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The Dion Fortune Seminar 2019 will take place in Glastonbury Town Hall on Saturday 7th September. (Please note that this is a couple of weeks earlier than usual.)

THE DION FORTUNE SEMINAR 2019
Town Hall, Glastonbury
Saturday September 7th 2019 from 0930h onwards


The speakers this year will be:

Wendy Berg - "Dion Fortune and the Soul"

Elaine Bailey - "Dion Fortune and Anna Bonus Kingsford"

Christian Gilson - "The Chant of the Elements....and what we might do with it today"

Mike Harris - "The Priestess from Craig Y Don"

In addition to the presentations there will be a forum session. This will give the opportunity for those present to raise their own Dion Fortune related questions and for short discussions.

Tickets:
£16 before 20th July 2019
£18 before 2nd September 2019
£20 on the door

Full details and tickets can be obtained at the organisers' website
https://www.companyofavalon.co.uk/the-dion-fortune-seminar

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We include below historical information about some of the previous seminars to show the range of topics covered in these interesting events. We are pleased to say that some of the papers from these events are available on this website - see the link to 'Articles' on our homepage.

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THE DION FORTUNE SEMINAR

Town Hall, Glastonbury
Saturday September 22nd 2018 from 0930h onwards


The speakers this year will be:

Alan Richardson - "Dion Fortune and the Great He-shE

Wendy Berg - "Dion Fortune and Merlin"

Christian Gilson - "Re-inventing Christianity....Reclaiming the Celtic Spirit"

Ian Rees - "The Devil and Dion Fortune"

In addition to the presentations there will be a Forum Session. This will give the opportunity for those present to raise their own Dion Fortune related questions and for short discussions.

Tickets:
£16 online to 12th August 2018
£18 online after 12th August 2018
£20 on the door

Full details and tickets can be obtained at the organisers' website:
http://www.companyofavalon.co.uk/the-dion-fortune-seminar

The Dion Fortune Seminars have been held almost every year for the last 10 years or so, usually in Glastonbury. Previous speakers have included Gareth Knight, R J Stewart and Gary Lachman along with a variety of authors and magical workers who represent different aspects of the Dion Fortune tradition.
The seminars make a very enjoyable day out! Good speakers, interesting new ideas and plenty of time for chatting anf getting to meet like-minded folk in between the talks. Tea and coffee is available and there is usually a book stall.
This year the seminar is the day before the equinox so those who stay over until the Sunday might take the opportunity to celebrate it at the Tor or Chalice Well. We may well see you there!

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THE DION FORTUNE SEMINAR

Town Hall, Glastonbury
Saturday September 23rd 2017 from 09.30 am onwards


The speakers in 2017 were:

Gary Lachman - "Pyschic Self Defence: How to stay safe during the war on reality"
J.R. Petrie - "Dion Fortune and the other Arthuriad"
Christian Gilson - "Dion Fortune, the esoteric Christian"
Paul Ashdown - "Dion Fortune and the pagan emergence of Glastonbury"
Mike Harris - "The Sea Priestess"

The 2017 speakers included Gary Lachman, one of the most respected contemporary writers on esoteric and occult themes. He has written more than a dozen insightful and very readable books dealing with aspects of the meeting ground between consciousness, culture and the western esoteric tradition, including ‘ A Secret History of Consciousness,’ ‘Beyond the Robot: the Life and work of Colin Wilson’ and ‘The Quest for Hermes Trismegistus.’ (He is also one of the founding members of the rock group Blondie!)

Other speakers included J.R. Petrie (who gave a very well-received talk in 2016 on the connections between magic and psychotherapy, the transcript of which we are delighted to include on this website) and Paul Ashdown, author of the fascinating: 'The Lord was at Glastonbury.'

Christian Gilson and Mike Harris spoke on two contrasting aspects of Dion Fortune's work: Pagan and Christian.
Psyche Accepted Answer
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Thank you so much for letting us know about next year's event, I have it in the Calendar!

I've just started reading Gary's Secret History of Consciousness and am enjoying it very much, and I like his style. He's a new discovery for me. What a coup to get him!

Thank you too for posting the Cosmic Doctrine article on our website which was given at the 2016 seminar. I enjoyed every moment of the talk.
Psyche.
It is not for me to teach the Psychologists their business, however great the need.
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I have put the September Seminar in my diary too. It seems to be developing quite a reputation and appears unique in terms of being an event where a broad range of folk are prepared to meet up and share their ideas relating to Dion Fortune's work and the Western Mystery Tradition - something that I believe is to be encouraged, irrespective of the history of secrecy associated with WMT.
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Hello Companions
I am very pleased to be able to say I will be speaking again at the DF Seminar this year. My topic will be quite different to last year's psychological slant on DF . I will be speaking about my other passion which is the Tolkien mythology. The title is something along the lines of ' Dion Fortune and the other Arthuriad.'

I look forward to seeing old friends and new in September.
Psyche.
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That's wonderful news, Psyche! I will be booking my flight soon :)
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Thank you Seawhisperer.
I look forward to speaking with you again :)
Psyche.
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Such an interesting programme! Looking forward to it :)
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For those who weren't there, I have posted my talk and path-working in the articles on the front page of the site.
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The 2018 Seminar programme does indeed look interesting and, with the Equinox the day after, I think I may well be tempted to make a weekend of it. Perhaps a long weekend.....
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Thank you very much for advertising the Seminar! Over the years (10 years?) these Seminars have become a significant part of the Dion Fortune tradition. (Perhaps 'egregore' would be a better word?) They are a great opportunity for getting together with like-minded folk, but over and above that there is the unique feeling of inspiration that comes from genuine contact with the work of the Mystery Tradition.

And I am very excited to have the opportunity to speak about DF and Merlin!

Looking forward to seeing y'all, Wendy
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DF and Merlin! Am very excited to hear about it. It will be good to hear you again Wendy, and hoping that you can be persuaded to put your talk here on the website in due course :)
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There is still time to make the Dion Fortune Seminar this year, on this coming Saturday. Tickets are available on the door.

We are very much looking forward to it, there is a great line up of speakers, the detail in the thread above.

Not only is the seminar a wonderful opportunity to hear what practitioners are working on, but it is a great social event, welcoming to newcomers and of course to old friends.


hope to see Companions there.


Psyche.
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Great line-up again, looking forward to it!
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Well what a marvellous day it was. I am just home and still haven't quite 'landed'.

It was good to see our friends and so positive to meet people from other groups, each with our own unique approach to Dion Fortune but all together in fellowship, harmony and good debate.

Thanks to Mike from CoAvalon for pulling it together, to all the wonderful speakers (we are hoping to persuade some of them to post their papers here), and to everyone for the thoughtful and good humoured debate.

It was a moment to feel very good and inspired about our work.


We have to wait a whole year now!

Psyche.
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I agree wholeheartedly with the comments by Psyche above. What a great time - and what an interesting day. (I have one slight reservation. I had an impression, rightly or wrongly, and for the second year running, that one of the speakers mixed politics with magic in what seemed to me a somewhat inapposite way. But I suppose that is only an issue if folk do not notice).
Many congratulations to the organisers and speakers.
Looking forward to next year.
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Hello Everyone

Indeed yes, a great day, lovely people, friends old and new and a good time had by all.

The talk I presented - Dion Fortune and Merlin - has now been posted on this website, with many thanks! If you go to the Home Page and click on 'Articles' you will find it at the foot of the list.

Wendy
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Dear Wendy

Thank you very much for contributing your talk to this site. A thought provoking piece.

Thank you again
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Yes thank you very much for posting Wendy, it is really good to look at it again and digest it.

I am planning on including it as part of my Tor Meditation as it seems too important to just do once.

kind regards
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The programme for this year's Dion Fortune Seminar at Glastonbury on 7th September looks to be another good one. Full details, and a link to the organisers' website, are given at the head of this thread.
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