Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Western Mysteries Conference – Austin, TX
My trip to Texas was *wonderful*!
Not only was it a lot of fun in its own right – but I feel it was also an historic event as well. This Golden Dawn conference included members of several different Orders, and was hosted at an OTO camp!
Just think of all of these occultists gathered together with their vastly different systems, viewpoints and beliefs. If we believe what we see on the internet, we’d have to expect this to be a recipe for disaster!
However, the real world is quite different. Far from conflicting with one another, the attendees and speakers at this conference spent the weekend having fun, discussing, debating and sharing ideas.
It has been a LONG time since I’ve enjoyed such feelings of fraternal harmony in such a disparate group! It was the kind of environment where (for example) my wife regularly left her purse unattended in the conference room- with money and cell-phone clearly visible inside. It was truly like being at a family reunion – with some really odd extended relatives! :):):) It was a wonderful experience, across the board.
Here is a pic of (right to left)- myself (of the Hermetic Order of the Stella Matutina), Sam Webster (Open Source Order of the Golden Dawn), Chic Cicero (Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn) and Tommy Westlund (Sodalitas Rosae Crucis et Solis Alati).
This photo was taken just after members of these Orders came together to consecrate a Temple in the Austin, TX area. What an experience to have the Chiefs of these four Golden Dawn Orders all sitting on the same Dais.
For more pics of the conference taken by the Ciceros, just go to this link:
Hope to see you all at the next conference!