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The Myth of Atlantis

By Jason Mankey

[Snip] When writing about the educational differences between Aleister Crowley and Dion Fortune in Triumph of the Moon Ronald Hutton mentions Atlantis:

“A distinction between the two great magicians lay in their education. Crowley had a full and traditional one, including public school and Cambridge, and supplemented this with very extensive travels, especially in Asia. Fortune (like most women of her time) never went to university, and seems to have had no interest in traveling other than that of the mind. As a result, Crowley’s experience of magic and mysticism was brushed onto his large knowledge of conventional history, geography, and literature, while Fortune’s grasp of these subjects was absorbed largely through her occult studies. One striking result of this that he never had any time for the myth of Atlantis, while a belief in its literal truth became a central prop of her world view.” (emphasis Mankey)

That last sentence is nearly burned into my memory because I still see a lot of divisions in the greater occult community over the subject of Atlantis. I’ll happily admit to being far more Crowleyian in my opinion about Atlantis, I’m far more likely to think of it as the home of Aquaman than as a repository of ancient wisdom. Despite my own misgivings, when an occultist of Dion Fortune’s stature claims to have been visited by visions of Atlantis by the time she was four years old it becomes impossible to dismiss completely out of hand.

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