When The Stars Are Right: Towards An Authentic R'lyehian Spirituality

When The Stars Are Right Towards An Authentic R lyehian Spirituality Yog Sothoth Nyarlathotep Shub Niggurath CTHULHU The Great Old Ones hideous monster gods from beyond Time and Space Ancient eldritch horrors that populate the pantheon of weird fiction writer Howard P

  • Title: When The Stars Are Right: Towards An Authentic R'lyehian Spirituality
  • Author: Scott R. Jones JordanStratford Michael Lee Macdonald
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 342
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Yog Sothoth Nyarlathotep Shub Niggurath CTHULHU The Great Old Ones hideous monster gods from beyond Time and Space Ancient, eldritch horrors that populate the pantheon of weird fiction writer Howard Phillips Lovecraft s increasingly popular milieu, his so called Cthulhu Mythos Some claim that they are merely fiction, while others have convinced themselves that LoYog Sothoth Nyarlathotep Shub Niggurath CTHULHU The Great Old Ones hideous monster gods from beyond Time and Space Ancient, eldritch horrors that populate the pantheon of weird fiction writer Howard Phillips Lovecraft s increasingly popular milieu, his so called Cthulhu Mythos Some claim that they are merely fiction, while others have convinced themselves that Lovecraft somehow intuited their objective existence When faced with the weird, chimerical potency of the Great Old Ones, whether they are approached through fiction, magical practice, or, say, a table top role playing game, neither viewpoint really seems to satisfy The Great Old Ones are protean, nebulous, unimaginable and impressively persistent in their psychological and spiritual presence.In When The Stars Are Right Towards An Authentic R lyehian Spirituality , author Scott R Jones deftly breaks down the barriers between the rational and the irrational, between the bright logic of our daytime intellect and the fearful non Euclidean symmetries of our darkest dreams In the process, the truth of the Great Old Ones is revealed in all its cosmic resonance.Beyond reason beyond madness beyond the unspeakable lies the Black Gnosis a new mode of being, a spirituality that anticipates a new appreciation of humanity s place in an increasingly dire and indifferent cosmos When The Stars Are Right asks the reader a simple question Are you keeping it R lyeh The answers may surprise you.

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    1. So, you've gotten past Lovecraft's feet of clay and can now realize that enjoying his brand of weird fiction doesn't make you a racist. You've seen every meme with tentacled pies and cute squid; ordered your Lovecraft T-shirt? Well grab your Cthulhu plushie and read this book. When the Stars are Right: Towards an Authentic R'Lyehian Spirituality cuts through all of the pop culture and posits just what it claims, a spiritual framework based on Yog-Sothothery. This isn't a "Necronomicon" or a cook [...]

    2. I plunged into When the Stars Are Right: Towards An Authentic R’lyehian Spirituality with what I’d assumed would be baggage. I’m an atheist, hopefully not a smug one, and while there are far too many influenced by Dawkins and his ilk, there are also Buddhists and non-theist dualists who aren’t content with the like. Per the author, “R’lyehian spirituality is an experience that is largely divorced from the trappings of standard magical and religious systems. R’lyehian thought and sp [...]

    3. So that was weird.Weird is generally a compliment in my universe, and reading When The Stars Are Right: Towards An Authentic R'lyehian Spirituality is definitely a unique experience. It's a quasi-Jungian exercise in the power of symbolism. It's a beautiful, poetic self-help book. It's funnier than you'd think. It's a philosophy, or at least the groundwork for one. It's cuttingly insightful about the human condition (such as it is), and cleverly models the human need for something to believe in . [...]

    4. Interesting collection of essays and observations on what author Scott Jones calls the Black Gnosis, or R'lyehian spirituality. Essentially the great old ones of Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos are recast into their most archetypal forms, serving as avatars of primal energy, primordial life, and oneiric states of creativity. Jones treats his subject seriously, but with a healthy dose of both wit and humor, and creates something clever and unique amongst the oceans of puerile pastiches of Lovecraft. D [...]

    5. An oddly human account of what it means to accept your insignificance in the wide expanse of the universe. It's not a joke, unless it is, and all the more interesting for it. H P Lovecraft's influence is wide reaching and mysteriously insightful - even he didn't know what he had tapped into. Recommended.

    6. * * *Updated: November 24, 2014----------“When the Stars Are Right: Towards an Authentic R'lyehian Spirituality” by Stephen R Jones (2014) is a book attempting to impress its readers by pretending to offer greater wisdom than it actually possessed. It fails even in that.There are many, many things wrong with “When the Star Are Right” both as a book and as a spiritual philosophy. (I almost wrote “a non-fiction” book, but given what Jones’ has actually written, I think of this book a [...]

    7. This review from Unspeakalbe GibbererWhat Mr. Jones has accomplished is beyond any Cult of Cthulhu, or Esoteric Order of Dagon. It is not so much a practice of occultism, but rather a philosophical approach to what Lovecraft may have been hinting at in his writings. Taking a more poignant stance behind Shub-Niggurath, Nyarlathotep, and Dagon and unveiling a study in character of each of the gods, taking into account what they stand for and what teachings they have in store for those who are enli [...]

    8. Masterfully combines the philosophies of Robert Anton Wilson, Anton Lavey, Venger Satanis (Darell Dickshaw), H.P. Lovecraft, Aleister Crowley & the great Al Azif by Dan Clore as well as the "Simon" edition Necronomicon into a VERY interesting, surprisingly well presented piece as driving force!!! Highly recommended to left-hand-path chaos-practitioners, occult practitioners & Lovecraft aficionados!!

    9. This is probably the clearest expression of a transhuman spiritual philosophy that I've yet found. I would dearly love to have had the opportunity to see what Robert Anton Wilson would have thought of this. I'll be re-reading this one for some time.

    10. It seems Jones is both educated and well-read, and he even possesses a rather erudite vocabulary. The ideas in the opening chapters are at times enlightening as Jones more or less uses deconstruction criticism to approach Lovecraft's mythos through a philosophical lens. Unfortunately, after the first couple of essays, Jones doesn't really have anything else interesting to say, and the book devolves from a scholarly-yet-accessible deliberation regarding the unique philosophical qualities of Lovec [...]

    11. "When The Stars Are Right" isn't a novel, nor is it a collection of essays on Lovrcraftian or Mythos thinking. I would classify it more as a thought experiment to build a spiritual framework, using the principles and cosmology developed by Lovecraft. And I have to say it succeeds beautifully.Mr. Jones explores "R'lyehianism" (a term used to distance what he has developed from the classic Cthulhu Mythos) through a philosophical lens, and in doing so develops a system of thought on the true nature [...]

    12. I did not expect this book to be as good as it is. Let's be honest, it's a spiritual look into the Mythos, it doesn't get any weirder than this. I even thought it was a joke, but now I'm not so sure, because the author sure makes it sound like he is serious. But you know what? I don't care. All I care about is that the writing is phenomenal, the prose dynamic, the subject completely original (as far as I know) and everything makes scarily perfect sense. I loved this book, I think it's fantastic [...]

    13. I'm not what you'd call a "spiritual" gal. I like my smut, and my lovers, and a good deal of great food and decent booze. Jones is a co-editor on a couple of books we've worked on, so maybe I'm biased, but even I wasn't ready for how transcendent and lovely this book is. If I were to suddenly get me to a nunnery, I'd choose some non-Euclidean shoggoth-run joint in the twisty depths of R'lyeh, and all because I read 'When The Stars Are Right'! Jones makes a life of Lovecraftian mysticism extremel [...]

    14. I got over halfway through, up to the point where Mr.Jones goes into his practical experiences of what it's like to live as a R'lyehian. And I wanted to put the book down, but I managed to power through to see if I could maybe scrape something worthwhile out of this book. Alas, it was not to be.I'm not sure what I was expecting when I picked this one up. I suppose I was expecting a more down to earth takeaway from the philosophy of Lovecraft's works and creations, something a little more like th [...]

    15. The subtitle of this book could just as easily be A Rhapsody On Themes Of H.P. Lovecraft.While reading the first few chapters, my biggest problem was trying to figure out what it is: serious literary criticism, parody, philosophy, humour or a weird amalgam of them all?One thing it isn't, I soon realized, is any kind of explication or critique of H.P. Lovecraft. Scott Jones makes this clear from the get-go: We thank him [Lovecraft] for his art, then, and acknowledge the suffering that produced it [...]

    16. I'm not a spiritual person, but this book touched a nerve for me. An astoundingly mind-bending examination of Jones' so-called "Black Gnosis" - a Nirvana-esque state of dark enlightenment; the "R'lyehian Spirituality" Jones proposes is a type of positive nihilism. the personal bits of the book are funny, occasionally frightening, and often surprisingly touching.A philosophical excursion recommended to everyone, even the most virulent materialist.

    17. This is really a comprehensive outline of religion based on Lovecraft's mythology. Extensively researched and thought-out.

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