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Aeon

TheconceptofAeon( Jidai(Ain)?)stemsfromThelema,aphysical,mystical,andreligioussystemcreatedbytheoccultistAleisterCrowleyinthe20thcentury.Inthe
Thelemitereligion,itisbelievedthatthehistoryofhumanitycanbedividedintoaseriesofthoseAeons,eachnamedafteranEgyptiandeity,andeachwasaccompaniedbyitsown
formsof"magicalandreligiousexpression".
IntheToaruMajutsunoIndexuniverse,theAeonsareamysteriousconceptintroducedbyAiwasswhenitmeetsAcceleratorduringtheDRAGONArc,whenitstatesthatAccelerator
can'tdefeatitduetohisattackbeingfromtheAeonofOsiris.AiwassitselfisabeingfromtheAeonofHorus.[1]

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TheAeonsareaconceptdevisedbyAleisterCrowleyaspartofThelema,whichhasthehistoryofhumanitydividedintoseveralagesorAeons,namedafterEgyptiandeities.[2]

Aeons

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ThefirstofthesewastheAeonofIsis( IshisunoAin?),whichThelemitesbelievedoccurredduringprehistoryandwhichsawmankindworshippingaGreatGoddess,
symbolisedbytheancientEgyptiandeityIsis.ItwascharacterizedbypaganworshipoftheMotherandNature.Itwasatimeofprimitivereligions,beforetheestablishmentof
Christianity.[2]
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InThelemitebeliefs,theAeonofIsiswasfollowedbytheAeonofOsiris(
OshirisunoAin?),aperiodthattookplaceintheclassicalandmedievalcenturies,when
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humanityworshippedasingularmalegod,symbolisedbytheEgyptiangodOsiris,andwasthereforedominatedbypatriarchalvalues.ChristianityandotherAbrahamicreligionsare
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consideredbytheThelemitesasbeingtherepresentationofthisAeon,thoughtofasatimeofstagnationduringitsspread.

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Andfinallythethirdaeon,theAeonofHorus( HorusunoAin?),whichwascontrolledbythechildgod,symbolisedbyHorus.Inthisnewaeon,Thelemitesbelievethat
humanitywillenteratimeofselfrealizationandselfactualization,achievingatrueawakeningafterthedownfallofChristianity.[2]Aleisterlatercametobelievehimselftobethe
prophetofthisnewage.

OtherAeons

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SomeThelemitesbelievethattheAeonofMa'atwilleventuallyreplacethepresentone.

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TheAeonsarealsoassociatedwithseveralotheraspectsofThelema,suchastheThothTarotbasedaroundtheconceptandfeaturingTheAeonasitstwentiethMajorArcana
insteadofJudgement.[2]

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LikemanyotherEuropeanmagicianswhohadreachedadeadendintheirresearchandsoughtnewmaterialelsewheretomakeabreakthrough,AleisterCrowleytravelledtoEgypt,
convenientlylocatedjustacrosstheMediterranean,andwhilehewasthereincorporatedthenamesofIsis,OsirisandHorusintohisconceptofAeons,elicitingalaughfromtheMagic
GodNephthys.[2][3]DuringhistimewiththeGoldenDawn,thereareanumberofpeoplewhodidn'tsupporttheconcept,anextremeviewevenwithinthatcabal.[2]
Intheseries,severalcharactersarereferencedasbeingfromorpossessingtheAeonofOsiris,[1]whichisdefined(inasimplifiedmanner)ashavingtheirworldviewdefinedbythe
GodofChristianity.[4]However,eventhisdefinitionistoonarrow,Accelerator,anonChristiancharacter,wasalsodescribedasbeingintheAeonofOsiris.Therefore,charactersinthe
AeonofOsirishavetheirworldviewlimitednotspecificallybytheGodofChristianity,butratherbyanexistentialbeliefinoutsideobjectivesystemsofgoodandevilorrightandwrong
thatareimposedonthecharacterfromwithout.AcceleratormaynotbeaChristian,butuptoacertainpoint,heiscontrolledbyhisbeliefinthenotionsof"heroism"and"villainy"as
theyaredefinedfromanoutsidestandpoint.[5][6]

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Chronology

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WhenAiwass'selfdefenseprogramactivatedinordertocounterAccelerator'sattack,itreferredtohisAwakenedformasbeingfromtheAeonofOsirisandthuscouldnotmatch
againstsomethinglikeitfromtheAeonofHorus.[1]

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ThetopicofAeonsismentionnedyetagainwhenAleisterCrowleyandFiammaoftheRightfaceoffattheendofWorldWarIII.There,AleisterpraisesFiammaforhavingmadeitthus
far,butscoldshimforstayingwithinthebordersoftheAeonofOsiris,implyingthat,hadFiammaaccomplishedhisplanundertheAeonofHorus,hewouldhavesucceeded.Hethen
offhandedlymentionsthathehashimselfgonebeyondthat,thatheisnowisoftheAeonofHorus,rejectingtheoldlawsandwantingtocreateanewworldwithnewlaws.Itis
currentlyunknownhowmucharetheAeonsofimportancetoAleister'sPlan.[4]LaterwhenOllerusandSilviaarrivetorescueFiammaafterbeingleftfordeadbyAleistertheyofferhim
protectioninexchangeforwhathehadheardsotheycouldtrytoreadbetweenthelinesoftheAeonofOsiristhatFiammaisofandtoseeCrowley'sAeonofHoruswhichcomes
after.[7]
Also,sincetheInvisibleThingsealedinsideTouma'srightarmwasabletodefeatFiammaeveninhisLaPersonaSuperioreaDioform,itissafetoassumethattheInvisibleThing
mightgobeyondtheAeonofOsiris,afactthatevenAleisterseemstoconfirm.[4]

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OthinusandNephthysrefertotheThothTarotandtheAeonsduringtheirexplanationofAfricaanditsrelationtoEuropeanmagictoTouma.[2]

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References

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5. ToaruMajutsunoIndexLightNovelVolume20Chapter4Part5
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7. ToaruMajutsunoIndexLightNovelVolume22ProclamationofArmistice
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