The Magical Ritual of the Sanctum Regnum

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

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Eliphas Levi, 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(1896) is a translation by William Wynn Westcott, co-founder of the 'Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn', of an unpublished French manuscript by Levi, then owned by the spiritualist Edward Maitland.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 Levi'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prayers and rituals, praise of Jesus Christ as the great initiate, and a surprising assertion that Christianity has superseded ancient magic, revealing the life-long tension between Catholicism and magic in Levi's personality and thought.
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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 8 colour illus.
  • 1139176447
  • 9781139176446

Table of contents

Preface by the editor; 1. The Magician; 2. The Priestess; 3. The Empress; 4. The Emperor; 5. The Pope, or Hierophant; 6. The Lovers; 7. The Chariot of Hermes; 8. Justice; 9. The Hermit; 10. The Wheel of Fortune; 11. Fortitude; 12. The Hanged Man; 13. Death; 14. Temperance; 15. Satan; 16. The Tower; 17. The Star; 18. The Moon; 19. The Sun; 20. The Last Judgment; 21. The Unwise Man; 22. The Universe; The Kabalistic prayer; Conclusion; Occult and religious maxims.
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