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Welcome to our new thread: Dion Fortune's Quote of the Week.' Each week, we will present a quotation from Dion Fortune's writing followed by comment, discussion or ideas that it has inspired. We hope that you will find this of interest, and that you will join us in an appreciation of her wisdom.
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"We can influence the efficiency of our government by deliberately practising 'with intention' in our own lives the qualities we wish to see expressed in the national life. Are we disgusted with complacency? Then let us cease to be complacent for the sake of peace and quietness with our relatives, our employees and our employers. Let us have a little private blitzkrieg of our own in the home circle, rooting out long-standing abuses, doing it ritualistically, "with incantation", identifying ourselves with the group soul of the race, and we shall soon see things beginning to happen in high places".

From: The Magical Battle of Britain, Letter 100 for January 25 1942, p 94

Sitting around complaining about the state of the nation does not resolve anything. Gossip is a waste of breath. Moaning behind filing cabinets is unlikely to have benefits. Lead by example and all will follow. That is a very good idea whether working on the inner or the outer.
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Continuing the theme of the previous post, here is another quotation from 'The Magical Battle of Britain' which develops the same ideas;

"The initiate never goes about doing good; he never trespasses uninvited upon the spiritual privacy of another. He acts by what he is, not by what he does. He works on himself, makes something of himself, and then the forces that radiate from him without effort on his part bless and illuminate. If he is calm, he calms the environment. If he has wisdom, those who are in his company unconsciously take on his attitude and he has no need to proffer unsolicited advice. Because he knows the reality of eternity he is content to let time do its work.

From: The Magical Battle of Britain, Letter 51 for November 24th 1940, page 63
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And on the same tack...

'Let us remember, in these times of radical readjustment, that it is our duty to follow Truth wherever she may lead, and to place no barriers in her path, cost what it may'.

From: Tha Magical Battle of Britain, Letter 123 for July 5th 1942, page 109
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Sink down, sink down, sink deeper and sink deep
Into eternal and primordial sleep.
Sink down, sink down, be still and draw apart
Into the Earth's most secret heart.
Drink of the waters of Persephone,
The secret well beside the sacred Tree.
Waters of strength and life and inner Light
Primordial joy drawn from the deeps of night.
Then rise, made strong, with life and hope renewed,
Reborn from darkness and from solitude.
Blessed with the blessing of Persephone,
And secret strength from Rhea, Binah, Ge.

From: Rites of Isis and of Pan.

Solstice Blessings and Happy Christmas from the Companions.
It is not for me to teach the Psychologists their business, however great the need.
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"When spiritual love is coming to us from the Inner Planes we have only to still the outer senses for a moment to hear it purling like the brook, a steady flow, coming to us all the time from the eternal and steadfast soul that has gone on ahead to the Next Country. "

Through the Gates of Death
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"It is, in my opinion, a very sound and useful test to ask oneself what would happen if everyone pursued a given course of action, and if the answer is that it would be disastrous or impractical, then the conclusion may be drawn that it is not right in principle for anyone to pursue it. If we were all just, if we were all kind, if we were all honest, the world would be a much better place; but if we were all Yogis sitting in perpetual meditation, it would be a singularly insanitary one, for who would empty the saints' slops?"

Astral Forms
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Psyche Accepted Answer
"We cannot remind our readers too often that the Great Initiator comes in the Silence to the higher consciousness, and it is never a human being, however supernatural and secluded. All that can be done by the servants of the Masters on the physical plane is the preparation of the candidate."

The Training & Work of an Initiate.
It is not for me to teach the Psychologists their business, however great the need.
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Peter Nascien Accepted Answer
"........the mind grows with what it feeds upon......"

The Mystical Qabalah, Chapter V, paragraph 8
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"This is the goal of the evolution of every reflected atom in a universe - to develop a Divine Spark - to complete the evolution from the human to the Divine in a reflected universe, and to unite with its Cosmic Creator, thus enabling the Cosmic atom to evolve through the phase of a travelling atom into a Great Entity"

The Cosmic Doctrine, Chapter 15
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"In contra-distinction to the Planetary Spirit it must not be forgotten that there is a Planetary Entity. This is the Logoidal realisation of the existence of the planetary sphere, and the Logoidal concept of its mission and evolution. This corresponds to the individuality, and development of both aspects takes place till they meet.
With regard to the Planetary Spirit, however, it is built up out of the realisations of the conscious life of its sphere, and as it is not possible to realise a thing until after its occurrence, the Planetary Spirit is always a stage behind humanity in its evolution".

The Cosmic Doctrine, Chapter 24
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"The Trouveres and the Troubadours represented the esoteric and exoteric aspects of that brief flowering of Mediterranean culture that was stamped out by the Albigensian persecution. You will need to be on your guard in dealing with legends which are given specifically Christian form of the Roman communion as distinguished from the mystical Christian form of the Keltic tradition, and you can tell these apart quite readily: where the exponent of the Christian viewpoint is a priest, a monk or a nun, you are dealing with the roman influence; where the exponent is a hermit or anchorite you are dealing with the primitive Keltic influence".

The Magical Battle of Britain, Monthly Letter 4 & 5 for January and February 1943, II
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"You will note that, just as the symbol of the satellite upon the 7th plane was a sphere with a three-sided solid figure - a pyramid with triangular sides
The 6th plane is a four-sided figure, a cube - and so on down the planes.
The 5th plane has a five-facetted figure.
The 4th plane has a six-facetted figure.
The 3rd plane a seven-factetted figure.
The 2nd plane an eight-facetted figure.
The 1st plane a nine-facetted figure.
You will see that the numbers add up to ten, and that nine is the number of sides of the facets forming the figure which symbolises the forces of the first plane. Therefore 3 times 3 is the perfect number in the first plane.
Ten is the number of forces in manifestation for our universe but nine is the number of the Cosmic force which called that universe into being when that force is manifested on the 1st plane".

From: The Cosmic Doctrine, Chapter 14

I understand that some dismiss the numbers in this part of the Cosmic Doctrine as being in error on the basis that a pyramid with triangular sides (and a triangular base) has four sides, not three, and a cube has six sides, not four. However, is this an error or is it telling us something about spatial dimensions and/or our concept of spatial dimensions from our standpoint in this 3D universe? Might not the use of words such as "symbol of the satellite", "the figure which symbolises the forces" indicate that we are not considering here 3D shapes, but something symbolic of a stage in the development that was taking place in the realm of consciousness and force?
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"Likewise the forces of the Cosmos tend to maintain equilibrium compensating each other, but there occurs, nevertheless, at irregular intervals, conditions which require compensation, and these give rise to varying degrees of irregularity in the movement of the Great Entities, and hence to the presence of positive evil, sin and disease within their spheres.
The Cosmos itself has to strive to attain adjustment at the commencement of each phase of its evolution, and the irregularities which occur before adjustment is effected, and which have to be pulled straight in the course of evolution, are the origin of this evil, in the sense which the word is used popularly. Cosmic evil is a limitation, an opposition, and is the prime condition of manifestation.
This Cosmic evil, the Divine evil, the Divine death, is implicit in each Great Entity, and is the basis of its manifestation and evolution. For without limitation, finiteness, there can be no manifestation, and without death or discarding of the outworn there can be no progress.
These elements then of Cosmic opposition are always present in a manifested universe; but universal evil, under its two aspects of sin or perverted force, and disease or perverted form, are due to the irregularities of orbit caused by the passings of great organisms upon different planes of the Cosmos. These are always found in their extreme form at the beginnings of an evolution, and are generally adjusted in the course of an evolution as compensations are made, until, at the end of an evolution, a perfect and rhythmical balance of the whole Cosmos has been achieved - a synthesis of action and reaction which maintains stability".

From: The Cosmic Doctrine, Chapter 8
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Peter Nascien Accepted Answer
Nova, this quotation from The Cosmic Doctrine is so relevant to our present global crisis. It certainly helps us to look at what is happening from a wider perspective!
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"We who have knowledge of the laws and nature of the Inner Planes and the forces that operate thereon should use our knowledge of these powers to assist in directing and controlling what might otherwise be a blind ebullition of energy, well intentioned but undirected. Let us seek the cooperation of Those who come to us in the Light in order that these blind spiritual forces may be intelligently directed".

The Magical Battle for Britain, Letter 67 for March 30th 1941
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"The influence of the group soul on the group mind is only felt in times of crisis. It is well represented by such legends as Drake's Drum and the Angels of Mons, and whether these are literally true or not, they are psychologically valid".

The Magical Battle for Britain, Letter 78 for June 22nd 1941
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"The tides of destruction or rather purgation are not intrinsically evil".

The Magical Battle of Britain, Communication received February 14th 1942
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"As the Year is divided into quarters, so can a Century be divided, and it may be noted, as with the Year, so is the first quarter century the most difficult. Some of our worst wars have taken place in that period. A definite correspondence can be traced in these matters, for the same principle is involved and they vary according to the level of consciousness, whether individual, group, national, international, astral, mental etc."

Aspects of Occultism, Chapter 9 - Power Tides and Cycles
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That’s an interestingly accurate observation, although it makes me wonder what might still be in store for us over the next few years.
Interesting also that the next few years mark the 100th anniversary of a series of seminal events in Dion Fortune’s life, and in magical work significant anniversaries often seem to produce some interesting synchronicities.

In January 1921 was the first recorded instance of her working in full trance.
At the Autumn Equinox of 1921, her first recorded trance session with Frederick Bligh Bond and the Watchers of Avalon.
In 1922, at Chalice Well in Glastonbury, she met Charles Loveday who became her magical co-worker
By the end of 1922 she had established contact with her three principle Inner plane Masters
In 1923 - 1924 she received, in trance, the text of The Cosmic Doctrine
1n 1924, she obtained the house in Queensborough Terrace, London, where she inaugurated her formal ritual group based upon general Masonic principles, originally known as the "Community of the Inner Light.'
In 1924 her group acquired a plot of land and an army hut at the foot of Glastonbury Tor, where soon she was to receive The Chant of the Elements
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Thank you Wendy for those interesting observations. Those upcoming anniverseries do indeed appear most significant, especially the centenary in 2023/2024 of the receipt of the material that formed The Cosmic Doctrine. Surely that should be marked by some special event(s), publication(s), or similar. Does anyone have any ideas in that regard?
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