The Golden Dawn Collegium Spiritu Sancti is an active modern-day fraternal order, carrying forward the Initiatory traditions and teachings passed on to mankind by proxy of the various ancient mystery schools, esoteric philosophies, and spiritual orders of the world for countless ages. Our foundation is revealed by these traditions, and it is upon this foundation that we toil to expand our teachings, evolve our understanding, and at length advance the purity and effectiveness of Hermetic Initiation, Occult Wisdom, and Practical Magic.
Our order is comprised of enthusiastic members of all ages and backgrounds. From newly initiated members with barely any experience in occult studies, to seasoned and skillful members with decades of experience under their belt, we recognize that we all have gifts to share and lessons to learn from one another. The safety, security, and the mental, emotional, spiritual, and magical development of all members is of the utmost and primary importance. The concept may seem somewhat foreign to some, but we truly consider one another to be part of our extended family, friends, co-seekers of the light and co-travelers of the initiatory path.
Due to the importance we place on the safety, purity, and effectiveness of training, the size of our order is limited, based upon the availability of skilled and properly trained teachers (whom we refer to as "Proctors") who can dedicate the necessary time and effort required to successfully guide their students up the mountain of initiation. Our Proctors are in constant contact with their students, ensuring that they have the proper guidance and resources needed to accomplish their personal spiritual and magical goals. As the teacher-student relationship is not one sided, we require a greater level of commitment to study and practice than most. Our focus is upon providing a safe and effective approach, and there simply is not enough teachers to provide a high level of service and support to those only mildly interested in contemporary occultism. We believe that a heavily collaborative environment, one in which all members feel safe to share their innermost thoughts and feelings, free to participate to the limits of their desire, free to teach and to learn, is the most effective way to provide those opportunities and that guidance.
We are not a cult, nor are we a religion. We aren't interested in followers. We're interested in training leaders, teachers, and people genuinely desiring to further the spiritual development of themselves and humanity according to their own particular aspirations, gifts, and experience. But this all begins with learning and practicing the secrets of occult knowledge, esoteric mysteries, illumination, and personal spiritual development.
Our culture is filled with a plethora of metaphysical books, websites, and videos, most of which provide very little in the way of actual personal spiritual development. The unfortunate reality is that many of the authors of this information are primarily focused on making a living and achieving notoriety, which is of course understandable. But it makes the path forward for those sincerely interested in spiritual development, difficult to see and to recognize. Those authors that genuinely desire to assist others with valuable and accurate information, and there are several, simply don't have the time to provide the direct interpersonal guidance required along the journey of the Initiate.
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Of all the services we offer, our personal Tutors are our greatest asset. Upon joining, you will be assigned a personal Proctor, which is just another name for Tutor. They are personally invested in assisting you along each step of the way with your studies, practices, and any personal challenges you may encounter. They are fully trained and proficient in the system, the material which is taught, and in the practical application of what is learned.
They have at their disposal the entire breadth of experience of all our seasoned teachers, and they know that sometimes what is necessary and beneficial may not be intuitive to the student. Regular and consistent communication between a proctor and student is the cornerstone of authentic Initiation and progression. So, we require our students to communicate with us either weekly or biweekly depending on the present circumstances of their training. You will have both telephone and email access to your proctor, and they always provide a good source of instruction and guidance for your personal studies and practices.
In addition to your personal proctor, you will receive a hard copy of your study material to be used as a reference. This is a full-color book containing the core material, lessons, diagrams, instructions, and techniques for your grade. Although the ability for self-study is important and necessary, these books are not considered a replacement for attendance to online and local classes or regular communication and instruction from your proctor. We are routinely updating and adding to both our core curriculum and secondary lessons. These updates are made available for download and optionally printing them if you prefer, so that you are ensured to have the latest material at your disposal without needing to order new grade books every time a modification or addition is made.
We are also continuing the production of additional downloadable audios and videos covering a wide range of occult topics which pertain to the lessons you're involved with, as well as many that pertain to all grades. Members are encouraged to put together their own classes and rituals, once they've adequately researched and become familiar with them, and we often include these classes and rituals in either our Monthly newsletter, or published separately on our website.
We regularly hold online classes for all grades, and special online classes available to all members. Our Temples, Sanctuaries, and Study Circles hold monthly classes and group ritual work, and this includes our online correspondence Sanctuary which provides group collaboration in coordinated rituals, classes, and events.
Twice a year, on the Equinoxes, our Temples, Sanctuaries, and Study Circles get together to hold a more intensive gathering in celebration of the passing of the Equinox. A day or weekend full of classes, ritual work, and fraternal celebration is the hallmark of these events. They are a great time to get together with your fellow brethren in celebration of the Great Work and the Mysteries of the Tradition.