King Over the Water - Samuel Mathers and the Golden Dawn ペーパーバック – 2012/2/29
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Over the years many myths have built up about one of the founders of the Golden Dawn, Samuel L. MacGregor Mathers. Many of these have been created by those who wish to damn the Golden Dawn and its system of magic or by those who want to naively believe a bogus magical story about the Order and its founders. In King Over the Water, Golden Dawn magician Nick Farrell paints a picture of the founders of the Golden Dawn becoming out of their depth as the Order began to create magicians. Rather than painting Mathers as an eccentric genius, Farrell sees him as an autocratic fantasist. He sees Mathers struggling to keep up as his students rapidly became better than him at the system he created, and shows how he was unable to raise his game to help the Order develop further. In what is a portrait of the problems that could befall any esoteric leader, Farrell (author of Gathering The Magic, a textbook on magical group dynamics) reveals how Mathers' later rituals were an attempt to remove the magic from the system he created so that he could milk it for money. Included are previously unpublished papers from Mathers' own version of the Golden Dawn, the Alpha et Omega, including the original Z documents, the full version of the Book of the Tomb (a key document for creating a Vault of the Adepts), the original method for the consecration of the sword, and much more. King Over the Water is the prequel to Farrell's groundbreaking expose on the Alpha et Omega, Mathers' Last Secret, and provides another look into the mind of a magician that helped develop the magic we use today."
Nick Farrell (United Kingdom) has been a ceremonial magician since he was 17. Born in England and raised in New Zealand, he was initiated into Builders of the Adytum (BOTA), and is currently an initiate of the Esoteric Order of the Golden Dawn and one of its branch orders, the Order of the Table Round. He now runs a temple in the tradition of Esoteric Order of the Golden Dawn, lectures and runs workshops throughout the world. He has contributed to "Quest, Liongate", and "Round Merlin's Table "magazines and "Chic and Tabatha Cicero's Hermetic Journal".
He is currently working on books on magical psychology, earth magic and ritual magic. Nick has a career in news journalism and magazine writing. After more than 15 years working for daily and local newspapers, he is now a full time writer and editor, working for many UK computing and Internet magazines he also advises companies on media relations.
I regret, and will most likely go to my grave regretting, that Nick Farrell ever got any money from the sale of this book from me. If I could have the money I spent on this book transferred into something meaningful, like a retirement fund for former mafia hit men, it would go to a far more reputable establishment.
This book is a hatchet job, a biased work of Ad Hominem garbage, that offers no new information, especially not scholarly information, on the life of S.L. MacGregor Mathers or the Golden Dawn. Farrell, a disciple of the badly tarnished and tarnishing Golden Dawn line (Regardie rolling in his grave) of Chic Cicero (who up until recent years I had much respect for) and his ilk, runs a massive misinformation job in this work, re-labeling the father of modern Ceremonial Magick as a quitter, as someone not dedicated to Magick, to someone lost in a "defeat" that is overblown, and tries to paint Mathers into some sickly coward, dismantling and rejecting the very thing that was his life work.
It's a very disreputable human being who will dedicate his or her life to destroying someone else's character for some premeditated inner-cabal purpose. If you think I'm being too harsh on Farrell, go and watch his YouTube videos, or read his Blog, it's a train-wreck of pseudo-occultism. I teach College Composition and Rhetoric, and my first semester students do a MUCH better job of argumentation and research, of writing authoritative papers, than this so-called "expert" on the Golden Dawn.
While I think this is an important read for people interested in the Golden Dawn and Ceremonial Magick in general, it is only so they can be aware of the horrific bias and sub-plots that Farrell and his cronies are willing to sink to, in order to undermine the Golden Dawn legacy and heritage.
If you are looking for sincere works on the Golden Dawn or MacGregor Mathers, this is not the one for you.
It answers many questions which have puzzled GD folks for decades.
It also raises a few new ones. Ignore the meepers. They're just
cronies of a man who owns a trademark which does not in fact appear on the original
documents and materials.
When I tell you that there are forces at work trying to suppress this work, as well as the author's legitimacy to have the gall to utter even these words, I am understating matters. It is ALL about high stakes here, folks. Therefore everyone out of the loop owe it to themselves to read this book, if for no other reason than to gain an insight into what all the fuss is about.
No matter what anyone will try to tell you, there is some real meat here. The fact that certain unnamed individuals of the community will say anything - fundamentally, mind you - to remove the authenticity of this work, is striking. No word of theirs will reveal, perhaps, that their motives are anything but altruistic in condemning what here is revealed as to the Man of the Hour, or more importantly the documents revealed for public scrutiny, in this and its twin book "Mathers Last Secret".
It is actually quite entertaining observing grown men - proclaiming high grades supposedly supporting Wisdom beyond that of common man - bicker like children about what to them ultimately is all about losing face as to why your paycheck is no longer coming their way.
Solo practicioner: use their bickering for your own gains, and read this book. The Golden Dawn egregore is alive and well, and it survives in the Heart of the Magician, not in the bickering of money-hungry institutions. Take your fill thereof, and be Satiated!