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4.18  ·  Rating details ·  405 ratings  ·  22 reviews
First published in 1938 and 1956, neither Sea Priestess nor Moon Magic have been out of print and are enduring favorites among readers of esoteric fiction. New packages will update these classic novels and introduce them to a new generation of readers.
Paperback, 235 pages
Published June 1st 2003 by Weiser Books (first published 1956)
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T.D. Whittle
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dion-fortune, reviews
This book was first published in 1957, eleven years after Fortune's death, so it was completed by friends of hers. This is somewhat obvious, but not tragically so. In Moon Magic we pick up the trail of Vivien Le Fay Morgan after her adventures in The Sea Priestess. Vivien has travelled to London, following an inner calling, where she has changed her name to Lilith Le Fay and is seeking to establish an Isis cult.

I liked Moon Magic better than The Sea Priestess and I am not entirely sure why. I
Sep 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: novels, magic-studies
As Dion Fortune herself states in her introduction, this is not a novel for entertainment, but a novel that illustrates the application of the magical theories described in her non-fiction works. Perhaps to someone unfamiliar with those concepts this might be simply an interesting fantasy, but I found it quite powerful, illuminating, and inspiring.
Jen McConnel
Jul 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Dion Fortune's books are packed with esoteric wisdom, and she's sometimes a hard author to read. I've been working my way slowly through this novel for months, but last night I was finally able to finish it.

This book is the sequel to "The Sea Priestess", but it could easily be read and understood alone. I preferred this novel, in fact.

Lilith Le Fey is a strange woman by the standards of pre-war British society. She lives alone, practices ancient magic, and is searching for a priest to help her
Carolina Montague
Oct 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Carolina by: Deborah Bennett
I read a friend's copy in 1980 and when it was reissued, got a copy of my own.

Fortune was a member of occult circles in the early to mid 20th century. She writes with the authority of one who is steeped in the occult traditions she uses in this novel.

The crotchety character of Malcolm, the doctor selected for her by the gods to work magic to create a shift in the collective consciousness by the ritual she creates is quite vivid, as is the priestess. What she seeks to shift is the repressive
Manfred Manfred
Nov 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
just about the best occult book of its type
Some parts of hard for me to read or drag on funny because of the writing style. There's some good bits of information and good moments throughout. The character behavior and dialogue was a bit cringy for me in a few spots.
Lissa Notreallywolf
May 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: occult-fiction
I decided to read Dion Fortune's fiction to see how much of an influence she has been on some other novelists that I have enjoyed. Yes for Katerine Kurtz, and yes for Mercedes Lackey. It may simply be the Western Magical tradition that I am homing in on, but further reading will make that clear. I also noted that Forturne referenced her fiction in Pyschc Self Defense which was recommended by my friend Ted.
Her novels are marked by a celebration of the English "race" sort of a nationalistic pride
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Read this ages ago with the pagan group on goodreads. I'm a fan of Dion Fortune. It couldn't have been easy being an occult practitioner in her day. She showed us the way through the Door Without a Key . . .
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned, religion
The vast majority of the book is wonderfully written, but the parts channeled after her death are for the most part deeply lacking, with occasional insights into what I hope Dion would have written.
Doris Raines
Feb 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So far my very most favorite book of hers and of all the books I have read.
Gabriel Clarke
Mar 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2016
An interesting book but, sadly, not a good one. The first three chapters have the same skilled sense of character and place as the first three quarters of The Sea Priestess. Then the magician with the lecture notes takes over. The other thing which is even harder to ignore is the misogyny which is explicit and pronounced in so many places. Like Margaret Thatcher, Lillith is a goddess who revels in the worship according by the men in a man's world and who seldom shows anything other than contempt ...more
Oct 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I loved Lilith's courage, power and overall presence. What a perfect character! Strong yet gentle, masterful yet patient with her "student."

I did feel, however, that the book came to a rather abrupt end. When Lilith says in chapter 17, "We have done the first part of that which we set out to do..." I expected a lot more to happen. But the book was over in the very next chapter. That was my only semi-complaint. The writing was great, the characters kept me
Micelle Coetsee
Mar 13, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: esoteric
The story started out well. The first three chapters captivated me but unfortunately the change over to the next section hindered the initial flow. From here on it became more of an instruction manual than a novel. However, I enjoyed the content and was intrigued as to where the plot would lead. It will be an insightful read to those interested in the esoteric.
Jun 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Surprisingly well written

This book is a sort of sequel to see priestess, but it was never finished by the author, and the final third was channeled by a different author. There's a lot of male versus female energy, and the different dynamics that come out of a very repressed society. I would definitely recommend reading it if you want to get lost in the mysteries.
Aaron Meyer
Jan 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: occult
My favorite of the fictional works of Dion Fortune. I liked it better than the Sea Priestess which was the first in the series. Like the Sea Priestess, this work is an essential one on the shelf just for the demonstration of how occult ideas work in life.
Cliff Vititoe
May 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love the way Dion writes, a little old fashion at times but wonderful, or so I think. She gives you enough about the characters without bogging you down with to much detail. By the time I finished the book I had a good understanding of Ms. Fortune's spirituality and beliefs.
May 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a fascinating look into the world of ceremonial magic! I find her sense of modernity about gender roles and relationships and society very interesting for the time period. This is well worth the read.
Jun 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
It was hard work. I have read Dion Fortune's fictional books before and coped with the awkward language and general stiff air of the tale pretty well because they've been a lot shorter but this was almost painful to get through I am afraid.
Nicole Diamond
Nov 08, 2011 rated it did not like it
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If it has two stars I liked it a lot and would recommend it
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If it has four stars I insist you read it
If it has five stars it was life changing
Sheena Cundy
Dec 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Loved this sequel to Sea Priestess... great characters again! And the author's magical knowledge shines through from every page. Great book.
Nov 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Marvelous book!
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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.

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