Maestri of the Ageless Wisdom

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Reflect on and visualise Paul Foster Case, his kindly welcome to the Supernal Reality – the Magic of Light – his physical delicacy and American accent, his quiet suit and tie … very different to the dark rollercoaster of Lucas’s invitation to Veronica, in The Demon Lover**.   I  love Dion Fortune’s writing, not only does it show where the open doors are;  it is powerful and beautiful.    It proceeds at a slow tempo, packed with landscape and awakening, dark and light, and nourishes the soul.   Thank you!

Dion Fortune in 1927

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The compassionate balance of the dark and light, is the tao to follow. So in my studies, try to hear Paul Foster Case talking.   (and the sounds of tao, bota, iao)   Remember the contact is intimated, person to person, and develop that.   At times during the day, and late evening … happiness, a strength of wing opening, a thankyou.   Who knows why?  What aligns?   Floating clear?

Paul Foster Case floated clear from the golden dawn’s necessary rigidity in the 1920s;  like Dion Fortune (and Israel Regardie?), he spelled out things that were muffled up, and brought the teachings on alchemy much closer to the physical plane.   Those pioneers were of this movement of the Maggidim touching and embodying the biosphere, more and ever more so, since that decade between the Great Wars.   Great tides contain many small ones going in and out within them.

The wellbeing is the touching of the planes, the filling of the polarity field, with an enhanced wave pattern.  It broadens the way and makes it simpler to walk.   Irrelevant tensions and fogs lose initiative.   Words float around like “thanksgiving” and “blessing”.  The highway is afoot.   The freedom of the Holy Spheres expands within the earth plane.   It feels like dying, but there is no death.  There is no discontinuity.  Flow with the subtle mercury, the electrical ions, through axis and the ripples.

Thou art the living embodied:  ADONAI.

When I hear Paul Foster Case the musician and writer and teacher, I hear Master R behind him.  My perception of this relationship slowly matures.

I can “go it alone”, but that reaches a sell-by date.   The vitality reduces, or retreats.   It is vital to retain and renew my contact with the Maestri of the Ageless Wisdom:  their current.

“We cannot pretend to have the Consciousness.”  We know that like Everest, it is there.

The kingdom is sought for its own sake.  Even the idea that everything else adds on to it, loses strength when I as the Chariot stand within the sea and am filled with the silence of the Great Waters.

Self enquiry, whether spelled in the Rosicrucean or the Vedanta way, is the Key.

“The sword flashes forth
from the heart of the Mother
into the heart of the Son
and its course is the path of the Disposing Intelligence.”

The Book of Tokens

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Here is a page from the music Master R wrote, when he was in London circa 1750.  His music is kept in the British Museum Library.  I obtained copies from a member, and can publish more here, or email to anyone interested.  He was renowned as a violinist and chamber musician.  He wrote songs also, and a short opera.   It is music of its period, not unlike C P E Bach.  It is written down by a Maestro who neither dies nor is born, but prevails, and adopts the gentler dress of the time.  His thought, particularly in this piece, is serene.

To follow the Master’s line of musical thought, is a meditation which strikes deeper than words and ideas …  to where the sounds and images are.

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**The Demon Lover (and other novels) by Dion Fortune,
are published by the Society of the Inner Light.
Her aim was for the novels to give the practice,
where The Mystical Qabalah gives the theory.

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My adventure invites fellow travellers.  I am a poet, an artist and a seer.  I welcome conversation among the PHILO SOFIA, the lovers of wisdom.

This blog is  a vehicle to promote also my published work – The Sacred India Tarot (with Rohit Arya, Yogi Impressions Books) and The Dreamer in the Dream – a collection of short stories (0 Books)

Dion Fortune and Paul Foster Case

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A word of explanation may be helpful for readers of today’s previous post “Dove”, which mentions Brean Down.  I am a fan of Dion Fortune’s novels, (which she wrote to complement her books on Qabalah) – particularly The Sea Priestess and Moon Magic.

Tarot priestess of the Moon, with pomegranates, 2003

The Sea Priestess‘s setting is the landscape around Brean Down in north Somerset, near the Mendip hills.  Dion Fortune grew up in that region.  I also know it quite well.  In the novel, a temple to Isis is built and consecrated at the end of Brean.  The landscape is telescoped through interior astral vision, with Glastonbury Tor brought much closer to the sea – as indeed it was at one time.   From either of these eminences today, the subtle curve connecting them, can be discerned.

Dion Fortune founded the Society of the Inner Light at Glastonbury in the 1920s and 30s, parallel to Paul Foster Case’s Builders of the Adytum in the States.  Both, in their own ways, set out to regenerate and evolve the rituals and teachings of the Golden Dawn, for the new dispensation.   They made them more practical, with an informed psychology as the under-carriage.  Paul Foster Case was a gifted musician and writer on Rosicrucan and masonic themes.  He received the ground-plan for the Builders through his direct contact with a great Master of the Inner School.

Dion Fortune was a trance medium.  She and her colleagues “brought through” the maggidim (inner plane teachers) of the Society of the Inner Light.   Gareth Knight became an active member of the Society in 1953 after her death, and particularly since 1998.  His biography of her and the School gives a vivid account of this process, and of the way the esoteric community has moved with the times. Much more is accessible to us, than at the beginning of the 20th century, when the work was heavily veiled.   This is due to the global emergency:  an acceleration of the inner process.  Many souls incarnate nowadays, who are already fully trained.  The trend is to simplify, and ground the practice.

Here is my sketch of Glastonbury Tor with the mudras (hand gestures or signs) which the Inner School revealed to Dion Fortune, while she was in trance:

I use these gestures in a fluid motion, when invoking the Tree of Life.  The Tor has a spiral path to its summit, and a small stone tower. The tower is drawn as a vesica, forming a chalice, with an astral “stone circle” around it.   In the tower is a window, whose broken silhouette suggested to me a winged being.

In this sequence of drawings – done during a period when I was learning to perceive and portray the inner plane maggidim – is the following pair:  the first in 1988.  The second is the same, updated, about the Fool, the King of Swords and the Priestess.  I worked with these archetypes for a long time before I really got going on the Tarot.  The Fool is the adventurous seeker.   The King’s psychological reactions …

… defend his terrain, and the well, in which the Priestess rises to the bait.   The globe in which the Fool travels, is in perpendicular dimension to the well, for the Fool has no concern with time:  the King is the guardian of the in-between.  The house is the soul, and the libra-sign over the Cup is equilibrium.   The shorthand was based on a very early Tarot reading, which showed me my path for years to come.   In 2003, I re-drew the scene:

… the King keeps his crown, but has turned into a Rosy Cross;  the grain is sprouting.

Now here is the Great Sphinx …

… as I imagined he may have looked, before the face was shot away.

For sketches of Dion Fortune, see my 15 September post On Power and the Dragon’s Tale.

Finally, here is :

Paul Foster Case, builder of the inner Sanctuary.

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My adventure invites fellow travellers.  I am a poet, an artist and a seer.  I welcome conversation among the PHILO SOFIA, the lovers of wisdom.

This blog is  a vehicle to promote my published work – The Sacred India Tarot (with Rohit Arya, Yogi Impressions Books) and The Dreamer in the Dream – a collection of short stories (0 Books) – along with many other creations in house.  

I write, illustrate, design and print my books.   Watch this space.