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The Morning of the Magicians Paperback – January 1, 1993
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Quit thy childhood, my friend, and wake up! -Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Absolutely mind-expanding! In this book, the authors expound a thesis of "fantastic realism" and explore the mind, not in the subconscious or conscious states but in what they believe to be ultraconsciousness. The book is able to cover virtually every topic from atomic energy, to secret societies of alchemists, to the influence of the occult upon Hitler, to parapsychology and consciousness, and finally to the upcoming superman - a mutant capable of astounding intellectual feats. The authors cite numerous previous explorers: Rene Guenon, Teilhard de Chardin, Carl Jung, Charles Fort, Gurdjieff, and the work of mathematicians, especially Cantor's theory of the transfinite. Bizarre theories are considered: Horbiger's theory of "eternal ice" (and it's influence on Hitler), Teed's theory that we live on the concave inner surface of a hollow earth, theories to explain the origins of civilization, the work of the alchemists and their possible knowledge of atomic physics, theories regarding mutation of the human species, and theories propounding alternative origins for life on this planet. The authors are able to consider all of this and put it together in a coherent whole, under the idea of "fantastic realism". They dare to ask such questions as: Are we all in a collective conspiracy to hide the truth, is science such a conspiracy? Do secret societies exist and do they have an influence upon history? What special knowledge did the ancients possess that we may not possess now? What role did secret societies play in the origins of Nazism, and in the Nazi Black Order?Read more ›
Now, I know this sounds vague, but when you come across a book that deals with such a spectrum of topics such as alchemy, politics, the paranormal, history, secret societies, origins of certain philosophies, magic, the roots of nazism, UFOs, conspiracies, etc, there is no simpler way to surmise it.
This is easily one of those books that leave you a different person once you're done reading them, not in the way certain "self-help" books claim they do, but in the sense that it works like a massive curtain being pulled infront of you and a whole new picture being revealed behind it.
There's no bibliography included at the end of it (allthough, through its pages, several books are mentioned as sources) but for those well-delved into the topics it discusses it's obvious that the scholarship involved here is impeccable.
And apropos "sources", this is exactly the biggest contribution of this book, the fact that it actually functions like a tremendous reference book, leading you eventually to other books of which you'd probably remain unaware had you not seen the sourcing here. It's more or less like a simply coded lexicon for those interested in diving well below the surface, for restless minds who suspect that "this can't be all there is", a multi-key to unopened doors inside and outside ourminds.Read more ›
This is one of my favorite books, and is the progenitor for most of the "New Age" literature that was to appear decades later, from the 1970's through the '90's. The authors (Pauwels, really) assert that homo sapiens is not a mechanistic clock-work operating within the limits of Nature, but is instead on a journey of progressive evolution towards cosmic interconnectedness. A key assertion is that it is possible to understand the most complex aspects of reality through an expanded state of awareness, without plodding through the limited and sometimes inaccurate scientific method.
The book presents a great deal of esoterica, which often obfuscates the authors' intention, which is to call for "Reason ... pushed to extreme limits ... operating on a higher level, linking up with the mysteries of the mind and spirit, the secrets of energy and universal harmony."
It's easy to confuse this book with compilations of the occult or unexplained, like "Arthur C. Clarke's Mysterious World" or "Ripley's Believe It Or Not". Actually, like Colin Wilson's "The Occult", "Le Matin des Magiciens" is speculatively considering such ideas with the aim of inspiring the reader to question reductionist theories of reality. The book is non-clerical but spiritual call to embrace modernism, and all the possibilities it represents, rather than reject it.
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This book has many elements and truths that are still relevant today. I felt the authors were kind of infatuated with all things pertaining to Hitler. Read morePublished 7 months ago by jorma
This book is mostly interesting as a literary artifact. It predates a lot of the "grand conspiracy theory" type of genre literature that has come into the mainstream... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Molly Millions
I've read it before, however, I've been waiting for 4 weeks. My copy has not arrived!Published 16 months ago by Frank Richard Lovato
it was one of the good ones, ...
looking forward to re-reading it, ..
i remember this volume as being thorough and well-researched
The book has seeming contradictions. On one hand explores the possibilities of super consciousness on the other hand it denies aspects of it. Read morePublished on November 10, 2013 by Q.L.S.
An old classic. So Much FuN to read! Had it in the '70s, bought another copy since I ruined my Mom's copy underlining stuff in itPublished on November 2, 2013 by Miss Moneypenny
This is much more than a book. It is a unique approach to history, magic and a new vision of reality. Read morePublished on April 10, 2012 by silvermind,
This is an amazingly comprehensive book. It opens vast vistas of speculation and does so in admirably lucid language (but the English title is mistranslated--magiciens doesn't mean... Read morePublished on March 30, 2011 by Deleon