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Idiosyncratic and generally optimistic
This is one of the most idiosyncratic books you're going to read before the planet (or culture or society) reboots next year. Derived from and filled with quotes from Oahspe, a book of scriptures channeled (by automatic typewriting) in 1881 by Dr. John Ballou Newbrough, founder of the modern Faithist movement, Time of the Quickening uses prophetic numbers to prove that the history of the planet and humankind moves not forward in a straight line of progress but in cycles. Oahspe (the title page of which is shown on page 19: it is "A New Bible in the Words of Jehovih [sic.] and His Angel Embassadors [sic. again], a Sacred History of the Dominions of the Higher and Lower Heavens of the Earth for the Past Twenty-Four Thousand years..") gives us a table of prophetic numbers with funny names. An ode is 11 years. A spell, 33 years. A beast, 66 years. A wave, 99 years. A semoin, 120 years. A dan, 200 years. A tuff, 363 years. And on through 400, 666, 3,000, 12,000, 24,000, 72,000, 144,000, and 576,000 years. Susan B. Martinez (one of whose previous works is a biography of Newbrough) leads the reader through the cycles of history by showing how if we add or subtract an ode or a spell or a beast or a tuff to a given year, we will discover similar events. As the channeled spirit of Abraham Lincoln said, "Events come and go in cycles.. History is a repetition of old themes with new variations" (pg. 29). "In our voyage of discovery," Martinez writes, "we will unearth prophetic numbers for everything" from race riots, presidential deaths, the price of wheat, and wars to "political events, abundances of grasshoppers, economic cycles, religious milestones, censorship, witch hunts, immigration patterns, opposition movements, plagues, laws, prosperity, surges of imperialism, assassinations, treaties, scandals, fads, cycles of explorations, and philosophies" (pg. 33). Quill says: Don't worry about the funny names for the numbers. Consider the concept of cycles and the generally optimistic tone of the book. What dies is quickened and reborn in a new form and to a new life.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.