For lack of a better term, we call our members who do not live near a local temple, Correspondence Members. A Correspondence Member in our Order is considered to have the same status as a member who may live only a mile away from a temple and is able to attend physically. For more information read the article on Astral Initiation on this website.
After a new member is approved and initiated, the new member will receive in the mail the complete 0=0 packet, cd's and full color lessons. The personal proctor group and the current Temple password, which is changed at every Equinox, are assigned to the new member of our worldwide fraternity. This password is used anytime the member sends private e-mail or calls for assistance. There is a proctor who has completed the grades of the Outer Order on call every weekday from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., as well as many times during the day on weekends. This person is assigned with the task of helping and giving assistance to all members in the Order.
A three day turnaround time is necessary for any electronic correspondence. Again, a high grade member of our Order answers all electronic correspondence. Every effort is made by our Order to make it as easy as possible for the student/member to succeed.
When the student feels he/she is prepared to test out of the grade, a testing time is set. It may involve sending in a short audio tape of ritual work, vibrational techniques and a test that is taken over the telephone. In cases where telephone testing is to expensive, testing via the internet or by postal mail may be utilized, according to the student's needs. Evolving technology is making it very easy to remain in close touch with our students even halfway across the globe.
The Order is flexible, because people do the Work, not out of Ego or for Personal Gain, but out of desire to return the Light. The Outer Order from 0=0 to 4=7 consists of over 175 lessons plus several audio cd's. Plans are underway to provide complete video support to our membership. Another plan currently in the works is a video for our members.
In areas of the country where the membership has become strong, it may be requested and arranged for an Officer from one of the Temples to be available for a 1 or 2 day intense workshop. There is no fee for this as it serves to strengthen our Order and Members. In addition, once a person has become an initiate, he / she may join the local study group in that area. Our Order also has online classes for every grade that run on a regular basis.
Every effort is made to make certain our Brothers and Sisters in other states and countries do not feel neglected or unattended. The Order will not bug the student with nuisance report forms, etc. It is up to the student to ask for assistance. An aspirant should always remember that the squeaky wheel gets the grease, as the common saying goes, or: "Ask, and you shall receive..." There are no fees paid to the Mentors or the Order for added help and consultation for as we have received so do we give.
For additional information and to apply for initiation into the Esoteric Order of the Golden Dawn, visit our membership info page.