This handbook helps the living assist the dying at the time of death. It teaches that the living must, first and foremost, understand the process that the soul goes through before they can help the spirit in its transition. Dion Fortune's Book of the Dead is a clear, concise, illuminating guide that explains the stages in the natural process of dying that each and every soul passes through from this world to the next. Fortune shows how traditional customs connected with the passing of a soul have their roots in psychic fact. For example, we place candles and fresh flowers in the death chamber as soon as the soul has departed because they provide sufficient etheric emanations to meet the needs of the "etheric double," assisting in the soul's disentanglement from the physical. Without the flowers and candles, the etheric body will draw its vitality from any available source, including grievers. Loved ones in particular are susceptible to depletion and can be drained dry in their ignorance. The living, Fortune writes, have two tasks to perform: "We must see to it that dust returns as swiftly and harmoniously as possible, giving rise to none of the happenings which may be termed the pathologies of death," and "we ought to follow up the departing soul with the right kind of telepathic communication until it is safely established on the Other Side."read more
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.read more
Reviews for Dion Fortune's Book of the Dead
An odd mix of profound wisdom and debatable ideas, I rated this book four stars instead of three because, in this year of death and dying my family is experiencing, Dion Fortune’s exposition on what happens after a person dies brought me comfort and a sense of peace. The unknown is frightening; having some idea of what is to come or what happened to a loved one’s soul at the time of their death is reassuring. What I liked least about the book was Fortune’s rather dictatorial style and “tough love” advice for departed souls, as well as a strong emphasis on the Christian faith. But she died in 1946, and is a soul of a different era, when life itself was a harsh struggle.One needs to read this book with a willingness to look beyond the limitations of the era in which it was written. Then it’s possible to draw on the universal perceptions around the process of death and dying that make this book worth reading.read more
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