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This groundbreaking study of Dion Fortune’s Guild of the Master Jesus includes the liturgy of the Guild, sixteen explanatory articles by Dion Fortune, an accompanying series of commentaries by Gilson, and other essays. Drawing on his unique access to the archives of the Society of the Inner Light he shows that the Guild was intended to be a Church of Initiates, yet also a radically inclusive form of mysticism for the Aquarian Age.

The picture emerging from A Path to the Grail is of the originality and power of Dion Fortune’s vision for the Guild – a reformulation of the Eucharist, the central ritual of Christianity. This points beyond traditional understandings of Institutional Christianity, to a Pentecostal yet esoteric vision of “the priesthood of all believers”. Gilson argues that Western occultists should have a particular resonance with the Guild and the methodology of its rite, but that it is so inclusive that anyone can participate richly in it. As such it implies a new kind of informed worship in which Initiates lend their skill in ritual and the construction of mental images for the benefit of the entire congregation.

Readers will also enjoy the many comparisons with other occult and Initiatory paths, including the nature of meditation; the role of mystical devotion on the spiritual path and its relationship to occultism; Glastonbury and the ancient Celtic Church; the nature of prayer; the Cosmic Christ; and the harm caused by outdated Christian sexual morality. Gilson lays bare the essence of the Guild as has never been done before, and presents it as a living and timely spiritual path whose time has come.

14 x 21 cm, 266 pages, perfect bound paperback.


A Path to the Grail

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