Golden Dawn Leaders Stand Together To Show The World What Our Community Is Really All About, And What It Won't Stand For
by Frater A.T.L.V.
Recently, there has been much confusion between our beloved Hermetic Tradition, The Golden Dawn that we hold so dear to our hearts, and Greek Neo-Nazi extremists, the Chrysi Avgi. These hate mongers have been using the name "Golden Dawn" for their Neo-Nazi political party and in so doing have created confusion amongst outsiders who do not know the difference between our spiritual Hermetic and Rosicrucian Tradition, and a hateful, right wing extremist political party that has its roots in Greece, and unfortunately, has been using the same name. Even the possibility of the two being confused is not acceptable.
Lately, an internet search for "Golden Dawn" will turn up just as much if not more of this garbage than it will anything related to the REAL Golden Dawn, a beautiful, tolerant, and peaceful spiritual Tradition that has influenced the entire Western Mystery Tradition for over a hundred years. Today, there are many orders, independent Temples, and solitary practitioners who use this beautiful system, and I am sure that none of them want to be confused with the forces of evil that have been using our name. I for one, find it deeply disturbing.
This problem has however, brought about something rarely seen in the Golden Dawn Community......solidarity.
It is indeed rare to see the various leaders and authors in the Golden Dawn Community stand together, united, on any issue. However, this time, that is exactly what's happening. None of us want to be confused with these minions of evil and hate.
I would like to thank Donald Michael Kraig for his blog post about this issue, which you can read HERE. I would also like to thank him for starting this initiative for leaders to stand together on this issue, saying...
"Even if you disagree with other Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn groups, I would propose that you consider standing in solidarity with them on this one, single issue."
I could not agree more with the sentiment of this statement. And it seems, for the most part, it is happening. Well known Golden Dawn leaders and authors such as Donald Michael Kraig, Nick Farrell, David Griffin, and Alex Sumner are all in agreement on this one. Frater Farrell addresses this issue as well, in his own post, HERE.
I would like to praise those who are putting aside their differences, and embracing their similarities, namely, the Hermetic Tradition they have devoted their lives to, and standing together against this very real and very terrible threat. As Golden Dawn practitioners, we can not allow the forces of evil to go unchecked, and it pleases me to see a truly community wide effort such as this. There has been peace in the community for a while now, which is a nice change of pace, and something like this can only serve to strengthen the bonds of fraternity.
It seems the well known leaders and authors in our diverse community have put aside the flame wars and attacks of the past, and are looking toward the future of our beautiful living Tradition. Unfortunately, as always, there are some who just can't let their feelings from the past go. Although Alex Sumner does deserve praise for being a part of this noble cause, he has not been able to put aside his grudge with David Griffin, even in a time such as this.
In the comments section of a post he made on his blog, Sumner continues to attack Griffin, in the usual sniping style that unfortunately has been all too rampant in our community for far too long now. When Griffin responds, he is censored, another all too common tactic of the Golden Dawn flame wars that have raged now for too long. I found the comment Griffin attempted to post on the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn Yahoo forum, run by Griffin. It seems he posted it there after being censored on Sumner's blog. Here it is....
|Greek ultra-nationalist "Golden Dawn" (Chrysi Avgi)|