Dion Fortune was a British occultist, ceremonial magician, novelist, and author.
A prolific writer, Dion Fortune produced a large number of articles and books on her occult ideas and also authored seven novels, several of which expound occult themes.
Fortune was born Violet Mary Firth on 6 December 1890 at her family home on Bryn-y-Bia Road in Llandudno, North Wales.
During the First World War, she joined the Women’s Land Army and established a company selling soy milk products. She became interested in esotericism through the teachings of the Theosophical Society, before joining an occult lodge led by Theodore Moriarty and then the Alpha et Omega occult organization.
Fortune identified her beliefs as being part of what she termed “the Western Mystery Tradition”.
She adhered to a form of esoteric Christianity, and has been described both as a Christian Qabalist and as “a devout mystical Christian“, albeit “a very unorthodox one“.
She expressed the opinion that “in any school of Western mysticism the author and finisher of our faith must be Christ Jesus, the Great Initiator of the West”, and treated “the Master Jesus” as her personal spiritual guide.
During the Second World War, she organized a project of meditations and visualizations designed to protect Britain. She began planning for what she believed was a coming post-war Age of Aquarius.
Dion Fortune is recognized as one of the most significant occultists and ceremonial magicians of the early 20th century.
Dion Fortune Quotes:
1. “We take spiritual initiation when we become conscious of the Divine within us, and thereby contact the Divine without us.”
2. “A religion without a goddess is halfway to atheism.”
3. “What you contemplate, you touch. What you enter into in imagination, you make yourself one with.”
4. “When we speak of the Path we mean much more than a course of study. The Path is a way of life and on it the whole being must co-operate if the heights are to be won.”
5. “Superstition has been defined as the use of a form whose significance has been forgotten.”
6. “The initiate, however, uses a symbol-system differently; he uses it as an algebra by means of which he will read the secrets of unknown potencies; in other words, he uses the symbol as a means of guiding thought out into the Unseen and Incomprehensible.”
7. “In brief, the Tree of Life is a compendium of science, psychology, philosophy and theology.”
8. “The average man may be capable of benefiting by initiation, or he may not; it also depends upon his capacity; but each individual should have the opportunity of advancing to the highest development of which he is capable.”
9. “After all, the human machine is an internal combustion engine running on spirit.”
10. “The great sun, moving in the heavenly houses, has left the House of the Fishes for the House of the Water-bearer. In the coming age shall humanity be holy, and in the perfection of the human shall we find the humane. Take up the manhood into Godhead, and bring down the Godhead into manhood, and this shall be the day of God with us; for God is made manifest in Nature, and Nature is the self-expression of God.”
11. “Symbols are to the mind what tools are to the hand–an extended application of its powers.”
12. “The true secret of natural goodness lies in the recognition of the contending rights of the Pairs of Opposites; there is no such antimony as between Good and Evil, but only balance between two extremes, each of which is evil when carried to excess, both of which give rise to evil if insufficient for equipoise.”
13. “In varying degrees and upon different levels all gods and goddesses represent aspects of One God Which is both ‘male’ and ‘female’.”
14. “The true nature of the gods is that of magical images shaped out of the astral plane by mankind’s thought, and influenced by the mind.”