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Hello Companions, and welcome to the Companions of Dion Fortune Forum.

In this section you will find the latest news and ideas, plus a brief introduction to each new article posted in the 'Articles' and 'Resources' sections of the website. This is also a good place to introduce yourself if you have just joined us.

Everyone has access to all that has been posted here, but if you would like to post a message yourself you will need to register by using the form at the foot of this page.

Each of the other threads deals with a different area of Dion Fortune's magical work and tradition. Please do share your thoughts and comments, and we are always pleased to promote new books, articles, events and groups connected with Dion Fortune.

If you have written an article connected with Dion Fortune and her magical tradition, we would be very happy to consider it for publication on this website.

Our very best wishes to you all.
It is not for me to teach the Psychologists their business, however great the need.
Peter Nascien Accepted Answer
Dear Companions

I'm delighted to hear that sales of Dion Fortune's 'Magical Battle of Britain' have increased recently. Thank you Psyche for passing on this piece of information. IMHO it's one of DF's most significant pieces of writing and probably contains more practical information about how she worked magically than any of her other books. The title can perhaps be a little misleading because the book is as much about the future and the opening up of the ideals of the Aquarian Age, and of how magical work can prepare the way for the new Age, as about 'the War.' And, at the same time, it contains a marvellously powerful and effective piece of practical magical work set within the heart of our land in Glastonbury Tor. What's not to like!

Peter Nascien
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Michael Robert Accepted Answer
Hello to everyone

I have only just stumbled across this wonderful resource and I'm still in awe of my initial impression, which is one of a vibrant wonderland with dynamic undertones.
Thank you for such a wonderful place to come and ponder the important things in one's life.

My very best wishes to you all...and again, thank you.

Michael
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Nova Genista Accepted Answer
Hello Michael, and welcome to the site. Thank you for your kind words. We are delighted you have found your way to the website of the Companions of Dion Fortune. We hope you continue to find it a place of interest and we hope we may share ideas from time to time here on the forum.

Best wishes
Nova
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Peter Nascien Accepted Answer
Greetings Companions

I have begun to notice a number of interesting 'synchronicities' in DF's commentary on the weekly 'Collects.' (These can be found in more detail in a separate entry: 'Dion Fortune's message for the week" on the website.)

For example, her commentary for this last week discusses how we should react when we feel the need for protection from our 'enemies.' She writes: "Our weakness in the face of an unwarranted attack lies in descending to the level of our attackers. If, on the other hand, being attacked with malice we respond with malice, we have opened the gates to our enemies…."

Peter Nascien
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Peter Nascien Accepted Answer
Here's another synchronicity, and I'm thinking in particular of course of the events in London last week. In her comment on the Collect for this week, Dion Fortune deals with the difficult subject of 'Forgiveness.' She counsels us that the only safe and sure way to bring about the ab-reaction of evil is to pray for God's Grace which, she says, is an immensely powerful force which we know "rather for what it does than for what it is."

Peter Nascien
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Nova Genista Accepted Answer
Synchronicity - I sometimes wonder if it crops up as some sort of confirmation that we are on the right track.

A common thread associated with the recent synchronicities that you have highlighted appears to be the nature of the reaction to things such as 'enemies', 'evil' and 'malice'. Is the lower (human) part of everyone predisposed in some way to a knee jerk reaction to such things? Are differences in individual responses dependent upon the extent to which the higher part can interpose and lead to a pause, a deep breath and some thought before making a judgment and, especially, before acting/reacting? I have no idea whether there are any recognised/accepted answers to such things.
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Psyche Accepted Answer
Good Evening
I am very interested indeed in these synchronicities.

I find myself wondering about the role of faith, and conversely that of fear. I think there are many reasons why people respond In an unhelpfully negative way and some of this is about having faith that the responses which come from the higher self and the spiritual principles really are the things that will ultimately make the difference. It is described and outlined so beautifully In the Magical Battle of Britain and I think we can learn so much from the approach of Dion Fortune in those times.

I tend not to do mantras or rules for living- they mostly irritate me- but I do have one- which is - don't make decisions based on fear. Fear drives many negative patterns. If we react from a place of fear then we are acting from the shadow side of the cosmos and manifesting that, rather than being driven from spiritual principles and manifesting these.

It seems to me that these synchronicities inspire faith and offer guidance.
Psyche.
It is not for me to teach the Psychologists their business, however great the need.
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Peter Nascien Accepted Answer
I wonder if there is truth in the idea that all our fears derive ultimately from one fear, which is the fear of death?

As it happens - unsurprisingly perhaps, given that this is Easter week - DF gives some useful guidance on what is meant by 'Resurrection' and the overcoming of fear and death in her comments on the Collect for this week. (see the category: 'DF's message for the week')

A similar comment can be found in The Cosmic Doctrine near the end of the chapter ‘The Law of Limitation Part II:

“It is very useful to be able to project consciousness on to the mundane sphere, but it is very disadvantageous to be fettered by the conditions of that sphere. You are held to that sphere by two things - fear and desire.”

These are such big subjects to deal with! We can only deal with them one small step at a time.

Peter Nascien
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Peter Nascien Accepted Answer
Greetings to all visitors to this website

There is so much to concern us at the moment, both here in Britain and over much of the world. The problems and crises seem greater now than in the past - at least, in my memory. And yet equally there is also a growing tide of very positive change for the good, although it does not always make the headlines.

For all of us who are involved in any sort of spiritual or esoteric work, I think the question we must ask ourselves each day is: What have I done today that has helped to create harmony and goodwill?

Each of us will answer this question in our own way, but something the Companions of Dion Fortune can offer is the Glastonbury Tor meditation that was devised by Dion Fortune nearly 80 years ago in a time of world crisis. You will find the meditation described in full elsewhere on this website, but in brief, it takes us to the heart of Glastonbury Tor where we can meditate with power on the spiritual ideals that are symbolised there.

Do join us in this meditation! Your work will be much appreciated.

Peter Nascien
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Peter Nascien Accepted Answer
Dear Companions

I am discovering so much wisdom in my weekly study of Dion Fortune's 'Mystical Meditations on the Collects!' It is quite unlike any other of her other books and she offers us some remarkable food for thought that so often seems to strike a chord for the present time. Unfortunately the book is not currently in print although second hand copies can be found quite easily. ( There is a separate section: 'Dion Fortune's message for the week" elsewhere on the website.)

I would like to share DF's comment on the Collect for this week as it has lodged in my mind like a mantra:

"The weapons of our warfare are not carnal."

All good wishes,
Peter Nascien
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Wendy Accepted Answer
Dear Companions

I've just been reading - and re-reading many times - a recently published book by Mark Vidler and Catherine Young called 'The Sacred Geometry of the Earth.' This has to be the most mind-boggling book I've ever read, and because it has such profound magical implications I hope it is ok to share it with you on this website. I do believe that Dion Fortune would have found it very interesting!

Because the book describes 'lines' across the Earth, and alignments between sacred monuments, significant hills and natural features, it seems to fit in with the previous postings in the section headed 'The Goat-Foot God - Ley Lines,' so I've put my description of the book in that section - I hope this isn't confusing!

Best wishes and happy reading
Wendy
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Nova Genista Accepted Answer
Dear Wendy

Thank you for telling us about 'The Sacred Geometry of the Earth'. It is certainly very OK to share such things on this website - we hope others too will join in the discussions and tell us of works they come across that they feel to be of interest. I especially welcome the mind-boggling and will be looking out this book.

Thank you very much for your contributions.

Very best wishes to you
Nova
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Peter Nascien Accepted Answer
Greetings, Companions

I will be relieved to see the back of August. Occultly, it is said to be the most challenging month of the year. Dion Fortune placed much emphasis on the Occult Tides and the importance of working not only with the incoming Tides that bring new life and creativity but also with the outgoing, Cleansing Tides. Although the period between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox is the most widely recognised of the Cleansing Tides there is also a lesser one in August, in which the cleansing is brought right through into the Earth Plane. It can be experienced as disruptive and uncomfortably turbulent. Things can appear to go inexplicably wrong in August.

Keep calm. Go with the flow. Enjoy a break from occult activity. Tend your garden. All will be well!

Peter Nascien
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Peter Nascien Accepted Answer
Greetings, Companions

We are always delighted to discover new books about Dion Fortune and are therefore very pleased to bring to your attention Naomi Ozaniec's latest publication: "In the Footsteps of Dion Fortune - a Series of Connections."

Naomi has provided a description of the book for us, and this can be found in the 'Events and Publications' section of the Forum.

Read and enjoy!

Peter Nascien
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Peter Nascien Accepted Answer
Greetings, Companions

I am very happy to let you know that the Articles section of the website now includes the full version of Dion Fortune's 'Chant of the Elements.' This invocation of the Elemental Powers was communicated to her in 1926, and although I'm sure many of you are familiar with some of these wonderful words, the complete Chant is not always easy to find. I hope you enjoy using it as much as I do.

All good wishes,
Peter Nascien
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Peter Nascien Accepted Answer
Greetings, Companions

It was great to meet so many people at the Dion Fortune Seminar in Glastonbury on 23rd September! Each of the talks - and what a variety of topics! - was fascinating and I certainly learnt a few things.

One of the talks (given by Christian Gilson) was on the subject of the Guild of the Master Jesus. This is perhaps one of the least well-known aspects of DF's work and I believe it was mentioned in the discussion after the talk that the actual Rite of the Master Jesus was not easily available.

We are therefore very pleased to be able to include the text of this Rite on our website. You will find it listed under the 'Resources' section of the Main Menu.

To the best of our knowledge this is the full and correct version of Dion Fortune's original version of the Rite, but if anyone has any additional information or believes that we have not reproduced it correctly, please do let us know!

With every good wish
Peter Nascien
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MargaretB Accepted Answer
Hello All
Yes, I thought the Glastonbury seminar was an excellent event too. Very interesting and a chance for folk to get together and share ideas - and the odd glass too.
On the note of things of interest, thank you Peter and the others responsible for this site for making 'The Rite of the Master Jesus' and all the other very interesting things so accessible.
Thank you.
Margaret
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Peter Nascien Accepted Answer
Dear Companions

We are very pleased to let you know that 'Sparks from the Cosmic Flame' has been published by Skylight Press.

The book is a compilation of essays written by a number of folk who have each been inspired by Dion Fortune's The Cosmic Doctrine. Each writer interprets the book in an entirely new and different way.

So, something for everyone here, and we can thoroughly recommend it!

All good wishes,

Peter Nascien
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JMG Accepted Answer
Hello all! I found this forum and website via random websurfing a week or so ago, and have enjoyed the commentary and articles a great deal.
-- John Michael Greer
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Psyche Accepted Answer
Welcome to our Forum!
we hope you continue to enjoy it and look forward to your comments.
Psyche.
It is not for me to teach the Psychologists their business, however great the need.
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