Book Review

Nos: Book of the Resurrection

by Miguel Serrano

Review by Jason Kesselring

Described as a "hermetic autobiography," NOS is Miguel Serrano's symbolic tale of his quest to find unity in self and soul. Drawing heavily upon Grail mythos, alchemy, Carl Jung and the poetry of medieval troubadours; Serrano takes us into the center of the Earth on his quest for the Grail. The goal of this journey is the achievement of a cosmic state of mind (El/Ella) that is beyond mere androgyny but is instead the attainment of the absolute. When man is integrated with his soul or "anima" he is to become absolute man. When woman is integrated with her soul or "animus," she will become absolute woman. Serrano calls each state El/Ella and Ella/El respectively.

The first chapter begins with a descent into the earth via the south pole and soon we are introduced to a cast of characters and symbols that should be familiar to most of Dagobert's Revenge readers: Lucifer, the Bloodline of the Grail, the Black Sun and the Green Ray behind it. As Serrano travels throughout the hollow earth he is confronted by a host of enigmatic teachers, ancient gods, and an elusive and mysterious woman which, depending on your persuasion, can either be interpreted as archetypal manifestations of his unconscious or etheric beings that live within the hollow earth.

Serrano's views on the Grail are very interesting, and the different aspects and origins of the Grail are explored throughout NOS. Here we are told that the Grail was a stone that fell from the crown of Lucifer (after a great battle in the heavens). It then descended to the North pole upon a shining flying disc (Vimana), and upon landing, the capital of Hyperborea was founded, Ultima Thule. Hyperborea was, according to the story, the original single continent of the Golden Age, which was located at the North pole before all recorded time. It is here beyond the cold and storm where Lucifer and his fellow fallen angels rule.

NOS is conceptually based on Nietzsche's concept of "eternal return", which is basically the idea that everything has already happened for an eternity in the past and will continue to happen for an eternity. Throughout NOS, Serrano depicts an underground stream flowing through time in a perpetual dance of creation and destruction. Serrano depicts this drama with a poetic grace that seems to coil around snake-like, perpetually swallowing its own tail, with an emphasis on the numinous rather than the mundane aspects of his biography. As he quotes Jung, "Only the poet will understand me."

Throughout NOS, Serrano makes many strange and historically unorthodox assertions concerning history. For example, on page 85 he states:

"The viking came in search of the Soma tree, the tree of blood memory. They created an entire civilization in Mexico. The slaves of Atlantis received them with a respect which the atavistic memory of a glorious age produces in them, which makes them bow down in reverence and the sly arrogance of those who believe themselves capable of disregarding the Norns. The Viking chieftain was called Ullman, man of Ull, according to Peres Jacques. He founded an important civilization in ancient Mexico and in the land of the Mayas, where he was called Quetzalcoatl, the serpent with fiery plumes, because of Drakkar, the viking ship in which he had come and which appeared to have wings and plumes, all its lights on, turning like a luminous disc, in the full light of midday."

Serrano himself was a rather enigmatic figure and was no stranger to global politics, as he was Ambassador of Chile to such countries such as India, Rumania, and Austria. He was also an explorer of Southern Chile and Antarctica. Having written books on everyone from Herman Hesse to Adolf Hitler, Serrano was also a student of Carl Jung, which NOS certainly reflects. A man of severe contrasts, Serrano was both friend of the Dalai Lama and admirer of Hitler, whom he considered the avatar of Kali Yuga, the Dark Age. A contempory of such Dagobert Revenge notables as Julius Evola, Rene Guenon, and Otto Rahn, he saw the modern age as heralding Raganarok, the Twilight of the Gods. NOS is Serrano's cumulative life's work and in the present shadow of Kali Yuga it serves us as a radical traditionalist's survival manuel for the coming of Armageddon.

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