Sunday, February 20, 2011

Eliphas Levi

Eliphas Levi
ELIPHAS L'eVI, uneducated ALPHONSE LOUIS Caring, (February 8, 1810 - May 31, 1875) was a French occult critic and purported magician.

"Eliphas L'evi," the name under which he published his books, was his turn to convince or transliterate his unqualified names "Alphonse Louis" inwards Hebrew in the face of he was not Jewish.

His on top wife was French sculptress Marie-No'emi Cadiot.

In 1853, L'evi visited England, someplace he met the journalist Edward Bulwer-Lytton, who was snooping in Rosicrucianism as a educational image and was the come first of a tiny Rosicrucian order.Levi's outdo conversation on magic appeared in 1854 under the reputation "Dogme et Rituel de la Haute Magie", and was translated inwards English by Arthur Edward Waite as "Transcendental Charm, its Philosophy and Setting up". Its artifice opening gun emplacements consent to the disconnect essential image of Occultism and gives some of the flavor of its atmosphere: "Put away the cape of all the hieratic and mystical allegories of ancient doctrines, keystone the heaviness and baffling ordeals of all initiations, under the pronounced of all sacred writings, in the shell of Nineveh or Thebes, on the separation stones of old temples and on the blackened deal with of the Assyrian or Egyptian sphinx, in the monstrous or gigantic paintings which interpret to the secretive of India the romantic pages of the Vedas, in the unknown emblems of our old books on alchemy, in the ceremonies practised at approve of by all secret societies, in attendance are found indications of a ideas which is everywhere the awfully and everywhere delicately covert." (Imminent)

In 1861, he published a sequel, "La Clef des Grands Myst`eres" ("The Key to the Augment Mysteries"). Forward magical works by L'evi intensify "Fables et Symboles" ("Stories and Descriptions"), 1862, and "La Science des Esprits" ("The Science of Confidence"), 1865. In 1868, he wrote "Le Grand Arcane, ou l'Occultisme D'evoil'e" ("The Augment Stealthy, or Occultism Unveiled"); this, however, was truly published posthumously in 1898.

L'evi's exemplar of magic became a great coup d'?tat, abnormally after his death. That Spiritualism was put on apiece sides of the Atlantic from the 1850s contributed to this coup d'?tat. His magical teachings were free from sickening fanaticisms, even if they remained quicker murky; he had zip to horses, and did not man-made to be the inititate of some ancient or copied secret friendliness. He integrated the Tarot cards inwards his magical run, and as a increase the Tarot has been an critical part of the paraphernalia of Western magicians. He had a heavy-duty burden on the magic of the Unassailable Fall into line of the Yellow Daybreak and when on the ex-Golden Daybreak limb Aleister Crowley. He was in addition the outdo to partake of that a pentagram or five-pointed star with one change direction down and two points up represents "bad", equally a pentagram with one change direction up and two points down is "good". It was principally sad the occultists romantic by him that L'evi is remembered as one of the key founders of the twentieth century recovery of magic.