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Psychic Self-Defense Paperback – March 1, 2001

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Dion Fortune (1891-1946), founder of The Society of the Inner Light, was a prolific writer, pioneer psychologist, and powerful psychic. Author of the highly acclaimed Psychic Self-Defense, her novels include The Goat Foot God, The Demon Lover, and The Winged Bull.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Weiser Books; Revised edition (March 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578631513
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578631513
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #290,883 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Joseph Trinchillo on June 29, 2002
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Ok, first of all if you are a wiccan/witch/neo-pagan, take it easy. Dion Fortune obviously had a different definition for you than you had for yourselves. She saw the term "witch" not as a neo-pagan religion, but as a synonym for practitioners of black magic. As for the people offended by use of racist and class terms, remembber this was written around seventy years ago in a class conscious society. Lastly, as for the people who found her writing to be difficult to read or understand, it is archaic, and filled with references that are no longer common. I also admit that she puts a definite Judeo-Christian spin on things. If you can't deal with any of these facts, then don't read this book. Instead read "Practical Guide to Psychic Self-Defense" by Denning and Phillips and "Monsters" by John Michael Greer, both titles by Lewelleyn. They have the same information, but in greater detail, and they lack the Judo-Christian slant.
If you want to read an excellent first hand account of psychic attack, and the development and mistakes of an occultist, then read Dion Fortune. She is great, the writing is wonderful and witty. She gives tons of information, and she was one of the first people to write on the topic. I recommend this book for those reasons. Plus the stories of her experiences in the beginning of the book are fascinating to say the least.
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I've found most of Dion Fortune's work to be like rummaging through Grandmother's attic -- there's a great deal of dusty, outdated rubbish and a few exquisitely valuable treasures that make the whole search worthwhile. This book is no exception.
Much of her work here hints at a magickal or occult theory of mental illness; there are attempts here to offer magical explanations and occult treatment for people whose psyches are under attack (whether from within or without).
However, Fortune is far more practical than a number of modern writers; the glamorous supernatural approaches aren't emphasized at the expense of the prosaic stuff that works.
Among other recommendations, she suggests that people troubled by psychic attack stop their magickal work, take a vacation, and spend their time in mundane pursuits. (She recommends Charlie Chaplin movies, a reminder of just how long this book's been kicking around). And it's far more palatable than "Stop whining and forget the whole thing," because Fortune's able to provide a sound magickal theory that explains why, precisely, watching Charlie Chaplin ought to do the trick.
There are downsides. It's incredibly Christian in perspective, and it's colored by Fortune's intense aversion to anything Aliester Crowley ever did. And it's too dated to serve as a primary guide for dealing with the delicate space between magick and psychology/psychiatry, since both fields have changed enormously in seventy years.
All that aside, it was worth digging through the attic for.
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When reading Dion Fortune, I'm always reminded of afternoons spent with a certain stuffy aunt. She's friendly and interesting to listen to, even if she does have a tendency to meander like a senile sylph. In order to glean any insight, however, one must repress the gut reaction one has to the extreme examples of class bigotry and elitism that overwhelm her otherwise wonderful company.
Psychic Self Defense is a prime example of both Fortune's strengths and weaknesses. The book contains a great deal of good information and advice as to what one should do if they suspect an occult assault of some kind. Thankfully, it also includes a warning to avoid jumping to conclusions. Really, most of the information on how to deal with the attack is spot-on and very useful.
It's the part where she illustrates where these attack are likely to come from that makes one cringe inwardly. Fortune's repeated insistance that the "witch-cult" is behind a large number of these assaults is annoying at first and completely laughable by the end. The fact that she cites Montegue Summers as a reliable source should tell you something. Her argument is based on the assumption that any occultist not approved by the Masonic Brotherhood of Holy Innefable Ango-Saxon Tea-Totalers (or the Knights Who Say NEEE! as it were) is automatically a member of the "Left Hand Path", and thus to be suspected and avoided. That and "there can not have been so much smoke (during the witch hunts) if there hadn't been a fire". This is the sort of statement for which the word "sophistry" was invented. What is completly bewildering is that Fortune never accuses the Mideval Church of any sort of psychic wrongdoing.
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This book is so serious, scientific and well written that total sceptics I have shown it to are compelled to consider occultism as a science after they've read this one. Not only for the student of the occult and the magician, but also for the "scientific" parapsychologist and the professional exorcist, (e.g. psychologists and psychiatrists) this book is a must. Fascinating, incredible, anecdotic and yet practical and easy to follow, this book helps you recognize and deal with psychic attack on others and on oneself, and most importantly, to differentiate psychic attack from psychological dissorder.With Mystical Cabbalah and Sane Occutlism, the best book by Dion Fortune.
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