The Winged Bull: Occult Fiction

The Winged Bull: Occult Fiction A Wise Magician Wants To Free His Sister From An Obscene And Dangerous Ritual He Summons The Ancient Cult Of The Winged Bull To Infiltrate The Black Mass In Which She Faces The Ordeal Which Will Be Literally Worse Than Death Magical Practices And Esoteric Laws Are Described In Dramatic Form Lover, The Sea Priestess, Moon Magic And The Secrets Of Dr Taverner, As Well As Several Non Fiction Studies Of The Occult

Doreen Valiente.Of her non fiction works on magical subjects, the best remembered of her books are The Cosmic Doctrine, meant to be a summation of her basic teachings on mysticism The Mystical Qabalah, an introduction to Hermetic Qabalah and Psychic Self Defence, a manual on how to protect oneself from psychic attacks Though some of her writings may seem dated to contemporary readers, they have the virtue of lucidity and avoid the deliberate obscurity that characterised many of her forerunners and contemporaries.

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  • Paperback
  • 242 pages
  • The Winged Bull: Occult Fiction
  • Dion Fortune
  • English
  • 19 September 2019
  • 9780850307429

10 thoughts on “The Winged Bull: Occult Fiction

  1. says:

    My bad I thought I was picking up a pulp type novel, not a fiction designed to lead people into mystery cults I am not interested in worshiping Pan no offense, Pan, you re awesome, I m just not a joiner but even if I were I don t think I d enjoy this book The prose is so so, not bad but not good enough to get me past the sullen whining of the main character and the needless misogyny and racism I d recommend this for people who have a particular interest in occult novels and practices rather than casual readers The author seems to have been a member of some of these groups, so that aspect is probably accurate I mean, if you can t rely on the information passed on by the Ascended Masters, whom can you trust, right Like, really needless, in that as far as I ve read there have been no female characters and the men are just slurring women in the abstract Actually, their complaints are almost amusing because they gripe about things like how women nag if you don t pay the rent on time Shrews I was mildly surprised that the author was a women Dagos are servile and badly dressed Kids need to be spanked That kind of dated stuff that you re probably familiar with if you read much Brit Lit from this period.

  2. says:

    Published in 1935, this straddles the territory between popular and serious fiction or an attempt at it at least It is best given its rating as the former because this is not great literature but rather a fascinating insight into the sexual attitudes of a long gone era.Put to one side the casual racism and sexism and the very binary view of what it is to be a man and a woman and enjoy a romantic adventure, albeit one built on the somewhat simple sub Lawrentian and post Freudian theories of its occultist psychologist author.There is an erotic charge in at least the first third of the book and, although the romance does not quite ring true, it contains nuggets of well observed psychology some of which applies today as much to the 1930s But it is the down at heel soldier Murchison who interests most.This is a picture of a thirty something who has been given a taste of life as a berserker soldier in the Great War and been disappointed ever since, finding not a land fit for heroes but submission to harsh economic reality and a culture of sexual repression.This is the sort of man who would have swelled the ranks of national socialism if he had been born a German but he is born a Briton instead and so into a very different set of class, emotional and sexual constraints The characters of Murchison, his slightly effeminate and manipulative boss Alick Brangwyn and the confused and passive half sister Ursula Brangwyn create a sexual dynamic offset against the manipulations of darker forces The criminal is always just below the surface Murchison could turn to crime out of economic desperation He makes clear that he would do so to survive but his opponents are criminal by their very nature Love redeems, of course, but he has to have the basic character for it.Murchison is saved rather too obviously in the final symbolism by a form of gnostic Christanity rather than the socially dominant Christianity of his contemporary culture because he is taken in hand by Brangwyn the manipulative occultist and therapist.On the other side is a sinister and evil character, Astley, no nor less than a satirised Aleister Crowley The attempt at a Black Mass ritual is the seedy ancestor of Dennis Wheatley s horrors not true esotericism but mere psychic and physical thuggery.For Fortune, the occult was just hidden spirituality of a gnostic type in which magic was a matter of the manipulation of the psychological dynamic in a sexual situation The cause of change would be spiritual in the classic sense Evil magicians could use that same dynamic.The underlying theme is one of sex magick and, though never explicit and clearly undertaken within the bounds of matrimony, there is an ambiguity about whether the matrimony may actually require a church service if it is a magically charged spiritual encounter.As you would expect in a published book of the era, the sexual magick is ritualised in the abstract and largely alluded to rather than directly presented but it is there The theme is clear sex is a positive force for spiritual change The theory is not going to persuade many twenty first century readers too much intellectual and social change took place in the intervening eight or so decades but it remains an interesting contribution to the occult thriller genre and still reads well.

  3. says:

    This was a romance novel that touched on some esoteric lore I had expected rather esoteric lore and less romance novel However, the story was charming, and the characters were wonderful I especially liked the Yorkshire man main character, and the scenes in the Welsh countryside I think insofar as I was expecting weirdness, perhaps Robert Anton Wilson s fantastic novels have spoiled me But this was a good read, if a tad anachronistic with regard to speech patterns and attitudes toward race and gender.

  4. says:

    Way too much emphasis on the romance, but I still enjoyed reading it Not so much the plot, but the almost arcane style and language I snagged myself a beautiful 1970 s hardback of this and will be pleased to add it to my collection None of her fiction has beat the Sea Priestess so far for me.

  5. says:

    The Winged Bull reveals hidden worlds of ritual magic without the slightest hint of pretension It is also a decent suspense story In spite of this, the novel is deeply flawed Sadly, the narrative style is far from polished The author simply tells her story rather than showing it to us through action and dialogue, which would allow the reader to feel part of the world The villain, Astley, reputably based on Crowley, is mixed race, although Fortune uses a racial slur to describe him His butler too is described with Enid Blyton style overt racism I am not one of those readers who attempts to justify this as a product of its time While the book is ok, it didn t live up to my expectations.

  6. says:

    The very beginning scenes at the British Museum are probably the best part of the whole book, sadly After that, there is never again as much mythologising, if one should use such a word, again The so called rituals propposed get talked about but not many get performed and while the book is free of much spiritualist jargon, it s a bit light on anyting else A kind of love story, with a rather weak antagonist thwarted pathetically easily a bit of a ways before the book s end, after most of the novel is spent on people sitting around and discussing what to do about him.

  7. says:

    I tried but I only got through a third of the book before giving up I was confused and couldn t get a handle on what was going on I have too many books in my TBR stash to persevere This book simply wasn t for me.

  8. says:

    Amazing thriller mystery embedded with occult truths

  9. says:

    Warning This book contains a heavy dose of racism, nationalism and is definately part of the time it is set in The n word appears in a very racist portrait of the enemy s butler Germans are characterized as sheep She set the book in the gap between the Great World Wars, and presumably the attitudes were prevalent in England at the time, complete with Italian restauranteers providing comic relief My favorite line in the book is about the Welsh Do anything for you if they like you and anything to you if they don t 175 So historical context aside, and the use of a heavy duty metaphorical clothespin, the book details the redemption of Ted Muchison, an out of work WWI soldier who is discovered by his old CO bellowing for Pan outside the British Museum Colonel Brangwyn has his own problem in the form of his half sister or step sister, Ursula They been experimenting with magic rituals and her magical mate, Fouldes, shifted loyalties to the dark side The novel is heavily romantic, dealing with the tumultuous relation ship between Ursula and Ted, and the machinations of Fouldes and his handler, Astley All of these people seem to have temples in the basement, although they use them for differing aspects of the pagan gods They also appear to be wealthy, but Astley and Fouldes are corrupted by the use of drugs and alcohol, while Murchison s magician is hale Ursula is not terribly well developed as a character she is a icon of spiritual femininity, although nor entirely in it s passive aspect like Dan Brown s heroines There s a lively confrontation between the down and out war hero and the mink wearing Ursula The esoteric aspects of the novel read like unending sacristy nightmares and this novel features a Black Mass, mercifully interrupted I was reminded of a Steven Speilberg movie, but I can t recall which one Too heady to be made into films, Fortune s novels have probably inspired film makers On the title of the Winged Bull, this novel approaches the microcosm microcosm of man and God, and offers a solution in romantic love I m not a big fan.

  10. says:

    I described this book to my girlfriend as like a YA novel, but for people who are older and sad I like the plot, which my instincts tell me was invented or less in the act of writing the book the whole business about Murchison maybe becoming a car bandit shows up out of nowhere, I like that the adorable sheepdog completely runs away with the plot for like forty pages toward the end, and I m really really well disposed toward any book wherein the climax of the action or less ends up with the villains just being kind of embarrassed that the Evil Sex Ritual they ve been working for three hundred pages to bring off with lots of hypnotism, daring abduction attempts in the Black Country of Wales, double agents, etc gets interrupted, so they call a cab for the hero and heroine and grumble about how they d rather not see them for a few days Reading this novel is kind of like reading Chris Claremont s X Men comics crossed with The House with a Clock in Its Walls i.e., I eagerly await the really, really guilty pleasure of reading the rest of Dion Fortune s wacky occult fiction Two stars off for really extravagant 1930s British racism

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