How a New Aeon of magical consciousness is arising from the ashes of materialism
In the following video—recorded at a live talk in an arts space in Los Angeles in 2013—I discuss how Magick fits in with the general model of psychohistory. I weave together insights from the Golden Dawn, Aleister Crowley, Terence McKenna, Peter J. Carroll and Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, providing a concise explanation of how humanity went from prehistoric, matriarchal psychedelic shamanism (Aeon of Isis) to patriarchal law, control and repression (Aeon of Osiris) to our current period—the emergence not of the Mother Earth Goddess or Father Sky God, but of the Child, the revelation of humanity itself as divine and ever-borning, ever self-creating. This is the Aeon of Horus—the hyper-connected, gender-fluid, sexually liberated, mystically inclined and yet endlessly violent era we now find ourselves in.
Aleister Crowley announced the dawn of the Aeon of Horus in 1904. This Aeonic period underlies all of the hype about the "Age of Aquarius" or any other great age of awakening that you often hear spiritual people discussing. However, the Aeon of Horus is a far more mysterious and at times troubling cosmic description of the 2,000 or so years of human history to follow 1904. Believe in it or not, Crowley's description of our historical epoch certainly has a lot of explanatory power.
Check out the video above, and decide for yourself!
Top image via. Snippet of opening music from "Double Dare" by Bauhaus.