The Abbey Papers
Gareth Knight & Rebecca Wilby
For a period of ninety days in 1993, Gareth Knight received a sequence of communications which seemed to come from three inner plane communicators who had worked regularly with Dion Fortune for much of her life. Forming a series of teachings and practical meditations which later became important knowledge papers issued to the Gareth Knight Group, the scripts construct an elaborate and multi-faceted magical image of an “Inner Abbey” which serves as a focal point for a wide variety of magical purposes and the evolution of consciousness. As well as providing vivid magical forms and pathworkings within the structure of the abbey, the papers discuss at length the development and use of such magical images and how to establish the magical vortex which empowers them.
Three years later, while working with the Inner Abbey papers, Knight’s daughter Rebecca received a further series of communications which augment the original material and add a practical example of its use, culminating in the Chapel of Remembrance ritual, a magical vortex focused on spiritual resolution for war victims.
Now published together for the first time, the scripts provide a tried and trusted construct for personal magical work along with a fair amount of practical advice on occult and mystical techniques. It is open to the reader to follow up on this to find their own way into the Inner Abbey and come to a personal judgement of its experiential validity.
"In a world where faith, belief, and even hope are hard to come by this is a book to restore what has been lost. So many people have a hard time believing that help, knowledge, information and support can be "received" spiritually, but I urge them to read this book. I will certainly place it on reading list for the SOL School.
The author is well known in his field as a writer whose word can be taken seriously. A man of integrity and wisdom gained over many years of introspection and personal spiritual work.
For those new to this kind of work, it is a solid introduction, for those already "on the spiritual path" it is a book to treasure. If you have lost hope, you will find re-assurance, if you are a non believer it will make you think, if you have lost faith, it may even restore it to you. Highly recommended."
– Dolores Ashcroft Nowicki, Director of Studies for Servants of the Light School
"This book is a welcome reissue of work by Gareth Knight that in its new incarnation has been added to with some additional material by Rebecca Wilby. It is a concentrated and powerful work that repays repeated reading and is an instruction manual in the deeper arts of magic – the rousing and development of the Deep Imagination which creates and destroys worlds.
The construct of the inner abbey itself is a powerful archetypal image that one can explore for a lifetime.
Rebecca Wilby’s addition to the original book brings in the important area of working with the aftermath of the first world war and redemptive work for subsequent wars and this points us to the potency of the First World War as both actual event and archetypal image of the wasteland of all our lives. There are practical workings of potentially great power given to help in this task.
There is very interesting material as she explores her relationship with David Carstairs her inner plane contact which is illuminating on the nature of such contacts. Anyone who has experience of this will recognize the dilemmas and confusions that arise in the mind when confronted by this experience."
– Ian Rees
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.
Rebecca Wilby trained in the Gareth Knight Group (now known as the Avalon Group), the magical fraternity founded by Gareth Knight in 1973, and became the group’s leader in 2013. She has written a play and a novel, both published by Skylight Press. She is also a musician and photographer.