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'The Book of Splendours containing The Judaic Sun, the Christian Glory and the Flaming Star' [English translation of 'Le Livre des Splendeurs: contenant Le Soleil Judaique, La Gloire Chretienne et L'Etoile Flamboyante'] (1894) by Eliphas Levi.This is the first part of Eliphas Levi's last great descourse on the mysteries of occultism that was continued and concluded in The Great Secret. In it, Levi examines with great precision and insight the inner meanings of Qabalism and their relationship to the occult sciences. Part One ... More >>>
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Author:      Eliphas Levi
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'The Book of Splendours containing The Judaic Sun, the Christian Glory and the Flaming Star' [English translation of 'Le Livre des Splendeurs: contenant Le Soleil Judaique, La Gloire Chretienne et L'Etoile Flamboyante'] (1894) by Eliphas Levi.

This is the first part of Eliphas Levi's last great descourse on the mysteries of occultism that was continued and concluded in The Great Secret. In it, Levi examines with great precision and insight the inner meanings of Qabalism and their relationship to the occult sciences. Part One is a commentary on the Spihra Dzeniuta by Simeon Ben-Jochal, which includes an examination of the affinities between Qabalism and Freemasonry. Part Two pursues the correspondences between Qabalism, Numerology and the Tarot. This edition includes an appendix by Papus (Dr. Gerard Encausse) summarizing Levi's doctrines and teachings and supplying some fascinating information on some of the master's many disciples.

This book is not for those who do not already have a strong foundation in the Hermetic Western Tradition, Kabballah, Alchemy, etc. This book really is for those who understand the Kabballah. Levi speaks in symbols, even when it appears to be mundane words. This is what confuses students. To understand Kabballah, one needs guidance, patience, humility...Not this pompous western attitude that we can evoke the most powerful demons of the abysmal realms and place them in our servitude! Woh to us, the lost culture... Study yourself, apply this book to yourself. Understand why it is that Levi would talk about the Masonic Legends, how does it apply to you? The three traitors of Hiram, what are their significance in you? Kabballah is an extensive science...if it is not understood, it is criticized, like in many of the other comentaries. Buy this book, be patient with it, take your time and study other books as supplementary material-more importantly, study Gnosis, the foundation of all Western Esoteric Traditions. Study the books of Samael Aun Weor as supplementary material, he wrote over 75 books on similar subjects!

About Author:

Eliphas Levi (the pen name of Abbe Louis Constant, 1810-1875), was a French occultist who is credited for reviving interest in magic in the 19th century. Levi's writings have been appraised as being highly imaginative but not very accurate. His first and probably most important work was The Dogma and Ritual of High Magic. It was followed by A History of Magic, Transcendental Magic, The Key of Great Mysteries, and other occult books. Levi "believed in the existence of a universal 'secret doctrine' of magic throughout history, everywhere in the world."

In The Dogma and Ritual of High Magic, Levi devoted 22 chapters to the 22 trump cards, or Major Arcana, of the tarot. He linked each to the letters of the Hebrew alphabet, and to aspects of God.

Levi also proclaimed a theory of astral light based on his belief in animal magnetism. In his theory, astral light was similar to either, a fluidic life force that fills all space and living beings. This concept was not original but held by others in the 19th century. Levi stated, "To control the astral light was to control all things; a skilled magician's will was limitless in power."

Levi stated he was influenced by an earlier writer and occultist Francis Barrett. In turn he influenced another writer and occultist Sir Edward Bulwer-Lytton, with whom he visited in London in 1861. Bulwer-Lytton wrote The Last Days of Pompeii and other occult books helping to make magic fashionable to the last of the 19th century. They both became members of an occult group, which perhaps Bulwer-Lytton may have organized, that studied scrying, magic, astrology, and mesmerism. In his popularity he drew a cult following, influencing others to write their own books.

The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, founded in London in 1888, adopted much of Levi's magic. Aleister Crowley, a former member, was born the year that Levi died and claimed to be the reincarnation of Levi.

Levi is well know for four main books, The Dogma and Ritual of High Magic, A History of Magic, Transcendental Magic and the The Key of Great Mysteries, and other occult books. Levi "believed in the existence of a universal 'secret doctrine' of magic throughout history, everywhere in the world."
In The Dogma and Ritual of High Magic, Levi devoted 22 chapters to the 22 trump cards, or Major Arcana, of the tarot. He linked each to the letters of the Hebrew alphabet, and to aspects of God.
Levi's most well known work covers Transcendental magic which is a far more practical from text an occult perspective than Levi's other works. The work is split into two parts. Part 1 covers theory, and examines traditional interpretations of magic and religion. Part II covers the practical aspects of ritual magic.

His other works are:

- Clefs Majeures et Clavicules de Salomon
- Dogma et Rituel de la Haute Magie Part I
- Dogma et Rituel de la Haute Magie Part II
- Elements of the Qabalah
- The Conjuration of the Four Elements
- The Key of the Mysteries
- The Magical Ritual of the Sanctum Regnum.