By Eliphas Lévi
This is often Levi's first treatise on magic and used to be translated into English through Arthur Edward Waite as "Transcendental Magic, its Doctrine and Ritual". Its well-known starting traces current the only crucial subject of Occultism and offers a number of the taste of its surroundings: "Behind the veil of the entire hieratic and mystical allegories of historic doctrines, in the back of the darkness and unusual ordeals of all initiations, below the seal of all sacred writings, within the ruins of Nineveh or Thebes, at the crumbling stones of previous temples and at the blackened visage of the Assyrian or Egyptian sphinx, within the large or amazing work which interpret to the devoted of India the encouraged pages of the Vedas, within the cryptic logos of our outdated books on alchemy, within the ceremonies practised at reception by way of all mystery societies, there are stumbled on symptoms of a doctrine that's in every single place an identical and all over rigorously hid. ( From the Introduction)". Lévi's model of magic turned a good good fortune, particularly after his loss of life. That Spiritualism used to be 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 faux to be the start up of a few historic or fictitious mystery society. He included the Tarot playing cards into his magical process, and for that reason the Tarot has been an enormous 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 famous person with one element down and issues up represents evil, whereas a pentagram with one element up and issues down represents stable. It was once principally during the occultists encouraged by way of him that Lévi is remembered as one of many key founders.
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