I‘ve read this book a few times in the past, and today I‘ve finished the Audible version. Very enjoyable
#basicwitchswap Favorite Things
1. Pink! Not very witchy, perhaps, but I can be both Glinda and the Wicked Witch of the West.
2. Herbal and floral: lavender, rose, mint, rosemary. And pumpkin spice, of course.
4. Queen of Swords
6. Dark chocolate
8. All of it! The costumes, the candy, the thinning of the veil.
Take equal parts history, mysticism, Christianity, folklore, discredited racial attitudes & Theosophy, add dollops of disregard-for-critical-analysis & making-the-facts-fit-the-theory, & you have the elements of a book I should hate, but I actually found it all rather charming. To be fair, Fortune says at at one point, "All this is speculation, not history; modern myth-making, not research," & I think it's this mythopoeic strand I find attractive.
Ha! I'd forgotten that Fortune specifically mentions Powys's book, obviously with a degree of head-shaking bemusement ? It's as well that "We do not quite come up to Mr Powis's specifications," as his characters are, if not exactly caricatures, certainly writ large. I do think he's more satirically accurate as an outsider than Fortune, being immersed in Glastonbury society as she was, is prepared to give credit for, & he clearly ruffled feathers.
I'm re-re-reading Fortune's book to see if it casts any light on Powys's A Glastonbury Romance, & hit pay-dirt with the section on Alice Mary Buckton. She was a poet, playwright, feminist, mystic, lesbian, early anti-racism advocate, as a child sat at Tennyson's knee while he read her his poetry, and as an adult had her poems set to music by Holst.
She bought Tor House, renamed it Chalice House, and set about making Glastonbury a centre of 👇
I fished out Dion Fortune's "Glastonbury: Avalon of the Heart" to read alongside Powys's "A Glastonbury Romance", both having been written in the early 1930s, and found this #BookTrove I'd forgotten I'd tucked inside when we holidayed in Glastonbury in April 2004. I've also still got a bottle of water from the Chalice Well. ?
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I can remember watching this on TV with my parents and falling in love with the characters. The scenes when they cross the #Lake through all the mist were so ominous. It wasn't until years later that I realized it was based on a book, which I finally read a couple years ago and loved.