- Tapa blanda: 320 páginas
- Editor: Red Wheel/Weiser; Edición: New ed (15 de junio de 2003)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1578632900
- ISBN-13: 978-1578632909
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The Sea Priestess is the highly acclaimed novel in which Dion Fortune introduces her most powerful fictional character, Vivien Le Fay Morgan- a practicing initiate of the Hermetic Path. Vivien has the ability to transform herself into magical images, and here she becomes Morgan Le Fay, sea priestess of Atlantis and foster daughter to Merlin! Desperately in love with Vivien, Wilfred Maxwell works by her side at an isolated seaside retreat, investigating these occult mysteries. They soon find themselves inextricably drawn to an ancient cult through which they learn the esoteric significance of the magnetic ebb and flow of the moontides.
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Dion Fortune (1891-1946), founder of The Society of the Inner Light, was a prolific writer, pioneer psychologist, and powerful psychic. Author of the highly acclaimed Psychic Self-Defense, her novels include The Goat Foot God, The Demon Lover, and The Winged Bull.
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If you are not interested in the history of late 19th-early 20th century occultism or the Western Mystery Tradition or you're not a Wiccan (I'm assuming there are no Theosophists anymore), you're probably not going to love the novel just for its story. To some extent, even the occult/theological content seems dated (because Theosophy)--I personally can't stand the concept of "THE Goddess" as if all goddesses are one because it's so reductionist, but there are many people who embrace essentialism wholeheartedly, and after all you can't expect third-wave feminism from a book written in the '30s. (I'm not saying the "THE Goddess" concept is wrong, it's just not my bag--but it is very much this book's bag).
Bottom line, I'd read more of Fortune's novels based on this one. She was an interesting and influential person and I'm curious to know more of her thinking. I enjoy the historical aspects of it, though occulturally I come from a different tradition.
Final note for those who care about such things: I read the Parchment Books imprint (pictured on this page)--ATROCIOUS copy-editing.
I have read another book by Dion Fortune, "Psychic Self-Defense," which is excellent and introduced me to her powerful writing style. However, in "The Sea Priestess," while Fortune's writing shines at times, there are also situations which just left me cold.
Ironically, the scenes I found to be the best-written and most engaging, even humorous at times, were the scenes in which the supposedly humdrum protagonist, Wilfred Maxwell, is on his home turf dealing with his family and the locals. In those scenes his character was fully developed and original.
In contrast, I found the scenes with the "Sea Priestess," Morgan Le Fay, to be somewhat tedious. Fortune tries so hard to cloak those sections with mystery and veiled meaning that they make slow, ponderous reading. I personally did not find Morgan's character to be that interesting. Wilfred, in whose voice the book is written, keeps TELLING the reader how fascinating and enigmatic she is, but it just didn't come through. Her real purpose or supposed achievement was never really made clear.
The most maddening part of the book was when, after Morgan's disappearance, Wilfred marries Molly, a local girl. He describes her as basically loyal and sweet, but gives the impression that their marriage is very humdrum and unfulfilling. This all changes when Wilfred gives Molly a necklace of star amethysts which had belonged to Morgan. Unbeknownst to him, a letter from Morgan accompanies the jewels, telling the recipient to help Wilfred, to "Meditate upon the Moon. She will awaken your womanhood and lend you power." It is clear from the letter and from other passages in the remainder of the book that Molly is to become essentially a clone of Morgan, Wilfred's "real" love, not so much for her own fulfillment or for any really higher purpose, but so that she can become more fascinating to Wilfred, who had said that despite Molly's virtues, she was "It-less," and that he found the flirt in the candy store more appealing. Ultimately, because of Molly's transformation into a clone of Morgan, their marriage becomes more fulfilling. That's swell, but it still bothers me that what seemed to be the given purpose for Molly's awakening was to please Wilfred. The idea that all women are priestesses is not so appealing when it sounds, from this book, as if that will render them all alike.
Wilfred really lost my previous admiration in the Molly chapters. Moreover, while this book is supposedly a set of occult instructions in the guise of a novel (because such topics were forbidden at the time of writing), there is nothing substantial enough in the book for anyone to really follow in any practical sense. Much is hinted at, little is made clear, even if one does read between the lines.
There is also an odd "Priest of the Moon" character who basically appears and gives mini-lectures on Atlantis, Isis, women's power, etc. which are often just lists of topics that the Wilfred character tells us he spoke of, without much meat to it. I can't get the image of Jombi from Pee Wee's Playhouse appearing on the Magic Screen out of my head when the image of the Priest of the Moon appears and begins expounding. Fortune is at her least compelling here when writing about occult principles. She would have done wonderfully in writing novels or short stories about life in provincial English towns, which are the best-written vignettes in this book.
The style of the novel is a free-flowing and deep as the sea itself. When one remembers that it was written in the early part of the 20th century, it's all the more remarkable for the forward- thinking philosophies and topics it touches on. And yet the wisdom contained in those philosophies are as ancient as ocean from which all life emerged.
The first 70% of the story swept me along with vivid imagery, excellent characterisation and profound ideas which are often lacking in today's stories.
There was a section near the end of the story - where the occult rites were described in a lecturing tone, rather than a story telling one - where my interest waned, but in the last 10% of the novel, dealing with the aftermath of Wilfred & Molly's experience with the mysterious Priest of the Moon, the pace picked up again.
The strength of this novel lies in Fortune's compassionate understanding and insight into human nature. Her esoteric knowledge adds depth and imagination to a most unusual and interesting read.
(This review is for the Kindle edition)