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The Aeons and Precession

Postby Michael Staley » Tue Jul 14, 2020 8:47 am

In his later life, Crowley propounded the view that the Aeons of Isis, Osiris and Horus were each of approximately 2,000 years duration, bounded by the astronomical phenomena of Precession. However, that was not his opinion in the early years following the reception of The Book of the Law.

Chapter III verse 34 of The Book of the Law includes the following:

But your holy place shall be untouched throughout the centuries: though with fire and sword it be burnt down & shattered, yet an invisible house there standeth, and shall stand until the fall of the Great Equinox; when Hrumachis shall arise and the doublewanded one assume my throne and place.

In the ‘Old Comment’, published in The Equinox Vol. I No. 7, Crowley commented on this passage as follows:

Following him [Horus] will arise the Equinox of Ma, the Goddess of Justice, it may be a hundred or ten thousand years from now; for the Computation of Time is not here as There.

In the Introduction to the 1938 edition of The Book of the Law, Crowley remarked concerning the third chapter:

It explains that certain vast ‘stars’ (or aggregates of experience) may be described as Gods. One of these is in charge of the destinies of this planet for periods of 2,000 years . . .

And subsequently in the same Introduction, speaking of Horus:

He rules the present period of 2,000 years, beginning in 1904 . . .

Does anyone know when Crowley first began to think in terms of the Aeons haveing more or less fixed spans of time? When did the change occur?
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Re: The Aeons and Precession

Postby Hermitas » Tue Jul 14, 2020 10:31 am

Here's a related conversation. It doesn't answer your specific question, but there are some interesting things things there about the relationship of the aeons to the astrological ages.

viewtopic.php?f=4&t=13582&p=91855

I don't personally have an answer for your actual question.
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Re: The Aeons and Precession

Postby Michael Staley » Tue Jul 14, 2020 1:15 pm

Thankyou, Hermitas, for that reference. As you say, it doesn't throw any light on my question, but it was an interesting thread to read.

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