Atrium and antechamber preparatory grade and history.
During the decade of the eighties of the nineteenth century, the Rev. Alphonsus Woodford, writer on
Masonry, found a manuscript encryption. Unable to decipher it, he gave in August 1887 to his friend, Dr. William Wynn
Wescott, a charge of Societas Rosicrucian in Anglia (REIS). After two weeks of great work, Westcott found that the texts were based on a semi-secret script used by the alchemists of the sixteenth century.
In the texts there was a note providing further information on the direction of such a Fraulein Anna Sprengel, located at Nuremberg. Wescott began correspondence with the German adept, which proved to be a Rosicrucian adept command of the temple Lichte Leben Nuremberg and received authorization to open a temple in Britain. And so in fall of 1887, was born Isis-Urania Temple ofHermetic Students of the Golden Dawn.
The rituals of the Golden were corrected by Mathers, with its primary responsibility Messrs.
Woodman, Westcott and Mathers himself. Around 1891, Anna Sprengel died and correspondence stopped.
From that moment, the head of the Order in Britain was found in the responsibility to contact the Secret
Chiefs or Unknown Superiors to move forward and the Golden Dawn, beyond this setback, he continued to
progress and flourish. In addition to the temple of Isis-Urania, who performed their rituals in Mark Mason's
Hall in Great Queen Street, there were other temples of Osiris (Weston-super-Mare), that of Horus
(Bradford), the Amon-Ra (Edinburgh), the Ahathoor (Paris).
Affiliations were also more illustrious names by: Moira Bergson (sister of the philosopher and the wife of
Mathers), William Butler Yeats (poet), William Peck (astronomer), Gerard Kelly (President of the Royal
Society), Arthur Machen (writer ), Bram Stoker (author of Dracula), Sax Romer (writer), Florence Farr
On November 18, 1898, the famous English started Aleister Crowley was initiated into the Golden Dawn.
That night,Crowley, wearing something feminine garb, was waiting in the atrium, while a guard watched him and the
Hierophant was addressing those present, and then passed the tests of initiation.
After the initiation, Crowley climbed the first grades of the Golden Dawn with remarkable speed in the
coming months, but stalled in the degree Philosophus, as the second order Cancellarius refused to admit.
Mathers condedió initiation, but the English order was not accepted, sparking a dispute that would end the
old Golden Dawn.
So, since 1906, Crowley was at the forefront of the Astrum Argentum, an order which
assumed the esoteric and ritualistic heritage of the Golden Dawn. And indeed, in Crowley's A.:A.: , the
Golden Dawn was the internal order, while the Rosicrucian Order was itself later and A.: A.:, the most
The central character of our Christian Rosenkreutz Golden Dawn is the founder of the Rosicrucian Order,
and the three pillars of the Rosicrucian tradition is for us the first three Rosicrucian manifestos of the early sixteenth
century, which we studied carefully as a source Eternal Wisdom. Those three are manifest-Fame Fraternitatis and-Confessio Fraternitatis Alchemical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz .
Our Golden Dawn also offers full Rosicrucian teachings of tarot, Qabalah magic, astral travel, symbolism,
etc., Helping seekers to discover the great secrets of the Rosicrucian tradition, its inner god and its true greatness.
Now to see the work of the preparatory level of the Golden Dawn: The Atrium and Lobby.
The Golden Dawn has a preparatory grade: Atrium and Lobby, which is added to work in the Societas
OTO (Probation) . The atrium was the site where they were placed laymen who wanted to enter the temple.
Profane word is derived from-Pro means-front, and de-fam-temple. profane (v.) late 14c., from Old French profaner, prophaner (13c.) and directly from Latin profanare "to desecrate, render unholy, violate," from profanus "unholy, not consecrated" (seeprofane (adj.)). Related: Profaned; profaning.
A layman is that you want to enter the temple and prepared. Remember previously explained the presence of Crowley in the Atrium on the day of his initiation into the Golden Dawn. All the symbolism of the Atrium is perfect to symbolize the first stage of seeking the Light: the profane. The Atrium has four columns, which is a symbol of stability. These four columns are the perfect foundation on which to build the Great Pyramid, the Great Work, symbols of initiation of the initiate. The atrium also symbolizes the Quaternary, another perfect base to build the Great Pyramid, the Great Work...
For the ancient hermetic, the quaternary or a cross of four equal parts symbolized the opposition and the union of two
forces of the universe, one positive and one negative, in short, a perfect balance. The four elements of
nature (Earth, Water, Air and Water) are symbolized by the Bull, Man, Eagle and the Lion, elements of nature that are the essence of the Alchemical Stone, represented by Cubic Altar as Tables of the Law placed in the ark.
Returning to the Atrium, it is important to note that it also symbolizes a famous currency used in the Ancient Initiations: to Know, Will, Dare and be silent. On a granite pedestal that supported the Sphinx fourfold, with clutches of Lion, eagle wings, body and face Man Bull, was the inscription. The initiate must know that you want to evolve with intelligence (Male), wanting and burning (Lion), Daring and cunning (Eagle) and streets with force (Bull).
This currency is important in the initiatory path. The Atrium, as we have seen, is a starting point of initiation.
The Antechamber of the Temple is the site back to the Atrium and the stay before the First Chamber of
the Temple. Is the space that welcomes those who wish to delve into the Greater Mysteries.
The introductory level of the Temple Lobby Atrium and has a unique practice of meditation with a simple
ritual, which will be useful in later grades of the SOTO.
You must do a meditation with your robe, hood and gloves, in the midst of a full moon, during this extent I
º. Meditation has to be about your inner god and the path of SOTO to find it. Remember the term Visit
Vitriol Interiorem Terrae, Recitificando Invenio occultum lapidem (Visit the Interior of the Earth and find the Rectifying
Occult Stone). The phrase alludes to the search and the inner god hidden within.