The Sensual World Jun 15, 2008 20:53:30 GMT
Post by tannis on Jun 15, 2008 20:53:30 GMT
I agree, Rosa... The symbolism is especially fascinating.
It is a fact that Joyce had several works dealing with various aspects of the occult in his personal libraries. It is also beyond doubt that, from his earlier works until his most mature books, he constantly referred to occult authors and themes on many occasions.
Among the volumes on occult subjects which Joyce had in his personal library in Trieste, we find many texts concerning occult matters, like Jacob Boehme’s The Signature of all Things, Emanuel Swedenborg’s Heaven and Its Wonders and Hell, two books on theosophy and discipleship by Annie Besant, a tract on the occult meaning of blood by Rudolph Steiner, a study in French on Spiritism, a volume by Merlin called The Book of Charms and Ceremonies Whereby All May Have the Opportunity of Obtaining Any Object They Desire, a translation of Plutarch’s theosophical essays, a study on Yogi philosophy and oriental occultism, a work by Giordano Bruno and a study on him, and finally several works by Blake and Yeats. Joyce remained interested in the occult also in his more mature years. In the Paris library we find a copy of The Occult Review (July 1923) which features essays and articles on the “Practical Qabala,” the “Akasic Records,” and “the alleged communication with Madame Blavatsky.” The Paris library hosts also other books on similar subjects, though not as many as the Trieste library.
~ Occult Joyce: The Hidden in Ulysses, by Enrico Terrinoni (2007)
"And then our arrows of desire rewrite the speech, mmh, yes..."
Maybe Joyce had 'initiation' in mind, or maybe Kate et al rewrote the speech with 'initiation' in mind? There are also many references to Freemasonry in James Joyce’s Ulysses, though Freemasonry plays no active role in the story. Interestingly, KaTe's next album project, The Red Shoes, also seems to refer to Freemasonry symbols.
Maybe TRS is a magical conception...