book review: the brazen serpent by soror n.o.

When I received a request from the author’s husband to review The Brazen Serpent, I thought to myself, “Are they mad? These people must not know me at all…or…they are extremely confident in their work.” I am possibly the most brutal critic of anything remotely Hermetic in the entire occultosphere. The opinions of people never really matter where Abrahadabra – or reality – is concerned. While I didn’t expect to be handed something in the vein of Llewellyn trash, I presumed from the very outset that I would be delicately attempting not to club the book to death…too hard…they seemed like nice people.

After finishing the book, the most pressing arguments I have with the points found within are simply matters of the perspective and degree of the paths taken to those answers – similar in nature to the differences bhakti yoga versus jnana yoga. Given the advanced nature of the material within, this is very impressive. I do believe there is an objectively correct answer to all things that lies at the heart of all existence and beyond illusion, though that answer will shift in appearance from one path to another. So, while it is important that I get all of the final accounting correct right out of the gate, it isn’t so important that I agree with everyone else all of the time, since there is a lot of ground to cover between our current state and Completion itself, which is where we strive to maintain an asana at most of the time.

It is well worth the cost just to read the killer introduction. The book is authentic to its source. It’s written from the point of view of a female philosopher in the A.’.A.’. lineage. Although she already possesses a degree in philosophy, she is currently attending Manly P. Hall’s University of Philosophy in Los Angeles, which was founded in 1934. 

When I received the package from the couple’s L.A. home, I chuckled to myself. The return address had “R.H.K.” as the name. A few weeks earlier, I had a very successful invocation of Ra Hoor Khut, which had become the catalyst for an extensive series of acknowledgements from the god, woven throughout my life so prominently I couldn’t ignore it. It seemed like every other event in my life prior to the arrival of the package was some kind of joke involving Montu making a meme of my life. The initials are the first names and last name of the couple, which I found interesting. The author, Soror N.O. (Helen Kirkby,) is an American author and artist married to Russel Kirkby, another artist who has done a couple of really cool occult short films which m1thr0s and I had already enjoyed together a few years ago. 

The prominence of the couple’s relationship woven throughout their correspondence with me, the dedication and the flavor of the book, piqued my curiosity. While the book is written solely by Soror N.O., the couple seems to share many occult adventures together on their blog. It’s unusual to see couples working in the occult together, professionally, and this is always heartening to see, considering the rarity of our lifestyle. Last year, the month before TAI opened its doors to initiates, Ray Sherwin, the father of Chaos Magick, released Ouroboros: A Grimoire. The cover sports an illustration by his wife practitioner, and throughout the book he goes on to assert the primacy of couples’ work over any kind of coven.

This is not a new idea; the essence of the highest alchemical workings rests in the arms of a heterosexual monogamy, a dyadic monad: “Male, Female, Quintessential One;” as the ancient principle states. This isn’t meant to be a derisive snort at other ternary patterns; sexual pairings – the alchemical axiom merely emphasizes an alchemical law – forces of nature really couldn’t care less about one’s feelings or political sentiments. In other words, Yin and Yang will always be important to one another, in some special kinds of ways, and the variety of biological sex is not insignificant – it certainly can’t be politicized away either. (All of the arrangements of sexuality are merely bigrams and trigrams of various sorts, to the Mutational Alchemist. There is nothing emotional about it – not personally, and not objectively, and I try to keep contemporary politics out of my occultism.)

While the book isn’t written from the perspective of the couple whatsoever, and has a single author, it’s really hard to ignore the influence that a couple’s working brings to the table, as it is apparent in the writing, at least to me, and I’ve read a lot of occult titles. The book does nothing to overtly press this point – it cannot be classified as a true male-female working, although that’s simply an observation, not a judgement. I only mention it here due to the fact that it is unusual and makes the book more interesting to collectors. Both its quality and the fact that the author is a woman in a predominantly male dominated field – unchanged for the past 500 years or more – makes it an extremely attractive title for collectors. 

While not explicitly related to The Brazen Serpent, there are some special features involved in a couple’s working occult relationship. First it’s the Magus-Priestess dynamic, which is all important for major alchemical work. Despite the importance of Yin and Yang, or, perhaps because of their individual potency in the universal hierarchy of the so-called “ten thousand things” it’s unusual to find powerful and overt male-female workings. The history of such dates back to the dawn of Man. Famous examples of this include the legendary P’an Ku and Nu Kua of ancient Chung Kuo, who created mankind and invented marriage among other early stirrings of civilization; Pythagoras and Theano of Ancient Greece; and of course Nicolas and Perenelle Flamel who famously (although perhaps mythologically,) answered a question about his rumored alchemical gold creation by saying that he and his wife knew the secret and created it every night in their bedchambers.

“By now it should be clear that everything in magick is sexual. Did Siva fail to teach this to us? Mahakala?” – m1thr0s 729

Crowley himself, one gold standard occultists, produced two prominent male-female workings; Liber al Vel Legis with Rose in the Giza pyramid, and THOTH with Lady Frieda Harris. It’s primordial – Yin and Yang – and it carries with it the authority of those first two prime divisions. Yet this is a book written by a female, classically regarded as the embodiment of Understanding, which is bestowed upon her by the masculine, as she bestows upon him Wisdom. 

Before introducing readers to the book itself, I wanted to write more about Nephilim Press, since so little is known of them, generally speaking. There isn’t much, and they are tight lipped about it – and by tight lipped I mean they refused to provide any information – they told Mr. Kirkby to tell me to look on the web, where, there’s almost nothing. All I could get came from the ICANN info, which is almost always spoofed. They’re based in South Carolina and have asserted themselves as a high quality occult publisher and book store: focusing on quality information over mere vanity items with a limited number of printings. As many occultists have found out, these pricy grimoires can often be very disappointing, but the entirety of Nephilim’s offerings are priced at or below $50, which is incredibly affordable. At the time of this writing they updated their website with something a bit more helpful:

Our selection of occult literature covers topics ranging from Enochian magick, necromancy and black magic to Satanism, left hand path, divination, and so much more. We aim to find the best information, old and new, and make it available to you at competitive prices – Nephilim Press’s website

As one might expect, a title named after the English translation of Nachash will probably deal with matters pertaining to Hermetic Qabbalah, and from a fairly lofty vantage point. While I wasn’t quite sure these expectations would be met when I received The Brazen Serpent, as I didn’t bother reading the ad copy, I was soon happily finding myself shifting into a higher gear in order to apprehend the style of writing. 

For those who have partaken of the sacrament of entheogens alongside their theurgy and alchemy, or, for those who are naturally sensitive, the peculiarity of discussions pertaining to higher states of mind is very clearly delineated from all others. The experienced can discern when someone has been *out there* so to speak, so that all true explorers can recognize each other, even across very different cultural environs.  

While our goals at TAI are far removed from O.T.O. lineaged practitioners to ever find any broad common ground on any particular subject, this is not a judgement against the book. I found myself neither snorting with disgust nor confused about where the ideas in the book were coming from; they were firmly within the lineage the work claimed to be affiliated with; a passing mark in my estimation for any serious piece of occult literature.

Aesthetics

The physical book itself is very beautiful. You’ll never hear me complain about serpents, black and gold, ever. Still, even those occultists who prefer silver and black will find little to complain about here. It is not overdone, as is the case with so many occult grimoires.

Eggshell finish jet black leatherette, with bright gilting of the Nachash, or brazen serpent on the front, and the Sephiroth on the spine is understated and elegant. The end papers are matte black. The book does not fit into my Oberon leather book covers, being slightly too long, for those occultists who like to use them. The plain pages are cut smooth edge and there is no gilt edge. The book is graced with a black satin bookmark. It’s easy to handle and made for reading.

Initially I thought it was a reference book, a bit like a Sephiroth oriented 777. The introduction, as I have previously mentioned, is highly analytical and insightful. I could tell the author was speaking from her highest house. This is a difficult mental asana to achieve. I remarked to one of our members and students, Lugh, after the initial speed reading “It’s dealing with such lofty subjects I kinda have to be in the right frame of mind to read it;” to which he replied, “That’s a compliment if I ever heard one.” He wasn’t wrong, and I will say right now this is a book any serious student of the occult would want to have in their library as a regular touchstone of reference. It’s just one of those books written from such a lofty and cautious scholarly perspective, that reading this is a great way to see what is going on through the filters of another deep thinker. Any occultist uninterested in what is going on in the minds of other consciousness stars is not going to achieve much success.

It is not a book for neophytes, but neither is it inaccessible (at the very least one might want to memorize the Sephiroth before tackling the Brazen Serpent.) I was curious about where the tome actually stood in the classification scheme of occult literature. I read through it again, but not from cover to cover. Instead I thought of a Sephira or path I wanted to read about and flipped to that section. It worked – but it was of a very different flavor than most reference manuals. This is an abstract reference manual for advanced Hermetic Qabbalists coming from the A.’.A.’. lineage and Thelemic current. 

The Bad

I do not agree with all of the assertions made – a few, are outright wrong, but, I recognize that these statements are true to the classical A.’.A.’. and O.T.O. traditions, so this is only to be expected. We are not affiliated with O.T.O. and we are clearly set apart from their traditions in several significant ways.

It should be noted that The Brazen Serpent is not filial to Judaic Kabbalah, despite the fact that the author was influenced by Lurianic Kabbalah. Qlippoth are treated here – as they are treated in the A.’.A.’. tradition – as something which influences us and our world, constantly – clearly a Western Magick stance. By contrast, the Abrahadabra Institute does not recognize the Qlippoth as influencing anyone directly or anything in one’s path working.

The problems I have with O.TO. or various other A.’.A.’. lineages is not insignificant, and I should explain this somewhat…I have never witnessed anyone in my entire life solve very many of the real problems and mysteries facing us in regards to the physics of the Body of Light from the perspective of Hermetic Alchemy with the exception of m1thr0s 729. Knowing what I know today about the O.T.O. and their ilk, I am very suspicious of anything that comes out of their camps. What Viktor Blåsjö wrote on Christiaan Huygens and G.W. Leibniz’ discourse also applies to the Body of Light and its mastery – the only goddamned thing that we are interested in here and the only thing we are ever actually discussing when we talk about any of the subjects here at the Institute; 

“We don’t study nature because we refuse to admit value in abstract mathematics. We study nature because she has repeatedly proven herself to have excellent mathematical taste, which is more than can be said for the run-of-the-mill mathematicians who have to invent technical pseudo-problems because they can’t solve any real ones. “

– Viktor Blåsjö

What applies to math applies to Qabbalah. When anyone brings up some of the more decadent and ornate theories of Western Magick, such as the idea that there “is a tree and abyss in each sephira” or that we can interact with the Qlippoth, and they do not bring a valid argument apart from mere dogma or the guesswork of antiquity, I must politely decline to hop on board ‘Ye Olde Victorian Hoopla and Rumors About the Occult’ bandwagon. So I am cautious – yet the book is not so overloaded with Thelemic dogma that it is oppressive, or sycophantic in any way. That is a welcome reprieve from most modern Thelemic texts; usually only matched in quality by the old devil Crowley himself, who understood, perfectly well, the abomination that is dogma and flattery. I would be remiss, however, not to mention this important distinction between Abrahadabra doctrines and those of the author and her lineage. 

Another influence I noticed as I skimmed through the text is the Christianity, again, typical and to be expected from any O.T.O. or A.’.A.’. text – we’re talking about the same organizations that runs the Ecclesiastica Gnostica Catholica, and not a branch of Satanism. Angels, God, Lucifer and the Christian mythos feature prominently enough to be noticeable, and there is a very slight criticism of the left hand path. These ideas and their sources share very little in common with TAI – they simply don’t enter into our way of life or our value systems in any way, and there is a good reason for why we are are counted separately from the rest of the occult world. Some sinister oriented magicians will find the Christian influences heavy handed, but again, this is a typical example of Thelemic literature, and it never claims to be anything other than this.

Much the same kind of deist rhetoric will be found within Israel Regardie, Dion Fortune and Helen Blavatsky, all of which feature within the extensive bibliography of The Brazen Serpent.  The bibliography is concise and accurately represents the pedigree of the book and its author – it’s also a very useful reading list for occultists looking for their next book. The author and publisher advertise it as a Thelemic text with A.’.A.’. influences speaking on the subject of classic Hermetic Qabbalah in the Western mystery tradition, and this is exactly what it is. 

While the book’s contents are ordered neatly in the correct Sephira and path chronologies, this is where the consistency ends – don’t expect to find correspondences ala 777 or Duquette’s Understanding the Thoth Tarot, in a neat little table at the beginning of each section. When attributions are given they are mentioned in passing randomly, and where they have a semblance of consistency between sections, they are scattered in various places rather than being placed in a summary at the beginning of the section, for example the Gematria attributions and Hebrew letter are given but they are not in the same place each time. This limits the book very slightly as a reference manual, however, most experienced Qabbalists will have cheat sheet charts lying around anyways (and if you’re really nuts like us here at TAI they will be the size of an entire wall.) In the final assessment the book works just fine as a reference manual for advanced Qabbalistic theory in the A.’.A.’. and O.T.O. traditions. 

The Emperor is yet still placed at Teth, although concessions are made to his connection to Tzaddi. I do not agree with the argument here on the face of it, but that is a matter of personal experience and opinions based on that experience, and it is the official doctrine of The Abrahadabra Institute, as established by m1thr0s 729, that the Emperor is positioned at the path of Tzaddi. I personally have no problems with these discrepancies. We have always gone our own way and I expect others to do the same where they see fit. There’s more than one way to Completion, and being unable to recognize this would be incalculably stupid of us to presume.

Despite doctrinal conflicts with The Abrahadabra Institute’s lineage, I can safely assure anyone interested in The Brazen Serpent that they shall be richly rewarded delving into Soror N.O.’s thoughts here, especially if they are attracted to the A.’.A.’. and O.T.O. doctrines and methodology. It’s also a great primer for becoming familiar with the lineage without having to undergo the initiation itself, as it accurately represents A.’.A.’. material without any bold revisions. Anyone considering applying to the A.’.A.’. or O.T.O. would do well to review The Brazen Serpent first.  I for one greatly look forward to more titles from this author and would be happy to add her thoughts to my top shelf materials. 

book review: ouroboros; a grimoire by ray sherwin, father of chaos magick, reads like true detective

The announcement for Ouroboros; A Grimoire by Ray Sherwin showed up on r/occult and I went ahead and read the preview. I instantly took a liking to it, so I ordered it.
      Like a complete idiot I didn’t even notice the name matched an individual we had been talking about in a podcast last year on Chaos Magick linked here. When it arrived I unwrapped it to find a wide, slender shiny white floppy book, 110 pages long, emblazoned with a bright, turquoise ouroboros painting by his consort Lorraine Sherwin, and archaic mauve script. I flipped it over to find some handsome looking wizard from Florida or something (there are palm trees and he’s probably shirtless) staring at me with a beard I approved of. At this point, obviously I still had no idea who this was – the founder of Chaos Magick. I’m not sure why they have palm trees in England, but there they are. 
       I admit this is the first book about Chaos Magick that I have read that has held my interest, that probably isn’t saying much since I have never actually purchased a book on Chaos Magick, and they’re rare in libraries. But my standards are very high for what goes on certain shelves in my library, and this is going on the special shelf.  
      It reads as a proclamation of Zeus chastising his kids. The man is very funny, and I admit somewhat charming even as he’s cutting heads off of pedophiles and other perverts. It can’t be too easy tearing down one’s own seed, but, he does it. No one is ever going to look at Peter Carroll again the same way, I can tell you that.

“The order’s evident requirement for its members to take in less of macrocosm is a disgrace akin to a child hiding under the bedclothes in the belief that if the child can’t see the monster, the monster can’t see the child.”

– Ray Sherwin

The roasting of the Illuminates of Thanateros is completely satisfying, even though I barely knew who these people were, except that one of them was a snot-nosed idiot on the original (defunct) occultforums called Ralph Tegtmeier (Frater U∴D∴) aka Helmut. We all seriously regarded this guy as some kind of mentally ill teenage troll at the time. m1thr0s 729 was slamming the guy in some rather amusing ways as m1thr0s tended to do to idiots, and at the point in time it happened, it was akin to some kind of Klingon mating ritual for each other from the perspective of our Aquarian and Gemini sensibilities. We both quickly forgot about this moron. He was possibly the most idiotic troll to ever pass through that old occult haunting ground and I saw hundreds rise and fall there. and neither of us was aware that he was a high ranking mucky muck in an organization widely considered to be quite serious.  
      Peter Carroll – whom I have never read anything about either, except his date and place of birth, nor any of his publications, also comes off sounding like a complete piece of shit, which was fascinating. All in all a good and satisfying romp through the castle of occult intrigue and conspiracy. Sherwin isn’t the first to speak up. The blog of Nathaniel J. Harris which has been covering the case in detail, writes:

“There is a paedophile ring operating within the Pagan / occult community, with a particular concentration in the West Country where we have already seen 7 successful prosecutions, with many others remaining at large.[…]Most recently Peter J. Carroll has been spreading the vilest lies imaginable in a vain attempt to discredit Nathaniel. This is because Mr. Carroll knows full well that members of his fan club, the Illuminates of Thanateros, were involved in the sadistic abuse of my son.”

We had briefly covered some rumors within r/occult in a Abrahadabra Radio podcast in episode 006 about a disagreement between an individual shifting between a variety of throwaway accounts who had accused an IAO131 of defending a pedophile ring, which turned into a discussion about general possibilities of pedophilia within the occult community. While IAO131 is basically cat vomit who found himself on the heavy end of a ban hammer for being a stupid shitler about the origins of the word “magick” of all goddamned things on Abrahadabra Forums, I am not, and m1thr0s 729 was not the type to deviate from the sacred American axiom “Innocent until proven guilty.” (By the way, IAO131 was wrong about magick’s etymology, good old Oxford Dictionary vindicated us – he never fucking apologized for his hurfblurfing while m1 was alive, so he gets the hose. Again.)
      Sherwin goes further than we ever did in that podcast, indicating that the defensiveness of the Satanic organizations is extremely suspect, up to and including the OTO, apparently. I couldn’t give a rat’s ass about the OTO most of the time, but when it comes to ruining the occult for everyone else with borderline pedophilia accusations, there is a real reason to declare some kind of war within our own sub-society against anything that reeks of defending or participating in any kind of fascist sexuality such as child molestation.
       Some of the passages reminded me of my own time with the FBI in the Nuit House, which I won’t go into here due to the fact it might tip off any CP cells to their methodology. The embarrassments of Manson, Hubbard, and more recently, the Kabbalah Center in New Yok, never go away and the government is (rightly) dead set on never having to deal with these grotesque pockmarks on the face of Western Civilization. Anyone who has played a game of Civilization knows the power of protecting culture. Every occult organization past a certain point gets the big brother treatment these day…and people like the ones discussed in this book are why we all deserve it.
      Suffice it to say, the mere fact that I’m pretty much a 1950’s housewife disguised as an occultist, and m1thr0s was either glued to me or his laptop was enough to pretty much placate our spies, although we had more than a few creeps show up on our doorstep who were part of the other side of the “conspiracy”, although I could do nothing about it but call the police and let them decide. 
       I found myself completely fascinated by this man who seemed to be speaking from an asana of actual power throughout the book. Most occult authors just bore me to tears, and as an ENTJ I can be a cold heartless bitch not only on my brutal Reddit posts, but when it comes to dismissing occult authors, I’m not going to mince words. My bookshelf is full of texts from Oxford, Princeton and Chicago University – these are my occult tomes, a habit I inherited from my middle school years when I only read non-fiction science books.  
      I know with absolute confidence everyone in the occult is going to like this book – even the old school witches. A British author who was born in the legendary lands of Merlin and has the Druid look is like finding a leprechaun for these Wiccan shits.
      The text has the same feel as a few other rare occult texts, such as those of Masaaki Hatsumi, Aleister Crowly, the Corpus Hermetica, and the Kybalion. The author seems at times to be speaking right at us, or interacting with us on a personal level. I sometimes call these types of texts holographic texts, as they seem to shift with the reader as the mind positions itself around the data. 
       Sherwin attacks everything from democracy to priesthoods, to death and archaeology. We always love a good rant at Abrahadabra of course, and this continues for nearly fifty pages… 
      After this, we find a link to a YouTube video, which is the audio-visual version of a poem inserted in the book. It’s worth it to get through to the end. 

This is the individual who launched an entire generation of new thinking in magick, influencing some of the most famous individuals in pop culture.
      There are no dumbass sigils here, nor the same tired nihilistic or iconoclastic dogma of much Chaos thought. Sherwin, for all intents and purposes appears to be reasserting what his vision of Chaos Magick was all those years ago in London, before Carroll drove it into the hands of the worst kinds of thugs and evildoers, apparently.  
     The book is badass. You won’t be disappointed. It has everything that makes for an occult classic – a wizard war (more like the complete annihilation of a long-standing chaos magick guru) Defcon 5 level True Detective intrigue that will make the Temple of Set/Aquino rumors look like tidy Sunday gossip, and a way of teaching magick that is completely new. And, fucking finally, someone else talking about the goddamned environmental problems the world is facing.
     This first edition is limited to 500 copies, so you’d better act fast if you’re going to acquire a copy. The fallout from this is going to spread across the entire world of Chaos Magick and the occult itself. 

book review: hermes, guide of souls by karl kerenyi

Hermes is connected with the fourth day of the month and the number four, in general. July 4th is a very special day for the West, as it represents the crowning achievement of the Enlightenment and Western thought; the founding of The United States of America. Ideas of democracy have always been connected to the culture of Greece, and the marks of that ancient culture are all over the place in the U.S.A., from the eagle of Zeus atop our flag, the neoclassical architecture of Capitol Hill, and to the murals of Greek and Egyptian ideas in the Library of Congress. 

Chemistry, in the Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, by Walter Shirlaw, 1898

I’ve been searching for second year curriculum books in anticipation of our membership launch this coming August, which will lead into first year material in March of 2018 for the foundational elements leading up to Mutational Alchemy material which will be presented in the third year. (Yes, it is that involved.) So, naturally I went out and acquired every book on Hermes possible. It’s so difficult finding the perfect book for the job, in any branch of the Hermetic arts.
       Few books on Hermes himself have been quite as lovely and thoughtfully written as Karl Kerenyi’s Hermes, Guide of Souls. Even though it goes over common material like the Odyssey, Kerenyi reveals himself as a crack researcher who notices every little detail Homer instilled in his masterpiece, and manages to reveal Hermes in a way that few other books are able to. Many, like The Egyptian Hermes by Garth Fowden, are very insightful, yet they miss the essence of Hermes as he interests Hermetic Alchemists. 

Instead of focusing on the obvious, Kerenyi “hacks away the inessentials” to reveal the true Hermes, even touching on the mysterious and sinister titanesque nature of the Prince of Thieves, in his thirst for flesh and blood and devotes an entire chapter to his connection to the night.
   It’s definitely an interesting, worthwhile read, and while I would like to say it is the *best* book on Hermes (who has been experiencing a spike in popularity on Reddit’s Occult sub) I haven’t yet passed through 50% of the Hermes books I’ve been reviewing.  It is much less dry than Garth Fowden’s “The Egyptian Hermes” which is an incredible window into the ancient world of Graeco-Egyptian life and packed with useful information, but might leave many readers yawning throughout some of the more technical bits.
      That being said, both books are worth a peak if you love Hermes already. I’m not sure it’s for every pagan and occultists out there, but it is at least both represent scholarly, careful work.  
      Kerenyi explores the works of many other writers such as the classical philologist Walter Friedrich Otto, who influenced him deeply:

Danger lurks everywhere. Out of the dark
jaws of the night which gape beside the
traveler, any moment a robber may emerge
without warning, or some eerie terror, or the
uneasy ghost of a dead man–who knows what may 
once have happened at that very spot? Perhaps
mischievous apparitions of the fog seek to 
entice him from the right path into the desert
where horror dwells, where wanton witches dance
their rounds which no man ever leaves alive.
Who can protect him, guide him aright, give
him good counsel? The spirit of Night itself,
the genius of its kindliness, its enchantment,
its resourcefulness, and its profound wisdom.
She is indeed the mother of all mystery. The
weary she wraps in slumber, delivers from care,
and she causes dreams to play about their souls.
Her protection is enjoyed by the unhappy and 
persecuted as well as by the cunning, whom
her ambivalent shadows offer a thousand 
devices and contrivances. With her veil she
also shields lovers, and her darkness keeps
ward over all caresses, all charms hidden and
revealed. Music is the true language of her
mystery–the enchanting voice which sounds for
eyes that are closed and in which heaven and
earth, the near and the far, man and nature,
present and past, appear to make themselves
understood.

But the darkness of night which so sweetly
invited to slumber also bestows new vigilance
and illumination upon the spirit. It makes
it more perceptive, more acute, more enter-
prising. Knowledge flares up, or descends like
a shooting star-rare, precious, even magical
knowledge. 

And so night, which can terrify the solitary
man and lead him astray, can also be his friend,
his helper, his counselor.

– Otto, The Homeric Gods

Kerenyi himself was a friend of Carl Jung and a famed mythographer and classicist. The book is 149 pages and was first published in Switzerland in 1944 in the German language. 

Featured Image: The Souls on the Banks of the Acheron by Adolf Hirémy-Hirschl, 1898