Foreword of the book "Rediscover the Magick of the Gods & Goddesses"
Where to start?
That’s a writer’s challenge whenever asked to contribute a foreword to a new book.
The Magick of the Gods is premised on the antiquity of the Western Esoteric Tradition, and of the Aurum Solis within that tradition. It’s specifically about particular magickal principles and certain techniques with elements specific to the A.S. tradition. It would be easy for someone to say, “Well, just start at the beginning.”
Everything has some kind of beginning, but in a case like this, a beginning point is hard to establish in historical fact. Many of the original resources that a historian uses were lost through time and ignorance and then by the deliberate destruction of writings deemed “heretical” in the early history of Christianity. This was particularly so at the time of its political union with the Roman Empire under the Emperor Constantine in the year 313 when thousands of sacred and esoteric writings were gathered and destroyed in order to create the single approved public text we know today as the “Bible.” The goal was to create a theocracy through control of a rigid theology and institution to manipulate the people. The agents of the Emperor and the “Church Fathers” were very successful in this.
In the centuries that followed more declared heretical writings were discovered and destroyed and their practitioners driven underground or executed. Even with advent of Protestant Christianity in 1517, such persecution continued into modern times. In 1600, astronomer Giordano Bruno was condemned by the Catholic Inquisition and burned to death for stating the Sun was a star among many.
Along with the establishment of the imperial Roman Catholic Church as a religious monopoly in Europe came the belief and intention of world domination, just as now proclaimed as the right and goal of some sects of Islam and as once proclaimed by the Jewish Moses: "This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says, 'Every man put his sword on his thigh, and go back and forth from gate to gate in the camp, and each of you kill his brother and friend and neighbor.'" (International Standard Version (©2012)
Blind Faith in God as interpreted by proclaimed prophets, messengers, priests and preachers leads to abuse and inevitable conflict. Surely no God asks you to murder in “His Name,” nor to abuse women or hide their beauty. In seeing beauty in woman and in all of creation we awaken to beauty within and add to beauty without. No God or Goddess requires you to deny sensual pleasures or to call sex other than for procreation “sin.” There is no sin, no evil, no crime other than that executed by humans motivated by greed, hate, and blind obedience.
Two thousand years ago there were no universities in the Roman Empire which extended over most of Europe and into Egypt and parts of the Mediterranean Middle East. After the Empire’s collapse, the first European university appeared in 1088 in Bologna, followed by the Universities of Paris and Oxford in 1096 and of Cambridge in 1209. With scholars and students now researching, some of those early esoteric writings literally hidden underground were uncovered and students and scholars alike began to explore alternate views of the Universe and of the spiritual nature of life, existence, and of the person. Knowledge began the long journey to replace Blind Faith and required Obedience to ignorance and brutality.
But it was only with advent of the printed book that the back of the religious “Thought Police” was finally broken. (I have