In Marchstill seeking deeper answers, he joined the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn in London, a secret and rather shady society that practised ritual magic.
InYeats was introduced to Maud W. The seeress described him going down a long hall and up into what she called a pulpit, and beginning to speak.
A man in chain armour passed through a castle door, and the seeress noticed with surprise the bareness and rudeness of castle rooms. When the Yeats family moved back to London inthe young poet paid a visit to Madame Helena Blavatsky, the famous occultist and founder of the Theosophical Society which he joined and was later expelled from.
If I can unintentionally cast a glamour, an enchantment, over persons of our own time who have lived for years in great cities, there is no reason to doubt that men could cast intentionally a far stronger enchantment, a far stronger glamour, over the more sensitive people of ancient times, or that men can still do so where the old order of life remains unbroken.
I had noticed the servant, a girl who had come from the country some years before, laying the table for breakfast. My fellow-student had seen me, but no one else, and had asked me to come again when the people had gone. In addition, seminal modern thinkers in the realm of mythology and psychology such as Norman O.
Yeats grew up in the Sligo countryside of northwestern Ireland in the late 19th century. 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.
I had come to a conclusion about the method. If one would understand the works of the poet often described as the greatest of his age, it might seem necessary to come to terms with this lifelong passion. They break forth amid events too private or too sacred for public speech, or seem themselves, I know not why, to belong to hidden things.
Yeats did not provide a specific prescription to follow in order to enter these visionary states of mind.