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The Magical Ritual of the Sanctum Regnum

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


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Spiritualism and Esoteric Knowledge

  • Date Published: December 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108044295


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About the Authors
  • Éliphas Lévi, 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(1896) is a translation by William Wynn Westcott, co-founder of the 'Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn', of an unpublished French manuscript by Lévi, then owned by the spiritualist Edward Maitland.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 Lévi'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prayers and rituals, praise of Jesus Christ as the great initiate, and a surprising assertion that Christianity has superseded ancient magic, revealing the life-long tension between Catholicism and magic in Lévi's personality and thought.

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    • Date Published: December 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108044295
    • length: 134 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 8 mm
    • weight: 0.18kg
    • contains: 8 colour illus.
    • availability: Available
  • 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
    Occult and religious maxims.

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