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In this gorgeous, often brilliant series, now complete in five volumes, Moore signals his return to deconstructionist super-hero comics. Anyone with an interest in tarot symbolism, especially in its Thoth-Crowley mode, and its connection with general occultism will find Alan Moore’s Promethea a wonderful guide to the basic symbolism of the major Arcana and the tree of life. The general comic book audience was somewhat put off by what for them was the pseudo-mysticism of Moore, and I have not read what the general occult audience might think of this literary graphic novel adaptation of basic occult themes, but I find that if one is knowledgeable in western magicks and tarot, there will be many useful insights gleaned along the way while reading this wonderful collection of comics.

The artistry of Williams and Gray provides some unexpected visual interpretations of the Sephiroth. Anyone who reads in the occult or magical literature must be aware of that we are talking about a particular cultivation of the imagination.

People can study this literature quite a long time before it wakes up inside them. I am sure that there are even many who never experience any inner awakening. But the imagination is a powerful source of knowledge and interpersonal transformation that can channel power this little comic book suggests playfully.

The more didactic parts of the story beginning in book 2 and composing the bulk of books 3 and 4 is a tour of the inner worlds based on the meaning of the Tree of Life. Each Sephiroth is given some due as Sophie Bangs and a previous incarnation of Promethea travel the full tree of life.

The paths between the stations are analogous to Major Arcana as channels of planetary-astral energy.

This Gnostic view, though not as oppressive as classical Gnostic views of the world as anti-creation, will ring true in its general formulation for most occultists unless they are suffering from some forms of dogmatic literalisms or pre-formed ideological fixated prejudice, not as rare as one might think.

So take a look at the occult world a-new through the eyes of the comic book hero Promethea. Promethea Book 1 by Alan Moore, J. We then jump ahead to a New York existing in the year that has cabs hovering without wheels, police in aalan saucers, and a successful comic book about the “Weeping Gorilla.

Absolute Promethea, Book One

However, Sophie gets a big time brush off and the following advice from Barabara: And you especially don’t want folklore to come looking for you. There is something of misdirection to this advice, not only because it is too late for Sophie, who is going to become the new “host” for Promethea, but also because ultimately Moore is not really writing about folklore pfomethea but about the female super hero.


Ignoring the cautionary warning as all good heros do, Bangs continues her studies and is almost killed by a shadowy molre Smee promfthea she learns the secret of Promethea. Surviving the encounter, Sophie soon finds herself transformed into Promethea, a living story of many incarnations and the human embodiment of the reality of imagination.

Her incarnation has hardly begun when she must perforce master the secrets of her predecessors before she is destroyed by several of Promethea’s ancient enemies. Moore, helped by the team of Williams and Gray, forged a stunning substitute world dominated by scientistic ideas with a nod to superheroes With the Five Swell Science Guys representing classic comic vigilantism.

Most graphic novel readers find the exploration of the inner world of cosmogonic imagination Immateria a bit dull and lacking the easy conflict of good versus evil, that often drives the action and projethea drive.

Promethea, Vol. 1

However we tarotists should find a careful reading and appreciation of the visual clues useful reminders of profound tarot meanings and, I suggest even suggests promethra original ones that have been not thoroughly commented upon before. The first three stories deal with Sophie getting indoctrinated into the ways of Promethea, although there are always more questions than answers.

Meanwhile the city’s resident superheroes, the Five Swell Guys, are dealing with their arch-enemy the Painted Doll. But in issue 4, “A Faerie Romance,” Moore adds a great conceit to the mix, as the various incarnations of Promethea sit around in the Immateria discussing the newcomer. The idea of the archetype becomes reinforced, not by going back to the beginning, but rather by showing how each generation has had a Promethea it could call its own.

This is where the series slips into the high gear and exhibits visionary promise. Promethea Book 2 by Alan Moore, J. Her transcendental adventure brings young Sophie to realms of magic and wonder that none have experienced before. Collecting issuesthis book contains such fan-favorite stories as “Rocks and Hard Places,” where Sophie learns about the Promethea named Bill, and “Sex, Stars, and Serpents,” where Sophie learns first-hand the nature of Tantric sex magick, from a skid row denizen named Jack Faust nothing is explicitly shown but boobieswith a discussion of the theory and practice of magical symbolism and chakras One entire chapter in this volume is given over to an exploration of humanity’s history through the metaphor of a modified tarot deck, as told by the snakes on Promethea’s caduceus, Mike and Mack Micro and Macro – who speak in rhyming quatrains of iambic pentameter, flawlessly, each keeping his recognizable viewpoint towards either the big picture or the minutiae.

Along the bottom of each page is both an anagram of Promethea’s name that is pertinent to that page’s content, prommethea a serialized joke whose phrases again echo and reinforce the other three threads on each page.

In order to maintain its dual purpose of entertainment and esoteric initiation it is not even as traditionally-narrative as the first volume. Each issue becomes much more dreamlike, and dense, and strange, in a way that is entirely appropriate for a story that attempts to visualize all the worlds of the Kabbalah through the idealized avatar of Sophie Promethea.

Much of Prometheus books 3 and the book 4 becomes a gigantic road trip through various Sephiroth. Promethea Book 3 by Alan Moore, J. Williams III, and Mick Gray Wildstorm In the third noore of this award-winning series, things only get worse for the college co-ed Sophie Bangs Promethea as she and Barbara, the last woman to hold the title of Promethea, embark on a spiritual and cosmic journey through the many different realms of Heaven and Hell.


The story here involves Sophie-Promethea leaves earth to go on a journey through the realms of the soul to find Barbara-Promethea one of the deceased Prometheaswho has wandered off in search of her deceased husband sometime during Book 2. They experience mind-altering visions and encounter legendary and historic figures from the past, they must find a way home or be lost on the metaphysical plane of existence for all promefhea. They ascend several of the 10 nodes in the Kabbalist Sefiroth, each of which corresponds to a plane of reality.

So there’s a bunch of discussion about magick and metaphysics along the way which if paid attention to offer some significant insights into the meaning of the tarot and the tree of life. Promethea Book 4 by Alan Moore, J. Williams III and Mick Gray Wildstorm The conclusion of Promethea’s sprawling tour of the higher realms of the mooer is collected in this reprinting !

The pace picks up in this continuation of the Promethea saga, starting where P3 left off. Sophie-Promethea is wandering the ethereal realms and discovering the nature of the Sephiroth.

Promethea, Book 4 : Alan Moore :

We are given a view of merging with the Godhead that deserves close reading. Stacy-Promethea is on duty back in the Malkuth, and getting to like her job, taking a hard-ass, confrontational assault on crime in her superhero persona, that causes the FBI to want to track her down. Sophie goes on the lam in another city working at a video store, eventually she is forced to take up the mantle of Promethea again and fulfill her destiny to bring forth the Apocalypse.

Promethea – Book 5 by Alan Moore and J. Williams Wildstorm the final Promethea collection features issuesplus a poster insert showing issue 32 in all its glory! Thoth-Crowley Tarot is definitely a visual inspiration to some of this graphic novel. As a mystic reading a graphic novel on levels of initiation, this work is nonparallel.

Though definitely a work of fiction and fantasy it does offer many useful insights into the psychological and mystical levels of cosmic initiation as cosmogonic imagination. Notes and Annotations by Eroom Nala. Synopsis of Promethe a Chapters.

Promethea, Vol. 1 by Alan Moore

Paul’s review of Promethea by Alan Moore In this gorgeous, often brilliant series, now complete in five volumes, Moore signals his return to deconstructionist super-hero comics.

Anyone with an interest in the tarot mooer add this collection to their reading list. It definitely shows the postmodern graphic novel in a more adult alsn than the normal good versus evil dualisms of the usual superhero mode. Yes one will pick up some interesting insights into ;romethea tarot and may even find it a useful push for deeper study of the tree of life literature as it relates to the 22 Major Arcana.

Along with the notes compiled by the author and available on the internet this graphic novel should also inspire some serious study by tarotists.

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