Sunday, June 16, 2013

Commentaries on the Golden Dawn Flying Rolls!


Avete FOH Readers,

I am pleased to announce the release of the new book Commentaries on the Golden Dawn Flying Rolls When first asked to participate in this project I was unsure of where this journey would take us. The range of Orders, personalities, and knowledge from which these commentaries would be made was sure to make for an interesting outcome, and one I can say I am very proud to have been a part of !

What makes this book so unique is that it offers a glimpse at the evolution of the modern Golden Dawn. Once a completely secret Order, the Golden Dawn, through the facilitation of modern day culture and  technology has developed into a system of great breadth, elegance, and knowledge. Arguably we could say that this has always existed within the seed form of Golden Dawn Tradition, but just as modern day science continues to grow and develop with increased experience and experimentation, so does that of the magical sciences.

One of the beautiful things about the Golden Dawn that I have come to love and find of great import is that it generally attracts free-thinkers. Because of this quality of many a GD mage we have been able to experience a veritable freedom of information that has become accessible through books, magazines, and the internet so that even the solitary practitioner can find a plethora of knowledge to support his spiritual path. On a side note, I do not believe that true spiritual paths are stagnant, but have the ability to grow and change in application with the development of society so as to stay pertinent to the contemporary spiritual seeker. Thus, I think that it is only natural that the fundamentals of the GD system have become available outside of the traditional Temple setting in the modern era.

I have come to find throughout my time as a GD student and Adept that the summation of the effects of this freedom has resulted in more of a spiritual boon than a degradation to the Tradition. Honestly, this was not something I always believed, but as a scientist by trade I find the power of observation is quite effective in leading one beyond spiritual prejudice. It is said..."You know a tree by its fruits", and I have witnessed two things concerning this 1.) fundamentalism and isolation breeds hatred, contempt, and chaos 2.) tolerance and collaboration cultivates innovation, learning, and non-attachment. If one is to truly lead a spiritual life one must use the power of spiritual and intellectual observation to eliminate falsities in ones consciousness. If the techniques available to the public through books, articles and respectable sources are practiced correctly than one will benefit a great deal from these teachings and have the ability to gain the deeper knowledge they seek and develop true mental discrimination. Now that being said, I support whole-heartedly the joining of an Order and the use of initiation if available... and the hope is that the information that is readily available will encourage one to do so. Being a part of an Order with a functioning Temple/Temples not only allows one to receive feedback on their progress through a trusted mentor but accelerates growth through community, physical initiation, and access to information that is not publicly available. also warms my heart to know that the true Seeker almost anywhere in the world can have the ability to follow the Golden Dawn tradition even if a Temple or mentor is unavailable to them. 

Concordantly, the effects of such accessible knowledge has been to lead the development of the Golden Dawn to a point where a variety of Orders are available with slightly varying approaches that allow for anyone of any background, ethnicity, and religious/spiritual education to find an Order they feel comfortable joining and which engages them in a manner that best .fits their personal development.  No, I may not believe nor follow the precepts of all Orders represented in this book, but I relish in  seeing a community of people genuinely following the path in a manner that is right for them and will lead them to enlightenment quickly and efficiently. The Mount of Abiegnus is tall and wide, but the summit is acuminous i.e. at the base there is room for many paths, but for the true Seeker they all lead to the same place.

This then leads me back to the allure of this newly published book. Each contributor is representative of a different Order with different, but similar training, allowing for a vast representation of perspective. Unlike the vast majority of previous GD books that have come from the viewpoint of a certain Order, this book offers a variety of spiritual vistas from which to draw from. Each contributor has proven themselves as a vast storehouse of knowledge and magical experience. Each is a noted mentor, writer, and contributor to the GD community via various fora and each has gained the respect of the Orders and their contributing authors thus making this book an excellent representation of the modern GD current.

What I truly like about this book however is that it is a testament to the true brotherhood that has existed for many years in the GD but has often been overshadowed by in fighting between certain groups which unfortunately left a bad taste in many an initiates' mouths. The truth however always overcomes and the great deal of love and devotion shared between Orders shines through in this collection of commentaries on the Golden Dawn Flying Rolls. In summation, this is the most unique book on Golden Dawn teachings to date and will, I believe, live on in posterity for many years to come. I only hope that this will be the first of many collaborations expanding and offering the unique viewpoints of the many Orders which exist today.

Thank you to those who facilitated this great project, to those who took their time to contribute their ideas, and to those who take the time to read it and utilize it to expedite their spiritual growth. My hopes is that you, the latter whom I speak of, will begin/continue to lend your thoughts to the community on the various blogs and fora for which this book will be discussed and continue this new found tradition of collaboration for the benefit of future generations. And, if you happen to come across a commentary that you truly connect with and are not currently a part of an Order, I urge you to seek out the information via the websites available to see if that Order may be a good fit for you!

Find the book here!

Coming Soon!...look forward to a most exhilarating interview with mage and artist Sucae Sounds!

Nosce Te Ipsum,

VH Soror FSO