I have recently had the chance and opportunity to go cavorting around the Blogs. This started by discovering a good Golden Dawn blog, Mishkan ha Echad on which I have been commenting on the topic of self initiation. Anyway, this led me to various links and a veritable surfing of much which is currently out there. My “discoveries” are not at all salubrious. Out of the many GD or magical blogs out there, there are some recurring themes. For instance, most Blogs are run largely by linearly intelligent young men:
- Who are self-initiating (and often want to tell us why it is ok to do and how’s it all going).
- Who often have at one time been part of some physical Order but left because (a) personality difficulties, (b) the leaders went mad, (c) they were sick of the politics, (d) the Order had no real teachings to offer or (e) they thought they knew better (often the case).
- Who have very limited understanding of the Golden Dawn and RR et AC traditions.
- Who often mix up Crowley’s work and the GD or consider Crowley a good representative of the western magical traditions.
- Who demonstrate an underlying or overt hatred of Christianity.
- And who display little compassion and service to the world, the hallmarks of esoteric transformation.
Now, I knew the Golden Dawn situation was bad, but I had no idea it was this bad. I found plenty of speculation, astral and lower visions, much ego and some genuine searching, but little wisdom, effective teaching and careful guidance.
A few of the fundamental errors that are being bounced around out there concern:
- Self-initiation – that it possible within the GD and RR et AC traditions, when it is not (though extended processes to achieve similar results are).
- The Israel Regardie Compilations – that they are nearly exhaustive of the GD and RR et AC, when in fact they are simply the surface. The rest remains unpublished and secret.
- Inner Workings of rituals and ceremonies – these are rating more of a mention than 20 years ago, but still they are rarely presented, taught or even considered.
- Inner Plane Communications and visions – these often show fundamental mental problems a second year psych student could diagnose and are rarely tested effectively.
- Sexual Magic – where do we start on this baby?
Magic of the Ordinary does not focus heavily on the GD/RR et AC (nor am I personally at present) nor is it essentially a teaching Blog, but I am beginning to wonder if I should put out more of the teachings and rituals I have been blessed to receive. Or at least make some counter posts to some of the mistaken horse pukey that is out there. Or would there be no point? Any thoughts?