Yours Very Truly Gareth Knight

Selected Letters 1969-2010

Gareth Knight

Written over a period of forty years and to over seventy different people, these letters include learned discourse with academics, exchanges of strange experiences with esoteric colleagues, and advice to seekers trying to find their path. The letters reveal extraordinary, entertaining and personal details of the life and work of a contemporary occultist.


“One fault of many occult students is to read too much … all too often the new student is so interested in reading the latest thing that he never gets round to actually doing any of it.”


“I suppose you can at least feel what it is like to be 'a lone voice crying in the wilderness' … I think even John the Baptist, in time, would have packed up his traps, said 'Sod it' (or 'Sod them') and gone home, maybe to start a locust and wild honey farm.”


“I am, I suppose, trying to pass myself off as a grand old man these days, after a long career as a slowly maturing and now possibly decaying enfant terrible.”

“Reading this book is like being in the confidence of the author! It is amazingly full of true esoteric teaching. Gareth Knight (Basil Wilby) has influenced a whole generation of Esoteric teachers and students for the good. Here it is most apparent what a wise, objective and experienced guide he is. As you read Yours Very Truly, you share in this guidance. Well worth the purchase. A great addition to any serious library of the Western Mystery Tradition.”

— Dr. Paul A. Clark, Steward of the Fraternity of the Hidden Light and co-author of "The Dark Brotherhood."

Gareth Knight is one of the world’s foremost authorities on ritual magic, the Western Mystery Tradition and Qabalistic symbolism. He trained in Dion Fortune’s Society of the Inner Light, and has spent a lifetime rediscovering and teaching the principles of magic as a spiritual discipline and method of self-realisation. He has written around fifty books covering topics as diverse as Qabalah, history of magic, Arthurian legend, Rosicrucianism, Tarot, Faery, the Inklings (Tolkien, C.S.Lewis et al) and the Feminine Mysteries, as well as several practical books on ritual magic. He has lectured worldwide and is a regular contributor to Inner Light, the journal of the Society of the Inner Light, and Lyra, the Avalon Group journal.


The magical fraternity founded by Gareth Knight in 1973 is now run by his daughter Rebecca, and known as the Avalon Group.