Thursday, February 3, 2011

David Griffin Out Of The Broom Closet!

Members of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn (Alpha et Omega), and others who know me, are aware how much I keep my personal religious faith a private matter. 

In the HOGD/AO, I stubbornly insist that religious preference, like sexual preference, race, creed, color, etc. should have no bearing on selection or advancement of initiates. It was only recently, while defending the reputation of Pagan scholar, Ben Whitmore, and his meticulously researched book, Trials of the Moon, that I first spoke out in public, albeit only vaguely, about my actual religious beliefs.

I have known for some time, however, that my days in the broom closet were numbered. I had hoped to keep this quiet for another couple of weeks, but compelling events have forced my hand and lead me, following tonight's celebration the ancient Pagan festival of Candelora, to openly and publicly proclaim my Stregan faith, once and for all.

On the schedule for Pantheacon, 2011, you will find an historic lecture set for 9:00 AM on Saturday, February 19, entitled The Great Rite and the True Sabbath by Arch Priestess Diana and Arch Priest Dianus of Stregheria del Bosco Sacro of Benevento.

This is is the first time in history that any surviving Branch, Clan, or Tradition of Stregheria Italiana Antica, has sent a sitting Arch Priestess from Italy to address American Pagans at Pantheacon. The true magnitude of this event, however, lies in deeper mysteries of The Great Rite that Diana and Dianus bring with them to share with us.

Dianus & Diana del Bosco Sacro
What is not yet visible on the Pantheacon schedule is the role I play in all of this. As Diana and Dianus do not speak much English, I serve as their interpreter. Thus it will be my pleasure to present APS Diana and AP Dianus of Stregheria del Bosco Sacro of Benevento to you at Pantheacon.

Secret History Revealed

In 1999, my publication of The Ritual Magic Manual, combined with our having reformed the Inner Order of the HOGD/AO to include Rosicrucian alchemy, attracted the attention of a certain Rosicrucian Internal College in Continental Europe. In 2002, this Internal Rosicrucian College transmitted to Jean-Pascal Ruggiu and myself the rituals and teachings that today comprise the Third Order of the Rosicrucian Order of Alpha et Omega. 

It was through this Internal College that I first heard rumors of the underground survival of numerous branches, traditions, and clans of ancient Stregheria in Italy. These include the Animulari, Clan Nemorensino, Janare, Benandanti, Cogas (or Surbile), Strie, Magare, Anguane, Majare, Maiare, Masche, Bazure, and Clan Umbro. This was quite astonishing, considering so many Centuries of severe religious persecution intended to wipe out every vestige of ancient Paganism in Italy.

I was intrigued and set out immediately to attempt to make contact with them. Certain German alchemists agreed at least to try to aid me in this quest. Via the Internal College, they passed my inquiry to certain alchemists in Naples, Italy. This led at length to obtaining for me a letter of introduction to Arch Priestess Diana of Stregheria del Bosco Sacro of Benevento provided by an elderly and influential Neapolitan alchemist.

Arch Priestess Diana
Over the years, I have grown close to Diana and Dianus. Following my initiation into Stregheria del Bosco Sacro of Benevento, they adopted me into the del Bosco Sacro family Tradition. They have become like parents to me and I have come to love them like blood relatives.

For years, I have remained silent about all of this. To convince elders of our Tradition to open to the outside world was no small task. In fact, due to continuing religious persecution in Italy,  most surviving Clans, Branches, and Traditions of Stregheria prefer to remain in the shadows even today. 

They likewise do not all approve of the Stregheria del Bosco Sacro of Benevento intiative. Nonetheless, Arch Priestess Diana and her family arrived in America on December 8, 2010 to establish Stregheria del Bosco Sacro of Benevento as an additional Tradition within the modern Pagan movement together with deeper mysteries of The Great Rite.

Diana and Dianus personify four lineages of Stregheria Italiana Antica: Janare of Benventano, Masca of Piemonte, Majara of Puglia and Maiare of Sicily. The title Grand Conservator of Stregan Faith and Traditions was bestowed on Dianus by Stregheria del Bosco Sacro of Benevento in recognition of Dianus' advanced spiritual attainment and of his essential role in preserving and transmitting the Stregheria Traditions of Janare of Benventano, Masca of Piemonte, and Majara of Puglia, and Maiare of Sicily.

There is no such thing as any sort of Grand Lodge, etc. in Italian Stregheria. Any and all titles of recognition are given exclusively at the local Tradition, Branch, Congregation, or Clan level. To avoid confusion, it is essential to clarify that Diana and Dianus in no way pretend to speak for any other Stregheria Tradition other than del Bosco Sacro of Benevento and the other Stregan lineages they embody.

It was recently asked why the initial High Clergy of our Tradition in America employs magickal names derived from Stregherian Goddesses and Gods. Diana, Dianus, Aegeria and Lupercus are, of course, not our real magical names.

These names were provided by elders of Stregheria del Bosco Sacro of Benevento for public use in conjunction with our mission in America. They correctly foresaw problems in the accomplishment this mission, including magical attack. We were instructed to use these Divine names in all public aspects of our mission. This precaution is a but small piece of an enormous castle of protection magically erected to guard every aspect of our mission.

The principle mission of Diana and Dianus is to bring the deeper mysteries of The Great Rite out into the open here in America. To this end, Diana and Dianus already offer initiation and training in The Great Rite, including Egyptian Sexual Alchemy and the Shamanic Sexuality.

The del Bosco Sacro is an ancient and noble Stregan family, respected by all Clans, Branches, Traditions, and Congregations of Stregheria in Italy. As former guardians of The Sacred Forest of Nemi where the Temple of Diana Lucina once stood, the del Bosco Sacro family has always been guardians of deeper mysteries of The Great Rite. 

Upon their personal authority as inheritors of del Bosco Sacro Tradition, Diana and Dianus have decided to open initiation and training in Mysteries of The Great Rite to Amercan couples - completely independently of Stregheria. In this manner, deeper mysteries of The Great Rite can be shared not only with other Stregan groups, but even with couples from the entire spectrum of the Pagan and Tantric communities. These teachings of The Great Rite, comprise 66 distinct levels of initiation, practice, and consciousness, encompassing lineages of both Shamanic Sexuality and Egyptian Sexual Alchemy.

Diana and Dianus also offer initiation and training in Stregheria del Bosco Sacro of Benevento. Our Stregan tradition does not accept just anyone for initiation, however. We require, for example, prior application as well as legally binding confidentiality agreement. 

Compared with certain other Stregheria Traditions, our Tradition is admittedly somewhat liberal about admitting probationers to our First Degree. We are, however, extremely elitist regarding who will ever be admitted to our Third Degree, let alone adopted into the del Bosco Sacro family Tradition.

Our Probationer Degree includes a year and a day of practice and devotion to the Goddess, Diana Lucina. Beyond this, I am not at liberty to comment on rituals, grade structure, teachings, requirements etc. of our Tradition as this remains oath bound information. We indeed charge modest fees for initiation and training. This is necessary to support the mission of Stregheria del Bosco Sacro of Benevento in America.

Our Stregan Tradition is well aware that there already exist other Traditions of Stregheria in America. Noteworthy in this regard are the family Traditions transmitted by Leo Martello and Raven Grimassi. Our particular Tradition, Stregheria del Bosco Sacro of Benevento, is inextricably and intimately connected with the mysteries of The Great Rite. We do not claim that other Stregheria Traditions need to be this way. There have always been substantial differences between one Stregan Tradition and another. We merely clarify that this is the nature of our particular Stregan Tradition.

Like other Stregan magical Tradtions, Stregheria del Bosco Sacro of Benevento also uses magical implements, etc. These take on relatively minor importance, however, compared to how they are used in most other Stregan Traditions. This is because the essence of del Bosco Sacro family Tradition are the mysteries of LOVE - the love of Diana Lucina - as well as the love between a man and a woman. 

Again, The Great Rite is of paramount importance in our Stregan Tradition.

Due to the prominence of The Great Rite in Stregheria del Bosco Sacro of Benevento, we have been asked to clarify our position on sexual preference and relationship style. The Great Rite is primarily a heterosexual tradition and is most easily and effectively practiced by monogamous couples. This does not mean, however, that our Tradition excludes polyamorous couples or gay or lesbian mysteries. On the contrary, Diana and Dianus have brought deeper Gay and Lesbian mysteries of The Great Rite with them to America. These, however, are separate branches of the sexual mysteries of The Great Rite. We are in such a preliminary phase of our mission in America that Gay and Lesbian mysteries have not yet been implemented. This will require finding suitable ambassadors for these mysteries to the GLBT community.

Now that I am out of the broom closet, and have revealed what I have secretly been up to all these years, I have no doubt a certain detractor will try to frighten people by conflating my role as an International Golden Dawn Imperator with my religious activities within Stregheria

In clarification, the HOGD/AO is completely separate organization. I thank my HOGD/AO sisters and brothers for your hard work and spiritual advancement, that has made our order, in my opinion, the world's finest and foremost school of ritual magick.

Rest assured I remain as Imperator at the helm of our order. The demands of this mission on my time, however, will necessitate that our Order rely on our Adepti and our Initiates more than ever. I have no doubt that we collectively shall remain equal to the task, even though our order shall henceforth grow far more rapidly than ever.

In closing, I extend a personal invitation to you to experience Diana and Dianus' historical appearance at Pantheacon, to hear their lecture, and to observe a demonstration of Stregheria del Bosco Sacro of Benevento ritual on Sunday, February 22 at 1:30 PM. 

For a few qualified candidates, there will also be limited possibility for initiation during Pantheacon, both in Stregheria del Bosco Sacro of Benevento and in The Great Rite.

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  1. Thank you for coming forward...I shall look for you and the Bosco Sacro at the Con!



  2. May this revelation bring you peace.

  3. Thank you Angela. Be sure to introduce yourself to us.

    Thank you, K. It has been a delicate balancing act for so long.

  4. If you're a practicing pagan, Frater, are you still a member in the Christian-exclusive Masonic Knights Templar and Swedish Rite?

  5. @ Anonymous

    I have not formally withdrawn from any of the Freemasonic Rites or Societies into which I was initiated. Instead, I have for years merely allowed my dues to lapse.

    In my opinion, we have now entered into a post-Masonic era in modern occultism. As a case in point, the mysteries of Egyptian Sexual Alchemy, once preserved and transmitted in the highest degrees of Cagliostro's Egyptian Rite, have now been brought into The Great Rite of the modern Pagan movement alongside the Shamanic Sexuality of Strega.

    Freemasonry has been a valuable and potent vehicle for the mysteries for several Centuries. In my opinion, however, Freemasonry has now played its role and has been replaced by a new spiritual impulse better suited for the 21st Century - the modern Pagan movement!

  6. Over the course of Centuries, the mysteries of Egyptian Sexual Alchemy have been deposited in one Spiritual movement after the other. Wherever these have gone, they have given birth to a new and potent magickal current that has spiritually molded and transformed our culture. The Rosicrucian and the Freemasonic currents are two perfect examples of this phenomenon.

    The Egytpian Freemasonry of Alessandro di Cagliostro merely hinted at these mysteries in its highest grades. Cagliostro was instrumental in bringing the mysteries of Egyptian Sexual Alchemy under Freemasonic custody.

    But now, two long Centuries later, the Age of Freemasonry is at an end!

    Freemasonry has served our culture long and well, but now, like a retired elder statesman, Freemasonry has played its role and spent its spiritual force.

    Today we enter into a new era - a new epoch in the spiritual history of Western culture.

    Today we witness the rise of a a potent magickal current for a new Millennium - As virile a spiritual force as was the magickal current of youthful Freemasonry in the 18th Century.

    Today, the mysteries of Egyptian Sexual Alchemy have been liberated from the horde merely guarded by a Freemasonic dragon.

    Henceforth, the sublime sexual mysteries of Egypt will be PRACTICED by couples far and wide - as they take their rightful place alongside Shamanic Sexuality in the mysteries of ...

    The Great Rite ...

    And this marks the rise of the spiritual current and movement destined to utterly transform Western culture in the 21st Century ...


  7. Tonight we enter into a new epoch in the Golden Dawn community, as the Adepts of the Second Order of the Esoteric Order of the Golden Dawn have expelled Robert Zink from the EOGD.

    For complete information, see: