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The Arthurian tales are closely connected with the Western Mystery Tradition and it seems many with an interest in Dion Fortune's activities have an associated interest in things Arthurian. I came across a web based resource relating to Arthurian mythology maintained by the University of Rochester at http://d.lib.rochester.edu/camelot-project that some may find of interest.
Peter Nascien Accepted Answer
Many thanks for posting this link - it looks like a very interesting website.

You mention that many folk with an interest in Dion Fortune are also interested in the Arthurian and Grail legends, and I’m sure you’re right. I think DF had a profound understanding of the magical potential in these stories, and she realised how they could be worked with as a practical system of magic. It's a pity that she didn't write more fully about them - and surprisingly most of what she did write in regard to the legends' deeper meaning can be found ‘The Magical Battle of Britain,’ although as we’ve noted elsewhere on this website this book is arguably her most revealing in terms of how she practiced her magic. If only she had penned an Arthurian novel! Her Lady of the Lake would surely be a figure comparable to the Sea Priestess.

We do know however that her Fraternity of the Inner Light used some of the magical symbolism from the legends in their rituals, and to my knowledge it was Dion Fortune who introduced - or perhaps it might be more accurate to say remembered - the technique of adopting the name of one of the Arthurian Knights or Ladies and then ‘living out’ certain aspects of their story through your own experiences, particularly in your dedicated magical work. For instance you might become a ‘Follower of Gawain’ and re-live his search for the Green Chapel, or become a Companion of the Lady of the Lake and explore what this means for the present day.

I’m sure that the stories are intended to be used and worked with in a practical fashion. For example, a magical group of twelve I once worked with took as a basic idea of the Round Table as a symbol of the signs of the zodiac, allied each sign with either a Knight or Lady and explored each sign/character in turn. I seem to remember that we had Galahad/Gemini; Percivale/Cancer; Kundry/Scorpio; Elaine/Virgo…..and so on. (Not sure if I'd use the same attributions now, but we had great fun at the time and it was remarkably enlightening!)

So many books have been written about the Arthurian and Grail legends, and a lot of them are written from a purely literary point of view rather than as practical magic, which means it can be difficult to know where to start. My personal favourite version is Malory’s ‘Morte d’Arthur.’ You can open it at almost any page and find some truly magical writing that brings the characters alive - it seems instantly to take you into the inner-worlds.

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