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liphas Lvi Zahed, born Alphonse Louis Constant (8 February 1810 31 May 1875), was a French occult author and ceremonial magician. "liphas Lvi", the name under which he published his books, was his attempt to translate or transliterate his given names "Alphonse Louis" into the Hebrew language. "Eliphas Levi" is an anagram for "Phileas Evil." Phileas is greek for "love," so the transliteration of his name is an anagram for "love evil."

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3.07_-_The_Formula_of_the_Holy_Grail
3.14_-_Of_the_Consecrations
3.20_-_Of_the_Eucharist
APPENDIX_I_-_Curriculum_of_A._A.
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1:The devil never repents.
   ~ Eliphas Levi, [T5],
2:The elect are those who dare; woe to the timid! ~ Eliphas Levi,
3:Man's greatest wisdom is to choose his obsession well.
   ~ Eliphas Levi, [T5],
4:To be an object of attraction for all women, you must desire none ~ Eliphas Levi,
5:To practice magic is to be a quack; to know magic is to be a sage.
   ~ Eliphas Levi,
6:A good teacher must be able to put himself in the place of those who find learning hard.
   ~ Eliphas Levi,
7:The philosophy of laughter will never have anything in common with the religion of tears.
   ~ Eliphas Levi,
8:The Magician looks on the wicked as invalids whom one must pity and cure; the world, with its errors and vices, is to him God's hospital, and he wishes to serve in it.
   ~ Eliphas Levi,
9:Human thought creates what it imagines; the phantoms of superstition project their deformities on the astral light, and live upon the same terrors which give them birth.
   ~ Eliphas Levi,
10:EVERY intention which does not assert itself by deeds is a vain intention, and the speech which expresses it is idle speech. It is action which proves life and establishes will
   ~ Eliphas Levi,
11:To know all is an impossible dream; but woe unto him who dares not to learn all, and who does not know that, in order to know anything, one must learn eternally!
   ~ Eliphas Levi, The Key of The Mysteries,
12:The Great Work is, before all things, the creation of man by himself, that is to say, the full and entire conquest of his faculties and his future; it is especially the perfect emancipation of his will.
   ~ Eliphas Levi,
13:Succeed in not fearing the lion, and the lion will fear YOU. Say to suffering, 'I will that you shall become a pleasure,' and it will prove to be such-- and even more than a pleasure, it will be a blessing.
   ~ Eliphas Levi,
14:An imprisoned person with no other book than the Tarot, if he knew how to use it, could in a few years acquire Universal Knowledge Gnosis, and would be able to speak on all subjects with unequaled learning and inexhaustible eloquence. ~ Eliphas Levi,
15:You, therefore, who are undertaking the study of this book, if you persevere to the end and understand it, you will be either a monarch or a madman. Do what you will with this volume, you will be unable to despise or to forget it.
   ~ Eliphas Levi, Transcendental Magic,
16:Paracelcus, Eliphas Levi, MacGregor Mathers, Aleister Crowley, Austin Spare, and Michael Moorcock all fed ideas into Chaos Magic. Plus it made some acknowledgement to the ideas of Quantum Physics and other bits of strange science.
   ~ Peter J Carroll, The Octavo: A sorcerer-scientist's grimoire,
17:All Religions and all Sciences connect themselves with one single science, always hidden from the common herd, and transmitted from age to age, from initiate to initiate, beneath the veil of fables and symbols. It preserves for a world yet to come the secrets of a world that has passed away. ~ Eliphas Levi,
18:The key one and threefold, even as universal science. The division of the work is sevenfold, and through these sections are distributed the seven degrees of initiation into is transcendental philosophy.

The text is a mystical commentary on the oracles of Solomon, ^ and the work ends with a series of synoptic schedules which are the synthesis of Magic and the occult Kabalah so far as concerns that which can be made public in writing. The rest, being the esoteric and inexpressible part of the science, is formulated in magnificent pantacles carefully designed and engraved. These are nine in number, as follows

(1) The dogma of Hermes;
(2) Magical realisation;
(3) The path of wisdom and the initial procedure in the work
(4) The Gate of the Sanctuary enlightened by seven mystic rays;
(5) A Rose of Light, in the centre of which a human figure is extending its arms in the form of a cross;
(6) The magical laboratory of Khunrath, demonstrating the necessary union of prayer and work
(7) The absolute synthesis of science;
(8) Universal equilibrium ;
(9) A summary of Khunrath's personal embodying an energetic protest against all his detractors. ~ Eliphas Levi, The History Of Magic,
19:We have all a ruling defect, which is for our soul as the umbilical cord of its birth in sin, and it is by this that the enemy can always lay hold upon us: for some it is vanity, for others idleness, for the majority egotism. Let a wicked and crafty mind avail itself of this means and we are lost; we may not go mad or turn idiots, but we become positively alienated, in all the force of the expression - that is, we are subjected to a foreign suggestion. In such a state one dreads instinctively everything that might bring us back to reason, and will not even listen to representations that are opposed to our obsession. Here is one of the most dangerous disorders which can affect the moral nature. The sole remedy for such a bewitchment is to make use of folly itself in order to cure folly, to provide the sufferer with imaginary satisfactions in the opposite order to that wherein he is now lost. Endeavour, for example, to cure an ambitious person by making him desire the glories of heaven - mystic remedy; cure one who is dissolute by true love - natural remedy; obtain honourable successes for a vain person; exhibit unselfishness to the avaricious and procure for them legitimate profit by honourable participation in generous enterprises, etc. Acting in this way upon the moral nature, we may succeed in curing a number of physical maladies, for the moral affects the physical in virtue of the magical axiom: "That which is above is like unto that which is below." This is why the Master said, when speaking of the paralyzed woman: "Satan has bound her." A disease invariably originates in a deficiency or an excess, and ever at the root of a physical evil we shall find a moral disorder. This is an unchanging law of Nature. ~ Eliphas Levi, Transcendental Magic,
20:SECTION 1. Books for Serious Study
   Liber CCXX. (Liber AL vel Legis.) The Book of the Law. This book is the foundation of the New Æon, and thus of the whole of our work.
   The Equinox. The standard Work of Reference in all occult matters. The Encyclopaedia of Initiation.
   Liber ABA (Book 4). A general account in elementary terms of magical and mystical powers. In four parts: (1) Mysticism (2) Magical (Elementary Theory) (3) Magick in Theory and Practice (this book) (4) The Law.
   Liber II. The Message of the Master Therion. Explains the essence of the new Law in a very simple manner.
   Liber DCCCXXXVIII. The Law of Liberty. A further explanation of The Book of the Law in reference to certain ethical problems.
   Collected Works of A. Crowley. These works contain many mystical and magical secrets, both stated clearly in prose, and woven into the Robe of sublimest poesy.
   The Yi King. (S. B. E. Series [vol. XVI], Oxford University Press.) The "Classic of Changes"; give the initiated Chinese system of Magick.
   The Tao Teh King. (S. B. E. Series [vol. XXXIX].) Gives the initiated Chinese system of Mysticism.
   Tannhäuser, by A. Crowley. An allegorical drama concerning the Progress of the Soul; the Tannhäuser story slightly remodelled.
   The Upanishads. (S. B. E. Series [vols. I & XV.) The Classical Basis of Vedantism, the best-known form of Hindu Mysticism.
   The Bhagavad-gita. A dialogue in which Krishna, the Hindu "Christ", expounds a system of Attainment.
   The Voice of the Silence, by H.P. Blavatsky, with an elaborate commentary by Frater O.M. Frater O.M., 7°=48, is the most learned of all the Brethren of the Order; he has given eighteen years to the study of this masterpiece.
   Raja-Yoga, by Swami Vivekananda. An excellent elementary study of Hindu mysticism. His Bhakti-Yoga is also good.
   The Shiva Samhita. An account of various physical means of assisting the discipline of initiation. A famous Hindu treatise on certain physical practices.
   The Hathayoga Pradipika. Similar to the Shiva Samhita.
   The Aphorisms of Patanjali. A valuable collection of precepts pertaining to mystical attainment.
   The Sword of Song. A study of Christian theology and ethics, with a statement and solution of the deepest philosophical problems. Also contains the best account extant of Buddhism, compared with modern science.
   The Book of the Dead. A collection of Egyptian magical rituals.
   Dogme et Rituel de la Haute Magie, by Eliphas Levi. The best general textbook of magical theory and practice for beginners. Written in an easy popular style.
   The Book of the Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage. The best exoteric account of the Great Work, with careful instructions in procedure. This Book influenced and helped the Master Therion more than any other.
   The Goetia. The most intelligible of all the mediæval rituals of Evocation. Contains also the favourite Invocation of the Master Therion.
   Erdmann's History of Philosophy. A compendious account of philosophy from the earliest times. Most valuable as a general education of the mind.
   The Spiritual Guide of [Miguel de] Molinos. A simple manual of Christian Mysticism.
   The Star in the West. (Captain Fuller). An introduction to the study of the Works of Aleister Crowley.
   The Dhammapada. (S. B. E. Series [vol. X], Oxford University Press). The best of the Buddhist classics.
   The Questions of King Milinda. (S. B. E. Series [vols. XXXV & XXXVI].) Technical points of Buddhist dogma, illustrated bydialogues.
   Liber 777 vel Prolegomena Symbolica Ad Systemam Sceptico-Mysticæ Viæ Explicandæ, Fundamentum Hieroglyphicam Sanctissimorum Scientiæ Summæ. A complete Dictionary of the Correspondences of all magical elements, reprinted with extensive additions, making it the only standard comprehensive book of reference ever published. It is to the language of Occultism what Webster or Murray is to the English language.
   Varieties of Religious Experience (William James). Valuable as showing the uniformity of mystical attainment.
   Kabbala Denudata, von Rosenroth: also The Kabbalah Unveiled, by S.L. Mathers. The text of the Qabalah, with commentary. A good elementary introduction to the subject.
   Konx Om Pax [by Aleister Crowley]. Four invaluable treatises and a preface on Mysticism and Magick.
   The Pistis Sophia [translated by G.R.S. Mead or Violet McDermot]. An admirable introduction to the study of Gnosticism.
   The Oracles of Zoroaster [Chaldæan Oracles]. An invaluable collection of precepts mystical and magical.
   The Dream of Scipio, by Cicero. Excellent for its Vision and its Philosophy.
   The Golden Verses of Pythagoras, by Fabre d'Olivet. An interesting study of the exoteric doctrines of this Master.
   The Divine Pymander, by Hermes Trismegistus. Invaluable as bearing on the Gnostic Philosophy.
   The Secret Symbols of the Rosicrucians, reprint of Franz Hartmann. An invaluable compendium.
   Scrutinium Chymicum [Atalanta Fugiens]¸ by Michael Maier. One of the best treatises on alchemy.
   Science and the Infinite, by Sidney Klein. One of the best essays written in recent years.
   Two Essays on the Worship of Priapus [A Discourse on the Worship of Priapus &c. &c. &c.], by Richard Payne Knight [and Thomas Wright]. Invaluable to all students.
   The Golden Bough, by J.G. Frazer. The textbook of Folk Lore. Invaluable to all students.
   The Age of Reason, by Thomas Paine. Excellent, though elementary, as a corrective to superstition.
   Rivers of Life, by General Forlong. An invaluable textbook of old systems of initiation.
   Three Dialogues, by Bishop Berkeley. The Classic of Subjective Idealism.
   Essays of David Hume. The Classic of Academic Scepticism.
   First Principles by Herbert Spencer. The Classic of Agnosticism.
   Prolegomena [to any future Metaphysics], by Immanuel Kant. The best introduction to Metaphysics.
   The Canon [by William Stirling]. The best textbook of Applied Qabalah.
   The Fourth Dimension, by [Charles] H. Hinton. The best essay on the subject.
   The Essays of Thomas Henry Huxley. Masterpieces of philosophy, as of prose.
   ~ Aleister Crowley, Liber ABA, Appendix I: Literature Recommended to Aspirants

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1:The devil never repents.
   ~ Eliphas Levi, [T5],
2:Doubt is really a groping ignorance. ~ Eliphas Levi
3:Fear is nothing but idleness of the will. ~ Eliphas Levi
4:Judge not; speak hardly at all; love and act. ~ Eliphas Levi
5:It is necessary to DARE what must be attempted. ~ Eliphas Levi
6:The elect are those who dare; woe to the timid! ~ Eliphas Levi,
7:Magic is the divinity of man achieved in union with faith. ~ Eliphas Levi
8:Succeed in not fearing the lion, and the lion will fear you. ~ Eliphas Levi
9:Man's greatest wisdom is to choose his obsession well.
   ~ Eliphas Levi, [T5],
10:An iron chain is less difficult to break than a chain of flowers. ~ Eliphas Levi
11:Passing beauties are only the fugitive reflectios of the eternal. ~ Eliphas Levi
12:If you wish to seduce an angel, you must play the part of a devil. ~ Eliphas Levi
13:To be an object of attraction for all women, you must desire none ~ Eliphas Levi,
14:To practice magic is to be a quack; to know magic is to be a sage. ~ Eliphas Levi
15:Weak people talk and do not act, strong people act and keep quiet. ~ Eliphas Levi
16:To practice magic is to be a quack; to know magic is to be a sage.
   ~ Eliphas Levi,
17:There is nothing more to controlling demons than to do good and fear nothing. ~ Eliphas Levi
18:Nothing can resist the will of man when he knows what is true and wills what is good. ~ Eliphas Levi
19:When we love, we see the infinite in the finite. We find the Creator in the creation. ~ Eliphas Levi
20:A good teacher must be able to put himself in the place of those who find learning hard. ~ Eliphas Levi
21:One can only define the unknown by its supposed and supposable relations with the known. ~ Eliphas Levi
22:A good teacher must be able to put himself in the place of those who find learning hard.
   ~ Eliphas Levi,
23:The philosophy of laughter will never have anything in common with the religion of tears.
   ~ Eliphas Levi,
24:Order is never observed; it is disorder which attracts attention because it is awkward and intrusive. ~ Eliphas Levi
25:The Placer is an enemy who must necessarily become our lord or our slave; one doesn't enjoy if it's not defeated. ~ Eliphas Levi
26:All the power of the occult healer lies in his conscious will, and all his art consists in producing faith in the patient. ~ Eliphas Levi
27:Everything is possible to him who wills only what is true! Rest in Nature, study, know, then dare; dare to will, dare to act and be silent! ~ Eliphas Levi
28:Everything lives by movement, everything is maintained by equilibrium, and harmony results from the analogy of contraries; this law is the form of forms. ~ Eliphas Levi
29:Renounce to the desire of possessing worldly things: this is the first step in the path of perfection; by mean of this absolute untie is how the passions can be fought. ~ Eliphas Levi
30:The Magician looks on the wicked as invalids whom one must pity and cure; the world, with its errors and vices, is to him God's hospital, and he wishes to serve in it.
   ~ Eliphas Levi,
31:Human thought creates what it imagines; the phantoms of superstition project their deformities on the astral light, and live upon the same terrors which give them birth.
   ~ Eliphas Levi,
32:EVERY intention which does not assert itself by deeds is a vain intention, and the speech which expresses it is idle speech. It is action which proves life and establishes will ~ Eliphas Levi
33:EVERY intention which does not assert itself by deeds is a vain intention, and the speech which expresses it is idle speech. It is action which proves life and establishes will
   ~ Eliphas Levi,
34:Father, forgive them,' said Jesus, 'for they know not what they do' -- People of good sense whoever you may be, I will add, do not listen to them, for they know not what they say. ~ Eliphas Levi
35:To know all is an impossible dream; but woe unto him who dares not to learn all, and who does not know that, in order to know anything, one must learn eternally!
   ~ Eliphas Levi, The Key of The Mysteries,
36:That great Kabbilistical association known in Europe under the name of Masonry appeared suddenly in the world when the revolt against the Church had just succeeded in dismembering Christian unity. ~ Eliphas Levi
37:There exists in nature a force which is immeasurably more powerful than steam, and by means of which a single man, who knows how to adapt and direct it, might upset and alter the face of the world. ~ Eliphas Levi
38:The Great Work is, before all things, the creation of man by himself, that is to say, the full and entire conquest of his faculties and his future; it is especially the perfect emancipation of his will. ~ Eliphas Levi
39:The Great Work is, before all things, the creation of man by himself, that is to say, the full and entire conquest of his faculties and his future; it is especially the perfect emancipation of his will.
   ~ Eliphas Levi,
40:Succeed in not fearing the lion, and the lion will fear YOU. Say to suffering, 'I will that you shall become a pleasure,' and it will prove to be such-- and even more than a pleasure, it will be a blessing. ~ Eliphas Levi
41:All miracles are promised to faith, and what is faith except the audacity of will which does not hesitate in the darkness, but advances towards the light in spite of all ordeals, and surmounting all obstacles? ~ Eliphas Levi
42:Succeed in not fearing the lion, and the lion will fear YOU. Say to suffering, 'I will that you shall become a pleasure,' and it will prove to be such-- and even more than a pleasure, it will be a blessing.
   ~ Eliphas Levi,
43:To be rich is to give; to give nothing is to be poor; to live is to love; to love nothing is to be dead; to be happy is to devote oneself; to exist only for oneself is to damn oneself, and to exile oneself to hell. ~ Eliphas Levi
44:When one creates phantoms for oneself, one puts vampires into the world, and one must nourish these children of a voluntary nightmare with one's blood, one's life, one's intellegence, and one's reason, without ever satisfying them. ~ Eliphas Levi
45:Up to one's last breath, one may retain the simple joys of childhood, the poetic ecstasies of the young person, the enthusiasms of maturity. Right to the end, one may intoxicate one's spirit with flowers, with beauty and with smiles. ~ Eliphas Levi
46:An imprisoned person with no other book than the Tarot, if he knew how to use it, could in a few years acquire Universal Knowledge Gnosis, and would be able to speak on all subjects with unequaled learning and inexhaustible eloquence. ~ Eliphas Levi,
47:In olden times gold was manufactured by science; nowadays science must be renewed by gold. We have fixed the volatile and we must now volatilize the fixed—in other words, we have materialized spirit, and we must now spiritualize matter. ~ Eliphas Levi
48:Mistress of love or of hate, occult science can dispense paradise or hell at its pleasure to human hearts; it disposes of all forms and confers beauty or ugliness; with the wand of Circe it changes men into brutes and animals alternately into men. ~ Eliphas Levi
49:Passing beauties are only the fugitive reflections of the eternal. All beauty alters and all life melts away; in short, everything passes with marvelous rapidity; beautiful Helen of Troy has become a toothless skull, then a handful of dust, then nothing. ~ Eliphas Levi
50:You, therefore, who are undertaking the study of this book, if you persevere to the end and understand it, you will be either a monarch or a madman. Do what you will with this volume, you will be unable to despise or to forget it.
   ~ Eliphas Levi, Transcendental Magic,
51:Paracelcus, Eliphas Levi, MacGregor Mathers, Aleister Crowley, Austin Spare, and Michael Moorcock all fed ideas into Chaos Magic. Plus it made some acknowledgement to the ideas of Quantum Physics and other bits of strange science.
   ~ Peter J Carroll, The Octavo: A sorcerer-scientist's grimoire,
52:All Religions and all Sciences connect themselves with one single science, always hidden from the common herd, and transmitted from age to age, from initiate to initiate, beneath the veil of fables and symbols. It preserves for a world yet to come the secrets of a world that has passed away. ~ Eliphas Levi,
53:Weakness ever sympathizes with vice, because vice is a weakness which assumes the mask of strength. Madness holds reason in horror, and on all subjects it delights in the exaggerations of falsehood. The cause of all bewitchments, the poison of all philtres, the power of all sorcerers are there. ~ Eliphas Levi
54:What is more absurd and more impious than to attribute the name of Lucifer to the devil, that is, to personified evil. The intellectual Lucifer is the spirit of intelligence and love; it is the paraclete, it is the Holy Spirit, while the physical Lucifer is the great agent of universal magnetism. ~ Eliphas Levi
55:Hermeticism is the science of nature hidden in the hieroglyphics and symbols of the ancient world. It is the search for the principle of life, along with the dream (for those who have not yet achieved it) of accomplishing the great work, that is the reproduction by man of the divine, natural fire which creates and recreates beings. ~ Eliphas Levi
56:The key one and threefold, even as universal science. The division of the work is sevenfold, and through these sections are distributed the seven degrees of initiation into is transcendental philosophy.

The text is a mystical commentary on the oracles of Solomon, ^ and the work ends with a series of synoptic schedules which are the synthesis of Magic and the occult Kabalah so far as concerns that which can be made public in writing. The rest, being the esoteric and inexpressible part of the science, is formulated in magnificent pantacles carefully designed and engraved. These are nine in number, as follows

(1) The dogma of Hermes;
(2) Magical realisation;
(3) The path of wisdom and the initial procedure in the work
(4) The Gate of the Sanctuary enlightened by seven mystic rays;
(5) A Rose of Light, in the centre of which a human figure is extending its arms in the form of a cross;
(6) The magical laboratory of Khunrath, demonstrating the necessary union of prayer and work
(7) The absolute synthesis of science;
(8) Universal equilibrium ;
(9) A summary of Khunrath's personal embodying an energetic protest against all his detractors. ~ Eliphas Levi, The History Of Magic,
57:We have all a ruling defect, which is for our soul as the umbilical cord of its birth in sin, and it is by this that the enemy can always lay hold upon us: for some it is vanity, for others idleness, for the majority egotism. Let a wicked and crafty mind avail itself of this means and we are lost; we may not go mad or turn idiots, but we become positively alienated, in all the force of the expression - that is, we are subjected to a foreign suggestion. In such a state one dreads instinctively everything that might bring us back to reason, and will not even listen to representations that are opposed to our obsession. Here is one of the most dangerous disorders which can affect the moral nature. The sole remedy for such a bewitchment is to make use of folly itself in order to cure folly, to provide the sufferer with imaginary satisfactions in the opposite order to that wherein he is now lost. Endeavour, for example, to cure an ambitious person by making him desire the glories of heaven - mystic remedy; cure one who is dissolute by true love - natural remedy; obtain honourable successes for a vain person; exhibit unselfishness to the avaricious and procure for them legitimate profit by honourable participation in generous enterprises, etc. Acting in this way upon the moral nature, we may succeed in curing a number of physical maladies, for the moral affects the physical in virtue of the magical axiom: "That which is above is like unto that which is below." This is why the Master said, when speaking of the paralyzed woman: "Satan has bound her." A disease invariably originates in a deficiency or an excess, and ever at the root of a physical evil we shall find a moral disorder. This is an unchanging law of Nature. ~ Eliphas Levi, Transcendental Magic,
58:SECTION 1. Books for Serious Study
   Liber CCXX. (Liber AL vel Legis.) The Book of the Law. This book is the foundation of the New Æon, and thus of the whole of our work.
   The Equinox. The standard Work of Reference in all occult matters. The Encyclopaedia of Initiation.
   Liber ABA (Book 4). A general account in elementary terms of magical and mystical powers. In four parts: (1) Mysticism (2) Magical (Elementary Theory) (3) Magick in Theory and Practice (this book) (4) The Law.
   Liber II. The Message of the Master Therion. Explains the essence of the new Law in a very simple manner.
   Liber DCCCXXXVIII. The Law of Liberty. A further explanation of The Book of the Law in reference to certain ethical problems.
   Collected Works of A. Crowley. These works contain many mystical and magical secrets, both stated clearly in prose, and woven into the Robe of sublimest poesy.
   The Yi King. (S. B. E. Series [vol. XVI], Oxford University Press.) The "Classic of Changes"; give the initiated Chinese system of Magick.
   The Tao Teh King. (S. B. E. Series [vol. XXXIX].) Gives the initiated Chinese system of Mysticism.
   Tannhäuser, by A. Crowley. An allegorical drama concerning the Progress of the Soul; the Tannhäuser story slightly remodelled.
   The Upanishads. (S. B. E. Series [vols. I & XV.) The Classical Basis of Vedantism, the best-known form of Hindu Mysticism.
   The Bhagavad-gita. A dialogue in which Krishna, the Hindu "Christ", expounds a system of Attainment.
   The Voice of the Silence, by H.P. Blavatsky, with an elaborate commentary by Frater O.M. Frater O.M., 7°=48, is the most learned of all the Brethren of the Order; he has given eighteen years to the study of this masterpiece.
   Raja-Yoga, by Swami Vivekananda. An excellent elementary study of Hindu mysticism. His Bhakti-Yoga is also good.
   The Shiva Samhita. An account of various physical means of assisting the discipline of initiation. A famous Hindu treatise on certain physical practices.
   The Hathayoga Pradipika. Similar to the Shiva Samhita.
   The Aphorisms of Patanjali. A valuable collection of precepts pertaining to mystical attainment.
   The Sword of Song. A study of Christian theology and ethics, with a statement and solution of the deepest philosophical problems. Also contains the best account extant of Buddhism, compared with modern science.
   The Book of the Dead. A collection of Egyptian magical rituals.
   Dogme et Rituel de la Haute Magie, by Eliphas Levi. The best general textbook of magical theory and practice for beginners. Written in an easy popular style.
   The Book of the Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage. The best exoteric account of the Great Work, with careful instructions in procedure. This Book influenced and helped the Master Therion more than any other.
   The Goetia. The most intelligible of all the mediæval rituals of Evocation. Contains also the favourite Invocation of the Master Therion.
   Erdmann's History of Philosophy. A compendious account of philosophy from the earliest times. Most valuable as a general education of the mind.
   The Spiritual Guide of [Miguel de] Molinos. A simple manual of Christian Mysticism.
   The Star in the West. (Captain Fuller). An introduction to the study of the Works of Aleister Crowley.
   The Dhammapada. (S. B. E. Series [vol. X], Oxford University Press). The best of the Buddhist classics.
   The Questions of King Milinda. (S. B. E. Series [vols. XXXV & XXXVI].) Technical points of Buddhist dogma, illustrated bydialogues.
   Liber 777 vel Prolegomena Symbolica Ad Systemam Sceptico-Mysticæ Viæ Explicandæ, Fundamentum Hieroglyphicam Sanctissimorum Scientiæ Summæ. A complete Dictionary of the Correspondences of all magical elements, reprinted with extensive additions, making it the only standard comprehensive book of reference ever published. It is to the language of Occultism what Webster or Murray is to the English language.
   Varieties of Religious Experience (William James). Valuable as showing the uniformity of mystical attainment.
   Kabbala Denudata, von Rosenroth: also The Kabbalah Unveiled, by S.L. Mathers. The text of the Qabalah, with commentary. A good elementary introduction to the subject.
   Konx Om Pax [by Aleister Crowley]. Four invaluable treatises and a preface on Mysticism and Magick.
   The Pistis Sophia [translated by G.R.S. Mead or Violet McDermot]. An admirable introduction to the study of Gnosticism.
   The Oracles of Zoroaster [Chaldæan Oracles]. An invaluable collection of precepts mystical and magical.
   The Dream of Scipio, by Cicero. Excellent for its Vision and its Philosophy.
   The Golden Verses of Pythagoras, by Fabre d'Olivet. An interesting study of the exoteric doctrines of this Master.
   The Divine Pymander, by Hermes Trismegistus. Invaluable as bearing on the Gnostic Philosophy.
   The Secret Symbols of the Rosicrucians, reprint of Franz Hartmann. An invaluable compendium.
   Scrutinium Chymicum [Atalanta Fugiens]¸ by Michael Maier. One of the best treatises on alchemy.
   Science and the Infinite, by Sidney Klein. One of the best essays written in recent years.
   Two Essays on the Worship of Priapus [A Discourse on the Worship of Priapus &c. &c. &c.], by Richard Payne Knight [and Thomas Wright]. Invaluable to all students.
   The Golden Bough, by J.G. Frazer. The textbook of Folk Lore. Invaluable to all students.
   The Age of Reason, by Thomas Paine. Excellent, though elementary, as a corrective to superstition.
   Rivers of Life, by General Forlong. An invaluable textbook of old systems of initiation.
   Three Dialogues, by Bishop Berkeley. The Classic of Subjective Idealism.
   Essays of David Hume. The Classic of Academic Scepticism.
   First Principles by Herbert Spencer. The Classic of Agnosticism.
   Prolegomena [to any future Metaphysics], by Immanuel Kant. The best introduction to Metaphysics.
   The Canon [by William Stirling]. The best textbook of Applied Qabalah.
   The Fourth Dimension, by [Charles] H. Hinton. The best essay on the subject.
   The Essays of Thomas Henry Huxley. Masterpieces of philosophy, as of prose.
   ~ Aleister Crowley, Liber ABA, Appendix I: Literature Recommended to Aspirants #reading list,

IN CHAPTERS



   7 Occultism
   1 Fiction


   6 Aleister Crowley


   6 Liber ABA
   3 The Secret Doctrine


0.00 - Introduction, #A Garden of Pomegranates - An Outline of the Qabalah, #Israel Regardie, #Occultism
  
  During a short retirement in North Devon in 1931, I began to amalgamate my notes. It was out of these that A Garden of Pomegranates gradually emerged. I unashamedly admit that my book contains many direct plagiarisms from Crowley, Waite, Eliphas Levi, and D. H. Lawrence. I had incorporated numerous fragments from their works into my notebooks without citing individual references to the various sources from which I condensed my notes.
  

1.08 - Summary, #Liber ABA, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
    The Spiritual Guide, by Miguel de Molinos.
    Rituel et Dogme de la Haute Magie, by Eliphas Levi, or its translation by A. E. Waite.
    The Goetia of the Lemegeton of Solomon the King.

1f.lovecraft - The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, #Lovecraft - Poems, #unset, #Philosophy
   Dr. Willett that its very close analogue can be found in the mystic
   writings of Eliphas Levi, that cryptic soul who crept through a crack
   in the forbidden door and glimpsed the frightful vistas of the void
  --
   exactly as Mrs. Ward had set it down from memory, nor yet as the
   authority had shewn it to him in the forbidden pages of Eliphas Levi;
   but its identity was unmistakable, and such words as Sabaoth, Metraton,

3.07 - The Formula of the Holy Grail, #Liber ABA, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
  that the points of contact vary greatly in character.
  1. The date of Eliphas Levis death was about six months
  previous to that of Aleister Crowleys birth. The reincarnating ego
  --
  development.
  2. Eliphas Levi had a striking personal resemblance to Aleister [52]
  Crowleys father. This of course merely suggests a certain degree of
  --
  3. Aleister Crowley wrote a play called The Fatal Force at a time
  when he had not read any of Eliphas Levis works. The motive of
  this play is a Magical Operation of a very peculiar kind. The
  --
  Aleister Crowley does not remember any of the decisive events in
  the life of Eliphas Levi. He recalls intimate trivialities of childhood.
  
  --
  1. [See Equinox I (10), Supplement.]
  2. Long since writing the above, the publication of the biography of Eliphas Levi
  by M. Paul Charconat has confirmed the hypothesis in innumerable striking ways.

3.14 - Of the Consecrations, #Liber ABA, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
  conditions of success accounts for the discredit into which Magick
  fell until Eliphas Levi undertook the task of re-habilitating it two
  generations ago. But even he (profoundly as he studied, and

3.20 - Of the Eucharist, #Liber ABA, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
  If this be done it must be done properly very much on the lines
  of the evocation of Apollonius of Tyana, which Eliphas Levi
  performed.2
  --
  1. Even the earliest Initiations confer protection. Compare the fear felt by D. D.
  Home for Eliphas Levi. See Equinox I (10), The Key of the Mysteries.
  2. It occurs in certain rare cases that a very unusual degree of personal purity

APPENDIX I - Curriculum of A. A., #Liber ABA, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
      The Book of the Dead. ::: A collection of Egyptian magical rituals.
      Dogme et Rituel de la Haute Magie, ::: by Eliphas Levi. The best general textbook of magical theory and practice for beginners. Written in an easy popular style.
      The Book of the Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage. ::: The best exoteric account of the Great Work, with careful instructions in procedure. This Book influenced and helped the Master Therion more than any other.
  --
    Liber XLIV (44) [D] - The Mass of the Phoenix.
    Liber XLVI. (46) [] - The Key of the Mysteries. ::: A Translation of "La Clef des Grands Mysteres", by Eliphas Levi. Specially adapted to the task of the Attainment of Bhakta-Yoga. Equinox X, Supplement.
    Liber XLIX. (49) [] - Collected writings of Jack Parsons, The

BOOK II. -- PART I. ANTHROPOGENESIS., #The Secret Doctrine, #H P Blavatsky, #Theosophy
  Does the Western Kabalist -- generally an opponent of the Eastern Occultist -- require a proof? Let
  him open Eliphas Levi's Histoire de la Magic," p. 53, and carefully examine his "Grand Symbole
  Kabalistique" of the Zohar. He will find, on the engraving given, a white man standing erect and a
  --
  MONAD had voluntarily exiled itself therefrom, to descend, for incarnating purposes, to a lower plane
  and thus transform the animal of clay into an immortal god. For, as Eliphas Levi tells us, "the angels
  aspire to become men; for the perfect man, the man-god, is above even angels." On Earth -- because no
  --
  which they perceive in heaven as a luminous zone composed of myriads of small stars" . . . which
  means simply the astral light, so called by the Martinists, by Eliphas Levi, and now by all the modern
  Occultists. (Vide Sections about.)

BOOK II. -- PART II. THE ARCHAIC SYMBOLISM OF THE WORLD-RELIGIONS, #The Secret Doctrine, #H P Blavatsky, #Theosophy
  The princeps aeris hujus, the "prince of the air" of St. Paul, is not the devil, but the effects of the astral
  light, as Eliphas Levi correctly explains. The Devil is not "the God of this period," as he says, for it is
  the deity of every age and period, since man appeared on earth, and matter, in its countless forms and
  --
  of the "Sacred Mysteries among the Mayas and Quiches" is inclined to see in Enoch an Initiate
  converted to Christianity (! !) (vide p. 16), the English compiler of Eliphas Levi's works -- "The
  Mysteries of Magic" -- is also of a like opinion. He remarks that: "Outside the erudition of Dr.
  --
  necessary darkness or shadow to set it off, without which pure light would be invisible and
  incomprehensible.* "For the initiates," says Eliphas Levi, "the devil is not a person but a creative
  Force, for Good as for Evil." They (the Initiates) represented this Force, which presides at physical
  --
  
  which differs from that given by Eliphas Levi, whose genius and crafty intellect had to submit to a
  certain compromise dictated to him from Rome.
  --
  works, is no news to any one. But now they are prepared to give out to the above-mentioned profane
  even the secrets hinted at by Eliphas Levi without adequate explanation; for the latter's policy of
  veiled revelations could only lead to further superstition and misunderstanding. What, indeed, can a
  student of Occultism, a beginner, gather from the following highly poetical sentences of Eliphas Levi,
  as apocalyptic as the writings of any of the Alchemists?
  --
  same time; for she is the ever-loving, beneficent deity to all those who stir her Soul and heart, instead
  of attracting to themselves her shadowy manifested essence, called by Eliphas Levi -- "the fatal light"
  which kills and destroys. Humanity, in its units, can overpower and master its effects; but only by the
  --
  confined to the Secret Colleges of the Prophets, with the Jews, and to the temples with the Gentiles.
  Interpreted with the help of merely the symbolical key, Enoch is the type of the dual nature of man -spiritual and physical. Hence he occupies the centre of the astronomical cross (given by Eliphas Levi
  from a secret work), which is a six-pointed star, "the Adonai." In the upper triangle is the Eagle; in the
  --
  AND CIRCLE.
  WHEN the Abbe Louis Constant -- known as Eliphas Levi -- said in his Histoire de la Magie that the
  "Sepher Jezirah, the Zohar, and the Apocalypse (of St. John) are the master-pieces of the Occult
  --
  It is not, then, in the Bible that we have to search for the origin of the Cross and Circle, but beyond the
  Flood. Therefore, returning to Eliphas Levi and the Zohar, we answer for the Eastern Occultists and
  say that, applying practice to principle, they agree entirely with Pascal, who says that "God is a circle,
  --
  was the first symbol in cosmogony. Before the trigrammes of Fo-hi, Yang, the Unity, and Yin, the
  binary , explained cunningly enough by Eliphas Levi thus (Dogme et Rituel, Vol. I., p. 124): -- China
  had her Confucius, and her Tau-ists.* The former circumscribes the "great extreme" within a circle
  --
  esoteric cosmogony.
  It is no explanation to say, as Eliphas Levi does, that God, the universal Love, having caused the male
  unit to dig an abyss in the female Binary, or chaos, produced thereby the world. Besides being as gross
  --
  symbolizing their religions by sexual emblems! It is quite true, though uttered by that incarnated
  paradox, Eliphas Levi, that "man is God on Earth, and God is man in Heaven." But this could not, and
  never did apply to the One Deity, only to the Hosts of ITS incarnated beams, called by us Dhyan
  --
  that upon which no mortal men should dare to speculate. "The Logos of God is the revealer of man,
  and the logos (the verb) of man is the revealer of God," says Eliphas Levi in one of his paradoxes. To
  this, the Eastern Occultist would reply: -- "On this condition, however, that man should be dumb on
  --
  call Ruach (Spirit) what we call Kama-rupa; whereas, with us Ruach would be the "Spiritual Soul"
  Buddhi, and Nephesh the 4th principle, the Vital, Animal Soul. Eliphas Levi falls into the same error.
  

BOOK I. -- PART I. COSMIC EVOLUTION, #The Secret Doctrine, #H P Blavatsky, #Theosophy
  Talmud, Sanhedrin," c. 7, etc.; and "Franck," pp. 55, 56.) Many of the Mediaeval Occultists,
  Alchemists, and Kabalists claimed the same; and even the late modern Magus, Eliphas Levi, publicly
  asserts it in print in his books on Magic.
  --
  Buddhism," had been all invented by the present writer, have finally turned round, and denounced "Isis
  Unveiled" and the rest as a plagiarism from Eliphas Levi (!), Paracelsus (!!), and, mirabile
  
  --
  Satan. But in the Stanzas no such idea exists.
  Most of the Western Christian Kabalists -- pre-eminently Eliphas Levi -- in their desire to reconcile
  the Occult Sciences with Church dogmas, did their best to make of the "Astral Light" only and
  --
  constitution of man, was pre-eminent in all the secret systems. It plays as important a part in Western
  Kabala as in Eastern Occultism. Eliphas Levi calls the number seven "the key to the Mosaic creation
  and the symbols of every religion." He shows the Kabala following faithfully even the septenary
  --
  
  We will now give in tabular form what the very cautious Eliphas Levi says in explanation of his
  diagram, and what the Esoteric Doctrine teaches -- and compare the two. Levi, too, makes a distinction
  --
  [[first column]]
  Says Eliphas Levi, the Kabalist: -KABALISTIC PNEUMATICS.
  1. The Soul (or EGO) is a clothed light; and this light is triple.
  --
  ------OCCULT PNEUMATICS.
  As given by Eliphas Levi.
  1. Nephesh is immortal because it renews its life by the destruction of forms.
  --
  
  * Eliphas Levi has, whether purposely or otherwise, confused the numbers: with us his No. 2 is No. 1.
  (Spirit); and by making of Nephesch both the plastic mediator and Life, he thus makes in reality only
  --
  are now. For all we know, FIRE may have been pure AKASA, the first Matter of the Magnum Opus of
  the Creators and "Builders," that Astral Light which the paradoxical Eliphas Levi calls in one breath
  "the body of the Holy Ghost," and in the next "Baphomet," the "Androgyne Goat of Mendes"*; AIR,
  --
  recommend to the reader's attention.
  * Eliphas Levi shows it very truly "a force in Nature," by means of which "a single man who can
  master it . . . might throw the world into confusion and transform its face"; for it is the "great Arcanum
  --
  Discussing and explaining the nature of the invisible Elements and the "primordial fire" mentioned
  above, Eliphas Levi calls it invariably the "Astral Light." It is the "grand Agent Magique" with him;
  undeniably it is so, but -- only so far as Black Magic is concerned, and
  --
  erroneous; for if all that exists was evolved through (or via) it, it is not the astral light. The latter is not
  the container of all things but only the reflector, at best, of this all. Eliphas Levi writes: -"The great Magic agent is the fourth emanation of the life principle (we say -- it is the first in the inner,
  and the second in the outer (our) Universe), of which the Sun is the third form . . . for the day-star (the
  --
  in her first rupa, the essence of which is the Akasic principle named *** "that which is now known as,
  and very erroneously termed, Astral Light, which Eliphas Levi calls "the imagination of Nature,"||
  probably to avoid giving it its correct name, as others do.
  --
  
  || Speaking of it in his Preface to the "History of Magic" Eliphas Levi says: "It is through this Force
  that all the nervous centres secretly communicate with each other; from it -- that sympathy and
  --
  said: Fiat Lux, and it is directed by the Egregores, i.e., the chiefs of the souls who are the spirits of
  energy and action." Eliphas Levi ought to have added that the astral light, or primordial substance, if
  matter at all, is that which, called Light, LUX, esoterically explained, is the body of those Spirits
  --
  contradiction on the other, of making one paradox chase another in the same sentence and in such
  flowing language, as Eliphas Levi. He leads his reader through the most lovely, gorgeously blooming
  valleys, to strand him after all on a desert and barren rocky island.

Liber 111 - The Book of Wisdom - LIBER ALEPH VEL CXI, #unset, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
   interpret the Sphinx in Terms of the Formula of the Slain God. This did
   I comprehend even when as Eliphas Levi Zahed I walked up and down the
   Earth, seeking a Reconciliation of these Antagonisms, which was a Task
  --
   incapable to besiege the Fortress of the Soul. Work thou thy Will (as I
   said aforetime by the Mouth of Eliphas Levi Zahed,) knowing thyself
   Omnipotent, and thine Habitation Eternity. O my Son, attend well this

Liber 46 - The Key of the Mysteries, #unset, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
                     BY
                   Eliphas Levi
  
  --
                     BY
                   Eliphas Levi
        TRANSLATED, WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY ALEISTER CROWLEY
  --
   they turn out to be one. This, and the extraordinarily subtle and
   delicate irony of which Eliphas Levi is one of the greatest masters
   that has ever lived, have baffled the pedantry and stupidity of such
  --
   BY
   Eliphas Levi
  
  --
   having the air of speaking of {135} ourself --- the Professor, then,
   Master Eliphas Levi, gave the persons assembled in Mme. de B------s
   drawing-room the scientific explanation of the three signatures, and
  --
   irreconcilable enemy of the hierarchy and of the clergy.
   At the period when Eliphas Levi was publishing his "Dogme et rituel de
   la haute magie," he received a pamphlet from Mr. Madrolle which
  --
   pamphleteer, and here is, more or less, their conversation:
   Eliphas Levi. "Sir, I have received a pamphlet from you. {139} I am
   come to thank you for your gift, and, at the same time, to testify to
  --
   might think had been painted by Raphael."
   Eliphas Levi, who felt ill at ease in discussing facts with which there
   was mingled a sort of profanation of the most holy things, then took
  --
   Abbe Charvoz, as he thus spoke, had in his voice that sort of nervous
   trembling that Eliphas Levi had already noticed in the case of Mr.
   Madrolle. The magician shook his head pensively; then, suddenly:
  --
   We continue the recital of the phenomena.
   One day a workman paid a visit to Eliphas Levi. He was a tall man of
   some fifty years old, of frank appearance, and speaking in a very
  --
   ecclesiastic was looking for his address, testifying the greatest
   desire to see him. Eliphas Levi did not feel himself immediately
   prepossessed with confidence towards the stranger, to the point of
  --
   his manners were affable, his voice soft, and his speech sometimes a
   little embarrassed. Questioned by Eliphas Levi concerning the object of
   his visit, he replied that he was on the look-out for the "grimoire" of
  --
   In the course of the night between the 1^st and 2^nd of January, 1857,
   Eliphas Levi was awakened suddenly by the emotions of a bizarre and
   dismal dream. It seemed to him that he was in a dilapidated room of
  --
   our anguish.
   Eliphas Levi had been swept out of the church by the crowd. He had come
   out by the right-hand door. Almost at the same moment the left-hand
  --
   "Well, you know it: it was the wretch Louis Verger!"
   Some weeks after what we have just recorded, Eliphas Levi was talking
   with a bookseller whose specialty was to make a collection of old books
  --
   early evocations, and the difficulty which he found in expressing his
   real thought in the presence of Eliphas Levi.
   One may also comment upon the apparition of the sinister man taking

Liber, #unset, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  Liber XLIV (44) [D] - The Mass of the Phoenix ::: Crowley: 'An instruction in a simple and exoteric form of Eucharist.' 'A Ritual of the Law.'
  @Liber XLVI. (46) [] - The Key of the Mysteries. ::: A Translation of "La Clef des Grands Mysteres", by Eliphas Levi. Specially adapted to the task of the Attainment of Bhakta-Yoga. Equinox X, Supplement.
  @Liber XLIX. (49) [] - Collected writings of Jack Parsons, The ::: Io Pan!

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