by Golden Dawn Imperator
Today was arrival day at the second annual, International Festival of Golden Dawn Magicians. All in all it was a very chaotic day for both Leslie and myself.
First off, today concluded a full month of construction and improvements here at Isis Temple, which we did our level best to have ready in time.
For example, we added a 1,500 sq. ft. patio to create space enough to accommodate more people, as well as a 2 acre campground area.
It is a good thing we were prepared, when people today began to arrive from Latin America, Australia, Africa, Sweden, Holland, the UK, France, and from accross the USA.
This year's festival has an even more international draw than last year. And no wonder, with the Secret Chiefs releasing the rest of the Neophyte material (magical and otherwise) originally intended for the Golden Dawn, but cut short by the 1903 schism and ensuing chaos.
The real dark spot in the day was that the new hot tub is still not ready. We have been working on it for well over a month now, with one problem after the other cropping up - from a heater going out to last minute conndection problems. The technicians promise it will be fixed by tomorrow, so hopefully the group will, after a full day of magick, fnally ibe able to soak and relax in a new Grecian Spa holding up to 20 people!
I was greatly disappointed the tub wasn't ready when the first guests arrived today, but at least everything else was.
There was also a bit of chaos at the airport, since not everyone provided us with complete and accurate arrival information. This should have been expected, with arrivals from so many different countries all on the same day.
At the end of Day 1, everyone eventually made it in time though to inaugurate the new fire pit and drum circle here at Isis Temple.
Everyone that is - except the Texans.
Well - we all know Texas is famous for producing rugged individualists.
The Texas delegation, it seems, remains intent on sleeping in Las Vegas and coming out to the Festival only during the day (due to Las Vegas famous night life?).
I tried to tell them they are really going to miss out on something magical, but then again ...
... is there anyone out there who has been able to convince a Texan of anything, once they had set their mind to something different?