W.B. Yeats

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W.B. Yeats AKA AKA Demon est Deus Inversus AKA The Devis is the opposite of God

Ireland / England

Teachers: alchemist Frederick Holland; William Robert Woodman; William Wynn Westcott; Eliphas Levi; Papus;"Anna Sprengel" AKA Soror S.d.A; Kenneth R. H. Mackenzie; Count Apponyi; Frederick Hockley; Moina Mathers; Percy Bysshe Shelley; Edmund Spenser; William Blake; Mary Wollstonecraft (Shelly); Emanuel Swedenborg; Mohini Chatterjee; "Leo Africanus", spirit guide; Ernest Fenollosa; Eugen Sandow, physical culture star of his time; Dr. Serge Voronoff, the Monkey Balls Man; Ibn Sina (Avicenna); Morienus; Alfarbi; Raymond Lull; Nicolas Flamel; , his wife Parnella; William Blake; Salomon Trismosin;


Students: Georgie Hyde-Lees Yeats, wife; R.F. Foster; uncle George Pollexfen; Florence Farr; J. M. Synge aka John Millington Synge ; Sean O'Casey; Padraic Colum; Douglas Hyde; Annie Horniman; Ezra Pound; Chinua Achebe; Mairtín O Direain; Mike Scot of The Waterboys band; Seamus Heaney, poet; P. L. Travers aka Pamela Lyndon Travers, OBE aka Mary Poppins; introduced James Joyce to Ezra Pound, gifting that Irish genius to the world, where otherwise he never would have been published; Peter Haining; William T. Gorski; Graham Hough; Patrick J. Keane;


Friends: Ernest Rhys; Edwin Ellis ; Olivia Shakespear; Edward Martyn; Lady Gregory; George Moore; Eva Gore Booth; Percy Metcalfe; Maud Gonne, actress; her daughter Iseult Gonne; with his secretary Ezra Pound, admired Benito Mussolini the Italian Fascist; Irish General Eoin O'Duffy; Margot Ruddock; Ethel Mannin; H.L. Mencken;

Enemies: W. H. Auden; Aleister Crowley; Major John MacBride; Jesuit Father Peter Finlay;

Organizations: Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, Isis-Urania temple,; Rhymers' Club; the "Tragic Generation" of artists; "The Ghost Club", 1911; Dublin Hermetic Order, 1885; Theosophical Society ; "Irish Literary Revival" movement; Irish Literary Theatre ; the "Order of the Alchemical Rose";

Author: the Celtic Twilight; In The Seven Woods; "The Poetry of Sir Samuel Ferguson", 1885; "John Sherman" 1891; "Dhoya", 1891; "The Isle of Statues"; The Wanderings of Oisin and Other Poems (1889); Poems (1895); The Secret Rose (1897); The Wind Among the Reeds (1899); play Cathleen Ni Houlihan ; play At the Hawk's Well; "Easter, 1916"; 'The Fisherman'; A Vision (1925) describes his and Georgie's automatic writing and trance experiments; The Secret Rose And Rosa Alchemica; Is the Order of R.R. & A.C. to Remain a Magical Order? 0n the Golden Dawn;


Comments: Symbolist poet; Ceremonial Magick; Rosicrucian; from his 1920 poem, "The Second Coming" : blocked the British-Israel Association of London from excavating Tara, a holy Celtic site, searching for the Lost Ark of the Covenant in 1899; Creator of quasi - Masonic Rites;

Quotes: Turning and turning in the widening gyre

   The falcon cannot hear the falconer
   Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
   Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
   The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
   The ceremony of innocence is drowned.
   The best lack all conviction, while the worst
   Are full of passionate intensity


Speculation: "Yeats probably had Asperger's syndrome. His awkwardness and eccentricity were legendary. He was fascinated with the occult, lost his virginity in middle age, and according to his wife, "had no interest in people as such, only in what they said or did." Like many persons with Asperger's, he had prosopagnosia, the inability to recognize faces. He could not identify his own daughter, and once inadvertently lectured T. S. Eliot on the many defects of Eliot's poetry. Yeats nearly died of brucellosis in 1929, but recovered thanks to shots of arsenic and horse serum. His brush with mortality inspired a quest to revive his sex drive, leading to a weird "rejuvenation" surgery. Gossips called him the "gland old man" and "a Cadillac engine in a Ford car." (from http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2013/01/did-shakespeare-have-syphilis.html). Likely he was trying Serge Voronoff's rejuvenation techniques, see Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes story The Adventure of the Creeping Man. It is speculative, but Voronoff may have opened the door tom HIV and AIDS transmission to humans in the 1970s. It was based on older, Pagan beliefs about physical organs containing the qualities of the creatures in which they grew, and Testosterone therapy.

Resources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W.B._Yeats; read him here: http://www.gutenberg.org/browse/authors/y#a1719; read Rosa Alchemica at http://darkbooks.org/pp.php?v=1766779076 ; http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/celt/index.htm and http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/yeats/twi/index.htm and http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/yeats/isw/index.htm and http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/yeats/lpy/index.htm  ; listen to a lot of his work here - http://librivox.org/author/335 ; http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/12/15/the-letter-that-changed-the-course-of-modern-fiction.html;http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/dominicselwood/100252072/the-dark-deep-roots-of-britains-fascination-with-witchcraft/?fb ;