I have been reading American Magus Harry Smith: A Modern Alchemist, edited by Paola Igliori (New York: Inanout Press, 1996). If you don’t know Harry Everett Smith (1923-1991), look him up on wikipedia – it’s worth your time. As the back of the book says, he was a “filmmaker, anthropologist, painter, ethnomusicologist, folklorist, magician, alchemist, and legendary archivist of sediments of human activity in motion.” He was also a bishop of the thelemic Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica. One snippet from an interview:
You are a Cabala expert, Harry?
Hmmmm. Well, the word “cabala,” I suppose, means hidden or something like that, so I’m, of course, not. I would try as much as I could to give any kind of information to anyone. (p.286)
That’s my kind of initiate. The only real mysteries are the ones you discover through your own experience. Everything else can be published on the front page of the newspaper.