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Maat, Amon, and the Aeons

To: alt.magick
From: (Tim Maroney)
Subject: Re: Maat, Amon, and the Aeons  (was re: Maat Magick)
Date: 10 Jan 96 16:10:33 GMT

Tim Maroney  writes:
>>> I still find it very difficult to accept that the procession
>>> of the aeons would just happen to parallel the line-up of officers in
>>> a particular Golden Dawn ceremony. (Steven Cranmer) writes:
>Tim, if you're referring to the simple succession of "Isis-Osiris-Horus,"
>I'm *sure* this all predates the Golden Dawn by a long shot.  Greek
>mythology is filled with (explicit and implicit) patriarchal figures
>taking over the reigns from matriarchal ones, and there's a good bit
>of apocalyptic fear of male children of Zeus who would eventually
>overthrow their father.
>Also, check out Jung's _Aion_ for a discussion of mythological 
>characterizations of the precessional "ages."  I'm pretty sure the
>symbolism goes back pretty far.

The idea of the succession of eons is an old one to be sure. The
particular line-up consisting of Osiris-Horus-Ma'at, though, was
derived from the Golden Dawn 0=0 ritual, as you can see by
checking Crowley's "new comment" on III:34. I don't know how he
worked Isis into it, though.

>>> The author might have meant that (or
>>> might not) but whether he or she did or not, the whole concept seems
>>> very contrived. I regard a great deal of material in GD ceremonies as
>>> either arbitrary or uninspired.

>> Well, you never know; Crowley may have "colored" the text of AL to
>> make things more closely resemble the G.D. system which he knew well.

>You bet!  Where *else* would Aiwass have heard the word "nemyss?" :)

Interesting point, joke or not. I am fairly convinced that the author
of AL was a Golden Dawn initiate from internal evidence.
Tim Maroney.  Please CC all public responses to

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