Golden Dawn is a political party in Greece, not to be confused with the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, an organization devoted to the study and practice of the occult, metaphysics, and paranormal activities during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
A BBC series, Ripper Street, in “series 2 episode 6”, “A Stronger Loving World”, centers on a rogue member of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and a narrowly averted Jonestown, Guyana-type mass suicide. Typically, the BBC sometimes inserts propaganda subtext in certain episodes of Ripper Street, but the series is recommended overall.
The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn was founded in 1887. Its members included Samuel Liddell MacGregor Mathers (image, top), William Butler Yeats, Aleister Crowley, Bram Stoker, Sax Rohmer, and Arthur Machen.
This last name on the list, Arthur Machen, wrote such strange stories as The Anatomy Of Tobacco (1884), The Great God Pan (1895), and The House Of Souls (1906). Machen’s books are cult classics today, but when first published were generally ignored. Machen’s obscurity ended briefly during the First World War, when he wrote a short story about St. George and angels in shining armor assisting retreating British forces at the Battle of Mons, 1914. Machen’s story, “The Bowmen”, was first printed in at least one newspaper on September 29, 1914. The story was popular, but then something peculiar happened: British soldiers present at the Mons battle wrote to the newspaper saying that Machen’s “story” was no mere story, but in fact they themselves had seen angels on the battlefield.
In Germany, the Vril Society was loosely associated with the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. “The Supermen will arrive from deep inside the hollow Earth,” the Vril Society believed. Their devotion to the Vril, a secret form of energy, originated from an 1871 novel by Edward Bulwer-Lytton, Vril, the Power of the Coming Race. Arthur Machen seemed to literally have created the angels at Mons via his imagination, and Edward Bulwer-Lytton also seemed to have created something real via his “fictional” depiction of the Vril. Among readers of Vril, the Power of the Coming Race have been those who have believed that its account of a superior subterranean master race and the energy-form called “Vril” is accurate. Some theosophists, notably Helena Blavatsky, William Scott-Elliot, and Rudolf Steiner, accepted the book as being (at least in part) based on occult truth. Someday the “Unknown Supermen” would openly arrive and take command.
Samuel Liddell MacGregor Mathers, founder of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, had earlier made contact with the Unknown Supermen. These were semi-humans already present aboveground but not generally showing themselves. For most mere mortals the presence of a Superman could not be endured. (What connection, if any, might there be between the Unknown Supermen and the Nine Unknown Men, a rumored secret society founded long ago by King Ashoka of India? Background: King Ashoka and the Nine Unknown Men, Ersjdamoo’s Blog, December 1, 2014.)
Besides Mathers, Adolph Hitler had also been in the presence of the Supermen. He told Hermann Rauschning, the Governor of Danzig, “The new man is living amongst us now! He is here!” Hitler then confided to Rauschning, “I will tell you a secret. I have seen the new man. He is intrepid and cruel. I was afraid of him.”
Hitler may have had more than one meeting with the Unknown Supermen. The Nazi Fuehrer sometimes awoke screaming from his bed in the wee hours. The Superman had come to visit! “There! there!” shouted Hitler to his guards. “Over in the corner! He is there!”
(This is also like when the old buccaneer said he had “seen old Flint in the corner there, behind you; as plain as print, I seen him…” Background: The Ice Age Cometh, Ersjdamoo’s Blog, December 2, 2014.)
A great occult enemy of Hitler and the Nazis was Rudolf Steiner, founder of Anthroposophy. Way back in the 1920s, in their Brownshirt days, the Nazis lost no time sending thugs to meetings of Anthroposophists to intimidate them. The Anthroposophists were forced finally to flee Germany. Dietrich Eckart, mentor of Adolph Hitler, warned that Rudolf Steiner was “the leading figure of an extensive circle of Grail Initiates who had discovered the satanic nature of the Thule Group and watched over all their meetings and initiation rituals from the astral plane.” After World War II, Anna Anderson, who claimed to be the surviving Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia, found temporary refuge outside of Hanover, Germany with Anthroposophists she had met. (Background: Psychic Trauma of the Lost Tsar, Ersjdamoo’s Blog, October 20, 2014.)
(General source for most of the above, including Hitler’s meeting with the Superman, is The Morning of the Magicians, by Louis Pauwels & Jacques Bergier. (Originally published 1960, in France.) Rochester, VT: Destiny Books, 2009.)