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  3. Thursday, 04 August 2016
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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
Greetings, Companions

Visitors to this website will be familiar with the name of Gareth Knight, who through his many books about Dion Fortune has kept her wisdom and inspiration alive and available to all.

Although initially trained in the Society of the Inner Light, in 1973 Gareth Knight founded his own school of the Mysteries, and this group continues to flourish today. In 1999 it was renamed 'The Avalon Group' but we have been advised that it has now reverted to its original name of 'The Gareth Knight Group.'

For those interested in learning more about the group's work, reading Mr Knight's books is the first step! You can also find some information in our 'Groups working in the Dion Fortune tradition' page, or at the group's website: http://www.garethknight.org

Best wishes to all Seekers
Peter
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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
At last! Well done! After 85 years, we finally have confirmation that DF really did write that definition of magic we all like to quote. And as you say, the whole article makes an interesting read.
Many thanks, Wendy
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Nova Genista Accepted Answer
In 1931 Dion Fortune appealed for help in charting the power-centres and holy places of Britain (Power Centres of Britain, Occult Review, Vol 53, Feb 1931). This included a request for folk to send records of psychic experiences at power-centres.
Does anyone know whether this was followed through and whether the findings exist and/or were published?
Irrespective of that, the time is now ripe for such a task to be undertaken again.
I would be very grateful if folk would email me with their experiences through the website with 'Power Centres' in the Subject Field. Please do state if you wish to remain anonymous in any compilation.
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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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Wendy Accepted Answer
I'm very sorry to learn that the Society of the Inner Light magazine is to be discontinued. It has been published for many, many years and maintained that essential, talismanic link between the SIL and the 'outside world' of all those who work within DF's magical tradition. And now it's gone.
Wendy
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Nova Genista Accepted Answer
Thank you Wendy for telling us of that. The magazine will be missed.

Does anyone out there know if it is because SIL wishes to withdraw from the public gaze, because it is felt such information should not be disseminated, because it is felt all that has to be said has been said, or because of something else?
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Psyche Accepted Answer
Yes I was sad to learn of it too. I will miss it.

All I know is what was said in the editorial, which is that, despite the efforts of the editor, sufficient contributions had not been forthcoming. I was surprised, as it always seemed full of things, but one does not know just how much effort has to go in behind the scenes to produce it. All the same I thought it was a shame that another solution was not possible, such as reducing the number of issues, or some such. The Editor said that other forms of publishing, such as the internet, were perhaps easier for people.

I don't know if there is any other underlying reason. Sad.
It is not for me to teach the Psychologists their business, however great the need.
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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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Helios Accepted Answer
Greetings Companions !

Thank you for accepting me on to the forum and I look forward to meeting old and new friends on here.
The main site is wonderful indeed, so i'm enjoying reading this at the moment.

Best wishes,

Helios
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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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Peter Nascien Accepted Answer
Regarding the withdrawal of the SIL magazine, I think it’s worth remembering that it was originally (in the 1930s) issued as a monthly journal, and consisted almost entirely of articles written by Dion Fortune for the purpose of sharing some of the resources and wisdom of the SIL with others. It also served to publicise the weekly programme of lectures, discussions and meetings held at the society’s premises.

In recent years, the “SIL magazine” has increasingly depended for its existence on articles written by non-SIL members, which is an interesting point!

I’m sure it would be much appreciated by all if the present leader of the SIL resumed the original aims of Dion Fortune by communicating some of the wisdom and resources of the SIL to others through a monthly journal, and by reinstating DF’s programme of lectures and discussion groups open to a wider audience.

Failing that, as Nova Genista has suggested, the many talented authors in the DF magical tradition who are no longer able to offer their work to the SIL magazine are of course most welcome to avail themselves of the facilities and wide readership of this website.

Best wishes to all Companions for a happy and prosperous year ahead

Peter Nascien
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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
Dear Wendy
Thank you very much for posting your paper Dion Fortune and the Soul. Not only is it very interesting but it is thought provoking too. Perhaps those with any queries or ideas on the points raised may like to post and discuss them on this forum. Thank you again.
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Peter Nascien Accepted Answer
Dear Companions
Our apologies to those of you who have logged into the website recently but not found what you were looking for. An unexpected glitch meant that several of the more recent posts temporarily disappeared into cyber-space. However, all is now well!

Our very best wishes to you all, and our hopes and prayers that 2021 will prove to be an easier year.
Peter
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Peter Nascien Accepted Answer
Greetings!

I am sure that many of you enjoyed the recent Dion Fortune Seminar in Glastonbury. It was wonderful to be able to meet up with friends old and new, and to listen to the excellent talks and presentations. Another DF Seminar is planned for next year, so that's something to look forward to.

Mike Harris, who organises the Seminars, spoke of Atlantis and the problems that can arise if it is looked at from an unrealistic or glamourised point of view. Mike has written more on the subject and we are very pleased to be able to post his essay 'Dion Fortune, Atlantis and eugenics' on the website. You can find it in the Main Menu under Authored Articles.

Best wishes to all
Peter Nascien
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Peter Nascien Accepted Answer
Greetings Companions

We are very pleased to post a new article: 'Notes on the Planes and Evolution.' You can find it on the Home page in the drop-down menu headed 'Dion Fortune.'

The original paper is dated 1923 which, as you will know, was the year in which Dion Fortune first mediated the material communicated to her by a number of Inner Plane guides or Masters and which was later published as The Cosmic Doctrine.

As you will discover, this paper deals with many topics that were included in the final text of The Cosmic Doctrine - and one or two which were omitted.

We do hope you enjoy reading it.

Best wishes to all
Peter Nascien
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