Voices: Steffen Dix, Jerónimo Pizarro, Patrícia Nazaré Barbosa, Pedro Teixeira da Mota and Sofia Saldanha



Corale And Serenata by Antonio Russolo.

Album: Dada For Now -A Collection Of Futurist And Dada Sound Works.

Editora: ARK-DOVE 4

Ano: 1985.




Eros e Psique, Poesias. Fernando Pessoa. (Nota explicativa de João Gaspar Simões e Luiz de Montalvor.) Lisboa: Ática, 1942 (15ª ed. 1995).  - 237. 1ª publ. in Presença , nº 41-42. Coimbra: Mai. 1934. * Free translation by Eugénia Brito




13. And he saw that he was the Princess that was sleeping *

Route between Casa Fernando Pessoa and Cemitério dos Prazeres / Campo de Ourique

Dada music


Sofia: The early twentieth century was a period of great pessimism. A generation of young soldiers died in the trenches. The progress and European enthusiasm of the nineteenth century was followed by years of disillusionment. Rationalism faced a crisis.




Steffen Dix: Esotericism in the early twentieth century was a very visible phenomenon very important for many intellectuals and avant-garde people.


Jerónimo Pizarro: Fernando Pessoa was one of the writers of the twentieth century and of world modernism who took more interest in esoteric currents. Rosicrucianism, automatic writing, astrology, initiation, hermeticism, alchemy, the translations he made of Blavatsky, theosophy, the interest in magic, perhaps 10% or more of Fernando Pessoa’s legacy has to be classified as esoteric.


Steffen Dix: This journey begins essentially in his youth, since he had developed a thought of his own.




Steffen Dix: And especially at the end of his life this gets more and more visible.


Birds singing


Steffen Dix: And many of those poems or writings of esotericism date from 1930 and 1935.


Jerónimo Pizarro: And Fernando Pessoa is both interested in parts of esotericism that were more important and others that are millennial traditions. And he was a very disciplined student, for a long time he was a self-taught student in astrology and he came to have a very advanced knowledge for his time, he was able to make calculations that took him long to finish.


Street sounds


Patrícia Nazaré Barbosa: And in his material estate there are also studies on astrology and texts on astrology that he himself was drawing up. He went in search of other people who at the time were developing this discipline.


Church bells


Patrícia Nazaré Barbosa: He got in touch with other astrologers in other parts of the world to know about his own chart as well. He had some queries about his time of birth.


Flipping pages, church bells


Patrícia Nazaré Barbosa: I look at the chart and think, “the greatest work that this man has done is the one we haven’t seen yet.” And his chart shows precisely the whole intensity focusing on three areas and two of them have to do with occult work, with that inner work and with that spiritual work.


Street sounds




Pedro Teixeira da Mota: There is in the spirituality of Fernando Pessoa a great absorbtion of christianity, because he believed that christianity had also received an earlier gnostic tradition and that came from paganism as well and from the mysteries associated with the knowledge of the human soul, its nature, where have we come from and where do we go. Then what were the forces of nature and soul and how can we work on them.


Inside a church, footsteps, gregorian chant


Pedro Teixeira da Mota: And finally, aspects of divinity and angels and archangels and all that. Fernando Pessoa studied all of this a lot.


Steffen Dix: He had had a traditional catholic education, of course, but also on the other hand, he had an English education, very rational and these are two parts always, let's say, in contradiction inside him.


Patrícia Nazaré Barbosa: He had to go through a constant process of transformation and detachment, and what is widely known is the way he has unfolded himself in terms of his identity. And this unfoldment has naturally everything to do with the concentration on his chart, the energy of Gemini, all its duplicity, all multiplicity.


Steffen Dix: That fascinating thing in his work, which is that he was never sure of existence itself, that we are dreaming the world that is reality, and he practically walked all possible realities. Of course he was interested in esotericism as a possible way of perceiving those enigmas of the world.


Church bells


Sofia: The esoteric paths that Fernando Pessoa travelled are scattered throughout his work. Pessoa belongs not only to this planet he belongs to all realities. And when he leaves this earthly existence, he has certainties, but also many doubts. And filled with curiosity, he leaves.


Route between Casa Fernando Pessoa and Cemitério dos Prazeres / Campo de Ourique
Route between Casa Fernando Pessoa and Cemitério dos Prazeres / Campo de Ourique
Route between Casa Fernando Pessoa and Cemitério dos Prazeres / Campo de Ourique
Route between Casa Fernando Pessoa and Cemitério dos Prazeres / Campo de Ourique