Subtitled ' A Study in Occult Pathology and Criminality', this is one of the most recognisable books on psychic phenomena and occultism of the 20th Century, Dion Fortune's 'Psychic Self-Defence' was a groundbreaking work which remains not only much beloved by occultists, but also relevant to contemporary magicians. After finding herself the victim of a virulent psychic attack that left her ill and exhausted for several years, Fortune embarked on a path into occult training and initiation, after which she returned to health, and published this remarkable volume on the nature of spiritual warfare as a result of her profound personal journey.
Here presented in first edition, the book describes attacks brought on by malevolent witchcraft, vampirism and hauntings, projection of the etheric body, the risk of dealing carelessly with non-human entities such as the Fae, and accidents that can occur during the performing of ceremonial magick that can leave a person vulnerable to negative influences. The motives behind conscious psychic assaults, their diagnosis, and methods to defend and restore spiritual equilibrium are also detailed. An altogether comprehensive overview of the nature of psychic attack and defence that remains a firm favourite.
Psychic Self-Defence: A Study in Occult Pathology and Criminality: Dion Fortune (Violet Firth). London, Rider & Co, 1930, First Edition. 22.5 x 15 cms. 215 pp + 2 pp Bibliography. Bound in publisher's original blue cloth, repaired and rebacked using original spine, with small corner loss to head and tail of spine, titled in gilt to spine. Sunning to spine and extremities as well as minor staining to front and rear boards, including marks brought about by repair. Internally clean with occasional light browning, particularly to the first quarter. Cosmetically a little battered but otherwise a strong copy of an extremely rare first edition.