Friday, June 3, 2011

Assimilation or Federation?

Golden Dawn Reconstructionists, Nick Farrell and Pat Zalewski

When Nick Farrell's recent book came out, Mathers Last Secret, many people in the Golden Dawn community took the entire book as a thinly veiled attack on the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, the outer Order of the Rosicrucian Order of Alpha et Omega. It is common magical knowledge that the one very effective way to destroy an order is to publish its rituals.

If this was indeed Mr. Farrell's purpose, it certainly fell flat on its face. Since Farrell had been bragging about the forthcoming book for years, he gave the Alpha et Omega plenty of time to revise our rituals. (Good try, Nick, but not good enough!)

The prevalent perception that Farrell's book was an attack on the Alpha et Omega was reinforced by the way Farrell unfairly attacked S.L. MacGregor Mathers in the book, as well as the A.O. Farrell's central thesis that the Alpha et Omega is a masonic order rather than a magical one is of course absurd.

The most convincing evidence that Mr. Farrell's publishing project was all along a continuation of the decades old, Golden Dawn flame war, came with Farrell's reaction on his blog to negative, scholarly reviews of the book. You can find the reviews here, here, and here.

Nick Farrell wrote:

"Neither am I going to argue with habitual drug users who think they can turn lead into Gold, have a fantasy about Arabs paying for Hebrew wands, or with single men who are so desperate for a shag they make it a mystery in the said hope that one day they will get laid.
Sure you can attack the theories in my books, (although one so called scholarly critique was packed full of so much magical ignorance, and logical holes, I could not even begin to reply to it). However, when it is about something I saw, I have decided that you can stick your theories up your arse, and I will ignore you."
In our diverse Golden Dawn community, there is plenty of room for a wide plethora of divergent Golden Dawn orders. Our order, the traditionalist HOGD/AO, recognizes the value of this diversity and actively encourages it. We also encourage GD orders to provide quality initiation and training for candidates and to avoid exploiting them.

Sadly, there are certain orders who do not likewise respect the right of a traditionalist order like ours (with actual Hermetic, Rosicrucian, and Golden Dawn lineages) to exist as well. We have been defamed on the net for decades. We have seen our rituals published and entire books written only to attack us. We have even been sued to try to stop us from using the Golden Dawn name.

The reason certain Golden Dawn leaders hate us so much - is that our order proves the Golden Dawn is not a dead tradition - to be reconstructed according to the personal visions of historical reconstructionists like, for example, Nick Farrell or Pat Zalewksi

Let us be clear about this. Our order has no problem with reconstructionists like Mr. Farrell and Mr. Zalewkski creating their own Golden Dawn orders according to their individual or collective vision.

It is only when they try to kill and assimilate traditionalist orders like ours - that continue the original Hermetic and Rosicrucian lineages of the original Golden Dawn - that our order defends itself.

No. Resistance is NOT futile, and we will NOT be assimilated.

If they would quit trying to assimilate everyone,
there is room in the Federation even for the Borg.

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