As we evaluate the content of the book, let us begin with
the overall production. The result is a wonderfully printed,
and illustrated manual and thesis on the topic. The authors
went out of their way to present the Equinox ritual and
make it a valuable key for growth. The ritual has been printed
in the Golden Dawn by Regardie , yet, with the size of the
book and complexity of content, it took a shadowy position.
That position has changed into its rightful throne, thanks
to the book by Zalewski. In contrast with many other books
on magic, the pictures and illustrations make it easy to
comprehend and appreciate by the general practitioners and
students. I highly recommend the book for purchase, regardless
of the discrepancies from the original tradition, to be
Equinox (Aequus=equal , Nox=night), is celebrated twice
a year, the Vernal Equinox and Autumnal Equinox. In both
these periods, the day and night is in complete balance.
In the first equinox, the Sun enters into Aries, allowing
for a period of outer growth and new beginning. This is
where the magician is beginning to work hard, preparing
for the period of gestation. In the Autumnal Equinox the
Sun enters into Libra, a period of inner growth and meditation.
Even so, they are both heralds of opposite seasons. In both
celebrations, equality is present. Neither of the equinoxes
are held at a period of light more than darkness nor darkness
more than light. This balance point is very important throughout
all of the classical Golden Dawn teachings. Its emphasized
in every aspect of symbolism all the way through 0=0 and
Solstices (Sol=sun , Stitium= to make stand still), are
not celebrated twice a year, for both periods are a point
of unbalance. The first period of Summer Solstice begins
with Cancer, a period where the day is longer then the night.
Let us remember that even the Sun can burn us if we are
exposed to it for a long period of time. The Winter Solstice
is where the Sun is at its weakest point, in Capricorn.
This is a period of great darkness and the light has receded
away. The celebration of these two periods can produce unbalanced
vibrations both ways. The Golden Dawn felt the periods of
the Solstice can fit very nicely within the Equinox timeframe.
"Unbalanced power is the ebbing away of life. Unbalanced
mercy is weakness and letting evil go unchecked, therefore
becoming an accomplice of evil. Unbalanced severity is cruelty
and the bareness of mind." - (0=0 Initiation).
book continues to discuss the concept of the Equinox Ritual
presenting the original version, plus two additional ones.
No solstice ritual is presented, for there has never been
one for the reasons mentioned above. The commentary on the
ritual is very detailed and informative. The two additional
variations are very good additions for historical and practicality
now bring up a serious issue that have been brought on by
the new "Felkinized" trend. On both pages 115 and 128 the
author mentions that the avenging angel is Hru¹, thus
leaving Hua² as the angel of Divination! This is a
very serious and dangerous switch. It is in no way in harmony
with classical & original teachings of S.L. MacGregor Mathers
and the Order. Even the Golden Dawn book by Regardie and
all material on the Golden Dawn before (not including Zalewski),
the switch is not made, Hru is the angel of Divination ,
Hua is Great Avenging Angel. This switch in the material
is not fair to the readers, especially the new ones, for
it can deceive them into believing that Hru is the avenging
angel. The author's personal prejudice when presenting historical
material should not tint his work in such a fashion. This
negates historical and literal honesty. Therefore,he has
no right to rewrite part of it as if it was the truth. The
book does not read the "The Equinox & Solstice Ceremonies
of the Whare Ra Temple & Ara Ben Shemesh.³"
last word on the book is good. Its good to have as an addition
to any magical library. Good to read, good price, good illustration,
good pictures, good commentary, and good job. Just highlight
the errors starting from the front page on, and study the
1) Hru is the angel of the Tarot, as reproduced in the Golden
Dawn Book by Regardie.
2) Hua is the avenging angel. He appeared first in the Quran
as one of the names of God , then reappeared in the Cipher
Manuscript as the avenging angel, invoked by the Adept in
his/her vows unto the Lord of the Universe.
3) Pat Zalewski claims lineage from the New Zealand temple
founded by Dr.Felkin, a member of Stella Matutina who was
obsessed with contacting the Secret Chiefs. He eventually
contacted a disincarnate spirit named Ara Ben Shemesh who
claimed to be a Master from the Middle East.