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WITHIN

BELLE

M.

WAGNER.

THE LIBRARY OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA LOS ANGELES
GIFT

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WAGNER. Denver. BY BELLE M.WITHIN THE TEMPLE OF ISIS.. Colorado: ASTRO-PHILOSOPHICAL PUBLISHING 1899. CO. .

. 1899. BY HENRY WAGNER.COPYRIGHT. M. D.

BY THE AUTHORESS. AND HIS DEVOTION TO THE BROTHEI1HOOD AND SISTERHOOD OF MAN.. IN ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF HIS TRUE WORTH A3 A WARRIOR IN THE CAUSE OF TRUTH. AND THE FATHERHOOD AND MOTHERHOOD OF GOD. . D. . .DEDICATION. M. I DEDICATE THIS BOOK. TO MY HUSBAND.

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their oneness with the fountain of Being made them conscious of Nature's secret operations. to enter the Temple of Isis and observe the hidden veil.PUBLISHER'S PREFACE. it and enabled them. We alone. as does the wise ones of to-day. are safe in saying that ''Within of Isis" is is The Temple and unique and stands in There if no other book of old print Solomon is had not "There nothing new under the inclined to contradict sun. "Within the Temple of Isis" God's word was law as interpreted by his Hierophants. mysteries concealed behind the ." we would be him. like said. it.

into matter.6 PUBLISHER S PREFACE. of Isis. it The Alchemist and alike. and matter back into can be understood." means Mother of all. possess this wisdom. and was this knowledge that made the Priests Kings of . The Polar Opposites are those of sex dually expressed as two poles of one law or principle as taught by Hermetic Phi- losophy before the law of polarization of spirit spirit. while Osiris means Father The Temple and spirit of Two Truths as matter must be realized within. Purity of motive and sincerity of pur- pose brought old as rify it its own reward to them of does to those of to-day who pu- themselves before seeking for the knowledge and wisdom hidden within the "Holy Isis of Holies" "The Temple of all. the Astrologer.

Therefore.PUBLISHER S PREFACE. well as the physical planes of . as life. 7 Egypt. so justly famous as Magicians or Wise Men. and spiritually to receive Nature ever repeats herself of time in cycles on the spiritual and mental. that would make earth a veritable paradise to realize if only the race could be made its magical powers. eternity are the ever-present spirit is so far as the concerned. there is none. 71me and Now. and spiritual Adepts the " in occult again revive Wisdom Religion upon earth in all its beauty and grandeur as the western race lectually becomes fitted intelit. the readers . End. Scientific inventions of great moment laws will " to the race are thus projected to the earth. They still exist in spirit realms and can transmit to this plane of earth their wis- dom.

To force. the same experiences herein applicable to narrated are Neophytes and seeking soul initiation to-day as they were in the days of The Temple of Isis. of this strange occult realize its book will some day life. . if the veil of single Isis could be raised for one startled moment the world would be by the mysterious revelations disclosed. therefore. the Seers and the Occult Initiates alike. truths as realities of natural It is law on the spiritual planes of a clear. Nature's laws are ever the same. practical statement of Soul Marriage and of Soul Transfer from one earthly temple to that of another. this Its book will appeal with magical truths are those of the soul and and can await the reader's soul for verification. development Truth needs no apology.PUBLISHER S PREFACE. spirit. therefore.

indeed stranger than .PUBLISHER S PREFACE. our desire that our for readers may some day know is them- selves that Truth Fiction. Q none will be offered as an excuse for this It is publication.

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although many them are very incorrect. to our readers fiction. lead one to think there was some Wisdom issued from that Tern- . will History existed a teach you there actually of Isis.INTRODUCTION. we ask them to accept not as but as divine truth as to the laws herein revealed. In presenting this little volume it. Not a statement is made that is not Al- possible to the divine will of man. of the wonderful magic therein performed." "Temple and the of trans- lations thereof. do not it is and declare not true. though it can not be proven to your outreject ward knowledge.

the blind forces of Nature can no more be controlled? The forces are just the same to-day. as a whole. spiritual need we think by that.in embryo. they be called forth and Egypt will will not be ashamed works.12 INTRODUCTION. of her true children nor their The Wisdom exists Religion of Egypt still and we can contact that Wisdom . "The Temple that of Isis" exists no more in external form. is pie that yet beyond the human family. and when the time comes that points favorably for active spiritual work on the Western Continent. grasp the truth that history repeats Mighty Hierophants are upon the earth to-day. and the Hierophants of this to the Temple have passed from planes above. to understand. But. but man's mind fails to itself.

. 13 by the development of our souls. Even do the Wise Men of the East.INTRODUCTION. and when you have finished." THE AUTHORESS. The soul trouble lies with us not with them. exert their spiritual influence upon us to- day if we but knew it. Life and Love. strive to prove its falsity and stop not until you have reached that stage of soul unfoldment that will enable you to occupy that plane whereby you can stand beside the great Hierophants of "The Temple of Isis. if you still think it fiction. They will never truly conceal it from the honest seeking for Light. Follow us carefully to the end. that was. without prejudice.

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The were Rites of the day had been ex- tremely long and fatiguing. the Priestess had just retired to her apartments for repose. near midnight. as well as a near relative of the Priestess herself. THE REVELATION OF THE ASTROLOGER. Thus personal sorrow had mingled . and a great nobleman of the land. as they always for a Priestess of Isis attendant upon the burial service of one in high rank.WITHIN THE TEMPLE OF CHAPTER I. ISIS. Although the hour was very late. had been buried that day.

which all unknown to her. the strain upon her emotions. to her maid and Vestal in special attendant. who at the very beginning of the Chants and Litany. was too great for her in view of the crisis. she thought. However. been hastily withdrawn from the assembly and assisted to the private courts. must learn- be now impending. Sarthia. the solemn occasion. had failed in her part and had. Sarthia.1 6 Within the Temple of his. yet. strangely enough her mind was neither with the events of the day nor the dead. with such a pitiable moan and beseeching glance at her. as well as the Temple. but her thoughts were resting now where hand- they had wandered / many times throughlittle out the day. namely. upon . Poor child. with and added weight to the impressive and solemn grandeur of the occasion.

Once." and taking her mantle she glided swiftly through the corridors. had started her back vivid consciousness. passed the border-land of its sleep the pale face. is springing to her feet." she said. had. ing girl 17 from an attendant that the young was resting quietly and apparently not ill. "Ah! this will never do. but concluded to wait until morning. "Something up' in- deed wrong. as it thrice.The Revelation of the Astrologer. just as the Priestess were. with pleading eyes to and plaintive cry. she had not herself personally visited her. was bending and motionless form of later Noiseless as had been the approach of the Priestess some interior vibration had informed Sarthia of her coming and. with . and a few moments over the silent Sarthia. twice.

so "Ah! thank you. hear me and a whisper. tense to and low. our blessed and divine help me. have day from been disapall pointed in your Sarthia and with reason. in well beloved of Isis." answered the Priestess. not made . so low as only " reach the listening ear of the Priestess. a quivering and swift movement." said the girl. mesmeric passes over her trembling body. who is all but faints at the of the stuff re- sight of death. sweet Mother. she sprang from her couch and threw herself impulsively into the arms of the Priestess. caressingly clasping Sarthia to her bosom with one strong arm. good and kind of you to come I this is to me to-night. and with the other making soft. "Ah! sweet Mother.1 8 Within the Temple of his. Speak child. too. A Vestal. have suffered so you your thought.

Night after night. the trouble far deeper than appears upon the surface. The Ritual this morning but furnished rather. of the from out the inner Sanctuary Temple. For some time now I am haunted by most potent premonitions of a violent death. But. perched upon my pillow and shaking his head and croaking at me most mournfully. beis me. is "The Ah! indeed invesif very serious.The Revelation of the Astrologer. crisis that hastened some was already near at hand. dark apparitions hang around my bed. all these portents prove true. the occasion or. the Owl." " What! Bird " exclaimed of Nu. do you fear . and only last night I awoke to find the Bird of Nu. dear Priestess. the this Priestess. tigated at once. my child. quired lieve in 19 the Temple Service. The matter must be But.

But the Initiate" should be sustained by actual experiences within these hidden realms their knowledge of inner nature which places him on a possess and a plane far above the reach of Fear. in death? vain? in Have all our teachings been so little Have you made progress of ex- knowledge and the philosophy istence as to be overcome by dark shadows and grow faint in the presence of the sentiment and show of an external ceremony ? The pageantry.2O Within the Temple ofIsis. which appeals so overwhelmingly to the emotions of the outside world. of teaching the is the necessary means people these awful and life stupendous mysteries of and death. called death. Do not think I am . and immortal life in the love for shadow. besides being endowed with that burning wisdom which calmly discerns good jn evil.

The Revelation of the Astrologer. ing to recall 21 my my child. and to seek now I must leave you an inter- view with the chief of the Astrologers. Good-night. who is in- capable of Fear. having first dis- patched a messenger before her to an- nounce her coming. my kiss. part of the Temple. I am only seek- real Sarthia. and the meaning of these portents determined. The record and Horoscope of your birth must be carefully looked up. chiding you. the She proceeded leisurely and thoughtfully toward a distant Priestess withdrew. well knowing that at this now early hour . already the bright soul shines again with firmly its usual clear light." With a fond and maternal. "There. back to this physical expression called body. child. let and do not Hold it it flicker so again. seeking an audience.

engaged in completthe ing the necessary calculations. calculations tions. compose her- Instead. There was a strange . Beside him. pallor over Hermo. and most profound observa- But Sarthia. true enough. drifting til from one topic to another. un- suddenly she found herself confronted by a most intensely vivid and startling vision. sat scribe and youthful Astrologer Priest. of all morning the Astrologer be in the Priests would midst of their busiest studies. "Can it be?" Yes. although marvelously calmed and comforted by the tender presence and lofty words of her idolized Priestess could not self to sleep.22 Within the Temple of his. there sat the venerable Astrologer holding in his hand before him. when left alone. her chart of birth. she soon floated of restful into a state contemplation.

"The life directions for the present year of are made his out. Venerated Fath- er?" she asked gently. fatal arc carefully com- puted. Hermo. posed. and turned to the Priestess. work to the Astrologer who took studied a moment briefly." . yet with a serious thoughtfulness of mein.lookingup. "What is the result. and you know how true they are. Atlast. The Astrologer slowly shook his head and replied impressively. the physical organism of Sarthia can not survive this present cycle of yonder fair Goddess of the night. Priestess The com- was partially facing them. Venerated Master.The Revelation of the Astrologer. his 23 lips face and a compression of the which betrayed unusual emotion. "According to all the laws of our Science. and the said." and handed it.

"now I understand all. .24 Within the Temple of Isis. and violent dissolution. "To-morrow another new and must we indeed lose our Sarthia before Moon ? What ." and with a feeling of amaze at her newlyattained clairvoyance she fell into a deep and refreshing sleep." said the Priestess. he pushed aside a curtain. is the nature of these evil influences?" "The was the " planets. with a majestic move." Ah. now. in their configurations. revealing the Moon now low in the west." said Sarthia to herself resolutely. "So short a time. night will be the full. And. indicate sudden reply. at this point turning away from it the vision.

when day she received summons to meet the great Hierophant and High later in the Priest. would have seemed a most momentous event.CHAPTER IN II. With and the first waking moments a sharp pang recalled to Sarthia the vision its revealments of the previous night. calm and of often the case. and. what. THE PRESENCE OF THE HIEROPHANT. larger. . as is duties. only seemed So. more intensely real. in view some inevitable and stupendous life catas- trophy close at hand. at any other time. fully But her mind had recovered its phil- osophic tone and she proceeded about her customary routine of firm.

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Within

the

Temple of his.
in

appeared now only

the light of the

expected and necessary.

As she was ushered
of the

into the presence

Holy Father the whole apartment seemed pervaded by an atmosphere of genial warmth and electrical-giving life
which somehow emanated from the inner
nature of the
also spiritual
ical force.

Priest

himself,

radiating

and mental, as well as phys-

For some moments the Hierophant
regarded the young Vestal
in silence,

but

Sarthia was conscious that he was reading

her inmost thought and motive like an

open book, even down
the Astrologer and
his
life.

to

her vision of

fatal

announce-

ment regarding her

"My

child,"

he said at length, "are
al-

you ready for the great change now
ready at hand?"

In the Presence of the Hicrophant.
"

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No, Father, not ready but resigned
to

to

what seems

be the inevitable decrees
rule

of the planets that
tiny."

my

physical des-

"Thou
ready.
for you.

hast well
life

said

thou art not

Your
Its

has yet but only begun
its

experiences,

many

lessons

and
pass

duties, are all unlearnt

to

the

spirit

and you would world immatured.
plucked from
slowly,

Your young
the tree too
losing

soul, like fruit

soon, would ripen
of
its

many

flavors
its

and

never

attaining certain of
qualities, for as
in the

best and highest

you well know, progress

next stage of existence depends
in this.

upon the attainments

"Thou

art

not

ready, yet

say you

are willing to
is

bow

to the inevitable.
it

This
said

wise,

still

have you not heard

many

times that

man

is

the arbiter of his

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IVithin the Temple of his. destiny and that the soul was the
of
init

own

heritor

God-like powers by which
it

could rise to the plane whereby

ruled,

instead of obeying the blind or planetary
forces of
"

Nature?"

True,

O

Venerated
all this,

Father,
I

I

have
igno-

indeed heard
rant.

but

am very

Are there such

possibilities for

my

soul?" and

began
"

to

somehow imperceptibly hope dawn within her heart and
life forces.
is

quicken the

Ruling the blind forces of Nature

very like ruling the wild beast, although
the beast
is

much

stronger than

man and

capable of tearing him to pieces, yet man,

by forethought, can evade or trap and chain or otherwise overcome him. So

my

child, there are

assisted

by

his

ways wherein man, own knowledge, and by the
spirits;

instruction of departed

aye,

by

and your pitiable state of mind was but a foretaste of what would be the state of your soul for . 29 the immortal Gods themselves. for your soul is has become almost unconscious physical expression and for this very reason the shock of dissolution would be greater all the when it did come. can evade in their even the malefic planets ing course. every minute of your physical organism is atom in the subtle process of depolarization from unity toward chaos and disintegration. witness your unexpected collapse yester- day morning. as I now at moment look at you. Ah! sudden death is a most deplorable calamity. " devastat- this To my clairvoyant vision.In the Presence of the Hierophant. are not yourself conscious of this it You condition only as has been revealed to so alive that of its it you. for example.

if many long and years. truly life is it sweet. you had died then.30 Within the Temple of Isis. especially to the young. Priest. in case the worst comes to worst. unless will yet be. casting herself at the feet of the Hierophant and. with tears streaming from her eyes. " However. thank you. and your soul thus equipped may courageously enter upon spirit its journey to the world. thank you. my child?" said the gently raising Sarthia to his side . this you have about ten days more of external life and under our special care and preparation you can live years of experience in hours of physical time. my child. kissing the " hem of his robe." "Ah. to a less this swift-coming blow can be evaded. not." exclaimed Sarthia. Rest assured. is But. kind and good Father. extent now. everything possible shall be done for you.

grows brighter while hers becomes more being largely a contrast in latent. closest Know you the young Princess Nu-nah?" Sarthia bowed "For now these many weeks she in lies a semi-conscious condition. "Happily. this result the difference of environment of the soul life unfoldment possible Temple and that amid the distractions of the outside world. and give attention. whether to go or In some respects her condition corresponds with your own. "Listen now. me your assent. as dissolution approaches. 31 and holding her trembling form in a firm clasp. only that with you. . your soul and more and more active.In the Presence of the Hieorpkant. its the soul hovering about tain earthly temple uncerstay. there is an alternative which we have to offer for your most careful consideration and decision.

in "And now.32 " Within the Temple oj Isis. You. To-night. my child. all will right here is a point where It is depend upon your decision. to bring your two souls such magnetic rapport that at a certain point the vibrations of the two will. the the Nu-nah will be brought to ini- Temple and the Rites performed tiatory to the soul's great change. lies The same journey before you both and you can go hand hand through the dark valley of the shadow of death. by aid of the Magic in known to us. must bear her company. At that momentous instant the polarity of the two souls can be interchanged so that the subsequent vibrations of your soul will draw you toward Nu-nah's body. for a single instant of time. the night of the Princess full Moon. while . also. arts of possible for us. be in unison.

will "This great change physical crisis hasten the in each organism. while her soul nil. and third now comes consider. toward your will organism. the the and last point to Result. " In just the proportion as this is a . can easily overcome the malefic planetary influences which would destroy it if she were there. Nu-nah's soul will 33 be drawn. in your bod}* renders by its very non-resist- ance.In the Presence of the Hierophant. and thus the first be accomplished great step in the drama. the influences which would be absolutely fatal evil were you still there when the descends. But your soul. Two lives are spared for the duties and experiences of this world. This will be the second part of the drama. while connected with Nu-nah's body. And thus do you evade the blind forces of Nature.

so indeed. even appalling to your present comprehension. most stupendous change in your soul life.34 Within the Temple of Is is. "On Xu-nah the will other hand. Nu-nah will probnever know it until she passes finally spirit to the world. and will be obliged for a time to live the life and perform the duties of the Princess. Then. our will bright well-beloved henceforth known as Princess Nu-nah. Vestal. that while this change is con- sciously ably made by you. will be the effect. crisis. the Princess put on the external body of our Vestal Sarthia and enter upon the life of the Temple Service. but with this difference. Her past life has . its "After your soul has once entered new temple it will be obliged to remain there polarized by the new and be forces set in operation while passing the Sarthia. perhaps.

" . fare thee well. your answer will be required. since she can not be consulted in the matter.In the Presence of* the Hierophant 35 already faded from sciousness of the ually as memory life will while con- new dawn grad- upon an infant. at midnight. the decision rests solely with you. and God be with you. and therefore. Until then. "To-night.

yet lacked several hours of the fate- ful midnight. upon which already rested the unconscious form of the lovely Princess Nu-nah. every atom of her being and soul alert to all transpiring about her and conveyed to gifts of her through her marvelous new clairvoyance and clairaudience. THE MIDNIGHT OF THE FULL MOON. her body perto fumed and annointed. as Sarthia. according prescribed rites. . But Sarthia. was never more intensely awake. although to an external observer as unconscious as the fair Nu-nah.CHAPTER It III. was borne by of the Sanctuary the faithful attendants from the bath into the courts and placed upon a couch beside another.

interspersed with solos of exquisite har- monies of stringed and wind instruments responses and echoes. Incense burned and perfumes arose and blended in an indescribable union with melody and motion. had she seen more vividly the vista upon vista of columns and corridors winding about the Sanctuary. 37 Never. which she could see shining through a certain archway. at midnight. she would her. the full-orbed in and now illuminated by Queen of the Night. and her heart thrilled as she counted the number of archways fair Luna must pass shine until. with the external eye. while as the fragrant vapors from the burning censers wafted and wreathed about the colonnades . down through the one just above Already had begun the weird chants.The Midnight of the Full Moon.

Spirit forms added presence to the sublime scene. their and porticoes. Oblivious of the passage of time. bringing with them flowers. though of a different branch from the present ruling House. while intently absorbed in every minutest detail of the wonders passing about her. the Moon final looked in upon her. accustomed to rule and be obeyed. upon She turned and gazed her companion. and yet she was undecided. I "Can become Nu-nah?" Nu-nah was very beautiful and a But Sarthia was also beautiful Prirjcess. in and the blood her veins was royal. Nu-nah was cold and haughty. fast nearing the archway. aromas and harmonies from the divine abodes of the very Gods themselves. when suddenly. Sarthia was almost becoming drowsy. mentally asking. .38 Within the Temple of fsis.

her opportunities for Priestess. but in her mind and soul of the realm of as imperious as a Queen Heaven. 39 Sarthia was humble externally.The Midnight of the Full Moon. to her worse than to die." I may as well die one time Then another thought came mind Hermo. idolized go into the environments of Nu-nah? The thought seemed death itself. into her to teach her the mysteries of his science of Astrol- Hermo. even Magic was Service. pursuit of Passionately devoted to the Wisdom and her." she " Every one has mused. in the possibilities of obtaining knowledge. open to the Temple her Could she leave her Temple home. for whom she had a pure . to growth. a Vestal of the Temple. He had begun ogy. "and as another.

whom dire I have never seen. com- Love was a most mysterious and unknown emotion hate Prince to her. And furthermore.4O sisterly Within the Temple of Isis. ere this. "But if I become Nu-nah and Nu-nah becomes Sarthia. regard and who was so proud of her swift proficiency in his favorite study. but for her lingering malady." Ah! here was indeed a most plication. She might "then we Rathunor I and would both wish had died. Hermo will never know the difference and thus be spared the pain of loving his young sister. And then she recalled the vision of the previous night when Hermo had shown to her clairvoyant eye his agitation at her impending doom." and she half . Nu-nah has a lover to whom she is betrothed and would have married. the superb young Prince Rathunor.

Why. the infinite ramifica- tion of nerves in no way responded to her and her utmost effort. or possibly from some subtle. the heart. how is this?" she thought. the light thrown.The Midnight of the Full Moon. either as a reaction from upon her overwrought nature. Sarthia lapsed into sudden unconsciousness. 41 laughed to herself at the domestic comedy thus presented to her mind. or lighter thought and most profound A few moments later if it seemed " to Sarthia as ages had intervened she began a fierce struggle to awake. in a She seemed enveloped dead wall of some The will brain. Almost worn it out with the unequal battle began to dawn upon her that she was really endeav- oring to animate the other body. At this period. potent influence emanating from the censer burning near her. kind. "Am I .

during the interval of unconsciousness. resting upon her elbow. sprang toward her. A young man who seemed to her the most God-like being she had ever beheld and perceiving her glance. gazed upon the rigid form of what a moment before had been herself. with a low exclamation of joy. "My mered. clasped her hand in his. and turning her face upward. in the excitement of the moment she raised herself upon her couch and. unobserved by Sarthia. becoming Nu-nah?" Yes. Nu-nah. gazed with most passionate tenderness into her eyes. some one who had ap- proached. But her movement had startled a form beside the couch. every of her soul vibrating . you " will live.42 Within the Temple of his." he mur- Do you know atom your Rathunor?" Thrilled to suffocation by the love in his eyes.

. With. quivering sigh and was gone. that death now. felt she herself slowly but surely losing control of her new body.The Midnight of to a the Fidl Moon. here in this Holy Sanctuary . was seriously regarding her and few moments before she had but again reading her inmost thoughts. It slanting Moon were descending the was midnight. 43 new-born and overwhelming emotion. A all decided that she could not be Nu-nah.42 When again she regained conscious- ness she was within her own body. from a different portion of the Sanctuary. and she found herself in communication with the Hierophant. however. who. first Ra- thunor had vanished and the rays of the last aperture. one supreme effort she pressed the hand in holding hers and returning the look his eyes she gave one deep.

. the all-em- bracing force of the mighty Universe. that life without love would be more than agonies of the lowest to live with hells.44 Within the Temple far than of his. and with this new love had been ushered also into being. it seemed to her now. Love. while he all the time thought her to be Nu-nah. " Rathunor loved Nu-nah! Am I not a strange interloper? Was it not worse by of her lover my decision to rob Nu-nah than to deprive her of continued physical life?" For. itself. Jealousy. new factor had now entered her subtle than all being. the the highest. A force. more Wis- dom. were better hundreds of years as a Princess of the But. more potent than life or eternity had transfused her soul Love! first. a realm of materiality. Rathunor as his wife. the- Then again.

indeed. the soul of Sarthia had its left forever earthly abode and Temple." Then.ah in her " own body. can not My child. like an incantation. raising tion." she moaned. 45 keener and more intense than if she were chained by. would be an incessant torture. would the decision be easy?" Aye. We give you our will sacred word that Rathunor \oveyou. ere the echoes of his voice had died away." and." Then rest assured it will be as you desire. revered I Holy Father and " Hiero- phant. dear Father.Tke Midnight of the Full Moon. to behold him loving the actual Nu-n. the words. as in benediche slowly repeated thrice." " help me. 'if you could be assured that Rathunor would love you in Nu-nah's " ' body. as a third person. "Rest in Peace." came the mental response to her call. his arm. decide. .

" And so.CHAPTER For several days. after floating from her body into the Astral world. remained less in IV. Sarthia a state of profound. al . most revered Father. WITHIN THE ADYTUM. dream- slumber and then gradually passed a condition of into semi-consciousness with occasional until fitful gleams of memory in close one day she realized herself persons engaged in earnest conversation and became fully aware of the momentous events that had just transpired proximity to two and her present disem- bodied situation. And with a thrill in- describable she recognized the voice of Rathunor addressing the Hierophant.

Did you so deeply love the Princess?" At this point Sarthia would have with- drawn but she found that her desire to stay chained her to the spot. the nature of which not understand. so. And continued the Prince. my son. 47 things are progressing favorably and to- ward a " " satisfactory culmination?" he said. to all out- ward appearance. by some I magical process." " True. youth naturally impatient. and glanc- ing at the Hierophant she realized that . the soul of the Princess Nu-nah." was the reply. The resources of Nature are many and from being exhausted. The do sustained. has body is left entirely. apparently. " But then. save the of one momentary gleam recognition.Within the Adytum. my far is son. upon the first night of the ceremonies. but that need not dis- quiet you. Even yet.

must know I have not been able to discern the happiness for myself in this union that my soul would crave. to become a monarch of unsur- . who can so easily read the innermost secrets of the heart.48 Within the Temple of his. her haughty her ability to rule. O said with a half sigh. to her presence was known him and that he wished her to remain. spirit and And yet. her perfect beauty of form. From my earliest childhood I have been fond of my cousin I and playfellow. Father. If me to expect in wedded im- my to ambition irresistibly pelled me fill the external destinies of mankind. as you. As she matured have admired. The Princess mused thoughtfully for a few moments before replying and then " You know. that I myself did not particularly desire that marriage. or that you led love. with family pride.

but when I would speak of the thoughts and ambitions upon \\hich my soul dwells. to him who hungers and for thirsts. But. all these things are as empty bubbles and child toys to one aspiring to become a Priest King. then would Nunah be the royal consort absolutely adapted for such pride and pomp. for knowledge more inner secrets of Nature. guarded so jealously by the Priesthood but revealed by the very to Gods themselves fit to those worthy know and to use and assist in carry- ing out the plans and orderly workings of the very Universe In itself. form and feature Nu-nah's image meets my highest ideal. Her . passed 49 power and magnificence. day and night of the wisdom. O Father. then her cold look of incomprehension appalls me with the vast difference in our natures. you know.Within the Adytum.

imagined that I saw a recognition of full love.5O Within the Temple of his. Never once. Never have response " experienced from her the love would crave. ing ceremonies. and was the night of the the recent Moon. she suddenly raised to a half-sitting position and seemed strangely startled by my pres . with your permission. durAs." at Have you then never in any time felt that Nu-nah's love for you could be trained and " time evolved to the plane whereby " she would respond to you? Nu-nah does not seem capable of the love of soul. She accepts me as a lover and whose attention and presence gratify her pride and vanity. thoughts can never penetrate the realm wherein my my life-forces are I all centered. or perhaps only once. I for a moment drew near the couch on which she reposed. have I ever seen or due her.

"I can assure you that what you experienced was veal and that if this matter reaches a successful issue you will henceforward find in that your soul desires. ence." .Within the Adytum. fell But. 51 With a thrill of hope. that finally I love was awakening. My she reeled with intoxication as pressed eyes my hand. alas! she lifeless back into her former until I state and lingers so all it am in doubt if after were not some illusion connected with the wonderful Magic of that night." said the Hierophant. For the first time in all my life her glance vibrated to brain my heart's very core." "Nay. that ever will her eager' spirit lead yours in the all Nu-nah pursuit of knowledge and the highest wisdom. and the love from her burns now into my soul as recall I that one second of bliss. sprang forward and spake anxiously and fondly to her.

"Am I not right in making this pledge for you Think you we have also But her heart was too to Rathunor? our fulfilled promise that Rathunor shall love you?" full to reply. so religiously guarded. menaddressed Sarthia." said the Hierophant " in reply to her speechless inquiry as to the of this wonder. "My meaning child. Then tally Hierophant turning. almost terror. there are no barriers to the disembodied soul.52 Within the Temple of his. the unseen witthe ness of the interview. that she was within "THE SACRED ADYTUM HOLIES. so inacces- ." - - THE HOLY OF while the Hierophant and Rathunor were within an adjoining court and private apartment of the High Priest. He first then directed her attention to her location and surroundings and for the time she became aware with amaze- ment. This place.

I leave you here while I accompany Rathunor. the union of your with that of Rathunor's and here also be consummated that mystic transfer between your soul and that of Nu-nah's. As you gradually Holy some of lapse into the sweet silence of this place.Within the Adytum. To-morrow on the occasion of the this new Moon." Her first sensation on being left alone . is open any soul having passed a certain grade of into initiation the divine mysteries of Nature and attained unto that purity of heart whereby " man may night. will see his God. sible to the 53 to ordinary mortal. be consecrated within soul will Holy Chamber. "And now. observe the meaning of the stupendous mysteries of Nature re- vealed here openly to the one having eyes to see and possessing the gift of under- standing.

ere she . mental and spiritual. was she impressed by symbolic relation to the depth in depths of meaning of this Sacred Adytum in its the whole structure. to the grand whole. was. It assumed the strange outline of a gigantic intricacies human all its becoming orderly correspond- encies of the titudinous human organism in ramifications. However. each bolic of sym- some function. physical. and as she reclines thus in blissful repose there dawned upon her vision a view of the vast Temple body. in its absolute entirety. above all. and she marveled at the adaptability of the parts to each other and then But. Then its multhe in all vast ceremonial of this body passed rite review before her mind. that she was floating like the vapor of a breath upon the swaying wreaths of burning incense.54 Within the Temple of his.

in the The Sun and solar system corresponding to various vital functions human organism. . bore to the skies. 55 could tarry to reflect.Within the Adytum. the human body its Grand Temple. in outline. Earth. Before her view stretched the its starry Zodiac. the nature of the vision changed as if her eye had been lense of turned suddenly from the a Microscope to that of an immense Telescope. but the crowning wonder of all came as she comprehended the relation which our planet. the same the as prototype. all mother of the Grand Man and her soul was overwhelmed as the implications of this relation rushed in upon her being.

According to the calculations made by the chief Astrologer Priest it was just at midnight that the conjunction of the luminaries took place in the Zodiacal sign belonging to the Moon.CHAPTER V. react. The vibrations. This union of the luminous orbs of the day and night is powerfully magical in its results. not only upon the waters and the Earth. but the family. obey this in and flow of but the Earth. set in motion by this mighty union of the positive and negative forces of Nature. as she . human the ebb Not only does the mighty ocean wonderful influence its tides. THE TRANSFER.

Agreeable to appointment it arrangements to be made for the was necessary Hierophant and the Holy men of the Temple to assemble at an early hour. obeys this mighty power and manifests in her depths and heights in her serpentine movement about the Sun. although the Transfer was not to take place until midnight.The Transfer. Nature's laws are very exact and man. owing to the fact that few of the Temple Priests were initiated into these sacred Magical Rites. Much formed preparation was necessary as a most momentous ceremony was to be perthis night. one that rarely ever was performed. to become the Arbiter of his own destiny. must blend his energies in harmony with and the those of Nature. They were . rotates 57 upon her axis.

58 Within the Temple of his. blended as one in their organism. Only the invocations were to be made. too infinite in responsibilities accompany- Only those where the mind. the chants and ceremonies belonging to Holy Sanctuary were to be observed. Rites were to be performed. The air was ladened with the sweet frathe grance of incense and those subtle per- fumes that are so delightful and enticing Hours before the solemn to the soul. the The bodies of both Sarthia and Nu-nah lay in state before the Altar in the Holy . failures. too dangerous for possible ing such undertakings. every part of Holy Temple must be permeated with their magical and mystical influence. soul and spirit. were ever entrusted with of the interior knowledge the Sacred Adytum The Holy of Holies. too Sacred and Holy to be imparted to many.

she toward him. were of the The Hierophant now assembled in their respective places. .The subtle. bidding. The chants now begun. set in vibration the spiritual forces that appeal only to the soul and spirit. and the Priestesses with their Vestal Virgins. The hour of midnight had arrived. 59 Sanctuary. . Most willingly and joyfully she came. silent will of the High At his Priest mentally commanded floating the presence of the departed spirit of Sarthia. and when within a certain distance from came her inanimate body. knowing the promise of the High Priest would be realized when she became able to animate and control the body and mind of what was still Nu-nah's. she remained hovering over it.The Transfer. both robed and perfumed as if for burial. Temple. the Priests and the Lay Priests.

if they were only vain hopes could he sur- . A spark had been kindled within his very soul. Rathunor was present request of the Priest. it to burst first forth as an ever-living flame at the breath of hope that this new emotion was of the soul real and immortal.60 Within the Temple of his. for O. the night that Sarthia found herself in Nu-nah's temple consciously and for a moment deeper remembered was ready and spoke. could be of any assistance. much and how who was and so ignorant of the Temple rules service. his presence was so he. for a Did he dare moment listen to the whispering of the interior self ? Fear alone made him drive back and quell the monitions that sprang from within. why . that had been burning deeper and until now. at the urgent little He dreamed desired.

The magnetic chord Nu-nah not yet been severed. voked the presence of the Gods and their assistance in this Sacred ceremony of the spiritual of making that Transfer life-line that binds the spirit to soul. prostrated body had about The unconscious floated its hung or rather temple.The Transfer. soul that yet held to her frail. The Hierophant stepped of the to the front in- Altar and. through the magical own . As the two these souls hung suspended by their influ- magnetic life-chords above bodies. and to better. he thought. vive the disappointment? 61 The thought was crushing. apparently waiting for a stronger force from the interior realm to call it away. not hope than believe an illusion. raising his hands. and soul to body.

then separated and. agency that had been animating the body of Sarthia was The magical invisible now withdrawn.62 Within the Temple of his. ences of the Priests. and the soul of Nu-nah's . Sarthia. now. was unconscious of what was taking place. became polarized in each other's body. the chants and music came closer and closer. obeying the powerful wills of the Priests. will of the Oper- The middle just of the mystical hour had been reached when the two for life-lines met and blended one single instant. while Sarthia's was purposely induced by the magical ator. as if drawn to- gether by some strong magnetic attraction. Nu-nah's was state of the natural unconscious in an undeveloped soul passing from the physical temple to the realms beyond. as well as Nu-nah.

but the not to return to Temple a little before twelve o'clock to-morrow night. Sarthia's spiritual consciousness was not immediately allowed to return. return fail now to your usual duties. turning to Rathunor. the joy and ecstacy of a prolonged life in the holy bonds of pure love with Rathunor would be disastrous if suddenly conveyed to her consciousness. with the chori and musicians. 63 gradually but faintly began to supply the animating force to revive and control the apparently lifeless form.The Transfer. The awakening must be gradual to her. "Our beloved pupil." Now the Temple. bodies of Sarthia and Nu-nah to were removed another part of the The Priestesses and Vestals. Priest. for knowing what was being done. The High said. were dis- .

for yet the vibrations of the new- born souls were not of sufficient strength and power to remain unassisted.64 Within the Temple of Isis. but the Priests remained. espe- cially that of Nu-nah's. . first missed as the sacred Rites part of the solemn and was over. never stopping in their magical work.

Priestesses of the The Temple with . and by their magic assistance the vibrations of the souls to their new tenements grew stronger and quite harmonious. at The hour of midnight was again near hand. THE AWAKENING.CHAPTER The VI. constant presence of some of the Priests of the bodies of Temple had been near the Nu-nah and Sarthia continu- ously for the last twenty-four hours. The reviving forms of the two girls young were again brought into the of the Holy Sanctuary in front of the Temple and placed Altar and the Hierophant who had already taken his position.

66

Within

the

Temple of his.

their Vestals

were quietly and solemnly

wending

their

way

to their

usual

places.

The

choir had begun to chant the opening

service
Priests

when Rathunor with one
a false

of the

approached with slow and measif

ured strides as

movement would

disturb the solemnity of this midnight's

mystic silence.

As they approached
ble

the spot where

the two bodies lay, there was a percepti-

movement, as of consciousness
form of Nu-nah.

in the

silent

Just as the distant chimes pealed forth
their

announcement

of the midnight hour

the Hierophant arose and stepped forth
to the front of the
signal, there

Altar and, at a silent
forth, as of

broke

one voice,

the low-distant strains of the most en-

chanting

music.

The

voices

and

the

tones from the musical instruments were

The Awakening.

67

so harmoniously and wonderfully blended

that the result was magically effective.

The
until

strains
to

increased in volume

they

seemed

approach nearer and nearer
resounded

the whole edifice

and

re-echoed as though

filled

with one vast

orchestra sounding forth the

Anthem

of

Creative Life,

"We

Praise Thee,

O

God."

This enchanting music continued for

some

time, then gently died

away

until

only the breathings of
heard,

music could be
his

when
if in

the

Hierophant raised
hour was

hands as
awful

supplication.
of

The solemn,
awe-

stillness

the

inspiring.

Once, twice,

thrice,

the voice of the

Hierophant resounded
"

throughout

the

Sanctuary as he thus spoke to their souls:
Arise,

O

ye daughter of

Isis,

come

forth

and again' enter the daily

lives of

68

Within the Temple of his.

a Vestal and a Princess.

Many years now
now
that

are granted to your service, and

you have both been beyond the dividing line of this and the other plane, your lives henceforth should be guided and
influenced by that experience."

At

this

he descended from the Altar

and took the helpless hand of Sarthia to
magically convey to
the silent, lifeless
life.

body the

electric forces of

Turning to Rathunor, who stood near, beckoning him to his side, he took his hand
and led him
to that

which was Nu-nah's

body, and gently raising the apparently
lifeless

hand
that

of the silent

form placed

it

within

of Rathunor's.

The

effect

was indeed magical. Rathunor was held spell-bound, the
thrilling

sensations,

the

emotions that
electri

sprang forth from the heart were

at this had not the Hierophant just ment laid his hand upon shoulder saying. " mo- Rathunor's My child. the source of which he could not fathom nor understand. Here. and that little did he care at moment when he perceived the slight tremor that was creeping over the heretofore lifeless form of his Princess Nu-nah. outward manifestation of your feelings . have you be- come unconscious occasion.The Awakening. 69 He could feel the tense vibrations passing from his hand to that of her body. fying. of the place and the and the solemn promise you to bravely follow gave me my instructions Let not an without a show of weakness. Rathunor would have been over- come by his emotions of joyful bliss and thrown himself prostrate at the feet of the Priest in thankful gratitude for the restoration to life of his lovely Nu-nah.

Are you yourself Rathu- again?" With a mighty nor effort of his will commanded an outward calm head in at least. fell insensible to the floor beside the re- viving form of Nu-nah. name of the I Almighty join these and ever-living God now their two souls as one. but he could not speak. he could only bow his assurance and being told to retain the hand of " Nu-nah. Amen! Amen!" Rathunor heard but did not understand and being overcome by the silent over-powering influence surrounding him.70 Within you the Temple of Isis. the Priest In the continued audibly. May consciousness their soul-union. escape again. dawn upon their outward memory as time proceeds. of this. . and then journey together in conscious union on the eternal path of progress to the Divine Throne of God.

May the guardian angels that have been placed over your reviving body. Amen.The Awakening." As died the last echo of the Priest's voice away the music burst in a joyful until the song of removed. praise. keep and hold the soul with it until health of body and bless our strength of mind returns. Nu-nah. and Nu-nah's to that of the home of the Princess. in Rathunor soon revived air of the outer court the fresh and now being sum- . Nu-nah. God new-found Vestal. "Nu-nah. mentally he called three times. the Hierophant again continued. henceforth you shall be known as Sarthia the Vestal. Turning his attention to Sarthia. 71 As soon as he had been conveyed to an outer court. and continued bodies of each of the young girls were Sarthia's to that formerly oc- cupied by the Vestal.

" home said the High Priest. or near her until three cycles of seven shall pass by." the hand and of a benediction for his soul's welfare he bid him good-night and Sanctuary. "go to the of the Princess and remain. either with. until that time shall come the Prince of the world shall enter the path that leads to a King and with a fervent press of Wisdom. the Hiero- moned by a messenger from " phant presented himself again before him.72 . At the end of return to your life twenty-one days you may own home and when enter the accustomed of a Prince. retired from the Holy . My son. Within the Temple of his.

and was about Priestess. Hermo was usual. when the by a wave of her hand. with your astrological knowledge. A VISIT TO THE CHIEF ASTROLOGER. to Hermo arose. at his post making the Priest. . come again ance. The Priestess began. most Venerto ask assist- ated Father. a messenger announced to the Astrologer Priest that the Priestess sought an interview.CHAPTER A VII. daily calculations for the As the Priestess entered. I " O. gave him to understand his presence was required. withdraw. few weeks after the preceding cer- emonies.

" ess. memory of will and if not. is our new Sarthia?" inquired Nothing. as yet. Is there any aspect showing that return. The memory of the past seems to be entirely blotted out." The Astrologer turned " to Hermo and of said. behalf of Sarthia." "How the Priest.74 in Within the 'Temple of his. mind and so*il Vestal Service. at what time do the planets indicate a commencement the training of the mind that will bring a successful issue in spiritual things? will We to have to commence with her as a child train and the body." answered the Priest" But that does not disturb my hope . Hear you the request note. our at Priestess here? Make and see what time the planets point favorably the initiation of our to new Sarthia into the Temple Service of Isis.

and Rathunor as one of our Priests." The suddenness of the Priest's remarks quite confused the young scribe and set him seriously thinking. "Hermo." Thanking the Priest for his promised service the Priestess withdrew. "why should Sarthia not continue her studies with me. I shall place Sarthia under your ready to special tutelage as soon as she commence her studies in Astrology. suddenly he turned to Hermo and is said.A and Visit to the Cfiief Astrologer. why would she become a special and not to a fellow student?" . for ere long Nu-nah will also be numbered among our Vestals. 75 faith that she will become all that we wish and desire of her. when. and instead of having but one Vestal we shall have two. The Astrologer returned to his studies and was soon absorbed with them. Strange thoughts came into his mind.

be initiated. As soon " as she entered the Priestess. that not before another infant child. Most noble find by the calculations made. into the Temple of Two days before the will full Moon the spiritual rays be most active and potent. I Priest said. He could not account for these strange thoughts that had been excited within his mind. the Astrologer Priest sent for the Priestess. show the usual amount accom- At an early hour the next night. month may our Isis. and the rest of the hours of work did not plished. Sarthia. and being of so for harmonious a nature we may hope the most satisfactory results. She news hastily responded to the sum- mons tant feeling there was some very impor- to be received. The . as a pupil.76 Within the Temple of his. before Hermo had arrived for his night's work.

for the hereditary tendencies of the brain. with our new Sarthia. that have so far influenced that soul's will life and experiences. life of the " The work now. and gradually awakened The body it has been animating in past years was not of such a nature as to mature a healthy soul. myself plain to you? In Do I make asI my young pupil. my Priestess. the while with Nuin work will be arousing and re- developing that brain to the conscious sponse of the matured soul. Hermo. nah. for have discovered that the divine relation .A task Visit to the Chief Astrologer 77 will be slow and require much patience. we sistant in will have a most valuable our work with Sarthia. have to be polarized in other channels to consciousness. is with the Soul. to make it equal to the brain that has been cultivated and en- larged in spiritual ways.

78

Within, the Temple of his.

of brother

and

sister exists

between them.

They
of the

are blest with being the emanations

from the same divine state and children

same

spiritual parents.

I

spoke to

Hermo

of Sarthia last night, at the

same
might

time willing that

my new discovery
soul,

be imparted to his

which

I

could see

had been

partially accomplished.
will

"We
other's

allow them often in each

society,

and

that

holy love of

brother of

sister,

and

sister of brother,
in the

which can only be kindled
heart
"

outer

when
will

this spiritual relation exists.

soon be recognized by each of them, and this alone will be a most
potent influence in nourishing and teaching the soul of Sarthia.

This

Nothing

lies in

Sarthia's path that portends serious evil
for

many

years to come.

Therefore,

my

good Priestess, take new hope and cour-

A
age,

Visit to the Chief Astrologer.

79

and not many Moons will grow and wane before an inward pride will be born
for

your new Vestal."
Priestess retired
cordially,

The
ceal

after

thanking

him most

and could hardly conher emotions of joy and rapture until

she was safe in her she could give
of joy
full

own apartments, where
vent, in tears

and

cries

and gratitude.
as
all

As soon
which
this

traces of the effects,

knowledge had produced, were erased, and she became perfectly calm and composed, she sought Sarthia's
chamber.

The young

girl

was

reclining

upon a couch that had been drawn near
the window, apparently

much absorbed

in

studying the heavens.

Scarcely did she

notice the presence of the Priestess until

she knelt beside her and said, ''What

thoughts are being born

in

my

Sarthia's

8o

Within the Temple of his.
as she views the mighty heavens
its

mind

above with

millions of silent monitors,

awaiting our pleasure to read and understand?
child?

Are they speaking

to

my

darling

Do you

hear their

silent voices
influ-

and

feel their subtle

and powerful

ences upon you?"

The young girl did not reply immediThe body was still very weak and ately.
feeble, the

mind was

as

one

just

awaken-

ing from a prolonged slumber.
"

My beloved

Priestess, did

you speak

to

me
I

of the stars, those loving lights in

the heavens?

but

can not

They do seem to speak, understand and know what
you, dear Mother, and can

they say.

you tell This

Do me ?"
first

ray of awakening memory was more radiant to the Priestess than a

thousand stars could have produced if all their rays could have blended into one.

command of herself that neither joy nor sorrow. life is They tell me immortal. good nor evil. as our souls grow and become familiar with their teachings." replied the Priestess. that we may know and read while in these bodies if we try. " I can not that know what they are saying \. could unbalance the perfect poise and tranquillity of her developed Soul. " My Sarthia. but they do speak to me. if Priests do. then as we draw nearer and nearer to them. we can know them as well. that the growth and their language the progress of the soul are eternal. praise nor blame. 81 But calmness was her external bearing. was permitted to find an outward expression either in manner or She had attained that perfect speech. Seldom any manifestation of an unusual emotion.Q you. also as well as not better.A Visit to the Chief Astrologer." Hermo is . than our Astrologer your brother learning to do.

gave a few directions and cautions to those in attendance. Sarthia and Rathunor- . My brother Hermo. then presently withdrew. find a The mere words availed nothing in so to her. and but actively and earnestly en- gaged in silent prayer for her new-born children. at the same time response there. That night was passed by the in Priestess in sleep her own private chamber. but to willing to was not speaking to the the soul. intelligence in The Priestess mind.82 " Within the Temple of Isis. no more. Nu-nah. not rest. only much as they expressed the longinterior self. the Priestess quietly moving about the room. ings and desires of the said As Sartha arose and." and there was a perceptible light of the eyes for a moment.

She was reported to have slept well. PRINCESS NU-NAH. The ite Princess had been a general favor- and much admired by those occupying the same station in life with herself. she sent a messenger to inquire for the welfare of Princess Nu-nah. She spoke strangely. weirdly at which excited much comment and anxiety amongst her immediate friends and relatives. almost times.CHAPTER The morning visit to Sarthia's VIII. but by those who were subject to her com- . but a peculiar change had taken place during her almost fatal illness. following the Priestess' apartments. seemed much stronger.

she was looked upon as heartless. they. nor had never become it devel- oped. stern. but ence brought often punishment. mands and cold. While those . the organs of the brain that vibrate. the peculiar change spoken felt that was well. as fast asleep. awaiting the pulsating vibra- tions of the spiritual influx to give life them that and usefulness. the slightest disobedi- scornful reproaches The all Priestess. rule. were. knowing the source of of. Sarthia's soul would naturally active. too. The developed soul of the Vestal Sarthia would soon come into control of the brain she was through. kind in her and way and when obeyed.84 Within the Temple of his. now trying to find expression Then. were dormant. No other attention than the presence of Rathunor was needed.

purely from a religious strictly standpoint. they were obeyed. 85 had been so by the life fully developed in the brain. Truly. lest their presence to would too the suddenly awake soul. who was as to have access at all times. and the Hierophant's word was that of God to them. so. secret of the Priest's they likewise knew that ap- none of Sarthia's associates dared proach. except Rathunor. While the Priestess and others of the Temple knew the strict injunctions. consciousness slumbering before the brain had yet . a strange commingling of the two opposing forces. of the Princess. The High visitors to Priest had commanded all be excluded. and one in which time was required to bring about perfect adjustment. found no cor- responding vibrations from the soul.Princess Nu-nah.

to him. Still. at the slightest his touch there was a response within very presence struck the chords of sympathy that existed In between them. inclined to attribute He was it very much to an abnormal sympathy aroused by her sickness and terrible suffering. a very unaccountable change. all. all his life association with Nu-nah these emotions. had never before been experienced. could not be vanished by any amount of reasoning. This was. still he would not allow such thoughts to . most of observed the change in the Princess. responded and vibrated to the new life. that now seemed to spring from the soul. on the night of the solemn Rites at the Temple. animating spark of Rathunor. the words of the High Priest haunted him and the feelings born from within.86 fully Within the Temple of his.

most Holy and Revered Father. when subject to disappointment. until he could not endure any of longer.Princess Nu-nah. me. Here was the " battle of self going on." So he suffered whisperings from it and heeded not the within. " tell O. am I wrong in not listening to . 87 be nourished by the slightest hope less much and be watered by the to in spirit of faith allowed grow. was brave Although Rathunor external pain. Have I the strength and manly cour- age to bear the disappointment born from a delusive hope? Not yet. Scarcely able to hold in check his forth impatience he burst without the recognition due the superior presence of a High Priest. and daringly he was an courageous infant in acts of chivalry. when he sought the presence the Hierophant for advice and enlighten- ment.

O Father." I said the High Priest. and will be guided by them the future. once more assure you of the loving response of Nu-nah's soul and mind." " My child. an is imagi- nation born from sympathies that will vanish as soon as health restored and we enter the whirl of the social world If it is again ? in thy power. Repeat thy assuring words I once more. the monitions that are racking my inmost that is being? May I hope the love growing within my soul will be surely recognized and reciprocated by Nu-nah on her return to physical health? Is this love a vain delusion on my part. as soon as she is herself again. at the return of consciousness. But. mark you well. and never again allow the to cross the threshold of shadow of doubt my " mind. tell me in the truth.88 Within the Temple of his. .

tender and easily im- pressed by stronger minds and wills than its own. teaching and while for all the kind attentions upon her in leading your soul in the paths to spiritual knowledge and the still spiritual life. all You are the stronger at present. .Princess Nu-nah. be not rash in any of your words or life is remember. her return to born babe as a new- weak. sympathetic and unwavering all will hope and faith that eventually be well. Princess more than compensate you you now bestow the guiding. loving. yours must be calm. inhabiting the physical form. Let her imaginations and fancies play as they will for awhile. 89 acts. and patience and indulgence are exacted from you. and again. I in assure you that not many years shall pass life before you will enter the path and the your soul is Nu-nah will now longing for.

He merely looked. bowed. God be with and bless you." Rathunor had no words to express But they would have been his gratitude. for the new- born light that shone though dimly. "Doubt no more. words. have faith the Infinite Wisdom that guides and directs the struggling soul through the intricate ways of evolution of up to the final consciousness Immortal Life." Then. useless to the Hierophant. he continued. was gone . in my child.9O " Within the Temple of his. was more to the Priest than a world of forth. and with a ervent pressure of the hand. taking Rathunor by the hand. by her ministering will The interior consciousness gradually dawn upon you both. but to Nu-nah first. The hungerings satisfied of your soul shall be more than spirit.

a sublime sense of the realities of life filled his brain. Was this change volitional? .Princess Nu-nah. and a willingness to await the progress and development. his doubts fled as an enemy. 91 Priest. from the presence of the Holy As of he retraced his steps toward the Princess his home Nu-nah. so until he was changed that he scarcely recognized himself. that time would bring forth and mature. his excitement was transformed into tranquil earnestness. possessed him. a holy calm pervaded whole being.

THE INITIATION. any one in usual Sarthia's physical organism had not become suffering.CHAPTER IX. and toilsome care that the new-born Vestal would not Days of be misled in her were necessary. little awakening thoughts. even before Sarthia had entirely left it. weary watching. or that one some- . The body needed but of care other than the proper nourish- ment and attention health. was that semi-consciousness that precedes sleep. depleted by disease and had and the disorganization that commenced was checked by the magical agent that had been placed over it. The lethargy was more mental than It physical.

profound slumber. for neither his heart nor soul had ever thrilled with the love of mother. or kindred. the body grew stronger and a new light began to dawn in the eyes and shone little upon the countenance of the girl.The Initiation. Day by day. The Priestess visited her many times throughout the day when she could spare the time from her duties in the Temple. 93 sud- times experiences when awakened denly out of a deep. but took heed of things about her. It had been his misfortune to . Hermo had been between himself apprised by the Astrologer Priest of the true relation existing and Sarthia. His joy knew no bounds. fair young In the meantime. sister. In the course of a few to days Sarthia in was able be assisted short walks about the halls and corridors.

and days that had before passed as moments now seemed as ages. much to the Priestess' surprise. something. be deprived of his parents before his young mind and heart could be moved by the tender emotions of love.94 Within the Temple of /sis. " Over and over he asked I himself. One morning. sister?" Can wait to see my beloved His impatience became equal with his joy. he Now. that had been smoldering in his bosom all his life. a messenger announced that sired Hermo de- an interview with her in the waiting- room below. clear the Astrologer's words the were and the cause of strange thoughts that were excited in his mind was revealed. The Priestess descended . but now it needed no more than the tions to Priest's revelafires kindle into flaming that knew not what.

Does he bring tidings from our revered Father? Has any new testimony been given by the stars that portends evil to our Sarthia?" Hermo " stood in mute astonishment. How could the Priestess receive. 95 where Hermo was waiting and. reverse. clasped his hand in firm Is all but anxious manner. quite our the Has not worthy Father acquainted you with my Love my and myself? Sister? my new-found joy. "Nay. inquired. well with this our young Astrologer. Know you not the divine relation that exists between Sarthia The hours have seemed .The to Initiation. with a a " questioning look in her face. morning." he thought.such forebodings from his presence when his whole being sations of was throbbing with pul- unbounded happiness. my dear Priestess. Hermo.

my dear Hermo.g6 Within this I the Temple of Isis. but caution you to be guarded in your words. must be taught as a Remain here . said. Yes. Q Priestess ?" She still it retained his hand and. Remember she is yet but an infant and child. Can my request be granted. "Our brave and noble Hermo deserves reward for his this blessing as a toil honest alone in his struggle for Truth and Knowledge. days since to knowledge was revealed to see me and in now beg my new sister and walk with her and yourself upon the lawn the private grounds of the Temple. again pressing warmly between her own. I was made aware of the relation between you and our new Sarthia and have been anxious for this moment to to arrive when you would be sent escort Sarthia in I her daily walks about the grounds.

" 'Hermo! Hermo!! My brother Her- mo?" said Sarthia. I place you in the care and protection of your brother Hermo. The vibrations of soul to soul." will was not long before the Priestess. Sarthia and her attendant appeared. To ess the penetrating eyes of the Priestlight of consciousness and Hermo the was mometariiy seen and ant vision of the to the clairvoy- Priestess a startling scene was beheld.The and I Initiation. The It was leading Sarthia and as they approached Hermo placed her hand in Priestess that of his saying. "Sarthia. 97 go and bring Sarthia thither and we will walk together. . the love that in had been kindled soul Hermo's heart and it went out with such intensity that activity the aroused into a vivid slumbering soul of Sarthia.

responded fresh The air. the beautiful flowers and shrubbery. finely and the being already so tuned to the Spirit." " I will teach you studies. too. do the stars speak to you. with the inspiring presence of Hermo. and how much I would love to speak with them. and do you knew what they say? Our lovely Priesress here can read them. eyes the flush of health and Not to much of the conversation was directed Sarthia. were to her like magic to quicken the pulsations of body and mind and bring cheek and life." how some day. "Brother Hermo. higher vibrations of the at once. tJie Tcnible oj his. she instantly inquired. but when reference to the stars was made. as soon as you are able com- mence your "Will that be soon?" .98 Within brain. the green grass. to my sister.

life The animating spark of was growing stronger and the vibrations from soul to body were complete." in The Temple of Sarthia was silent. reminded them Sarthia to her was time room and Hermo to his studies. in a short time. All fears of the perfect harmonizing of the new soul to the body of Sarthia were allayed. These walks continued daily with most satisfactory results to the Priestess and the Hierophant. while the Priestess' presence was required in the Temple.The Initiation 99 "Yes. but that involuntary vibratory exchange that exists with the majority of the earth's the people family. not with consciousness. it and the Priestess to return. so soon as you become an attendant Isis. that make up human .

one more day intervened before the ceremony was to take place. . were the much beloved and Hermo and at Sarthia's attend- surprised her expressions profound questions on spiritual subjects. the higher portion of the brain of As only Sarthia had been active the soul must necessarily manifest itself through those organs. only was to take her initiatory step as a Vestal in the Temple of Isis. It was nearing the time when Sarthia In fact. ants. Often. held esteem by them All had been notified to prepare for the Initiatory service the music. Priestess. was looked forward and grati- much silent rejoicing tude that they had not been robbed of their lovely Vestal in sacred who always was all.loo Within the Temple of his. chants. As the incidents relative to the transfer were known to it all the Temple to with attendants.

. 101 and ceremonies sacred must be in readiness. chants. that she was shedding forth the magnetic influence necessary for the sacred Rites now about to be per- formed. litany and regime for the Vestals of the Temple. her head was bare with the exception of a wreath of laurel leaves that rested lightly upon her flowing hair.The Initiation. It had almost reached the Zenith when the solemn march of the Priestesses. Vestals and attendants that were to con- duct Sarthia to the Holy Sanctuary of the Temple started. Sarthia was clothed in pure spotless linen. the fair Goddess of the night shone forth in all her radiant splendor. In her hands she carried a white- bound volume which contained the songs. The night had ar- rived. to this occasion. seem- ingly conscious. The Priestess walked beside Sarthia.

the High Priest arose. energy and pur- pose to be devoted to the duties that devolve upon a Vestal?" . courage and love to the heart of Sarthia. addressed her: Do you come to pledge yourself to Is it Temple Service? your desire to be- co.ne a Vestal of Isis? Do you take the pledge of celibacy to the virgin Rites of the Temple. Sarthia was when the Priest. choir be- gan chanting the Litany. foot of the altar. the hands in silent prayer. your time. in meas- ured and solemn tones. Just as they reached the door. When they reached the where stood the Hiero- phant.IO2 Within the Temple of his. and simultaneously the in joyful music burst forth strains that spoke welcome. bidden to " rise. The music At a ceased while the High Priest stood with uplifted signal. Sarthia knelt upon a velvet cushion at his feet.

guard and your protect budding soul its to perfect at-one-ment with divine center. kissing its pages which she had already subscribed to. 103 The low. and commend thy soul to the Gods above. while yet Amen!" Sarthia opened the book within her hands and. God bless thee. while he placed his right hand upon her head. in assent. Amen! Amen!" . and said: "Ibid thee welcome. I my holy virgin. that ever keep watch o'er the children of earth. and held it in his left.7 he Initiation. now com- mit your soul to the Guardian Angels of this Sacred Sanctuary to guide. clear voice of Sarthia was heard throughout the Sanctuary as she bowed and answered "So be it. He took it. my Vestal Sarthia. that life you may inherit immortal with us. handed it to the High Priest.

The ceremony was over and was conducted back Vestal of to her Sarthia chamber. and here also displayed a proficiency ing that surprised in learn- Hermo and delighted the Astrologer Priests.1O4 Within the Temple of his. behalf in became manifest zeal her The and zest with which she pursued her studies and the under- standing of their interior meanings were sufficient evidence of her teacher's in- She was soon placed under her brother Hermo's instruction in spiring influence. as if they were voicing the words of the Hierophant. astronomical* and astrological lore. At Temple Serv- . The in occult powers that had been evoked of Sarthia soon daily life. a The Temple of Isis. the music poured forth in grander tones as though to join the invisible hosts above in praise to God most high. Then. the chants grew louder.

which sent-a pang through her heart. 105 she was all devotion and. Then stantly would she offer a silent prayer that such theirs supreme happiness would be throughout eternity.The ice Initiation. ever true and sister The brother became devotedly attached to each other and the Priestess often oband served this attachment. . lest such joy and happiness might not be granted for the Hermo in- remainder of his life. as an Attendfaithful. ant.

but the spirits of heart and mind were not of that buoyant. and the kindly influences of loving associates were brought to bear to speedily hasten the restoration of their Princess to her former health and spirits. Health was slowly but surely gaining the ascendency. All the luxury which wealth alone could procure. demands of .CHAPTER The owing Princess' recovery to X. THE PRINCESS' WEDDING. external nature that she formerly displayed. Much care and attention were bestowed upon her by her royal friends. was very of slow. With her return to health. the great depletion the physical body during her recent illness.

107 made upon She at- enjoyed pleasures but a seriousness tended her every movement that much annoyed her friends. The attendants and servants were excited to wonder at her kind and thoughtful interests of them while many thought it was due to her weak physical condition. others remarked. and seek to please and serve Rathunor was a daily visitor. stantly plan She would con- amusements and social en- tertainments on a grand scale. how much the Princess' sickness had im- proved her. her. and patient her and apparently took no heed of her fancies and strange conversation. Those that before feared to love now began her.The Princess a social nature were Wedding. but with . and remembering the advice and instructions of the Hierophant he was calm. in his attentions to silent. her.

io8 Within the Temple of his. holding him spell-bound to her side. there was an While the purely interior attraction that was. while in that silence which so enraptured him. annoyance came from the external. rode or walked in' silence. That interchange is was going on wherein there no robbery. Little did he dream. irresistibly. His happiness now was greatest when they sat. but an inter-blending of the magnetic and electric life-forces that cause to spring into activity the harmonious vibrations of a complete whole. and the reaction upon both brain and the physical organism . the soul of Nu-nah was blending and drawing the electric life-essence from his own to hers. it such a seriousness of purpose that quite annoyed Rathunor at times and caused him to wonder if this was really his former Nu-nah.

To all she gave a modest. it highly developed could but few responsive echoes from the dormant spiritual organs of the brain. Visitors soon began to pour in upon her congratulations. which left them in wondering doubt at times of her sanity. These she must arouse and action. presents and invitations to once again enter the gilded salons of fashion and the round of amusements that are the daily life of a favorite Princess. contentment and happiness that rises above all external cares. neither accepting nor rejecting their attentions. now known.The Princess Wedding. Although the soul of Princess was find the. . quiet reply. that so mystified her friends. It to sensitiveness was this that gave rise to the peculiar ideas. expressed in her conversation. log was health. sorrows and discords.

When her attention was attracted she would start and. In the midst of some grand occasion she would be suddenly missed and on being sought out would be found concealed in some pleasant nook.1 10 Within the Temple of his. absorbed into the in meditation or gazing heavens. With enthuse all their efforts they could not her with the excitement and her. would allow herself. or even air. attention and the questions that were so ready when such an opportunity . out in the open or beside an open window. to be led back and enter the festivities of the hour. with a strange. if any one should become serious and express thoughts that appealed to the she was all interior. merriment surrounding But. far-away look in her eyes that would indicate to a superficial observer she had been asleep.

her perfect form bearing. But. in other realms and spheres than No one but Rathunor could hold her attention for any length of time.The Princess Wedding. enter tries of the into the pleasanto her hour which brought face the charming attraction of natural Behind those beauty. With him she was animated. in afforded showed plainly that. although present in body. and charmingly beautiful and joyous and would. the soul and interests were this. Her and beautiful face. that which made her . tion made her the center of attrac- and she was much sought after. orbs of vision there seemed to shine forth a light that was more radiant than the gorgeously brilliant illuminations of the salons. with some enthusiasm. as soon as she was induced to leave Rathunor's side.

H2 presence Within the Temple of Isis. Thus time passed returned. lovely Princess would listened. be herself their Rathunor knowing kindly interest sprang from good motives. and as health pressed his Prince Rathunor There was now. so irresistibly attractive and radiant before. His more earnest friends cautioned him to wait further developments and. faded out. They were sure. no apparent reason why he could not claim his promised bride and make the Princess Nu-nah his own. their once again. The yearn- ings of his heart and soul would not be quelled by any outward show. on. but he was silent for he could not speak none would understand. in time. in an undertone. While to the world Nu-nah was a . reminded him of the peculiar and unnatural bearing of the Princess at times. suit.

For an instant. 113 source of mystical wonder. The attraction of the outer world for was losing its fascination him.The Princess Wedding. Too often had he experienced the response from within to her silent pleadings for light. to Rathunor she was his stay and comfort. he advanced the subject of astrology to the Princess Nu-nah. one day. the longings from within grew stronger and more clamorous for out- ward expression until. her whole being was illuminated by that mysterious light for a single moment the soul arose to the supremacy of the brain and found a faint glimmering expression that was eye. truth and wisdom. fascinates . He needed no further evidence Nu-nah's love for and assurance of him. my Rathunor. visible to Rathunor's ever-watchful "Astrology.

feeling that present excitement of the brain's higher organs. Those celestial bodies . he was really at a loss what to say that would be most indelibly " effective and impress brain. was of a temporary nature. Priests Do of you the think those Astrologer Temple know whereof they speak. my also dear Nu-nah. with its it name and is the wonders and mysteries said to reveal. itself upon her awakening Yes.H4 me Within the Temple of his. I believe they do possess the knowledge and. and do they read the stars and gain from them the wisdom they are said to possess?" Here was the first opportunity to pre- sent these sacred subjects to Nu-nah's mind. the He tried to think and. of I they claim am convinced that much that wisdom and knowledge is gained through their understanding the laws of astrology.

and that longing go out must be accounted for by a something without that calls and attracts to us to it? May this not be the stars that as we see twinkling and motioning to us we gaze into the midnight heavens?" . defined and utilized by those who study and know this influence through astronomy and astrology.The Princess Wedding. Nu-nah what is that which produces the interior longings to know? Is it not that there is something to know something that our common brains and analyze? Do you silent. believe they have an influence upon us that can be learned. in 115 our heavens were not placed there by I our Divine Creator without a purpose. can not grasp not think that yet persistent. monitor which lies is concealed somewhere within our being excited to action from some source other than our outward selves.

more ennobling than the pastimes of worldly pleasures?" At the mention of the worldly things. the light from her eyes died out and was gone. . there appeared a more vivid consciousness in her eyes and features than he had ever seen since her return to physical health and.ii6 Within the Temple of his. Rathunor said no more but silently thanked God that he had for those few moments assisted the soul of Nu-nah to vibrate. and had set in motion the vitalizing currents to the spiritual portion of the brain this and earnestly prayed that might be the beginning of many opportunities that were to follow. to his amaze- ment. taking new hope from " this manifestation. too. too. he continued. when. He of his stopped. Do you there love the social world longer? Is not that longing. within your for bosom something more real. wondering what the effect words would be.

in taking the Princess you obey the holy intuitions of the soul and not only will as your wife. As the Prince arose to go the Priest took his hand and said. the Astrologer momentous was not long event.The Princess Wedding. "My child. in find- ing out and soon conveyed the news to Rathunor that at an early date such might be consummated. 1 1 7 Realizing that only he could arouse the dormant organs of her spiritual brain. Nu-nah you be united in soul but in body and . he became more anxious than ever to have her constantly in his company. Rathunor again sought the Astrologer Priest for advice. He again pressed his suit and the day for the wedding nuptials was to be at once sub- mitted to the Astrologer. He wished to know when the stars would point most favor- ably toward such a This.

had they been true to their own sentiments." in my child. although some would have refused. bliss that mind. was soon made far of and near. attends well. Congratulations poured in from every source. but notwithstanding had been again sown that would sometime spring up unannounced and unexpected. Fareyou. for the remarkable and unaccountable change which had taken place during her terrible evident to malady was too be altogether right and should be righted before the Prince should the Princess his wife.Ii8 Within I the Temple of his. wish you the eternal all who are truly mated. The announcement the wedding and invitations sent out. my blessings go with Rathunor was too much absorbed other things to understand the mysterious words of the this the seed Priest. make .

and none other need be consulted. never forget- ting the Hierophant's sacred words.The Princess Wedding. on the wedding of the counte- night. for and position they occupied the lives of a Princess and Prince are not wholly their own. Temple be performed by the High This. until indulged to supply more. could not be owing to the station in life. for was be a grand Nothing was to be spared that would add beauty and grandeur to the occasion. at once. Extravagant expenditures were in. so to the public they must bow and pay for it obeisance. silent hearts In their they wished the wedding might be private and the holy ceremony of the Priest. money seemed at a The trousseau was loss ex- quisitely magnificent and. of course. the beaming radiance . 119 Rathunor was satisfied. Preparations the wedding comto menced affair.

which permeates the very atmosits phere about them and leaves in every susceptible heart that breathes .I2O Within the Temple of Isis. never a couple was that quiet. Never a bride so so happy. ness. It fair. nor the rare. that adorned her form. nance of the Princess was neither dimmed by the rich silks. priceless laces and lovely jewels that glittered and sparkled with the living spark of life within them. subtle happitraces it.

life. drawn within the whirl of social pleasures with attentions in the of entertainments. But as time sped on they beof the show. drawing-room receptions. balls. The interior longings were compelled to creep into the background until the external tion. way court suppers. was gratified to exhaus- The Princess' seriousness departed and they were very happy in the round of pleasures that were planned for a time for them. gan to grow weary shallowness of external that had been pomp and The seeds sown in Rathunor's heart .CHAPTER After the XI. etc. THE RETIREMENT. wedding the Prince and Princess were. from necessity.

and in and that which he had aroused Nu-nah's slumbering. as well as knowledge. The nah on Prince anxiously awaited another opportunity for speaking to Princess Nuspiritual subjects. where they might listen to the inner voices and gain pleasure. He had not been made aware of the transfer to to that was to be revealed him by Nu-nah herself. The Hiero- phant had given him to understand that at no distant day Nu-nah would become interested in spiritual things and be his teacher. then a desire to gradually with- draw from this life into a more quiet and secluded one. brain. had taken root and now be- gan to spring forth into activity.122 Within the Temple of Isis. He had begun wonder how and where Nu-nah's spirit- . first as weariness of the superficial pleasures of society. spiritual organs of her brain. from this source.

ual 123 awakening would take place when an opportunity presented itself in a most unexpected manner. which was only a short dis- tance from their home. until the whole world seemed beauty and light in bathed in her magical order to longer enjoy her and magnetic influence the Prince Unconsciously suggested a longer walk. . to They in listened. they chose the path that led them towards the Temple. and seemed speak the plaintive tones of a hungering soul. it full Moon arose in a flood of rose higher.The Retirement. As they neared the Temple it distant strains of music at- tracted their attention. they hastened their steps until they had quite reached the private grounds of the Temple of Isis. when the light. fuller. One lovely evening they were taking a stroll about the grounds of their castle.

as within a vice. to quit the The Prince placed his arm about her waist to suppoi t her as he urged their return home. do you hear that is it? I clasping his arm. where? How came to know the chants and music of the Temple the Service?" They were spot. when she suddenly stopped and Rathunor. his arm. being irresistibly drawn by some invisible power. what have heard it before. when the held spell-bound to Prince was warned. by the trembling and the gradual loosening of Nu-nah's hand upon spot at once. Nu-nah was advance of Rathunor. cried out. but she stood immov- able apparently chained by the magical power of 5ome ot the invisible force. I but where. "My music. O. Stronger grew spell until the mystical power the Princess seemed .1 24 Within the Temple of in Isis.

it me I quickly before have time can not remember this long. if 125 into rush madly on and the Prince had not held firm her back in a grasp. compelled. where felt. my darling. that I O. to attract her attention "Come. speak to to forget. I have been. Tell me while I I am awake.The Retirement. and and know I was there there in the Sacred Sanctuary of that Temple." O. saw. and at the same time trying by his words. my 1 Rathunor." A quiver ran through her whole frame . to the Temple. let us retrace our steps and as tell we walk I will you " all I know about what you have heard. might go again and remain there forever to listen to that enchanting music and the solemn heavenly voices of that choir. yet as a recurrence of a vivid dream.

and with a mournful cry she fell fainting in the arms of Rathunor.1 26 Within the Temple of his. She . She was soon able to rise and. but firm and commanding tones these words: "Return. come. this lifeless tenement of your Come. he peated in slow. and instantly there flashed into his mind the words he had once heard the High Priest use while passing his hands over an insensible form. command thee. Here his innate born courage and bravery sustained him. gently laying her re- inanimate body upon the grass. I command a thee. So. I O soul. to thy physical body. and reanimate soul. Return." Scarcely had the last words been uttered when movement of the hands and limbs announced to Rathunor the return of life. come. they slowly wended their way back to the castle. being supported by the Prince.

seeing the Princess was so comfortable. Nu- nah had become quite herself before the Doctor came and after he had administered a little palliative. come alarmed until he had her safe in her room. was only the result of fatigue induced by the constant excitement of social pleasures.The Retirement. walked as stately in a 127 dream. toms of the prostration should When once within his private chamber he in threw himself down a chair and fell . if he should be notified at once any sympappear. but as her step was the Prince did not be- and firm. It "The Princess will soon be well. withdrew saying. when the extent of the occurrence dawned upon him and then he hurriedly called her maid and sent at once to dis- patch a servant for their physician. he retired to own apartments with strict injunctions." The his Prince was silent and.

but Nu-nah. Sarthia. power magic and its psychologic The more he reasoned the farther of he wandered from a solution. why she would be so powerfully attracted to the Temple. mused. who had never entered the Holy Sanctuary except for .128 Within the Temple of Isis. Over and over he reviewed the incidents of the evening. "What was there in that music that so enchanted Nu-nah? What faint did she see and hear that revived a something force in the past? memory of What magical irresistibly was it that drew her so toward the Temple ? What produced that quiver which preceded her falling insensible into his arms?" half all. into a profound study. " If Now he that I had been the beautiful could understand Vestal. He was Priests for it inclined for he to blame the knew something of the effect.

only on the land of the those two nights. magical power employed to restore the frail. brain was on the mystery standing. there must have been some mystical. to him. I2Q those sacred Rites that are administered to all who are supposed to be bordering spiritual world. to his knowledge. and still no solution of to his under- was presented "Well." he at last exclaimed. will have to accept time's it as a mystery and patiently wait own pleasure for the explanation.The Retirement." to prepare for retiring. unconscious Nu-nah to life and health and. feeble. so loud " I that he startled himself. had she ever been in the Sacred Sanctuary. but He began ." He thought and reasoned until his fire. there was something in those ceremonies that he had not as yet understood.

hurriedly readjustclothing ing the removed. A gentle knock brought the attendant to " the door. that she thought you were not sleeping she would have you called for she had something she wished to you. but " I vain. read. he inquired "No. if and just now re- marked." tell His presence was at once made known .1 30 Within the Temple of his." answered the servant." and." in a whisper. tried to not quell. must see my Nu-nah he had Princess' once more be- fore I can sleep. he walked the to and resorted many ways all in to re- store his tranquillity. he repaired to the private room. Is the Princess quiet and sleeping. "She is awake and feeling well. not calm himself a restless- he could ness took possession of him that he could floor.

all Mother Priest- the Vestals.The Retirement. 131 low cry of de- she called him to her side. earnestly engaged in some holy cere- mony. felt as if I my body and I and by some unknown power was into the drawn Sacred Sanctuary. the lovely ess. saw the Hiijli Priest. the exquisite fragrance of incense and perfumes. the Princess began. when we came within the sound of the music in I the Temple. A signal when sent the attendant from the room. the choir and musicians. and. The music. have something to tell you that I might forget before morning. so enraptured and enthralled I me that the thought that would ever have . To left night. the heavenly spiritual influence of the atmosphere. you. "My Rathunor. with a light. I I am so glad you came. my beloved husband. with the purity reflected by the Vestal attendants. to the Princess.

for tried to an instant. I my RathI unor. feel think what it all I You must help me for already the memory of the event passing away. so longed to stay but could not.132 to leave Within its the Temple of his. when I awoke. and a my heart." . to have been trying means. but the strange fascination of the place was more to me at that instant than you. you were bending over me. but could not something drew you away from me and I. keep you. suffered the same pangs that are torturing your heart now. I too. you were there. for awhile. " but that was not my Rathunor. I thought feel- you would rather go than ing of jealousy entered stay. all. to mean she continued. sacred boundaries caused me to lose consciousness and." Seeing a strange look eyes and interpreting it in Rathunor's jealousy.

at some immediate to for so steps to take his Nu-nah from the excitement she had been subjected long. I " will the kind we have submitted to since our marriage. ostensibly on a long tour of the country for pleasure. for pleasure. Aye. and in a few moments was fast asleep." . then gently laid left by her side and quietly and the room fully conscious that the mystery had been that partially revealed. arose the Prince had decided upon his take Nu-nah away. but not future course. now the Princess would sleep for the rest of the night.The Retirement. so that a recurrence of the sad event might Before another Sun not be repeated. After returning to his rooms he again flung himself into an easy chair de- termined to seriously think and arrive. The Prince kissed the it hand he held. 133 She ceased speaking. that night.

at the same time watching every motion and expression of the face to see what effect they would have upon her. presence at once. She did not be- tray her thoughts until he said his object was not so much for travel as to retire to some quiet. he requested her He met her at the door and with a loving inquiry as to her health. for awhile. and those they knew. where they could be excluded from the world. and instead of spending their time in the superficial pleasures of the world they could enjoy .134 Within the Temple of his. The next morning. led her to an easy chair beside the open window where the rays of the morn- upon her as they penetrated the delicate lace which hung at the ing fall Sun could window. as soon as the Princess could see him. Drawing a chair to her side he began to unfold his plans. pleasant nook.

The Retirement. can not we go . the Prince. her an inward delight. entered into them with a zest that surprised even schemes but. by the time he had whole face was beaming with he had finished. Rathunor. that urged the Prince to further reveal the plans that laid during his midnight reasonings. The Princess raised not a single exception to his on the contrary. to be alone. 135 each other's society and learn something about the invisible mysteries that sur- rounded them. where we could think and study that which we very at choose has been the longing of soul these my many weeks. "O. When the motives of his plans were mentioned a preceptible change flashed across her countenance and a light ap- peared for in her eyes that he had not seen some time and.

Neither did they conthose Farewells moment what . There was a duty toward their friends that must be fulfilled.1 36 Within the Temple of if Isis. Accordingly invitations were issued to a grand state occasion. was indeed Farewell to ceive for a all. when the Prince and Princess would bid their friends and associates Farewell. Ah! farewell. So." She felt she could not wait the necessary time for the preparations to be made. as they clasped the hands of the Princess and Prince that it in cordial and a sincere good-by. before taking their departure for an indefinite stay in strange lands. Little did those who were of that brilliant as- sembly dream. to give a farewell recep- was decided tion. once. to-day possible. The devoted attentions that them it for had been showered upon so long must not be ignored.

really future. was hard for them to conceal their happiness as every minute of time brought their de- parture nearer. . those thoughts knowing thoughts are potent. send them out lovingly toward the awakening mind of Princess Nu-nah. for. be kind. was induced by the thoughts of the They were soon follow off and we can only Let them in thought for a time. 137 It meant to the Princess and Prince.The Retirement. and what their guests took for the happiness of their presence.

Only at long intervals had they communicated with their friends. all body they were and from this source they knew was well. in his astral visits. in Daily. but not so with the Hierophant and the Priestess of the Temple. THE RETURN TO A NEW Several years have elapsed since we bade our Prince and Princess farewell. and with the electric soul-force. had their prayers gone souls' behalf of in their welfare. the great nourisher . could see the growing power of the soul over the slowlyevolving brain of the Princess. The outer world had almost forgotten them. The High Priest. Al- though not in 'communication with them in spirit. LIFE.CHAPTER XII.

They had near a at little settled in distant lands. suspicions. country village that lay just of the foot the mountains. where was free from cant. family and station in life. Here they could live and follow the bent of their minds. thoughtful bearing their love towards them at once.The Return to a New Life. criti- cism and morbid curiosity. It was made up life of the simple peasantry. though unconscious fast rounding out was nearing completion of the soul's mastery over the brain and body of Nu-nah. undisturbed and unobserved if they so wished. unknown features yet the They kept their identity villagers knew from the beauty of form to Princess' delicate and she belonged some noble but her kind. 139 and renewer to him. won and esteem and equally did they esteem the Prince for he was . the of life.

first It was here that Nu-nah took her lesson from Rathunor. in to question Nu-nah's mind. daily. there came a vague. intense curiosity. who appealed to him for assistThe mountains soon became their rests favorite resort. as she thought. glimmering memory of the past. One place parretreat to became a very dear them. and Long walks were taken made in the quiet nooks side. and when Rathunor would inquire the . She began and think and. if not deep interest. for never did they stop there but that some inspirations were born. ever lavish with his to those money and attention ance. on the mountain ticularly. that it was in this sacred spot re- Rathunor gently but cautiously that had vealed to her the Initiatory Rites of the Temple been performed over This excited an her unconscious body.140 Within the Temple of his.

The as these Prince's delight knew no bounds expressions led him to believe in- they sprang from deep desires and terests. she would raise her hand to silence his voice. so solemn. he knew. and whisper. just wait and will all come by and by. the in new love that had been born for Nu-nah's heart him was more than that love that the . something so grand." then her dark eyes seemed to grow larger and larger and to burn with a concentrated fire. thus that inward longing for the realities of life. "I am dreaming it O. Also.The Return to a New Life. 141 cause of her almost unconscious moods. so sacred haunts my mind. so the time seemed to shorten for their the day to come when Nature's whole time to and attention would be turned study of the the mysteries and secrets of satisfying life be revealed to them.

What in care.142 Within the Temple of his. guide and teach him these spiritual truths and reveal to his already awakening soul the laws of the spirit. a new joy was revealed to the Prince when the Princess made him aware that a new of soul had been en- trusted to their tender care and keeping. privilege. to grow and experience on this planet the last grand objective existence that the soul can know. was content to wait that promised time. its external Its depths he could not fathom nor so he source pursue. only can know. Now. predicted by the Astrologer. human form. that Nu-nah would lead. The thoughts heart with maternity Blessed filled her to bliss. bring to this plane of existence a soul awaiting incarnation in live. what pleaslittle ure would she take training that .

passed quick- had gained that control over the mind that it was full with pure. physical. to them a . as well as the.The Return soul to of life to a New Life. holy and spiritual thoughts. Rathunor left her happiness. borne on the wings of love. Her mind could not get beyond her husband and the young soul that had been transmitted to her keeping. At last the Natalday arrived. ly. The pleasure vent made days Her soul in preparing for its ad- pass as minutes. 143 know in its God and the mysteries and maturity stand forth to teach mankind Wisdom and Truth. knowing that her condition any great effort on his her part to draw mind thoughts into new channels might lead to dire results. period of gestation being completed. The divine joy of love was singing her alone in in in her soul. The magnetic. Time.

Not only was the offspring of the physical union. thrice welcome. of his and often did he think that again Nu-nah's soul would take its flight and its wend way to the realms above. Not a moment passed unheeded. but that of Welcome. Never was there a human and welit soul greeted with greater love come than the souls. the attendants having retired for a short rest. son was born. The The physical condition of the Princess was days.144 Within the Temple of his. The eighth day after confinement was one of stupor and unconsciousness. this one. to the children born of such love. neither sleep nor food took a moment illness. It was near midnight when. and Rathunor sat alone by her bedside. her eyes suddenly . very critical for several Prince's grief and anxiety was almost untime during her severe bearable.

" My darling husband.The Return to a New Life. calm. yet clear " and distinct. are you beside I me are you where can speak to you. and. While you so patiently and tenderly watched . much less speak. gently laying his right hand upon her brow. I My Rathunor. divine Nu-nah. She began speaking her voice was low. The minutes that intervened between her waking and speaking seemed as an eternity to Rathunor. he assured her by this act of his presence. have returned knowledge I now impart to you. my true-soul with the companion. 145 opened and bent Beautiful. upon him. her wontheir gaze derful eyes shone with a surprising brilliancy and they were so riveted upon him that he dare not move. and are we alone?" Only by a gentle pressure of the hand could he respond.

are joined and blended as one hear in our union. What you have already said has been indelibly burned upon my mind and soul. was away gaining knowledge and experience in the soul-world." Know you that this body was Nu" nah's and this soul that of Sarthia's? . that our who I souls sustain that divine relation to each other that makes us immortal. beside my frail and almost lifeless body. Yes. Let me hear all you have " to impart.146 Within the Temple of Isis. There I my soul learned am and my relation to you. Do you know. go on. Can you me The further?" agitation of his grief began to assuage and he could now listen calmly and without emotion ' to her words. O my Rathunor. the two rays of the Divine Ego. because of being complete? The whole.

even to dissolution by the malefic influence of planetary arcs. the solemn and sacred over the unconscious in Rites performed bodies of Sarthia and Nu-nah the Isis. and this method was resorted to. The Princess took no heed of his silence and continued her revelations. but abeyance the emotions of the superior and God-like power of an invisible Presence sustained him. " Do full you know that on the night of the Moon. Both were prostrated. .The Return It to a New Life. Sacred Sanctuary of the Temple of our souls were transferred by the magical power visible of the High Priest and the soul in- assistants? Nu-nah's was polarized in Sarthia's physical temple in and that of Sarthia's this of mine. 147 fort was here that only by a mighty efof his will was he able to keep in his heart.

and the that possessed dreamy moods me sometimes. our lives might be spared to exist- that both round out our necessary physical ence while yet for in these bodies. that the greatest change would manifest. and also this your sake was undertaken by our Holy Father that you might have that love which you so much craved and the longings of your soul might be satisfied with the knowledge will it thirsted for. My Rathunor. This explain to you the great change obin served at times unnatural. your Nu-nah. If are you satisfied? a pang of disap- . You now have soul the true devoted love of your companion and the lovely form of Nu-nah for your wife. The was brain was slow to respond to the wonderfully developed soul of Sarthia and it at those times that the soul gained the supremacy.148 Within the Temple of Isis.

though feeble. . the breathing. for full of a new hope he had had many days.7 he Return to a New Life. He knees beside the bed and buried his face in her bosom. Here silence was more profound and spoke deeper wisdom and contentment than ever words could do. adjusted the clothing carefully and left her side. but when he arose the was sleeping quietly. was deeper and more even. how long he remained and poured in this humble attitude forth his gratefulness in prayer he knew not. our darling child here may blot that out as he grows and learns our mystic lore and become also a soul companion of to his fathers in climbing the ladder higher wisdom and spheres than ours. 149 pointment cross your heart." The sank on Prince his could not speak. He gentlycrossed Princess her hands upon her bosom.

and was not long before her gentle presence and noble influence shed its effulgence in the home as she moved about it. not a shadow appeared upon its horizon. Anxiously did he await the reading of the stars and what they . too. As soon time as Rathunor could spare the side from Nu-nah's he sent the Natal hour of his first-born to the Astrologer Priest. became hopeful and assured the husband that his wife would soon be well. all its Life again appeared in glory. When the nurses returned in they at once remarked the change the Princess. They. weariness and anxiety forsook him and he went about as if walking on lips air.150 Within the Temple of his. but not a word escaped his nor an act be- trayed his new-born joy. The it Princess recovered rapidly.

the exercise of his potent will. the judgment submitted writing." Rathunor became impatient and thought. Not yet will we send the reading. The 151 indicated for his child. Our Nu-nah has not sufficiently recovered to bear " any unpleasant news.The Return to a New Life. Then. calculations in were made. he would write again the letter must have been lost but some- . by he made if it the necessary observations to see were wise to convey the knowledge of the predictions to his children. at times. can they yet receive and philosophically accept the revelations therein made?" Priest to He left the study-room and repaired to the apartments of the High seek advice and instructions. but " Shall I transmit them to the Prince and Princess. Nu-nah and Rathunor.

to receive It had not prepared him was only a letter no calculations no reading. there must be something that could not be revealed to Nu-nah. thing witheld him. the offspring soul-love. now im- Your first born. life. The stars deny a prolonged and my interior knowledge of the planetary influ- .152 Within the Temple of his. and read thus: "Our darling children. He thought he was strong enough to bear resignedly all that might come. as indicated by it. was in The letter had been dictated by the Priest and transcribed by the scribe Hermo. He knew the promptness of the Astrologer Priest. but all when it did come his forebodings it. can not of true inspiration and in remain with you long the physical form. bear bravely the news part to you. the stars. At last strange foretoo well bodings haunted him. Rathunor and I Nu-nah.

carefully. 153 me his life upon our Earth's plane will be of short duration. my dear children. and contributing you that energy that will ever spur you to greater effort to realize while yet in the physical form Immortal Life. but Tend it when its the Great Powers that Be summon hold it soul to go. home in the spiritual realms God bless and give you the my children. strength. also tells to a New Life. ever to beckoning you on. is the prayer of your devoted Father. there will remain. do not try to add the strength of your united prayers to its flight and bid it dehere. before entering life in the true it the spiritual realm. but part to its above. Amen! Amen!" The strength of spiritual force that .The Return ence. His already matured soul does not need much its of Earth's experience to round out objective existence.

and instead of giving way to philosophically reason to grief. Again. where truly became its as a beacon-light Its to the souls of left parents. reconciliation healed the external wound and the terior in- vacancy was filled by study. they became restless and plans . began sole aud conwere themselves that God's ways wiser than man's.Within the Temple of his. seemed to accompany the letter and his loving advice imparted courage to their hearts. investo external tigation and the development consciousness of the knowledge within. Not many months did spiritual child their lovely remain with them flight until its soul took its it to realms beyond. departure sad the Prince and Princess and lonely for a time and their struggle to was great but this was of Time the heart and not of the soul.

and the devoted friends they had made among to part with who me- were sorry them and. The Temple an aspir- Isis. where such extreme joy and sorrow were known. all was hailed of the At- with joyful welcomes from tendants of the Temple. They disappeared as mysteriously as they came. noble friendship. but where? Only one place on Earth could tempt them to leave that sacred home. and that was the former home of of the soul of Nu-nah. Rathunor as a The Return to a New Life. Nu-nah was to enter as ant to a Priestess. Rathunor and . and Priest King. they distributed their household and personal effects to among them. 155 laid to leave their happy home near the villagers the mountains.The Return were to a New Life. as mento to their honest. They revealed no one where they were going.

new-born children the High Priest and the We leave them here. wishing them the progress. God be with them. the happiness and that Divine Peace and Understanding that comes to all Perfected Souls.156 Within the Temple of his. . Nu-nah soon passed the ceremonial Rites of the Temple and none were more faithful in their efforts and studies than these the especial care of Priestess.

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