Pantheistical mysticism of Algernon Henry Blackwood

Pantheistical mysticism of Algernon Henry Blackwood Algernon Henry Blackwood is the English writer, the author of mystical prose. By the...

Pantheistical mysticism of Algernon Henry Blackwood

Algernon Henry Blackwood is the English writer, the author of mystical prose. By the way his poems were appreciated by Howard Philips Lovecraft.

From an early ages Blackwood was fond of esoteric doctrines, theosophy, yoga and an occultism that of course has found reflection in his creativity. Also since youth unquenchable thirst of communication with the Nature wakes up in him. Young Blackwood travels around the different countries and goes hiking. In 20 years he goes to a marathon campaign on the mountains of Switzerland and Northern Italy which he will compare to a participle later in respect of familiarizing with the Nature giving true spiritual food. Later his article "Thoughts of the Nature" will be published in the theosophy magazine "Lucifer".

In 1898 in Canada Blackwood takes part in Indian hunting for an elk and personally kills a giant elk. Later he regrets the act and begins to be negative to hunting just for fun. It is interesting that the same changes have happened also with participating in this hunting Elline Prins-Speser, the friend Blackwood's wife who became the foundress of Women's league animals protection and veterinary clinic. Communication with Indians will develop into the well-known story "Wendigo" about ancient blood-thirsty spirit. Blackwood painfully endured approach of a mechanistic urbanistic era that breaks link of the person with the Nature. He was attracted by the woods, mountains, small quiet towns, and in such places as New York, Blackwood actually began to go crazy.
On the whole Blackwood’s stories and novels are talented but quite usual literature of horrors and mysticism very popular in the beginning of the 20th century. But first of all we are interested in those works in which the natural soul of the writer is expressed. It is possible to distinguish two of them. First is the story "The Person Who Was Loved by Trees" entering the collection "Sir's Garden" and the novel "Centaur".

In "The person who was loved by trees" Blackwood tells surprising at first sight story of physical and spiritual dissolution of the person in a forest thicket. But if we’ll understand symbolism, then it is obvious that we see an image of return to the Nature to the wood in which our ancestors lived and died. At the same time there is the line of the wife of the main character which doesn't share hobby of the husband for trees at all and as the true Christian judges long visits by the husband of the wood almost considering natural powers as essence demons. He thinks that each tree is individually - it is able to speak and even to move.
In "Centaur" we see similar symbolism - the main hero - traveler O.Melly, meets two people who awake his sleeping natural archetypes. He suddenly understands that these strangers not people of today's era and those beings who have arisen once as physical shapes of thought processes of the Earth. Those who haven't been separated from her as waves from the ocean and those whom the people who have left Mother-Earth began to call gods, demons and spirits. The hero understands that Earth is the living being that everything is generated by her mental energy around. Moreover it turns out that all planets in Space also have consciousness and perhaps they also are the angels described in religions. The novel is imbued and saturated pagan pantheistical meanings and images to a limit.
"His heart always lived in the Golden Age of youth of Earth - and at last came back home... It was cleared inside merging with simple greatness, beauty and a charm of the young world. And gradually flooding underground passes and cellars, these hidden cells of bases of the personality, like inflow there arrived forces. Filling the chamber behind chamber, dissolving walls and overlappings, steadily destroys baffles, they silently rose above and above, allowing all moods and disagreements of the personality to reconcile with each other and to be alloyed together, doing it is more clear to themselves and allowing to understand Earth as mother. Having seen itself integral, he realized the divinity...

And properties of all Earth consisted in it without effort. An ancient legend of the person as the microcosm containing in itself Earth macrocosm when the nature appears as the character and interpretation of its internal state became clear. It absorbed force and nobility of trees, wind force, the unruly fast-leaky rivers ran in ignorant fatigue legs and thoughts were decorated with itself by a charm of colors, wavy softness of herbs, serenity of steppes and the open sky. Pramir spoke in blood, and heart admired gold blossoming of spring" ("Centaur").

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