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  A LIST OF BOOKS WRITTEN OR EDITED BY GARETH KNIGHT
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OBTAINING THE BOOKS

Most of the books below can be found at Amazon and other online retailers. Recent publications are available from Skylight Press. You can also try Thoth Publications who publish or hold stocks of older books. Otherwise look for used copies via Bookfinder or a similar service.

 

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Dion Fortune
   
  Initiations – translation of the classic work by Paul Sédir [2014]
Paul Sédir (1871-1926) was at the forefront of French occultism and mysticism. This book, written over a period of 25 years, contains a lifetime's accumulated knowledge and ideas writen in a first-person narrative which speaks directly to the reader's unconscious. To read it is to be changed by it! Paul Sédir was initiated into around 20 esoteric orders before deciding to focus solely on a Christian mystical path, following his meeting in 1897 with the healer Maître Philippe.

For full details, see publisher’s website www.skylightpress.co.uk

Paul Sedir Initiations  
       
 

Melusine of Lusignan and the Cult of the Faery Woman [2013 reissue]
The Faery Melusine is a major figure in medieval French lore and legend. This book shows how it is a powerful initiatory legend, and presents a vivid interpretation of the medieval source texts.

It also demonstrates how such legends manifest through history: the innate sacromagical power of Melusine affected key places and events in the development of the medieval world and from there reached far into the shaping of the modern world through the conflicts for Jerusalem and the Middle East. This reissue edition includes some extra illustrations.

See publisher’s website www.skylightpress.co.uk

Melusine Cult of Faery  
       
  Esoteric Training in Everyday Life [2013]
A book of collected articles and knowledge papers written by me over the years. In addition to the title article it covers The Meditation Process, the Tree of Life as Image of God, The Tree of Life as Model of the Universe, Reflections on Life and Spirituality, The Importance of Coleridge, and The Impact of Psychology on Esoteric Societies. The underlying theme is how our daily lives can be made a training ground for adepthood.

For full details, see publisher’s website www.skylightpress.co.uk

Esoteric Training  
       
 

Christ and Qabalah [2013]
For forty years my friendship with the Rev. Anthony Duncan provided a two-way source of inspiration and encouragement, leading directly to his book The Christ, Psychotherapy and Magic and my Experience of the Inner Worlds, which have become companion texts of esoteric Christianity. This book tells the story of that friendship, illustrated with photographs and with Tony's letters and poems.

For full details, see publisher’s website www.skylightpress.co.uk

Christ & Qabalah  
       
 

Dion Fortune's Rites of Isis and of Pan [2013]
This book contains the full text of the original Rite of Isis and Rite of Pan which formed the basis for Dion Fortune’s Moon Magic, The Goat-Foot God, and The Sea Priestess. Further archive material elucidates the practical magical principles found in The Winged Bull, supplemented by several articles written by Dion Fortune in the 1930s which shed further light on the practical content of her novels.

For full details, see publisher’s website www.skylightpress.co.uk

Dion Fortune's Rite of Isis and Pan  
       
  The Faery Gates of Avalon [2013]
A mind blowing re-take on the function of the ladies of the knights of King Arthur's Round Table. How in the earliest Arthurian romances they were faery women acting as guides, guardians and lovers to the knightly heroes, inciting or enticing them onto quests that were in reality initiations into Faeryland. Now, from an esoteric point of view, the stories of Erec, Yvain, Lancelot, Perceval and Gawain retold from the Old French of Chrétien de Troyes who got them in turn from Welsh and Breton story tellers steeped in Celtic myth and legend. What is more, how "opening the faery gates" can be possible and relevant to us today, and how best to go about it.

For full details, see publisher’s website www.skylightpress.co.uk

Faery Gates of Avalon  
       
  The Book of Melsuine of Lusignan in History, Legend & Romance [2013]
Drawing upon the best available sources about her, mostly translated from French, this book provides a collection of material to give an all round picture of the remarkable faery Melusine of Lusignan: her town, her church, her immediate family, and the great Lusignan dynasty she founded.

For full details, see publisher’s website www.skylightpress.co.uk

Book of Melusine  
       
 

Magical Images and the Magical Imagination [2012]
Third edition
A little book that is a logical extension and complement to my earlier Practice of Ritual Magic. It aims to give an easy to follow classification of various types of magical image, along with instructions for their use as agents of self realisation and spiritual growth. In short, the theory and practice of creative visualisation and meditation ranging from the circulation of force within the aura to the development of a full magical system of "path working". Topics covered are the Magical Imagination, Cosmic Charts and Maps, Landscapes and Journeys, Temples and Shrines, Guardians and Guides, the Threefold Way of the Lesser Mysteries and the Sevenfold Way of the Greater Mysteries. The new and expanded Third Edition includes chapters about the Tarot and Qabalistic Pathworking.

For full details, see publisher’s website www.skylightpress.co.uk

Magical Images  
       
  The Secret Tradition in Arthurian Legend [2012]
The first fruits of a remarkable series of public workshops at Hawkwood College. This one based upon the archetypal themes, images and characters of the Arthurian cycle and their place in the Western magical tradition. It derives from a remarkable series of inner teachings received by Dion Fortune and expanded by Margaret Lumley Brown, demonstrating how the Arthurian legend may be structured into a workable mystery system comprised of three primary grades of attainment. The first that of Arthur and the Round Table Fellowship, the second that of Merlin and the Faery Women, and the third that of Guenevere and the forces of Love, leading to the Greater Mysteries of the Holy Grail.

For full details, see publisher’s website www.skylightpress.co.uk

Secret Tradition in Arthurian Legend  
       
 

Tarot & Magic: The Treasure House of Images [2012]
Second edition
A substantially expanded version of the original Tarot book, first published in 1986 as The Treasure House of Images and then re-issued in the US with the new title Tarot & Magic. This edition combines both titles and adds several chapters of new material, including a substantial section on working with the archetypes behind the minor arcana. Overall the book makes comprehensive guide to using the Tarot as a system of practical magic.

For full details, see publisher’s website www.skylightpress.co.uk

Tarot & Magic  
       
 

Faery Loves and Faery Lais [2012]
A collection of 12 medieval Breton lais, rich in faery lore
The first nine tales come from travelling poet-musicians, who collected stories from the Celtic fringes of Ireland, Wales, Cornwall, and Brittany on the continental mainland. These are the more ‘rough and ready’ lais, but the supernatural elements of these tales are left intact for the masses that delighted in a rich diet of fantasy and spiritual wonder. The latter three tales come from the pen of Marie de France, a courtly lady connected to the English court of Henry II. Unlike the more rustic jongleurs Marie sought to recontextualise, even secularise, the material for a more sophisticated courtly audience. However, this translation shows that such secularisation has not completely obfuscated the faery presence within them. Each tale is accompanied by a commentary explaining the faery lore.

For full details, see publisher’s website www.skylightpress.co.uk

Faery loves  
       
 

Merlin and the Grail Tradition [2011]
Expanded edition
In this collection of essays I trace the historical importance and esoteric influence of Merlin and the Grail tradition from its mythological beginnings right down to modern times, including Dion Fortune's Grail work at Glastonbury, the Merlin archetypes, the "Elizabethan Merlin" Dr John Dee, the bluestones of Preseli which were used to build Stonehenge, and the connection between Merlin and Tolkien's figure of Gandalf.

First published at the turn of the millenium, this new edition contains three new topics: The Faery Tradition in Arthurian Legend and a new analysis of Chretien de Troyes: the First Arthurian Romancer. Additionally an old manuscript has come to light on Sir Gareth: the Quest of a Round Table Knight, resurrected from a private lecture given to the Martinist Order in Paris in 1987.

For full details, see publisher’s website www.skylightpress.co.uk

Merlin and the Grail Tradition  
       
 

I Called It Magic [2011]
Autobiography
My esoteric autobiography - detailing six decades of magical work. Also released as a limited edition hardback.

For full details, see publisher’s website www.skylightpress.co.uk

I Called it Magic  
       
 

The Abbey Papers [2011]
Re-issue – expanded edition (with Rebecca Wilby)
Zapped by a trio of inner communicators when I was working on the war letters of Dion Fortune back in 1993, this book began to come through and contains a very full run down on practical magical working, whether individually or in a group.

It was first published in 2002 but the new edition contains a remarkable extra section by Rebecca Wilby working with one of these original contacts, which provides very direct instruction on how such contacts are made and maintained, and also throws a revealing light on that part of “I Called It Magic” (Chapter 29 ‘This Wretched Splendour’) that saw us ranging from rituals at Hawkwood, plodding through Flanders mud, my playing “Amazing Grace” on a church carillon over the old battlefields, to theatrical performances on the London stage, and an esoteric novel “In Different Skies”. All very moving and what the deeper forms and intentions of magic are all about.

For full details, see publisher’s website www.skylightpress.co.uk

Abbey Papers  
       
 

The Romance of the Faery Melusine [2011]
Translated from the novel by André Lebey
Faery lore has always been with us, and so has the historical tradition of certain families that have claimed faery ancestry. One such is the family of Lusignan, which like the town named after them near Poitiers in France, was founded by the faery Melusine. Little known in the English-speaking world, the legend of Melusine is an important element of the French faery tradition and was retold in a rich and vivid fictional setting by André Lebey (1877-1938). This translation aims to capture the lush magical imagery of Lebey's interpretation.

For full details, see publisher’s website www.skylightpress.co.uk

Faery Melusine  
       
 

A History of White Magic [2011]
Re-issue
Originally commissioned in 1978 by a major religious publisher seeking to come to terms with what magic is all about. It comprises a comprehensive overview of the history of the Western Esoteric Tradition and was intended as an outgoing approach to the general public, presenting magic as an art and science in its own right with universal applications – a technology of the imagination acting as a middle ground between science and religion, which properly used can bring about personal fulfilment and spiritual regeneration.

For full details, see publisher’s website www.skylightpress.co.uk

History of White Magic  
       
 

Experience of the Inner Worlds [2011]
Re-issue
A major work upon which I based the training of all my personal students over a period of 25 years running the Gareth Knight Group (now Avalon Group). It is based on a sequence of symbols for meditation: the Sphere of Light, the Fiery Spear, the Serpent Flame, the Holy Grail, the Sea of Light, the Table Round, the Upper Room, the Light of Christ, the Winding Stair that accompany chapters on the history of the Western Esoteric Tradition, including Old and New Testaments, Alexander the Great, the Mysteries of Isis and Mithra, medieval Holy Spirit movements, Christian Platonism, Sufi love poetry, Templars and Crusaders, Troubadours and Courts of Love, the Arthurian and Holy Grail legends, Spiritual Alchemy and principle Renaissance magicians. Also with practicalities of modern occultism such as inner plane communications, ideas about "the Masters", the symbolism of the Sepher Yetzirah, Hebrew Letters and Cube of Space, concluding with a summary of personal occult work undertaken over the previous ten years with a small home group. Originally published 1975.

For full details, see publisher’s website www.skylightpress.co.uk

Experience of the Inner Worlds  
       
 

Yours Very Truly Gareth Knight [2010]
Selected Letters 1969-2010
Written over a period of forty years and to over seventy different people, including R.J. Stewart, Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki, Caitlín and John Matthews, Wendy Berg, Kathleen Raine, Warren Kenton, Alan Richardson and Ronald Hutton, these letters include discussions with academics, exchanges of strange experiences with esoteric colleagues, and advice to seekers trying to find their path. A glimpse into my real life and personal world.

For full details, see publisher’s website www.skylightpress.co.uk

Yours Very Truly  
       
 

The Magical World of the Inklings - new edition [2010]
with foreword by Owen Barfield
Highly acclaimed when it was first published in 1990, and described by Owen Barfield as "more than outstanding", this new version has been substantially revised and expanded. It gives a comprehensive overview of the mythopoeic writings of J.R.R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Charles Williams and Owen Barfield, including up-to-date coverage of their more recently published posthumous works as well as their major imaginative fiction.

For full details, see publisher’s website www.skylightpress.co.uk

Inklings cover  
       
 

Melusine of Lusignan and the Cult of the Faery Woman [2010]
The Faery Melusine is a major figure in medieval French lore and legend. This book shows how it is a powerful initiatory legend, and presents a vivid interpretation of the medieval source texts.

It also demonstrates how such legends manifest through history: the innate sacromagical power of Melusine affected key places and events in the development of the medieval world and from there reached far into the shaping of the modern world through the conflicts for Jerusalem and the Middle East.
See publisher’s website www.rjstewart.net

Melusine  
       
 

To the Heart of the Rainbow [2010]
How to experience the power of the Paths of the Tree of Life without having to mug up on all the theory! It is simply a matter of lowering the barriers of disbelief and intellectualisation and being borne along on the flow of story. It follows that what may seem to be a children’s story is a highly appropriate vehicle – for you need to have the willing acceptance of the eyes and ears of a child to register certain things – “of such is the kingdom of heaven”. So identify with one of the children (or even the dog!) and you never know what might happen!

With evocative illustration by Libby Travassos Valdez.

For full details, see publisher’s website www.skylightpress.co.uk

To the Heart of the Rainbow  
       
  The Faery Gates of Avalon [2008]
A mind blowing re-take on the function of the ladies of the knights of King Arthur's Round Table. How in the earliest Arthurian romances they were faery women acting as guides, guardians and lovers to the knightly heroes, inciting or enticing them onto quests that were in reality initiations into Faeryland. Now, from an esoteric point of view, the stories of Erec, Yvain, Lancelot, Perceval and Gawain retold from the Old French of Chrétien de Troyes who got them in turn from Welsh and Breton story tellers steeped in Celtic myth and legend. What is more, how "opening the faery gates" can be possible and relevant to us today, and how best to go about it. Now re-issued by Skylight Press (see above)
For full details on this edition, see publisher’s website www.rjstewart.net
Faery Gates of Avalon  
       
  Magic and the Power of the Goddess [2008]
New name for a classic work forged out of Gareth Knight's lectures and practical workshops, formerly entitled The Rose Cross and the Goddess and Evoking the Goddess (for genesis of which see entries above). Subtitled Initiation, Worship and Ritual in the Western Mystery Tradition. Review comments of the new impression more than justify its reincarnation :
"…perhaps the best in the list of impressive titles that have flowed from Knight’s prolific pen…"
"In many ways the book was, and still is, ahead of its time…"
"…a way of transformation and spiritual service that is applicable to any religious or mythological tradition…"
"…could well be taken as a course of training in and of itself …"
"…a masterful résumé of magical practice…"
For full details see publisher's website www.DestinyBooks.com
Magic and the Power of the Goddess  
       
  The Occult Fiction of Dion Fortune [2007]
A detailed review of the complete occult fiction of Dion Fortune, starting with the short stories The Secrets of Dr. Taverner, and proceeding through The Demon Lover, The Goat-foot God, The Winged Bull, The Sea Priestess and Moon Magic, which illustrate the practical side of Dion Fortune's teaching presented through her textbooks. As she herself said, "The Mystical Qabalah gives the theory but the novels give the practice. Those who read the novels without having studied the Qabalah will get hints and a stimulus to their subconscious. Those who study the Qabalah without reading the novels will get an interesting intellectual jig-saw puzzle to play with; but those who study The Mystical Qabalah with the help of the novels get the keys of the Temple put into their hands." It is my hope that this little book will help some readers to turn the key in the lock.
Occult Fiction of Dion Fortune  
       
  The Arthurian Formula [2006]
At long last, the original text of a body of teaching concerning the Arthurian legend mediumistically received by Dion Fortune in 1941/2, which, supplemented by Margaret Lumley Brown, formed the basis of the advanced work of the Society of the Inner Light until 1960, and upon which my own Secret Tradition in Arthurian Legend was based. Now presented in full, with an introductory commentary on the Glastonbury Tradition, the Atlantis Tradition, the Faery Tradition, the Merlin Tradition, the Troubadour Tradition, the Queen Venus Tradition, the Modern Mystery Tradition, all of which are assumed knowledge in the main text. Plus an overview of useful academic and esoteric texts and a set of Appendices giving Dion Fortune's early Glastonbury Script, and clairvoyant visions of Atlantis, with additional material on Queen Guenevere and the Faery and Grail traditions by Wendy Berg – leader of the Avalon Group and co-author of Polarity Magic.
The Arthurian Formula  
       
  Dion Fortune and the Lost Secrets of the West [2006]
The latest collection of my contributions to the Inner Light Journal over the past five years. Not available as a printed book but going direct into PDF file available from Rite Magic. Titles include, as well as the title article, Fantasy, Belief and Reality; Is there a Psychic in the House?; The Dweller on the Threshold; Chrétien de Troyes; Dion Fortune and the Mystical Qabalah; The Magical World of Dion Fortune; The Western Esoteric Tradition; The Elemental Tides; Journey to the Moon; Do you believe in Fairies?; The Red Rose and the White.
   
       
 

Granny's Magic Cards [2004]
At first sight a venture into children's fiction but one that should also be suitable for grown ups. Two children meet the Joker of their granny's magic pack of cards and, assisted by his dog, meet many of his friends on a hair raising cycle of adventures that takes them into many strange worlds, that will not be unfamiliar however to anyone acquainted with the Paths of the Tree of Life and the Major Arcana of the Tarot.

Now reissued as To the Heart of the Rainbow (see above).

Granny's Magic Cards  
       
  The Wells of Vision [2002]
A companion collection of articles for the Inner Light Journal, on a wider variety of subjects, including Speaking with Angels, Sir Walter Ralegh and the Princess Pocahontas, the Wells of Vision (an unlooked for contact apparently with the spirit of H.G.Wells), More Light on the Western Front, Treading the Paths of the Tree of Life, Awen – the Power of the Magical Cauldron (my preface to Mike Harris' book of the same name), Qabalah and Occult Tradition (originally a talk given at a conference hosted by Warren Kenton at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford), Anna Kingsford, the Passionate Pioneer, and Star Magic.
The Wells of Vision  
       
  Dion Fortune and the Threefold Way [2002]
A collection of articles written by me for the Inner Light Journal over the previous decade. This one selecting articles specific to Dion Fortune herself, comprising, besides the title article, thoughts upon the Arthurian Formula, the Master of Medicine, Dion Fortune and Professor Ronald Hutton's Triumph of the Moon, Watchers of Avalon and the Church of the Graal, Changing Light on the Medium and the Message, the Lady of the Lake, and Dion Fortune and the British Mysteries.
Dion Fortune and the Threefold Way  
       
  The Abbey Papers [2002]
I have never particularly sought to set myself up as a channel of inner plane communication but in this case the initiative seemed to come from within, over a period of 90 days, when I was working on Dion Fortune's war letters. Nagging away at me compulsively, much as I believe some poets are pressured by their muse, eventually I sat down to do something about it to see what would happen. To my surprise it all started to flow quite readily, providing a complete system of esoteric development based upon the inner construct of a mystic abbey. As a fore runner to this was a section on ways of approach to magical images, and a concluding section on the dynamics of a magical vortex. The communicators seemed to be the same ones who had worked behind Dion Fortune and Margaret Lumley Brown in their day.
The Abbey Papers  
       
  Practical Occultism [2002]
The last of the books delving into the Dion Fortune archive, this one based upon her early work Practical Occultism in Daily Life which she wrote as a general elementary guide to recalling past incarnations, working out karma, divination and the use and abuse of mind power. I have taken the opportunity to have her provide her own commentary and expansion upon this from material hitherto available only to her immediate circle, including instruction on astral magic, the discipline of the Mysteries, inner plane communicators, black magic and mental trespassing, nature contacts and elemental shrines. It concludes with The Literature of Illuminism, Dion Fortune's guide to the books she found most useful in her own development, and an interpretation of Fiona Macleod's haunting work of faery magic The Immortal Hour by Dion Fortune's close friend Netta Fornario.
Practical Occultism  
       
 

Esoteric Training in Everyday Life [2001]
Another book of collected articles written by me over the years. In addition to the title article it covers The Meditation Process, the Tree of Life as Image of God, The Tree of Life as Model of the Universe, Reflections on Life and Spirituality, The Importance of Coleridge, and The Impact of Psychology on Esoteric Societies. The underlying theme is how our daily lives can be made a training ground for adepthood.

Re-issued by Skylight Press – see above.

Esoteric Training in Everyday Life  
       
  Pythoness: the Life and Work of Margaret Lumley Brown [2000]
Margaret Lumley Brown was a leading member of the Society of the Inner Light, taking on many of Dion Fortune's mediumistic functions. Naturally gifted as well as highly trained, she raised the arts of seership to an entirely new level and has been hailed with some justification as the finest medium and psychic of the 20th century. Much of her work lies at the back of my own Secret Tradition in Arthurian Legend and Practical Guide to Qabalistic Symbolism. Gathered here is a four part record of her life and work, including an account of the frightening way in which her unusual abilities developed after psychic experiments in a haunted house. It also includes a series of articles written by her (most of them originally commissioned by me) on such subjects as dreams, elementals, the faery kingdom, healing and Atlantis, and examples of her mediumship as the archpythoness of an occult fraternity with trance addresses on topics as diverse as elemental contacts, angels and archangels, Greek and Egyptian gods, and the Holy Grail. It concludes with a section devoted to the occult side of poetry, including the psychic effect of rhythmic sonics.
Pythoness  
       
 

Principles of Esoteric Healing [2000]
Shortly after her marriage to Dr Thomas Penry Evans in 1927 Dion Fortune began to receive a series of inner communications from a contact they came to know as the Master of Medicine. Their initial idea to found an esoteric clinic never came to fruition but a mass of material was gathered in the course of their little publicised healing work, which combined esoteric knowledge with professional medical expertise. Recovering much of this from scattered files I have been able to edit and arrange their approach to esoteric healing, which takes into account the whole human being, physical, etheric, astral, mental and spiritual, with principles of diagnosis based upon the Tree of Life. Apart from its application to the healing arts, much of the material is of wider application, demonstrating techniques for the development of psychic and intuitive faculties in reading the aura.

Principles of Esoteric Healing  
       
 

Dion Fortune and the Inner Light [2000]
My return to the Society of the Inner Light in 1998 enabled me to access the archives to produce a comprehensive esoteric biography of Dion Fortune in which much comes to light that had not before been revealed. It covers:

I: her formative years (1890-1922) from her visions in childhood, psychological counselling, her teacher Theodore Moriarty, her initiation into the Golden Dawn, her trance experiments with Maiya Curtis Webb and Frederick Bligh Bond.

II: the foundation years (1922-1926), her meeting with her life time colleague and benefactor Thomas Loveday, their establishment of a base at the foot of Glastonbury Tor, her contacts with a group of inner plane Masters, and reception of teaching that provided the foundation for her life's work.

III: forging the Fraternity (1926-1928) in a time of testing and dedication, her presidency of the Christian Mystic Lodge of the Theosophical Society, her dispute with Moina Macgregor Mathers and expulsion from the Golden Dawn, her marriage to Dr Thomas Penry Evans and their plans for an esoteric clinic, and the launching of the Community of the Inner Light that was to become a teaching Fraternity.

IV: the Fraternity at work (1928-1938) a remarkable period of development including friendship with the young Israel Regardie, establishment of their headquarters in London, the contribution of Colonel Seymour to the work, her writing of The Mystical Qabalah and a series of occult novels, culminating in semi-public performance of Rites of Isis and of Pan, much lecturing and discussion groups.

V: the years of transformation (1939-1946) in coming to terms with the problems of running a group in war time, with considerable planning for the work that lay ahead in post-war reconstruction on inner and outer levels.

VI: the post mortem inheritance, (1946-1999) a brief analysis of the continuance of her work by her senior students, within the society and without, over the subsequent fifty years, with an Appendix of her astrological birth chart and its interpretation.

Dion Fortune and Inner Light cover  
       
  Merlin and the Grail Tradition [1999]
This is a collection of essays and talks given by me over the years covering the subject of Merlin, archmage of the land of Logres, whose shadowy compelling presence plays a key part in the tales of Arthurian legend and the Quest of the Holy Grail. Titles comprise The Archetype of Merlin, Merlin and the Grail, the Blue Stones of Merlin, Megalithic Temple Contacts, The Inner Realms of Arthur, Dr John Dee – the Elizabethan Merlin, Dr John Dee's Hieroglyphic Monad, Dion Fortune and the Grail, and a couple of practical workings The Spreading of the Blessing of the Holy Thorn, and The Catechism of the Grail.
Merlin and Grail cover  
       
  Spiritualism and Occultism [1999]
As well as being an occultist of the first rank Dion Fortune was an accomplished medium, and thus able to explain the methods, technicalities and practical problems of trance mediumship from first hand experience. She describes exactly what if feels like to go into trance and the different types of being one may meet with beyond the usual spirit guides. The main text of this work appeared in the Inner Light Magazine in 1929/30, later published in volume form as Spiritualism in the Light of Occult Science. This complete text is reproduced here, together with my selection of other related writings by her, including scripts of trance sessions, grouped in the form of loosely linked Commentaries expanding and illustrating the main text.
Spiritualism and Occultism cover  
       
  Principles of Hermetic Philosophy & The Esoteric Philosophy of Astrology [1999]
These two titles are the last known works written by Dion Fortune distributed in her Monthly Letters to members and associates of her Fraternity between November 1942 and March 1944. Her intentions are summed up in her own words as "an attempt to gather together the fragments of a forgotten wisdom and explain and expand them in the light of personal observation." She was uniquely equipped so to do and in these later works to a private audience feels less constrained by traditions of occult secrecy and tends to take a more practical approach than her earlier published works. I supplement her observations with an attendant commentary following each chapter to amplify her explanations and practical exercises with a series of full page illustrations.
Principles of Hermetic Philosophy  
       
  Magical Images and the Magical Imagination [1998]
A little book that is a logical extension and complement to my earlier Practice of Ritual Magic. It aims to give an easy to follow classification of various types of magical image, along with instructions for their use as agents of self realisation and spiritual growth. In short, the theory and practice of creative visualisation and meditation ranging from the circulation of force within the aura to the development of a full magical system of "path working". Topics covered are the Magical Imagination, Cosmic Charts and Maps, Landscapes and Journeys, Temples and Shrines, Guardians and Guides, plus in the second edition of 2003 the Threefold Way of the Lesser Mysteries and the Sevenfold Way of the Greater Mysteries.
Magical Images cover  
       
  The Circuit of Force [1998]
The principle of polarity, or the Circuit of Force, was, in Dion Fortune's opinion, one of the lost secrets of western occultism and she wrote a revealing series of articles in the last issues of her magazine that caused a certain nervousness in some of her more staid contemporaries. They cover her research into tantrik yoga, the psychic centres, raising kundalini, auto-suggestion and the astral light, séance room phenomena, and the sexual dynamics of magnetic interchange. Not published in book form until now, I took the opportunity to provide a series of commentaries to fill in the details of how the Mysteries developed from ancient Dionysian and Orphic rites, ways for westerners to approach eastern yoga, techniques of animal magnetism, powers of the etheric vehicle, and an analysis of practical occultism as revealed in Dion Fortune's novels.
Circuit of Force cover  
       
  An Introduction to Ritual Magic [1997]
This book divides equally between me and Dion Fortune. It consists of a selection of articles by her on the subject of ritual, culled from the Inner Light Magazine that ran from 1927 to 1940, each one of them matched by one of my own on the same subject, updating and expanding on what she felt able to say in the more secretive ambience of the pre-war period. Topics include Types of Mind Working, Mind Training, the Use of Ritual, Psychic Perception, Ritual Initiation, the Reality of the Subtle Planes, Focusing the Magic Mirror, Channelling the Forces, the Form of the Ceremony and the Purpose of Magic. It concludes with a couple of free standing articles by Dion Fortune on Talismanic Magic and Astral Forms and a specimen ritual by myself.
Intro Ritual Magic cover  
       
  Dion Fortune's Magical Battle of Britain [1993]
This is the first of my Dion Fortune related books, acting in the role of editor and commentator. When the 2nd World War broke out in 1939 it called a halt to many of the activities of Dion Fortune's Fraternity, with restrictions on public meetings and difficulties of travel, to say nothing of the London blitz, in which her headquarters was bombed in 1940. Undeterred, she kept in touch with all her students and associates with a series of weekly letters that in effect provided the nucleus of a widespread meditation group from October 1939 to October 1942. In the course of these she gave out a deal of practical information that otherwise might have been withheld and they provide a fascinating record of her life in these difficult times, including how best to meditate when under physical aerial attack! Following the tragic events of 9/11 in New York an American edition was published, by popular request, in 2003.
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  The Magical World of the Tarot [1991]
Having provided a book on the magical aspects of the Tarot it seemed to me a novel idea to approach it once again head on as a divination device. I therefore produced a nine lesson correspondence course that I tried and tested on a bevy of students, followed up by public workshops on both sides of the Atlantic. The aim was not just to be another course on how to use a fortune telling device, but to combine basic instruction on the mechanics of divination with magical visualisation techniques to make work with the Tarot an ever expanding medium of personal development and self instruction. The lesson material is supplemented by question and answer sessions with the original students, and a critique of some of their readings, so the system is not only user oriented but has demonstrably been well and truly road tested.
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The Magical World of the Inklings [1990]
The last of the Hawkwood College workshop spin-offs and arguably the most academically prestigious of my books. The works of Tolkien, Lewis, Charles Williams and Owen Barfield have made a profound impact upon the contemporary world. In the case of each author I examine how each one has created a "magical world" which initiates the reader into the hidden and powerful realms of the creative imagination. Owen Barfield, the last surviving member of this great quadrivium wrote to say: "… because of the combination of information, understanding and insight on which it is founded, The Magical World of the Inklings is more than outstanding. It is not in the same league with anything else I have come across."

In 2001/2 the work was reissued in America in four separate parts, as The Magical World of C.S.Lewis; The Magical World of J.R.R.Tolkien; The Magical World of Charles Williams; and The Magical World of Owen Barfield. Those covering Tolkien and Barfield being somewhat expanded.

A new edition, with the four expanded parts further revised and reunited in a single volume, was published by Skylight Press in 2010 (see above).

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  The Treasure House of Images / Tarot and Magic [1986]
The third fruiting of the Hawkwood College workshops, taking the Tarot head on as a magical system rather than as a divination device. Covers the fascinating history and development of the modern Tarot from its 15th century beginnings through to the massive explosion of its popularity since the late 1960s. Then analyses the basic archetypal principle behind each card, with practical examples of magical work with them in recently conducted pathworkings and rituals. Published in America in 1991 under the title Tarot and Magic.
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  The Rose Cross and the Goddess / Evoking the Goddess [1985]
The second fruits of the legendary Hawkwood College workshops of the early 1980s developing from a weekend devoted to the Mysteries of Isis. It approaches the search for the Eternal Feminine from various angles: the Magic Circle Maze Dance, the Heroic Quest for the Hesperides, the Rosicrucian Transformation Process, The Mysteries of Isis concealed in the Roman comic erotic novel The Golden Ass, the perspective of Tibetan Mayayana Buddhism, and the Return of the Goddess and Initiation of the Earth in our own times. Reissued in America in 1993 under the title Evoking the Goddess.
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The Gareth Knight Tarot Deck [1984]
This set of Tarot cards was originally intended to accompany A Practical Guide to Qabalistic Symbolism but colour printing being so expensive in those far off days, it ran into financial problems until rescued, twenty odd years down the line, by the great Tarot collector Stuart Kaplan. The artwork is by Dutch artist and astrologer Sander Littel, the power of whose linework did not fully strike me until I once reproduced the Trumps designs in black and white outline for a series of lectures. Had it been published when it was produced it would have been one of the first modern Tarot decks to appear for a very long time on what was then a very desolate scene. It now joins a vast array where the student is spoilt for choice!

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  The Secret Tradition in Arthurian Legend [1983]
The first fruits of a remarkable series of public workshops at Hawkwood College. This one based upon the archetypal themes, images and characters of the Arthurian cycle and their place in the Western magical tradition. It derives from a remarkable series of inner teachings received by Dion Fortune and expanded by Margaret Lumley Brown, demonstrating how the Arthurian legend may be structured into a workable mystery system comprised of three primary grades of attainment. The first that of Arthur and the Round Table Fellowship, the second that of Merlin and the Faery Women, and the third that of Guenevere and the forces of Love, leading to the Greater Mysteries of the Holy Grail.
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A History of White Magic / Magic and the Western Mind [1978]
Rather surprisingly commissioned by a major religious publisher seeking to come to terms with what magic is all about. It comprises a more comprehensive coverage of the history of the Western Esoteric Tradition than that outlined in the previous books. It was intended as an outgoing approach to the general public presenting magic as an art and science in its own right with universal applications – a technology of the imagination acting as a middle ground between science and religion, which properly used can bring about personal fulfilment and spiritual regeneration. Reissued in America under the title Magic and the Western Mind in 1991 as an exposition of ancient knowledge and the transformation of consciousness.

A reissued edition (with the original title) is due to be published by Skylight Press in 2011.

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  The Occult, an Introduction [1975]
A general introduction to the whole subject, intended for the enquiring lay person rather than the committed student. Presented in two parts. The first a potted history of the Western Esoteric Tradition, and the second a mini-encyclopaedic approach giving the definition of various aspects of the subject in an alphabetic glossary running from Alchemy to Yoga, along with suggestions for further reading.
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Experience of the Inner Worlds [1975]
A major work upon which I based the training of all my personal students over a period of 25 years running the Gareth Knight Group (now Avalon Group). It is based on a sequence of symbols for meditation: the Sphere of Light, the Fiery Spear, the Serpent Flame, the Holy Grail, the Sea of Light, the Table Round, the Upper Room, the Light of Christ, the Winding Stair that accompany chapters on the history of the Western Esoteric Tradition, including Old and New Testaments, Alexander the Great, the Mysteries of Isis and Mithra, medieval Holy Spirit movements, Christian Platonism, Sufi love poetry, Templars and Crusaders, Troubadours and Courts of Love, the Arthurian and Holy Grail legends, Spiritual Alchemy and principle Renaissance magicians. Also with practicalities of modern occultism such as inner plane communications, ideas about "the Masters", the symbolism of the Sepher Yetzirah, Hebrew Letters and Cube of Space, concluding with a summary of personal occult work undertaken over the previous ten years with a small home group.

After many years out of print, it was reissued by Skylight Press in 2010.

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  The Practice of Ritual Magic [1969]
A companion volume to the above but outlining the basics of ritual which were largely unknown at the time. It owes a lot to the ideas of W.G.Gray, author of Magical Ritual Methods, whose works I published at much the same time. Ideas which have since become almost common knowledge on the fourfold principles of the magic circle and the seasons of the year.
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  Occult Exercises and Practices [1969]
An early little primer that has gone through many editions and translations over the years. It seeks to be an introduction to the absolute beginner wondering what occultism might be all about, and giving some practical exercises to try. It falls into four sections, on physical, astral, mental and spiritual exercises.
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  A Practical Guide to Qabalistic Symbolism [1965]
This is the first book I ever wrote. It analyses the Tree of Life in full detail, including the Paths that interconnect the Sephiroth with particular attention to their Tarot attributions. Originally published in two volumes it is now available in a single big paperback edition from Red Wheel Weiser – complete with an important new introduction which makes due apology for any errors or differences of perception that may have occurred over the forty years since it first appeared. As it stands it provides a snapshot of the Qabalistic teachings of the Society of the Inner Light as they were in 1962 which in effect are largely the work of Margaret Lumley Brown and other mediums who took over from the late Dion Fortune. My own contribution is largely on the symbolism of the Tarot. It was intended as a kind of supplement rather than a replacement for Dion Fortune's The Mystical Qabalah of the early thirties. It has given sterling service however, over the years, as a textbook for students of the Servants of the Light esoteric school, amongst others.
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