One of the greatest "mystical" works by Blackwood, wherein he explores man's empathy with the unknown forces of the universe.
best results of Reason in his pocket, might return to the instinctive life--to feeling with--to the sinking down of the modern, exaggerated intellectual personality into its rightful place as guide instead of leader. He called it a Return to Nature, but what he meant, I always felt, was back to a sense of kinship with the Universe which men, through worshipping the intellect alone, had lost. Men today prided themselves upon their superiority to Nature as beings separate and apart. O'Malley sought, on the contrary, a development, if not a revival, of some faultless instinct, due to kinship with her, which--to take extremes--shall direct alike the animal and the inspired man, guiding the wild bee and the homing pigeon, and--the soul toward its God.
This clue, as he called it, crystallized so neatly and so conclusively his own mental struggles, that he had called a halt, as it were, to his own intellectual development.... The name and family of the snake, hence, meant to him the least important
Utter nonsense. If you like drivel such as speech being "laughed", you might disagree.
A profound work of metaphysical research, superior to the magical fiction of Aleister Crowley and Dion Fortune. The book will be of interest to students of the mysteries; people with a religious sensibility at odds with the limitations of prevailing orthodoxies; and anyone with an interest in going beyond the stifling constrictions of mundane reality.