The Training and Work of an Initiate shows how, from ancient Qabalistic, Greek, and Egyptian roots, the Western Esoteric Systems have an unbroken initiation tradition that has been handed down from adept to neophyte. In this book, Dion Fortune indicates the broad outlines and underlying principles of these systems, illuminating an obscure and greatly misunderstood aspect of the path. Thanks to her teaching, even if you cannot give your entire life over to the pursuit of esoteric science, you can still develop a philosophy of life and learn your individual relationship to the cosmic whole. You will discover how initiates prepare body, mind, and spirit for the challenging journey that is the esoteric path, what the path of initiation looks like, and what it is to be called to this work. The book is filled with accessible information, presented in a way so that “even that which the smallest cup can carry away is the true water of life”. This revised edition contains a new foreword by Gareth Knight, and an index.
Dion Fortune (1891–1946), founder of The Society of the Inner Light, is recognized as one of the most luminous figures of twentieth-century esoteric thought. A prolific writer, pioneer psychologist, powerful psychic, and spiritualist, she dedicated her life to the revival of the Western Mystery Tradition. She was a member of the Order of the Golden Dawn, whose members included at various times such people as A. E. Waite, Aleister Crowley, and W. B. Yeats.