Aaron Leitch Must Be Stopped! – The Realities of Being an Author   30 comments

Greetings inquisitive minds!

So the other day it was brought to my attention that I am under attack.  Not in the physical or magickal sense – but in the informational sense.  Apparently, someone out there with a blog and waaay too much free time on their hands has got it into their mind that I am a dastardly minion of Evil who delights in inciting hatred and strife across the Western magickal community.

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Yeah that’s what I said…

This blogger “outed” me as a member of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn (and by “outed” I mean he quoted my ‘About the Author’ blurb found on my website).  He then went on to provide a screenshot of a State corporate registration page that displayed not only my home address, but also the addresses of two of my close friends.  Wow.  And what did all of this prove?  Why, my membership in the HOGD was somehow proof-positive that I am promoting anonymous hate blogs here at Ananael and in my forums, and that perhaps I’m even the one writing those hate blogs myself!

See the above graphic…

Of course, those of you who actually read my blog, my forums, my essays, articles and books already know that these are all safe-havens from the drama, politics and trolling that are all-too rampant on the Internet and in various occult communities.  (And, to be honest, literally any and every sub-culture of which humans are a part.)  At no time ever have I promoted or linked to any hate blogs, and I sure as hell don’t have the time to go anonymously writing them!  (And if I did, do you know how fast Chic would have me out of the HOGD on my ass??)  For that matter, I strictly moderate anyone who tries to bring their fights to my forums - which quite often gets me accused of “censorship.”  (No shit, that’s what “moderate” means, sherlock!)

You might wonder why this person would accuse me of things I’m clearly not doing, and even consider me evil enough that perhaps putting my home and family in danger is worthwhile.  Is he someone I know and fell out with?  No.  Is he someone who I expelled from one of my forums?  Nope.  Is he someone that I’ve ever met or even spoken to before?  Not that I can tell.  Maybe this is entirely random.  Or maybe it’s because I count as friends some folks this guy doesn’t like.  (Note:  As of this writing he has removed the screenshot of my address, and simply provided a link to it instead.  I suppose that’s something…)

Don’t worry, I’m not intending to suddenly port in drama and trolling here now.  I’m not going to tell you who is doing this or link to them (because, contrary to what this person thinks, I don’t link to hate blogs!).  In fact, this blog isn’t about him.  I’m looking at a bigger and more important picture.

I’m sure many of you have already quit reading and are hitting the reply button to tell me what I should “do” about this attack.  But you should save your breath, because I don’t intend to “do” a goddam thing about it.  You see, internet fights are what I like to refer to as “tar baby traps.”

That'll learn ya!

That’ll learn ya!

A “tar baby” is a kind of bait.  It is intended to piss you off enough that you throw a punch at it.  But once you do, your fist is stuck.  Then you escalate the fight in an effort to get free – but all that does is enmire you further.  By the time you’re done thrashing around, you’ve become so entangled you have no hope of extricating yourself from the muck.  And it doesn’t do one bit of damage to your opponent – they just stroll along and scoop you up when they’re ready – laughing the whole way at how easily they played you.

But.. But... My HONOR!!

But.. But… My HONOR!!

And, that, dear friends, is at the very heart of every internet flame war you’ve ever seen.  The troll will stoop to any depth to find out how to push your buttons, how to get you nice and angry.  Then when you respond with ranting and raving it’s you who look like the asshole.  You become “just another one of those jerks who like to fight on the internet.”  No one who reads your rants cares that “he started it!”  In fact, no one who matters is going to read any of it anyway – the only ears you’ve captured belong to the trolls and the unwashed masses who can’t look away from anything with “Housewives” or “Swap” in the title…

Anything with Tabitha in it doesnt' count.  She rocks.

Anything with Tabitha in it doesn’t count. She rocks.

Back when I was getting my first book ready for publication, Chic told me to beware.  The moment you become an authority, he warned, people you’ve never even met will line up to take you down a peg.  And how right he was!  Just look at the reviews for my books on Amazon – specifically the few one and two star reviews – and you’ll find people who appear to be honestly enraged that I exist and am sucking up their precious air.  And, like our intrepid blogger, these are folks that I don’t know, have never met, and most certainly have never wronged in any way.

I found a great documentary on this subject called Heckler – you might enjoy giving it a watch.  Especially if you are yourself an artist, creator or performer who is in the public eye.

Fortunately, I’m not a stage-performer whose show can be ruined by a heckler.  I’m an author who gets to have my full say in each and everything I write.  (Except in forum posts – those almost always lead to trouble!)  Those who like what I have to say will read my work and enjoy it.  And those who don’t will rant against me to little avail.  The fact is internet arguments never change anyone’s mind about anything – ever.  And online ranting and libel is so common these days, hardly anyone even sees it anymore.  You can shout all day every day that I promote hate blogs, or eat babies, or mercilessly beat puppies and kittens (which somehow sounds worse than eating babies… hmmmm…) but its chances of causing me any real harm are slim to none.

So the next time you feel like you’re being baited on the internet – or even in real life for that matter – just think of the tar baby and ask yourself, is this really worth getting stuck in?

99% of the time, the answer is “No.”

Posted August 30, 2013 by kheph777 in psychology, social commentary

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30 responses to “Aaron Leitch Must Be Stopped! – The Realities of Being an Author

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  1. Absolutely Aaron Leitch must be stopped; its absolutely imperative he be halted in his tracks right now!

    Before he makes magic more aware of its roots, more inclusive, more forward looking and goddamit more interesting than his detractors have a clue how to.

    Save the lame cut & paste artists from more talented and insightful writers. Stop Aaron Leitch now!

    • Mwah-ha-ha-ha-ha!

    • I agree with Jake. We MUST take a united stand against this mad man. Will no one think of the CHILDREN!?
      People who go out of their way to vilify and compile a list of “bloggers of hate” remind me of religious folk who protest and preach hatred and anger in the name of “love”. It’s about as ass-backwards as it gets.

      They seem to feel the rest of the world is incapable of discernment and that they have the “real key to what’s happening and by God…the people have to know.” They’re not “protecting” anyone. Self-esteem, identity…where for art thou? Tossers.

  2. so very true. the best thing is to let them continue to talk and look like idiots. at one time I might have said fight back, but I like you discovered that no one really cares who started what. most of the time others just wish that someone would stop. and it is never enough to make the other person stop if you do fight back. so save your energy and let them make fools of themselves. as they continue to bait, their claims will become more outrageous and the truth will show itself without you doing anything.

  3. Aaron, I mostly agree with all of this. Except posting your home address is a little to far. There is actually some real risk being put down there. That is something that I would try to get a take down of the domain over that ( or the posts). Outside of that, excellent post that I struggle with as well.

  4. Oh, yeah, you are the hater, I knew it all along.(my first real attempt at sarcasm). Honestly, I find you a little too nice, but I have nothing but the highest regard for your social and academic integrity. Unlike many authors you have bother t define how you use your terms at the beginning of your works, and let’s us feel not stupid or in conflict because we know what you mean by what you say.keep up the good work. Btw, tell where that blogger lives. I’m not a nice guy. Lol

  5. Earlier this year, someone tried to bait me into a fight, and I just walked away–it was the best thing that I could have done in the situation.

  6. Unless it’s Tabitha, let them look like the blubbering idiot who obviously has not read your work or your blog… and if they have, well their lack of comprehension explains it all.

  7. Aaron: Take this seriously. Satire is a great way to deal with the stress that comes with being an author; however, once a pissed off reader has crossed the line an has begun posting threats AND your address on the internet like that, it is not only harassment but stalking. I’ve had the same thing happen. I have two case numbers with the local sheriff’s department and one restraining order. Of course these are only pieces of paper and provide little protection, but it gives you something to fall back on should the obsessive reader how up at your front doorstep one day (God forbid). Also, consider having your utilities listed in fictitious names. No, that doesn’t mean LIE and SCAM. Sometimes, if you ask nicely and explain who you are, what you do, and the harassment you have been through, utilities will list a fictitious name in the public records and keep your real name in their private files. I’m not sure if you can do that if you own a house. Finally, consider two more things for your safety: a home alarm system (even a simple one — Bright House does provide an excellent service for home owners) and a gun. I don’t think you were around in 2002 when I had someone actually track me to my home AFTER tracking me to my work. Had I not had my gun in one hand and the phone in the other (dialling 911), things would have turned out much differently.

    Be safe. You’re not one of the “normal” everyday people anymore, and being in the spotlight can put you in physical danger. You know as well as I that our niches draw some of society’s most unbalanced types.

    Love and miss you. And I’m coming to Tampa. Soon. To stalk you! Until then, hugs and kisses to you and your family.

    Ócháni

  8. Aaron Leitch is the Anti-Christ. Indeed, he MUST be stopped. I’m hereby outing you, Aaron Leitch, you minion of darkness and chaos. I know about those unpaid parking tickets and that unreturned library book from junior-high. Your reign of terror stops now. We will take action. You will be given a wet-willie and we are going to tape a “kick me” sign to your back. You will NOT be allowed to sit with the cool kids, because you run with those HOGD nerds. We are going to ruin your life by telling everyone that you shop for clothes at Walmart. *cue evil laughter, trailing off into the night*

  9. Frater Aaron, this is utterly ridiculous, but really you were only the next in line, so to speak. But I am glad to see that you are steadfast in your position to not lower your standards like **. Out of curiosity, how does one go about at least making sure your personal info is taken down? This is a new level of douche-baggery.

    And furthermore, how can such a person truly be in touch with their Higher Self? Wouldn’t their deplorable actions negate their enlightenment if all their time is spent in deception of others and deception of the Self? What do you think about this? Do you think moral or ethic issues interfere with magical ability as well? Sorry, but as a brother on the level, I think about this a lot. [Slowly opens can of worms]

  10. But Aaron, you just don’t understand…

    _Everything_ is about MEeeeee

    Like every other whiner, I hold up my little light bulb and watch the world revolve around my opinions. It has to be that way. (mummy said so)

    - -
    ps: loved the “And, to be honest, literally any and every sub-culture of which humans are a part.” :)

  11. Looks like a proud father moment. Don’t let the bastards get you down. Dad

  12. I JUST CANNOT WAIT FOR HIS NEXT BOOK, I AM SO SO EXCITED, IT IS COMING IN THE BEGINNING OF NEXT YEAR!!! CAN SOMEONE PRESS FAST FORWARD!???

  13. The corporate info is publicly accessible, so you can’t do anything about that, but you can change your incorporation info. You can hire a company to provide office space for your corporation and that is what would be listed publicly. Or you can just use a PO box and an ephone number.

  14. never argue with an idiot. People may not be able to tell the difference :)

    • HaH!!!! That’s about the size of it, isn’t it? :-) On the one hand, I agree with Ochani Lele. I have hear Aaron speak highly of Ochani (someone I do not know), but enough to know that Aaron respects his opinion. YES, these things should be met with resistance. Greater magickal defenses are an immediate thought, then the sensible thought of Harold Roth, who suggest that Aaron and any of us in his position might consider using PO Boxes and other such normal “weirdo filters”. I suspect that these are indeed good ideas, as I have a vested interested in Mr Leitch, in that I have begun to regard him as a friend. And I know that I wake up on the wrong side of the bed when good friends are put to inconvenience, to any degree. But I also halfway side with Aaron’s idea of “don’t feed into it and give it any credence”. However, at the end of the day, I feel “better safe than sorry”. Aaron, do some reversal work, some uncrossing, to get any “potential” funk off you. If there is a bear and you shoot it… then no threat. If there is a bear and you think, “No, I am hallucinating a bear” but the bear proves to be real… dead Aaron. And that would make us all sad :-(

  15. Hey mate! Just spotted this in a linkedin email, well said my friend :) i think i might get Beth to read it. She is just getting to that age where some of her so called friends who have way too much time on their hands after school and on weekends are starting to troll on facebook. This post nicely captures what i have been telling her. I remember when i first came online looking for magical info and discussions of agrippa’s work and a mutual friend warned me about the overwhelming amount of bullshit i might encounter in my search, then gently pointed me in your direction. He was right, in the early days i did spot a bit of the ridiculous crap. Luckily there are havens on the net like your body of work for those who are not looking for bullshit and want to dive in and do the work to make things happen. Things are great here, my degree is almost in the bag and as I have averaged around 80% i am eligable to go on to do a masters, i have been speaking to a selector and may also be in the running for a very lucrative traineeship that will not only pay for my masters but also pay me (very well) and give me three years research work experience to boot. So things are really good here:) hope you and the family are well mate, and thanks for all the help and guidance over the years!
    Love Kathy

    • OMG – Kathy!! :):):) It is awesome to hear from you again. And, to hear that you are still every bit the rising star. Kudos galore, old friend. And, yes, I hope this post will be helpful to Beth. Why, I remember when she was just a little thing. :)

      Folks, Kathy is one of the most accomplished Solomonic magicians in the world today. She came to me (I should say us, on the Solomonic Group) knowing next to nothing about it all, and has since become a leading expert on the Pauline Arts and Paracelsus’ metal-alloy talismans. The successes she describes all began with her interest in the Solomonic system, through which she made strong contact with at least one of her guaridan angels. Since then, she has continued to succeed in her endeavors.

      Kathy, I hope someday you find the free time to participate in the Solomonic Group (and here on this blog) once again – you’re always a welcome addition. :)

      Luv ya!

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  17. Basic psychic self-defense, letting others control your emotions is a no-no. It reeks of vampirism. As a wise man once said….”Banish with laughter!” :)

  18. Sad to say there is always someone who will try t take you down a peg. Sometimes it’s some random person you don’t know who hates you for existing and other times its people with more personal agendas. Such is the reality of being an author. But fortunately it doesn’t happen much. And the good sides of being an author are much more enjoyable.

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