Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn
The Golden Dawn was designed by its founders to be an Hermetic Society dedicated to the philosophical, spiritual, and psychic evolution of humanity. Though not a religion, it uses religious imagery.
The Golden Dawn was also designed to be a school and a repository of knowledge, where students learned the principles of occult science and the various elements of western philosophy and magic. The Golden Dawn system of magic is designed to teach its students both abstract esoteric concepts as well as the more practical applications of ceremonial magic. Egyptian, Judeo-Christian, Greek, Gnostic, Rosicrucian, and Masonic elements can all be found within the teachings of the G∴D∴. The curriculum includes the study of Qabalah, astrology, divination, inner alchemy, Egyptian magic, skrying, and Enochian magic.