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This review is from: Dion Fortune's Rites of Isis and of Pan (Paperback)
An excellent book. There is something here for fans of Dion Fortune's occult fiction; something for anyone keen to write their own rituals; and something for ceremonial magicians involved in group work.
On the first count, Gareth Knight and Dion Fortune discuss the content of the novels, excepting `The Demon Lover', explaining why they are structured as they are, what Dion Fortune's aim was in writing them, and positioning them within a wider context - for D.F. intended there to be ten novels in all. On the second count, clear indications are set forth concerning the basic factors upon which any ritual needs to be founded. On the third, the last three appendicies contain many clues, and are at times more explicit, on the subject of polarity.
The full rites of Pan and of Isis are printed here, rites that were performed publicly in their day. Parts are to be found in the novels but so far as I know the whole texts have never been published before. Also included is Dion Fortune's insightful article `Ceremonial Magic Unveiled'. It is a slim book, running to less than 140 pages, but packed with useful information, tacit instruction and experience-based opinion.