Phase Eighteen

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The attributes of the Faculties when Will is at Phase 18derived frommodified byfromdescription
Will The emotional man 18 
MaskTrue Intensity through emotions 4CM 26 First perception of character
False Curiosity BF 12 Search
Creative MindTrue Emotional philosophy 12CM 18 Subjective philosophy
False Enforced lure BF 4 Enforced intellectual action
Body of Fate Enforced disillusionment 26 
Composite of Faculties
trueThe emotional man seeks to deliver intensity through emotions, modified by first perception of character, from enforced disillusionment, with the help of emotional philosophy, modified by subjective philosophy.
falseThe emotional man is misdirected to curiosity, modified by search, because enforced lure, modified by enforced intellectual action, is separated from enforced disillusionment.
The disposition of the FacultiesAttributes of Phase 18affectsmodifies
Will The emotional man 18-
MaskT: Passion
F: Will
Creative MindT: Subjective philosophy
F: War between two forms of expression
12 26 FM

18 TCM
Body of Fate The Hunchback is his own Body of Fate 26 12 FM

See AV B 145-47 & 98.

Goethe, Matthew Arnold, [George Yeats]

Yeats’s description of the phase from A Vision

The antithetical tincture closes during this phase, the being is losing direct knowledge of its old antithetical life. The conflict between that portion of the life of feeling which appertains to his unity, and that portion he has in common with others, coming to an end, has begun to destroy that knowledge. A 'Love's Nocturn' or an 'Ode to the West Wind' are probably no more possible, certainly no more characteristic. He can hardly, if action and the intellect that concerns action are taken from him, recreate his dream life; and when he says 'Who am I?', he finds it difficult to examine his thoughts in relation to one another , his emotions in relation to one another, but begins to find it easy to examine them in relation to action. He can examine those actions themselves with a new clearness. Now for the first time since Phase 12, Goethe's saying is almost true: 'Man knows himself by action only, by thought never'. Meanwhile the antithetical tincture begins to attain, without previous struggle or self-analysis, its active form which is love - love being the union of emotion and instinct - or when out of phase, sentimentality. The Will seeks by some form of emotional philosophy to free a form of emotional beauty Mask) from a 'disillusionment' differing from the 'illusions' of Phase 16, which are continuous, in that it permits intermittent awakening. The Will, with its closing antithetical, is turning away from the life of images to that of ideas, it is vacillating and curious, and it seeks in this Mask (from a phase where all the functions can be perfect), what becomes, when considered antithetically, a wisdom of the emotions.

At its next phase it will have fallen asunder; already it can only preserve its unity by a deliberate balancing of experiences (Creative Mind at Phase 12, Body of Fate at Phase 26), and so it must desire that phase (though that transformed into the emotional life), where wisdom seems a physical accident. Its object of desire is no longer a single image of passion, for it must relate all to social life; the man seeks to become not a sage, not Ahasuerus, but a wise king, an see s a woman who looks the wise mother of children. Perhaps now, and for the first time, the love of a living woman ('disillusionment' once accepted) as apart from beauty or function, is an admitted aim, though not yet wholly achieved. The Body of Fate is from the phase where the 'wisdom of knowledge' has compelled Mask and Image to become not objects of desire but objects of knowledge. Goethe did not, as Beddoes said, marry his cook, but he certainly did not marry the woman he had desired, and his grief at her death showed that, unlike Phase 16 or Phase 17, which forget their broken toys, he could love what disillusionment gave. When he seeks to live objectively, he will substitute curiosity for emotional wisdom, he will invent objects of desire artificially, he will say perhaps, though this was said by a man who was probably still later in phase, 'I was never in love with a serpent-charmer before'; the False Mask will press upon him, pursue him, and, refusing conflict, he will fly from the True Mask at each artificial choice. The nightingale will refuse the thorn and so remain among images instead of passing to ideas. He is still disillusioned, but he can no longer through philosophy substitute for the desire that life has taken away, love for what life has brought. The Will is near the place marked Head upon the great chart, which enables it to choose its Mask even when true to phase almost coldly and always deliberately, whereas the Creative Mind is derived from the place marked Heart, and is therefore more impassioned and less subtle and delicate than if Phase 16 or Phase 17 were the place of the Will, though not yet argumentative or heated. The Will at Head uses the heart with perfect mastery and, because of the growing primary, begins to be aware of an audience, though as yet it will not dramatise the Mask deliberately for the sake of effect as will Phase 19.

(AV B 145-47)

Symbol of Phase 18: ‘Two faced figure’ (see YVP 3 400-01)

See a broader view of the Phase in the consideration of the Phase Triads.

The Faculties

The Wheel


The Phases in History


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