Magickal Journal, William Butler Yeats

The symbol - Golden Dawn
The symbol – Golden Dawn

From Kim Munch with thanks.  ~ Not sure if it’s been posted before or if any of you magick enthusiasts have seen it. But what we have here, is A facsimile of Irish poet William Butler Yeats’ magickal journal containing diagrams and other information from the Golden Dawn. From the National Library in Dublin.

From Wiki—

“Yeats is considered A pillar of both the Irish and British literary establishments, in his later years Yeats served as an Irish Senator for two terms. He was a driving force behind the Irish Literary Revival, and along with Lady Gregory and Edward Martyn founded the Abbey Theatre, serving as its chief during its early years. In 1923, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for what the Nobel Committee described as “inspired poetry, which in a highly artistic form gives expression to the spirit of a whole nation.” He was the first Irishman so honored. Yeats is generally considered one of the few writers whose greatest works were completed after being awarded the Nobel Prize; such works include The Tower (1928) and The Winding Stair and Other Poems (1929).

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Something about William Butler Yeats

William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) was born in Dublin. His father was a lawyer and a well-known portrait painter. Yeats was educated in London and in Dublin, but he spent his summers in the west of Ireland in the family’s summer house at Connaught. The young Yeats was very much part of the fin de siècle in London; at the same time he was active in societies that attempted an Irish literary revival. His first volume of verse appeared in 1887, but in his earlier period his dramatic production outweighed his poetry both in bulk and in import. Together with Lady Gregory he founded the Irish Theatre, which was to become the Abbey Theatre, and served as its chief playwright until the movement was joined by John Synge. His plays usually treat Irish legends; they also reflect his fascination with mysticism and spiritualism. The Countess Cathleen (1892), The Land of Heart’s Desire (1894), Cathleen ni Houlihan (1902), The King’s Threshold (1904), and Deirdre (1907) are among the best known.

After 1910, Yeats’s dramatic art took a sharp turn toward a highly poetical, static, and esoteric style. His later plays were written for small audiences; they experiment with masks, dance, and music, and were profoundly influenced by the Japanese Noh plays. Although a convinced patriot, Yeats deplored the hatred and the bigotry of the Nationalist movement, and his poetry is full of moving protests against it. He was appointed to the Irish Senate in 1922. Yeats is one of the few writers whose greatest works were written after the award of the Nobel Prize. Whereas he received the Prize chiefly for his dramatic works, his significance today rests on his lyric achievement. His poetry, especially the volumes The Wild Swans at Coole (1919), Michael Robartes and the Dancer (1921), The Tower (1928), The Winding Stair and Other Poems (1933), and Last Poems and Plays (1940), made him one of the outstanding and most influential twentieth-century poets writing in English. His recurrent themes are the contrast of art and life, masks, cyclical theories of life (the symbol of the winding stairs), and the ideal of beauty and ceremony contrasting with the hubbub of modern life.

From Nobel Lectures, Literature 1901-1967, Editor Horst Frenz, Elsevier Publishing Company, Amsterdam, 1969

This autobiography/biography was written at the time of the award and first published in the book series  Les Prix Nobel. It was later edited and republished in Nobel Lectures.  To cite this document, always state the source as shown above.

William Butler Yeats died on January 28, 1939.


Link to the website for the Golden Dawn. This website is superb. There are many  esoteric diagrams and writings for those of you wishing to learn more about the “Soul of Man.”

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The Italian one euro coin, based on Leonardo da Vinci’s sketch of ‘Vitruvian Man’.
The sketch shows the proportions of the human body according to Vitruvius’s De Architectura. (fl. 1st century BCE), and it is a physical expression of Yeats’s  integrated ideal,, ‘that Unity of Being compared by Dante in the Convito to that of “a perfectly proportioned human body”   ( A Vision B 82). In his chapter ‘Of the Proportion, Measure and Harmony of Man’s Body’, H. C. Agrippa adapts the concept to planetary and zodiacal schemes, further on in this page.
For more on the drawing, see the Gallerie dell’Accademia, Venice; the notebook is not normally on display.


The constitution of the human being, that Yeats outlines in A Vision, is a complex intersection of a number of different elements. It is an esoteric system, based upon the idea of different levels or planes of being, which interact with each other to a greater or lesser extent. Fundamental to the picture is the doctrine of reincarnation, so that certain core elements are retained from one life to the next, while others are shed at death or during the period between lives.