One of the great things about being a blogger is connecting with people. Being somewhat isolated in Perth, Australia (often called the most remote city on earth) and a member of a small, non-aligned Order, MOTO has been a joy. Without any real conscious effort I have been befriended and helped along the way by many people. Documents have been shared, ideas batted back and forth, communal projects worked upon.
This is the upside of our electronic age. Within the greater GD community I know electronically, this is a reality, a true state of affairs. It is a very open and kind community, barring a few die hard loonies and empire builders. Paradoxically, even though the GD becomes more diverse as the years pass, there is probably more fraternal and collegiate spirit now than there ever was in the classical Golden Dawn era. Naturally this makes me very happy.
What does not make me happy is that that this reality is often masked by a seedier, grubby veneer. You only have to do a Google search to find out what I mean. Tales of woe, lies, ego focused adepts with long titles (obviously compensating) and accusations of flame war at the drop of a hat. The latest piece of high drama has taken the cake with David Griffin warning us that a ‘Dark Secret has infiltrated the very heart of the Golden Dawn’ causing all sorts of mischief. Have no fear though; his next part of the saga will see “The Pupeteer (sic) Unmasked.”
Sounds like smashing fun! I’m going to brush up on my Boy’s Own to get me in the mood and stock up on lashings and lashings of ginger beer. 🙂
Seriously though, such dramatics and paranoia damage our community. Recently a very wise and learned Pagan academic friend of mine got caught up in the rants of one of the GD folk who should know better. After agreeing that his motivation seemed a little, shall we say, lower than his grade implies, they asked, “How is it that he even is ‘involved’ in the GD?” And therein lays the rub.
Anyone can be involved in the Golden Dawn. Anyone can set themselves up as a temple leader. Anyone can assume a high grade. And, with a bit of effort and cunning, pretty much anyone can get a piece of paper lineage from one of the many lineage mills and sellers out there which, with a little creative effort, can be massaged into a link to a putative Order behind the GD. Failing this of course, anyone but anyone can forge a link with invisible and unknown Secret Chiefs or Masters (physical, astral or imagined) to give them ‘authority’ to do all sorts of things. Because no one except the senior leader(s) meets or communicates with these Chiefs, it’s a cinch. Con men dream of such a setup.
Therefore I think it is extremely important that people, temples and Orders be very vigilant – and I am not talking about making sure someone has ‘lineage’. I am talking about things like subscribing to the Initiate’s Bill of Rights and Responsibilities. I am talking about countering falsehood when we see it, stupidity and paranoia even. I am talking about teaching people to discern based on actions, compassion, motivation, intelligence and openness rather than allegations of grade, status, lineage or connection.
I think there is a very real, very vital and wonderful Golden Dawn community being formed out there at the moment. There are lots of exciting things happening, and I think finally, 120 years later, the GD is starting to come of age. This new GD spirit is not as visible as the almost daily exhortations of ‘we’re being flamed’, ‘we’ve got a longer lineage than anyone’ etc, and the inevitable and needed responses, but it is there. I am very proud to be in a small way connected with it. There is no doubt in my mind that if we simply focus on the service of magic, share politely and argue nicely when needed, the GD will become far greater than anyone has envisioned. Thanks guys 🙂