Gareth Knight

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Dr. Basil Wilby, aka Gareth Knight (born 1930) is a British esotericist and occult author.

Early life[edit]

Knight began his esoteric training in 1953 as a member of the Fraternity of the Inner Light, founded by occultist Dion Fortune.

Career[edit]

In the 1960s and 70s, he undertook several ventures in publishing esoteric material, including editing the magazine New Dimensions, and co-founding Helios Books. He also collaborated with W.E. Butler to create a correspondence course in Qabalah; this course later formed the basis of the Servants of the Light school of occult training. During this time, Knight founded his own esoteric school which continues today (as of 2004).

In the course of a career spanning more than 50 years, Knight has written extensively on esoteric topics, mostly about the Qabalah. The most widely read of these works is probably A Practical Guide to Qabalistic Symbolism, but other notable works include The Experience of the Inner Worlds, which grew out of an association with Christian priest Anthony Duncan, and a new edition of Dion Fortune's An Introduction to Ritual Magic, to which Knight contributed a companion chapter for each of Fortune's original chapters.

Knight continues to be active in the occult community both through his writing and his involvement in the Society of the Inner Light.

Works[edit]

A complete list of the works of Gareth Knight, including Skylight Press reissues and new editions after 2010.[1]

  • A Practical Guide to Qabalistic Symbolism (1965)
  • Occult Exercises and Practices (1969)
  • The Practice of Ritual Magic (1969)
  • Experience of the Inner Worlds (1975)
  • The Occult, an Introduction (1975)
  • A History of White Magic / Magic and the Western Mind (1978)
  • The Secret Tradition in Arthurian Legend (1983)
  • The Gareth Knight Tarot Deck (1984)
  • The Rose Cross and the Goddess / Evoking the Goddess (1985)
  • The Treasure House of Images / Tarot and Magic (1986)
  • The Magical World of the Inklings (1990)
  • The Magical World of the Tarot (1991)
  • Dion Fortune's Magical Battle of Britain (1993)
  • An Introduction to Ritual Magic (1997)
  • The Circuit of Force (1998)
  • Magical Images and the Magical Imagination (1998)
  • Principles of Hermetic Philosophy & The Esoteric Philosophy of Astrology (1999)
  • Spiritualism and Occultism (1999)
  • Merlin and the Grail Tradition (1999)
  • Dion Fortune and the Inner Light (2000)
  • Principles of Esoteric Healing (2000)
  • Pythoness: the Life and Work of Margaret Lumley Brown (2000)
  • Esoteric Training in Everyday Life (2001)
  • Practical Occultism (2002)
  • The Abbey Papers (2002)
  • Dion Fortune and the Threefold Way (2002)
  • The Wells of Vision (2002)
  • Granny's Magic Cards (2004)
  • Dion Fortune and the Lost Secrets of the West (2006)
  • The Arthurian Formula (2006)
  • The Occult Fiction of Dion Fortune (2007)
  • Magic and the Power of the Goddess (2008)
  • The Faery Gates of Avalon (2008)
  • To the Heart of the Rainbow (New Edition of 'Granny's Magic Cards') (2010)
  • Melusine of Lusignan and the Cult of the Faery Woman (2010)
  • The Magical World of the Inklings (New Edition) (2010)
  • Yours Very Truly Gareth Knight: Selected Letters 1969-2010 (2010)
  • Experience of the Inner Worlds (New Edition) (2011)
  • A History of White Magic (New Edition) (2011)
  • The Romance of the Faery Melusine (2011)
  • The Abbey Papers (New Expanded Edition with Rebecca Wilby) (2011)
  • I Called It Magic (2011)
  • Merlin and the Grail Tradition (New Expanded Edition) (2011)
  • Faery Loves and Faery Lais (2012)
  • Tarot & Magic: The Treasure House of Images (New Expanded Edition) (2012)
  • The Secret Tradition in Arthurian Legend (2012)
  • Magical Images and the Magical Imagination (New Edition) (2012)
  • The Book of Melsuine of Lusignan in History, Legend & Romance (2013)
  • The Faery Gates of Avalon (2013)
  • Dion Fortune's Rites of Isis and of Pan (2013)
  • Christ and Qabalah (with Anthony Duncan) (2013)
  • Esoteric Training in Everyday Life (2013)
  • Melusine of Lusignan and the Cult of the Faery Woman (New Edition) (2013)
  • Initiations: Translation of the classic work by Paul Sédir (2014)

References[edit]

Sources[edit]

Fairholm, Rebecca (2004). The Official Gareth Knight Homepage. Retrieved September 30, 2004.

Keene, Tim (1994). A Remembrance of W.E. Butler. Retrieved September 30, 2004.

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