The London Group is a British initiatory magical organization
founded in 1975 by former members of the Fraternity of
the Inner Light, the group originally founded by Dion Fortune
(18901946). Fortune, a member of the Stella Matutina, one
of the splinter groups into which the Hermetic Order of the
Golden Dawn had divided, claimed direct contact with the
inner planes of wisdom. Mixing Golden Dawn material with
her own teaching, she developed a strong organization which
has continued until the present. During the last half of the
twentieth century, however, changes began to be introduced
into the fraternitys program. It became more open and
dropped some of the initiatory overlay.
The London Group, based in the city, but by no means limited
to it, offers a program designed to be more suitable to the
present generation. Innovation is invited, and contemporary
psychological insights integrated into the groups material.
Prospective members are invited to take two courses, one in
basic occult perspectives and the Cabala (or Kabbalah), followed
by one introducing the mysteries (i.e., magic) and the use
of ritual and symbol. Those who complete these courses may
then be invited to take the Threshold course that actually prepares
them to join the group as working members.
The group emphasizes practical work and action and has little
toleration for mere occult philosophy. It aims at the personal
regeneration of each member through high magic. Members
are also expected to have an impact upon the larger society as
it is believed that regenerated persons will assist in the continued
evolution of humanity.
The London Group may be contacted at BM LP7, London
WC1N 3XX. There are also offices in the United States and the
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