TWH — Some Pagans have responded to the Trump presidency with calls for public magical interventions, similar to other Pagan attempts to change history. Memories of many prior attempts, however, have been lost to secrecy and death. The most famous Pagan attempts to change history are magical battle of Britain and the levitation of the Pentagon. The magical battle of Britain (1940)
The so-called magical battle of Britain involved Dion Fortune and Gerald Gardner. While Gardner worked with one coven, Fortune worked with many people throughout Britain, and later wrote the book of the same name.
GLASTONBURY, England — The annual Dion Fortune Seminar was held September 23 in Glastonbury and was attended by approximately 80 people. The popular seminar has been held in the town for nearly ten years, partly in memorial to Dion Fortune herself. Violet Firth, as Fortune was called at birth, first came to Glastonbury in 1919, living in both Somerset and in London from then onward. As one of the 20th century’s most renowned occultists, Fortune is regarded as being partly responsible for the emergence of Glastonbury as a focus for contemporary neo-Paganism, and visitors still seek out her grave in the town’s cemetery. To this day, Fortune’s work is analyzed by researchers attending the seminar and finds an audience among younger members of the neo-Pagan and occult communities.
The New Alexandrian Library, overseen by the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel, is a project that hopes to create “a library worthy of its namesake” focused on esoteric knowledge, mystical and the spiritual writings from many traditions, and the “history of our magickal communities.” Based in Delaware, the NAL broke ground earlier this year on the domed buildings that will house their growing collection. Last week, the library was gifted with four paintings created by the legendary 20th century British occultist Dion Fortune, author of such works as “Psychic Self-Defense”, “Mystical Qabalah”, and “The Sea Priestess”. “This previous weekend Dolores Ashcroft Nowicki gifted the NAL with paintings of the four Archangels painted by Dion Fortune that were used in Dion’s first ritual room and in Dolores’ first ritual room. We are very grateful.” The paintings were donated by Dolores Ashcroft Nowicki, director of Servants Of the Light, a Hermetic order descended from Fortune’s Society of the Inner Light, and herself a widely regarded author and occultist.