1st Edition

Don Juan, Mescalito and Modern Magic The Mythology of Inner Space

By Nevill Drury Copyright 1978

    First published in 1978, Don Juan, Mescalito and Modern Magic begins with an analysis of the Castaneda material from the viewpoint of its inherently magical content. The author examines the symbiotic gestures, the magical actions and the mind-altering techniques employed by the brujo Don Juan, and then goes on to draw comparisons with two other schools of thought: the psychedelic development of the 1960s and the Western Magical Tradition. The essential aim throughout is to show that there is a basically Western shamanism which uses Western symbols and is easily accessible. The shamanistic practices of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn are examined in this context. Considerable emphasis is also placed on mythological aspects associated with out-of-the-body experiences and their relevance to both the Don Juan Mescalito imagery and the Qabalistic and Tarot symbols found in Western Magic. This book will be of interest to students of religion, history and literature.

    Note to Readers Acknowledgements Introduction 1. The Shaman and his Universe 2. Astral Projection: The pioneers 3. Further Considerations 4. Comparisons: Two systems of magic 5. Towards A Framework for Inner Space 6. Christianity, Magic and Science 7. The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn: Ceremonial for the God-man 8. Aleister Crowley and the Aeon of Horus 9. Whence the Magician? 10. A Path in the West Appendix Notes Bibliography Index


    Nevill Drury