By Eliphas Lévi
2011 Reprint of 1958 London version. complete facsimile of the unique version, no longer reproduced with Optical reputation software program. this is often Levi's first treatise on magic and was once translated into English by way of Arthur Edward Waite as "Transcendental Magic, its Doctrine and Ritual". Its recognized commencing strains current the only crucial subject matter of Occultism and offers a number of the taste of its surroundings: "Behind the veil of all of the hieratic and mystical allegories of old doctrines, in the back of the darkness and weird ordeals of all initiations, lower than the seal of all sacred writings, within the ruins of Nineveh or Thebes, at the crumbling stones of outdated temples and at the blackened visage of the Assyrian or Egyptian sphinx, within the giant or fabulous work which interpret to the trustworthy of India the encouraged pages of the Vedas, within the cryptic logos of our outdated books on alchemy, within the ceremonies practised at reception through all mystery societies, there are discovered symptoms of a doctrine that's far and wide an identical and far and wide rigorously hid. ( From the Introduction)".
Lévi's model of magic grew to become a superb good fortune, particularly after his dying. That Spiritualism was once renowned on either side of the Atlantic from the 1850s contributed to this luck. His magical teachings have been loose from seen fanaticisms; he had not anything to promote, and didn't fake to be the start up of a few historical or fictitious mystery society. He included the Tarot playing cards into his magical method, and consequently the Tarot has been a tremendous a part of the paraphernalia of Western magicians. He had a deep influence at the magic of the airtight Order of the Golden sunrise and in a while the ex-Golden sunrise member Aleister Crowley. He was once additionally the 1st to claim pentagram or five-pointed superstar with one aspect down and issues up represents evil, whereas a pentagram with one element up and issues down represents reliable. It used to be mostly throughout the occultists encouraged via him that Lévi is remembered as one of many key founders of the 20th century revival of magic.
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Therein are preserved all the fantastic and fortuitous assemblages of forms which people our nightmares with such abominable monstrosities. To be sucked down by this whirling stream is to fall into abysses of madness, more frightful than those of death; to expel the shades of this chaos and compel it to give perfect forms to our thoughts – this is to be a man of genius; it is to create, it is to be victorious over hell! The Astral Light directs the instincts of animals and offers battle to the intelligence of man, which it strives to pervert by the enticements of its reflections and the illusion of its images.
Animal Magnetism is nothing but an artificial sleep produced by the voluntary or enforced union of two wills, one of which is awake while the other slumbers – that is, one of which directs the other in the choice of reflections for the transformation of dreams into visions and the attainment of truth by means of images. Thus, somnambulists do not actually travel to the place where they are sent by the magnetizer; they evoke its images in the Astral Light and can behold nothing which does not exist in that light.
Fatality, will and power, such is the magical triad, which corresponds in things human to the Divine Triad. Fatality is the inevitable sequence of effects and causes in a determined order. Will is the directing faculty of intelligent forces for the conciliation of the liberty of persons with the necessity of things. Power is the wise application of will which enlists fatality itself in the accomplishment of the desires of the sage. When Moses smote the rock, he did not create the spring of water; he revealed it to the people, because occult science had made it known to himself by means of the divining rod.
Dogme Et Rituel De La Haute Magie by Eliphas Lévi