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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This page was last edited on 8 Decemberat The last trophy which man can win from death is to triumph over the appetite for life, not by despair, but by a more exalted hope, which is con- tained in faith, for all that is noble and honest, by the transfendental divided consent of the world.

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Such are the secrets of occult philosophy, such is magic in history ; let us now glance at it as it appears in its books and its achievements, in its initiations and its rites. Thus, also, the sun manifests itself by its light, and proves or makes this manifestation efficacious by heat. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Ideally, this book should be studied along with either the Tarot of Marseille or the Oswald Wirth tarot deck since the book is based on French occult tarot.

Nothing, and at the same time he is allowed to ignore nothing. But if you are wicked, for you it will be an infernal torch ; it will lacerate your breast like a poniard ; it will rankle in your memory like a remorse ; it will people your imagination with chimeras, and will drive you through folly to despair. This is not a fun book; it is a serious, in-depth treatise on the occult written in the 19th century.

Monad is the one creator God, Dyad is him and someone else this is the essence of creation.

May 17, Scotty rated it it was amazing. The Ritual half, while still not easy reading, does become more interesting as it delves into actual processes, materials, vestments and settings necessary for initiation and higher understanding through rituals.

The precarious existence of Constant’s younger days was in one sense but faintly improved in his age. The magus is truly what the Hebrew Kabbalists call the Microprosopus, that is, the creator of the little world. I propose rather to indicate as briefly as possible some new considerations which will help us to understand why there were grave discrepancies between the ” Doctrine and Ritual of Transcendent Magic” and the volumes which followed these.

We transcenrental all this philosophically, not theologically, without infringing in any way maguc the teaching of the Church, which condemns, and must always condemn, magic.

The hands are human, to exhibit the sanctity of labour ; they make the sign of esotericism above and below, to impress mystery on initiates, and they point at two lunar crescents, the upper being white and the lower black, to explain the correspondences of good and evil, mercy and justice.

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Indeed, they can do so only after infinite struggles, and by the mediation of the just, who stretch forth their hands towards them. Absurd are the so-called philosophers who cry, ” I will never believe in a thing which I do not know! This absence of epics continues till our Romance of the Rose ; but the rose-symbol, which expresses also the mysterious and magical sense of Dante’s poem, is borrowed from the transcendent Kabbalah, and it is time that we should have recourse to this immense transcendentall concealed source of universal philosophy.

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The council does not concern itself with the maniac, does not condescend to con- demn him, and proceeds to tdanscendental the weighty questions of efficacious grace and sufficing grace. It was a novitiate similar to that of those priests who, under the name of Jesuits, are so unpopular at the present day, but would govern the world, notwithstanding, had they a truly wise and intelligent chief.

I am he in whom and by whom the word manifests In prindpio erat verbum. QEdipus replies with a simple and terrible word which destroys the sphinx and makes the diviner King of Thebes ; the answer to the enigma is Man! Abel oppresses Cain by reason of his moral superiority ; Cain to get free immortalises his brother by slaying him, and becomes the victim of his own crime.

Noe’iny, a beautiful girl of sixteen. Great word and great problem! A fountain of milk springs from her forehead, falls on the side of the initiate, and about Addha-Nari and the two animals it forms a magic circle, enclosing them in an island which represents the tranecendental. But shall I stake my life on a venture, or follow someone at chance who himself knows not where he is going? This evil is the last reflection or imperfect mirage of light in shadow.

There is some reason to suppose that Esquiros had a hand in the production, and also in the penalty.

No modern expositor of occult science can bear any comparison with Sliphas Levi, and among ancient exposi- tors, though many stand higher in authority, all yield to him in living interest, for he is actually the spirit of modern thought forcing an answer for the elliphas from the old oracles. The key of all magical allegories is found in the tablets we have already mentioned, and these tablets we regard as the work of Hermes. The two hostile brethren express the second part of the grand mystery divinely lwvi by the sacrifice fliphas Antigone; then comes the last war; the brethren slay one another, Capaneus is destroyed by the lightning which he defies, Amphiaraiis is swallowed by the earth, and all these are so many allegories which, by their truth and their grandeur, astonish those who can penetrate their triple hieratic sense.

I am he who thinks, says the man of Descartes, and to think being to speak inwardly, this man may affirm like the God of St John the Evangelist: For the same legi, also, it is contrary to the laws of hieratic and orthodox symbology to personify the Holy Ghost under the form of a woman.

Return to Book Page. Instances will be found on p. Do not our apostolical traditions declare that, after the decline of faith among the Gentiles, salvation shall again come forth out of the house of Jacob, and that then the crucified Jew who is adored by the Christians will give the empire of the world into the hands of God his Father? Thus, two things which resemble one another and the word which signifies their resemblance make three.


Eve has a name of three letters, but the primitive Adam is signified simply by the letter Jod, whence Jehovah should be pronounced Jeva, and this point takes us to the great and supreme mystery of magic, embodied in the tetrad. His body and arms form the letter Aleph, the first of the alphabet which the Jews borrowed from the Egyptians ; to this symbol we shall have occasion to recur later on.

The Jews term these three series or degrees in the progress of spirits, Asiah, Jetzirah, and Briah.

Every speech possesses three senses, every act has a triple bearing, every form a triple idea, for the absolute corresponds from world to world by its forms. Occult philosophy seems to have been the nurse or god-mother of all intellectual forces, the key of all divine obscurities, and the absolute queen of society in those ages when it was reserved ex- clusively for the education of priests and of kings.

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The goddess wears round her neck a magic chain, formed of iron links on the side of the profane and of intelligent heads on that of the initiate ; she bears on her forehead the figure of the lingam, and on either side of her are three superposed lines which represent the equilibrium of the triad, and recall the trigrams transcendenhal Fo-Hi.

Thus man must remain in simple intellectualism if he would rest in reason ; the sphere of material experience is that of his knowledge ; and as to all beyond it, there are only the presumptions of analogy.

Transcendental Magic Its Doctrine and Ritual E. Levi

Similar to many other socialists at the time, Constant saw the emperor as the defender of the people and the restorer of public order. All science reposes upon three principles, as the syllogism upon three terms.

Like many socialists, he propagated socialism as “true Christianity” and denounced the Churches as corruptors of the teachings of Christ. Thanks for telling us about the problem. This is Eliphas Levi’s best-known book. A scholar whose whole talents were employed in being obscure, who died without seeking to be understood, resolved this supreme equation, discovered by him in the Kabbalah, and was in dread of its source transpiring if he expressed himself more clearly. Goetic Circle of Black Evocations and Pacts.

Sympathetic magic is worked in a fashion like this. Pending the appearance of the biography which has been for some years promised in France, we have few available materials for a life of the “Abbe”” Constant.