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from the airing-my-era-errata dept.
As I've written before, I'm not always completely satisfied with Crowley's map of the Aeons, particularly the transition between Osiris and Horus. It fits well enough from one angle, but is something of a mismatch from others. For one thing, it seems to me that the leading edge of the transition from external authority to individual authority (which surely can be described as a movement from Osiris to Horus) began centuries ago, with the Renaissance and the Industrial Revolution. Much of humanity has yet to make that transition, but it seems strange to treat it as a new direction, especially since other transitions have begun since then.
Perhaps the solution is to treat the overthrow of external authority as only a preliminary to the Aeon of Horus. With that in mind, I'd like to speculate about a series of sub-Aeons that could describe the process between Osiris and Horus with finer granularity.
Starting from Osiris in its pure form as the establishment of the authority of church and state, consider this sequence:
It isn't easy for me to imagine what it would be like for the Maatian phase to be fulfilled. But I would think that from that wholeness would emerge the Will to Act. This, I suspect, is the establishment of the Aeon of Horus in its purity.
My critique, then, of the Aeonic progression as it is commonly understood is that without the prior grounding in the phases of Hathor, Thoth, and Maat, the impetus to transcend Osiris usually only takes us no further than Set.
(This mapping, like much of my thinking recently, has been inspired by Spiral Dynamics. In particular, this is an attempt to model the transition from Osiris to Horus as a Blue to Coral shift.)
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