Inheritor of a Dying World
Initiatory Experiences in the Golden Dawn (continued)
Soror E.A.S., whilst waiting for her 1=10 Earth initiation recounts;
‘…I was meditating and saw the letter daleth, which stuck with me for a while and gave
me the impression that I door and out of my comfort throughout the ritual, was in contrast to the 0=0 introduced to the light light but it was veiled in in its entirety. I almost felt from the beginning again, from the 0=0 were being ences I will be having I shall they will be more meaning- ‘light’ experiences, but will can be built upon. So in a back in darkness so that I become a stronger person. being pushed downwards,
was taking a big step through a zone. I felt a great heaviness which was powerful but which where I felt light, as I had just been then. During the 1=10, I saw the darkness, like it was there but not afraid as I felt that I was starting and that all of the experiences taken from me. The new experi- have to work harder to get, as ful because they will not be just have a true solid foundation which sense it felt like I was being put could work my way out of it to During the ritual I felt like I was almost to the point of wanting to
lie on the floor and descend. I was quite surprised by this, as my 0=0 experience was very much one of light, whereas during the 1=10 I tried to push myself upwards, al- though I was being brought back down to Earth again.’
This Soror, has captured the essence of the 1=10 Earth Grade. Whilst the 0=0 is more of an introduction to the Golden Dawn, it is the 1=10 that places you firmly on the Tree and this is where the real personal and alchemical work begins. Many people in the 1=10 report feelings of heaviness, of being dragged down, of walking through treacle. This is the Earth element revealing its full power to you. This very solidifying force, in its worst extremes, can lead to depression, disillusionment or abandonment of the Golden Dawn system. This is precisely what the challenge of this grade is about. Learn from Earth, feel its power and transmute its lesson into something that you can call upon when the times are right, when you need to ‘stand your ground’.
Whilst the 0=0 is more of an introduction to the Golden Dawn, it is the 1=10 that places you firmly on the Tree and this is where the real personal and alchemical work begins.