Dion Fortune born Violet Mary Firth (6 December 1890 – 8 January 1946), was a prominent British occultist, author, psychologist, teacher, artist, and mystic. Schooled in Western Esotericism, she was influential in the modern revival of the magical arts. She was also a prolific writer of the supernatural and the occult in both novels and non-fiction works. As a psychologist, she approached magic and hermetic concepts from the perspectives of Jung and Freud. Two of her novels, The Sea Priestess and Moon Magic, became influential within the Goddess Movement and Wicca, especially upon Doreen Valiente.
Dion Fortune maintained a residence and teaching center in Glastonbury at the base of the Glastonbury Tor. While there she claimed to make trance contact with the Esoteric Order known as the Secret Chiefs. Between 1941-42 the information she purportedly channeled became known as The Arthurian Formula which formed a cornerstone of the inner work of the Society of the Inner Light. A book on the subject edited by Gareth Knight was released in 2006. Her Society of the Inner Light continues to function, and has also given rise to other orders, including The London Group, until recently headed by Alan Adams (aka Charles Fielding), and Servants of the Light, headed by Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki.wiki
- Alan Richardson, Priestess: the Life and Magic of Dion Fortune (Thoth Publications, 2007). Review