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The Yeats Journal of Korea Vol.33 pp.27-46

Yeats’s Ideas on the Transmigration of Souls in A Vision

Ko Joon-Seog


This paper discusses Yeats’s ideas on the transmigration of Souls in A Visionand his poems. Yeats creates the six levels of a human’s reincarnation. He insiststhat Consciousness corresponds with one another in this life and the afterlife in AVision. He thinks that Consciousness moves toward Will and goes in cycle inFaculties at the moment. However, Consciousness submerges Spirit in Principles andafter Spirit unifies Celestial Body it becomes extinct. When Principles dominate thesystem in the afterlife, Spirit circulates in the system.
Faculties have an effect on from birth to death in human, but althoughsubmerging in Faculties at the period, Principles have a tremendous impact ongetting a new physical body in the afterlife. If a human passes away his body,Consciousness transfers from Faculties to Principles, also from Will to Spirit. Andthen it arrives at The Vision of Blood Kindred and Meditation. The Vision of BloodKindred is the illusions of every past experience in Husk and Fascinate Body,resulted in final body. And Meditation is to disappear Husk and Fascinate Body andto appear Spirit and Celestial Body. After that, the stream of soul continuouslychanges into Return, Dreaming Back, Phantasmagoria, Shiftings, Beatitude,Purification, Foreknowledge step by step. Yeats described them as a cyclical courseof afterlife in “Byzantium” and “The Man and the Echo.”
In conclusion, a human is reborn in the afterlife through transferring fromPrinciples to Faculties, also from Spirit to Will. The practical transition fromPrinciples Gyre to Faculties Gyre takes place when Consciousness travels fromSpirit to a new Husk. So a human passes away from this world and through thesix courses of reincarnation in the afterlife. He is reborn in another world.

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