Read before the Annual Meeting of the International Hahnemannian Association, Philadelphia, july, 1926.
Tarentula hispanica is a member of the spider family Lycosa, of tropic or sub-tropic origin, and is commonly known to the world for its fatal poison and the intense sufferings which this brings to its victims. The poison is a glandular secretion and this concentrated essence is a vehicle transmitting to the victim the characteristic nature of the creature which produced it. The provings of this poison and the indicated therapeutic uses following thereon are derived from a prepared tincture of the living spider, whose influence pervades this product.
In the individual human subjected to the influence of Tarentula we perceive a diversion of the powers and capacities mankind, temporarily perverted to the service of a tyrant- lordship; a disporting of the fulfilled nature of a vicious beastling displayed through activities of that higher type, then let us take first an understanding view of the characteristics peculiar to this beastling.
The intelligence of the creature appears as disorderly. Instability is the outstanding feature; Instability of action, of purpose.
Adroit, conceited of its cleverness; yet stupidly assuming that false methods and false motives will escape detection,it elaborates maneuvers to deceive. Appearing in view, even parading its presence; then seeking cover, it hides from detection, unexpectedly to emerge from ambush to attack is victim elsewhere unaware.
All purpose, whatever and however carried out, excludes every consideration of the interest, the desire or the purpose of another. Only self-interest and desires are observed; and these are whimsical, changeful without limit, without calculation or foresight.
Love, perverted in this nature, appears as love of annoying: making its presence an occasion of discomfort, disturbing the peace of others.
It contributes no joy and cultivates no joy; invites from others no contribution that makes for happiness. To the contrary; eluding every advance toward itself or its habitat, accounting such approach an intrusion or interference, it asserts privilege to conduct a joyless life in its own untrammeled way-no difference at what cost to others.
A Through Non-Conformist.
Satisfaction? No such state obtains in Tarentula. It is life is no parallel for the ease-indulging domestic cat which takes all places, times, occasions and devices for thorough enjoyment of its comfort. Tarentula attains no ease, no lazy comfort, no satisfaction. Its habit is restless activity. Seeking no ease to itself, it invades the peace of its environment. Would one seek to accommodate to its mood or desire; it then reverts and will substitute other mood or desire quite to a contrary. Contrariness within itself, as well as contrariness to outer circumstance and will, distinguish this pervert nature.
The guiding-light is darkness; avoiding light, Tarentula shuns all investigation of its way or wish and, withdrawing to whatever convenient lair of the moment, by hidden devious path it makes its way to another point of vantage, resenting with insult any endeavor to change its course or to dislodge it.
This disposition, so pictured as indisposition in the provers and in the patients affected not similarly to Tarentula- provers, presents a mentality selfish, impish, whimsical, mischievous, disporting itself in disregard for ordinary custom and usual expectoration and inconsiderate of convenience or comfort of all others. It may be, in a measure,curbed by the effort is necessary, for avoidance of the perverted expression.
Clever, adroit, furtive sly ways of carrying through courses of action which, were they announced, would be opposed by attendants or associates; these ways, and the doing of unusual things trivial in themselves and fulfilling no purpose engage the individual affected. Here are peering and “peekings” into things and into affairs; hiding things. He is destructive; interfering with plans; menacing the safety of himself and of others.
He loves to assume the false as a basis of conduct; and depends on whims for guidance; this mind does not submit its behavior, its thought, its desires, to the light of wisdom or of truth. It shuns such gauge or investigation and darts from idea to idea with the agility and the seeming purposelessness of the spider. Defense from seeming interference is aggressive,through some sort of vicious thrust, cutting remark or threatened injury.
OBSTINACY is aid to all the whimsicality.].