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But here comes the dividing of the ways. Paxson, author, sister-in-law and long-time collaborator of Marion Zimmer Bradley, credits Dion Fortune’s work on the mystical aspects of the Arthurian legend as being the inspiration for The Mists of Avalon. Of her works on magical subjects, the best remembered of her books are; The Cosmic Doctrinea summation of her basic teachings on mysticism, Psychic Self-Defensea manual on how to protect oneself from psychic attacks and The Mystical Qabalahan introduction to Hermetic Qabalah which was first published in England inand is regarded by many occultists as one of the best books on magic ever written.
She reported visions of Atlantis at age four and the developing of psychic abilities during her twentieth year, at which time she suffered a nervous breakdown; after her recovery she found herself drawn to the occult. Description For Dion Fortune real name Violet Mary Firththe Sephirotic tree of life is a living being, an outline of the solar system, which modern thought has the right to directly attack, as ancient thinkers did, while bearing in mind the work undertaken, but without being pointlessly restricted by it.
Magic is a science that differs from the so-called positive sciences due to the psychic and spiritual factors, which it implies just as well for the object as for the subject of the operative act. This is a point upon which the psychologist is empathetic — he considers that these things are subjective images and nothing more, but of value as indications of subconscious conditions.
Magick is the Science and Art of causing Change to occur in conformity with Will. Hyatt, Pacts With the Devil: Her first magical mentor was the Irish occultist and Freemason Theodore Moriarty. Psychism and mysticism are closely allied, and are usually present together because the capacity to perceive subtle impressions applies equally to both planes. As soon as awareness has taken place, rationalization supervenes, and that which has been realized is coordinated with the rest of the mental content.
Half of the skills in magick consist of identifying probabilities worth enhancing… Magick will not free itself from occultism until we have strangled the last astrologer with the guts of the last spiritual master. Above all, she sees a symbol within it, which is continually changing and moving, through invisible realities. The magician wills something to occur which under ordinary circumstances would not occur, and thereby demonstrates the reality of his or her own individuality.
But the psychic thinks differently, even if, like myself, he was a psychologist before he was a psychic. Considered magically, She is a quite different matter. The mental and physical are planes of form, and the astral and spiritual are planes of force.
The psychological explanation, so far as it went, was incontrovertible; one could countercheck it at every point.
Days to change your mind. In terms of human mind power, it is a battle of wills.
In reality there is no difference, but since this statement appears outrageously paradoxical, I must amplify and analyse it until its significance becomes clear. There are plenty of things in life not worth explaining in words. Magic faith is simply a means of unifying Desire and Belief.
Her pseudonym was inspired by her family motto “Deo, non fortuna” Latin for “by God, not fate”.
In order to understand the rationale of the contacting of the invisible forces, it is necessary to understand the nature of the involutionary arc of manifestation, for these forces represent primitive types of existence.
In writing of magic hitherto I have dealt almost exclusively with the part played by the human mind in its performance, but the reader, if at all familiar with the literature of the subject, forfune have noticed that magicians are always recorded as acting as if they had, or at least required, the cooperation of invisible but intelligent beings.
But wider experience brought a change of mind. Magic is never either white or black; but it can be benefic or malefic, according to the purpose for which one makes use of it.
This society was to be the focus of her work cabalr the rest of her life. When we want to contact the primitive levels of manifestation, the states that preceded dense matter, we get the best results if we employ subconscious, fortuns methods of thought, which are pictorial in nature; which are, in fact, pure imagination.
Magick…may be defined as the process of projecting psychic energy into physical reality where it can then take shape as a spirit. To back one horse and fancy another means willing one thing and believing another.
Her efforts in regard to this are recorded in a series of letters she wrote at the time.
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Magick is just the art of changing the focus of consciousness at will. Magick provides the tools to accomplish two things: The effort involved in this endeavor is said to have contributed to her death shortly after the war ended. As a psycho-philosophical technique, magic was ineffectual; as good, old-fashioned abracadabra it was startlingly, even alarmingly, efficacious.
Psychology fully realizes vion if we are to open the archaic levels of consciousness, we must do so in terms of pictorial images. Magic is a weapon, and like all weapons, one can make use of It for the good or ill of oneself or another — but because it is powerful, it is obviously dangerous in unskillful hands.
She stated in a letter which was included on the Random House author bio page for Zimmer Fortund, that Dion Fortune’s Vivian Le Fay Morgan was both the progenitor and descendant of the Morgaine that came to life in the Mists novel.
A magical act may be defined as causing reality to conform to will.