3921 – Alpha Omega Ritual and Tarot Manuscript

Physical description:
A handwritten grey-cover manuscript notebook.
Museum classification:
Ritual Magic
Size:
25 cm x 21 cm
Information:

A handwritten manuscript, detailing the initiation rituals of the Order of Alpha et Omega (also known as The Golden Dawn). The content refers to the Tarot-inspired tracing board diagrams, which can be found under the Alpha Omega tag. Most likely created by the same person who created the tracing board diagrams - Frater "Fide et Amore", also known by his real name George Edwin Bance. The particular objects this manuscript refers to include: 3907, 3914, 3909, 3912, 3911, 3896, 3893, and 3895. Further scanned pages from this manuscript can be found in the aforementioned object descriptions. 

There is writing on the grey front cover in dark ink which reads: "These papers are Private left w me on trust in case of my death or incapacity they are to be returned unread and unopened to Count MacGregor C/O Dr. Gibbs 53 Back stone Gardens London S.W.". 

Inside, on the first page there are pencil markings of a number equation and some Hebrew letters. The first page which contains ink writing refers to The Ritual of the Portal of 5=6. The following pages describe the initiation procedures into the higher levels of the Order. The manuscripts suggests that the tracing board diagrams were used during such initiation rituals by members of higher grades, to be explained by members of lower grades whose knowledge was being tested in order for them to pass further up the grading system. The following picture illustrates an example of this.

Above, the use of the tracing board diagram 3907 is described. The board diagram was shown to Associate Adeptus (a member of the First Order being tested to pass into the Second Order) who was supposed to explain the diagram to a member of a lesser grade in order to pass further up in the grading system.

The manuscript contains sketches of the tracing board diagrams, most almost identical, featured below.

 

A sample page from the manuscript below. 

 

"Portal of: 5=6" inscription pertains to the structure and grading of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn (also known as Alpha et Omega, or the A.O.) 5=6 being the Adeptus Minor rank of the Second Order. 

The structure of the Golden Dawn:

First Order
Introduction—Neophyte 0=0
Zelator 1=10
Theoricus 2=9
Practicus 3=8
Philosophus 4=7
Intermediate—Portal Grade

Second Order
Adeptus Minor 5=6
Adeptus Major 6=5
Adeptus Exemptus 7=4

Third Order
Magister Templi 8=3
Magus 9=2
Ipsissimus 10=1

 

Alpha-Omega Collection

These items came from a generous donor who wishes to remain anonymous.  She inherited them from Dorothy May Cox, who was probably a member of Alpha Omega, and perhaps a relative of Donald W. Cox, who was initiated into AO around 1920.

Resource:
Document
Materials:
Paper and ink
Copyright ownership:
MWM

A handwritten manuscript, detailing the initiation rituals of the Order of Alpha et Omega (also known as The Golden Dawn). The content refers to the Tarot-inspired tracing board diagrams, which can be found under the Alpha Omega tag. Most likely created by the same person who created the tracing board diagrams - Frater "Fide et Amore", also known by his real name George Edwin Bance. The particular objects this manuscript refers to include: 3907, 3914, 3909, 3912, 3911, 3896, 3893, and 3895. Further scanned pages from this manuscript can be found in the aforementioned object descriptions. 

There is writing on the grey front cover in dark ink which reads: "These papers are Private left w me on trust in case of my death or incapacity they are to be returned unread and unopened to Count MacGregor C/O Dr. Gibbs 53 Back stone Gardens London S.W.". 

Inside, on the first page there are pencil markings of a number equation and some Hebrew letters. The first page which contains ink writing refers to The Ritual of the Portal of 5=6. The following pages describe the initiation procedures into the higher levels of the Order. The manuscripts suggests that the tracing board diagrams were used during such initiation rituals by members of higher grades, to be explained by members of lower grades whose knowledge was being tested in order for them to pass further up the grading system. The following picture illustrates an example of this.

Above, the use of the tracing board diagram 3907 is described. The board diagram was shown to Associate Adeptus (a member of the First Order being tested to pass into the Second Order) who was supposed to explain the diagram to a member of a lesser grade in order to pass further up in the grading system.

The manuscript contains sketches of the tracing board diagrams, most almost identical, featured below.

 

A sample page from the manuscript below. 

 

"Portal of: 5=6" inscription pertains to the structure and grading of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn (also known as Alpha et Omega, or the A.O.) 5=6 being the Adeptus Minor rank of the Second Order. 

The structure of the Golden Dawn:

First Order
Introduction—Neophyte 0=0
Zelator 1=10
Theoricus 2=9
Practicus 3=8
Philosophus 4=7
Intermediate—Portal Grade

Second Order
Adeptus Minor 5=6
Adeptus Major 6=5
Adeptus Exemptus 7=4

Third Order
Magister Templi 8=3
Magus 9=2
Ipsissimus 10=1

 

Alpha-Omega Collection

These items came from a generous donor who wishes to remain anonymous.  She inherited them from Dorothy May Cox, who was probably a member of Alpha Omega, and perhaps a relative of Donald W. Cox, who was initiated into AO around 1920.