Dion Fortune and The Magick Battle
Dion Fortune took her name from the Latin meaning of her birth surname, which was Firth. She was a well known occultist who wrote many books on different aspects of the occult. A rocky and odd childhood led this woman to become one of the more well known occult writers of the early 1900’s.
At the age of four Dion, who was then known as Violet Mary Firth Evans, started to see visions of the lost city of Atlantis. Several years later she started to develop more psychic abilities and this led to her having a nervous breakdown at the age of twenty. Whether the nervous breakdown is what brought her to the occult or the occult is was brought her to a nervous breakdown we will never know, but after being released from hospital she joined the Theosophical Society of London.
In 1919 Dion started working with her first magical mentor; an Irishman known as Theodore Moriarty. Through her studies with Moriarty she started to dabble in deeper occult practices and was initiated into the London Temple of the Alpha et Omega and Stella Matutina orders.
Although she wrote many books that are still in wide publication today, there is something a little more interesting that she was involved with during her life. During World War II many occultists and magickal practitioners in England worked magick against the German war machine. This has been dubbed the “Magical Battle of Britain”. The details of this work are set out in a series of letters that Fortune wrote at the time about the working.
Many occultists and practitioners believe that this magickal working is what led to her death shortly after the war ended in January of 1946. Part of the legend around this work is the fact that Hitler planned to invade Britain on at least two occasions and each time ended up not invading. A book called, The Magical Battle of Britain, was published by Sun Chalice Books in 2003. This was done mainly by the work Gareth Knight put into making the book a reality. Gareth Knight is the current leader of Dion Fortune’s esoteric group, The Society of The Inner Light.