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[the] experience of feeling more attuned to any particular element is a very common one. An elemental initiation makes your subconscious mind more aware of that particular element. Resultantly, you start seeing that element manifest everywhere

Hermetic Virtues

Inheritor of a Dying World Initiatory Experiences in the Golden Dawn

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Soror M.R.C.A had a significant dream after taking her 2=9 exam but before actually hav- ing the 2=9 air initiation itself;

‘In my dream I was with my daughter, which in itself is quite unusual as I don’t often dream about her. There was a tornado coming and I ran with her, to a building that reminded me of my senior school. Once inside, there were windows every- where, many more than you would normally expect – there was one particular wall which seemed to be made from win- dows. There were no cupboards in which to hide for protec- tion from the tornado. We also seemed high up, like we were overlooking some sort of valley. I looked down and I could see a knight-like figure threatening a red dragon into submission. I watched as the red dragon retreated into a wooded area. The sky was getting darker and darker and the tornado was getting closer and closer. I remember thinking ‘oh no, it is going to hit us!’ I pro- ceeded to do the LBRP and suddenly all this light flooded into the scene, dissipating the dark and stormy tornado, whose swirling then mutated into two dragons, one black and one white. They were chasing each other’s tails and spinning round and round in the air. In my dream, I said ‘It’s OK now, look, everything is back in balance as it should be.’

This dream suggests that this Soror sees herself as a student, which indeed she is. The dragons and knight are alchemical symbols, rich in meaning. Interestingly enough, this Soror had never paid much attention to alchemical symbolism or dragons before and reported being extremely surprised by the appearance of such archetypical symbols in her dream.

Frater D.P.A.L following his 4=7 Fire grade wrote;

‘Increased feeling of dedication to the Order following the 4=7 ceremony. Synchronistic events involving Fire since paths of the 3=8, (paths of Shin and Resh). Two clients having house fires… Unfortunately one of these was fatal. More recently the local school on the estate where I live was burned down for the second time. Obviously I am not suggest- ing a causal link between these events and the initiation, more likely a raised awareness of fire resulting in me noticing fire-related issues. Synchronicity? Possibly, as this relates to meaningful coincidences. However, only meaningful to myself or anyone else in the grade.’

This experience of feeling more attuned to any particular element is a very common one. An elemental initiation makes your subconscious mind more aware of that particular ele- ment. Resultantly, you start seeing that element manifest everywhere; in the same way

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