Thursday, July 22, 2010

The Magus & The Sheikh

by David Griffin

The construction of my magic wand, depicted in the film above was a labor of love and an ordeal of Hercules.

Little did I know - when I started to make my wand - that it would one day become the Wand of the Magus of Rosicrucian Order of Alpha et Omega - and one of the crown jewels of the AO, founded by S.L. MacGregor Mathers in 1906.

Last Winter, following my publication of photographs of my magical implements in the above film, a magical grimoire and art collector from Dubai offered to buy my wand for USD $1.2 Million.

As astounding as this is - and as tempted as I was - I politely refused.

To my utter astonishment, the Sheikh would not take no for an answer. Instead, he followed up with a renewed and even better offer - this time for my entire collection of golden magical implements from the film above (wand, rings, tablets, etc.).

The Sheikh offered USD $3 Million.

At the time, my finances were stretched nearly to the point of breaking - by a vast array of magical projects I still have underway. Needless to say, the offer was extremely attractive.

Nonetheless, after careful consideration - and following a period of extreme inner conflict - I turned this offer down as well.

These offers had put me in a very serious inner dilemma. Here I was, in one of the most economically challenged periods of my life, when suddenly destiny put two offers like this on my plate.

Think about it.

I could have quit my mundane job and have devoted the rest of my life exclusively to the practice of Ritual Magic and Internal Alchemy!

But then again, something just didn't feel right.

So here I am, six months later, cruising down Highway 15 towards Zion Canyon on a Tour Bus, telling the same stories in four languages I have been telling for decades.

What could have motivated a man to turn down such an offer and to resign himself to such a fate instead?

Magical ethics?

No way!

My decision was based on something far more personal - The history of how I created my magic wand - How I consecrated it - and my Wand's history in so many of my magical adventures!

At least the Sheikh had taught me me one important thing. The time is long overdue for me to share these stories of my magical adventures - and MISadventures - with YOU.

This is my story.

It is the story of how an ordinary man - filled with faith - possessed by a dream of spiritual adventure - and ready to do WHATEVER it takes to make this dream REAL ...

... became a GOLDEN DAWN MAGUS.


  1. Ave GH Frater LeS.

    That wand is exquisite; I am curious, as many probably are, if you worked with a skilled jeweller to produce the Fire Wand? I think I do remember hearing that you consecrated that wand in Cairo? Is that the same story.

    Pax et Lvs
    Frater VeV

  2. Care Frater VeV,

    Thank you for your wonderful questions. You are right. The time is long overdue to share the complete story with you and others of the origins of The Wand of Power.

    Keep an eye out here and please tell your friends about this blog!

    - David Griffin

  3. Care G.H. Frater LeS:
    Yes, being myself an artisan of sorts, I truly appreciate your abstinence for the mundane greed of most. No sum of money can equate to the sentimental value and polarized energies worked into such an exquisite wand; but I must admit, that sum of money is mighty tempting when faced with financial insecurities. I admire and applaud your restraint; and had you "sold-out" I would have had to reassess the value of you and what the order teaches regarding the construction of ritual tools--it seems like it would have been raw hypocrisy. Had the sheikh offered you 3-million to make him his own set, that would have been acceptable; but to sell him your own tools--no way! Doesn't the sheikh himself realize the importance of making such implements? I mean, even if he did buy them as a way to objectify his passions, what is he going to do with these tools of power if he doesn't realize what he would be harnessing? (BTW: what if by securing your tools his luck changed for the worse? Would you be blamed?) Your action to not act is most commendable and shed's light on the maturity to withstand such a temptation--it also exemplifies what all aspirants along the path need to humble themselves to. If you were being tested, I guess you passed the trials.
    Laborare est Orare!
    Pax Profunda et LVX,
    Frater DVP

  4. Care Frater V.e.V.,

    You mentioned the Wand of Power being a "Fire Wand". Take a good look at the pictures of it and you will se that it is not. I will leave it to G.H. Fra. L.E.S. to explain why.

    In Licht, Leben und Liebe