The Search for Abraxas
23cm x 15.5cm. 146 pages,  pages of illustrations. Illustrated french fold wrappers.
“The second edition of 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 authors Nevill Drury and Stephen Skinner 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 magic; 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 towards 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 Clarke, 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. (publisher’s blurb)
. Fine Condition.
5 in stock