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on 12 January 2014
I have just spent the last two or three weeks reading and studying the recently released The Black Sun Unveiled by James Pontolillo[ 2013]. This is a huge tome consisting of 792 pages and 65 chapters with five appendices! Pontolillo does a splendid job of unearthing the origins of the Schwarze Sonne mythos and in doing so he delves into the fields of mediaeval alchemy, nineteenth and twentieth century literature, including science fiction before he gets to the most interesting [for me] parts of the book. The second part of the book consists of rare ariosophical and armanist works translated into English, many for the first time it would seem along with an exploration of how the symbolism of the Black Sun has penetrated the folkish music scene and contemporary fiction.

Examples of important works include the complete Das Mysterium der Zentralsonne by Peryt Shou[1912], an extremely difficult work to understand [in German or English!] and translated excerpts of works by H.P. Blavatsky, Karl Maria Wiligut, Emil Ruediger, Erich Halik, Wilhelm Landig, Rudolf J. Mund, Savitri Devi, Miguel Serrano, Robert Charroux, Jean-Michel Angebert, James Madole, the Tempelhofgesellschaft, Order of the Nine Angles, Norbert Juergen Ratthofer, Ralph Ettl, Gerhard Hess, Jan van Helsing and many others.

The book is littered with nicely produced black and white photographs and illustrations. Throughout the various translated works Pontolillo has added copious footnotes. These tend to be rather repetitive if you read the book from cover to cover as I have done but may be very useful if you read just selected chapters of greater interest to you or if you delve into the book piecemeal in which case the repetition is very useful.At the end of each chapter there is a very useful reference page of relevant source books.

The opening chapter is 67 pages long and is devoted to discussing the relationship between Heinrich Himmler, the Schwarze Sonne, Schloss Wewelsburg and SS occultism in which the author seeks to dispel many inaccuracies concerning these subjects perpetuated by more sensationalist authors. This is a scholarly work and the only one of its kind so I have no hesitation in recommending this to anyone interested in the subject of the Black Sun, armanism or ariosophy.
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on 6 January 2014 will take a few months to go through this monumental work cover-to-cover but being organised as largely self contained & readable chapters lends itself well to dipping in & out....quite amazing almost mono-maniacal research in locating every type of source, often pretty much unobtainable & certainly highly obscure covering all bases of history, literature, pseudo-history and fringe culture on this strange archetypal symbol and its resonance.....and it is an oddly resonant symbol from the profound - hearing the recently departed composer John Tavener shortly before his death on his spiritual path towards death & the via negativa ( the divine dark ) , to the pop-cultural...such as the film Hell Boy where occult nazis try to summon demonic gods through a black-hole style transdimensional portal...
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on 8 May 2015
Others reviewers have given a detailed synopsis on the content this book so I shall not repeat it here.

However, I will say that I found this book to be a monumental achievement. It draws upon occult resources that I had never come across before and reveals some fascinating and influential individuals from 19th and 20 century German occult circles in particular.

If you are interested in the Black Sun as a subject then this is a book that will enthrall and entertain you in equal measure.

A superb publication at a very reasonable price.
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