syndu | Nov. 1, 2023, 11:47 a.m.
Israel Regardie, born Francis Israel Regudy in 1907, was an influential figure in the world of occultism and mysticism. He is best known for his work with the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, a secret society dedicated to the study and practice of the occult, metaphysics, and paranormal activities.
Regardie was born in London to poor Jewish immigrant parents. He moved to the United States at the age of 14, where he began his journey into the world of mysticism. He was introduced to the teachings of the Golden Dawn through Aleister Crowley, a prominent figure in the occult world. Regardie served as Crowley's secretary for a time, absorbing the teachings and practices of the Golden Dawn.
In 1937, Regardie published 'The Golden Dawn', a comprehensive account of the teachings and rituals of the Hermetic Order. This book has since become a cornerstone of modern occultism, providing a detailed guide to the practices and philosophies of the Golden Dawn.
One of the key elements discussed in 'The Golden Dawn' is the use of the lamen. The lamen, a magical pendant worn during rituals, is considered a crucial tool in Golden Dawn practices. According to Regardie, the lamen is a symbol of the true self, representing the individual's inner divine nature. It is used in rituals as a way to channel and focus magical energy.
In Golden Dawn rituals, the lamen is often inscribed with specific symbols or sigils related to the ritual's purpose. These symbols are believed to help the practitioner connect with specific energies or entities. The lamen is typically worn around the neck, placing it near the heart and symbolizing the connection between the practitioner's divine nature and the ritual's intent.
Regardie's work in 'The Golden Dawn' provides a detailed and insightful look into the practices of the Hermetic Order. His profile of the lamen and its use in Golden Dawn rituals offers a unique perspective on this powerful magical tool. Through his writings, Regardie has left a lasting impact on the world of occultism, ensuring his place as one of the key figures in the study and practice of magic.
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