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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Weiser Books; Revised edition (1 Nov. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578631831
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578631834
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 14 x 1.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 371,975 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Initiation into the Western Mystery Tradition. 2000 ed 133pp

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THERE has always been a widespread belief that some men know more than others, and that instead of sharing certain aspects of their knowledge with their fellow-men, as they were willing, nay eager, to do with certain other aspects of it, they kept them sedulously to themselves, or communicated them only to a chosen few, whom they either bound to inviolable secrecy, or permitted to impart the knowledge in their turn only to those who were prepared to assume the same obligations and who were judged worthy to receive this great privilege. Read the first page
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52 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Peter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 12 July 2003
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In this very readable work, Dion Fortune deals with the tradition of initiation in the Western Esoteric Tradition and explains the principles of these esoteric systems. An interesting foreword by Gareth Knight discusses Fortune’s place in metaphysical thought, declaring her a great synthesist ever holding a balance between the strands of hermetic occultism, devotional mysticism and nature mysticism. Knight even refers to Tolkien’s account of creation in The Silmarillion as reflecting Fortune’s approach to certain metaphysical questions! The book provides information on how the initiate prepares the mind, spirit and body for the journey on the esoteric path and what the path of initiation looks like. The book is divided into three parts: Ethical, Theoretical and Practical. It details the way of initiation, preparations and daily life upon the path and provides a ground plan of illumination. There is also valuable information on the training of the mind and the body. I found the discussion of the relationship between natural and esoteric science very insightful and her division of what she terms “illuminism” into two branches – mysticism and occultism, very informative. According to the author, mysticism aims at the speediest possible attainment of the divine union of the soul with its source and in order to achieve this it eliminates all that causes separation. Occultism on the other hand, aims to organise and master phenomena and bring them into harmony with the eternal law of the real. Ultimately, the difference is only a matter of temperament. Fortune then proceeds to classify religions and movements like Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Theosophy, Spiritualism, Christian Science and New Thought into these two branches.Read more ›
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Massimo Pasquali on 16 April 2003
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This text is aimed at those students interested in High Ceremonial Magick; it has nothing to do with new-age stuff.
Dion Fortune (aka as Violet Mary Firth) and G. Knight are the most talented representative of the Western Tradition Magick.
Serious students should not miss the chance to get this book.
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By willow on 7 Dec. 2013
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Recently found this in a used book store, really shows what treasures can be found if you look.
I sort of agree with both of the earlier reviewers. It's not a book to learn wicca or witchcraft from , its not one of the first books you need,so if moving along that path Read Scott Cunningham, Kate West, Doreen Valiante or Dorothy Morrison's books if looking for that-pretty much everything they've written is useful to aspiring witches.
But having said that, Dion Fortune's book's are works that anyone interested in magic/occult should read at some point on their path as they are regarded as classics in this field.
While not everything is useable, there are some pearls of wisdom scattered throughout this work, I especially like when she said (Quote) :
'It is not everybody who is ready for initiation. It is said that it takes three lives of steadfast effort to find the path; but even if we see no likelihood of the goal being achieved in this life, lets remember that everything must have a beginning, and we cannot have a third life of achievement without a first and second life of preparation. Evenif we have no hope of making this life one of achievement we can still resolve to make it one of preparation. As time is measured differently on the inner planes, it maybe that we still achieve more than we ever thought possible'

I have to admit that I feel I'm on my first life of preparation!
Occasionally the book seemed alittle old-fashioned but it has every right to, since originally published in 1930.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. J. Padfield on 9 May 2012
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Bought this to add to my collection of Dion fortunes books.an interesting read if somewhat obscure in places.
Dion Fortune is one of the best occult writers
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By protech3 on 7 May 2014
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A truely enlightening work in to a reality we seem to have forgotten. another rememberable experience I will appreciate for a long time to come.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Angela C on 18 Mar. 2014
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It's Dion Fortune. She knows what she's talking about, most of this is from her own experiences. Very informative, excellent.
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