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Training and Work of an Initiate

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Traces the ancient Qabalistic, Greek, and Egyptian roots of the Western esoteric systems, and how the initiation tradition has been handed down from adept to neophyte. Dion Fortune reveals both the broad outlines and underlying principles of these systems. Includes a new introduction by Gareth Knight. Index.
Paperback, 144 pages
Published November 1st 2000 by Weiser Books (first published 1930)
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Jeanne Thornton
Okay look first off: it is a bummer when you get through 118 pages of an occult book only to learn that all queer and intersex people are universally banned from initiation into magical practices, except of course for "phallic rites and black magic, where such things have a use." Fuck you very much, Dion Fortune! Also: ludicrous early-twentieth-century "scientific" racism, except in terms of magical practices, ugh, but at least not very much of it.

But aside from that, what is there even to say a
Utterly fantastic. I continue to fall further in love with Ms Dion Fortune. This is a must for all occultists are those interested in any form of spiritualism - reread and pass along!
Another classic of occultism from Dion Fortune. A must read for all occultists.
Highly recommend Dion Fortune's books. Have enjoyed every one.
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Violet Mary Firth Evans (better known as Dion Fortune), was a British occultist and author. Her pseudonym was inspired by her family motto "Deo, non fortuna" (Latin for "by God, not fate").

From 1919 she began writing a number of novels and short stories that explored various aspects of magic and mysticism, including The Demon Lover, The Winged Bull, The Goat-Foot God, and The Secrets of Dr. Tavern
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