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The Plumed Serpent returns, with Daniel Pinchbeck as its herald. Like a Hermetic shaman Pinchbeck braves Wotanic netherworlds and returns with a giant cauldron of poetic mead for the tribe to savor and digest.
For those who are not inclined toward experimenting with the substances, or suffering the environments that were experienced in researching this book, the good news is, you can journey far, and get real high just by reading it. Much of the difficult work has been done. For those who lean more in the direction of psychic and psychologically adventurous pursuits, this book will serve as a balanced and masterfully written primer.
It would be possible to read, enjoy, and learn from "2012 - The Return of Quetzalcoatl" without having read Daniel Pinchbeck's previous book, "Breaking Open the Head" (BOTH). But to really be able to appreciate the importance of "2012" do yourself a favor and read BOTH if you have not already done so.
Reading "Breaking Open the Head" changed my orientation toward occult and esoteric pursuits. I read it in the autumn of 2005 just after the Katrina and Rita disasters took place in America. Apocalypse when? How about now? The voice that spoke in the pages of BOTH was both adventurous and compassionate, and was void of cynicism and spooky control trips. There was none of the grandiose posturing that seems to be a part of many books that are written from a standpoint that is sympathetic to shamanism, the occult, and the use of hallucinogenic substances.
In "Breaking Open the Head" the destruction of the World Trade Center is viewed with an eye for the cosmic significance of the event. Pinchbeck pursued a shamanic path that involved travel to exotic locales, astral encounters, hallucinogenic terrors, and occult hangovers, in order to heal elements of self that were wounded by what took place on 9/11.
"2012" takes up where "Breaking Open the Head" left off. The use of hallucinogens to induce other worldly experiences is still a main theme. So is an understanding of the occult world. Pinchbeck's travels lead him to experience numerous shamanic initiations. The book is grounded in sound Jungian principles, and there is a sincere appreciation for the works of Rudolf Steiner that is expressed. Artful integration of alternative themes are employed that give credence to the experience of `Other' and awareness is created of imminent and drastic alterations for life on this planet that are just around the corner.
"2012 -The Return of Quetzalcoatl" provides eloquent insight into the idea of the forthcoming global paradigm shift that many believe will occur around the time of the winter solstice, December 21st, 2012, the date that marks the end of the Mayan calendar.
The book ends with no less than an encounter with the Aztec/Mayan deity, Quetzalcoatl, and a realization that the only hope for survival of whatever it is that the future holds involves a kind of syncretism or adjustment of belief systems that will allow for the recognition and integration of humanities' dark side. It is pretty heavy, but it is hopeful. You have to read the book to really appreciate it.
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