on 21 July 2010
This is a truly splendid book. Each page seems to throw a perceptive bomb-shell out there; leading the reader to question the nature of reality and the 2-dimensional simplistic nature of received history. You will come away with the belief that behind the scenes of great events there is a continuous thread of magic at work: the dark magician Hitler; the pagan protector Churchill (Church Hill); Philip K Dick and the cosmic pink beam of information; the magical web conjured forth by a network of magicians that helped to protect Britain during the war; it's all in here. What a book! Read it and open your mind to great possibilities.
Oh, it's also written beautifully.
One of my favourite books of all time.
on 23 April 2011
Amongst the whole raft of books related to Aleister Crowley and his Magick very few writers, occultists or historians have tacked the immense challenge of placing the magickians life within the grander scheme of twentieth century events.
The reasons for this are evident - it is because very few writers actually stand comfortably between the world's of spiritual causality and physical manifestation and truly understand how the two principles interrelate.
As the author of 'Aleister Crowley and the Aeon of Horus' historian and occultist Paul Weston provides an absolutely staggering appraisal of Crowley, the Aeon of Horus, the Book of the Law set against the backdrop of some of the most important spiritual events of the past century.
The result is an extra-ordinarly diverse family tree that weaves an incredible story through the greatest minds of our age, the people that they knew and the events that surrounded them.
I found this to be a totally engrossing account of how so many people - from Reich to Nietzsche, Kenneth Arnold to Kenneth Grant and L Ron Hubbard to Timothy Leary appeared to respond to the same 93rd Current that underpinned Crowley's work.
Many writers skip over what I consider to be on of the more important events in Crowley's life - his founding of his own magickal fraternity the A.A. and even more fail to pick up on the fact that it is Sirius (the Silver Star) that underpins Crowley's Magick. So what impressed me the most in this book is that Paul Weston continues the same line of belief that is held by Kenneth Grant regarding the nature of the importance of Sirius in understanding the Thelemic/93rd influence.
A short review of this book fails to reveal the richness of the account, the evident depth of knowledge of its writer or the staggering implications of the unfolding Aeon of Horus that awaits us.
In my humble opinion (but coming from the standpoint of a Crowley student who has studied the man for over thirty years) I consider this book to be an absolute gem, a classic Thelemic publication and in its writer, Paul Weston, a truly Thelemite with a handle on Crowley the rest of us can only yearn for. Buy it now!
on 2 July 2012
This is no hero worshipping study of Crowley's genius, but a splendid and candid examination of post Crowley occult & social history from Victoriana through Leary & Anton Wilson's psychedelia. Written by an author literate in 20th century occult lore & an evident champion of hitherto ignored underground influences. Though I do not share Mr Westons respect for Reich & some of the psychological insights of Wilson & Leary, l do wish he had included more recent psych theory such as the implication of Pinker's combinatorial theory of Brain/Mind on 'traditional' pre-behaviourist Crowley concepts of Mind (self) discipline. However, such contemporary theory is a little too recent to have yet made any impact on occult theory & beyond the remit of this work - but it would have been interesting to hear from the author on this as he evidently has the grey matter available to communicate such sophisticated concepts to his audience.
If you're a Crowley afficianado or not, you will keep returning to this book if you are at all interested in the development of 20th century occultism & need a reliable and superbly written source.
on 6 October 2010
An epic work of engaging strangeness
Like a new age pied piper the author weaves an melody of irresistable strangeness.
The questioning mind is seduced and before it knows it, has fallen over the cliff into the utter mysteriousness of LIFE.
If you question consensus reality, if you love weird coincidences, if you enjoyed Robert Anton Wilson...then you cannot NOT read this book.