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Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn – Part 1

When the world was busy undertaking scientific experiments, there was a secret society that was devoted to the spiritual development of humans by studying, as well as practicing, metaphysics, occult and paranormal activities. Regarded as an occult revival, Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn sprung up in the late 19th and earlier 20th century and emerged as a prominent and prestigious magical order in Great Britain. The current magic and rituals of contemporary traditions that people witness today mark its influence and roots back to the golden dawn that was behind the spiritual awakening of many influential people i.e. William Butler Yeats, A.E Waite, etc. Being responsible for an occult revival, the purpose and goal of Hermetic Order was to bring into consciousness the inner divine sparkle of humans gained through real-life experiences and contemporary education.

First-order:

Due of its complex philosophy and magical teachings, this society was divided into three orders among which the first one is called the “Golden Dawn” although all three of them are jointly called the “Golden Dawn”. All these orders have specific purposes, the focus on personal development is covered by the first order which was responsible for giving people exposure to hermetic Qabalah through education of classical elements and basics of geomancy, tarot, and astrology.

It all started with William Wynn Westcott sending a letter of permission to Anna Sprengel who used to have an ability to come in contact with supernatural entities called Secret chiefs – the experts over any magical order. Some followers of the Golden Dawn believed that the secret chiefs were basically a representation of legends who were sources of esotericism. The Isis-Urania Temple was the first temple established in 1888 in London, and provided women with an opportunity to learn the metaphysical and philosophical concepts. In the initial stage, the Golden Dawn order did not teach magic practices, it was a small cohesive group that taught rituals and meditations written in Cipher manuscripts and became vigorous in 1892.

The effect of Golden Dawn on Great Britain:

Great Britain was under the cloud of Victorian England where people were restricted to express their feelings, to practice their free-will and to live freely because the world was extremely judgmental and conservative. The ruling class who dominated restricted people to express their thoughts and personal interests, and political inclinations lead people to imprisonment. England was struggling with the consequences of the class system when the Golden Dawn appeared and gave people a chance to escape reality and make out a life different from the rest of English society.

Into this environment, the spiritual links brought out the hidden abilities of people and helped them with spiritual regrowth by leading them to a path where they could make up their own way of reaching their desires. This school of thought made goddesses and god out of ordinary women and men in the form of professionals by detaching them from the hypnotic and technological world into the world of philosophy and metaphysics.

Different Types of Astrology

Astrology is one of the most interesting and yet crucial subjects with so many opposing beliefs about it. As it started to evolve and grow as a branch of study, astrology grew into many different dimensions and was thematically divided into branches. Despite the intense criticism it faces, there are over eighty branches of astrology. Some of the most important and commonly known types of astrology that have developed are discussed in detail below:

Vedic Astrology

Vedic astrology is also referred to as Indian astrology. It is the science of self-realization and self-knowledge. Vedic astrology gained a lot of popularity among the Hindus as it was driven from the ancient spiritual Indian leader. This type of astrology gives the power to see the future lives of people in a clear manner.

Zodiac Astrology

This type of astrology is mainly related to the planets and how one planet effects one zodiac sign or star. Zodiac signs include Aries, Leo, Cancer, Taurus, Pisces, Scorpio, Taurus, Sagittarius, Gemini, Virgo, Libra, Capricorn, and Aquarius. These zodiac signs and the movement of planets are thought to affect daily life and depict a person’s personality depending on the date of the month he or she was born on.

Medical Astrology

Medical astrology relates diseases and medical problems with the position of the sun, moon, and planets. Medical astrologists associate parts of the body with zodiac signs. Medical astrology has now become extremely popular. The diet, herbs, remedies, and treatments under this branch are also decided based on one’s zodiac sign.  

Fixed Astrology

Fixed astrology tends to explain why some humans are stubborn while others are calm minded. This type of astrology allocates signs to zodiac symbols like fire is for Leo, Scorpio’s fixed sign is water, etc. Based on these signs fixed astrology allocates different personality traits to different zodiac signed people.

Benefits of Astrology

Astrology permits meaningful and practical change in the life of an individual in order to improve the quality of life. Astrology has influenced and eased our lives to a great extent. Firstly, astrology has helped understand different personalities. Second, it helps predict future and indicate the best time to accomplish goals or to make important decisions. Moreover, it also tells us the signs that are compatible with one another and those that are not, so that two people can determine the degree to which they agree with each other. 

Criticism

Astrology is also criticized by intellectuals for many reasons, including:

  • Astrology lacks all kinds of scientific support.
  • The sun ends up at the same place almost every day.
  • It differentiates humans unfairly.
  • Human personalities are very complex, and cannot be based on Zodiac signs.
  • Stars which are billions of light-years away cannot influence our lives.

History of Astrology

The word Astrology is derived from a Latin word Astrologia, which was derived from Greek words Astron meaning stars and Logia meaning study. So astrology means ‘study of stars’, but astrology is something more than just studying the stars. Astrology consists of statements, beliefs, and practices that are both factual and scientific, but are not compatible with scientific methods. Astrology is thought to drive human affairs and earthly events by studying the position and movement of astronomic objects. Astronomic objects include the stars, sun, moon, planets, solar system, space, and parallel universe.

Astrology has been ante ceded to second Millennium BC. At first, astrology was used to predict the seasonal changes and give meaning to astronomic cycles as signals of communication. Astrology became even more popular and important because some cultures like Hinduism, Maya, and Chinese associated their beliefs with certain astronomical events.

The oldest form of astrology which is still in use, is the Western Astrology. This was first used in 17th to 19th century and has its roots in Mesopotamia – a historical region of Western Asia. After extreme success in Mesopotamia it then spread to other parts of the world like Greece, the Arab world and the Roman empire. Western astrology basically attempts to explain the personality of a person and predict important events in the lives of humans based on astronomic objects.

Western astrology is therefore linked to horoscopes. The word horoscope is derived from the Greek, meaning time and observer. Horoscope is a chart or diagram representing the position of astronomic objects like the sun, moon, stars, and planets at the time of the human’s birth or at the time of important events.

History of Astrology

Astrology was considered a scholarly tradition. In close relation with medicine, astronomy, alchemy, and meteorology, astrology was also included in academic and political domains. Also in literature, astrology was mentioned in famous works by Geoffrey Chaucer, William Shakespeare,  Dante Alighieri, Lope de Vega, and Calderón de la Barca.

At the end of the 19th century, scientific methods were widely used. These scientific methods challenged astrology on both theoretical and experimental grounds. The experimental grounds opened a new chapter in the history of astrology. Scientific methods then proved that astrology had no scientific validity and explanatory power. This does decline the academic standard of Astrology as still many people from America, Britain, and Canada continued to believe that the stars and planets’ position and movement effects lives.

Views Against Astrology

Topologists are people who are concerned with the study of the properties of geometric objects. Some famous topologist viewpoints are briefly mentioned below:

  • Ancient

Christian theologian St. Augustine said that determination of astrology caused conflicts among Christian principles and mentioned the failure of astrology by saying that people born at the same time behave differently.

  • Medieval

Muslim astronomers said that the methods of astrology are against the views of Islam. They also cited that to predict God’s will is against the Islamic Principles.

  • Modern

The modern viewpoint states that astrology is not compatible with modern catholic beliefs and its practice must be abhorred.

Divine Light

Sometimes, our soul needs cleansing to get rid of all the negativity that it is surrounded with in this world. Divine light is believed to serve this very purpose. Everyone has this light inside them. It is a matter of disclosing yourself to it with the aid of invoking your inner being. This helps in getting deeper information of the nature of the Divine and to recognise the higher consciousness inside you.

Divine Light is a sort of a technological prayer that has lots of functions. It is a shape of safety from the evils and negativity that surrounds you. It also allows to strengthen your inner self by raising your awareness and consciousness. Divine light serves as a mechanism that protects, heals, and empowers your energies associated with the people and items which can be most essential to your existence.

Everyone has divine light inside of them. It is only a matter of self-consciousness to invoke it. It is veiled by many layers of bodily and psychological topics within which you have shielded yourself. It is thought to be pure and has the ability to help you in your life as do angels.

Invoking divine light within you can be a way of healing and purifying your soul. However, what human beings do not understand is that Divine light is a great source of protection and has restoration abilities. In moments of sorrow and depression, it’s going to convey happiness into your life. If you are broken, it’s going to mend you. In case you need assistance in existence, it’ll show you the course in an effort to lead you to success.

It may be invoked through physical visualisation. That is how the transfer of light inside, in the form of strength, keeps happening within the surrounding environment without you being consciously aware of it.

To invoke the divine light, it is important to be at a place where you can achieve mental peace – an area where you can meditate without any disturbance. The invoking process requires you to relax and control your breathing, so your mind can focus on the invocation of the divine light. There is usually a prayer that people read to seek the help and guidance of the angels. It is then felt as though one is being encircled by a blinding light. Light focused above the head is known as the purest form and known as Cosmic Light, Light of God, or Divine Light. It is believed that this light then enters one’s body from above the head and flows into the heart, and down to the rest of the body to every organ, purifying and cleansing it. As this manner takes effect, the entire body, mind, and soul becomes energised as all the negativity leaves the body, and the person is filled with light and purity.

In conclusion, divine light is known to provide the person with the mental peace they are looking for. It is a sort of meditation for the spiritual awakening, purification and receiving of peace the soul needs.

Prophecies

It is believed by many that there was a time when people were actually able to get direct messages from God. These messages were usually inspiration, interpretations or even divine revelations about the said person’s social world and/or events to come. Such messages are called prophecies. A prophecy is defined as a message that is claimed by a prophet to have been communicated to him by a deity. All known ancient cultures had prophets who delivered prophecies. A prophecy can also be a claim about an event that is predicted to happen in the future.

The concept of prophecies is not bound to only one group of people or one religion, but can be found in the history of many religions. For example, in Buddhism, there is a very well-known event related to a prophecy that made Buddhism flourish. A Buddhist King, King Beopheung of Silla, wanted to spread Buddhism as the state religion, but this idea was opposed by his court officials. His grand secretary, Ichadon, came up with a strategy to make the King’s wish come true. He told the King to make a proclamation that would grant Buddhism an official state sanction using the royal seal. He then told the King to deny making any such proclamation when the officials confronted him.

The blame would then come on Ichadon to which he would plead guilty and accept the punishment of execution. He told the king about his prophecy that a miracle would happen on the day of his execution which would make the officials believe in Buddhism and accept it as the state religion. His prophecy came true when after his execution instead of blood, milk gushed out of his beheaded corpse, the earth shook, the sun darkened, and it rained flowers from the sky. The omen was accepted by the opposing court officials as a manifestation of heaven’s approval.

Other than this, there are other known people who have made predictions that came true. One of the very well-known names when it comes to predictions that appeared to come true is Nostradamus. Nostradamus wrote a book called ‘Les Propheties’ in which he wrote quatrains, which are four liners poems, about future events. Many of the predictions he made in the book came true. For example, the attack of 9/11, French Revolution, bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima, etc. While some believe that his prophecies are accurate, others say that they are very vague poems which can be matched with any event.

Prophecies are not believed by all. Some say that predicting the future is impossible as no one can know exactly what the future holds. It is said by these people that the prophecies which were fulfilled were just mere coincidences. Some also say that some of the prophecies were actually made up by people after the fact to match the circumstances of a past event.

In conclusion, it is a matter of personal opinion whether one believes in prophecies or not. The mention of prophecies is found in multiple places in history, many of which have come true. Were those prophecies actually accurate, or just coincidences?

Nostradamus Prophecies

Is it possible to predict the future or are the predictions made by people just mere coincidences? All these questions are asked when the name of Michel de Nostredame comes up in a conversation. Nostredame, belonging to a French catholic family, was a great astrologer, physician and reputed seer. Nostredame is very well known because of his book called ‘Les Prophéties’, which contains 942 poetic quatrains and four lines of rhyming verses, which are said to be predicting future events. The book was first published in 1555 and is still read by people today.

Nostradamus and his prophecies are a topic of debate for everyone. Some support him and the prophecies made by him while others ridicule them. Nostradamus became infamous in his time because of some of the predictions made by him in his book which appeared to come true. Despite creating an element of fear and suspicion in many people of the time, he was also a figure of intrigue. Nostradamus was even invited to the court of Catherine de’ Medici and the queen consort of King Henry II of France. This proves that many nobles were included in the people who believed his writings.

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Nostradamus’ predictions were generally about occurring events like natural disasters and world conflicts, etc. His poems included hints towards great events of the world like the French Revolution, rise of Adolf Hitler, the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Bobby Kennedy, Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombing and the 9/11 attack among many others. All his prophecies are written in a very vague manner and are open to the reader’s interpretations, which is why most people argue that the prophecies could match almost any event, especially with hindsight.

In conclusion, the prophecies of Nostradamus can neither be labelled as coincidences nor predictions. No one knows whether the astrologist really could have predicted all these events, or if he was just writing general poems which later on turned out to be similar to those events.