THE NEW GOLDEN DAWN
Issued by the
Thelemic Order and
Temple of the Golden Dawn
Copyright (c) 1990 e.v.
Science of the Sages
Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
Today, in this technological age of man, Alkhemi is looked upon
as mere rubbish of the past, a dark and fanciful cloud upon the
sky of history. Yet this is not the case at all; and this I
shall endeavor to demonstrate to you through words of practical
significance and wisdom, since Alkhemi is in fact the True
Science of every wise and practical man who lives upon the face
of the earth.
Alkhemi is comparable to the Sun of the Ages, which ever
remains perfectly poised in the infinite sky. It is not the
fault of the Sun if men cannot see it; it is due to their own
lack of vision. Yet the Sun ever shines bright for those who
have eyes to see; and in seeing the Sun men become enlightened.
Now as the Eternal Sun gives light and life unto all men, so does
the Immortal Science of Alkhemi give wisdom and power unto all
men who desire knowledge and immortality. By understanding and
exercising the principles of the Alkhemical Art, a man is able
to obtain whatsoever he needs for the attainment of his
The aim of Alkhemi is to accomplish the Great Work, which is to
obtain the Lapis Philosophorum, or Philosopher's Stone, which
transmutes all base things into the living gold of the Sun. In
practical terms this means that by exercising the principles of
the Royal Art of Alkhemi a man can perform and accomplish his
True Will, or achieve his chosen destiny, which operation
naturally transforms all things, internal and external, into
splendid images of that One Will. In spiritual terms this means
that by performing the Royal Art of Alkhemi a man can realize and
understand his True Self; and when a man ascertains the pure
nature of his True Self he is then able to see that Eternal Self
in all things. When you see the Light of the Sun, you then see
all things in that Light.
The laboratory wherein to perform and accomplish the Great Work
is naturally the Body of Man. His instruments are his own
physical, psychological and psychical elements of existence. The
man himself is the base metal which he will operate upon and
transform into the perfect gold of spiritual light and wisdom.
Through utmost devotion and unswerving application the man will
achieve his True Will by working upon his own body, mind, and
soul in such a manner as to mingle and unite them into a single
object of utmost perfection and living sublimity, that is, the
Immortal Stone of the Sages.
Now since a man's body is his own and not another's in any
practical sense, it is a simple fact of Nature that only that man
can work upon himself to accomplish the Great Work. It is the
responsibilty of each person to do his own True Will, to realize
his own True Self. No person can do the work for us; we must all
do it by our own efforts. The Art of Alkhemi is a personal
science, a sublime and effective system of Self-initiation.
Only you, as a single individual, can calculate and traverse your
way up the Great Mountain of Hermetic Attainment. It is entirely
a matter of your own application and devotion. All essential
guidance is within you, in the inmost centre of your heart where
your own Holy Guardian Angel, or Inner Self, resides. To depend
upon any other thing than your own Holy Guardian Angel to
accomplish the Great Work of the Sages is to insult your Angel
who is with you to instruct you and guide you in your quest for
immortality and universal sovereignty. All essential wisdom by
which to achieve the Great Work is to be ascertained only within
you; nowhere else will you find the Truth.
By performing the Royal Science of Alkhemi a man can become a
veritable god of immortal life, a cosmic being of universal
significance and superconscious existence. And when a man
achieves the immortal life of his own inner god, he influences a
thousand or more men thereby. For we are all internally
connected with each other in the Collective Unconscious of the
human race. Our actions affect not only our personal lives, but
also the lives of all other people. When an Alchemist achieves
the Great Work of realizing his True Self, by the execution of
his True Will, he inevitably uplifts all of humanity one more
step upward upon the ladder of spiritual progress and cosmic
evolution. Thus if many men were to perform and accomplish the
Great Work, the whole world would become inspired and fortified
with spiritual light and wisdom, and a New Heaven and a New Earth
would reign supreme.
Now as there are innumerable rays of light which shine forth
from the Ageless Sun, so are there innumerable forms of the Great
Work for the innumerable individuals of the world. In other
words, every man and every woman has their own Great Work which
they must accomplish. All these are one in essence, but divided
in expression for the chance of union. It may be one man's
True Will to be a writer, another a poet, and another an artist.
And just as there are innumerable Great Works to accomplish in
the world, so are there innumerable Holy Guardian Angels to guide
all individuals in the world. No man is really souless; all men
are under the dominance of their Angels, whether unconsciously or
consciously. Your Holy Guardian Angel is within you to instruct
and inspire you with divine knowledge and celestial wisdom for
you to perform and accomplish the Great Work, the Supreme Goal of
Alkhemi. You will first accomplish the divine task of obtaining
the Stone of the Philosophers within you, and then will you
transform all things into the perfect gold of your True Self and
your True Will, which is the attainment of the Summum Bonum, True
Wisdom, and Perfect Happiness.
Love is the law, love under will.
Fra.'. Aureae Aurora
(Sir David Cherubim)