The Magical Ritual of the Sanctum Regnum: Interpreted by the Tarot Trumps

The Magical Ritual of the Sanctum Regnum: Interpreted by the Tarot Trumps

by Eliphas Levi
     
 

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Éliphas Lévi, born Alphonse Louis Constant, (1810-75) was instrumental in the revival of Western occultism in the nineteenth century, and published several influential books on magic that are also reissued in this series. This posthumous publication (1896) is a translation by William Wynn Westcott, co-founder of the 'Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn', of

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Éliphas Lévi, born Alphonse Louis Constant, (1810-75) was instrumental in the revival of Western occultism in the nineteenth century, and published several influential books on magic that are also reissued in this series. This posthumous publication (1896) is a translation by William Wynn Westcott, co-founder of the 'Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn', of an unpublished French manuscript by Lévi, then owned by the spiritualist Edward Maitland. It includes eight of the author's drawings. Each short chapter outlines the meaning of one of the twenty-two tarot trumps and is followed by a brief editor's note describing the card's iconography and summarising interpretations (sometimes deliberately misleading) given in Lévi's earlier publications. The book ends with Kabbalistic prayers and rituals, praise of Jesus Christ as the great initiate, and a surprising assertion that Christianity has superseded ancient magic, revealing the life-long tension between Catholicism and magic in Lévi's personality and thought.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781108044295
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/29/2011
Series:
Cambridge Library Collection - Spiritualism and Esoteric Knowledge Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
134
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.31(d)

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