Recapping the 'GD Controversy'
- In many respects the English speaking occult world is rather small;
with something to say, some good timing and other 'assets' in hand a
big noise can reach a lot of people & achieve a good deal. Now the
dust has begun to settle again, perhaps it is time to muse awhile on
what has been revealed by my 'attack' on the Secret Society model.
My propaganda assault certainly served no particular faction, let
alone vested interests. It was also more general and even handed than
the fractured occult scene at large may have noticed. For example, how
many ceremonial magicians knew I was simultaneously urging the
traditional witch community to rethink certain insular tendencies?
Overall, there have been many assenting voices, many of them at the
heart of communities that might have responded quite differently, were
there not a fresh breeze blowing nowadays, more receptive to my 'pot
One of many places this 'controversy' can be accessed is the following
interesting blog (the author's response, rather than the repeat of my
statement being the chief item of interest).
Although he does not underline it, one of the points the discussion
highlighted for me is nevertheless visible here. It concerns the
widening divide between some areas of 'market led' consumerist
'mockultism' and an increasingly better informed 'grass roots'
underground exploring long neglected avenues. It is too soon to say
the 'rehashed pot boiler' phase is over, but there is certainly an
increasingly powerful alternative emerging.
I'm not sure everyone is happy about that <g> and we might anticipate
some reactionary efforts to retain undeserved hegemony at the expense
of improving our knowledge. What we might call 'market led versus
research led' tendencies; with research led obviously embodying what
is meant by 'Occultism', while the long period of rehashed pot-boilers
are nothing of the kind. I'm cheerfully confident that if this occurs,
the ever strengthening 'research led' tendency is more than up to the
Incidentally this alternative strain is one of independently minded
freethinkers, so any imputation that I'm only interested in pushing my
own work is easily dismissed. On the contrary, research led approaches
across the spectrum hold no fears for me, but certainly threatens the
interests of certain parties, whose motives are blatantly transparent.
selected links of interest re 'commercial occultism', from other perspectives: