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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Wisdom of Birch, Oak, and Yew by Penny Billington

Wisdom of Birch, Oak, and Yew by Penny Billington

Hermann Hesse (the Swiss poet, novelist and painter) once said: Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. They do not preach learning and precepts, they preach, undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life. There is a strong tradition of tree wisdom in the British Isles and one person who knows more about it than most is Penny Billingtom. Penny is a writer of both fiction and non-fiction books and an active member of the Order…

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