by Dion Fortune
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Weiser Books; Revised edition
( 4 1/2 stars out of 5 )
After finding herself the subject of a powerful psychic attack, Dion Fortune wrote this detailed instruction manual for safeguarding one’s self against paranormal malevolence. Fortune explores the elusive psychic element in mental illness and, more importantly, details the methods, motives, and the physical aspects of psychic attack and how to overcome them.
You will notice that I have included both covers of the book. I think that the new cover, featuring a young Dion Fortune, looks much better. All in all, it is a fresh look to a vintage must-read. While I say that Psychic Self-Defense is a must-read, I do so knowing that some people may be offended by some of the terms used by Fortune. However; if you look at what she has to say through a prism of the time it was written, I think that you can appreciate this wonderful classic.
At one point, she recommends that the victim of a psychic attack drop anything associated with the occult and concentrate on mundane things like a Chaplin movie. While Chaplin may date the advice, I think that you can get what she is saying. She also uses witch and witch-craft to refer to the dark arts.I am sure that some of my neo-pagan and Wiccan friends would struggle with some of what Fortune wrote. Psychic Self-Defense is also heavily Christian. However; I think anyone interested in the occult should read this book.
In her chapter “Signs of Psychic Attack,” she mentions, “distinct footprints, often of gigantic size.” I couldn’t help but think about the legendary Bigfoot. Could those footprints be a manifestation of an astral attack?
I have been interested in psychometry recently, and I was surprised to see a section on the handling of psychometric specimens. “I knew of a case wherein the psychic said that a certain trinket belonged either to a nurse or to someone who had to do with hospitals. As a matter of fact, it belonged to neither, but had been packed in surgical cotton-wool.”
While I don’t agree with many of the things in Psychic Self-Defense, Fortune’s anecdotes are priceless. Much of the advice seems to me to be common sense. This is a book that I have returned to several times and I expect to reread it in the future. I give it 4 1/2 stars out of 5.