The spiritual and psychic
experiences of the characters appearing in this ‘Soul's
Probation’ are a continuation of the experiences given in the
scenes of ‘The Portal of Initiation,’ and the events related
occur several years later.
Benedictus, Theodosius, Romanus, Hierophants of the Temple
of the Sun.
Philia, Astrid, Luna, The spiritual beings who facilitate
the connection between the Soul and the Cosmos. They are not allegorical,
but are realities for the spirit Seer.
The Other Philia, The spiritual being who enters the
connection between the Soul and the Cosmos.
The Voice of Conscience, not allegorical, but a reality,
for the spirit Seer.
Felicia, his wife.
The ‘Double’ of Johannes Thomasius.
The events of the Sixth
to the Ninth Scenes contain the spiritual vision, of Capesius into his
former life. Maria and Johannes share the experiences at the same time;
but Strader's former incarnation is only seen by Capesius, Maria,
These scenes back into
the fourteenth century are conceived as results of imaginative cognition,
and in the physical world are only recognizable by their effect. The
way in which these lives are repeated (from occurrences of the
fourteenth century into the present day) should not be generalised.
This kind of repetition can only happen at a turning point of time.
THE VISION OF CAPESIUS INTO THE FOURTEENTH CENTURY
The Spirit of Benedictus.
The Grand Master, chief of a branch of mystic brother-hood.
First Preceptor, of the mystic brotherhood. (A former
incarnation of Professor Capesius.)
Second Preceptor, of the mystic brotherhood.
First Master of the Ceremonies, of the mystic brotherhood.
Second Master of the Ceremonies, of the mystic brotherhood.
Simon, the Jew (a former incarnation of Dr. Studer). Thomas
(a former incarnation of Johannes Thomasius).
A Monk (a former incarnation of Maria).
Joseph Keane (a former incarnation of Felix Baide). His
Wife (a former incarnation of Felicia Balde)
Bertha, their daughter (a former incarnation of the Other
Cecilia, their foster-daughter (a former incarnation of
Six Country Men, and
Six Country Women.
NOTE ON THE COSTUMES
WORN (see also notes to the “Portal of Initiation”). The
knights are in chain armour and dark blue lobes of their order, with
a white Maltese cross on their mantle and on their tunic. The mantle
of the Grand Master is crimson; is tunic is white with a red cross.
Their blue caps and the Grand Master's red cap are flat and
triangular. The apparition Benedictus in Scene 7, is in pink peach
blossom colour. He spears in the background about nine feet above
the stage and mains rigid with his arms extended in cross fashion
the whole ire of his appearance in this scene.