“A Brave New World: Aeonics and the Western Tradition” by Alan Chapman

"A Brave New World: Aeonics and the Western Tradition" by Alan Chapman

"This ebook was originally commissioned as an essay for an anthology that never materialised. My brief was to present the magical view of time, most notably how the various magicians over the years have approached eschatology, and especially as it appears in the work of Aleister Crowley.

Surveying the work already available on the subject, I came to realise that most commentators were prone to misrepresenting the magical view of time due to a lack of context; and where a little bit of research might have filled in the blanks, we find instead recourse to flights of the imagination.

I have therefore written a general survey of the magical view of time beginning almost three thousand years ago in Ancient Greece, taking in Pythagoras, Plato, Neoplatonism, Gnosticism, Qabalah, Enochian magick, the Golden Dawn, Thelema and Crowley, Kenneth Grant, Maat magick, Chaos magic and the latest eschatology on the block, the 2012 myth.

In light of this historical survey I attempt to uncover and reinstate the purpose of the magical view of time, and to present exactly what the study of Aeonics has to say about our current situation and what we can expect to occur in the not-too-distant future"