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The passionate ecstasy that engendered his poetry was excited by the stark, pagan purity of his sensuality, which found its talismanic representation in the tower struck by lightning.

Susan Johnston Graf, W B Yeats Twentieth Century Magus

Hermetic quote Graf Yeats ecstasy

By the time he wrote “Long-legged Fly,” he had decided that civilization’s state was hopeless. It was time for revolution. He called for “the topless towers” to be burned (VP, 617). The towers, dead at the top, lacked the guidance of enlightened, purified souls, souls from the upper two realms of the Cabbalistic cosmos. “Topless towers” were inhabited only by souls driven through the instinct and passion of the lower two realms.

Susan Johnston Graf, W B Yeats Twentieth Century Magus: An In-Depth Study of Yeat’s Esoteric Practices and Beliefs, Including Excerpts from His Magical Diaries

Hermetic quote Graf Yeats revolution

As for the rest we wait till the world changes and its reflection changes in our mirror and an hieratical society returns, power descending from the few to the many, from the subtle to the gross, not because some man’s policy has decreed it but because what is so overwhelming cannot be restrained. A new beginning, a new turn of the wheel.

Susan Johnston Graf, W B Yeats — Twentieth Century Magus

W B Yeats Twentieth-Century Magus

The librarian John Griogair Bell reviews W.B. Yeats Twentieth Century Magus: An In-Depth Study of Yeat’s Esoteric Practices and Beliefs, Including Excerpts from His Magical Diaries by Susan Johnston Graf, from Red Wheel / Weiser.

Susan Johnston Graf W B Yeats Twentieth-Century Magus

The author mainly focuses on Per Amica Silentia Lunae, and a couple other works, and there’s a surprising amount of repetition in the writing; but, the sustained analysis of themes and metaphors in Yeats’ work related to his occult studies and practices is quite interesting, such as rose, tower, vortex and others used for periods of time related to his specific personal working. Going back to the sources, and checking out the posthumously published Vision Papers is something about which I’m energized. Also, I clearly need not only revisit these works but also make sure I provide a number of these specifically esoteric works at the library. [via]