Society of the Inner Light

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"The Society of the Inner Light’s prime purpose is to maintain and expand the bridge that exists between outer life in the world and spiritual forces upon the inner planes.

"It was founded in 1924 by Dion Fortune – Violet Mary Firth – at the instance of an inner plane Master. That is to say by a spiritual being who, having experienced and learned the lessons of life on Earth, has no further need physically to incarnate and has undertaken to help humanity progress by giving spiritual insights to those who are attuned to receive them. The general aim of this is the balanced earthing of spiritual principles under the general headings of Power, Love and Wisdom...

"Her major inner plane contacts were first made at Glastonbury, a charged spiritual centre with Christian spiritual roots centered upon the Abbey, legendary roots centered upon its Arthurian and Grail legends, and Elemental roots centered upon the Tor and surrounding hills.

"One result of her experience and research was a number of books. An early important one, ‘dictated’ from inner plane sources, is The Cosmic Doctrine, which describes in symbolic terms the divine creative process, from its cosmic inception to its expression in human and universal evolution. Another is The Mystical Qabalah, an exposition of the Qabalistic Tree of Life, which clearly explains the pattern of spiritual and psychic forces which play through the universe and which form the make-up of every human being." [1]

"The Society of the Inner Light (the name was changed for legal reasons) continued to operate in much the same way for some years after Dion Fortune's death, largely under the inspiration of the remarkable mediumship of Margaret Lumley Brown. During this time a new generation of well known writers and teachers such as Gareth Knight, Charles Fielding, Dolores Ashcroft Nowicki, Kathleen Raine and Peter Valentine Timlett passed through its doors. It continues today as an initiatory school with much the same principles as those upon which it was originally founded." [2]

Books by Fortune

  • The Cosmic Doctrine
  • The Mystical Qabalah
  • Applied Magic and Aspects of Occultism
  • Esoteric Orders & their Work;Training and Work of an Initiate
  • The Esoteric Philosophy of Love & Marriage
  • Glastonbury, Avalon of the Heart
  • Machinery, of the Mind
  • Psychic Self-Defence
  • Through the Gates of Death

Books by Fortune with Gareth Knight

  • The Magical Battle of Britain
  • An Introduction to Ritual Magic
  • The Circuit of Force
  • Principles of Hermetic Philosophy
  • Spiritualism and Occultism
  • Practical Occultism
  • Principles of Esoteric Healing


Web: 38 Steele’s Road, London NW3, 4RG, United Kingdom.

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  1. Society of the Inner Light About, organizational web page, accessed September 20, 2013.
  2. angelfire About Dion, organizational web page, accessed September 20, 2013.