“...the path is made from wrong turns and good turns, ankles broken and moss between the toes. The first one who states Need is always the one who stays – waiting - in the lost echo of its own Need. Who answers the echo can bring salvation or burdens and becomes the Master of both. The Master doesn’t need the question as much as the Pilgrim needs the answer... but it is in the approach we discover who knows their shit and those who are shit and we see who is the guide and who is the tyrant of a myriad souls....
- NdMF: On Initiation, The Starry Cave
We are all pilgrims and seekers; every ‘master’ is defined in relation to something of a social or noetic order where the mastery is recognized in relationship to these factors. As such, ‘mastery’ is not a hierarchy of value, but one of achievement; this achievement starts with conquering the awareness of Self. In this field the cunning ones and those of kin help one another on the road towards this important realization.
In our spiritual journey we meet bridges and borders, open landscapes and closed castles and this is how it should be, because our journey is guided by our daimons that seek what is good for us. The more we accept the denial to enter from the Tyler at the Door we are made free to not pursue the cul-de-sac of lost time. Still, some pilgrims insist in knocking on closed doors and trying to bribe doorkeepers. What happens in these instances, when resistance is not presented as a challenge, but as a closed door, is that the pilgrim has been charmed and intoxicated by sentiments and aesthetics. If we add to this the ultimate aim of any journey often being to find kin (no matter how deep in the layers of the journey this wish is seated), the pilgrim can enter an impasse. This impasse is often experienced as a denial of a calling and is naturally experienced as radical, a radical denial of a genuine calling.
So, let us have a closer look at this impasse. Let us say you are approaching an order or fraternity, a witchcraft family or a lodge of some sort and the reason for your approach is that you ‘feel’ a calling. That is fine, if it was about ‘the feeling’. Unfortunately, in a world that have adopted a democratic model as the blood of a society this feeling also comes with some ambition and expectation of acceptance, because in a democratic world whatever I want to do I can theoretically do.