Initiation in the Aeon of the Child


Initiation in the Aeon of the Child

InitiationInitiation in the Æon of the Child
The Inward Journey
by J. Daniel Gunther

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In 1904, The Book of the Law declared the advent of a new period in the course of human history– The Aeon of Horus, or Aeon of the Child. The doctrine codified in the Book of the Law and the numerous other Holy Books known as Thelema revealed Aleister Crowley as the Prophet of the new Aeon.

In this ground-breaking book, author J. Daniel Gunther provides a penetrating and cohesive analysis of the spiritual doctrine underlying and informing the Aeon of the Child, and the sublime formulas of Initiation encountered by those who would probe its mysteries. Drawing on more than 30 years of experience as a student and teacher within the Order of the A.·. A.·. the author examines the doctrinal thread of Thelema in its historical, religious, and practical context.

The book is written in clear, precise language that will aid those students who seek to navigate the difficult terrain of the spiritual quest. More advanced students will find tantalizing clues to serve as guideposts and eventual confirmation of direct experience.

With numerous diagrams and detailed references encompassing ancient Egyptian hieroglphic texts, the Apocrypha, the Old and New Testaments, alchemy, hermetic Qabalah, and tarot, as well as the writings of Carl Jung and Aleister Crowley.

ISBN: 0-89254-209-3
224 Pages, 6″ x 9″. Paperback.

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Initiation in the Aeon of the Child


  1. :

    Initiation in the Aeon of the Child is the first publication of some of the oral instructions of the modern A∴A∴, the teaching order co-founded by Aleister Crowley in 1906–07 e.v. J. Daniel Gunther writes with clarity, authority and persuasive earnestness about recondite and difficult subjects, such as the evolution of Thelema beyond the dispensation given Aleister Crowley in The Holy Books. He employs copious illustrations to clarify his exposition.
    This is one of those rare books that rises, in some passages, to the level of transmitted doctrinal insight. Yet Gunther’s writing always remains grounded in sound scholarship, with particular attention to Egyptology and the psychological studies of C. G. Jung and Erich Neumann. The book was written from the standpoint of an experienced teacher. Gunther’s collegial writing style is therefore accessible to new students, yet rewarding—especially after repeated readings—to experienced
    This book is both enlightened and enlightening, and a welcome addition to the post-Crowleyan literature. It is clearly deserving of a place in the curricula of both A∴A∴ and O.T.O., and it deserves to be welcomed and studied carefully by Thelemites of all persuasions.

    Hymenaeus Beta
    Frater Superior, Ordo Templi Orientis

  2. :

    J. Daniel Gunther provides a beautifully crafted description of the modern path of Initiation—the means by which Man becomes God. In my opinion, this is the most important original work to be published since the death of Aleister Crowley.

    James Wasserman—Author of In the Center of the Fire

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