During the 19th and 20th century, the occult knowledge was collected from almost every side of the world, and a couple of great occultists decided to form a society which is based upon the teachings of Kabbalah and Hermes Trismegistus, focused mainly on theurgy and spiritual development. The order was named ”The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn” or Ordo Hermeticus Aurorae Aurae. Woodman, MacGregor Mathers and Westcott played a main role in forming this order, bringing a large amount of manuscripts which Masonic Order collected over a couple of centuries. Alchemy, geomancy, tarot and astrology were among their practices. A couple of prominent occultists contributed to the forming of the first temple, both with their knowledge and their dedication to the Order. In the mid-1890s, the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn was established in Great Britain, with over one hundred members from different social classes. William Butler Yeats, A.E. Waite, Regardie Israel and Aleister Crowley, sir Arthur Conan Doyle were prominent and diligent adepts in this order.
Unfortunately, this order suffered a few disturbances caused by other orders that were dissatisfied with Mathers’s leadership. The refusal of the higher level initiations for some adepts was a cause for forming their own order. Aleister Crowley, together with Israel Regardie, formed an order called Astrum Argentum, or AA, and later Ordo Templi Orientis, known as OTO, bringing along a vast amount of manuscripts and occult studies with them.
There were disputes between different societies about their practices, influences and responsibility for breaking apart the Order of the Golden Dawn. However, there was an attempt of reconstructing the Golden Dawn in the beginning of the 20th century, and the Alpha et Omega and Stella Matutina branches maintained their work until the late 70’s.
Another society worth mentioning was the Fraternity of the Inner Light, co-founded by Dion Fortune, a British occultist, a former member of the Alpha et Omega society. Her work was mainly focused on helping people, and, being a psychologist, she made a huge success by combining psychology and occult knowledge. She noticed a great distinction between psychiatric illnesses and occultist attack. She developed a system for psychic self-defense against such attacks and described them in her books.
All of the above named societies did their part during the WWI and WWII, fighting against Thule, a German occultist organization founded during WWI and later reorganized by Hitler. Thule gathered hundreds of occultists, especially the ones who studied Kabbalah. A prominent hermetist, Franz Bardon was held in concentration camp for refusing to join them. His writings explained Kabbalah in a well organized series of books, which represent a very powerful tool. In his opinion, this tool, if held in the wrong hands, could destroy the world in a second.
Of course, Illuminati, Freemasons and other similar organizations are the ones who kept all the Hermetic knowledge throughout the centuries, and we have to thank them for this.
Nowadays, we cannot find so many occult societies that are devoted to the spiritual development of the human kind. With all of the given knowledge, no wonder there are plenty of individual occultists who continuously contribute to the world order, but individual power is weak in comparison with the group power. Let’s say you want to start a high-profit company. You can try it by yourself, and either will you fail, or you will make some profit, just enough to keep you alive for the years to come. If you decide to share the investment with a business partner, the profit could be more than two times larger. But if you decide to organize a hundred people to work in two shifts, five days a week, your company will make a thousand times greater profit than you could possibly make alone. The same goes for the mental power. This is the reason why occultists joined together. The only thing keeping them away from succeeding is the last bond with the Earth realm they had to cut – Ego. Aliester Crowley suggested many controversial methods for killing Ego in order to work on a higher level.
All in all, occult organisations are not so much different from the religious institutions. They both have hierarchy, they both strive to achieve perfectness and bliss, and they both need devoted leaders, as well as members. Of course, they both suffered a couple of ”break-ups” and forming of another branch, which claimed that it is ”the chosen one”. This leaves us only one option – don’t trust anyone. Gather what is good from every teaching and practice what makes you feel good without hurting anyone. By emitting a clear frequency, you will attract the people with the same thoughts, and you may be forming a new society that would save this world. Who knows? May you live long and prosper!