Englishwoman's Domestic Magazine, 6 (1857–58), 302–08.
The Rosy Cross [2/2]
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Short Fiction, Serial
Astronomy, Alchemy, Magic, Instruments, Natural Theology
In his dream, Aureole embarks on a fantastic journey in which he sees the earth 'reflecting back the rays of the refulgent systems—suns, moons, and planets', and in which he is 'swept through armies of trailing comets', and falls 'into the harmonious march by the force of that central power which preserves the balance of the universe'. Towards the end of the journey, he sees 'arch and architrave, straight into the plane of the infinite Ecliptic' and which 'rose and rose, and became vestibules and starry alleys' (302). Later, in his 'ancient mansion in which he had sought after knowledge which is forbidden man to know', he stood among his 'crucibles and instruments of science'. After gazing into the twilight, he is compelled to open the 'magic book' and uncover the 'whole unutterable mystery of the talisman'. Later, his natal star 'bursts forth' and is eclipsed, and he proclaims that 'The heavens declare the glory of God'. Concludes by noting the 'tradition of a young nobleman who, in the ardent pursuit of science in its highest philosophic and theosophic forms, had fallen into a mild and harmless insanity'. (307–08)
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