reviewed by Alex Langstone
Autobiographies are funny things.
can be read in one of several ways; the reader may be interested in the author, which is a good starting point, or read from
the angle of the subject matter. Mostly, however, they are read because we are all pretty damn nosey about other folk, especially
so with the popular interest in the cult of personality - both mainstream and fringe. With this in mind, here is a character
who writes from a very interesting and articulate perspective. A 1979 psychedelic neo-hippy, Typhonian occultist, Osho mystic,
counter culture junkie, psychic questing groupie, visionary poet and historian - all these descriptions can apply to Paul
Weston, as he seeks out his unique spiritual path amid the chaos, dreams and aspirations of his interesting life. Intriguing
possibilities are suggested, including the idea that if you read a certain book at a certain time in your life, strange things
may start of happen in your own life. Indeed!
Aeon is the much anticipated, long awaited, highly entertaining, interesting and at times very amusing autobiographical account
of the psychedelic and mystical adventures of occult author Paul Weston. Paul's spiritual quest starts with the Stonehenge
free festival in 1979 and very quickly builds pace as he moves on to Pilton. Synchronicity builds throughout his early adventures
with dope and LSD, and the author soon discovers that his life is being manoeuvred in a very purposeful and meaningful spiritual
direction. Occult books are read as a vortex of psychic energy builds.
book will very likely give you an information overload, but it is an overload I thoroughly recommend, as you read through
the pages, very quickly an understanding of where Paul is coming from emerges, and as we enter part two of the story a significant
magickal vibe builds. Different currents and flavours of mystery and mysticism converge on the author with an intensity very
peculiar to Mr Weston. At this stage I should probably point out that the author is an old friend and past collaborator of
mine, so be warned, the rest of this review may diverge into personal occult nostalgia!
Part two deals with a lot of psychic questing history, contemporary witchcraft, the esoteric work
of Robert Coon, the Fellowship of Isis and much paranormal phenomena. The Green Stone Seven Swords story is revisited and
updated along with much information, published for the first time, on Andrew Collins surreal and shamanic Glastonbury Zodiac
quest. Lots of very intense personal memories are stirred in this section of the book, including my own dream time adventures
with the Glastonbury Zodiac quest and other esoteric poetic sequences where the mystery beyond dreams personally manifested.
Paul's poetic words completely sum up the general vibe of
much of what was happening around all who were involved with this vastly strange tale in the early 1990s:
She's our mother like the ocean,
she's our lover like the moon.
is what we've all been missing:
night's dark wisdom
returning soon, returning soon,
Part three sees the author reaffirming his
own unique path once more with Crowley, rebirthing, Jose Arguelles, Sai Baba's birthday, strange apparitions, the Goddess
of Avalon and Robert Anton Wilson's Cosmic Trigger.
four sums up the story so far and dances with Thelema, destiny, Dion Fortune and Egypt. As with the rest of the book, tantalising
references are made of other surreal mystical occult adventures which I have no doubt will be revealed in future books. Indeed
a promise is made right at the end of the book, stating that the next installment will be entitled Aquarian Phoenix. I await
with anticipation, amusement and delight.
recommend this book to all who are interested in the occult, counter culture, psychic communication, the Great Cosmic Goddess
and mysterious paranormal encounters. If you have read Paul's two previous works, Mysterium Artorius and Aleister Crowley
and the Aeon of Horus, the theme does indeed continue. If you haven't yet come across these earlier works, check them
Paul writes with a balanced, witty and articulated
overview of the many wildly outrageous personal adventures he describes in this book, and though the author will not win over
the most ardent sceptic, his personal integrity shines through.
you so desire, play some suitable psychedelic soundtrack (and Paul makes many epic suggestions in his narrative) light up
a big fat one and sit back and enjoy a modern tale of acid induced mysticism, Goddess aroused mystery and fusion inspired
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