31 January to 5 March 1918

  • George Mills Harper


The collaborators returned to their task with renewed excitement on 31 January. When the unnamed Control declined to make an opening “statement”, Yeats directed a series of questions to the physical and spiritual state of “the newly dead”, the first of the seven topics to be explored in the two parts of the Second State: (1) “of man & the spirits”; (2) “of the spirits & God”.


Celestial Body Fixed Idea Dead Body Fading Memory Conscious Mind 
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  1. 19.
    Richard Taylor, Frank Pearce Sturm: His Life, Letters, and Collected Work (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1969) p. 76. Sturm had several times before requested an audience with Yeats.Google Scholar
  2. 33.
    For an explanation of the use of “coloured symbols” representing “the Elements and sub-Elements”, see King, Astral Projection, Ritual Magic and Alchemy, pp. 51–2. According to King, Mathers and his fellow Chiefs probably derived “these simple geometric forms” from “an early Theosophical treatise, Nature’s Finer Forces, by Rama Pra-sad”, a book known to Yeats (LWBY II 374). See also “The Devotion of the Quipus” (a cord of seven coloured strands) in King (Astral Projection, Ritual Magic and Alchemy, pp. 190–201). Those who are interested in “the method of using these Tattwa symbols for clairvoyance” should consult Israel Regardie, The Golden Dawn (St Paul, Minn.: Llewellyn Publications, 1971) IV 13–28. This essay relates five colours to the Four Elements and Ether or Spirit. Yeats and George were aware, of course, that each of the ten branches of the Cabalistic Tree of Life is represented by a colour.Google Scholar

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