What is an Aeon?

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What is an Aeon?

Postby Andrey » Thu Jan 21, 2010 4:24 am

Having read my way through a few Thelemic books, and what people thought about them and how they are interpreted I am left really puzzled by this.

What is an Aeon? So far I read that there is a change of Aeons, going from Isis to Osiris to Horus, the effects of which can be felt through history, like going from matriarchal religions to patriarchal, and that an Aeon is different to an astrological age, but nowhere does anyone explain even in 2 sentences what an Aeon is... thelemapedia explains their effects but not what they are.
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Postby Edward Mason » Thu Jan 21, 2010 6:31 am


A rough try:

The dictionary definition is 'an age' or 'a lifespan.' As understood within Thelema, it is a particular period of time characterized by a certain ruling current or general characteristic(s). These characteristics are summed up as comprising the effective direction of a particular god, which we interpret according to a specialized (not necessarily historical) understanding of some of the Ancient Egyptian deities.

In a practical sense, Aeons are understood as phases of evolution of human consciousness, where the different parts of the spiritual psyche are awakened and activated.

My own take is that we have come from primitive survival in the Aeon of Isis (the nephesh/animal soul becoming active in the guph, or body); to awakening awareness in the Aeon of Oriris (nephesh feeling the impact of ruach, the self-conscious or ego awareness, and we humans thus differentiating into selfhood); to, in this Aeon, fully awakening ruach under the impact of neshamah, the supernal consciousness.

Other people might care to refine that simplified description.

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Postby Uni_Verse » Thu Jan 21, 2010 6:54 pm

A finite but indefinite period of time.
There is only one verse,
sung in infinite ways.
I come or came?
I sung!
To seeD the Way
God sings,
WE experience:
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