Golden Dawn Beginners Reading List
Golden Dawn Beginners Reading List

Golden Dawn Beginners Reading List

Aaron Leitch has just published a list of books which are useful for Golden Dawn and general magical studies here

His list, which is for beginners includes :

The Essential Golden Dawn : An Introduction to High Magic – Chic and Tabatha Cicero

Modern Magick: Twelve Lessons in the High Magickal Arts – Donald Michael Kraig

Self-Initiation Into the Golden Dawn Tradition: A Complete Curriculum of Study for Both the Solitary Magician and the Working Magical Group – Chic and Tabatha Cicero

Secrets of a Golden Dawn Temple – Chic and Tabatha Cicero

The Golden Dawn Ritual Tarot – Tabatha Cicero and Chic Cicero

The Golden Dawn: The Original Account of the Teachings, Rites & Ceremonies of the Hermetic Order – edited by Israel Regardie

The Complete Golden Dawn System of Magic – edited by Israel Regardie

A Garden of Pomegranates: Skrying on the Tree of Life – Israel Regardie, Chic and Tabatha Cicero

The Middle Pillar: The Balance Between Mind and Magic – Israel Regardie, Chic and Tabatha Cicero

Prometheus Rising – Robert Anton Wilson, Introduced by Israel Regardie.

Ishtar Rising: Or, Why the Goddess Went to Hell and What to Expect Now That She’s Returning – Robert Anton Wilson

Experiencing the Kabbalah: A Simple Guide to Spiritual Wholeness – Chic and Tabatha Cicero

Making Talismans: Living Entities of Power – Nick Farrell

King Over the Water: Samuel Mathers and the Golden Dawn – Nick Farrell

Mathers’ Last Secret REVISED – The Rituals and Teachings of the Alpha et Omega – Nick Farrell

By Names and Images: Bringing the Golden Dawn to Life – Peregrin Wildoak

I have not read anything by  Robert Anton Wilson and have only glanced through Modern Magick.  But to this list I would add:

Mystical Cabbalah, by Dion Fortune
(Still the best intro to Golden Dawn Cabbalah)

Training and Work of an Initiate by Dion Fortune

Esoteric Orders and Their Work  by Dion Fortune

Magician his Training and Work by Ernest Butler

Magical Imagination by Nick Farrell
I am biased but I still think this is one of the first books to help understand inner states of magic – Perigrin’s is another.

The Magical Tarot of the Golden Dawn by Pat and Chris Zalewski

For the History I would add
Magicians of the Golden Dawn Ellic Howe

The “next level” of books is very long and includes everything that has been written by Pat and Chris Zalewski and Darcy Kuntz


  1. I have often been asked by Neophytes or applicants for Neophyte “What good books do you recommend for the beginner in the Golden Dawn?” I have always found it difficult to get it down to a handful of books as there are now so many good ones out there. This is a pretty good list and similar to the list that I recommend. I think the Dion Fortune books you mention are very appropriate are a useful edition to the list (Mystical Qabalah and Training and Work of an Initiate I recently recommended on a Neophyte course I am running). One I would also add in to the beginner’s list is Lon Milo DuQuette’s Chicken Qabalah as it helps with learning the Hebrew Alphabet and makes learning Qabalah fun. Pat’s books I would recommend more for the Adepts, as they are, as I understand it, more directed towards that level of enquiry.

  2. Anonymous

    I found Lon DuQuette’s Chicken Qabalah to be extremely useful in my learning, and it’s humorous to boot.

    What is your opinion of Franz Bardon? He seems to have quite a respected reputation…

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