became shortened to Dion Fortune. Her books are considered classics and continue to enjoy wide readership.
For a time she lived in Glastonbury and became deeply interested in the Arthurian legends and magical-mystical lore centered there. She wrote about Glastonbury in
Fortune used her experiences with psychic attack to conclude that hostile psychic energy can emanate both deliberately and unwittingly from certain people and that one can mentally fend off such energy. Her book Psychic Self-Defense (1930) remains the best guide to detection and defence against psychic attack.
One of her most famous books is The Mystical Qab-balah (1936), in which she discusses the Western esoteric tradition and how the Qabbalah (see KABBALAH) is used by modern students of the Mysteries. The true nature of the gods, she said, is that of magical images shaped out of the astral plane by mankind's thought, and is influenced by the mind.
Her other major nonfiction works include Sane Occultism (1929); The Training and Work of an Initiate (1930); Through the Gates of Death (1932); Applied Magic; Aspects of Occultism; and Spiritualism in the Light of Occult Science. Machinery of the Mind (1922) was published under her given name. But it is her novels that have captured the most interest among modern Witches and Pagans. In particular, The Goat-Foot God (1936) concerns the powers of Pan, a Horned God, and offers a wealth of details on LEYS; The Sea-Priestess (1938) concerns the power of Isis, the moon goddess, and has been used by modern witches as an inspiration for creating rituals and invocations. Her other novels are The Secrets of Dr. Taverner (1926), about an adept who runs an occult nursing home; The Demon Lover (1927); and The Winged Bull (1936).
Fortune was married to Dr. Thomas Penry Evans. She died in January 1946.
The Fraternity of the Inner Light remains based in London and now is known as the Society of the Inner Light. It offers techniques in the Western esoteric tradition. The Society stresses that Fortune was not a Witch and was not involved with any coven, and that the Society is not connected with Witchcraft in any way.
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