VOLUME 1 - A Wayfaring Man Part I


While it has been over 60 years since the serial work The Lantern was last published in New Zealand, the pages within this book flow from the same stream of inspiration, and continue the Tradition, at least for the time-being, a little further on in time.

It is anticipated that this will be the first of several new volumes of The Lantern. For this and the subsequent Volume II, the main essay within the book is a re-publication of A Wayfaring Man. Originally issued over several years in the original The Lantern, it is now very scarce and hard to find, particularly in a complete set. A Wayfaring Man was written by Dr Felkin’s second wife Harriot, and recalls the life of the Doctor, albeit partially through allegorical spectacles.

Part I of A Wayfaring Man is presented as originally published, including the use, for instance, of double spacing after full stops, capitalisation, and irregular spelling of such things as country names etc. Only obvious errors have been corrected. None of these things detract from the telling of the story, and have been retained for antiquarian and romantic purposes.

Dr Felkin is often described as an “astral junkie” by those who know no better, thanks solely to Francis King’s coining of the phrase in his Ritual Magic in England. Amongst other things, King fails to portray Felkin’s much faceted character adequately, and either was unaware of, or chose to ignore, the many excellent other characteristics that he possessed.  There is no doubt that Felkin had his feet firmly planted in reality. It was by no coincidence or fluke of circumstance that he attracted many great people to himself, some of whom would not have suffered fools gladly, and influenced many people far outside his sphere of personal acquaintance. It also must be stated that he established and lead the most dedicated and robust of all the old Golden Dawn Temples, a fact often forgotten by proponents of the “astral junkie” theory. Deeds and actions speak louder than words.

The date of this publication in 2012 deliberately marks the centenary of the founding of the Temple, Smaragdum Thallasses, an important event directed by some profoundly inspired people. Whare Ra, as the building is called, was designed and purpose built by New Zealand’s leading Arts and Crafts Architect (and senior Order member) James Walter Chapman-Taylor to exacting specifications. This concrete edifice provided a stabilising anchor that other Golden Dawn Temples did not have as they invariably operated in comparatively makeshift and temporary accommodation. At the time the Felkins must have seen the opportunity as extraordinary - a utopian dream come true.

Preceding A Wayfaring Man Part I is an essay depicting that fertile ground which was the village of Havelock North, the players, and the events that unfolded around the establishment of the Order in New Zealand. The Magic of Havelock North is an important work as it offers for the first time many historical facts that are little known, and weaves them together with better known facts to paint the most complete picture to date of the events of the time.

The second essay, Robert Felkin the Astrologer, provides both an insight into the man from an astrological perspective, as well as into his considerable ability as an astrologer. It also reveals some little known facts for the first time.


Fiat Lux

 Fiat Lux

This volume also contains a dedication to G.H. Frater Fiat Lux, a largely un-documented but important figure in the history of the Order. Fiat Lux was a dyed in the wool “Golden Dawn” man, having been admitted to the Smaragdum Thallasses Temple as a young man in the 1930’s. He eventually held the Office of Hierophant, Cancellarius, Demonstrator and Chief Adept for many years, rising to the Grade of Exempt Adept, as well as being a confidant to the Chiefs and pall bearer at their funerals. To put some perspective on Fiat Lux’s membership, Dr Westcott had been a member and adherent for 37 years when he died, and Dr Felkin for 31 years. Fiat Lux devoted 58 years of his life to the Order - to the very last breath.

In the relatively contemporary Essay III Introducing the Order and IV What is the Golden Dawn, Fiat Lux describes as clearly as he can the true but simple purpose behind the Order’s method of training, a purpose and method which should surprise most deep thinkers who have been schooled by contemporary authors. “Some of these writers have cast a lurid veil upon the Order”, warns Fiat Lux!

Essay V My Order Memories, provides an eye witness account by Fiat Lux of his time in the Smaragdum Thallasses Temple, and an insight into the man behind some very insightful writings.


Whare Ra

                                                                                                          Whare Ra

The Lantern, Volume I is a hardbound first edition publication, limited to 100 copies.  Only one printing will be made.  A preview of The Lantern, Volume I can be viewed on Amazon.


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