This book's primary focus is an understanding of the change to the formulas of Initiation brought about by the advent of the New Aeon--the Aeon of the Child--in 1904. It draws deeply from Jungian psychology, world mythology and religion, the teachings of Aleister Crowley, and the doctrines of the Mystery traditions. It explains how the revelations unique to this stage of human evolution impact the work of the individual aspirant. Much of what is written here is revealed for the first time, with every attempt to do so in clear and precise language.
J. Daniel Gunther
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
While this book is well written and I enjoyed reading it, I was disappointed that N.O.X. wasn't explained very well. N.O.X. (Night of Pan) is the formula of the New Aeon. The book, explaining how civilization arrived at the New Aeon through the Equinox of the Gods, is not good enough. I was more interested learning the constituents of the New Aeon formula in a way similar to Isis, Apophis, and Osiris (i.e. life, death, and resurrection), but was disappointed to find that this was not covered. This may be my fault or the fault of the author. However, I know someone else who read this book and we agreed about this deficiency.
I thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated the ideas presented in this book. Now I move on to the second book in the series.
This book is a worthy investment of time and money. It is a marvelous introduction to the subject of initiation for our time and culture. Gunther provides valuable contrast of the subject through history as well as placing it in context of modern practice (particularly, the practices of the Order: A:.A:.)and spiritual climate.
It also provides countless suggested lines of study that will enhance anyone's research into their own spiritual growth.
Though it may be a little overwhelming for some who are new to Thelemic spirituality, if used in conjunction with Lon DuQuette's "Magick of Aleister Crolwey" or Kaczynski/Wasserman's "The Weiser Concise Guide to Aleister Crowley " one can get up to speed on unfamiliar terminology and concepts quickly.
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