Dionesia Rapposelli is a professional medical writer/editor, artist, and independent researcher with interests in consciousness research, Eastern mysticism, Western occultism, folk magic, and historical perspectives about magic and mysticism. She is the author of the Sorcerer's and Magi series of fantasy/occult fiction, which she uses as a springboard to share pertinent concepts about spirituality, consciousness, redemption, and transformation. Under the name Soror ZSD23. she is also the author of The Seal of Secrets of the World Adventures in Astral Magic, a memoir on working with the 16th century grimoire, The Arabatel.
What motivated you to begin writing the sorcerers and magi series?
I started to write the series in 2003 which was the time that the Harry potter movies and the books were gaining a lot of momentum. I knew very many 30-60 year-olds who were very enthusiastic about the book series. Honestly I never read the books but I’ve really enjoyed watching the movies and started to make up episodes in my head so I could be entertained in between movies. In any case, I realized that I had built up a completely unique story, with adult themes and complex characters, such as the antihero Leo de Lux. He starts out as a caustic and villainous but an becomes an ambiguous hero and maintains that role throughout the series.
My aim was to reach adults who otherwise have an interest in classic children’s magical fantasy literature but want more than mere escape. The series offers thought-provoking ideas about self and finding oneself and one’s true purpose and is geared to adult fiction readers drawn to magic, mysticism, and spirituality.
How did you come up with the geography of the magical world?
My story takes place in a parallel universe called the Inner Plane that has a look and feel like our own. The structure of government is loosely based on the classical roman paradigm. The same sort of power-mongering and dog-eat-dog kind of stuff that goes on in our world also happens in this Inner Plane world, with the idea that Inner Plane strongly influences how things roll in the Outer plane.
I picked up the term “Inner Plane” from the writings of an occultist in the Dion Fortune tradition named Gareth Knight. The Inner Plane is basically the world within the mind—a place of archetypal forms, dreams, and ideas in general. In a sense, it is in incubation place where thoughts become Reality.
Chaos Magic meets Jesus Christ Superstar. The Savior at the End of Time is a veiled take on the Christ-story in which the disheveled but oddly charismatic iconoclast, Professor Aurelio Zosimo, is haplessly rendered into a new messiah for the Lions of Light agenda and the “Immanentization of the Eschaton.” The novel references the post-modern magical counterculture current of Chaos Magic.
The Fallen Fairy is a tale about the discovery of a hapless fairy incarnated as a woman. Otherworldly sorcerers swoop in to vie for her affections in the interests of love, occult power, and opportunism. Transferences of inscrutable power and political intrigue set the stage for radical transformations in this magical drama woven with alchemy, medieval occultism, steganography, and sex magic.
La Maga A Story about Sorcerers and Magi offers magic and mysticism to adult fiction readers through the tale of a lady mage whose epiphany radically transforms the lives of an elitist dignitary and his troubled teenaged son. Love and conspiratorial influences propel the dignitary and son to avatar-like roles in the up-ending of the power structure of the land.