A review of published information discloses an ever growing body of books and articles, paper and web based, relating to Dion Fortune, her life and her work.
The following list includes all those publications we are aware of, that are in the public domain. The list is presented simply in alphabetical order of author.
It likely that more information may exist in private files and collections and that some of it may, with time, be released to the public. If the reader is aware of any other publications that we have missed, or that become available, then please do contact us or drop us a line in the forum, so we can update our website.
Anon, Wellesley Tudor Pole, TP and Dion Fortune, Two partly parallel lives, (wellesleytudorpole.com/page11.htm)
An article comparing and contrasting the lives and works of Wellesley Tudor Pole and Dion Fortune. Some discussion is presented regarding the extent to which the two may have collaborated in their work.
Chapman, Janine, The Quest for Dion Fortune, Red Wheel/Weiser, 1993 (ISBN 978-0877287759)
Recognising the paucity of factual information available regarding the life and activities of Dion Fortune, Chapman explores the people and places she encountered and those that may have influenced her. The work includes descriptions of correspondence with others in esoteric circles during her life.
Clifton, Chas S, A Goddess Arrives. The Novels of Dion Fortune and the Development of Gardnerian Witchcraft (www.sacred-texts.com/bos/bos474.htm)
This paper suggests that Dion Fortune’s ideas became absorbed by modern witchcraft during its development from the 1950s. Clifton presents details of her life and compares her views with those of ‘neo-pagan witchcraft’. The feminine principle of Gardnerian witchcraft is suggested to have been particularly influenced by Dion Fortune. Clifton discusses her published work, contrasting the novels with her other works and suggesting a marked contrast can be seen between them, suggesting the novels reflect a more pagan vocabulary.
Coulter, Kyleen, God not Fate – Dion Fortune in the Modern Age, (www.academia.edu/343692/God_Not_Fate_Dion_Fortune_in_the_Modern_Age)
In this paper, Coulter suggests that Dion Fortune’s works are generally neglected by the modern reader, but that her works remain relevant. After a short summary of Dion Fortune’s life, Coulter discusses the paths described by her, and their purpose. She goes on to discuss the work of some modern novelists influenced by Dion Fortune. She concludes that her works made a considerable contribution to mysticism and the occult.
Daw, Maia, Franz Bardon and Dion Fortune: Man, Woman and Mastery of the Universe in Modern Occultism, Lambert Academic Publishing, 2012 (ISBN 978-3844308976)
A short MA thesis postulating links between modern occultism and the development of attitudes towards gender roles, feminism and sexual liberation.
Fielding, Charles and Collins, Carr, The Story of Dion Fortune: As Told to Charles Fielding and Carr Collins, 2nd edn, Thoth Publications, 1998 (ISBN 978-1870450331)
A book including a biography of Dion Fortune, covering her life and her esoteric activities. It underlines the sparsity of verifiable information on the subject.
Forest, Isidora, Isis Magic: Cultivating a Relationship with the Goddess of 10,000 Names, Llewellyn Publications, 2001 (ISBN 978-1567182866)
A substantial book relating principally to Isis. The first part of the work traces the history of the worship of Isis in her many guises and forms. The second part includes prayers, meditations and rituals aimed at developing deeper contact with Isis. The work incorporates reviews of the work of others in this area, including Dion Fortune.
Freeman, Mara, Dion Fortune and the Holy Grail, The Cauldron, May 2014 (www.chalicecentre.net/dion_fortune_holy_grail.html)
A paper presenting material channelled by Dion Fortune at Glastonbury and the development of her magical system based on the three paths, the Orange, Green and Purple Rays. The significance of the symbol of the Graal is described along with an outline of her training system for the Purple Ray. The paper concludes with a discussion of the role of the Graal in Dion Fortune’s Magical Battle of Britain.
Fuhro, Sarah, Astrological Portrait of Dion Fortune (www.druidry.org/library/members-articles/astrological-portrait-of-dion-fortune)
A paper including a biography of Dion Fortune and an interpretation of her birth chart drawing on correlations with her psychological and esoteric activities.
Graf, Susan Johnston, Talking to the Gods: Occultism in the Works of W B Yeats, Arthur Machen, Algernon Blackwood, and Dion Fortune, State University of New York Press, 2016 (ISBN 978-1438455563)
A short book reviewing the works of the four authors linked by their connection to the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.
Greer, Mary K, Women of the Golden Dawn: Rebels and Priestesses: Maud Gonne, Moina Bergson Mathers, Annie Horniman, Florence Farr, Park Street Press, 1996 (ISBN 978-0892816071)
This book describes the roles and activities of the women associated with the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. Whilst not included in the title, it includes some references to Dion Fortune and to other writers including Yeats and Shaw.
Howard, Michael, The Occult War: Secret Agents, Magicians and Hitler (www.the-cauldron.org.uk/Resources/OccultWara.pdf)
This paper focusses principally on the reported activities of Crowley. It also includes some discussion of the wartime efforts of others including Dion Fortune’s Magical Battle for Britain.
Hutton, Ronald, The triumph of the Moon: A History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft, Oxford University Press, 1995 (ISBN 978-0192854490), 1999 (ISBN 978-0198207443)
A substantial book covering the history of modern pagan witchcraft. It includes a short section on the work and influence of Dion Fortune.
Kendrick, Dale Evans, Sacred reading as magical practice: a theological hermeneutic of Dion Fortune’s The Cosmic Doctrine, PhD thesis, University of Birmingham, 2013 (etheses.bham.ac.uk/4524)
This thesis presents an in depth assessment of Dion Fortune’s Cosmic Doctrine. Kendrick postulates that reading of the Cosmic Doctrine can, in itself, be a magical experience.
Knight, Gareth, Dion Fortune & the Inner Light, Thoth Publications, 2000 (ISBN 978-1870450454)
This book includes a biography of Dion Fortune along with an in depth assessment of her writing and work drawing on the archives of the Society of the Inner Light
Knight, Gareth, Dion Fortune and the Threefold Way, SIL Trading Ltd, 2004 (ISBN 978-1899585700)
Here Knight presents articles from the Inner Light Journal, the journal of the Society of the Inner Light. The articles address the life, work and writings of Dion Fortune.
Knight, Gareth and Fortune, Dion, Dion Fortune’s Rites of Isis and Pan, Skylight Press, 2013 (ISBN 978-1908011770)
This book presents the full text of the Rite of Isis and Rite of Pan which Dion Fortune alluded to in her novels along with an explanation of the rites by Knight. It also includes a number of papers written by Dion Fortune relevant to her novels.
Knight, Gareth, The Occult Fiction of Dion Fortune, Thoth Publications, 2007 (ISBN 978-1870450867)
This book reviews Dion Fortune’s novels, explaining how they were used by her to illustrate practical applications of magic.
Lachman, Gary, Revolutionaries of the Soul: Reflections on Magicians, Philosophers, and Occultists, Quest Books, 2015 (ISBN 978-0835609265)
Lachman explores human consciousness, in the narrow and broad senses, magic, and the occult through a series of chapters. Each chapter focusses on one of a broad range of individuals active in those fields including Swedenborg, Potocki, Lévi, Strindberg, Blavatsky, Steiner, Jung, Crowley and Dion Fortune.
Matthews, Caitlin and Matthews, John, Walkers Between the Worlds: The Western Mysteries from Shaman to Magus, Inner Traditions, 2004 (ISBN 978-0892810918)
This book is in two sections; The Native Tradition and The Hermetic Tradition. The Matthews describe the background of the Western Mystery Tradition and its role in the modern world. Practical exercises based on both traditions are presented. The background touches on the activities of several active in the area, including Dion Fortune.
Nicol, David, Subtle Activism: The Inner Dimension of Social and Planetary Transformation, State University of New York Press, 2015 (ISBN 978-1438457512)
Nicol describes the importance of activities such as meditation and prayer, ‘subtle activism’, in the search for peace and human and planetary development. The boundaries of mind and consciousness are debated. Dion Fortune’s Magical Battle of Britain is included in Nicol’s examples of previous use of ‘subtle activism’.
Partridge, Christopher, The Occult World, Routledge, 2014 (ISBN 978-0415695961)
This book presents a history of western occultism through a series of essays by various authors. Chapter 31 is Dion Fortune and the Society of the Inner Light by Alison Butler.
Richardson, Alan, Aleister Crowley and Dion Fortune: The Logos of the Aeon and the Shakti of the Age, Llewellyn Publications, 2009 (978-0738715803)
This presents an in depth discussion of the lives and works of Aleister Crowley and Dion Fortune, where their works and philosophies matched, and where they diverged. It draws on previously unpublished material.
Richardson, Alan, Dion Fortune: Moon Priestess, The Llewellyn Journal (www.llewellyn.com/journal/article/1856)
In this short article, Richardson shows Dion Fortune to have been a pioneer, leading others from as early as the 1920s, and still doing so today. The notoriety of Crowley is contrasted with the relative obscurity of Dion Fortune. The importance of service in her view of magic and her ongoing influence in the area is discussed.
Richardson, Alan, Me, mySelf & Dion Fortune, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2015 (ISBN 978-1517776633)
This short book, written in humorous vein, describes how Richardson found his way to Dion Fortune’s work and her subsequent influence on him.
Richardson, Alan, Priestess: The Life and Magic of Dion Fortune, 1st edn, Aquarian Press, 1987 (ISBN 978-0850304619), 2nd edn, Thoth Publications, 2007 (ISBN 978-1870450119)
A detailed biography of Dion Fortune’s personal and public life.
Richardson, Alan, The Magical Life of Dion Fortune, Aquarian Press, 1991 (ISBN 978-1855380516)
A detailed biography of Dion Fortune’s personal and public life.
Sadovsky, Sonja, The Priestess & The Pen: Marion Zimmer Bradley, Dion Fortune & Diana Paxson’s Influence on Modern Paganism, Llewellyn Publications, 2015 (ISBN 978-0738738000)
This book draws on the fictional works of some female authors, including Dion Fortune. Sadovsky discusses the impact of the works on the archetype of the priestess and suggests they had significant influence on women’s equality movements.
Selby, John, Dion Fortune and her Inner Plane Contacts: Intermediaries in the Western Esoteric Tradition, PhD thesis, University of Exeter, 2008 (ore.exeter.ac.uk/repository/handle/10036/41936)
In this PhD thesis, Selby aims to remedy the perceived neglect amongst academics and publishers of Dion Fortune’s work when compared with that of Blavatsky, Besant, Leadbetter and Crowley. Selby describes the role and representation of inner beings/intermediaries through history. He describes the life and work of Dion Fortune, her interpretation and application of Kabbalah and the Tree of Life and her perception of and communication with inner plane communicators. He discusses her views of the role of the Masters, concluding that they were the foundation of her work.
Sumner, Alex, The Occult Novels of Dion Fortune, Journal of the Western Mystery Tradition, No. 0, Vernal Equinox, 2001 (www.jwmt.org/v1n0/dfortune.html)
In this paper Sumner describes Dion Fortune as a free thinking developer of ideas regarding the Qabalah and Cosmology, suggesting that her early work was influenced by her efforts to ‘appease her superiors’. Characters in each of her novels are described with some discussion of the plots and possible interpretations. Sumner concludes that her view was an amalgam of the influences to which she had been exposed, melded with her own ideas which were influenced by channelled work.
Wallraven, Miriam, Women Writers and the Occult in Literature and Culture: Female Lucifers, Priestesses and Witches, Routledge, 2015 (ISBN 978-1138824188)
Wallraven discusses the development of occult literature from the late nineteenth century to present day. Drawing on a number of female writers including Dion Fortune (particularly in Chapter 5, “She became a priestess”; Occult Liminality, Psychoanalysis, and the role of the text in Dion Fortune’s The Sea Priestess (1938)), Wallraven suggests that the novels provide an insight into a history of the occult that might not otherwise be accessible.
Williams, David, Dion Fortune Tarot: Exercising the Imagination, SIL Trading Ltd, 2004 (ISBN 978-1899585755)
This set of tarot cards and short explanatory brochure is described as ‘based on the conclusions of Dion Fortune in The Mystical Qabalah’. The booklet provides guidance on the use of the cards for meditation and pathworking, places the cards on the Tree of Life and provides outline explanations of the cards and of Hebrew characters.
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