3918 – Alpha Omega Tarot Trumps Manuscript Notebook

Physical description:
A dark grey-green notebook with a square label adhered to the front titled 'The Rosicrucian Order of the A. O.'.
Museum classification:
Ritual Magic
Size:
20 cm x 16 cm
Information:

A small dark grey-green notebook with handwritten notes and drawings inside. This notebook is part of the collection of Dorothy May Cox which consists of various documents and objects relating to the occult Rosicrucian Order of the Alpha et Omega (also referred to as The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn) which was co-founded in London, England by Samuel Liddell MacGregor Mathers in 1888. See the Alpha Omega tag for more items from the collection, and the tracing board diagrams to some of which this notebook refers to. 

 

On the cover, the following label is adhered:

 

On the inside of the front cover, there is a handwritten inscription 'Loan Copy' as well as a blue label which reads:

 

The first page contains writing in ink which reads: "Lecture on The Soul For 3=8 No. 1." and "Lecture on Tarot Trumps. For 3=8 No.1." The following pages are handwritten lectures on the "General Guidance and Purification of the Soul, From the ancient G. D. [Golden Dawn] cypher". The first lecture discusses things such as thoughts being the commencement of effect, meditation, and peace. The second lecture discusses the Tarot, Egyptian occult knowledge, and Eliphas Levi. 

 

Sample pages from the notebook: 

The "3=8" 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.).

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:
Ink and lined paper
Copyright ownership:
MWM

A small dark grey-green notebook with handwritten notes and drawings inside. This notebook is part of the collection of Dorothy May Cox which consists of various documents and objects relating to the occult Rosicrucian Order of the Alpha et Omega (also referred to as The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn) which was co-founded in London, England by Samuel Liddell MacGregor Mathers in 1888. See the Alpha Omega tag for more items from the collection, and the tracing board diagrams to some of which this notebook refers to. 

 

On the cover, the following label is adhered:

 

On the inside of the front cover, there is a handwritten inscription 'Loan Copy' as well as a blue label which reads:

 

The first page contains writing in ink which reads: "Lecture on The Soul For 3=8 No. 1." and "Lecture on Tarot Trumps. For 3=8 No.1." The following pages are handwritten lectures on the "General Guidance and Purification of the Soul, From the ancient G. D. [Golden Dawn] cypher". The first lecture discusses things such as thoughts being the commencement of effect, meditation, and peace. The second lecture discusses the Tarot, Egyptian occult knowledge, and Eliphas Levi. 

 

Sample pages from the notebook: 

The "3=8" 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.).

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.