Greetings Golden Dawners!
Apparently, a little bit of controversy has been stirred up by the new Commentaries on the Golden Dawn Flying Rolls – specifically over the “author” of the book: the “Golden Dawn Community.”
Our choice to use this particular phrase has given rise to some questions, such as what exactly makes up such a community. That is, how are we defining this “community” as opposed to any other community, and what makes one either a member of it or an outsider to it? Nick Farrell recently addressed this issue rather well on his blog. So, if you’ve been asking yourself these same questions, I recommend you head over there and see what he has to say on the issue.
Meanwhile, a somewhat different question has come to my attention via a private email. It would appear that a few people out there feel the Commentaries book is a political move to define its contributors – and only its contributors – as members of the Golden Dawn Community. In other words, if you are a member of an Order or private Temple that is not represented in the book then – according to this view - you are being subtly informed that you are not invited to our little party. (Sadly, the author of that email expressed that he would not be interested in similar projects in the future due to what he felt was the “political” nature of this one.)
Nick also covers this to some extent in his blog post – where he outlines the criteria he used when inviting authors to contribute. To summarize that portion of his post: you were not invited to participate in this book if you were A) hostile toward the Golden Dawn or other members of the community or B) if your Temple or group is so secretive that we simply don’t know you exist. Plus, of course, there were only so many Flying Rolls to cover, and only so many Golden Dawners who are also authors – so even if you don’t fall into points A or B we still might not have found room for you in this particular project.
Still, I find it concerning that anyone would view our use of the term “Golden Dawn Community” as intended to limit or define that community to strictly the good folks who contributed to the project. When we all decided to use that term as the “author” of the book, I was among those who gave it a “yay” vote, so I feel I can rightfully speak for what we truly intended by it.
While the project was in its infancy, we cast our net as far and wide as we were able to. We wanted to include representatives from as many Golden Dawn Orders and independent Temples as we could manage – within the above-mentioned criteria. And it was in this same light that we decided the author should be listed as “the Golden Dawn Community.” The message we hoped to convey was that this book was not written by a single individual or even a single Order. It was a pan-GD effort intended to highlight both the diversity of the various Orders and the fraternity that exists between them. It was intended to be inclusive rather than restrictive.
Any concept of defining the community as “only” those who contributed was the furthest thought from our minds! In fact, it was our hope that those who couldn’t (or wished not to) contribute to the Commentaries… book would be inspired to contribute to later projects – thereby expanding the very notion of the “Golden Dawn Community” further and further which each subsequent event.
To put all of this very simply, consider that the Commentaries on the Golden Dawn Flying Rolls is a book both by and for the Golden Dawn Community. If you’re a Golden Dawner, then this means you.
UPDATE: Check out this great blog post from Eric v. Sisco. :) I also posted a comment there that you might enjoy reading. (At the moment it is waiting for approval, but it should appear shortly.)