In Egyptian mythical tradition, each 500 years the Phoenix would fly across the skies of the world until it came to the temple city of Heliopolis. There the priests and priestesses had prepared a large mound of sweet smelling frankincense wood for the bird’s arrival. This would serve as both a cremation pyre as well as its fiery nest and womb for the immortal bird’s subsequent rebirth. Once the Phoenix alighted, the light of the Sun would be directed to further ignite the wood and the bird would be consumed by the flames. Later on the same day, the Phoenix would arise anew as the “Bird of Splendid Flame,” exemplifying the Mystery of Regeneration.
Fielding would also leave a legacy of two important books. The first of these was The Story of Dion Fortune published by Red Wheel/Weiser in 1985 and again in 1998 by Thoth Publications. Despite its incompleteness, flaws and occasional misassumptions, for many years, this was arguably the most definitive book on the subject matter by insiders who were living and breathing the Western Mysteries.
Following this, Fielding wrote The Practical Qabalah which was first published by Red Wheel / Weiser in 1989 and then again in 2008. In many respects it remains one of the simplest, clearest and most profound expositions available on a magical and psychological approach to the Qabalah. The postscript to this book nicely captures the encouraging, pragmatic and occasionally provocative approach he and his groups applied to seekers and initiates alike:-
With the exception of a very small number of lectures and public meetings in London, Fielding remained a relatively private man who was keen to avoid the pitfalls, glamour and distractions which often plague those who choose a public life in magic. He was also keen not to waste time on those who had endless questions and a solely intellectual curiousity about the Mysteries but who were unable to take any practical steps along the path. I can understand that.
- that there is an invisible reality which lies behind physical phenomena and that material forms and forces are the outer manifestation of inner causes
- that humanity is an evolving spiritual being of the same nature as the Deity, although vastly junior to It in development, and possessed of free-will in the limits of the system which it is currently working
- that everything is in a state of evolution and that there exists a plan or purpose which guides evolution
- that Humankind has its own individual part to play in the great evolutionary scheme
- that the evolutionary scheme in which Humankind is currently working is hindered by its errors and by the action of intelligent forces deliberately working against the evolutionary plan
- that Humankind assumes many bodies in its long evolutionary journey and that, as action generates reaction, so is a human's present state environment the result of attitudes and actions set in motion by them in the past
- that when a person has learned the lessons of matter, they need no longer incarnate but continue to evolve on non-physical levels
- that the concepts of the evolutionary scheme are passed down an inner hierarchy of beings of whom physical Humankind is the terminal in dense matter responsible for embodying these ideas in the material world