|British Library Four Zoas Manuscript Page 130|
Four Zoas, Night IX, PAGE 130, (E 398) "And She [Vala] rose out of the river & girded on her golden girdle And now her feet step on the grassy bosom of the ground Among her flocks & she turnd her eyes toward her pleasant house And saw in the door way beneath the trees two little children playing She drew near to her house & her flocks followd her footsteps The Children clung around her knees she embracd them & wept over them Thou little Boy art Tharmas & thou bright Girl Enion How are ye thus renewd & brought into the Gardens of Vala She embracd them in tears. till the sun descended the western hills And then she enterd her bright house leading her mighty children And when night came the flocks laid round the house beneath the trees She laid the Children on the beds which she saw prepard in the house Then last herself laid down & closd her Eyelids in soft slumbers And in the morning when the Sun arose in the crystal sky Vala awoke & calld the children from their gentle slumbers Awake O Enion awake & let thine innocent Eyes Enlighten all the Crystal house of Vala awake awake Awake Tharmas awake awake thou child of dewy tears Open the orbs of thy blue eyes & smile upon my gardens The Children woke & smild on Vala. she kneeld by the golden couch She presd them to her bosom & her pearly tears dropd down O my sweet Children Enion let Tharmas kiss thy Cheek Why dost thou turn thyself away from his sweet watry eyes Tharmas henceforth in Valas bosom thou shalt find sweet peace O bless the lovely eyes of Tharmas & the Eyes of Enion They rose they went out wandring sometimes together sometimes alone Why weepest thou Tharmas Child of tears in the bright house of joy Doth Enion avoid the sight of thy blue heavenly Eyes And dost thou wander with my lambs & wet their innocent faces With thy bright tears because the steps of Enion are in the gardens Arise sweet boy & let us follow the path of Enion So saying they went down into the garden among the fruits And Enion sang among the flowers that grew among the trees And Vala said Go Tharmas weep not Go to Enion"
After Vala had experienced her own epiphany and 'girded on her golden girdle' she became capable of seeing others who were in need of her help.
On page 32 of A Blake Dictionary, Damon comments on the Gardens of Vala: "Vala's Garden is the realm of daydreaming, where our hopes and fears are fugitive shapes. Being part subconscious, it is entered through 'the Gates of Dark Urthona.'
Tharmas whom we had first met as the 'parent power' indicating that he was the primitive force which was the foundation of the psyche, now appeared with Enion as a 'little boy.' Vala provided a house, a garden and a bed for the two 'mighty children', but Enion continued to turn away from Tharmas. When Vala and Tharmas together followed the path of Enion, Tharmas gained the courage to wipe away his tears and approach Enion.
Vala had led the children away from the tensions in their conscious states into the subconscious where they rightly live. Sexuality is an expression of the body which rightly practiced nourishes the spirit. In Blake's system instinctual behavior originates in Tharmas who, like the id, is the source of life's energies. In Vala's garden Tharmas could lay down his insistent demand that Enion forgive and forget, and Enion could ignore the unpleasant consequences which troubled her restless mind.
The healing of the psyche was being passed from one faculty to another:
Enitharmon to Los (http://woeandjoy.blogspot.com/2015/09/broken-gates.html)
Los to Urizen (http://woeandjoy.blogspot.com/2015/11/urizen-transforms-121.html)
Urizen to Ahania (http://woeandjoy.blogspot.com/2015/11/human-harvest-125.html)
Ahania to Vala (http://woeandjoy.blogspot.com/2015/08/universe-explodes.html)
Vala to Tharmas (http://woeandjoy.blogspot.com/2015/11/seeing-light-129.html)
Tharmas to Enion.