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The Portal of Initiation

EDITORIAL SUMMARY OF THE SCENES

The general public has never been admitted to the performance of these plays. The English editor has, however, ventured to give some indication of the costumes and scenery, though this can only be sufficient to give a general idea. The following is a summary of the scenes:

A PRELUDE

SCENE 1:

A debating room. Theodora's vision of the coming Christ.

SCENE 2:

Johannes' meditation among the mountains: ‘Know thou thyself.’

SCENE 3:

Meditation chamber. Maria's separation.

SCENE 4:

The Spirit of the Elements. The Soul-world.

SCENE 5:

The subterranean rock temple. The consultation of the hierophants.

SCENE 6:

Continuation of Scene 4. Felicia: her First Fable. Germanus.

SCENE 7:

The Spirit-world. Maria and her soul powers. Theodora's vision of the past incarnation of Maria and Johannes. The scene ends with Benedictus' great mystic utterance.

AN INTERLUDE

SCENE 8:

The portrait of Capesius by Johannes. Strader's bewilderment.

SCENE 9:

Johannes' second meditation among the mountains three years later than Scene 2. ‘Feel thou thyself.’

SCENE 10:

As in Scene 3. A trial for Johannes.

SCENE 11:

The Temple of the Sun. Destiny and debtors.


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