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Notes: Samuel and Moina Mathers

goldendawnmathers2Both Samuel Lidell MacGregor Mathers and his wife Moina Mathers loved to dress up for rituals. They would often dress according to the location of the event. At the Celtic pantheon he dressed in Highlander garb and for the public invocation of Isis in Paris he and his wife wore Egyptian robes and headpieces. He was considered eccentric by his peers and his ideas were often discredited by many of the magic practitioners who came later, although, to be fair, many of them were affiliated with competing organizations of the Golden Dawn.

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Notes: God as my guide, my companion a sword.

samuelmathers2Like many of the early practitioners of the “magical way of life,” Samuel Lidell MacGregor Mathers was very progressive in his views for the times. He was an anti-smoker, multi-lingual, and a fervent believer in women’s rights. His mentor was Dr. Anna Kingsford, founder of the Hermetic Society. Mathers dedicated his translation of the “Kaballah Denudata” to her. Surprisingly, he was obsessed with military procedures. He wrote the book,  Practical Instruction in  Infantry Campaigning Exercise. His personal motto was Deo Duce Comite Ferro, meaning “God as my guide, my companion a sword.”

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Notes: Samuel Lidell MacGregor Mathers

samuelmathersSamuel Lidell MacGregor Mathers (1854-1918) was the Chief of the Second Order of the Golden Dawn and an author of many books. His book, The Tarot: A Short Treatise on Reading Cards, was essential to our modern understanding of Tarot card meaning. With the help of his wife, Moina, he gave the cards symbolism deeper meanings than what was common at that time. There is some mystery surrounding his death. His wife believed he died of “exhaustion from years of work with the secret Chiefs of the Third Order.” At any rate, his place of burial is unknown.

Selected Bibliography:
The Tarot: A Short Treatise on Reading Cards
The Fall of Granada: A Poem in Six Duans
The Qabbalah Unveiled
Egyptian Symbolism
The Grimoire of Armadel
The Tarot, Its Occult Significance and Methods of Play
The Key of Solomon the King: Clavicula Solomonis
The Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage
Astral Projection Ritual Magic and Alchemy

Additional information: Golden Dawn

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