Hermeticism or the Western Hermetic Tradition is a set of philosophical and religious beliefs based primarily upon the pseudepigraphical writings attributed to Hermes Trismegistus. — Wikipedia, “Hermeticism”, retrieved 16 July 2012.
Since ancient times, Hermetic magick has evolved to incorporate a wide variety of Western esoteric movements and systems.
The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn (or, more commonly, the Golden Dawn) was a magical order active in Great Britain during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, which practiced theurgy and spiritual development. It has been one of the largest single influences on 20th-century Western occultism. — Wikipedia, “Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn”, retrieved 16 July 2012.
- The Golden Dawn Library Project at hermetic.com
- Golden Dawn FAQ by Steve Cranmer
- The Open Source Order of the Golden Dawn
Although many (including many Masons) would dispute that Freemasonry is Hermetic in character or part of occult tradition, the original Golden Dawn and many other exponents of the Western Hermetic Tradition were deeply influenced by Masonic symbolism, lore, and society. We therefore provide some choice links of a Masonic flavor.
The Abramelin operation is an extremely rigorous program of mystical attainment, involving fasting, regulated behavior, and a great deal of devotion and invocation of one’s personal Holy Guardian Angel over an extended period of time (six or eighteen months, in known editions). The operation is an important part of the Hermetic tradition and is also the basis of much Thelemic magick and mysticism.
- The Book of the Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage (Mathers translation)
Qabalah (from Hebrew קבלה ”reception”) is the underlying metaphysical framework for many magical and mystical systems and societies of the Western Hermetic Tradition, and underlies many systems within the New Age movement generally. It derives from a number of sources, most notably the system of esoteric Jewish mysticism which shares the name, as well as many Classical and medieval sources on Hermeticism, alchemy, astrology, &c.
- Learning the Tarot (Joan Bunning)