Transmission from the Wheel

by Aidan Andrew Dun

Exploring the mythological treasure-house of Britain I discovered a system of thought which I now call the Pancross. The Pancross has much to do with the Celtic Church which as everyone knows was incepted in Britain long prior to the foundation of the Catholic Church. (As a direct result of the foundation of the Celtic Church we also saw the inception in Britain of the Arthurian Mysteries of the zodiacal Round Table.) Like Yeats, who developed a symbolic wheel of 28 lunar ‘cradles’ in ‘A Vision’, I have, over a long period of time, elaborated a system of archetypes which is based on a philosophical schema. Here, in Transmission from the Wheel, I reduce this complex many-layered schema – the Pancross – to eight lines of gnomic poetry. I present through these eight lines not a subjective aesthetic but a scientific equation of future psychology.

I assert that this poem, Transmission from the Wheel, belongs in the category of ‘objective art’. (Rimbaud’s term.)


The saint and the rake share love,
the lover and the poet share sorrow.

The saint has the furthest to descend,
the poet is closest to tomorrow.

The rake is transfigured or falls,
the lover’s tongue sails an ocean.

The laughter of the rake has a ring,
the sorrow of the lover is his sin.