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icymist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 02:48 PM
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About Dion Fortune
Dion Fortune was born Violet Mary Firth in Llandudno, North Wales on 6th December 1890, the daughter of parents with an active interest in the Christian Science and Garden City movements and the running of hydro-therapeutic establishments. Her interest in occultism was sparked in 1916 when, as a psychotherapist, she came across the startling work of Dr. Theodore Moriarty, who became her first esoteric teacher and inspired her series of short stories The Secrets of Dr Taverner.

Once having embarked upon the occult path she cast her net wide and became a member both of the Theosophical Society and of the Alpha et Omega Temple of the former Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, but becoming discontented with the performance of existing organisations she set about founding her own esoteric group. This was based in an old officer's mess hut erected at the foot of Glastonbury Tor, that they named Chalice Orchard, and which was the first headquarters of the Community (later Fraternity and then Society) of the Inner Light. Soon afterwards they also acquired a house in the Bayswater district of London which was big enough to accommodate some members in as well as to contain office facilities and a magical lodge.

The Fraternity soon became an initiatory school of high calibre. Members attracted during the 1930s included such later well known figures as W.E.Butler, Colonel C.R.F.Seymour and Christine Hartley, whilst even the 14 year old W.G.Gray knocked upon its doors, but was turned away on account of his youth. Working in trance mediumship Dion Fortune made contacts with certain inner plane adepts, or Masters, whose influence on the Western Esoteric Tradition is still vital to this day.
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AnnieBW Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-08-10 10:40 PM
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1. I just finished "The Sea Priestess" a few months ago
Interesting read. It was good as a teaching tool, but as a fiction book, kind of florid. I know that it was meant as a way of getting the mundanes interested in metaphysics, but she could have used an editor. The setting, however, is real. DF just changed the name of the promontory. But there's definitely an old fort there.
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