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Lucid View: Investigations into Occultism, Ufology and Paranoid Awareness [Paperback]

Aeolus Kephas

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31 Aug 2004
The religious, magical, and paranoid beliefs pertaining to the 21st century. Is the Earth entering conspiracy consciousness? And if we are, how can we navigate the End Times? The religious, magical, and paranoid beliefs pertaining to the 21st century. An unorthodox analysis of conspiracy theory, ufology, extraterrestrialism, and occultism, this is an impartial journey through the: sorcery wars of Freemasonry and the Illuminati; secret history of the Gnostics and Templars; Crowley and Hitler's occult alliance; 'Alternative Three' covert space colonisation; JFK assassination, Manson murders and Jonestown; mind control, 9/11, UFOs and alien abductions...and how these relate to social engineering and sorcery practices, and much, much more! The book reveals how to survive the coming mythic drama.

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  • Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Adventures Unlimited Press (31 Aug 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931882304
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931882309
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 15.3 x 22.5 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,022,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Not for New Agers 14 April 2006
By Henry IK - Published on
This book has a refreshing ability to refrain from judgment regarding its outlandish subject matter, being less interested in questioning (or proving) the veracity of occult/ufo/conspiracy beliefs than in whence they come and why, what they say about the collective consciousness of humanity in these current times of insecurity and paranoia. Perhaps this is why some readers are unable to appreciate this book? If they are looking for something to buoy up their flagging belief systems and support their flaccid "new age" worldviews, then this isn't it. Lucid View is the very antithesis of New Age fluff (though it does offer self-empowerment as the reward of paranoia): rather than downplay the darkness in order to provide comfort and solace in flimsy simulations of light, it is unafraid to plumb the depths of shadow, in order to test, prove, and fully engage that spark of light called "reason." Like Morning of the Magicians in its time, The Lucid View offers an overview that no other book I know of seems to offer at this time. A Masterpiece of creative research, and one of its kind.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't be fobbed off with Truth when you can have Meaning 17 Mar 2005
By L. Snell - Published on
For at least a thousand years our culture has been dominated first by Religious and then Scientific authority. The emphasis has been on Truth - either revealed Truth or discovered Truth - and we are now glutted. Truth screams at us from the media, we can download it by the gigabyte. What has been lost is Meaning.

People in their ignorance turn to Religion for Meaning and all they find is yet more Truth. This is because Magic has been banished from our culture. When the New Ager takes a crystal and consecrates it as a `power object' that is Magic because it imbues the crystal with personal meaning - eg its transparency becomes a symbol of clarity of purpose, its shape a symbol of directed will, or whatever. (Art also invokes meaning, but it is more universal than personal meaning.) Science, in response presents a Truth that `it is only a piece of quartz', while Religion presents its own Truth as a warning against idolatry. Both those Truths have some value, but nothing like the value of the Meaning that Magic or Art can instil in an object or pattern.

The Lucid View is a primer by example - an initiation into the processes whereby Meaning can be invoked to bring the world to life around us. UFOs, fairies, conspiracy theories, paranormal phenomena - the whole gamut of weird and wonderful myths, rumours and speculations - are covered and plentifully illustrated in this book. Are we meekly to banish these demonic forces via Religious exorcism of the analytical scalpels of Scientific investigation? Or are we to brave the magical path of paranoid awareness and become our own co-creators of Meaning?

When the world was a fearful, unregulated place humanity needed the palliative comforts of Religion and Science to keep chaos at bay. Not so now: in a world where even a packet of peanuts bears a warning message that it "may contain nuts", where children may not leave their homes lest any misadventure befall them, in such a world we need Art and Magic more than Science and Religion. We need dangerous ideas and wild theories to bring back the colour to existence. Aeolus Kephas points the way with his Lucid View.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So who is Aeolus Kephas anyway? 23 Nov 2004
By Nick Mercier - Published on
Great cover! That's the first thing you notice. The content is a well researched romp through a choice selection of the more aberrant and outré aspects of 20th century human behaviour, from the JFK affair, through Charles Manson, alien abduction and Jonestown to the stranger spinoffs of the Twin Towers event......

All these subjects and many more are seen through the filter of the "paranoid cosmic viewpoint" though it's hard sometimes to tell whether Aeolus Kephas (Aeolus was the Greek god of wind) is expressing his own view, of `reality' or whether he is just amusing himself and his audience by viewing the universe through this particular glass, more or less darkly.

The various `magical worldviews' which were influential in the 20th century, (Hitler, Crowley, Gurdjieff and others) are examined in the context of the historical philosophy of Gnosticism, but the author divides his research into 8 areas, taking us through an examination of `archetypes', through what he calls `Illuminoids', and `Assassins' which is well researched on the Twin Towers and Charles Manson, to a reappraisal of history of the `alien encounter' literature.

There is a surprising amount of new material here, and it's written as if by a cross between the thinking mans Von Daniken, and a latter day Colin Wilson, (but with strong Gnostic leanings.)

Probably a future classic of the genre?
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How the World Will End 14 Mar 2006
By tyler durden - Published on
Lucid View shows how consensus reality is coming apart before our eyes and the various ways in which ufos, occult phenomena, and conspiracy theories (paranoid awareness) both reflect and accelerate this inevitable, inexorable process. The author argues not for the actual reality of these things as physical facts, but rather as harbingers of a greater (only partially physical) reality, which he terms the Imaginal, the realm of the archetypes, or more atavistically speaking, the gods.

The book may not appeal to hard core nuts n bolts thinkers who believe in actual reptilian conspiracies, since it challenges their assumptions as much as it does the rationalists and religious fanatics, all with their collective heads in the sand of personal delusion.

Lucid View not only describes but evokes, imagines, a reality beyond the consensus in which miracle and sorcery are part of the natural order of things. As such it is a romantic work and stands head and shoulders above most other books on the subject.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Between The Puppet & The Puppet-Master Are The Strings": A Paranoid Cosmology 22 April 2008
By The Wingchair Critic - Published on
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'The Lucid View: Investigations In Occultism, Ufology, And Paranoid Awareness' (2004) by Aeolus Kephas is a highly interesting and readable exploration at the forces Kephas feels may be controlling, and thus manipulating, almost every aspect of human life and civilization.

Kephas, whose name is most likely a pseudonym reflecting his broadly implied magikal practices, makes the repeated error of failing to clearly distinguish between the terms "paranoid view," "lucid view," and "free-thinking view," which are often, but not always, used interchangeably. Thus, it is difficult for the reader to tell where Kephas draws certain lines within his thesis.

In the hands of another writer, the text of 'The Lucid View' would most likely read like the anchorless ravings of a madman, but Kephas is an eloquent, highly intelligent, perceptive, discerning, and organized writer.

A brief accurate summary of the book's argument, which combines magik with history, physics, psychology, and technology, is nigh impossible, but goes something like this: a shadowy group of "Custodians," who may or may not be human (or may be an alliance of both humans and non-humans), have attempted (and largely failed) to control the human race literally since the time of Adam. Their ultimate, millennia-long goal is "the synthesis of the earthly with the cosmic code, the splicing of Matter with Spirit," and thus the birth of a 'New Man.'

However, in the process, mankind as we presently know it will be completely obliterated. We, as individuals, will be obliterated, and the day of our obliteration may come as soon as tomorrow. In the service of their goal, the uber-elite Custodians, who are incapable of any quality resembling human remorse (even if human themselves), are relentless, and will use every tool and trick imaginable to obtain their end.

Sometimes representing "the lucid view" and sometimes "the paranoid view" once-removed, Kephas knits together an enormous number of complex subjects.

A partial list includes a hollow moon and Richard Shaver's Hollow Earth, secret lunar military bases, Nazi 'flying discs,' Scientology, Charles Manson and his 'Family,' CIA mind control, The Knights Templar, Ira Levin's 1967 novel 'Rosemary's Baby,' the Old Testament and the Book of Revelations, the social phenomenon of "alien abduction," the life and death of John Lennon, the 'Sirius Mystery,' the 1978 Jonestown Massacre, the work of Aleister Crowley and Carlos Castaneda, traditional faerylore, government-created implants, the September 11th attack on the World Trade Center, Jungian psychology, the assassination of John F. Kennedy, harmful additives in mass-produced foods, subliminal messages embedded in form of media, gross political subterfuge, and the internet as "the web of the Great Voodoo Spider Queen."

Largely due to its magikal, and presumably spiritual and survivalist, underpinnings, 'The Lucid View' takes the position that all of this, if accurate, vitally matters in the name of truth, knowledge, and what little genuine liberty and free will are left to us as individuals.

"Awareness (free from paranoia) creates a natural hierarchical structure in the Universe, according to which every apprentice must some day become a master, every paranoid lucid. Awareness is the currency, then, and unto those that have it, shall be given, and from those that have it not, shall be taken even the little they have...freedom is the freedom of the aware, finally, and awareness of freedom leads ever on to more of the same."

However, if Biblical fallen angels are in league with cosmic forces so vast as to be completely beyond our ability to presently conceptualize them, and the CIA and the Scientologists additionally, clearly no human being or group of human beings has a chance of combating, much less overthrowing, this intergalactic, trans-dimensional cabal.

While 'the average man' does need to awaken to the vast, deceptive smokescreen of engineered disasters, fostered events, and empty social causes perpetrated by the "military-industrial complex" and the media (the never-ending Middle East War; 'Global Warming' and 'Climate Change'; the Cult of the Victim; mass illegal immigration into the United States; the gross over-prescription of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors; 'gay marriage'; 'Oprah Fever'; even the recent Clinton-Obama contretemps and "the emerging economic recession," etc.) to keep him distracted, submissive, and fearful, 'The Lucid View,' with its alien kidnappers, mind-controlled assassins, and harrowing secret societies, is unlikely to have any practical value for him.

However Forteans, many of whom are capable of accepting that our entire universe may be no more than a drifting grain of pollen in a far vaster reality existing around us, will have a field day with it.

But if the entire universe we know is in fact, however improbably, only a random grain of flotsam, such a fact would ultimately flummox even the lofty Custodians and their most nefarious schemes.

Readers may also want to consider another lucid, and more probable book, Albert Budden's 'UFOs: Psychic Close Encounters (1995),' which posits that most 'paranormal' experiences are the spontaneous result of natural and artificial electromagnetic waves interacting with man's psyche, especially his unconscious.

Interestingly, Kephas recommends Budden's work in the 'Further Reading' list which closes the book.
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