October 8th, 2006


The Initiator's Smile


"[I]t is hard to deny that in the expression of the initiator is something mysterious, even sinister. He seems to be enjoying a very secret joke at somebody's expense."
-- from "The Hierophant," The Book of Thoth.

Once in a very long while somebody cuts right to the heart of things, posing simple and direct questions which can't be answered fully without spoiling the initiatory game, as it were. That's what usha93 has done, in a brief comment to a very long (and, alas, locked) thread on z111's page...and here I'm going to reward her precision of thought by ducking and weaving. Well, all for a good purpose, I insist, and one thing I won't do is deliberately mislead. Collapse )