TAKE YOUR SECURITY BLANKET, LINUS, AND GO HOME! It seems there is a thumbsucking attitude
TAKE YOUR SECURITY BLANKET, LINUS, AND GO HOME!
It seems there is a thumbsucking attitude afoot nowadays, in that
certain outspoken individuals feel they out to be given carte
blank entry into any occult group, just because they demand it.
Upon receipt of the news that the occult group which these jokers
intend a forced entry has decided to resist them, we are all
subjected to the spectacle of a heel-pounding tantrum, printed if
possible, and usually bulwarked by a myriad of phone calls, in-
person complaints, gibing letters, plain and fancy character
assassination, and a reprise of the Hallelujah Chorus in a minor
There is no way in this world or the next that any Lodge (to use
Fortune's good old-fashioned term) can be all things to all
people. The medieval Catholic Church tried this, and to their
vast surprise, found an explosion in their faces they are still
trying to mop up.
People are too individual for concerted togetherness. And if the
common denominator ever served anybody anywhere on a practical
basis, it is more in line with a national patriotism or loyalty
to some sport, and even there you have anarchists, and people
who just downright dislike sports.
Is there some reason why anybody's tradition, coven, or pagan
group should be forced to be everybody's? Or why any struggling
coven or group should be forced to open their doors to every
cockamaimy who comes down the pike, regardless that the applicant
is totally unsuited to the philosophy, structure, and aims of the
Now, I'll be tripleyedamned if I can see the point in accepting
some Linus who totes the security blanket of Accept Me or I'll
Scream! Or who says in effect, "Give me access to all your
esoteric writings and oral tradition or I'll throw a fit!" Or
who demands to be taken into the bosom of the brethren when the
same would heave with revulsion upon contact.
You bet your posterior that any occult lodge is an in-group. It
has to be, to survive and pursue its aims without such a lot of
internal bickering that no one else gets anything done.
Where the lodges go wrong is in publicly laying down their life
concepts as the path all out to follow or the bugabear will get
you. In that case, they ask for it. It simply follows that the
broader the base for acceptance, the broader the common
denominator, the lower the final quotient of quality. Proctor
and Gamble is in the business of quantity; but then they aren't
Could this just be the reason for the old-timey traditional small
group-coven-lodge? Well? Maybe the forefathers knew something
We've all met people from other groups and soon knew damn right
well there is no way on Earth we are going to make it with that
group...but is it sane and logical to expect them to open their
arms with glad cries, nonetheless? Oh, come on!
There are groups who find ________ (pick one) unacceptable and
this Thing may well be a cherished Tenet of some other group.
That does not make either group a many-headed monster, but simply
states the parameters of their personal and group working
philosophy. And when Linus finds this a thorn in his little
buttsy, it's this writer's suggestion to the "offending" group to
not only shut the door, but slam it and bar the goddam thing, and
let Linus use his own tweezers and buy his own salve.
In the interim, Linus may either grow up from the friction of
sudden experience, or decide to go another route, or quit
altogether. But that's Linus's karma; let Linus work it out.
by Lady Roth, a Gardnerian
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