Malajinn All this goes to show that any religious tradition can do more harm than good, unless it is tempered by the simple humanity and compassion that come more readily to women than to men. Truly bizarre character gallery — This includes the author, who seems to at least believe in parts of what he describes To ask other readers questions about Gowdinplease sign up. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The author deals with all the subjects in an academic and relative neutral style — even if it deals with ridiculous UFO-theories.
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Even when dealing with the most obscurantist and fantastical ideas out there e. This notion of subjective immersion leading to actual knowledge is something Godwin only touches upon slightly but tentatively, as the main focuss of the book is an overview of the polar archetype and its significance in the occult.
The magnetism of the pole has next to a real physical dimension, also a metaphysical one, as axial, the zenith and even homeland of a progenitor civilization with its arcane knowledge. A mystical land guarding and protecting the most hidden truths. Godwin, in the vein of Grantian historiography, also offers an interesting look into the most hidden occult traditions whose spiritual pole is not lunar or solar, but stellar with Polaris Arktos as the axis mundi.
A point of criticism is that Godwin, perhaps confronted with the vast number of authors and theories he needed to cover, confuses the reader with referencing to chapters still far ahead in the book and in so doing leaves much needed nuances at the beginning unmentioned until far later. Though one can only applaud him for even starting a most ambitious project. The last few chapters, covering the more scientific takes on polar shifts and the like, seem as if they have been jogged with the rest to give at least some voice to the more rationalist and objectively empirical demarcations on the subject.
For the student of the occult, and anyone interested in a good overview of a topic all too often unfairly ignored in esotericism, this is definitely a must read. Joscelyn Goodwin provides an intelligent and often wry overview that remains well within scholarly standards. It is a valuable addition to that shelf in the library that is dominated by the Although published by Adventures Unlimited which tends not to be, shall we say, conventional in its authors who cover conspiracy, lost worlds, free energy and what-have-you , Arktos is a serious and interesting account of polar mythology in popular culture, in the history of science and in esoteric lore.
It is a valuable addition to that shelf in the library that is dominated by the work of Goodrick Clark and it is a useful guide to the fringe science and theosophical speculation of a world now lost. Given its hysterical conclusion in the exploits of educationally challenged SS officers and demented neo-Nazi diplomats, it is a world that we hope will never return. Hyperborea, Agartha, Thule, Shambhala, the Hollow Earth - these are names to conjure with in pulp science fiction, which is where they belong and should remain.
Nov 07, D. What can I say. Jun 18, Bood rated it liked it This is a good place to start reading about weird nazi occult matters. Though the book the occult roots of nazism should come first.
This is a scholarly, objective and insightful look at some of the most insane conspiracy theories and occult beliefs of the last few centuries.
Arktos: The Polar Myth in Science, Symbolism & Nazi Survival
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