the Egyptian, Enochian or Thelemic godforms instead of those of the Semitic Archangels. We have done some re-assignment of symbolic positions of the Temple Officers. Horus is the Heirophant of the Temple in the East, replacing his father Osiris, and his former place in the West is taken by Set. Not only is this redaction consistent with the new Aeon, it also reflects current scholarship in Egyptology that was unknown 100 years ago.

And here a lot of work is still to produce, especially considering the progress done by science about the knowledge of Mesopotamic knowledge, and the inter-relation among Hebrew Ancient Testament, Egyptians papyrii and Mesopotamic cuneiform texts, which show very clear dependance from the same ancestral myths.

Like any Golden Dawn form, we are an Initiatory teaching order. What we teach is a progressively tiered system of spiritual development designed to invoke the Higher or Divine Genius latent in every human being. By this invocation can a person discover and follow his or her True Will, and have both the power and the wisdom to effectively use the tools of Hermetic magick.

About this, we can pose “Five questions about the Golden Dawn”

1): Is the Golden Dawn active today?
2): How to distinguish if a Golden Dawn organization is well-founded?
3): Is the Golden Dawn a national or transnational movement?
4): Is the Golden Dawn a secret society?
5): Is it possible for well-meaning and aspiring students to join it?

In short, our goal is to normalize Adeptship.

From our hearts and minds, into the hands of all humanity, we issue this Manifesto, with the unanimous assent of the Membership, on the 23rd day of September, Two-thousand and Two of the Common Era.  Instead, the commentary appeared spontaneously like a wild flower.

20/02/2008 and 09/02/2009.

So mote it be,

The Members of the Open Source Order of the Golden Dawn

For the Order (original document Het-Nut);

Frater IO—Chief Adept
Frater A.H.H.—Praemonstrator
Soror H.e.H.—Cancellarius
Frater A.o.C.—Imperator and Scribe

For the Order (EOS commentary Isis-Hathor):

Soror SD – Chief Adept

Frater VEL – 1=10

“May the benefit of this act, and all acts, be dedicated unto the Complete Liberation and the Supreme Enlightenment of all beings, everywhere, pervading space and time, so mote it be. May the benefits of practice, ours and others, come to fruition, ultimately and immediately, and we remain in a state of presence.”

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