March 3, 2018 Mass Tarot Meeting: A Brief History of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn & The Opening of the Key

On March 3, 2018 we will meet at the Lilly Library in Florence, Mass from 1PM to 3PM for a previously re-scheduled presentation by Wayne Limberger.

The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn was a British esoteric society that existed in its original form for approximately fifteen years at the end of the 19th Century (1887-1903). Although their main focus was the study and practice of various occult disciplines, they were responsible for laying much of the groundwork for modern tarot decks, including those of Arthur Edward Waite and Aleister Crowley, and for furthering the use of the tarot in divination. Beside the development of a comprehensive set of keyword meanings, the Golden Dawn’s chief contributions to tarot were the system of occult correspondences for the cards based on numerology, astrology, mythology, qabalah and color symbolism, and the comparative method of Elemental Dignities. We will cover a brief history of the Order and its luminaries, and then explore its signature tarot spread, the Opening of the Key. Bring a Thoth or Golden Dawn deck for the exercise if you have one, although any RWS deck will do.



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