on 1 June 2007
I was looking forward to some really well researched info. I was rather disappointed to find that many of the topics in this book were researched only superficially and the author did not have much knowledge of Hebrew or more historical facts to back his claims. It is clear that by studying Hermetic Laws and the Qabalah you find there are 2 serpents. One is righteous and one is evil. Similar to the Left and Right pillars on the Tree of Life. This author confuses one with the other terribly leaving readers more confused than before. So who is God and who is the devil? It should still be clear and we should still walk away from this book with that understanding, but no we don't. We are left thinking that they are the same.
Levi is not related to or derived from Leviathan. The Hebrew for Levi means "joint" or Joined together" implying Unity which is a concept associated with Kether - the crown. Levi is as little connected to Leviathan as with Levi Jeans. However, Behemoth and Leviathan is closer to Azazel and the dragon (his big daddy) - see the book of Enoch for Azazel). Sorry Mr Gardiner, that was a long stretch and you blew it there. If you researched the Sepher Yetzirah you would probably understand it better.
There are 2 serpents, yes, One is the Nachash and the other is the Saraph - the fiery serpents in the Bible. You will find the Nachash was somehow connected to the serpent in the Tree in Eden of Genesis, later raised onto a pole in the desert to bring healing to those bitten by the fiery serpents, the saraph. An understanding of Gematria and perhaps the study of the Nag Hammadi (Apocryphon of John) will reveal some insights there incl the Nachash connected to Messiah. The Nachash is the good one and the saraph the bad one - as it speaks of judgement/torment.
Also worth noting that the Tree of Life and the 2 pillars are not mentioned, and this is a pity, as it somehow seems to pop up everywhere in all ancient civilisations. I even saw a vase in the British Museum from Mayan or Inca origin with the 2 serpents resembling a Cadduceaus wand (i.e. Hermes...) and this was pretty awesome.
Mr Gardiner, you would be wise to do some more research and perhaps edit some of the content. A lot of it is not exactly acurate.
on 6 December 2006
This book is actually shocking. Gardiner challenges the history of the world as we know it, from Christianity to orthodox history. The remifications of what this author reveals are far reaching and I have to say will not be well-liked. That said what he has done is to uncover the serpent worship from our very past that was covered up by those afraid of a world with humans that have free minds. Some of the points would have had Gardiner shot in the last few centuries, but luckily we now have sufficient freedom to be able to write, produce and most of all read these kinds of books. I would recommend this work to anybody interested in the real history of the world; to those who believe in the supposed reptilian agenda of David Icke and to those who seek the true spiritual awakening of your mind. A dam good read.