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Women of the Golden Dawn: Rebels and Priestesses: Maud Gonne, Moina Bergson Mathers, Annie Horniman, Florence Farr

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These four remarkable women, core members of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, left a lasting imprint on the politics, literature, and theater of 19th-century Europe. Less well-known than the famous men in their lives, including Yeats and Shaw, their stories are now told.
Paperback, 490 pages
Published October 1st 1996 by Park Street Press (first published 1995)
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Aug 07, 2015 Agnieszka rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Hardcore goldendawners, co-masons
A badly written book about an interesting subject. At least half of this books is the author speculating pointlessly about the inner lives of her subjects, based mostly on her astrological profiles and shallow understanding of the historical period. Just because you use footnotes doesn't make you a scholar.

However, in the bits where she stuck to her source material and refrained from speculating, the book was fascinating. It might not be as fascinating if you don't care about the Golden Dawn.

Melissa Rockenfield
Long fascinating! I did have to skim over some of the more detailed esoterica to enjoy the stories of these marvelous witchie women.
Michael Hughes
One of the best books on the Golden Dawn and essential for those who want to understand its history. The men are in the book, too, but it gives important exposure to the pioneering and influential women in the world's most influential occult order.

Other reviewers have griped about the inclusion of astrological content, but the members of the order took astrology very seriously, so it absolutely makes sense to include it (and if you don't care for astrology just skip those bits).

Christopher Plaisance
This book, being a biography of four women, does a great job of tying together their life stories against the backdrop of the Golden Dawn's tumultuous history. I found Greer's use of astrology to "fill in the gaps" of the biographical pictures — generally as a means of explaining motivations and emotions — as both interesting and frustrating. It certainly makes for a unique kind of biographical methodology, but it seems less than helpful to the would-be Golden Dawn scholar.
Emily E. Auger
Excellent research on an unusual topic + an atypical biographical approach that the subjects of the book would have appreciated. I enjoyed it and read it cover to cover.
Darcy Kuntz
I think this book is a great look at the women adepts who worked within the ranks of the Golden Dawn. There are not many books written on the Women adepts as they tend to get left behind for the more infamous male adepts.
Hilla Powell Bajwa
A great book and I learned about the
way they worked in a few topics. The whole secret chief
stuff is a power thing for me. We all have contacs in
magical work, but we don`t call them contacts or secret
These women were fascinating, each lived a very different lifestyle yet came together to explore Astrology and the Tarot.
I love the topic, but it is a boring read. Still, I'm glad to have the book on my shelf!
will re-read this first time I didn't get a lot out of it.
Fascinating women and interesting history. Dense reading.
May 06, 2009 Anita rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who is interested in the more modern history of magick and the occult
Very enjoyable and informative. Good insights too.
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