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Dion Fortune

To: alt.magick
From: glass@panix.com (Robert Scott Martin)
Subject: Re: Dion Fortune
Date: 28 Oct 2002 21:51:41 -0500

In article ,
Satyr   wrote:

[...]

>        The sea, too, is an elemental force that is best avoided, for
>        water is an element intimately associated with psychism. Large
>        bodies of water and high mountains should be avoided in
>        choosing a health resort for a person suffering from psychic
>        trouble."

>Her advice to avoid the sea makes sense to me, but why high mountains
>as well? I was asked this question, recently, and don't have an
>answer. Any ideas?

The high places are picturesque, and as such can encourage a wide range of 
impressions ranging from reverie to vertigo among those already 
predisposed to "psychic trouble." An oversensitive personality must be 
guarded against the urge to step over the brink (out of one motivation or 
another).

The high places are also naked to environmental influences, including
bright sunlight, alpine cold and a relatively thin atmosphere. Those
unaccustomed to the climate tire easily, burn quickly and feel lightheaded
or euphoric. Any of these influences (or in combination) can wreak havoc
in an already overextended personality "under attack."

That said, there are conditions that benefit from mountain air, just as 
there are conditions that benefit from the sea or the desert.

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From: glass@panix.com (Robert Scott Martin)
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Subject: Re: Dion Fortune
Date: 30 Oct 2002 07:08:31 -0500
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In article ,
Satyr   wrote:

[vertigo and the "psychically vulnerable"]

>I can see that. "Giddy" is a good description of how I've felt at high
>altitudes, not necessarily from the thin atmosphere, but from the
>emotional impact of the environment itself.

It does seem to be a problem. Whether we frame it in terms of elemental 
influence, electromagnetism, psychology or physiology, there's something 
about the view that affects the "sensitive."

Even Jesus felt the urge to throw himself off.

>That is what I find a bit confusing about her remarks in general. I
>find a rural setting to be restorative, and the sea and mountains in
>particular have a "grounding" effect on my own constitution.

Perhaps "the 'good' seek the mountains, the 'wise' seek the sea."

Interesting topic. Gets at the under-respected bowels of modern occultism. 
Thanks for the good words.

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