I am famous for being blunt and the headline statement will get a few people upset. I have said over a number of years that I do not believe that astral initiation into the Golden Dawn work, but have not said why.I would LOVE astral initiation to work. As the head of an order, it would mean that I could set up temples in the US or other far-flung parts of the world at a great rate. If I was charging fees for this, I could make a bomb. It would enable groups to be established without me having to bring people to Rome for training. In short, astral initiation is a tool for empire building rather than creating magicians.
One of the reasons I have insisted on my secret chiefs test is because it is very important that there is some form of scientific testing of the concept. One of the reasons I have kept banging on about it is to knock a particular problem on the head. If you are running a group you can tell the world that you have a Secret Chief which gave you extraordinary information. You can say that out of all the other magical orders, this superman gave you the best occult information which is available which “he” refuses to let other magic groups have. What you are telling the world is that you are better than others because