The Open Source Order of the Golden Dawn, which famously set up a GD order using the Open Source movement as its inspiration is calling it a day.
In a statement on the site, the Order announced:
“Effective on the Autumnal Equinox (i.e., in September) of 2019, the Open Source Order of the Golden Dawn will withdraw its Light from its Outer manifestation and no longer provide initiation, mentorship, education, or other services. Although Adepts of the OSOGD may separately choose to teach the OSOGD system in their own capacity, the Order will no longer provide the foregoing services following the date of withdrawal.”
The Open Source Order was a big deal. Founded in 2001 by Sam Webster the group was the antithesis of those who were trying to set up public orders based on secrecy. The Open Source Order provided the format and the teaching and let groups form and get on with it. It also changed the inner structure of the Order so that instead of representing the Judgement Hall of Maat like other GD orders, and it had the godforms of the Boat of Ra. It used Egyptian, Enochian and Thelemic godforms in preference to the Judeo-Christian Archangels typical of the original Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. According to the Manifesto, OSOGD teaches “a progressively tiered system of spiritual development designed to invoke the Higher or Divine Genius latent in every human being.”
According to Sam Webster:
The Open Source Order is founded on the principle that true spirituality is omnipresent and access to it cannot be owned or controlled by any group or individual. Sufficiently skilled practitioners can and do modify the practices to serve specific purposes or to take advantage of the century-plus development in the craft to improve their effect.
As a result of the Golden Dawn wars, it came under huge internet criticism, which it shrugged off. The idea also appeared to work:
Since 2001, the Open Source Order of the Golden Dawn has initiated and made Adepts of magicians from across the world, in pursuit of its goal to normalize Adeptship. It has succeeded in that goal in several respects, including through the public dissemination of its rituals and other materials, the initiation and advancement of aspirants through the OSOGD curriculum, and public and community efforts, the site says.
Apparently what has changed is that the senior OSOGD membership has decided to redirect its work towards new endeavours and thus has chosen to place the First Order into abeyance with “as much grace, intention, and deliberateness as possible.”
” As part of this transition, the OSOGD will seek to archive its materials to make them even more useful to future generations, who we hope will take these materials to create their own groups, practices, and systems. We look forward to seeing those creations,” the Order has promised.
The OSOGD announcement makes no mention of closing its second order, which is the secret “proprietary” magic bit of any GD order and the OSOGD did not make Open Source.