How to Become a Mage: A Fin-de-Siecle French Occult Manifesto

How to Become a Mage: A Fin-de-Siecle French Occult Manifesto

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Overview

A Vital Work in the History of Occultism From the Notorious Provocateur Joséphin Péladan

How to Become a Mage is the first English translation of the enormously influential occultist Joséphin Péladan. This book is a fascinating display of nineteenth-century French thought, sharing audacious ideas on overcoming the pitfalls of status-quo society while perfecting and purifying one’s own soul in preparation for transcendence and sacred transformation. Péladan was committed to the belief that the best way to enter into communion with the divine was through magic and the arts. He played a key role in fin-de-siècle culture, expounding upon the spiritual weight of physical, intellectual, familial, and creative pursuits while guiding young seekers toward a radical reassessment of the values and activities of contemporary life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738759487
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
Publication date: 06/08/2019
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 588,229
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

K. K. Albert is a translator based in Phoenix, Arizona. Her master of fine arts degree and her years of practice in a variety of creative pursuits has led her to appreciate Péladan's teachings about aestheticism. She has intensively studied astrology, tarot, zen, the I Ching, meditation, Qabalah, theosophy, and dreamwork. Additionally, she is an expert in French language and culture.

Joséphin Péladan (1858–1918) was a flamboyant personality and controversial media celebrity as well as the author of combative art criticism and a series of novels with occult themes. Péladan also wrote influential non-fiction works on occult topics committed to the belief that the best way for modern Europeans to enter into communion with the guiding intelligences of humanity was through magic and the arts. He played a key role in reviving Rosicrucianism and provided a spiritual and intellectual backdrop to fin-de-siècle French symbolism. His ideas influenced the leading artists of the day, including composers Claude Debussy and Erik Satie and writer Antonin Artaud.

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Table of Contents

Contents

Foreword: The Magus of Decadence by John Michael Greer xi

Translator's Preface by K. K. Albert xix

Author's Dedication: To the Count xxix

Prayer of Saint Thomas Aquinas xxxv

Creed xxxvii

To the Ancestors xxxix

To the Young Man of the Present xli

BOOK ONE: THE SEVEN STEPS TO EXIT THE CENTURY..................................1
I. THE NEOPHYTE 3
II. SOCIETY 15
III. RULES OF SOCIAL LIFE 29
IV. ORIENTATION 43
V. MAGIC POWER 55
VI. ON LOVE 69
VII. THE AUTODIDACT 83

BOOK TWO: THE TWELVE STEPS OF MAGICAL ASCETICISM................... 95
I. THE QUIDDITY or THE TRUE PATH 97
II. THE ORIGIN or THE METHOD 107
III. RAPPORT or DESTINY 117
IV. MATERIALITY or EFFORT 127
V. RITUAL or SACRIFICE 135
VI. DEATH or REBIRTH 145
VII. QUANTITY or VARIETY 153
VIII. QUALITY or PERVERSITY 163
IX. TIME or IMPOTENCE 173
X. LIFE or GLORY 181
XI. THE METHOD or ENEMIES 191
XII. ACCOMPANIMENT or PROVIDENCE 201

BOOK THREE: THE TRINITY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT...........................................209
I. THE WORK OF THE FATHER 211
II. THE WORK OF THE SON 217
III. THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT 221

Afterword by Jean-Louis de Biasi, Illustrious Grand Patriarch–Grand Master of the Kabbalistic Order of the Rose-Cross 227

Appendix: The Golden Verses of Pythagoras 237

Translator's Note by K. K. Albert 243

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