Dion Fortune’s pseudonym was DF, inspired not by her initials, but by her family motto: “Deo, non-fortuna.” She was born in Wales and raised in a house where Christian Science was strictly adhered to. At the age of four, she reported having visions of the lost city of Atlantis. At twenty, she claimed to have developed psychic abilities. She joined the Theosophical society and studied at the University of London (psychology and psychoanalysis). She later became a lay psychotherapist at the Medico-Psychological Clinic in Brunswick Square. In 1919, she was initiated into the London Temple of the Alpha et Omega. Her first mentor was Theodore Moriarty, Irish occultist and Freemason. She later switched to the Stella Matutina order.