In May 1911 Georgie met William Butler Yeats, recalling vividly: ‘one morning when [my] mother thought [I] was at art school, [I] went to the British Museum, where [I] saw Yeats rush past [me] like a meteor ; and that afternoon, taking tea with mother at Olivia Shakespear’s, [I] was formally introduced.’ (Ann Saddlemeyer, Becoming George, 2002, p. 41).
The following years, Georgie and W.B.Yeats built their friendship around their shared passion for occultism, Spiritism and astrology. They attended together many séances with mediums, where she would give her name as ‘Mrs Hyde’ and W.B.Yeats his as ‘Mr Smith’. Their close collaboration on astrology, and Georgie’s incredible skills at this practice, led Yeats to sponsor her introduction , on 24 July 1914, into the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, the occult society he had joined twenty-four years earlier. On Georgie’s Golden Dawn notebook is inscribed an horary ‘Sunday 2.15pm’. Although George and Willy had difficulty recalling the specific date (17,22 or Sunday 21st November 1915), they both agreed that the occasion was profoundly significant. Clearly by then, they had considerably more mutual interest and so did Nelly and George thought. The 23 years-old sometimes after mid-November 1915, confided her cousin Grace that she ‘was engaged to marry the well-known poet’ and made her promise not to tell Nelly. (Ann Saddlemeyer, op. cit., 2002, p. 80)