By Allen Greenfield
Having spent the day musing over the origins of the modern
witchcraft, I had a bright dream. It a chilly January
afternoon, and Aleister Crowley used to be having Gerald Gardner over
to tea. It was once 1945, and speak of an early finish to the struggle was
in the air. an environment of optimism prevailed within the "free
world" , however the wheezing outdated magus was once having none of it.
"Nobody is attracted to magick any more!" Crowley ejaculated.
"My pals at the Continent are lifeless or in exile, or grown old;
the flow in the US is in shambles. i have obvious my best
candidates flip opposed to me....Achad, Regardie -- even that
gentleman out in California, what is - his - identify, AMORC, the
one that made all of the money.."
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23 Otto (1929); (1955); (1963). 24See n. 61 below. 25(1890), pp. iii, xxxiii; (1903); (1912); (1921). 26'Histoire des oracles' (1687) and 'De l'origine des fables' (1724), in uvres completes, ed. -P. Depping (Geneva, 1968 = Paris, 1818), ii. 85-167 and 38898. 27Principi di una scienza nuova (Naples, 1725), in La scienza nuova prima, ed. F. Nicolini (Bari, 1931); 3rd edn. (Naples, 1744), in Opere, ed. R. Parenti, ii (Naples, 1972). 28 See esp. Sämtliche Werke, ed. B. Suphan (Berlin, 18771913), i.
Hence my present purpose is not to call into doubt the fact, and the value, of some kind of evolutionin at least certain parts of the history of Europe and of those countries influenced by Europeaway from a traditional, narrative, anthropocentric view of the structure and meaning of things (which I shall call here Mythos) and towards a more progressive, logical, mechanical kind of account (let us call this Logos)indeed, even brief reflection upon the news reports coming from those parts of our world today in which such an evolution has been delayed, halted, or reversed is enough to make one glad for its even sporadic appearances.
Among those other German philosophers who have used myths to criticize reason, perhaps the 37 'Nonnulla ad quaestionem de caussis fabularum' (n. ' 38 G. W. F. Hegel, Vorlesungen über die Ästhetik, i = Werke, ed. E. Moldenhauer and K. M. Michel (Frankfurt a. , 1970), xiii. 402-9, 505-6; Vorlesungen über die Geschichte der Philosophic, i = Werke, xviii. 104: 'Allein aus unserer Geschichte der Philosophic mub die Mythologie ausgeschlossen bleiben. 41 Nietzsche's vatic lucubrations on Mythos remain a high-water mark of its philosophical fortunes in Germany; but in this century, too, it has remained a favourite hammer to hit Logos with for thinkers both less serious than he was and more so.