King Over The Water - Nick Farrell
In this history of the order after Mathers moved to Paris, Nick Farrell paints a picture of the founders of the Golden Dawn getting out of their depth. The Order in London had created competent and confident magicians: Yeats, Farr and Horniman were coming into their own power and the founder, now 'across the water' in France, was finding it hard to control them. Mathers is traditioinally portrayed as an eccentric genius, but Farrell sees him as an autocratic fantasist, struggling to keep up as his students exceed him. Moreover, in his opinion, Mathers' later rituals ---which did not involve magic -- were devoid of magic precisely so that he could perform them for the public and charge money for entry.
The book includes previously unpublished papers from Mathers' own version of the Golden Dawn, the Alpha et Omega: the original Z documents the full version of the Book of the Tomb (a key document for creating a Vault of the Adepts), the original method for the consecration of the swordm and several other texts.
Dublin: Kerubim, 2012. Paperback, 361 pages. New.