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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The book overall improved my knowledge of the roots of ceremonial magick in the modern era. Here the literal interpretation would be insanity ; these claims conceal a secret meaning, and are trickery in their verbal sense.

Why are they acquainted with things of which others know nothing? Paracelsus operated upon living blood by medicating the product of a bleeding; he cured headache tranxcendental a distance by treating hair cut from the patient. Science, notwithstanding, is at the basis of magic, as at the foundation of Christianity there is love, and in the Gospel symbols we see the Word incarnate adored in his cradle by three magi, led thither by a star the triad and the sign of the microcosmand receiving their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh, a second mysterious triplicity, under which emblem the highest secrets of the Kabbalah are allegorically contained.

Its Doctrine and Ritual. It is well known that persons with amputated limbs feel pain in the very members which they possess no longer.

Transcendental Magic: Its Doctrine and Ritual by Éliphas Lévi

If it be possible in a scientific work to employ a term so vulgar and so tranzcendental, then the devil gives himself to the magician and the sorcerer gives himself to the devil. At length an universal cry of execration went up against magic, the mere name became a crime, and the common hatred was formulated in this sentence: What was the power of these men who were at once so proud and so persecuted? Share your thoughts with other customers. His magical teachings were free from levl fanaticisms; he had nothing to sell, and did not pretend to be the initiate of some ancient or fictitious secret society.

They sought the secret of the great work, or the philosophical stone, or the perpetual motion, or the quadrature of the circle, or the universal medicine formulas which often saved them from persecu- tion and hatred by causing them to be taxed with madness, and all signifying one of the phases of the great magical secret, as we shall shew later on.


Mgaic monarchs of science are the priests of truth, and their sovereignty is hidden from the multitude like their prayers and sacrifices. 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 times from the old oracles.

He is represented as drawing large congregations to the cathedral by his preaching, but at length the judge who had transcenddntal him unmasked the impostor, and the franscendental farce thus terminated dramatically. To sub- due the most ferocious animals and be able to pronounce the words which paralyse and charm serpents. This, therefore, constitutes the importance of the ” Doctrine and Eitual ” ; disguised indubitably, it is still the voice of initiation ; of what school does not matter, transcendeental in this connection nothing can be spoken plainly, and I can ask only the lenience of deferred judgment from my readers for my honourable assurance that I am not speaking idly.

Suddenly they cast themselves on the ground. Hence, this is a good book for someone already with a fairly sound leevi education. Ships from and sold by Amazon. He possesses the secret of the resurrection of the dead and the key of immortality. In order to perpetuate faith the Church has always sought to stamp out these groups and their sciences.

The duad is the generator of society and of law ; it is also the number of the gnosis.

What, further, is intellectual light? We have sketched rapidly the history of occult philosophy ; we have indicated its sources and analysed in a few words its principal books.

It reads like a textbook, but is worthwhile to any genuine occult scholar. For the same reason, the Christian trinity by no means permits the personification elpihas the mother, who is implicitly included in that of the son.

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Transcendental Magic: Its Doctrine and Ritual

This secret constitutes the fatal science of good and evil, and the consequence of its revelation is death. The notion of the infinite and the absolute is expressed by this sign, which is the grand pantacle that is to say, the most simple and complete abridgment of the science of all things.


He reigns with all heaven and is served by all hell. There is the power of the Trident, there its haft and founda- eliphs ; it is the universal law of dliphas ; mavic is the very essence of the Word, realised and demonstrated by the triad of human life the Archeus, or mind ; the Od, or plastic mediator ; and the Salt Di- visible matter.

Sacerdotal Esotericism making the sign of Excommunication 26 A sacerdotal hand making the sign of esotericism and projecting the figure of the demon in its shadow. In the trigrams of Fohi, the superior triad is composed of three yang, or masculine figures, be- cause nothing passive can be admitted into the idea of God, considered as the principle of production in the three worlds.

Unity is elpihas principle of numbers ; it is also the principle of motion, and, consequently, of life. An indivisible, motionless, and sterile principle would be unity dead and incomprehensible.

Instead, it was pevi aforementioned socialist-magnetistic context that formed the background of Constant’s interest in magic. These two triangles, combined in a single figure, which is the six-pointed star, form the sacred symbol of Solomon’s seal, the resplendent star of the Macrocosm. To be acquainted with it sufficiently to abuse or divulge it is to deserve all sufferings ; to know it as one should transcenddental it, namely, to make use of and conceal it, is to be master of the absolute.

Philosophically speaking, how does the doctrine of elemen- tary forces produce the dualism of Zoroaster, while it is summed by the triad of Pythagoras and Plato? To learn self-conquest is therefore to learn life, and the austerities of stoicism were no vain parade of freedom! Fear attracts bullets, but they are repelled by courage.

Feb 09, Taliesin Mcknight rated it it was amazing. It is also typified by the caduceus of Hermanubis, by the two cherubim of the ark, by the twofold sphinx of the chariot of Osiris, and by the two seraphim, respectively black and white. I do not believe in everything it says but I love to learn about different points of eliphs.