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Book Review – The Vision of the Pylons by J. Daniel Gunther

April, 2019

Book Review
The Visions of the Pylons
A Magical Record of Exploration in the Starry Abode
By: J. Daniel Gunther
Ibis Press

The author, Mr. Gunther follows Aleister Crowley’s method of enlightenment as put forth by Mr. Crowley in his publication: “The Equinox.” Mr. Gunther used the method labeled “Scientific Illuminism” to explore the Egyptian funerary text called “The Book of Pylons” (or Gates). It is the nocturnal journey of the deceased on the Solar Bark in the Starry Abode. What Mr. Gunther has written is a book that is a record of the meditations the author went through and his exploration of the Starry Abode. These meditations happened between 1975 in 1977.

The subject matter is interesting to read. (I think this is another rabbit hole I am getting ready to jump into.) While the subject matter is interesting the meditations are a little difficult to read.

Mr. Gunther seems to be a fan of footnotes; there are footnotes on almost every page. Sometimes the footnotes take up half the page. A lot of the footnotes contain Hebrew lettering, zodiac Glyph, and notes on Sephiroth. (I admit I am not familiar with Hebrew lettering or anything on the Sephiroth. So, I would read the book, and then look stuff up online.)

I
did find this to be an exciting book to read. I found myself reading
the passage, then going to the footnote, and then rereading the
passage in several places of this book, after looking stuff up.

I am not well versed in the Kabbalah, so this book piqued my interest in learning more about that matter. And at the same time, his book confused me with the combination of Biblical references, Egyptian references, and Jewish references. I can see how they all work together. Sometimes the way the footnotes read it made my head spin for a second or two.

There
are six different appendices in this book. The first is the name of
the Pylons; these are color pages that have a different path of the
Pylons. The second is the Sigils of the Guardians of the Pylons.
The Sigil of the Guardians can be a bit confusing, because it is a
grid of the phonetic sounds for the letters of the ancient Egyptian
alphabet, and there are 13 of those. There is a section on engraving
images into a wax disc. The last two appendices are a full ritual
complete with a recipe for saffron cakes, honey, and milk. The
appendix on the Signs of Invoking and Banishing is extensive and has
more than 30 signs.

The
researcher and student in me found this book fascinating. The student
in me also realized this is something else I need to explore more
deeply..

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About the Author:

Dawn
Borries
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