FOUR DAYS AGO, on Winter Solstice, I declared that I have left the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, Outer Order of the Rosicrucian Order of Alpha et Omega® (H.O.G.D./A+O). The fact is that I left the H.O.G.D./A+O already a fortnight ago but decided to wait with the official declaration until the December 21st as I wanted all of the interested parties and my own students a chance to know about and react to it beforehand. I wasn’t sure that I would make any declaration on the Gyllene Gryningen Blog until the next Vernal Equinox, but as the reaction on the blogosphere was swift following my Facebook declaration, I have finally decided to break my silence on the blogosphere as well, on this Dies Natalis Solis Invicti, Yule or Christmas Day. What better day to make such a declaration that on the birthday of the Sun? These are the times optimal in which seeds should be planted to bear fruit in the Spring.
As I said, the news have already spread over at the blogosphere in two instances, one positive and one not so positive, or at least sceptic or perhaps cautiously favorable. However, in that sceptical last instance (which I won’t link to as it is a source of worst kind of gossip and mischievious rumours) my resignation has been turned into a schism. I feel obliged to my gentle readers to correct this misrepresentation about my departure. It is not a schism. There is a mutual recognition between the H.O.G.D./A+O and myself, and whatever I plan to do or organize regarding the furtherment of the Tradition. To schism would be a violation to my own principles. On the contrary, I have my former Chief’s blessing in leaving the H.O.G.D./A+O and to continue the work independently on my own. In the comments section on one of my latest postings David Griffin wrote the following:
It is a great pleasure to welcome yet another traditional order in the greater Golden Dawn community. This is actually quite important, considering how post-modernists repeatedly attempt to misportray their faction as the entire Golden Dawn community, as though no traditional GD orders exist at all!
My reasons for leaving the H.O.G.D./A+O are several, but generally strictly personal and not of the general interest of the public. One of the reasons that I choose to share with you regarding why I left the H.O.G.D./A+O is that I have grown weary of the international focus of the Order, something that I have never been comfortable with; now I will be able to focus entirely on Scandinavia and my native Hyperboreans. During the last years the Scandinavian Jurisdiction has grown separate from the International Parent Organization, both in form (pedagogy) and contents (teaching); we have developed a unique character so the process of “hiving off” has been unavoidable. But I must make this clear for all you gentle readers, regardless if you are a member of the H.O.G.D./A+O or not: I still love the H.O.G.D./A+O and feel sincere and deep gratitude for my 18 years in it. This Order has been my nursery, elementary school and university, and I wouldn’t be the man that I am today without it. But it’s time for me to part from it and finally move on. This is a natural thing and nothing to be worried or alarmed about. One thing is for sure, and that is that I will still remain within the Hermetic Tradition in general and in the Golden Dawn Tradition in particular, and I believe that my previous devotion to it will benefit from the parting and independence.
This post has been slightly updated during December 25th. See also David Griffin’s reply on the Golden Dawn Blog from that same date in which he further defines his recognition of my independence and the power with which I have been invested to found the Aurora Nascente in Hyperborea. I will quote the most pertinent part of that response below:
You are quite correct in your assertion that you do not in any way need my recognition. According to long established rules of the Golden Dawn, each regularly initiated Adeptus Exemptus (7=4) is vested with all of the various lineal affiliations. That Adepti Exempti hold these lineages has on more than one occasion protected the fire of the Golden Dawn from extinction.Each regularly initiated Exempt Adept, by virtue of these traditional authorities, is empowered to reconstitute the Order of the Golden Dawn, should it ever prove necessary.According to traditional Golden Dawn rules, your choice is completely “regular” to exercise your 7=4 authorities to establish full independence and autonomy for the Hermetiska Orden av Den Gryende Morgonrodnaden in Scandinavia.This is something completely different than the actions of (5=6) Minor Adepts like R.W. Felkin and A.E. Waite, who rebelled upon barely reaching the Inner Order to create their own schismatic orders, Stella Matutina and Fellowship of the Rosy Cross.