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Women And The Hermetic Order Of The Golden Dawn: Nineteenth Century Occultistic Initiation From A Gender Perspective

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The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn is perhaps the single most influential of all British 19th century occultist initiatory societies. This chapter discusses the Golden Dawn from a gender perspective through a brief historical introduction to the Golden Dawn. It describes the function of women in the Order from an organisational perspective, and the roles of some of its more prominent female members, such as Mina Mathers, Florence Farr and Annie Horniman. The chapter addresses the idea of femininity found in the Order?s teachings and ritual. It presents the Golden Dawn in the broader context of ?fin de siècle? esoteric spirituality in which social change was often seen as connected to individual transformation. The Golden Dawn emerged in a turbulent period of British history marked by the emergence of modernity.

Keywords: Annie Horniman; gender perspective; Golden Dawn; Hermetic Order



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