“Priestess: The Life and Magic of Dion Fortune” by Alan Richardson (second revised edition 2007)

"Priestess: The Life and Magic of Dion Fortune" by Alan Richardson (second revised edition 2007)

"This new revised, expanded and beautifully-written edition tells the full story of a woman who hid behind a veil of secrecy and who became a cult figure in the years after her death. A brilliant writer and pioneer psychologist, her whole life was devoted to living out an eternal Myth in a story that can be told in terms of Virgins and Dragons, Moons and Oceans, and the spirit of the land itself. As a powerful psychic and medium, obsessed with the study and practice of Magic, and a high-grade initiate within the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, her career was never entirely in this world, and her companions not always human. From her birth in Llandudno, through her years in the drowned lands of Somerset, the author unfolds the luminous and very moving patterns of her life: her early career as a psychoanalyst, her memories of past lives on Atlantis and relationships with Inner Plane beings who have an evolutionary interest in our world; her romance with a man she believed to be ono-human and her fraught marriage to a doctor whom everyone knew as Merlin; the foundation of her own group devoted to bringing through the Western mysteries at a time when few people knew that there was such a thing and the story of her long, hard, and always stormy journey into the Otherworld, towards the heart of the Goddess that she saw as sleeping within the Earth itself, and who needed awakening."