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By William Butler Yeats, George M. Harper, Walter K. Hood

1925. Contents: a packet for Ezra Pound; tales of Michael Robartes and his associates: an extract from a list made by way of his students; levels of moon; nice wheel; accomplished image; soul in judgment; nice yr of ancients; dove or swan; all soul's evening, an epilogue. With many figures and illustrations.

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The relation of man and woman, in so far as it is passionate, reproduces the relation of man and Daimon, and becomes an element where man and Daimon sport, pursue one another, and do one another good or evil. This does not mean, however, that the men and women of opposite phases love one another, for a man generally chooses a woman whose Mask falls between his Mask and his Body of Fate, or just outside one or other; but that every man is, in the right of his sex, a wheel, or group of Four Faculties, and that every woman is, in the right of her sex, a wheel which reverses the masculine wheel.

Upon the other hand my old fellow students may confine themselves to what is most technical and explanatory; thought is nothing without action, but if they will master what is most abstract there and make it the foundation of their visions, the curtain may ring up on a new drama. I could I daresay make the book richer, perhaps immeasurably so, if I were to keep it by me for another year, and I have not even dealt with the whole of my subject, perhaps not even with what is most important, writing nothing about the Beatific Vision, little of sexual love; but I am longing to put it out of reach that I may write the poetry it seems to have made possible.

Their number is that of the Arabic Mansions of the Moon but they are used merely as a method of classification and for simplicity of classification their symbols are composed in an entirely arbitrary way. As the lunar circle narrows to a crescent and as the crescent narrows to a still narrower crescent, the Moon approaches the Sun, falls as it were under his influence; and for this reason the Sun and Moon in diagram 1 are considered to be imposed one upon another. They may be coloured gold and silver respectively.

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