Dion Fortune's 1937 novel The Sea Priestess is her most popular work of fiction, written to supplement her occult works, showing how her theories operated on a practical level. In this haunting tale of magical work, the adept Vivien Le Fay meets the asthmatic Wilfred Maxwell who is in the throes of a mid-life crisis. After literally enchanting Maxwell, the two begin a series of magical workings. These are centred upon occult principles of magical polarity on the Inner and Outer Planes, and culminates in a dramatic ceremony, the Rite of Isis. Set in the magical landscape of Somerset, not far from Glastonbury, The Sea Priestess is a classic story of magical romance and partnership.

York Beach, ME: Red Wheel/Weiser, 2003. Paperback, xvii 235 pages. New.

The Sea Priestess - Dion Fortune