The Visions of the Pylons: A Magical Record of Exploration in the Starry Abode.
by J. Daniel Gunther
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The operation documented here uses as its basis a central funerary Egyptian text, the so-called Book of Pylons (or Gates). It refers to the nocturnal journey of the deceased on the Solar Bark in the starry Abode. There he actively participates in the regenerative process that leads to sunrise; and in his own personal ascension he will take part in the cosmic balance.
The Seer and the Scribe are engaged in the age-long battle of Man to understand—no matter the price. Ultimately, this is a book about freedom. For this, I am grateful that others convinced the author to share this gem with us.
The present tome and its voluminous appendices invite the prepared seeker to further explore the Pylons. The Guardians clearly expect this. For some of them, Two Thousands Years is as One Day.
—Fr. PHANES X°, National Grand Master General, Ordo Templi Orientis, Grand Lodge of Italy (From the Preface)
Assisted by a student and friend who served as the scribe, the author designed and conducted a series of astral explorations whose intent was to determine the true nature of the Pylons of the Duant.
This book draws deeply from Jungian psychology, ancient Egyptian mythology, world religions, the doctrines of the classic Mystery traditions, and the teachings of Thelema and its prophet, Aleister Crowley.
The Visions of the Pylons are described and explained in clear, precise language with detailed instructions for how to proceed with one’s own exploration.
• Offers a modern example of the vision quest utilizing Aleister Crowley’s instructions for Astral exploration.
• A modern Grimoire of practical “how to” Instruction for any Student of Magick.
• A detailed account of a series of astral experiments conducted between 1975 and 1977.
Copious illustrations (some in full color) with numerous diagrams.
The author provides a detailed account and interpretation of a series of visions conducted between August 22, 1975 and February 5, 1977. Their purpose was to explore the Pylons of the Duant, or “Starry Abode,” first inscribed upon the alabaster coffin of 19th Dynasty Egyptian Pharoah, Sety I.
To the ancient Egyptians, the Duant was the place where the sun god Ra made his nocturnal journey through the underworld—which was divided into twelve hours. The Egyptian “Book of Pylons” describes a perilous journey where the Gate of each hour is protected by a fearsome guardian or “watcher” who prevents entry by the unworthy, or revelation of the deepest secrets of the netherworld to those allowed to pass.
In modern Jungian psychology terms, the Duant is a representation of the Unconscious of mankind, the “underworld,” inhabited by gods and daemons, the living symbols called primordial images or Archetypes.
The noctural journey of Ra is thus actually a journey deep within the human soul or Ba. The author’s study of the ancient texts led him to suspect that these Pylons were also hidden gateways to the higher planes of the Tree of Life, possibly including secret entrances to the Thirty Aethyrs as described by Elizbethan magician John Dee.