Dion Fortune (Violet Mary Firth – December 6, 1890 – January 6, 1946)
English medium, productive creator, formal performer, Christian Qabalist.
Deo, non Fortuna: God, Not Luck.
Dion Fortune has been portrayed by numerous individuals as an antecedent to the cutting edge New Age development, Paganism, and Wicca. Her works in fiction pass on central standards of enchantment and otherworldliness, bringing out parts of Paganism as “fictionalized beliefs” that are more available to the peruser than express, true to life writings. Her work as a medium, and both the maker and beneficiary of a few mysterious conventions in post-war England is equaled just by her contemporary, Aleister Crowley, who might proceed to overshadow Fortune’s inheritance, leaving Dion to general indefinite quality.
Fortune was destined to an upper white collar class family in North Wales. Amid WWI, she took an interest in the Women’s Land Army, a regular citizen association built up to encourage ladies working in horticulture to supplant the men who headed out to battle in the war. In a move that feels like a time misplacement, she made an organization selling soy milk items. She examined brain science and psychotherapy, however she had a progression of horrendous encounters which left her hateful of those schools. All through this time she ended up included with a mysterious cabin identified with the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, while her enthusiasm for obscurity and the Theosophical Society of Helena Blavatsky (#55) likewise started to develop. Dion comprehended her convictions as being a piece of “the Western Mystery Tradition”, and was an inflexible devotee of exclusive Christianity. In that capacity, she has been viewed as a Christian Qabalist and Christian spiritualist.
Like Blavatsky, Dion felt that she had reached a gathering known as the Ascended Masters. Dion and her consequent custom and adherents did this through the procedure of mediumship, daze, and directing. Fortune trusted she had reached “the Master Jesus”, among other Ascended Masters, and started to transpose the sessions into content, turning into “The Cosmic Doctrine”. For Dion, Jesus was a definitive Ascended Master, and the alpha and omega of the Western obscure convention. She felt that standard Christianity had dismissed his mystery lessons, and thusly, had no faithfulness to built up Christian holy places.
Fortune proceeded to turn into the leader of the Theosophical Society’s Christian Mystic Lodge. Fortune’s life and labor of love outlined that the two customs, Christianity and (freely) “The Occult”, have never been totally unrelated and that the two offer a long, but tricky and wild, history. Dion would later leave the Theosophical Society’s cabin, feeling as if they were to a great extent pompous of Christianity and Jesus as an Ascended Master. This mass migration brought about her establishing her own convention, The Community of Inner Light, which, under an alternate name, proceeded after her demise.
Throughout her life, Dion started a few productions, composed and distributed comprehensively regarding the matters she worshiped, and often addressed. Her unparalleled works have moved toward becoming fundamental messages on the different recondite customs and practices she investigated. Dion was likewise known to lead open reflections and representations, the most prominent event of this happened amid WWII to help shield Britain from Nazi penetration (Recall a comparative story of this with the New Forest Coven and Gerald Gardner). Dion trusted that, when the war was finished, the world would be introduced another period of otherworldly change—the (both) cosmic and celestial methodology of the Age of Aquarius. She spent her last years getting ready for this certainty of a move in cognizance. Sadly, Dion kicked the bucket before regularly observing this work out as intended, as she go from leukemia soon after WWII finished.
Her impact and inheritance, notwithstanding, enormously affected the eventual fate of the mysterious, agnosticism, and present day black magic—every single indispensable piece to the riddle that is the Aquarian age. Beside her verifiable treatises on the mysterious, her most enduring commitment has been her books and fiction. Through purposeful anecdote and narrating, Dion framed recondite realities and principle into her accounts in a manner that was receptive, absorbable, and realistic. She trusted that, by method for her works, perusers could be started intuitively into the “domains of mystery”, and that as fiction, they would be scattered to a bigger gathering of people than simply those legitimately keen on the mysterious. Dion’s work would later be grasped by ‘Fogs of Avalon’ essayist Marion Zimmer Bradley, who also lead her own obscure custom, called the Aquarian Order of the Restoration. Fortune’s compositions differ, and keeping in mind that they are regularly censured as being poor works of writing, best case scenario and bigot tirades even under the least favorable conditions, they figured out how to pass on cosmological, religious, and philosophical certainties that stay regarded right up ’til the present time.
Through the span of her books, Dion Fortune started to advance a Pagan future. While she stayed Christian through a large portion of her life, her inactive Paganism ebbed and coursed through her compositions, and leaked further into her life all through different focuses. Supposedly, she saw Paganism as “Nutrient P”, something the cutting edge world urgently expected to mend itself. Through her books like “Ocean Priestess” and “The Goat-Foot God”, Dion set the phase for the recovery of present day Witchcraft and writers like Doreen Valiente (#86). Dion trusted present day Paganism, with its restoration of Pre-Christian divine beings and conviction frameworks, was the fundamental future. She was one of the main mediums to stress the utilization of and prototype quality behind different divinities, venturing to such an extreme as to, during the 1930s, produce both the Rite of Isis and the Rite of Pan (which she would frequently perform openly in order to expand introduction for her image of otherworldliness).
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Through the novel “The Sea Priestess”, Dion originally upheld the possibility that “all divine beings are one god, and all goddesses are one goddess”, with the different points of interest being appearances of the primordial solitary. Dion did this preceding Valiente’s Charge of the Goddess and before the advanced custom of Drawing Down the Moon. Without Dion’s mysterious comprehension of celestial indication, the Gardnerian convention, and by augmentation all cutting edge black magic, could possibly have taken a drastically unique course. Dion passes on a thea/religious idea here that has progressed toward becoming gun in Wicca and most conventions of black magic. While Dion was a Christian, she by the by put stock in the recondite forces and paradigms of the different divine beings from crosswise over time and history.
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Dion Fortune is viewed as a standout amongst the most productive mediums and formal mystical performers of the twentieth century, with her effect being seen in most existent mysterious conventions today. The sheer collection of work she has, from books to periodicals, portray somebody’s lifework committed to advancing a reasoning she trusted in brazenly. While many have reprimanded her express heteronormativity and homophobia (the base of which originates from the parts of stately enchantment she rehearsed that required gendered extremity for mystical coinciding), in numerous sees she can be viewed as very relatively revolutionary, through her revulsion of profound and supernatural apportionment (in spite of the fact that this also was established in types of xenophobia and prejudice). In spite of this, Dion remains a generally eclipsed soothsayer, in charge of key logic that numerous professionals today underestimate. While not a witch in a severe meaning of the term, her commitments to black magic, and her place as a top soothsayer of the twentieth century, more than warrant her notice.