Friday, October 21, 2011

Llewellyn Worldwide Publishing, Witch Wars and the Golden Dawn

Donald Michael Kraig recently wrote on the Llewellyn Publishing blog:
"I currently know of two Golden Dawn-like groups where the leaders were members of another group, became initiated into the 5=6 degree, almost immediately quit or were kicked out of the group, and then started their own versions of the Golden Dawn! One actually tried more than once before coming up with a scheme to call his group the Golden Dawn even though his new rituals actually reverse Golden Dawn concepts. (Why call it the “Golden Dawn” if you don’t want to follow the teachings of that group?) The other frequently declares that he is trying to structure peace between Golden Dawn groups while he regularly leads the battles by writing attacks on other groups and individuals."
The above is vintage Golden Dawn Flame War verbiage...

... With Donald Michael Kraig hiding behind a mask of feigned objectivity - and not revealing which Golden Dawn order he belongs to while misusing his author's ethos and the Llewellyn blog as a "bully" pulpit.

Particularly noteworthy is how Kraig mischaracterizes legitimate, scholarly debate in the Golden Dawn community as "attacks," while he himself attacks half of the Golden Dawn community in the very same paragraph.

This is the sort of bullying, duplicitous misrepresentation that typifies Witch War as well as the decades old, Golden Dawn internet flame war, which sadly - judging from the above rant - appears to be alive and well  today on the Llewellyn Worldwide blog - with Don Kraig acting as "de facto" spokesperson of a Golden Dawn order that has been kindling flames in our Golden Dawn community for nearly two decades now.

Enough is enough already.

I would remind Mr. Kraig that the Honorable Jeffrey S. White, United States District Judge, already warned his Golden Dawn order in the court's order dated October 24, 2008 that:
"The Court fully expects [the other party*] will not engage in back door violations of paragraph 4 of the Settlement Agreement, and it will not tolerate any such violations." [This paragraph of the Settlement Agreement viewable here details the non-disparagement clause binding both parties.]
*Case 3:05-cv-00432, "The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, Inc. v, Griffin," in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.


  1. Nick Farrell today wrote:

    "For many years people, usually claiming to be the incarnation of Mathers have used the name of the AO to sell their system as different from other members of the Golden Dawn community."

    Reincarnation of Mathers? Yep, the Golden Dawn flame war is clearly alive and well. Even after nearly two decades, attacking the ALpha Omega on the internet still seems to be very much in fashion.

  2. You really should just ignore the flame mongers. By giving such dicks attention, you merely give them the undue importance they so desperately crave.

  3. It is obvious why they keep doing this. Anthropological and psychological research has shown, that a lie when repeated often enough will begin to be accepted as truth even by those who initially did not believe it. Beware of the subtle mind control techniques of those who teach a system that they themselves believe to have been founded upon a lie.

  4. @ David

    You wrote: "Even after nearly two decades, attacking the ALpha Omega on the internet still seems to be very much in fashion."

    You should really take this as a compliment and as a sign of your success. Since the Alpha Omega is the largest and most successful international Golden Dawn order, this stuff is like what happened in the old West. Anyone who had the reputation as the fastest gun never got any peace. There was always some wannabe nipping at your heals trying to make a name for themselves. The same obviously holds true for the Golden Dawn today.