Phase Three

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The attributes of the Faculties when Will is at Phase 3derived frommodified byfromdescription
Will Beginning of ambition 3
MaskTrue Innocence 17BF 27 Enforced loss
False Folly CM 13 Creative imagination through antithetical emotion
Creative MindTrue Simplicity 27BF 17 None except impersonal action
False Abstraction FCM 3 Pride
Body of Fate Interest 13
Composite of Faculties
trueBeginning of ambition seeks to deliver simplicity, modified by impersonal action, from innocence, modified by enforced loss, with the help of interest.
falseBeginning of ambition is misdirected into abstraction, modified by pride, bringing folly, modified by creative imagination through antithetical emotion, separated from interest.
The disposition of the FacultiesAttributes of Phase 3affectsmodifies
Will Beginning of ambition 3-
MaskT: Simplification through intensity
F: Dispersal
Creative MindT: Supersensual receptivity
F: Pride
27 13 TM

Body of Fate Enforced love of another 13 17 FCM
27 TM

See AV B 108-09 & 96.

Morris’s Birdalone (The Water of the Wondrous Isles), many pastoral types

Yeats’s description of the phase from A Vision

Out of phase and copying the opposite phase, he gives himself up to a kind of clodhopper folly, that keeps his intellect moving among conventional ideas with a sort of make-believe. Incapable of consecutive thought and of moral purpose, he lives miserably seeking to hold together some consistent plan of life, patching rags upon rags because that is expected of him, or out of egotism. If on the other hand he uses his Body of Fate to purify his Creative Mind of the Mask, if he is content to permit his senses and his subconscious nature to dominate his intellect, he takes delight in all that passes; but because he claims nothing of his own, chooses nothing, thinks that no one thing is better than another, he will not endure a pang because all passes. Almost without intellect, it is a phase of perfect bodily sanity, for, though the body is still in close contact with supersensual rhythm, it is no longer absorbed in that rhythm; eyes and ears are open; one instinct balances another; every season brings its delight.

He who bends to himself a joy
Doth the wingèd life destroy,
But he who kisses the joy as it flies
Lives in eternity's sunrise.

Seen by lyrical poets, of whom so many have belonged to the fantastic Phase 17, the man of this phase becomes an Image where simplicity and intensity are united, he seems to move among yellowing corn or under overhanging grapes. He gave to Landor his shepherds and hamadryads, to Morris his Water of the Wondrous Isles, to Shelley his wandering lovers and sages, and to Theocritus all his flocks and pastures; and of what else did Bembo think when he cried, 'Would that I were a shepherd that I might look daily down upon Urbino'? Imagined in some antithetical mind, seasonal change and bodily sanity seem images of lasting passion and the body's beauty.

(AV B 108-09)

Symbol of Phase 3: ‘Eagle over sea with one foot caught in back of sea lion one foot caught by Dolphin. Eagle drags both’ (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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