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关于Dion Fortune,说几句

对我而言, 走过了学习Western Esotericism的一段路, 最佳导师是20世纪的英国人Dion Fortune. 她的头脑清澈精微, 心灵健全而平衡, 她的文字水晶般的清晰透彻, 毫无造作, 直接了当地揭示了Perennial Wisdom的核心原理和操作法则, 同时伴随着健全的常识感、心理分析的科学性和卓越的哲学洞察。作为废话最少的作家之一, 她的已经出版的现有著作, 几乎都是必读的经典。她本人认为, 主要著作是《The Mystical Qabalah》和《The Cosmic Doctrine》[接收来的启示性著作]和5部长篇小说。在这些主要著作之外, 她还为她的Inner Light Magazine和组织成员写了涉及多个主题的系列文章, 这些文章如今大多已经集结出版, 其中让我们受益最多、感觉精彩过瘾的书有《An Introduction to Ritual Magic》、《Principles of Hermetic Philosophy》、《The Circuit of Force》; 《The Esoteric Orders and Their Work》和《The Training and Work of an initiate》。另外有特别价值的几本书是《The Esoteric Philosophy of Love and Marriage》、《Psychic Self-Defence》和《Through the Gates of Death》[2005年Weiser Books出版的新版书名改为<Dion Fortune's Book of the Dead>。[慢慢阅读消化中; 《Principles of Esoteric Healing》和小说《The Winged Bull》至今没有买到。] 

关于Dion Fortune 写小说的意图: 在Dion Fortune和克劳利生前的那个年代, 由于他/她们不能违背加入order时立下的保密的誓愿, 因此就把magic和Tantric Yoga的实践操作写进了作为"虚构文学"的小说里。Dion Fortune明确说过, 她在《The Mystical Qabalah》中讲原理, 在小说尤其后4部长篇小说中讲实践操作。即便原理和见解的层面, 她也在小说里表达了与其原理著作不尽一致的一些真话。

关于Aleister Crowley和DF如何看待对方, Kenneth Grant这样说: That Crowley thought highly of Dion Fortune and her Fraternity of the Inner Light is suggested by the fact that he had already attempted to meet her, and that after her death he wrote a letter to a close associate in which he claimed that Fortune and he had "a very secret understanding"; he also expressed a desire to take over her organization. Fortune's initial reluctance to meet Crowley may have been due in part to the fact that she lampooned him in one of her stories, but her qualms were no doubt overridden by her essential inner accordance with the basic tenets of the New Aeon. She made this accordance clear in a letter that she wrote to Crowley in1945.

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