On Sun, 10 Sep 2017 06:47:47 -0700, Serra, Nick <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Hello everyone--I could use a little assistance.
> In the Appendix to Family Secrets: William Butler Yeats and His
> Relatives, William Murphy makes the rather startling claim "his works
> are studied by occult societies." I'm a bit floored by this. Is anyone
> aware of a group that actually uses A Vision's system in a pragmatic
> way, or the rituals for his Celtic Order? Long, long ago I wrote a
> short piece on A Vision for a publication affiliated with the Ordo
> Templi Orientis, but I never got so much as a word of correspondence
> back because of it. Likewise, I once heard about a neopagan group that
> purported to use what I assumed were Yeats's Celtic rituals back in the
> 1970s, but when I tracked it down, it didn't seem at all authentic.
> That's it for practitioners using Yeats.
In the post-WWII San Francisco Bay Area, Ella Young's Celtic derived
influence on the occult/creative/Bohemian scene was fairly well-known,
at least if things like this were something you cared to know. The
SF Bay area of that period celebrated its local celebrities as a sort
of Emperor Norton tradition--radio station KPFA included.
Growing up, I certainly knew of Young (and through her, Yeats) as part of
the regional occulture. But not details of the fellowship she sustained
or the rituals it performed. To me, at least, Yeats was a presence and an
inspiration for occultural exploration, but not a leader of a movement
in the region.
Musing Regional Occulture,
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