Yes, Virginia, you too have rights (and responsibilities)

Not really relevant - just like this pic (and the Charter!)

Over on the very wonderful Flight of Hermes blog is one of the most important magical documents of the 21st century. Naturally, since it is important it is being ignored. 🙂 Largely due to the work and effort of VH Sr FSO, the Initiate’s Bill of Rights and Responsibilities is potentially a good part of the solution to the distressing round of dysfunctional adepts and Orders that have mushroomed since the 1970s.

There is not really much to say here, other than go and read it, study it, apply its principles to your Order or suggest its principles be adopted at your next convocation, AGM, piss up or whatever.

Creating healthy and functional modes of group organisation is not easy, and the Bill can help with this an awful, awful lot (promise). Personally, I think the full lodge system is the best method of group organisation – after trying anarchy, tyranny, democracy, and the agony of consensus. However, getting modern folk to understand and work the full lodge structure is harder than translating the complete works of Shakespeare into Klingon. I mean, I’m sure it can be done, but…

My proposed solution to this problem is unfortunately illegal, involving locking students in a room for weeks on end with only CS Lewis’ The Discarded Image and Greer’s Inside a Magical Lodge and feeding them only via festive boards at the completion of a successful lodge ceremony. My next option would be to download the Bill grab a copy of Nick Farrell’s Gathering the Magic – Creating 21st Century Esoteric Groups and remember you too can behave like a wanker given the right circumstances. We all can.

So, Bravo to the authors of the Bill, Rachael Walker, Samuel Scarborough, and Nick Farrell – may you live long and prosper!

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3 comments

  1. Morgan Drake Eckstein · October 8, 2011

    I am not ignoring it—I am on a blogging vacation.

  2. Samuel · October 8, 2011

    I am not ignoring it either. I do think it an important step in the direction needed for those esoteric groups to function in a healthy manner.

    Peregrin, I would like to suggest one additional book to Greer’s “Inside a Magical Lodge” and Farrell’s “Gathering the Magic – Creating 21st Century Esoteric Groups”. This is Judy Harrow’s ” Wicca Covens: How to Start and Organize Your Own” which deals with group dynamics which can be applied to even the Lodge System. Harrow herself is a member of the Association for Humanistic Psychology and of the American Counseling Association. She has an emphasis in Group Dynamics as part of her professional training and this shows in this particular work of hers.

    After reading these three books and putting into practice the advice and suggestions, most people can learn a thing or three about how to work in an esoteric group of nearly any sort.

    In LVX,
    Samuel

  3. Peregrin · October 8, 2011

    @Morgan and Samuel – i know YOU guys wouldn’t ignore it… it’s THEM I talking about… lol 🙂

    @Morgan, The Cats of Halloween are a vacation? Cool break 🙂

    @Samuel – thanks heaps for the recommendation, always liked anything I read of hers. Will look into it. Was going to suggest Starhawk;s Empowerment Manual (http://starhawk.org/writings/empowerment_manual.html) but even after all these years the word ‘consensus’ fills me with fear and trembling 🙂 Thanks

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