Siamora, the Druid Lady or
Spiritism in the XV Century *
Clément de la Chave
The spiritist ideas fill the works of a large number of former and current
writers, and many contemporaries would be surprised if we demonstrated
to them, from their own writings, that they are spiritists without
knowing it. Spiritism can then find arguments in its own adversaries that
seem to have been involuntarily led to provide Spiritism with armaments.
Thus, holy as well as profane writers present an open field in which there
is plenty to be sowed and harvested. That is what we intend to do one day.
We shall then see if the critics will still consider it to be appropriate
to send the daring celebrity names in literature, arts, sciences, philosophy
and theology to the asylums. The author of the little book that we
are speaking about is not one of those who can be named spiritist without
knowing it. On the contrary, he is a serious and educated follower,
who took the burden of summarizing the fundamental truths of the Doctrine in a less arid than scholarly way, with the added attractiveness
of a semi-historical romance.
In fact, we find the dauphin in the book that later became Louis XI
and some characters of his time, with a taste of the costumes of those
days. Siamora, last child of the former Druid Lady, preserved the traditions
of her ancestors’ cult, but illuminated by the truths of Christianity.
In an article in the April 1858 issue of The Spiritist Review we saw the
level reached by the Gallic priests with respect to the spiritist philosophy.
Hence, there is no contradiction when such ideas come from the mouth
of their descendent. On the contrary, it is the evidence of a little known
truth and the current author deserves recognition from the modern spiritists.
We can evaluate that through the citations below. In a moment
of ecstasy the young novice Edda speaks with Siamora in the following
terms: “My familiar angel shows up to me in the form of my good angel.
He offers himself to guide me through the painful paths of this world.
Human beings, he says, are bad only because they ignore their spiritual
nature; because they reject this subtle agent, this divine stream that God
had spread around for their happiness in creation, making them equal
and brothers. Human beings are then able to heal, appealing to this subtle
agent of creation, extracting from that a powerful help.”
“It is at the time of death that each person comes before to me! How sad!
What a sorrow! What a bitter despair! Those perverse creatures love no
more. Siamora! Each person carries his or her virtues and vices to the
grave. Heavy or lightly loaded with their faults, the soul elevates more or
less since they have kept much or just a little of that subtle agent, love, the
substance of God that attracts similar substances and repels those which
derive from a contrary principle, depending on the empathies.”
“The soul of a bad man remains errant down here, blowing its pestilent
essence onto everyone. It contains the joy of evil and the pride of vices.
We call that devil; he is called astray brother in heaven. Nevertheless, from every compassionate heart, Siamora, a gentle mist rises and despite
his own will, the devil’s soul is saturated by that; it thus renovates, getting
rid of its corruption… That soul then starts to perceive the idea of God
which was not possible before. Since the soul carries the exact image of
the body, although spiritual, it then joins the other ones, impregnated by
the vices and imperfections, and the soul becomes denser and cannot see.”
“In that invisible world above ours, Siamora, where I struggle to stand,
a shiny cloud hazes my eyes. Thousands of souls, celestial spirits, come
and go. They move up and down, like snowflakes, spread around and
run all over the place, dragged by the impulsive force of the winds. From
their spiritual essence the angels come down to us, saying peaceful words
to some, insinuating the divine belief in others; inspiring the search for
science in this one; stimulating in someone else the instinct of goodness
and beauty, and the one who has been taken over by the taste for great and
noble things has already been touched by God’s finger. Every person has
his mentor, his council, and his magnet. The rope of salvation has been
thrown to everyone. It is up to us to grab it.”
“That bad man, or even better, that devil-soul, whose eyes begin to open
to the contact of pure air, goes on crying for his crime and begging to have
it expiated by his suffering. Alone and helpless, what will he do? A charitable
angel approaches and says: awry brother, come to life with me. Here
is hell, the place of suffering where each one of us regenerates. Come. I
shall support you. Let us do some good so that the balance of good and
bad is over for you, now let us lean towards the good side.”
“That is how, Siamora, the moment of death comes to all people. I
see them elevating more or less in heaven, reentering life, suffering again,
depurating, dying and elevating again in heaven, incessantly. They don’t
reach the dwelling of the only God yet but only through long lasting
pilgrimages in other worlds, much more wonderful and perfect than this
one, they shall forcibly depurate and get there.”
* One vol. In-18, price 2 francs, Vannier bookseller and publisher, Rue Notre Dame-desVictoires,
52 – 1860.