Sometimes I like to be one of the herd, and it seems nearly every GD blogger and his i-dog has been writhing over this topic recently, each plonking up replies to posts and their own posts. So why not? I have done a bit of replying myself, trying to get some sense injected into the ‘debate’ and reacting (I hope with decorum) to accusations of oath breaking. For those interested see Nick Farrell’s blog, GH Fr LES’s, GH Fr SR’s, H Fr AIT’s, Fr AM, Fr Barrabbas and others. Of course I have blogged on this before: here and here and here.
These comments are not decorous in any way and will probably really annoy some folk, but heck I’m not on their Christmas card list anyway, Perth is too far away for them to smash my windows and I really can’t be bothered with politeness sometimes. The whole sobbing mess of the Golden Dawn community is so depressing, if it wasn’t for the beauty and potency of the tradition which has helped me unfold and serve others, I doubt I’d be bothered with it all.
What has depressed me the most about these discussions is that senior leaders focus on magical secrecy more in terms of what is or is not revealed rather than the more subtle, beautiful and powerful mysteries it points to. The real secrets of the Golden Dawn, like the mysteries of the Eucharist and the mysteries of sex cannot be revealed. All the rituals, signs, symbols and passwords which are secret merely point to these real secrets. A published paper copy of magical ritual, no matter what grade or provenance is akin to sex instruction manual with instructions of when and where to put what – simply a guide to the real action. And just as the public availability of the rubric of the Mass does not diminish one iota the Mystery of the Institution of the Body of Christ, so too the publication of a GD text cannot affect the mysteries it points to.
Nick Farrell and a few others say this clearly but many seem not to get it.
Secrecy in magic is a tool for spiritual unfoldment, nothing more and nothing less (John Michael Greer explores this well). Without tools we cannot approach the mysteries, but as soon as we valorize any tool for its own sake we enter idolatry and we can kiss goodbye to deeper spiritual unfoldment since we have created a barrier in our own minds.
The approach to secrecy that seems to be being taken by many in the GD is frankly idolatrous. I mean, seriously guys…what other word can we use to describe GH Fr LES’s insistence that a Golden Dawn oath of secrecy applies to material from other Orders we find in a library?
Another depressing trend is the wink-wink, hint-hint that there are REAL secrets from REAL orders BEYOND the GD/RR et AC who will not reveal their SECRETS to anyone one who they think aren’t trustworthy. Or that there are HIDDEN GUARDIANS who will get the naughty oath breakers back somehow. In this post GH Fr LES waxes lyrical about secrets, assuring his readers (“It is for YOU – the spiritual elite of this generation”) that all is not lost, that higher Orders are out there ready to help the worthy despite the ravages we GD oath breakers have caused. While not sounding quite like a used car salesman (as I describe in this post) it is a close call. This use of occult clichés and draw cards is really dated and, well just plain boring these days…sorry.
The appeal to hidden Orders, masters etc is all a load of nonsense anyway. I know the GD Order of GH Frs SR and SR is very earnest in all this, but let’s face it, there is no proof. GH Fr SR said the internal alchemical tradition of these Orders is supposedly a tradition handed down from the Hellenic era. Ho-hum, who hasn’t heard these tales before? To base our sharing, and yes publication, of GD material which will aid many folk worldwide on the fact we may get on the bad side of these mysterious hidden brothers would be bizarre in the extreme.
The situation is of course not helped by GH Fr LES’s subtle and not so subtle hints that his Order is the ONLY order with access to these HIGHER Orders and in turn these are the ONLY Orders which have the TRUE secrets which are the ONLY means for full initiation available. I suspect all this is not quite true, not quite a farce but somewhere in between. We will never know of course because of the secrecy involved. Ho hum…nothing changes.
Now, in terms of the sheer volume of spiritual (and using the word broadly, magical) secrets that have been revealed recently, the top prize has to go the Vajrayana traditions of Tibet. Largely following the direction and lead of HH the Dalai Lama, hundreds of previously secret manuscripts and processes have been made available and translated. The generosity of the Tibetan Buddhists is immense. They have done this to aid all Beings, seeing a genuine spiritual desire and need and meeting it in a contemporary way, making material accessible. And as anyone initiated into these traditions by a Tantric Master will attest, their traditions have not suffered a bit, have not been profaned and have not diminished. Makes you think, eh? 🙂