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People often report peculiar dreams prior to, or following an initiation. Many of these dreams seem to be an astral echo of the initiatory process that is undergone by our physical selves and can be seen as a sign that the initiation has ‘taken’.

Hermetic Virtues

Inheritor of a Dying World Initiatory Experiences in the Golden Dawn

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Horus, who was trying to prevent us from finding the tomb of Anubis. All the people around with us got frus- trated that we could not go any fur- ther. I was a little frightened because I realised that the godform of Horus was trying to stop Soror E.T.A.T.C. and me but the two of us found a way through. We followed the underground tunnel and came to the tomb of Horus. I real- ised that directly opposite the tomb of Horus was the tomb of Anubis. We opened the door of Anubis’ sarcopha- gus. Within it were the mask of Anubis, two red sandals and a book of rituals dedicated to him. There were also other magical implements such as a lamp. I took the mask and the red sandals. I knew it was important to wear the red sandals if I wanted to invoke Anubis but as I put them on, the forces of Horus became activated. It was like a jet engine starting up, with flaming jets accelerating.’

This dream, rich in symbolism, clearly reveals a ‘descent’ – this is unsurprising for this Frater is aiming for the 1=10 Earth grade. Anubis is the perfect archetype to have in this case, for he is a godform of the Keryx who is the guide of the paths. This dream reveals the intention and desire of this Frater to find Anubis, to start the descent into the Earth from which he can then ascend the Tree of Life. In the Golden Dawn, Anubis is also the Godform associated with the Phylax, the watcher, who helps to protect the temple by ensuring that no malevolent entities try to intrude on proceedings.

Horus is the Egyptian God of wisdom and his presence in the dream seems to be reveal- ing the Magician’s desire for knowledge and tuition. As Horus is also described as being in a ‘tomb’, it could be that the dreamer is seeking specific knowledge about the Earth grade. Alternatively, this may be a quest to wake up the Horus aspect of himself ready for his spiritual journey along this particular path.

Whilst the Golden Dawn system uses a lot of Egyptian imagery, you may not always see Egyptian godforms. For example, if, prior to your Golden Dawn studies, you had a strong interest in the Greek pantheon, you may see Hermes instead of Anubis.

People often report peculiar dreams prior to, or following an initiation. Many of these dreams seem to be an astral echo of the initiatory process that is undergone by our physical selves and can be seen as a sign that the initiation has ‘taken’. In other words, the initiatory lesson has been taken in by the inner self, assuming a real meaning in the realm of our subconscious which provides us with a personal link to the upper realms of the Tree of Life.

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