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Blair is great.; a subtle writer and a very open-minded man, with a wide education in the occult. I love his books, especially IJYNX, which actually begins with a quote from a letter Grant sent him after Blair had him read his book--assuming you haven't read it and didn't know that. And if you have, what'd ya think?milkBoxx wrote:Funny you bring up BMB! I actually met him about two months ago, and spoke with him for quite awhile.
He's a really nice guy!
Iamus wrote:Looks to me like BMB might suffer from this vocabulary problem as well. The back cover of Ijynx alone contains the phrases: "ritually-machined hyperdimensions of consciousness", " the alchemical entelechy of the dead" as well as "anti-apotropaic".
Iamus wrote:Knowing her connection with Grant, I was a bit nevervous when I first picked up Nema's Maat Magick, but found it refreshingly clear and down to earth.
I wonder if Nema wasn't primed by Grant's writings to see Liber Pennae Penumbra as announcing the the dual current/AEon. Ignoring her interpretation, it seems to me that the work is a vision of a coming AEon, but one that's is firmly rooted in the perspective of the current AEon. That would make it not totally disimilar from the the Apocalypse of John under the view that that work is actually a vision of the AEon of Horus, but seen from an Osirian perspective. Obviously Pennae Penumbra doesn't see the AEon of Maat as armageddon; similarly there's no anti-Horus parallel to the way the Beast was seen as the anti-Christ.Duo Columpnas wrote:Agreed, a very solid feminine take on Thelema, regardless of the whole "Aeon of Maat" deal. Nema remains one of my favorite Thelemites to interact with.
I was never sure how far to take the analogy the HOGD officers, but after a little research (some of it on these boards) it looks quite profitable. Thanks.Jim Eshelman wrote:Don't forget that, as Horus is the Hierophant of the present aeon, Maat is its Hiereus.
Iamus wrote:Would you have a kind of waxing in power or influence where a god starts off in the Hegemon position and begins to exert some kind of influence over the planet and then in the next AEon this increases as the god assumes the offce of Hiereus, and then finally coming to dominance when they become Hierophant?
If that's right, then does the fact that Maat assumed the role of Hiereus in 1904 explain why a number of magicians (Jones, Grant, Nema, etc.) have felt that there is a Maatian "current" (I've never liked that term for some reason) running beneath the dominant one of Horus?
It's really interesting to think that this "discovery" of the dual current is really just something that should have been obvious from examination of the HOGD officer structure.
Jim Eshelman wrote: Crowley understood it.
gmugmble wrote:Jim Eshelman wrote: Crowley understood it.
Based on what, may I ask?
Jim Eshelman wrote:Don't forget that, as Horus is the Hierophant of the present aeon, Maat is its Hiereus
Dar Es Allrah wrote:And even though I remained a solo practitioner I would still recommend it as a read because there's a lot of sophisticated symbolism that a group can convey that an individual can't - so I used to animate these rituals in my head. Worth doing if you can't join a temple - and makes the issues above rather obvious as well.
Angel of Death wrote:Is that magic eight ball on your desk??? What is this supposed to be a picture of/for?
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