The Angel and The Abyss – J. Daniel Gunther

A Thelemic study of the ‘attainment of knowledge & conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel’ and ‘the crossing of the abyss.’


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Lake Worth, FL: Ibis Press, 2014. Hardback, 398 pages. New.

This book analysis of the two major spiritual crises in the journey of the occultist of the Western mysteries: attaining ‘knowledge & conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel’ and the famed ‘crossing of the abyss.’

Gunther writes for the student progressing along in the path Crowley laid out in his system of Thelema, which is itself based firmly in Western kabbalah and the Golden Dawn. He makes reference to  Jungian psychology, world mythology and religion but his analysis lies firmly in the  Western mysteries, which keeps the essential focus and clarity of the work.  The book has many  illustrations, some full colour,  and numerous diagrams.

This book is a companion volume to Gunther’s well-received first work,  Initiation in the Aeon of the Child.