Order of the Thelemic Golden Dawn
The Order of the Thelemic Golden Dawn (OTGD) is an initiatory
magical group that adheres to the teachings of Aleister
Crowley. Originally known as The Thelemic Temple and
Order of the Golden Dawn, it was founded in Los Angeles in
1990 by David Cherubim who now serves as its Frater Superior
Chief. It exists to assist people in their initiation as thelemic
magicians and to spread the Law of Thelema worldwide. Thelema
(from the Greek word for will) is an approach to magic
which attempts to assist the magician in the location of hisher
particular destiny or True Will. The thelemic magician, having
discovered hisher True Will is bound to identify with and follow
it.
Members enter the order as a neophyte. Work is then pursued
in seven successive grades beginning with Zelator. These
grades or levels closely resemble the grades of the Ordo Templi
Orientis, the order that Crowley headed during his lifetime.
The seven grades are seen as corresponding to the seven
chakras of the subtle body in the Indian tantric system, the
seven planets found in traditional astrology, and the seven
metals included in alchemy.
Members consider themselves a body of Free Warriors
whose task is to extend the Law of Thelema as contained in The
Book of the Law, the text of which Crowley claimed to have received
from a preternatural entity named Aiwass in 1904. To
this end members engage in occult research, practical mysticism,
ceremonial magic, and tantric alchemy. Members are
also expected to be thoroughly grounded in Crowley’s thought
as found in his many books.
The OTGD is headquartered in Los Angeles. Its website can
be found at httpwww.tgd.org.
Sources
Crowley, Aleister. Magick Book Four, Parts I-IV. York Beach,
ME Samuel Weiser, 1994. [Includes The Book of the Law, a brief
text that has been reprinted numerous times.]
———. Magick in Theory and Practice. New York Dover Publications,
1976.

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