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Abrac  Abrac is offline
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Ran across something that provides some excellent insight to what Waite probably means here. It's from A Suggestive Inquiry into the Hermetic Mystery, 1850, by Mary Anne Atwood. It's from a personal correspondence dated 1901:
"Why he fell or was allowed to fall is not, either, inexplicable under the eternal free-will conceptóof a yet higher good to be gained than was otherwise attainable. By the free-will return in grateful submission, the highest realisation of Deity is accomplished, and it will be accomplished when the times are ripe."
I can see a similar ideology in Waite, though he doesn't explain himself. They were allowed to fall because the Law of Providence had destined them for greater things, things that weren't possible any other way. The woman's "lapse" made it all possible; and because it was she who lapsed, it is through her regeneration that "man shall arise ultimately." I believe all of this is symbolic, the woman representing the soul, whether in a man or woman.

Waite acknowledges Atwood's influence in 1893 in his Azoth, or The Star in the East; and he refers to her book frequently throughout his writings:
"We refer to that epoch-making book which was published in 1850, under the title, A Suggestive Inquiry into the Hermetic Mystery and Alchemy. Without being committed to the entire scope of its doctrine, we gratefully acknowledge that it has been a source of help and leading, and has chiefly impelled our researches into the transcendental activities of Azoth, and the supreme mystery of spiritual evolution."
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