I have several topics to cover today. I will break them up over a few posts.
Nick Farrell posted on secrecy as it applies to the Golden Dawn oaths. Phoenix Angel posted on Belly Dancing, Qabalah and the Golden Mean. At first blush, these topics may not appear to be related.
I don't think Phoenix Angel would be upset with me mentioning that we've had a lot of conversations on magickal topics. Given that I am not a GD adept, I do not put myself in teacher roles. However, I am willing to be an elder class man type and do what I can to be of use. Like most Leo's, Phoenix is very persistent, asks a lot of questions and is very focused. This doesn't bother me at all. More importantly, she is working very hard at learning. That earns a measure of respect. Too many folks want knowledge without having to work on all levels to earn it.
The problem with any sort of mentoring in the GD system is what to say and what not to say. Teaching is at an individual level and about what the individual needs. Yes there is a core material but some students may need some key explained so they can go on while another needs to struggle over the exact same item in order to have their own revelation. Yes, this seems very unfair from certain perspectives. Yes, it is very subjective. Yes, errors can be made. Yes, it isn't perfect. Yes, people can use that attitude to hide stuff they don't know as Nick pointed out in his post.
With Phoenix, I often drop into vague mode. I answer facts. I duck most subjective questions. I duck things that I think she'll figure out on her own. There is a purpose to this. Yes, I could impress her with what I may think I know but that doesn't serve her. This frustrates her as it did me when my mentor did it.
However, by keeping silent she gets the victory of her revelations. The memory of these victories can help one stay on the path during the tougher tomes. Her thoughts on proportions and balance are great. Yes, I could fine tune them. Yes, I could say a lot of things. I will not. They are great on their own. On this one idea, she is far ahead of I at the same stage.
Alchemy is not a fast process.
So what does this have to with Nick's post? Nick outlined all sorts of factual reasons about keeping or discarding this or that interpretation of secrecy oaths on a case by case basis. I do not feel this is a productive discussion on secrecy. The point isn't what you're keeping secret. The point is forming the internal discipline. That discipline comes in handy when you're in a mentor position. Anyone with a heart wants to hand folks some answers when you see the struggling. Doing that does not serve the student maintaining your discipline does.
Regardless of the very good intellectual arguments Nick made, that is the reason for the secrecy.