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The Training & Work of an Initiate

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"The Training and Work of an Initiate" shows how, from ancient Qabalistic, Greek, and Egyptian roots, the Western Esoteric Systems have an unbroken initiation tradition that has been handed down from adept to neophyte. In this book, Dion Fortune indicates the broad outlines and underlying principles of these systems, illuminating an obscure and greatly misunderstood aspect ...more
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Published November 15th 2000 by Weiser Books (first published 1930)
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Jeanne Thornton
Dec 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think anyone who intends to pursue a Western mysteries tradition with vigor should read most, if not all, of Dion Fortune's books. They are clearly written by somehow who lived this path, and not only lived it, but innovated within it and was committed to offering the fruits of her efforts in service. There is ample practical information in here about the path - walking it, understanding it, etc. This said, Fortune had some unfortunate (a generous euphemism) beliefs about the English "race" th ...more
Isobelle Fox
There are pearls of Wisdon here, but not all of Fortune's ideas resonated with me. The unnecessary dichotomy of mystic and occultist, the admonition against blending Eastern and Western traditions followed by the practice of doing so in the work itself, the racial, gender, and sexuality based discrimination as well as the distinction between the efficacy of ritual as practiced by someone who has been injured accidentally as opposed to one with a similar congenital issue - these kinds of things w ...more
Jan 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Highly recommend Dion Fortune's books. Have enjoyed every one.
Jun 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Aug 23, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Another classic of occultism from Dion Fortune. A must read for all occultists.
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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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