Five Aids to Magical Thought: Dion Fortune and the Path of Occult Fiction by Penny Billington

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Druid and writer Penny Billington explores the process of occult instruction through the fiction of Dion Fortune. “Writers will put things into a novel that they daren’t put in sober prose, where you have to dot the I’s and cross the T’s.”1 This quote is from Dion Fortune, to my mind the foremost magical teacher of the West. It tells us clearly that in writing fiction, magicians can go out on a limb. They can give us a taste, secondhand but deeply felt, of genuine magical experience. Our esoteric training…

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