posted on Mar, 14 2011 @ 12:48 PM
Based on your comments you seem to be prone to the Western mystery traditions. BOTA is an excellent resource for personal work and study. Initiations
are an important part of understanding tradition and practical application of everything you are learning about. Modern Golden Dawn orders seem to
have similar problems as the original had and these groups do not have lineage to the original so be careful and do your own research to understand
the history of these groups.
An excellent book on personal "occultism" is Western Inner Workings by William G. Gray. In regards to personal vs group work it might be worthy here
to remind everyone as Blavatsky states that evolution occurs both inward outward and outward inward. You need to balance yourself on the middle pillar
and it might do some good to have a little of both. I've seen many great authors and books in this thread and it makes me smile to know many more
people share similar interests.
Someone stated their wife enjoys Blavatsky but considers herself a Thelemite. I cannot say there is anything wrong with that but Blavatsky would very
much disagree with much of what the Golden Dawn did. You can read about it in her own words. The following article is of particular interest and
pretty much takes shots at a LOT of these current orders that have popped up all across the world this past century.
One last thing. There is a very good website from a free study group that meets in Phoenix, AZ called the Phoenix Esoteric Society. Excellent active
group with lots of great information and embraces no system