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Moina Bergson Mathers


Vestigia Nulla Retrorsum, which in Latin means “footsteps don’t go backwards" was the magical motto of Moina Mathers.  


Read an excerpt from my recently published article:


Moina Bergson Mathers (1865–1928) was the first female initiate of the Hermetic Order of Golden Dawn, which was co-founded in 1888 in London by her husband Samuel Liddell “MacGregor” Mathers. Moina Mathers developed, wrote, and disseminated unique forms of magical practice aimed at personal development, social change, and the advancement of women. She invested her artistic talents in the production of spirit drawings, ceremonial artifacts, and pioneering public performances termed as the Rites of Isis, which commenced in 1899 in Paris. In her role as a High Priestess in these theatrical events, and in her position as a principal teacher of the Golden Dawn system, she demonstrated, through personal example, the equal partnership of women and men in all matters, sacred and profane. Moreover, she emphasized her belief in women’s inherent sensibility that enables them to excel in the practice of magic, realize ideas, and embody divinity. 

Read the rest of the article, here

Moore, Lila, 2019, 'Moina Mathers', World Religions and Spirituality Project. https://wrldrels.org/2019/08/25/moina-bergson-mathers/


Project Directors: Rebecca Moore, Catherine Wessinger
David G. Bromley, Ph.D.
Professor, Religious Studies Program, School of World Studies, Virginia Commonwealth University



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