Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Inner Light

Dion Fortune (1890-1946)

Dion Fortune , occult magician and exponent of the concept of psychic vampirism, was born Violet Mary Firth in 1890 in Wales. She manifested psychic abilities at an early age, which led to an interest in spiritualism, psychoanalysis, and theosophy. Around 1919 she joined the Alpha and Omega chapter of the Stella Matutina, a group loosely affiliated with the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, a ritual magic group. While a member of the order, she took a magical motto, "Deo Non Fortuna" (By God not luck), which was later shortened to Dion Fortune, her public name.

Five years later she founded the Fraternity of the Inner Light to attract members to the Golden Dawn, but soon split with the order and developed her own version of magical teachings. She claimed contact with the "Inner Planes" of wisdom from which she received the fraternity, but penned a number of books, including: Sane Occultism (1929), The Training and Work of an Initiate (1930), The Mystical Qabalah (1936) and The Sea Priestess (1938).

In 1930 Fortune published one other more popular books, Psychic Self Defense. The book grew out of her own experiences with a boss who had gained some degree of occult training in India and who tried, by occult means, to obtain Fortune's assistance in several nefarious schemes. In her occult work Fortune who had been witness to various incidents of psychic attack, which she was called on to interrupt. Among the elements of a psychic attack were vampirism, nervous exhaustion and a wasting of the body into a "mere bloodless shell of skin and bones". Fortune propounded an occult perspective on vampirism. She suggested that occult masters had the power to separate their psychic self from their physical body and to attach it to another and to drain that person's energy. Such a persons would then unconsciously begin to drain the energy of those around them, especially people with whom they are in an intense emotional relationship. Unfortunately, I have had contact with people in my life that have done this to me.They try to suck the very life out of me, leaving me drained and exhausted. Thankfully I have learned to look for the tell tale signs and cut them competely out of my life.The attack on the psychic self would manifest in what appear to be bite marks on the physical body, especially around the neck, ear lobes, and breast of females. It was Fortunes belief that troops from the eastern Europe during World War I had several accomplished occultists among them. These occultists, upon their deaths, were able to attach themselves to British soldiers who survived the war and, hence, made their way to England.

Fortune included fictionalized accounts of the incidents of psychic vampirism in The Secrets of Dr. Taverner. Recently, the story of Fortune’s early experience of psychic attack was discussed in some detail in a book by Janine Chapman.


Chapman, Janine. Quest for Dion Fortune. York Beach, ME Samuel Weisner, 1993.

Fortune, Dion. Psychic Self Defense: A Study in Occult Pathology and Criminality. 1930 London: Aquarian Press

Have any of you had this experience? Comments are always appreciated.

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N Posted by Rain at 9/27/2006 07:22:00 AM


  • Blogger jules posted at 3:13 PM  
    I've never read the book Psychic Self Defense, but I like the sound of those words!
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