Dion Fortune's birth was very unusual. Fortune's mother is said to have told a friend that her daughter was still-born, but that she refused to give up the tiny body, holding it for hours until, as the dawn approached, the seeming 'corpse' was suddenly reanimated. Apocryphal or not, there is no doubt that Dion Fortune's later life revealed her to be an individual of striking spiritual and magical ability. In 'The Demon Lover', the author relates the story of Lucas, whose desire for his lover Veronica (and his knowledge of the Black Arts) allows him to bridge the gulf between Life and Death. Fortune's exciting, atmospheric tale allows her to tackle a vast swathe of esoteric themes: occult fraternities, the dangers of the Left Hand Path, karma and reincarnation, the reality of vampirism, and society's pressing need for a spiritually balanced relationship between men and women. The book works well on both levels: as a page-turning adventure and as an informative introduction into many aspects of the Western Mystery Tradition.
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Dion Fortune (1891-1946), founder of The Society of the Inner Light, is recognized as one of the most luminous and significant figures of 20th-century esoteric thought.
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