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Transcendental Magic: Its Doctrine and Ritual

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  1,108 ratings  ·  30 reviews
This is Eliphas Levi's (18101875) bestknown 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 practica ...more
Paperback, American Edition, 480 pages
Published January 15th 1968 by Weiser Books (first published 1854)
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Steve Cran
Apr 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 12, 2008 rated it liked it
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
Jun 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Taliesin Mcknight
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
★★★★★ This is one of the most important books on Western magick extant. This book does require a background in occult symbolism, tarot, and Qabalah to understand, as it's not for the beginner. 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. The book is based on the Marseille tarot deck with corrections, which were later incorporated into the Oswald Wirth deck after the writing of this boo ...more
Signor Mambrino
Let's be honest; this is a load of bollicks.
Palindrome Mordnilap
Sep 18, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: research-books
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
Ken Nunyerbeez
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Update: I rate it 5/5 because of its prolific status in the world of the Western Hermetic Tradition, not because it's the most easy-to-read or inherently useful text as-is. Its contents can be surmised in Crowley, Mathers and Waite - in the latter case, in and outside of his traslations of the manuscript - in lieu of its religiously-slanted aphorisms and esoterically castrated approach to what should be respectfully understood as (at least to a degree) universal in some of its premises. But this ...more
Victor Henrique
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Essas escrituras são fundamentais para a compreensão da magia cósmica e transcendental, porém enseja o conhecimento prévio de magia telúrica . Alguns dogmas foram superados pelo próprio Éliphas . Alguns rituais foram excluídos da "praxis" , por serem considerados perigosos portais para a magia negra . Só se deve operar com magia cósmica aquele que domina a telúrica. De mais a mais , é um excelente guia para a curiosidade e possui algumas denúncias cruciais para o entendimento dos acontecimentos ...more
Kadesh G. Vega
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I would not say that I have exactly "read" so much as read through this book, as it is largely a fundamental of the ancient sciences that one should continuously revisit. I found A.E. Waite's commentary elucidating yet mercurial in that in some commentary he praises Waite and adds his own angle of perspective, in other commentaries he condemns Levi for blatantly making up facts to fill in gaps of his explanations. The critique on Levi's use of the Tarot to allude to the different chapters is of ...more
Val Cuellar
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me long to read and I’m not claiming I understood everything, there are so much more religious facts than I thought. But a very instructive book. I do not believe in everything it says but I love to learn about different points of view.
Anna Luna
Apr 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Personally, I don’t believe that this book is
1. Short
2. Readable with ease
It does contain a lot of information but generally nothing you can’t find on google, it’s a neutral read, some things are interesting mostly the “ step by step” processes. Besides that, long book
Kadesh Vega
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very interesting minus the Arthur Edward Waite version who's commentary is just constant citing and criticisms.
Roger Buck
Jul 14, 2014 rated it did not like it
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:
Jose Daniel
Mar 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.
Jim Amy
Jan 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a beautifully written book about magic from a time before most of what I think of as modern magic such as the G.D., Thelema,LaVey and so on. It is structured around the 22 Tarot Trumps (not the G.D. or Crowley correspondences, I am afraid)and it includes a number of illustrations as well as a few workable rituals. From a literary perspective, I found this a very enjoyable book to read.
Äsruþr Cyneaþsson
Aug 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A classic and essential work by Levi. Anyone with an interest in the occult or the application of magical rites should find something of value and interest to them within this text.

I do however recommend that the reader of this work then proceed to read Levi's other works in which his views on ritual, Baphomet, Lucifer and the application of magic evolve.
Brad Matthews
May 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
While this book can be abstruse at times and not completely clear (which makes sense given that it's going over elements of the occult), it still provides great thought into a lot of different areas of occult philosophy. A must-read for any aspiring occultist
Feb 08, 2013 rated it did not like it
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.
Matheus Ramos
Maravilhoso! Grande obra, recomendado.
Charlie Payne
Jul 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
A little bit bias with AE Waites opinions' otherwise would be a 5 star.
May 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Essential reading.
Dec 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
He's an odd cat....but I like him!
Jennifer Kneif
Jun 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The perfect eirenicon of insanity and genius.
Apr 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Love that book, pure Art.
Sep 23, 2007 rated it really liked it
You've gotta believe it to happen...
Ese Gabo
Apr 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
...way of life...
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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.


Éliphas Lévi es el nombre adopta
“Everything is possible to him who wills only what is true! Rest in Nature, study, know, then dare; dare to will, dare to act and be silent!” 27 likes
“In olden times gold was manufactured by science; nowadays science must be renewed by gold. We have fixed the volatile and we must now volatilize the fixed—in other words, we have materialized spirit, and we must now spiritualize matter.” 17 likes
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