Esoteric Orders and Their Work

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Weiser Books, Oct 1, 2000 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 147 pages
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Esoteric Orders and their Work examines how and why esoteric schools have restricted admission to their secret societies and orders, and shrouded their practices in mystery. The knowledge guarded by these schools--passed down through the ages, and revised from time to time by great teachers--is a secret traditional science that studies the causes that lie behind observable phenomena.

Dion Fortune reveals every aspect of these secret organizations and the training they offer to initiates.

 

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Contents

FOREWORD
1
INTRODUCTION
11
The Esoteric Orders and their Work
15
THE ORIGIN OF THE MYSTERIES
20
THE THREE GREAT TRADITIONS
24
THE PATHS OF THE WESTERN TRADITION
36
THE EVOLUTION AND FUNCTIONS OF THE MASTERS
48
THE TRAINING AND WORK OF AN INITIATE
60
THE USE AND POWER OF RITUAL
89
OATHS AND OBLIGATIONS
94
THE RIGHT AND LEFTHAND PATHS
102
SEEKING THE MASTER
109
THE CHOICE OF AN OCCULT SCHOOL
129
THE PATH OF INITIATION
136
INDEX
143
THE SOCIETY OF THE INNER LIGHT
149

THE OCCULT SCHOOLS
69
ORDERS FRATERNITIES GROUPS
77
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
151
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Dion Fortune (1891-1946), founder of The Society of the Inner Light, is recognized as one of the most luminous figures of 20th-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 also 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.

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