Aurum Solis (Order of the Sacred Word)
Magical society founded in 1897 by occultists Charles Kongold
and George Stanton. The society is an initiatory order of
the Ogdoatic tradition of the Western Mysteries. This tradition
fused pre-Christian mystery teachings of the Eastern Mediterranean
with the mystic teachings of the Oriental monasteries
of Sinai, Carmel, and St. Sabas. Aurum Solis has had a special
interest in alchemical, Gnostic, medieval, and Celtic traditions
within a basic framework of kabalistic philosophy, affirmed
through special rituals relating to spiritual consciousness.
After World War I, the society’s membership became influenced
by newer occult trends from such other organizations as
the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, but authentic kabalistic
traditions were strengthened by the work of Rabbi Morris
Greenburg, a noted Talmudic scholar. World War II largely
suspended the society activities until 1949.
Some years later conflicting trends arose, largely around the
issue of magical rituals designed to enhance consciousness and
the actual use of occult powers. A schism occurred in 1957, and
one group broke away to form the Hermetic Order of the Sacred
Word (OSW). The main body of the Aurum Solis reaffirmed
the original intent of its rituals so that ‘‘the rites and the
philosophy of the Order should reflect the joy and freedom of
the Spirit which has been so much a part of true Magick in all
ages; and that, as in the early days of the Order, the essential
standard of judgment on any practice should not simply be that
of philosophic and technical correctness, but that of effectiveness.’’
The breakaway group, the Order of the Sacred Word, emphasized
the significance of a mystical word in Kabala. For
some years this group was enriched by the personality of their
warden, Ernest Page, a noted graphologist and astrologer.
Page was a kindly and well-loved figure in the bohemian culture
of London’s Soho, and he spent much time and energy attempting
to reconcile the OSW and the Aurum Solis. Although
he did not live to see this come about, the desired reunion did
occur in 1971.
The Aurum Solis is currently flourishing as a private magical
group. Its philosophy has been described in detail by Melita
Denning and Osborne Phillips (the pen names of Vivian Barcynski
and Leonard R. Barcynski) in their five-volume work,
The Magical Philosophy (1974–81). Denning and Phillips are
Adept Minores of the Aurum Solis. In 1987 Carl Weschcke became
the Grand Master of the order.
Sources
Denning, Melita, and Osborne Phillips. The Magical Philosophy.
5 vols. St. Paul, Minn. Llewellyn Publications, 1974–81.
———. The Magick of Sex. St. Paul, Minn. Llewellyn Publications,
1982.
———. The Magick of Tarot. St. Paul, Minn. Llewellyn Publications,
1983.

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