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This is Eliphas Levi's (1810-1875) best-known book. This work arguably made Levi THE most influential writer on magic since the Renaissance. Originally issued in French, the English translator is A.E. Waite and it is doubtful that anyone else could have better captured the essence of Levi's work. The book is divided in two parts; the first is theoretical, the second practi ...more
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Published January 15th 1968 by Weiser Books (first published 1854)
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Jan 01, 2013 Keith rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Keith by: O.T.O.
I find it difficult to review this book.

Clearly, for anyone involved in the Western Mystery Traditions, especially magick, hermeticism, modern tarot, or Thelema, this is foundational material. Yet Lévi comes off as conflicted between his occult interests and his ambivalent relationship to the Church of Rome. Moreover, Waite's footnotes are as often disparaging as illuminating, and his apparent disdain for the author leads me to wonder why he bothered completing the translation at all. It is high
Paula Crash
i'm continuously "currently reading" this book, no matter how many times i finish it. cryptic stuff, and you should trust me, i've been reading it for years.
Clay Fouts
This is the book I wish I had read ten years ago but the importance of which I gather only now. Levi's Dogma provides a clear and readable engagement with the tradition of Western occultism. It's here that we find the initial (if skewed) tie-ins between the Hebrew alphabet and the Tarot trumps, marrying the ancient Egyptian tradition with Jewish Kabbalah. I found most rewarding his description of the evolution of the series of numbers as they unfold into further degrees of manifestation as well ...more
Steve Cran
At the core of all esoteric arts is science. Those occult groups who acted in secret oft time mixing faith and science have been the discoverers of scientific invention advancing society forward yet hidden from public view. In order to perpetuate faith the Church has always sought to stamp out these groups and their sciences. The Church has in many an instance been resistant to scientific discovery and change.

What follows is one of the key books on Ceremonial Magick. The book is very hard to com
Palindrome Mordnilap
Eliphas Levi was one of the "founding fathers" of the occult revival that took place in the late nineteenth century, and his "Transcendental Magic" is a marvellous work. The translation into English by A. E. Waite is smooth and often poetic, whilst the ideas propounded by Levi are at times very intriguing.

Evidently this isn't some kind of spell book that you can use to summon up the spirits of the dead (though Levi makes bold claims to have done so himself) but it does provide the occult philoso
Roger Buck
Contains deeply disturbing things which the older, penitent Eliphas Levi renounced.

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. My review of that here:
Ayam Abraxas
An unparalleled 18th century text on Kaballah and Magick in theory and practice. Includes Levi's journal entries of a successful spirit evocation. Levi interprets the mysteries in the language of Christians, as he was a Catholic priest. Somewhat debated as to the accuracy of his information by some occult scholars, nonetheless, he was working basically on his own at the time, so it is excusable.
Jose Daniel
Uno de los mas conocidos esotéricos franceses, libro muy interesante que recapitula la simbologia de las sectas, creencias y significado oculto de mucha simbologia religiosa,escritor que también concocia el contexto social de su época y entendía la profundidad de los cambios políticos y como influenciaban el pensamiento mágico.
Stopped reading it! Ask why? here is a clue........aberration allegory!
and I will accept the challenge of anyone who emphatically disagrees from a historic/academic point of view.
He's an odd cat....but I like him!
Matheus Ramos
Maravilhoso! Grande obra, recomendado.
You've gotta believe it to happen...
Love that book, pure Art.
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Éliphas Lévi is the pen-name of Abbé Alphonse Louis Constant, a Roman Catholic priest and magician. His later writings on the Tarot and occult topics were a great influence on the Spiritualist and Hermetic movements of fin de siècle England and France, especially on such members of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn as Arthur Edward Waite and Aleister Crowley.


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