I am not astounded that my liking a forthcoming book, the Grand Key of Solomon the King, has provoked the ire and venom of BIORC Golden Dawn leader, Morgan Drake Eckstein. After all, there is a long history of any book that gets a positive review by Sincerus Renatus, by me, or by any other Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn (AO) member, immediately being trashed by Morgan or his colleagues from the "official" list of Golden Dawn orders Morgon allies himself with.
The Golden Dawn Hatfield Clan
I am, however, a little surprised that a few casual remarks I made over a Cafe Latte should meet with such dripping sarcasm from Morgan - and that he would even mischaracterize such casual remarks as a full-on book review.
Let there be no doubt about it. The Golden Dawn flamewars (Hatfield and MacCoy feud on the internet) that have harmed the Golden Dawn tradition for decades have taken a new, subtle, yet perverted twist: politically motivated book reviews.
And yes, despite his scholarly veneer, Morgan Eckstein is also a principal player in this twisted game.
Why else would Morgan Drake Eckstein choose to review a Golden Dawn book that has been out of print for five years, except that it was written by an HOGD/AO member and was suddenly getting a lot of positive attention?
Want more proof?
Why else does Morgan Eckstein routinely spam his identical reviews all across the internet - from his personal blog, to www.associatedcontent.com, to www.helium.com, to www.bukisa.com?
The reason is clear.
Morgan Drake Eckstein wants to make sure that his attack reviews show up on Google in as many places as possible.
Morgon, why not drop the Golden Dawn Hatfield and McCoy "review" sniping for once, and answer these tough questions instead?
Morgan's Golden Dawn feuding and review spamming do not represent responsible, credible reviewing. In fact, review spamming clearly violates the Terms of Service of many of the content sites Morgan Drake Eckstein has been flooding with the Golden Dawn Hatfield and McCoy feud.
More importantly, Morgan Drake Eckstein has escalated the Golden Dawn flamewars to a whole new arena - politically motivated Golden Dawn book "review" sniping.
Now that you see clearly what Morgan Drake Eckstein is really up to, let us look in depth at a point or two that he just made during his latest. Jed Hatfield, double-barrelled shotgun salvo. Morgan Drake Eckstein wrote:
“I doubt that anyone who is familiar with Norse mythology, Greek mythology, or Egyptian mythology is surprised that spirits have first names. (I am not sure about other mythologies, but a passing study of any one of these three should provide the student the hint that spirits have whole names, and not just last names.)”
I am impressed, Morgon, that for you this information is common knowledge (after the fact). I would be even more impressed if you were prove your point, for example by presenting a list of the 72 goetic spirits containing their first names and their surnames. Can you find this information in any source text that is familiar to modern Golden Dawn magicians? (Full Disclosure: The Grand Key of Solomon doesn’t deal with 72 goetic spirits, by the way).
Morgan Drake Eckstein continues:
“And no one who is experienced in working with evocation should be surprised either. After all, the first thing you ask a spirit is for its name. A single experience of a spirit giving you a full name should be enourgh to wake you up to the fact that Western grimoires are incomplete.”
I happen to be a collector of Grimoires, although it is common knowledge that I prefer Chaldeaen magic grimoires to Solomonic ones. Moreover, I am a collector of magical sigils - of which my Liber Sigillum presently contains 3,465 sigils.
This isn’t about what experienced ceremonialists with access to rare grimoire archives like ourselves would know, Morgon. This is about what the average Golden Dawn initiate has access to. Morgon, would you please be so kind a to show us the principle of first and last name for a spirit and its importance to evocation outlined in any official Golden Dawn paper? Or how about showing us where this notion even been mentioned in any of the works of John Dee?
It seems many of the experienced magicians were either unfamiliar with this principle or kept it outside of their personal notes, so how are we to expect the beginners to know?
Morgan Drake Eckstein wrote:
“The fact that Arabic grimoires are more complete should not be a surprise either. The Western world tried to wipe out its mystery traditions for centuries.”
How is your Golden Dawn factionalism and politically motivated "book review" sniping any different, Morgan?
If you truly care so deeply, why not try next time to focus on how our Hermetic tradition is strengthened by the resurfacing of important esoteric information - rather than taking cheap shots at casual comments I make over a latte?
Morgan, Golden Dawn flamewar and factional feuding serve no useful purpose, and spreading this nonsense to book "reviews" is just as petty as it is silly.
It is high time for us to all work together towards building greater harmony in the Golden Dawn community, towards ending flamewar on the internet, and to putting behind us the factionalism that has divided the Golden Dawn community for decades.
I apologize to the translator of the Grand Key of Solomon for liking this grimoire and expressing my appreciation of it on my blog.
I should have known that my mentioning this grimoire at all would only divert attention from the importance of the publication of this interesting new grimoire for sincere magicians.
Sadly, I should have known that even mentioning it would only being it into the crosshairs of Jed Hatfield and his Golden Dawn clan.
I have no doubt that this will not be the last we shall hear of this either.
I can see Morgan and his buddies already sharpening their pens and getting to spam the net with negative reviews yet once again.
Just look over there - in front the Hatfield house.
Jed and Jethro Hatfield are already stuffing shot gun shells with rock salt - just salivating for this grimoire to come out - for the next round of the Golden Dawn feud!
Sub Umbra Alarum Tuarum, Yeheshua
David Griffin (the real McCoy ;-)
G.H. Frater Lux Ex Septentrionis
Imperator Ordinis, Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn
outer order of the Rosicrucian Order of Alpha et Omega
"Ex Deo Nascimur.
In Yeheshua Morimur.
Per Sanctum Spiritum Reviviscimus"