York Beach, ME: Red Wheel/Weiser, 2003. Paperback, xvii+235 pages. New.
Dion Fortune’s 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 which portray in fictional form Dion Fortune’s teachings on the workings of magical polarity on the Inner and Outer Planes and culminates in 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.