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By Francis King

This is the interior tale of the airtight Order of the Golden sunrise informed in its entirety for the 1st time. Francis King describes the clash among W. B. Yeats and Aleister Crowley, the usually tricky courting among Yeats and Kabbalist MacGregor Mathers and Rudolph Steiner's try and take over English occultism. With consummate scholarship King has created a definitive sleek background of the Western esoteric culture

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The next four grades of the Order were attributed to the Elements: The grade of Zelator, 1 ° = 10°, corresponding to Earth and the Sephirah Malkuth (the Kingdom) on the Tree of Life; f An illuminating introduction to the Tree is given in The Golden Dawnits Inner Teachings by R. G. Torrens (Neville Spearman, 1970). For greater detail, Dion Fortune's Mystical Qabalah and Aleister Crowley'S 777 Revised are invaluable. 5] - - HIERARCHY The grade of Theoricus, 2 0 = 90 , corresponding to Air and the Sephirah Yesod (the Foundation); The grade of Pi'acticus, .

I found him a short burly man, with a rubicund complexion, very small but piercing eyes twinkling with good humour, his face broad, his lips small and well compressed together, nostrils dilating. The lower part of his face was covered with a thick black beard and moustache, and I noticed that his ears were small and delicate. In person he was lusty, and his dress was plain and quiet. Upon his head he wore a kind of felt hat turned up in front. On his removing his hat to salute me, I observed . that his head was partially bald, his hair dark and glistening, and that portion of his skull, which had been submitted to the tonsure, was partially overgrown with hair.

Overcome by sleep, I fell into an unconscious state, and in that condition found myself in a large hall, filled with alchymical apparatus, with draperies and signs appertaining to the laboratory of an occult philosopher. 'I was gazing upon the scene, to me more complete than anything I had ever witnessed, when I found myself confronted by a majestic form; a man stood before me, whose stature was evidently greater than my own, attired in a long robe, with a girdle round his waist, and a fillet on his hair about the temples.

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