431 Slices
Medium 9781904658689

2: The Age of the Druids

Geoffrey Ashe Aeon Books ePub

1

The break in communications which reduced Britain, in Greek eyes, to a ghost or a void, was due partly to events ushering in the Iron Age. Homer's heroes succumbed to cruder Dorian invaders with iron weapons. Barbarism engulfed Greece for several centuries. Meanwhile, Phoenicians and Carthaginians were the only civilized Mediterranean-dwellers who knew the outer ocean. They may have sailed to Cornwall for tin. But most of their maritime effort was directed into warmer zones. To deter rivals they spread reports (based on the Sargasso Sea and portions of the African coast) that navigation outside Gibraltar was difficult and dangerous. The shoals said to mark the site of Atlantis probably reflect rumours of this kind.

Western contacts were resumed by the nascent civilization of classical Hellas about 600 B.C., when Greek colonists founded Massilia, i.e. Marseilles. However, there was no rediscovery of Britain till the voyage of Pytheas more than two hundred years later.

See All Chapters
Medium 9781904658375

Week 3: Dowsing and Divining

Ramsey Dukes Aeon Books ePub

DOWSING AND DIVINING

In Weeks 1 and 2 we explored the direct perception of sensory stimuli at the edge of normal conscious awareness, pushing the boundaries by looking for subtle information (such as slight acoustic changes or a feeling of place) that would normally be screened out by reason and convention. After all, who would want the embarrassment of being the only person standing up in a formal concert? Or who would go hungry rather than be seated in “someone else's place” in a restaurant? Rather than acting on such subtle preferences, we go along with the crowd and prefer to act normally.

The result is that we do not ask these questions, such as “Where do I really want to sit?” because the answer might be inconvenient or embarrassing. Have you noticed how awkward it can be sometimes when one person is over-helpful and, rather than simply letting everyone sit down as they arrive, they make a big fuss about, “Wouldn't you rather sit here with the nice view?” Mostly, we'd rather just move with the crowd than make a big thing about small preferences.

See All Chapters
Medium 9781904658566

25. Why Magic?

Aaron B. Daniels Aeon Books ePub

As I noted in the story above, many people, perhaps most of us, are in a child/ parent, boss/subordinate, or even pet/owner relationship with our realities. We keep waiting to see what we’ll be given, almost as though we want to fnd out whether or not we deserve the things we want by being given them. Whether or not our parent/owner is a god or goddess, the Tao, karma, the Universe, our Will, or any other reifed concept, the relationship is fawed. Job applicants and the prayerful alike both fall prey to a strange combination of the fundamental attribution error and the actor-observer bias in which they let their circumstances determine their worth. We are so used to a seemingly random world or our own contrived explanations that we conspicuously avoid actually assessing our own eforts, culpability, and efcacy.

Waiting to see if we deserve our will is like the lover who won’t ask for what he or she wants and remains perpetually resentful and frustrated. We see again and again that the prize goes to those who try. If you want something, do something! (And assess your outcomes, then do it again with innovations based on your observations, then assess again, and innovate again …)

See All Chapters
Medium 9781904658498

9: Application 2: What Are You Doing Right Now?

Daniels, Aaron B. Aeon Books ePub

This next exercise asks that you make a shift in awareness. This new perspective may lead you to make different choices, but, unto itself, this exercise merely asks that you become aware of what you are doing, as best as you can tell. Other exercises will build on and help this awareness to become habitual and grow — extending deeper into the many activities of which we are unaware and into parts of our life we never thought to examine.

The exercise is to simply and honestly ask yourself, ‘what am I doing right now?’

Ethics is the Highest form of Magic. Unfortunately, ‘ethics’ has now become a shufed-aside, stodgy term reserved for, perhaps, business schools, or other professional pursuits. Speaking of individuals and ethics seems detached. Maybe we talk about our personal ethics in a philosophy class, but, on a day-to-day basis, how many of us genuinely think about ‘ethics’?

Speaking of ‘ethics’ often leads us to think about ‘morals’ and ‘principles.’ (Tink of Sam the Eagle from The Muppet Show when you say ‘PRINciples!’) I think this characterization is a mistake. Not that I don’t think the discussion can get to such terms, but I don’t think the discussion begins there.

See All Chapters
Medium 9781904658313

Key 16—Blasted Tower

Chris Zalewski Aeon Books ePub

Key 16 is a great force which follows a course of awakening of the inner-spiritual self through sudden happenings, which may have been shock, upsets, or clear flashes of insight. It is a number of atonement, weaknesses revealed, catastrophes and accidents. The numerical breakdown of 16 is 1 + 6 = 7 (Chariot). The power of the Divine (1) illuminates the mystical union of Spirit and Matter (6), causing an awakening of Man, thus his mind and body knows his true potential (his soul) and is now awakened from ignorance (7).

Numerical analyses of the name ‘Tower’ , using the Pythagorian and Hebraic systems gives Nine and in the English Kabbalah. In Nine (Hermit), which is someone who has forsaken all and gone towards a spiritual path. Another view-point is how the Edomite Kings built false values and walls which are shattered by the reality of spiritual awakening. In Key 1 (Magician) brings about an awakening of the senses, or perhaps it is awareness which has been brought about by his study and learning.

See All Chapters

See All Slices