The Truth about Trademarks
A trademark is a distinctive name, phrase, symbol, design, picture, or style used by the public to recognize an organization or business. The intent of trademark law is to protect the public from deception regarding the source of origin of a product or service as well as the type of service that they believe is being offered. One order, the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, was founded in the Britain in 1888. This order later became the outer order of the Rosecrucian Order of Alpha et Omega, founded by S.L. MacGregor Mathers in 1906. Today, this order remains the exclusive owner of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn® trademark in all twenty-seven countries of the European Union (EU OHIM reg. 000063925).
Due to the publications of Israel Regardie, however, there are today a bewildering number of groups on the Internet calling themselves "Golden Dawn", yet having no real connection with the original order. Traditional Golden Dawn orders, with lineage to the original order today include the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, the outer order of the Rosicrucian Order of Alpha et Omega, and the August Order of the Mystic Rose.
There also exist several New Age reconstructionist groups calling themselves Golden Dawn, yet teaching New Age ideas to the post-modern reconstructionist vision of their leader. These include the Golden Dawn orders run by Pat Zalkewski, Nick Farrell, and Jeff Randich. Sadly, there is even one group whose leader has been repeatedly accused of both sexual and financial impropriety by key members (Read more about the abuses of this last group here).
Most of the New Age Golden Dawn orders, despite misleading marketing slogans like "Guardians of the True Golden Dawn Mysteries" are led by individuals who have never been initiated nor properly trained themselves, and thus offer inferior quality initiation and training.
A serious problem arises because there still are many local areas without legitimate Golden Dawn temples, so people seeking Golden Dawn initiation have to travel to get to a real Golden Dawn temple. Unfortunately, New Age Golden Dawn groups are trying today to exploit people's desire for short cuts with New Age "Astral" and "Self Initiation" scams. These groups falsely claim that such post-modern New Age scams are legitimate alternatives to traditional Golden Dawn Initiation, but without the need to travel.
This is a terrible deception, as it not only cheats people out of the full benefits of True Initiation, but it also unnecessarliy exposes them up to danger of possession by destructive Astral entities and forces. In fact, "Astral" Initiation has gotten such a bad reputation that some groups have started calling this scam Long Distance Initiation instead.
In reality, there are no short cuts. True Golden Dawn Initiation should not be undertaken lightly, as traditional initiation involves the ritual separation and reintegration of a candidate's physical, psychological, and spiritual aspects to give birth to a higher and more balanced spiritual form and awareness.
This process is fraught with danger even under the best of circumstances. With candidates physically present and protected within the safety of a legitimate Golden Dawn temple, however, these dangers can be overcome by a highly trained and skilled Hierophant. To deceive oneself that the same result can be achieved alone or with a candidate watching TV on the other end of the world, however, is madness not only bound to fail, but actually inviting spiritual disaster.
On the other hand, travelling to a legitimate Golden Dawn temple for the full benefits of True Golden Dawn Initiation has since 1888 safely resulted in quantum leaps in spiritual growth for thousands of people!
In today's confusing and misleading internet environment, Golden Dawn trademarks serve as an important guarantee both of quality and of legitimacy to protect the public from deception by New Age groups calling themselves "Golden Dawn," yet having little or no real connection with the original Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn founded in Britain in 1888.
The European headquartered, Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn (Alpha et Orega), however, is a direct lineal descendent of the original Golden Dawn and practices exclusively traditional Golden Dawn Initiation with each candidate physically present in fully chartered and licenced Golden Dawn temples.
This order is the sole and exclusive owner of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn® trademark in the European Union (reg. 000063925) and additionally owns the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn International® trademark in Canada (CIPO Reg. TMA510387). In the United States, they operate by legal agreement adopted by the United States District Court as the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, outer order of the Rosicrucian Order of Alpha et Omega.® They additionally own the R.R. et A.C. trademark of their Second Order, Ordo Rosae Rubeae et Aureae Crucis® (CIPO Reg. TMA506051) and the Alpha et Omega trademark of their three order superstructure founded by S.L. Macgregor Mathers in 1906, Ordo Rosae Crucis, Alpha et Omega® (CIPO Reg. TMA508937)