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The 2019 Dion Fortune Seminar will take place on Saturday 7th September, in Glastonbury Town Hall.
We have a separate thread for this event at http://www.dionfortune.co.uk/forum/the-dion-fortune-seminar where full details and a link to the organisers' website is available.

We welcome comments on all upcoming events and new publications relating to DF and allied areas.
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Sparks from the Cosmic Flame: Essays Inspired by Dion Fortune's The Cosmic Doctrine
Edited by Wendy Berg, we understand that this exciting venture is due for publication by Skylight Press in August this year.
We will keep you posted with further information as it becomes available.
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Dion Fortune Seminar 2017

Taking place on Saturday 23rd September at the Town hall in Glastonbury, we see that the programme and registration details are now available on the organisers website.

http://www.companyofavalon.co.uk/the-dion-fortune-seminar
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Just found these on Facebook.
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Thank you John for posting the pictures. Fascinating, and charming. I do not think I have ever seen those before.
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What amazing Pictures! Thank you John for finding and posting these. What presence she Has!
Psyche.
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Skylight Press's Facebook page has flagged up an article on twenty two novels that popularised and influenced pagan ideas (http://www.patheos.com/blogs/betweentheshadows/2015/12/22-novels-that-popularized-and-influenced-pagan-ideas-part-2-of-2/).
DF's 'The Goat-Foot God' and 'The Sea Priestess' feature at number 3. The other 21 novels are, in general, books of the popular kind such as the 'Discworld' and 'Harry Potter' Series.
DF's influence on modern pagan witchcraft is also noted by Hutton in 'The Triumph of the Moon' alongside discussion of the likes of Aleister Crowley, Robert Graves and Margaret Murray.
Whilst DF may not always be the first name mentioned by many when considering those who have influenced the Western Mystery Tradition, her appearance high in the lists arising from two quite different viewpoints arguably underlines the breadth of influence that she has had, and still has, across a remarkably broad spectrum.
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In the Footsteps of Dion Fortune – A Series of Connections by Naomi Ozaniec

Naomi writes:

The book is my homage to Dion Fortune who has been part of my life since the age of twelve. Like Dion Fortune, my work is written with the intention of planting the seeds of initiation by using the power of the word to act upon the consciousness of the reader as an enzyme.

"In the Footsteps of Dion Fortune" provides a broad outline of the power and purpose of an occult training, it is the work of a lifetime, a vocation and calling. DF took great pains to explain, elucidate and educate every aspect of the Path as a deepening experience with the divine. Her works form an instruction manual for the serious and dedicated student; these are the necessary principles to be lived and understood from within. Her legacy is that of a wise and skilled teacher, my work provides a guide to the corpus that she spent her life creating. It is beholden upon the Adept to leave a most special gift to those with the eyes to see and the ears to hear, in the words of transmission are the ways and means of becoming aligned with the tradition; the Great Work is an ever-open doorway; Dion Fortune stands as a guardian at the portal, holding the door open for those who seek to follow in her footsteps.
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Hello Companions, I am looking forward to seeing some of you very soon at the Dion Fortune seminar. I am working hard on my presentation which will focus on the Tolkien mythology, and convey my hypothesis that Tolkien and DF shared a purpose in supporting the Group Mind of our land during the transition to the Age of Aquarius.

I am being prompted to include a short path working which will be a Journey into Rivendell to meet Arwen Undómiel, and I particularly welcome our Companions in this endeavour.

And hopefully for a glass or two afterwards!
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It was really good to see so many familiar faces, and new faces too, in Glastonbury today. Lots of food for thought.
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It really was a very good day indeed. Such a good range of topics presented, and good discussions.
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Also to let people know, Skylight are expecting that Sparks from the Cosmic Flame should be sent to the printers within a couple of weeks.
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Avalon Group Open for Applications.

The Avalon Group, previously known as the Gareth Knight Group, has been closed to new applicants for some years now as the group has been at full capacity.

We have been notified that Avalon are now accepting applications from those who would wish to join the working group.

Avalon has also been developing an e-course for those who would be unable to attend meetings but wish to learn more under supervision. The e-course is expected to be open to applicants around the turn of the year.

Details of both courses, and how to apply, are available on the Avalon Group website.
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"Sparks from the Cosmic Flame: Essays Inspired by Dion Fortune's The Cosmic Doctrine"
Published by Skylight Press

If you have read The Cosmic Doctrine and you love it, or if on the other hand you have tried to read it and struggled, I think you will find something of interest in this book.

It is a series of essays written by magical workers who have found it inspiring and empowering, and have developed some of its ideas in ways that may surprise you!

The Cosmic Doctrine and Qabalah, the Cosmic Doctrine and the Feminine, as a basis for magical practice, as mythology - even The Cosmic Doctrine and Hobbits! I am confident that when you have read this collection of essays you will think of 'The Cos. Doc.' in a different light.

And that, of course, is its purpose.

Love to all
Wendy Berg
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Wendy
Thank you for drawing this to our attention. I have just finished a first read through of 'Sparks from the Cosmic Flame'. A very interesting and stimulating read. Just like 'The Cosmic Doctrine', 'Sparks from the Cosmic Flame' merits rereading - and a lot of thought.
Many thanks for bringing this to fruition.
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On the off chance it's of interest, three of the four thrillers Dion Fortune wrote as "V.M. Steele" are now in print again, and the fourth is being edited right now:

Hunters of Humans
The Scarred Wrists
The Yellow Shadow

As thrillers go, they're dated but pretty good on their own terms. (Full disclosure: I know several of the people involved in getting these back in print.)
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thank you very much for letting us know- just in time for Christmas too!
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Sparks from the Cosmic Flame – A review by Pat R.
‘Sparks’ consists of twelve essays written by students of Dion Fortune’s book The Cosmic Doctrine, twelve people from varying backgrounds. As Wendy Berg says in essay No.1, “The aim of the Inner Plane guides who communicated The Cosmic Doctrine to Dion Fortune was to help students form a working understanding of Cosmic Law: in other words [to see] the repeating patterns, rhythms and principles upon which the whole of our universe is based”. It is not the intention of the essays in Sparks to explain the ideas described but to show how individual people “have been inspired by its wisdom, and have applied what they have learnt to illumine their own diverse fields of work and interest” (WB). Each essay allows you to experience the teaching through someone else’s eyes. This can only be for the good. You probably won’t agree with everything that is written but even where you disagree this helps to sort out in your mind what you can accept and what you can’t. Even knowing you disagree helps remove confusion.
The essays are varied, each one providing a different approach. Each essay will reveal a different way of thinking, an alternative view, and show how aspects of The Cosmic Doctrine can be built into your own knowledge. It may be that not all the essays reflect your way of thinking but within many of them you will find a hidden gem, a positive thought which reverberates within you and helps to smooth the way.
Studying The Cosmic Doctrine is not an easy ride and for those who expect to be able to fathom and rationalise information can leave one perplexed and unsatisfied. I came to The Cosmic Doctrine many years ago from a background of scientific research. I read it and decided I couldn’t make head nor tail of it so I put it back on the shelf and there it stayed. Reading Sparks took away much of that uncertainty and inspired me to read it again, this time including the additional information from Margaret Lumley Brown which she called ‘Afterthoughts’ (Weiser 2000). The main message relayed from Sparks is that the objective of The Cosmic Doctrine is to train the mind and not inform it. Accepting this and making allowances for the fact that the information given was filtered through DF’s personal approach and was limited by the knowledge available at that time before the age of quantum physics gives a sympathetic starting point. This, added to the fact that since reading it the first time I have read a lot more from all aspects of occult literature, hopefully gaining in occult experience (as well as age), I am therefore in a better position to appreciate the view of others. For instance, I can see that the primitive interpretation of aboriginal tribes is not wrong, just limited, and in many instances more beautiful.
You will see how everyone processes it differently and that there is no right or wrong way to interpret the information. Those of you with a scientific approach may find it necessary to make some logical sense of it but the essays show how a poetic or psychological approach can add extra dimensions. They show that no-one need despair of getting something from The Cosmic Doctrine because all approaches are valid. Everyone admits it is difficult and abstruse but it seems the trick is to raise your consciousness to a higher level and let the information from The Cosmic Doctrine flow into and through your mind, grasping what you can and allowing the rest to provide images and symbols.
Remember that essentially it isn’t fact but metaphor. Allow the patterns and rhythms to flow and see what it brings for you. Sparks can give you confidence to accept the metaphors without needing strict interpretation. As for The Cosmic Doctrine, if you failed the first time, read it again. To the artistic person, don’t be put off by the apparent scientific jargon; to the scientist, don’t be put off by its apparent lack of reality; in both cases go with the beauty of the metaphor. Sparks is well worth reading and can greatly assist in making progress to gain the most from The Cosmic Doctrine.
Take a positive approach and allow The Cosmic Doctrine to train your mind with the help of the essay writers in Sparks. Take the overview, the symbols, the patterns and allow the images to flow. We are studying the inner view, the occult view and not factual meaning.
This is what I gained from reading Sparks: twelve very different essays, highly individual. All have something to offer even if it stimulates disagreement.
Maybe write your own essay and submit it to the DF website.
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Dion Fortune Seminar 2018, Glastonbury

We see the Company of Avalon has published details of the 2018 Dion Fortune Seminar which will take place in Glastonbury on Saturday 22nd September 2018. Details of the programme are available on their website at http://www.companyofavalon.co.uk/the-dion-fortune-seminar
Looks as though it could be another good one.
There is a separate thread on this forum for this important event http://www.dionfortune.co.uk/forum/the-dion-fortune-seminar
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The Company of Avalon, which works in the tradition of Dion Fortune, is holding a weekend workshop on the Magic of Trees.

May 21-24th at Hawkwood College.

See Company of Avalon website for details.
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The programme for this year's Dion Fortune Seminar looks great, looking forward to it!
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