Pastoral Letter, Feast of Ss Indract and Dominica of Glastonbury, Martyrs
- 5th February 2021
We find ourselves in the second month of 2021 already and perhaps the less said about it the better. If, at this stage you are still in hibernation then that’s probably what you have chosen, and if you are awake you may be asking yourself “but what can I do?” Perhaps you are even feeling deflated and disempowered, and that is exactly where membership of our order may help. The vast majority of us are effectively powerless against the servants of darkness presently holding positions of power thoughout the world and it is quite obvious now that even our vote counts for little. However, there are a few individuals in positions of power who are fighting for the people and it is for them that we ought to pray and offer support.
It is equally true, however, that Dion Fortune had little time for the Liberal Catholic Church, which again was understandable, mainly for two reasons. Firstly, she felt, rightly I believe, that Theosophy was doing British seekers and the Western Mystery Tradition a disservice by concentrating so fervently on eastern mysticism and she saw right through the error of the Krishnamurti delusion, which almost led to the demise of both Theosophy and Liberal Catholicism. Secondly, as a middle-church Anglican, without a first hand understanding of Catholic sacramental theology, Dion Fortune did not understand the fundamental necessity of the apostolic succession for the miraculous power of the sacraments and sacramentals. From the vantage point of hindsight I believe, and would certainly hope, that her soul now sees the power inherent in the apostolic succession, as Liberal Catholicism has continued to flourish and hold its own small niche against the tide of secularism, whilst her own “Church of the Grail”, not having had a solid sacramental foundation, has had to evolve in directions she could not have foreseen, nor probably chosen. Having that firm sacramental foundation I believe she would recognise that we are well placed to revive the egregore of the Church of the Grail, within our own Order, and I believe that we may do so with DF’s blessing as well as that of the Company of Avalon who were amongst her own inner contacts.
Gareth Knight, tells the story, “ They had begun (Dion Fortune and her meditation group) by visualising angelic forces patrolling the coasts of the British Isles, but then certain images began to formulate to her meditation group at this time, constellating about certain key Arthurian figures, in the form of a triangle that linked three colored spheres, of red, blue and purple.
It seemed to me that the three drops and rays of Awen, in the colours of our order, on my shield, exactly corresponding to the colours of the three spheres worked by Dion Fortune’s group are at least “meaningful synchronicity”, if not a real sign of her favour and intention that, in our own small way, in these latter days, we might continue to develop her legacy along Christian esoteric lines.
So what can you do? Some of us in the higher grades are presently working, as a group, through “Arthurian Magic” by John and Caitlin Matthews, a book I would highly recommend. I would also suggest that our members read “The Magical Battle of Britain” by Dion Fortune and Gareth Knight, which contains many great ideas for working with the Light and against the Darkness, which now as then threatens to control our world. For initiates of the first grade we have also revived The Guild of the Master Jesus founded by Dion Fortune where you can enter more fully into both the Christian mysteries and the Avalonian tradtion. Where there is sufficient motivation we have many resources to share as well as opportunities for online fellowship.
Fraternal blessings to you all for a blessed Lent and a joyful Easter when it comes!