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The Search for Abraxas. Second, revised edition

The Search for Abraxas. Second, revised edition (Used)

by Drury, Nevill

Publisher: Salamander and Sons

Binding: Paperback

Book ID: 9780987520616, 098752061X

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Hailed as "the manifesto of a new generation", The Search for Abraxas examines the nature of human potential emblematised by the transcendent Gnostic deity Abraxas -- a figure associated not only with Time and Eternity, but also representative of the polarities of good and evil. Navigating the complex terrains of 'The World of Light', 'The World of Shadows' and 'The World of Dreams', renowned esoteric researchers and author Stephen Skinner and the late Nevill Drury map the major themes of the Western esoteric tradition and elaborate upon the philosophies and cosmologies underpinning them.

From modern occult revivals and the international counter-culture and psychedelic revolution of the late 1960s to theoretical and practical qabalah and ceremonial magi; from witchcraft, sorcery and 'transformation phenomena' to astral and etheric projection and reincarnation, The Search for Abraxas reminds us that "magic is essentially about altered states of awareness that can lead alternatively toward cosmic transcendence and spiritual integration or towards dark alienation and even evil."

Explorations of this duality -- the polar opposites within the psyche -- are particularly pronounced in the works of various artist-magicians, including the unconventionally brilliant and visionary Austin Osman Spare; the phantastically sinister yet transcendent Late Art-Nouveau Decadents Aubrey Beardsley, Harry Larke, Alastair, Edmund Dulac, and Kay Nielsen, and the Surrealists Yves Tanguy, Wolfgang Paalen and Max Ernst. This connection between magical thought and visionary art is a central motif of "this far-ranging and highly readable book."

This edition contains the introduction by the late Colin Wilson which was included in the first edition, as well as a new introduction by author Nevill Drury - written shortly before his death.

Second Edition [ Revised ] Softcover. 8vo. xxvi + 146pp. Illustrated card covers with printed inner flaps. Illustrated in colour and b/w. Bibliography & index.

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