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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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"Dynamic energy is as necessary to the welfare of society as meekness, charity, and patience. We must never forget that the eliminatory diet, which will restore health in disease, will produce disease in health. We must never exalt the qualities which are necessary to compensate an overplus of force into ends in themselves and the means of salvation. Too much charity is the handiwork of a fool; too much patience is the hall-mark of a coward. What we need is a just and wise balance which makes for health, happiness, and sanity all round, and the frank realisation that sacrifices are necessary to obtain it".

The Mystical Qabalah, Chpter XIX Geburah, paragraph 7
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Wendy Accepted Answer
Regarding The Cosmic Doctrine, my thoughts increasingly focus on the first few chapters. They are completely different in style and purpose to the rest of the book. These are the ‘mind-training’ chapters, and they are unique: there is nothing else like them. They don’t give information or attempt to explain how the universe works, they provide a marvellous series of images, of visual analogies and metaphors. It’s easy to rush past these chapters as if they are ‘just’ the beginning, but the images they provide, particularly of the three Rings of Space, can be used in meditation over many, many months. When you really have them in your head they alter your perception of everything about you. I believe they are truly mind-expanding if you use them like this, and before you even think about reading the rest of the book.

So what I would like to see happen is that these chapters are published separately!

But as this might be a little unrealistic, may I also use this opportunity to mention the first ever book written about The Cosmic Doctrine, which I happen to think is rather good!

Sparks from the Cosmic Flame, published by Skylight Press.
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Nova Genista Accepted Answer
Thank you Wendy for those very interesting comments.

I would certainly like to add my recommendation to anyone who has not yet read Sparks from the Cosmic Flame, published by Skylight Press, to take a look at it. I think it is good too! It can be found at: http://www.skylightpress.co.uk/

Regarding your comments about the first few chapters of The Cosmic Doctrine being published as a stand alone, that is indeed an interesting idea. Perhaps it should be accompanied by a new foreward (by yourself perhaps?) underlining the value of focussing on the concepts of space and movement when reading those chapters, as discussed in your paper at the September 2016 (was it really that long ago?!) Dion Fortune Seminar in Glastonbury, reproduced here at http://www.dionfortune.co.uk/articles/a-new-approach-to-dion-fortune-the-cosmic-doctrine

It looks as though it is indeed time for a republishing of The Cosmic Doctrine, in altered order or as only the first few chapters, as you suggest. Surely an appropriate date would be the centenary of DF receiving the original text.
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Peter Nascien Accepted Answer
"Whoever expresses Love, brings Spirit, which is One, into manifestation. To be separate is to be dead. Therefore choose Love and live."

Another quotation from The Cosmic Doctrine. . It has been written elsewhere that "The heresy of separation is the major sin upon our planet."

There is perhaps an irony in how we are currently realising the literally 'awe-ful' reality of our interconnectedness even as we are experiencing the loneliness of self-isolation.The phrase 'To be separate is to be dead' is one of the most forthright in the whole of The Cosmic Doctrine and repays frequent meditation along with its counterpart: "Therefore choose Love and live." The words are simple, yet difficult to properly understand because they refer to a spiritual reality rather than a temporary physical expression of that reality.
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"Before considering the question of fraternization among the occult societies, and unity in the movement in general, let us map out the ground and consider the general lie of the land.
So far as I have observed the movement, it appears to me that it may be divided into three broad divisions: firstly, the Adyar Theosophical Society and the many daughter movements that originated as splits from the parent society; secondly, the various movements that derive their inspiration from the Yoga philosophy of the East, independently of Theosophical sources; thirdly, the movements that derive from western sources, mainly Chaldean and Egyptian. Upon the broad principle of esoteric science all these movements are in substantial agreement; in their methods of training students they differ markedly, but, so far as I know them, they are not antagonistic, recognising that each and all of them are tilling different parts of the same field. There is no disagreement upon first principles. The disagreement takes place in the field of personalities, and that is why they are so difficult of resolution".

The Rallying-Point of the Occult World, Occult Review, Vol 55, March 1932, pp 178-181
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"I would counsel everyone who takes up the intensive practice of meditation to devise for themselves a discipline which shall include all four aspects, so that the tremendous powers awakened by yoga methods may be disciplined and dedicated by the mystical contacts, and the harmonizing and soothing influence of the New Thought reiterated autosuggestions may inspire and stabilize the mind, and the commonsense dicta of plain character building and faculty development may help to maintain a sense of just proportion".

Aspects of Occultism
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Alfred Accepted Answer
One might conclude that each of the four aspects also represents a mode of functioning relevant to one of the four worlds of the Qabalah.
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Wendy Accepted Answer
"This function of teacher is an exceedingly important one in the Mysteries, and at each of the higher stages on the Path the initiate has to turn back and teach what he knows, thereby perfecting his own knowledge by practical experience."

From an essay by DF: The Inhabitants of the Unseen, quoted in Spiritualism and Occultism by Dion Fortune and Gareth Knight, Thoth Publications, page 133

Having had the opportunity to support many students on their magical Path, I entirely agree with DF's comment on the importance of the teacher in the Mysteries. There is the obvious point that each new generation must of course be given the key to the door of the Mysteries in order that the Mysteries are continually renewed, but I think DF also makes an important part regarding the teacher's own growth in knowledge. You have to know what you know - in the sense that you must fully understand what you know - otherwise your 'knowledge' can remain as ideas, intuitions and psychic impressions which are not fully brought through into the world but remain on the astral planes. Often, a challenging question from a magical student prompts us to think carefully, and with definition, about our beliefs and practices.
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Alfred Accepted Answer
A timely quote for me! I also think we have to know that we know, which come from understanding both the importance of alignment and that it is through this process we are able to reach beyond he limits of our own mind / ego.
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"All the ancient legends of the great Powers of the Underworld - the chthonic Forces of Hammer and Anvil, the hammering into shape of great streams of force, the Blacksmith Gods, deal with the Builders and lesser types of Elemental beings concerned with work as servants of the Lords of Form. In a properly worked ritual the Elemental beings build certain forms on the astral which hold together the stresses of force until other forces take over: rhythm or repetition is important here for the frequent building of the forms eventually makes it as near "solid" as is possible on the astral plane. Just as the efficient and "contacted" occultist makes use of the service and cooperation of these Builders so, on a much larger scale, did the Logos use the powers of the Lords of Form to construct not only the Earth but also the other planets of Its system. All the solar system is interlinked and reflections of the attributes of other planets will be seen - within certain mineral forms of the Earth - certain precious stones, for instance, are very closely connected with other planets and this connection is not based only on superstition. Similarly certain metals have a composition which links them to certain basic outlines and substances of other planets giving not only an analogy with them but also certain definite linking".

The Cosmic Doctrine, Afterthoughts
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"We walk in this wonderful world of ours as if we were not of it, but a creation apart; but we are of the world, and have within our bodies every part of it, and therefore must be affected by all that concerns it. The magnetic qualities of its stone and mass of metals, the generating life of animal and vegetable nature, all play their part, but could we bring our intellect to help us, I feel sure that we could attain a result beyond our expectations".

Aspects of Occultism, Chapter 2, Sacred Centres
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"The Four Elements, the seven planets, and the twelve signs of the Zodiac are prime factors of the cosmos. Each of these have their tides and seasons of ascendency, and each have their appropriate symbols and rites developed in one or another of the great pagan systems of nature worship. Nature worship be it noted, is not idolatry, but an adoration of God made manifest in nature, and is an exceedingly important aspect of both our faith and our psychology, though one but little understood in the Christian system and Western countries".

Aspects of Occultism, Chapter 1
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Wendy Accepted Answer
This is a very interesting quotation, particularly in relation to the current thread regarding DF and Paganism. She is making a specific link between the ‘prime factors of the cosmos’ (ie 4 Elements, 7 planets, 12 Zodiacal signs) and the rites of paganism and nature worship.

This comes as quite a surprise to me! My experience is that these universal principles of number are almost always observed in the structure of formal ritual magic - such as DF’s own ritual magic - but very rarely in pagan rites. The pagan rites of ‘adoration of God made manifest in nature’ surely do not require any reference to the background of cosmic principles but are simple, immediate and spontaneous?
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MargaretB Accepted Answer
If she had omitted the words 'four', 'seven' and 'twelve' then the connection of the elements, planets and signs of the zodiac would perhaps fit comfortably with many folk's impressions of pagan ideas. The introduction of the numbers, as you say, fits more readily with folk's ideas of formal ritual magic. Is it perhaps an indication of the similarities in, rather than the division between, the two disciplines, the pagan being more spontaneous and practical, working with things such as the elements, planets and signs (putting the moon in with the planets of course), irrespective of any numbers connected with them, and the ritual being more intellectual (and by intellectual I do not mean to imply anything superior).
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Nova Genista Accepted Answer
"There is nothing in human nature which is intrinsically unclean, St Augustine notwithstanding, but there is a very great amount which will go septic and putrefy if we thrust it below the level of consciousness and sit upon the lid. It is a false concept of human nature which has developed so much that is worst in human nature".

Aspects of Occultism, Chapter 1
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Peter Nascien Accepted Answer
The Ancient Wisdom teaches that all things issue from a single source, are ruled by a common law, and are of such undivided substance that what affects a part inevitably affects the whole, spreading through it like ripples over water.......If this knowledge be realised and not merely apprehended, it must of necessity modify our attitude towards our fellow beings....."

Spiritualism and Occultism: Who are the Masters? page 130
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"The occultist carries his deduction a step further, and says "Detach mind from matter and you have free-moving force; it is matter, and matter alone that imposes any degree of fixity upon mind." Now this is an important point in the occult hypothesis - the freedom of mind apart from matter, and the fixation of mind by means of matter. It should be carefully noted, for upon it the whole occult technique is based".

An Introduction to Ritual Magic, Chapter 10a The Purpose of Magic
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Peter Nascien Accepted Answer
"If we realise clearly that the forms seen by psychic vision on the astral plane are, without exception, thought-forms constructed by the visual imagination; are, in fact, 'the creations of the created,' we have the clue to the nature of Maya, illusion.".......The astral plane is the plane of emotion, and emotion is the only reality thereon existing."

Spiritualism and Occultism, page 163
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"It is this unhappy antagonism between the materialist and mystic exponents of the healing art that is to be deplored. The patient needs both, for it is not possible for any level of the composite man to be afflicted without the disturbance spreading up and down the planes, and repair is never a process of one plane only".

From: Aspects of Occultism, Chapter 8: Pitfalls of Spiritual Healing
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Wendy Accepted Answer
Thank you for this quotation which for me highlights Dion Fortune’s wonderful ability to speak with good old fashioned, down-to-earth common sense. I sometimes find the same antagonism between the “materialist and mystic” attitudes towards the Covid pandemic. Those of a mystical or spiritual disposition may indeed be able to see the greater picture and to place the current situation as an apparent ‘blip’ within the overall movement of evolutionary progress and human development over millions of years. But on the mundane level, you still need to wear a face-mask. "Repair is never a process of one plane only."
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