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A magical organization
is an organization created for the practice of magic
or to further the knowledge of magic among its members. "Magic"
in this case refers to occult,
activities, not to the performance of stage
magic. Magical organizations can include hermetic
covens or Wiccan
circles, esoteric societies, arcane colleges, witches'
covens, and other groups which may utilize different terminology
Significant orders and organizations
Order of the Golden Dawn has been credited with a vast revival of
occult literature and practices and was founded in 1887 or 1888 by
Wynn Westcott, Samuel
Liddell MacGregor Mathers and William
Robert Woodman. The teachings of the Order include Enochian
the paganism of
Templi Orientis was founded by Carl
Kellner in 1895. The Order was reworked by Aleister
Crowley after he took control of the Order in the early 1920s.
Aurum Solis, founded in 1897, is a Western Mystery Tradition
group teaching Hermetic Qabalah. Its rituals and system are different
from the more popular Golden Dawn, this is because the group follows
the ogdoadic tradition instead of rosicrucianism.
was created in 1907 by Aleister Crowley and also teaches magick and
Thelema. Their main text is the The
Book of the Law.
of the Adytum (or B.O.T.A.) was created in 1922 by Paul
Foster Case and was extended by Dr. Ann
Davies. It teaches Hermetic
and occult tarot.
Some (in many cases, equally notable) organizations.
Organizations founded prior to the 19th century
Organizations founded in the 19th century
Organizations founded in the 20th century or after
Smoley, Richard; Kinney, Jay (1999). Hidden Wisdom: A Guide
to the Western Inner Traditions. Quest Books, 2006. pp. 102–103.
Founded in 1888, the Golden Dawn lasted a mere twelve
years before it was shattered by personal conflicts. At its height it
probably had no more than a hundred members. Yet its influence on
magic and esoteric thought in the English-speaking world would be
hard to overestimate