Sword of Wisdom
New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1975. Octavo. Purple cloth boards in an unclipped pink dust wrapper, which is lightly chipped around the spine. Slight lean. 307 pages. First edition. Near fine.
MacGregor Mathers and the Golden Dawn. The author, a distinguished artist and poet, has breathed the Golden Dawn atmosphere since her student days. Related to an officer of one of the Order's last regular Temples, she describes her experiences of the working of the Secret chiefs on the subtle planes of apprehension. Insider account touching on the Dawn's theories, practices, and notable figures, including Aleister Crowley, Arthur Machen, Algernon Blackwood, Violet Mark Firth, Robet Felkin, et al.
". . . as though someone were exploring me, not physically but on some less palpable plane; or trying to influence me by acting directly on my will without the normal media of words or other suggestions. Once, the impression of psychic attack or invasion was so strong I needed all my force to resist it. None the less, my will was instinctively set on resistance, since I felt that unless I succeeded in this I should be irretrievably swept away. A kind of paralysis descended on my limbs as I fought; and so much energy was drained from my physical form that I found myself for some while unable to stir."