This Is The Golden Dawn, Not That

The recent election in the USA, the Brexit vote in the UK, and the rise of nationalistic and racially divisive politics around the world have invoked the worst in many people and places, and the magical world is no different.

Generally, magical orders such as the Golden Dawn and the OTO refrain from political commentary as being “worldly” and unconnected with a man or woman’s spiritual quest. In the OSOGD, it has always been our stated policy that within the Lodge, one’s personal politics, like one’s personal religious beliefs, are none of the Order’s business. In this we follow the long standing tradition of Freemasonry. We are all brothers and sisters under the Rose.

But such a position also requires we, as an Order, and our leaders, as its spokespersons, refrain from entering into political frays under the banner of the Order. In our formative years, there were some who wanted the Order to adopt a policy of progressive social activism, similar to groups such as Reclaiming. In the end, this approach was rejected. As such, we have never promoted or denounced any political party or figure officially. And we will not break that tradition, even now.

As an Order we decided years ago to refrain from any more “witch wars” with the Golden Dawn group referred to below. They are quite welcome to pursue their path without commentary from us. We certainly have no quarrel with the OTO, and in fact we share a ritual space with a local OTO oasis. But now, we find on social media posts like this:

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We cannot let this go unanswered. We must speak up so the world knows that THE Golden Dawn Community, as in the vast majority of dedicated students of Magic, belonging to scores of Lodges and groups under the banner of the Order, do NOT subscribe to hate, to bigotry, to prejudice, and have no desire to drag their organizations through the muck of the current political atmosphere. Again, the beliefs of our individual members are none of the Order’s business, and unlike that one particular group’s leader, we would never presume to use the resources of the Order, or the mantle of spiritual leadership, to promote our personal political beliefs.

We all have our work to do, to build a better society and better world, and if the Golden Dawn has a place in that endeavor, it is to produce more and better Adepts, who will go forth in the world and do their Will, with Equanimity, Loving-kindness, Compassion and Joy. We ask that we not ALL be judged by the inappropriate and incendiary words of what is a small, if loud, minority of the followers of the Golden Dawn Tradition.

Signed,
The First Adept and the Areopagus Council of the OSOGD

Not Our Golden Dawn

In light of the news from Greece this week about the attack on a refugee camp (as well as recent issues in the U.S.), we re-post this statement condemning *that other* Greek Golden Dawn and their racist acts and words. Our Golden Dawn magickal current is not connected with that group in any way, and our Order actively opposes their views and actions.

From September, 2013:

“The Open Source Order of the Golden Dawn stands against racism and intolerance. Our Golden Dawn tradition stems from a magickal Order begun in Victorian-era England, and we are not in any way aligned with the racist, and arguably fascist, Golden Dawn political organization of Greece (The People’s Association – Golden Dawn, Greek: Λαϊκός Σύνδεσμος – Χρυσή Αυγή), which has been in the news recently. We are a constitutional democratic institution and reject authoritarianism in its fascistic or other forms. We accept applications for membership from all sincere applicants who are local to an OSOGD Lodge, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, physical abilities, ancestry, gender identity, religion, or sexual orientation.”

OSOGD September Events

The Open Source Order of the Golden Dawn celebrated its Autumnal Equinox September 16 – 18. And each day was packed with esoteric excitement.

Friday, 9/16/16, Frater QES held a wonderful repast at Arcadia. It was an informal affair, with a good group of us engaged in esoterically tinged and generally fantabulistic conversations.

Saturday, 9/17/16, was a fully packed day, which kicked off at 11am with more socializing, this time at our usual location for the Neophyte Hall. After socializing, came a round of business meetings + productive discussions about how our Order may best function in the coming year. And then, after breaks for lunch + dinner, the Neophyte Hall itself, where Ra Hoor Khuit did indeed take his seat in the East. A new round of officers were installed, and congratulations to all of them!

Sunday, 9/18/16, was the big read-through + practice + co-creation, of our 2017 Pantheacon presentation, which I’m not sure I can mention by name here, but, it is on a theme near + dear to our Order members, + it promises to be a very elaborate + memorable presentation (+ hopefully someone will document it on video).

Meanwhile, yours truly, must sign off, this being my last column, as I’ve since relocated to the East Coast. But I thank everyone again for their well-wishes, + Frater CMS for that last great cake, and I will miss all of you, but I plan to stay active as you all know, and, more to be revealed.

In LVX,
Frater ODL JC

OSOGD in August

The Open Source Order of the Golden Dawn held its monthly gathering on August 20, 2016.

The day’s events included a Practicus Advancement, Education Session, and a Hall of the Neophytes.

First up was the Practicus ceremony at 11am, or so. The new Practicus was none other than Frater QES, who had yet to undergo this ceremony, having been too busy previously with writing the Order’s rituals + his other projects. He acquitted himself most admirably, as you’d imagine. Congrats, Frater QES!

And then, at 3, the Education Session. Conducted by our new Practicus, Frater QES, this class continued to explore his more personal approaches to the Golden Dawn energetic work, including an intriguing segment on energetic/aura healing. Great stuff, and further such explorations are forthcoming, so come on by next time!

And finally, the Neophyte Hall, wherein we initiated a new member, Soror KT! The ceremony went quite smoothly, and our new Soror was well-prepared. And a big bonus, she’s an excellent dessert chef, as demonstrated at our post-ritual repast! Congrats Soror, and we welcome you aboard our Solar Boat.

OSOGD July Happenings

On July 16, 2016, the Open Source Order of the Golden Dawn held its monthly gathering, consisting of an Education Session and Neophyte Hall.

The Education Session kicked off at 3pm, and was conducted by Frater QES, on “The Works of Fire”. Our dear Frater went over basic and more advanced practices for the body-energy and posture work we do during our Golden Dawn rituals. The session was quite well-attended + inspirational, from what I hear. Thank you Frater QES!

The Hall of the Neophytes launched at 7:30, as usual. A big night, with 2 new initiates + 2 guests. The ceremony + initiations went smoothly, and we successfully initiated Frater FTP + Frater PE. Congrats + welcome aboard!

In LVX,
Fr. ODL JC

OSOGD Activities of June 2016

On June 18, 2016, the Open Source Order of the Golden Dawn held its monthly soiree, featuring an Educational Session followed by the Hall of the Neophytes.

The 3pm Educational Session was conducted by our ever-resourceful Fr. HOSV, this time speaking on the Tattwas as used by the Golden Dawn for meditation. From all reports it was a well-attended + informative affair.

The 7:30pm Hall was also quite successful, we had a new initiate: Soror EIN. Congrats, Soror! And we also had 2 guests, both of whom we enjoyed meeting and who appear to be interested in joining the Order.

Then yesterday evening, June 25th, Frater QES hosted a farewell party for Fr. IP + his wife at Arkadia. It was fun + well attended, with lots of excellent food + drink. And hats off to our Grill Master, Sr. LAAR, for the great BBQ action!

OSOGD Doings May 2016

 
The Open Source Order of the Golden Dawn once again convened – on May 21, 2016 – for its monthly Education Session and Neophyte Hall.

“Meditation” was the topic of the 3pm Education Session. Specifically, the OSOGD Grade Meditations. The presentation was delivered by Frater QES, and was fun, informative, and well-attended, by all reports. Thank you, Frater QES.

And then, the Neophyte Hall kicked off just a few minutes later than usual, but otherwise went very smoothly. We did a Sandalphon working, and everyone had a memorable experience. We also had the honor + privilege of having a guest that evening, whom we all enjoyed meeting, and who apparently enjoyed the Hall as he’s officially applied for initiation.

Afterwards was our usual round of food, beverage, and conversation, during which Frater IP announced that he + his wife would be moving to Portland in July. We are happy for both of them, but they will also be missed.

In LVX,
Frater NNV
 

OSOGD activities for April 2016

On April 16, 2016, the Open Source Order of the Golden Dawn held its monthly conclave, aka the Opening of the Hall of the Neophytes. The event was well-attended – including 2 honored guests who have applied for membership and who we all enjoyed meeting – and the energy and ceremony flowed especially well for a first ceremony with the new floor officers.

Earlier in the day we had an Educational Session on the LBRP, presented by our ever-energetic + insight-laden Frater QES, where we all were inspired to go further in our practice of this core, Golden Dawn ritual. Thank you, Frater QES.

 

OSOGD happenings – March 2016

And so it ’twas, that Ra-Hoor-Khuit once again took his seat in the East in our recent Vernal Equinox ceremony, on March 19, 2016 at BATT in Oakland, CA. There were no additional initiations, nor was there a separate education session, just this one important ceremony. Yes, there was a changing of the guard, as you may have surmised from previous OSOGD notices. The new floor officers are:

Hierophant – Fr. HGS
Hegemon – Fr. SVP
Hiereus – FR. NNV
Kerux – Sr. A
Dadouchos – Fr. IH
Stolistes – Fr. CMS
Sentinel – Sr. E

The ceremony was fairly flawlessly executed, + some powerful energies were experienced by various participants. Oh, + the wine + food were even more outstanding than usual, thanks to all who contributed!

The following day, Fr. QES held a small + informal gathering at Arkadia. Philosophical topics were discussed, wines quaffed, + meats expertly grilled (by the ever talented Sr. A), + duly consumed (along with tasty side dishes). Thanks Fr. QES for hosting! A wonderful time was had by all.

And that’s all he wrote,
for now.

Fr. NNV
3/26/16