"He hath the liberty to look out at the windows, his love is all in his
sight: I mean that liquid Venus which lures him in; but this continues not
long," says Vaughan; for the feminine watery principle makes the light her
prisoner, so that at last "he is quite shut up in darkness." The same story
is told in Blake's poem, The Crystal Cabinet:
Where I was dancing merrily;
She put me into her Cabinet
And Lock'd me up with a Golden Key.
- The Resources of William Blake from Manas magazine
In Gnostic creation myths, it is the feminine aspect, known by various names
(Isis, the Black Virgin, the White Goddess) that activates or awakens matter.
She is the soul aspiring to physical incarnation.
From the Gnostic Apocryphon of John:
"I entered into the midst of the dungeon which is the prison of the body. And I spoke thus: "He who hears, let him arise from the deep sleep." And then he (Adam) wept and shed tears. After he wiped away his bitter tears he spoke, asking: "Who is it that calls my name, and whence has this hope come unto me, while I am in the chains of this prison?" And I spoke thus: "I am the Pronoia of the pure light; I am the thought of the undefiled spirit. . . . Arise and remember . . . and follow your root, which is I . . . and beware of the deep sleep."
- The Genesis Factor
by Stephan A. Hoeller
"The Hermetic/Neoplatonic myth tells how, from the time of original Chaos,
Divine Light (Soul) has been attracted
by the Subtle Spirit, Nature, down into the dark Abyss, from whence it is
released only by dissolution or death.
In the words of the Greek Neoplatonist, Porphyry, it is the "urge for pleasure"
- the urge to "follow and obey their
worst parts, which draws souls down into the "witches brew of generation"
- Porphyry. On the Cave of the Nymphs, (written 3AD), in Lamberton, R.(Trans.). New York, Station Hill Press, 1983, pp.9-10.
- Regeneration in Remains of Elmet1
by Ann Skea
first published in The challenge of Ted Hughes
At the end of
the one female voice becomes two. These are the Sirens of Homer's Odyssey who
lure sailors to their death with "clear toned song". Demonstrating how an anima
can appear as negative one moment and positive the next, it is Circe herself
who warns Odysseus of the Sirens:
- Odyssey XII. 36-54; 181-200
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