The Illumante by Alexa Andrea von Speyer
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It is said that the continued existence of the world, rests on the backs of thirty-six Righteous people, whose role in life is to justify the purpose of humankind in the eyes of God. For the sake of these thirty-six,
God preserves the world even if the rest of humanity has degenerated to the level of total barbarism. This widely held belief is spoken about quite extensively. It appears in the Kabbalah, dozens of novels and even Deepak Chopra in his Lords of Light, speaks of the thirty-six. The author calls them The Illuminates.
The Illuminate, is a novel which brings the reader to the life of Valeria, a Nine Year Old girl chosen to be one of the Illuminates. We learn that every thirty years, twelve new Illuminates are chosen to maintain thirty-six Illuminates at all times. They are given the code to man. The novel follows Valeria’s passage as she garners universal knowledge taught to her by a series of Archangels and ultimately she becomes an Illuminate.
Valeria and the reader discover that man is born with a pre-set color code, each different. Color is nature; colors occupy our world. Green trees, red flowers, orange sunsets, brown soil, blue water and so on. We all live within the same spectrum of colors and we are all predisposed to specific colors, as it rules our personal lives.
Illuminates see the colors emanating from man and the code allows Illuminates to decipher a person through that radiating color. They then discern the entire personality, character and individuality of that being.
Valeria is visiting her aunt Madeleine for the summer. Madeleine is a successful novelist who after a divorce, moved to small, yet very well-to-do sea-side community. Valeria is accompanied on her journeys’ to the Archangels by Oliver, Madeleine’s astral-travelling Papillion dog, who becomes Valeria’s guide and confidant.
The novel opens with Oliver introducing himself, Madeleine and Valeria to the reader. The story unfolds as Valeria is introduced to townsfolk, meets kids her age and takes sailing lessons. Valeria bonds strongly with her compassionate and loving aunt. Aunt Madeline, a person devoted to staying single, falls in love with Flavio, a well to-do and very charming Italian restauranteur.
Valeria carries a secret that brings on waves of panic and dread, when she thinks about it. Valeria’s parents are on a European trip; with the hopes their marriage can be saved. Valeria’s secret impacts the entire family structure.
Each night during sleep, Valeria’s subconscious mind travels to a realm occupied by Archangels. Oliver, who can speak in this higher state of perception, brings her to the Chamber of Knowledge. Here Valeria meets Archangels who are associated with a specific color in our spectrum.
Valeria is given great detail about the make-up of a human who is drawn to a particular color. She learns of that human’s needs, qualities, preferences, fears and Godliness. She is given the code. After a series of lessons, she is taken to heaven where she and eleven other humans along with their animal guides meet.
Here she learns why she was chosen and it is here, all twelve are elevated to Illuminates in the presence of all the Archangels of Colors. She learns of her destiny to help man know of its self and is returned to our world, to assume an Illuminate’s function.
I have come across many different types of novels in my life: predictable, interesting, funny, romantic, mysterious, not so interesting, etc. Nevertheless, I haven’t quite come across with a book as unique as The Illuminate: The Essential Color Authority for Life. I must say the novel is indeed unusual because the opening is done by none other than a puppy, the friend and companion of our darling little heroine, Valeria. He also tells the ending of the book and I must confess I didn’t see that coming. Regarding the main topic, it isn’t something quite new. There are series in TV about chosen ones that would appear when the world needs them the most and would save Earth somehow. In this case, there is a very deep mix between religion and color. The main idea of the novel is that there are 32 selected beings that would justify the purpose of humankind to God. Therefore, he will preserve the planet even though humans had become sinful. I must confess this confused me because the way it is written makes you think that Earth was saved just because they existed. I would have imagined that they would try to change humanity somehow but that wasn’t the case. Half of these 32 are young and the other are adults because every thirty something years 12 are born so there are 32, always. I ignore if there is a deep meaning behind the number or if it is based on the color theory which the book seems to surround itself into.
Basically, every person has a certain color patron which define you. Every life has a color from the green of the grass to orange sunset. So, does humans and the Illuminate, these 32 chosen ones, are trained by archangels to decipher these color codes. The color, as the title suggest, plays a very big part in the novel. In fact, almost every chapter of the book has a color as title. Now, going back to the plot. I can say it is both, predictable and unpredictable at the same time. I was expecting some training to save humanity and yes, I got it, to some point. Nevertheless, the aunt of the girl, her love interest and even the dog play a huge part in the novel. I think that it focus a little too much in daily things and the reader tends to get trapped in monotony every once in a while. Leaving that aside, is a sweet story with a heroine that will grow immensely as she tries learn a little more of her role as an Illuminate and interact with her family.
I would recommend this novel for people that are into unique readings that have a hint of existentialism, art, self-growth, and religious touches.
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