By Stoddard Martin
'Magic' as either notice and suggestion is in all places in modern existence, yet what does it suggest? Is it a pool for the thoughts and needs of the race, or 'an adventure which it truly is far better, just like the overwhelming majority people, by no means to have handed through'? In Stoddard Martin's cautious but adventurous therapy, it seems that because the starting place of morality and faith in an age which places extra emphasis on wisdom and may than on conventional Christian conceptions of religion and stable works.
Modern orthodoxy has grown out of once-heretical rules, originating maybe with the airtight students of the Renaissance and carrying on with throughout the nice age of Freemasonry to newer cults, akin to Theosophy, the Order of the Golden sunrise, Anthroposophy or even Scientology. opposed to those events, Martin considers modern works of literature that have handled magic, together with these of Goethe, Balzac, Huysmans, Bulwer-Lytton, Yeats, Mann, Hesse, the Symbolists, technology fiction writers and exponents of magical realism.
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To do so will protect him from further abasements, extend his life and make easy his journey through the underworld afterwards. Chastened by his experiences as a beast, Apuleius readily submits. He watches with reverence the procession of priests and marvels over their symbolic costumes and talismans. When the high priest appears, he eats of the roses, is retransformed and covers his nakedness with a priest's robe. Joining the celebrants, he participates in consecrating a ship to the goddess and in a rite in her temple.
6 In his picaresque narrative, Apuleius presents himself as a naive and lusty young man, rather thoughtless but of pleasing high spirits, who gets himself transformed into an ass by trying to imitate a witch who is able to change herself into an owl at night to torment an uninterested beloved. 7 In 'assy' form he becomes subject to maltreatment by various masters, mostly thieves, and can only return to his 'pristine' shape by eating roses. As it is winter, this is no easy task; and the bulk of The Golden Ass is taken up with dark months of trial of the manas-animal.
Goethe is the obvious choice. He was, after all, almost undoubtedly a Mason and probably also an early member of the related German cult, the Illuminati. 40 Expert testimony in these matters might be had from 'Germanist' scholars, of which I am not one. However, I have it on authority of Eric Harber, 41 a longtime researcher in this field, that he was once told by a distinguished lady reader in the British Museum that she once saw a letter from the young Goethe to a friend in which the poet claimed that he would not know what to do were he to not become a Mason, since that seemed 'the only way to get on'.