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Sane Occultism

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  129 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Contents: What is Occultism? Is Occultism Worth While? Deeper Issues of Occultism; Credulity in Occult Research; Meditation & Psychism; Use & Abuse of Astrology; Records of Past Lives; Numerology & Prophecy; Group Karma; Authority & Obedience; Secrecy in Occult Fraternities; Left-hand Path; Occultism & Immorality; Psychic Pathologies; Mental Trespassing ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published October 1st 1973 by Charles T. Banford Company (first published January 1920)
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Dec 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: magick
You know how in "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince" Harry finds a used potions textbook that has linear notes that help him understand the subject? I found a used copy of this book that was owned by a college professor where the linear notes are just as interesting as the text itself.
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Apr 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
A very straightforward and grounding treatise on the aspects of sound occultism. Will surely assist any serious practitioner in how to approach the plethora of New Age nonsense that is rampant in today's world.
Rachel McDonald
Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a wonderful view into the history of the occult, I'm obsessed with her books.
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Aug 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nmcc, 2013
This book was written in the 20's, and it was originally a VERY critical series of articles that were published in a magazine about occultism. She got in a big heap of trouble with her peers for writing them.

Fortune was a genius, there's no doubt about that, and while many of her articles are still valid today, there are a few that make you go "hmm" since they were a product of the science and social assumptions of their day. Still, worth a read, if you are into that sort of thing, just take s
Mar 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book is excellent for pagans and others who practice energy work, magic and so on. I'm close to being finished so I think I can review it. I've always liked Dion Fortune because she's very well read, well researched and she's done a lot of work to dispel much of the myth, hype and b.s. in the pagan world. This book will definitely help you keep your feet on the ground. I don't agree with all her beliefs, she still held quite strong to her Christian roots while I let much of mine go; however ...more
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Feb 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: esoterica
Hm. A fascinating read, if hampered by language of the Era and her view on former colleagues. Unfortunately, her views of the Left-Hand Path is the same as the modern-day view, which I thought disappointing. Despite that stale view, her book, which is a collection of essays on various subject concerning the study of the Occult is still a worthwhile book to have.
Dec 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
one of *few* authors on the occult that I feel was truly sane. She seemed to have retained her balance until the end of her life.
Louise Carlson Stowell
Mar 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: occult
It was an interesting read. It talked about the pitfalls and the types of personalities that should not engage in magic or occultism. It talked about psychic self-defense. A good read.
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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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