Mundane Politics and the Golden Dawn Temple

February 9, 2010

The Temple (or Lodge, or Order or whatever the official title) is no place for politics. This is the stance of the Temple of Thoth Amen-Ra, and is the stance of many groups I’ve belonged to or been associated with. But why is this?

To begin simply, politics (such as discussions of the pros and cons of a particular political party for instance) have no place in a magical group. The politics of the mundane should not be used to further anyone’s agenda, whether as a leader or a member. There is however, overlap in certain cases. Here are the few times I can think of when politics should overlap:

1. When a potential member’s political beliefs could potentially be harmful to the group.

This could take place for example, if a potential member is also a member of a political group that does not conform to the high standards of the magical order. As far as excluding members, our Temple states in its Constitution:

No person shall be excluded from membership on account of sex, race, religion, or specific tradition of magic that does not conflict with the purpose and mission of the Temple. (The mission of the Temple of Thoth Amen-Ra can be found on our website.)

Let’s take an extreme example of a potential member who could be refused entrance despite the non-mention of politics in the aforementioned section. Take the fictitious “Bob,” who feels that whites are a superior race,  and belongs to several neo-nazi organizations.

There’s no way that I at least, could on good grounds, allow him entrance into our Temple.  I don’t pretend to speak for other members of my Temple, but I can’t imagine any of them voting “Bob” in. This is for the simple reason that intolerance has no place in a magical order, especially one based on the Golden Dawn. I know however, that the Cipher Manuscripts state to “Avoid Roman Catholics. But with pity.”, but I feel these are more an outgrowth of the early Rosicrucian association with Protestantism. In most modern GD organizations that I am aware of, a Roman Catholic would not be denied entrance just because of their religious beliefs.

2. When mundane politics interfere with the Temple.

This latter possibility seems far removed in the United States, where the founding fathers were masons, and the long and respected history of fraternal orders has existed in and with politics, but who knows what the future holds?

The last time that fraternal orders were persecuted was the Third Reich, when approximately between 80,000 and 200,000 Freemasons were executed in the Holocaust (Wikipedia). I am unaware of the number of magical orders that were shut down, but most famously the OTO was persecuted. In a case like this, it would behoove the Temple to openly discuss the influence of politics on their group. I have no idea what the best course of action would be in this case, and hope I never have to deal with it.

So, while I’m absolutely opposed to bringing politics into the Temple for personal or inter-Temple political ends, there are exceptions to the rule.

Denver – Home to Esoteric Thought?

September 28, 2009

It seems to me that lately I’ve suddenly realized how large the esoteric population in Denver,  Colorado is. There are currently three Golden Dawn Temples operating independently of one another, an OTO group, several Rosicrucian orders and probably more that I’m not privy too. Add to this the number of people involved in these various orders/temples who are esoterically-minded masons and you have a rather large group just in the Denver metro area alone, not even counting the number of esotericists in nearby cities like Colorado Springs (yes, the home of Focus on the Family has an esoteric population!)

It would be nice if we could all get together for a conference on Denver esotericism and perhaps exchange some ideas. This is probably just wishful thinking though, since most orders/temples are protective of their “secret” teachings, whatever those entail. I have to agree somewhat though. There are aspects and teachings in our Temple that I wouldn’t want to share with just anyone. Nevertheless, Denver is home to enough esotericists that I think the slim possibility is there to perhaps come together to bring in a speaker or run a small one-day explanation of the various groups’ beliefs/teachings. This latter alone would be useful in finding other orders that one may be interested in.

New Domain for Thoth Amen-Ra

September 24, 2009

I’ve just completed moving our Temple’s official website to its new home here:

Feel free to take a look and give me your feedback.