Occasionally I participate on Facebook Golden Dawn forums. Some of these are as open as a politician’s book of promises before an election. Others are tighter. However, all seem to suffer from the same repeated annoying tendencies – to me anyway. So here is my, straight up, nary an edit in sight, guide to GD on the Forums – a sure fire way to make me happy. And we all want that, right?
Golden Dawn. GD. RR et AC. Got it? Please do not bring in chat about aliens, lizard people, ESP, Wicca (or even Wiccan lizards). And refrain from posting ‘inspirational’ YouTube videos showing pretty flowers, flying bunnies or expanding galaxies. All well and good in their place – but not on a Golden Dawn forum. And sorry, I include Thelema here – oils ain’t oils, ya know.
2. THINK BEFORE YOU TYPE
Most of us, most of the time, are on a knife edge where we can easily slip off into a vast and rolling abyss of sheer stupidity. So, as my beloved’s 12 year old daughter is fond of telling me, calm your farm, and ask yourself, “do I really need to send this now?” and “Am I being a bloody idiot?”
3. DON’T ASK STUPID QUESTIONS
Wot, you say, “there are no stupid questions”. True, I respond, “only stupid people”. 🙂 Really though, it’s like this: At present I am needing to find a lot of info about electric fences for horses. So I jump on the net and research the basic information. I would never join an Electric Fence forum and ask the basics. Read the FAQ, do some research, even read bloody Wikipedia. FIRST.
Really, it is so annoying to have these questions asked over and over again. Folk like myself and many others have killed thousands of virtual trees to have pages of pages of good, solid GD information on the net available. A simple search and it’s there. Show some respect and search out the answers before asking, eh?
4. WE DON’T WANT YOUR OPINION
What? Think that’s a mean thing to say? Let me explain. The GD / RR et AC is sometimes likened to a university. I think that sucks, mostly, but hey, I’ll use it today. As university undergraduates (roughly the GD outer order) no one is really interested in your personal opinion, only how well you can collate and synthesize (and reference) the opinion of others. Once you’re a graduate student (5=6 and above), it’s a different story.
Similarly in the GD: unless you’ve done the hard miles of many years GD work yourself, really all you can HONESTLY do is give the ideas and opinions of others. You may have ideas yourself – hey, I do all the time – but they cannot, by definition, be informed ideas, since you have not done the work. Got it?
Of course, with magic it’s a little different. Sometimes, even the most newest newbie gets an INSPIRATION about things. And that’s worth sharing. However, most of the time the inspiration is either as insipid as a well-saunaed lettuce or is obviously influenced by some childhood ‘experience’ – Liber Al is a good example.
So in a nutshell:
- Do we want your opinion? – no.
- Do we want your informed opinion – yes.
- Do we want your inspired opinion – maybe. Well, probably not.
6. WATCH THE ‘LIKES’
If you go around ‘liking’ comments that are daft, off topic or just plain wrong, you look like a knob. So, even if the poster is your regular smoochie person or have you in their will for lots of dosh, or you’re just a plain, simple fanboy – only ‘like’ good stuff. Otherwise you’re just encouraging them.
7. I’D RATHER BE 47 THAN 17
So, you’ve got a copy of a copy of some ‘original’ GD document some genuine adept has shared? Or you’ve visited a library somewhere to get the same. Please don’t use it to harp on about how much ‘better’ the original GD were, trying to beat others into submission ‘cos you’ve got something original. As Nick Farrell and several others have clearly shown, it ain’t necessarily the case that older is better. In all cases anyway, there is much more to an Order than what’s written on an old manuscript. Pat Zalewski showed this for the ceremonies and I did my part for the individual rituals. And besides, we’ve moved on a lot since then. I love tradition, as this blog shows, but I’d still rather be practicing it now in 2013 than 1893.
Right ho? Thanks.