This is Eliphas Levi’s () bestknown book. This work arguably made Levi THE most influential writer on magic since the Renaissance. Originally issued. Éliphas Lévi Zahed, born Alphonse Louis Constant (February 8, – May 31, ), was a . The magic propagated by Éliphas Lévi became a great success, especially after his death. . et Rituel de la Haute Magie, (Transcendental Magic, its Doctrine and Ritual), –; Histoire de la magie, (The History of Magic), . ELIPHAS LEVI ZAHED is a pseudony m which was adopted in his o ccult writings by Alphonse Louis Constant, and it is said to be the Hebrew equivalent of that.

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But all which exists, whether of good or evil, in light or darkness, exists and manifests by the tetrad.

The precarious existence of Constant’s younger days was in one sense but faintly improved in his age. No book I think helps to understand the remarkable journey of Eliphas Levi than the astonishing masterpiece Meditations on the Tarot which also considers Papus as well. Redirected from Eliphas Levi.

The numbers and subjects of the chapters, which correspond in both parts, are in no sense arbitrary, and are all indicated in the great universal key, of which we give for the first time a complete and adequate explanation.

But all doctrines and all revivals proscribe magic, and condemn its mysteries to the flames and to oblivion. Lamps and candles formed of human fat go out smoking in the darkness. But this is coming from a guy studying the A. They are terms which must be understood in their veritable sense ; they are expressions of the different applications of one same secret, the several characteristics of one same operation, which is defined in a more comprehensive manner under the name of the great work.

To gather in and to fructify. Hold tightly, and do not look around. Had Edipus, instead of killing the sphinx, overcome it, harnessed it to his chariot, and thus entered Thebes, he would have been king without incest, without misfortunes, and without exile.


We have sketched rapidly the history of occult philosophy ; we have indicated its sources and analysed in a few words its principal books.

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Resist the im- mobility of obstacle ; persist and advance. On a more practical note, the typeset of the Weiser edition published under the same ISBN as the later edition pictured frankly sucks, and the index is just this side of worthless.

The primeval sages, when seeking the First of Causes, beheld good and evil in the world; they considered the shadow and the light ; they compared winter with eliphxs, age with youth, life with death, and their conclusion was this: Put your nose to the grind, keep on reading and eventually some of it will start to sink in.

Everyone is aware that Julian was sufficiently wrongheaded to be an unseasonable hero of Plutarch, and was, if one may say so, the Don Quixote of Roman Chivalry ; but what most people do not know is that Julian was one of eilphas illu- minated and an initiate of the first order ; that he believed in the unity of God and in the universal doctrine of the Trinity ; that, in a word, he regretted nothing of the old world but its magnificent symbols and its exceedingly gracious images.

Addha-Nari, grand Indian Pantacle.

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Faith is nothing else but reasonable confidence in this unity of reason and in this universality of the word. The active principle seeks the passive principle, the plenum desires the void, the serpent’s jaw attracts the serpent’s tail, and in turning upon himself, he, at the same time, flies and pursues himself. We shall therefore remain calm and wait. According to this argument, Constant not only developed his “occultism” as a direct consequence of his socialist and neo-catholic ideas, but he continued to propagate the realization of “true socialism” throughout his entire life.

To triumph over adversities. If the buckler of Satan did not intercept the spear of Michael, the might of the angel would be lost in the void or manifested by infinite destruction launched below from above.

In he entered the seminary of Saint Sulpice to study to enter the Roman Catholic priesthood, but he fell in love and left in without being ordained.


By them for a second time have the fruits of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil transcendenhal gathered and shared, so that they might become the masters of trahscendental world. There is a true and a false science, a divine magic and an infernal magic in other words, one which is delusive and darksome ; it is our task to reveal the one and to un- veil the other, to distinguish the magician from the sorcerer, and the adept from the charlatan.

He incorporated the Tarot cards into his magical system, and as a result the Tarot has been an important part of the paraphernalia of Western magicians. The council does not concern itself with the maniac, does not condescend to con- demn him, and proceeds to examine the weighty questions of efficacious grace and sufficing grace.

Thereby many celebrated hiero- phants, such as Mercurius Trismegistus, Osiris, Orpheus, Apollonius of Tyana, and others whom it might be danger- ous or unwise to name, came after their death to be adored and invoked as gods.

Transcendental Magic : Its Doctrine and Ritual

The omission of a great deal of content makes this an unacceptable surrogate for a physical edition. If you knew, would you need to believe? French occult author and ceremonial magician. Kabbalistic signs of Orion. Eliphas Levi is one of the greatest of 19th century occult geniuses in my opinion. eliphxs

There are other perplexities with which the reader must deal according to his judgment. So also trabscendental triad, as we have already ob- served, is explained by the duad and resolved by the tetrad, which is the squared unity of even numbers and the quad- rangular base of the cube, unity of construction, of solidity, and of measure.