Light>dark was my apparently failed attempt at humour. I asked for a theory, simply because I do not know why the poem is being posted numerous times without some supporting theory to accompany it.
THE CROWLEY ELISA CONNECTION
In 1889, writer Aleister Crowley wrote a poem called Jephtha while staying in the CECIL HOTEL in London.
“January: Move into 14 Trinity Street, Cambridge.
March: He reads The Book of Black Magic and of Pacts by Arthur Edward Waite.
Easter vacation (April): At Wastdale Head with Pollitt, reading ‘Cloud Upon the Sanctuary’ by Karl von Eckharthausen. Crowley writes ‘Jezebel’ at Maidenhead and begins writing and self-publishing his own poetry: ‘Aceldama: a Place to Bury Strangers In’ (32 stanzas) and the erotic ‘White Stains’ and ‘The Tale of Archais’; ‘Songs of the Spirit’ ‘The Poem’; ‘Mysteries: Lyrical and Dramatical’ Crowley also leaves Cambridge without taking his degree.
July: Reads Kabbalah Denudata (The Kabbalah Unveiled) by Knorr von Rosenroth.
Summer: At the Cecil Hotel he writes ‘Jephthah’.
He meets: Gerald Festus Kelly, Oscar Eckenstein (April), Julian L. Baker [Frater D. A.] (August), George Cecil Jones [Frater Volo Noscere] (October), and S. L. MacGregor Mathers.
Thursday 18th November (evening): Crowley is initiated into The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn as a Neophyte O=O, taking the magical motto: Frater Perdurabo (I will endure to the end) at Mark Mason Hall, London. He reads ‘The Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage’.
November and December: Crowley begins exercises in astral travelling with George Cecil Jones.
December: Crowley passes to the next grade of Zelator 1=10.”
Note: Jephtha was a Judge of Israel who burned his daughter, SEILA, as a sacrifice.
Her name is SEILA.
SEILA means “asked for “.
SEILA is an anagram for ELISA
Note: Jephtha’s daughter is not named in the Bible.
However, the Pseudo Philo does name her.
“It includes a lament about the symbolic human sacrifice of Jephthah’s daughter, with the daughter being the singer. Commentators have noted that the characterisation of the daughter is (like other female characterisations in Pseudo-Philo) much stronger and more positive than that of her biblical counterpart. She has a name (Seila), and her role is as wise and willing, rather than passive and reluctant, participant. One commentator has observed that ‘the author has done his utmost to put this woman on the same level as the patriarchs, in this case especially Isaac’.“
“Let my lamp, at midnight hour, ———–(LAMp ?)
-Be seen in some HIGH LONELY TOWER —–(high up on Cecil Hotel?)
-Where I may oft outwatch the Bear,
-With thrice-great Hermes, or unsphear ——–(Hermes Greek god of ecenomics and trade)
- The spirit of Plato, to unfold. —-http://www.philosophy.ucr.edu/people/faculty/siewert/thumosPDF09.pdf
- What Worlds, or what vast Regions hold
- The immortal mind that hath forsook ——–(forsaken?).
- HER MANSION IN THE FLESHY NOOK. —–(naked in a secluded space!!?)
- And of those Daemons that are found
- In fire, air, flood, or under ground,
- Whose power hath a true consent. ——(Thoughtfull consideration!!?)
- With Planet, or with Element.
- Some time let Gorgeous Tragedy
- In Sceptr’d Pall come sweeping by.”
- “Il Penseroso.”
THE CROWLEY LAM CONNECTION
“According to Thelemic legend, in 1918 Aleister Crowley came into contact with a interdimensional entity named LAM. Who by the way is a dead ringer for the popular conception of the ‘alien grey ‘ depicted on the cover of Whitley Strieber’s Communion. From this purported encounter, some have inferred that the industrious Mr. Crowley intentionally opened a portal of entry–through the practice of a magick ritual. The Amalantrah Working–which allowed the likes of LAM and other ‘alien grays (demons) a passageway onto the Earth plane. Furthermore, this portal may have been further enlarged by Parsons and Hubbard in 1946 with the commencement of the Babylon Working, thus facilitating a monumental paradigm shift in human consciousness. Sex and rockets”