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A SKEPITCAL LOOK  AT  FAMOUS OCCULTISTS     
   by The Notorious Doctor Zoom Zoom

DION FORTUNE (1890-1956)

     Born Violet Firth, she was an authoress  of several occult books as well as a  member of the Golden Dawn. Some  Wiccans claim she was a Wiccan too, but  her occult order, The Society For Inner  Light based in England, continues to deny  she was a Wiccan and says she was only an  "Esoteric Christian". 


     One day at work when her boss chewed  her out, the poor thing nearly had a  nervousbreakdown, and suffered for two  weeks. Raised in a Christian Science home,  she became convinced her boss had  poisoned her with "animal magnetism" (a  Christian Science term borrowed from Anton Mesmer) and  the her boss must have somehow learned the technique on a trip to India. It didn't occur to herself that she might have just been overly sensitive and leapt to conclusions! 

    She joined the Theosophical Society ( founded by Blavatsky, herself a fraud) and later the Golden Dawn (which was also founded by a fraud) as well as  one of its successive orders after it broke up. There, she had a falling out with Monia Mathers (Magregor’s wife), and then claimed now Monia was trying to kill her with magic. She must have been kind of like the kid who complains "Mom, he won't stop looking at me!"


     At night she dreamt of magical battles with Monia in the “astral realm” that she thought to be real and later wrote about. When a bunch of stray cats purportedly showed up in her neighborhood, Dion was convinced this was somehow due to a hex from Monia Mathers. The poor thing even imagined she saw a giant tabby cat walking down her staircase that she took to be a “thoughtform” created by Monia!


     She was on good terms with Crowley and referred to the self-proclaimed anti-Christ as “My Dear 666", and often sought out his advice on the occult during his flophouse years. That was strange behavior for a supposed "Christian", certainly. No doubt Crowley successfully extracted money and sexual favors from Fortune, as he did all his students. She claims once she accidentally created a “werewolf thoughform” and asked Aleister Crowley how to correct the situation (a shiztoprenic asking a psychotic for help, basically). 

    Fortune wrote the thoughform was created when she was really angry at a woman  who annoyed her earlier that day. I wonder if the woman ever had a peaceful friendship with anyone other than Crowley?


     She was briefly married to a man in the 1950's, but they couldn't stop bickering over the right way to perform "magic". They never actually did anything normal people would find magical, so all the bickering was rather pointless. He eventually left her for a prettier, younger woman, and you think with all those supposed occult powers she would have been able to have foreseen it before she married him.  

    Fortune wrote several books, including Psychic Self Defense for those who live in constant fear of getting "the whammy" as she seemed to have. In many ways, she’s no different from the superstitious, undereducated types that carry little red flannel bags with magnets in them, hoping to ward off jinxes. 

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