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An insight into practical positive occultism
on 15 March 2012
Despite the exciting title, this book is a collection of Dion Fortune's letters to members of her fraternity between 1939 and 1945. Faced with wartime travel restrictions which prevented them holding meetings, Dion Fortune encouraged her colleagues (and anyone else who wanted join in) to take part in weekly meditations on a pre-arranged topic. Far from being an attempt to wage war through occult methods, the meditations focus solely on the positive - boosting morale, sowing seeds of accord and co-operation, and visualising a return to harmony through national archetypes and the sovereignty of the land - for example by connecting with the mythical archetypes of Britain through an imaginary journey into Glastonbury Tor. If you were hoping to read about her cursing aeroplanes out of the sky and grappling with Hitler on the astral plane then you might be disappointed. However, if you're looking for a practical description of Dion Fortune's meditation techniques and magical work, her trance mediumship and a glimpse into the working of her Society, there's a great deal of valuable material in here, much of which can still be used today. The book also shows something of Dion Fortune as a person, as, for example, when their headquarters was hit by a bomb just days after she'd asked members to pray for its protection - which, despite her narrow escape from injury, she was cheerfully able to joke about.