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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.
Psyche Accepted Answer
Hello John thank You! We are new as you can see so just getting going, a good time to join!

Sorry to be slow replying as I was at the Dion Fortune seminar too and had a great day. Good food wine and company too on top of the weather and papers ;)
It is not for me to teach the Psychologists their business, however great the need.
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KatieBelle Accepted Answer
Hello, and thank you for adding me as a Companion, I am so delighted to see this website you have no idea. Well done to those who have set this up - she is totally ready for a new lease of life.... times have moved on and things have changed.

I've been quietly doing my own thing with Dion Fortune for some years now, may I ask is anyone else being nudged very hard to move to Glastonbury to do something new with her work?
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Peter Nascien Accepted Answer
Dear Companions

We have posted a couple of new articles on the website for you to have a look at!

The first is the transcript of a talk given by Wendy Berg at the Dion Fortune Seminar in 2015, 'Dion Fortune and Egyptian Magic.'

The second is the first instalment of a compilation of quotations from Dion Fortune's writings.

If you would like to contribute your own DF quotations to the Forum, please feel free! Ideally, try to keep them fairly short - a single sentence if possible - and if you can supply the reference so that interested readers can look them up, even better.

With all good wishes,

Peter Nascien
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Psyche Accepted Answer
Hello Katie, a very warm welcome to our site, and so pleased it feels right for you. Whilst I don't feel drawn to move to Glastonbury (much though I love it) I do believe, as Nova has said that Dion Fortune is very active at the moment and there is a need to bring through new impulses from her work. No doubt that will manifest in different ways for each of us, and perhaps Glastonbury is the place for you.

In some ways, our tor meditation is a sort of ' war letters, the next generation' . She used paper because that's all she had, and we believe that were she working on this plane now, she would make good use of t'internet, so here we are. And let's see what comes of it!
Good wishes, Psyche.
It is not for me to teach the Psychologists their business, however great the need.
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Peter Nascien Accepted Answer
Dear Katie

Welcome! It is wonderful to envision all those involved in Dion Fortune's work gathering together in person at Glastonbury! We could certainly bring about something magical and marvellous. I believe, though, that gathering together on the astral plane within the Tor and taking part in the shared meditation will have a significant and positive effect, not least because of all the previous work undertaken there by Dion Fortune and her magical Fraternity. I think she has much still to teach us!

All good wishes,
Peter Nascien
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KatieBelle Accepted Answer
OK, right I think I've got a grip on how this 'forum' thing works but do excuse me if I drop random comments in odd places, I'm afraid I get terribly confused around these online discussion thingies and avoid them like the plague, but, well ... this is about Dion Fortune!

So, hello everyone and thank you for such lovely warm replies.

I feel sure that everyone involved *will* gather at Glastonbury, sooner or later. I appreciate that we can visit places on the inner planes but sometimes, do you think that one's own energy field has to be *at* a place to achieve certain results? It seems to me that the force generated by each person can be used to focus energies from above and below to merge and be used to create balance throughout us and the planet?

For me at least, when I'm doing a ritual on the top of a mountain or other specific location in the dead of night, it's a hell of a lot more pokey than sitting in my Temple room at home visualising it... but then I'm an outdoors kinda gal ;)

I am staying at Chalice Well this weekend and intend to take the Tor Meditatons with me... I usually write up my notes in a book, shall I put some in here if anything notable transpires?

Love to you all <3 xxx
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Nova Genista Accepted Answer
Hi Katie

Oh yes, I am with you there. There is something about some locations that enhance meditations and other magical work. I find it does not have to be a well known site. For me it can be some quiet place, seldom visited by others - that place that just draws one back again and again. I found one such place that drew me - then it very quickly took a part in indoor meditations too - but that does not replace my visits to the place.

Whilst I say it does not have to be a well known site - Chalice Well, wow, now that's a good place. Do let us know how it goes and, above all, enjoy it!
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Elin Accepted Answer
Hi Katie

Nice to make contact with you and a warm welcome to our group.

Well as I am undoubtedly the outdoor girl here I thought I would give you my thoughts on your question about indoors or outdoors.

I believe that our inner contacts can be reached wherever we are whether it be a Temple or outside and it will achieve the same result.

Just for background I've worked with groups (and alone) for many years doing outdoor ritual at all times and places; in broad daylight, night time, in between times (great for faery), woodland, moorland, oceans edge stone circles and so on, and in all kinds of weather. I've also done a lot of Temple work. I find outdoor working can invoke some wonderful contacts with the spirits of the land and locality as well as the physical living things of the Land and the elements, which seem to respond with often astounding synchronicity. Therefore I tend to use outdoor ritual more for seasonal festivals for which they are entirely suited. However seasonal workings can be very effective in a temple setting too. I also find different times of the day and night are more suitable depending on the type of seasonal working.

So the choice of location can depend very much on what the purpose of the ritual or meditation is and the ease with which the meditation's objective can be achieved within the chosen environment.

For a meditation like the Tor I do not believe that it makes a difference apart from personal preference and inclination and it is up to the individual to decide what is best for them. The important thing is to be comfortable and undisturbed (and nature and the weather can be an engaging distraction) and be able to link into the subject of the meditation and maintain it with intent. Intent is always the key.

I imagine if I were staying at Chalice Well, I would undoubtedly choose a place in the gardens or beside the well, so long as I know I will not be disturbed or pelted with hailstones! Although that can always be viewed as a challenge... And I personally would also go up the Tor and try and find the place that feels like the entrance in the Tor meditations. But again that is a personal thing and not necessary for these meditations.

Hope you enjoy your stay. Yes do report back on any realisations, that would be lovely. I am off to Malvern this weekend, some lovely connections to be made there.

With many blessings

Elin
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Nova Genista Accepted Answer
Hi Katie

There certainly seems to be some push at present to progress matters started by Dion Fortune. I do not think that necessarily requires folk to be at Glastonbury, at least on the outer.
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Psyche Accepted Answer
Hello Companions
I thought you might like to hear about an interesting snippet of information . The publishers of DF’S Magical Battle of Britain have noticed that sales of this book have really increased over the last few months. There might be a number of reasons for this of course, however it does seem that the work of DF is coming through very strongly at the moment.

I hope this means that people are contributing to the Tor Meditations!
Psyche.
It is not for me to teach the Psychologists their business, however great the need.
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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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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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Nova Genista Accepted Answer
Hello Companions all
Have you quoted DF's famous definition of magic? Have you heard others do so? Have you read the publication from which it is taken? We are delighted to be able to provide a copy of the text of DF's 'The Rationale of Magic'. Just follow this link:
http://www.dionfortune.co.uk/articles/the-rationale-of-magic
The full reference for this 1934 paper is also given on that page for those who might wish to source the original hard copy through their local library.
Apart from the definition of magic, it is a very interesting read.
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Wendy Accepted Answer
Thank you very much for this Nova. What a good idea!

I don't know what the results of DF's request were. I can imagine that there was probably a good initial response; my impression is that psychic experiences were well accepted, fashionable even, in the 1930s but I have not come across any record of DF's initiative being followed through. It would certainly make an obvious and worthwhile extension to her work at Glastonbury.

I'm sure there are many folk who have received psychic impressions at power-centres and/or sacred sites throughout the UK and it would be fascinating to collate them. Perhaps some sort of pattern would emerge?

Best wishes to all, Wendy
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Nova Genista Accepted Answer
Perhaps those who might otherwise have submitted articles and similar to the SIL magazine might like to submit them to this website instead to add to the excellent articles that have already been published here.
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Psyche Accepted Answer
Hi There Helios
So pleased that you like the site. We look forward to hearing any thoughts you might like to share.
Kind Regards
Psyche.
It is not for me to teach the Psychologists their business, however great the need.
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Wendy Accepted Answer
Dear Companions

I have just posted the talk I gave to last year's Dion Fortune Seminar: Dion Fortune and the Soul, and you can find it listed on the Home page. It's a huge subject which I have only touched on briefly, but I hope you enjoy reading it.
With best wishes to all, Wendy
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Nova Genista Accepted Answer
Hello from me too. I am very much looking forward to linking with all those like minded folk meeting on this site. What an exciting venture.
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John Accepted Answer
Just found this Website. Very nice!

Just wanted to drop by and say hello :)

Best wishes,

John
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