Nick Farrell was born in UK but when he was six months old his parents decided that New Zealand.At the age of four Nick suffered from a series of night time terrors. He saw things that were particularly frightening. He knew they were not dreams but they appeared real. These visions lasted until he was 17.
At age ten he was convinced a fundamentalist Christians but at the age of 17, he changed his spiritual direction and bought a deck of Tarot cards. He went into a shop in Wellington called Mystic Manner which was owned by a former student of the self titled King of the Witches Alex Sanders called Murray Langham who would one day become one of New Zealand's foremost authorities on the spiritual uses of chocolate. Langham was involved with a GD offshoot called Builders of the Adytum and suggested Nick should become involved. Again Nick started to read everything he could find on the Golden Dawn and Magic.
But fortune was against Nick remaining too long in BOTA, despite being initiated into the outer order of the group, things were against him. Nick moved to Hawkes Bay where he hooked up with the former members of the last surviving temple of the Golden Dawn, Whare Ra . In particular he joined the Order of the Table Round which was a side order of the now defunct Whare Ra temple. The head of the order was Percy Wilkinson who, along with Jack Taylor, had implanted the Golden Dawn's initiatory formula over the top of the original ritual. This had made the rite extremely powerful and was an influence on Nick's later magical work. Percy and a few of the other Golden Dawn adepts shared a lot of ideas with Nick who at the time was not really that interested in the Golden Dawn and had signed up to join Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki's Servants of the Light School.There he was trained by David Goddard. Goddard's background was also Alexandrian Wicca, but he had also worked with the Liberal Catholic Church and trained under Z'ev Ben Shimon Halevi, in traditional Jewish Kabbalah.Nick was also influenced by Marian Green and her approach to experimental magic. David formed his own group, called Priesthood of the Light, which later changed its name to Pharos . Nick was initially involved in the initial development of that order but became clear that this was not to be his place either.
In 1997, Nick visited the US where he carried out a few workshops and renewed his friendship with Chic and Tabatha Cicero. It was there that he joined the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. Returning to the UK he met Brian Thompson and together they formed a Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn temple in Nottingham and Nick started writing. His first book was Making Talismans. He moved to Sofia where he continued to attend HOGD meetings and wrote Magical Pathworking, The Druidic Order of Pendragon (with Colin Robertson), Gathering the Magic and Egyptian Shaman. He also began to work with the artist Harry Wendrich and his wife Nicola in creating the Golden Dawn Temple deck. In 2007 he wrote his first novel When a Tree Falls, which is an occult, fantasy based on his silly and at times black sense of humour.In 2008 he moved back to the UK but later that year he moved to Rome where he is finishing editing his books on Mather's Alpha et Omega order, Mathers Last Secret and King over the Water.
He founded the Magical Order of the Aurora Aurea, which is a Golden Dawn group with his artist wife Paola.
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