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  • Paperback: 474 pages
  • Publisher: Martino Fine Books (19 Feb 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1891396951
  • ISBN-13: 978-1891396953
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.7 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 325,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Published in French in 1854, Éliphas Lévi's Dogme et rituel de la haute magie was translated into English by occult historian Arthur Waite in 1896. In this hugely popular book, Lévi outlines the theory and practices of Western occultism. The original two-volume French edition is also reissued in this series. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alex Sumner VINE VOICE on 15 Jun 2012
Format: Paperback
This is a classic foudation for 19th century European occultism, both in England and on the continent. Levi's influence is strongest in his description of the conjuration of the elements, and the Tarot. Modern day occultists still argue about just how to interpret Levi on the latter point: generally, continental occultists tend to take his attributions literally, whilst those from English-speaking occultists tend to assume he was only being suggestive.

Levi wrote in a romantic / florid style for 19th century audiences. He has been unfairly accused of being turgid and verbose, but we must remember that in this volume he is being seen through the filter of A E Waite's translation. This is my main criticism of the book - Waite's editorial comments make him (Waite) sound like a bit of a prick at times.
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By The Toolwielder on 2 Oct 2013
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Been looking for this book by Eliphas Levi for a while and it was available at a very reasonable price Bravo !
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Not happy to get a supposed brand new book with a message in pen in the front page of the book saying god is real he loves you!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Needs an editor, quality true to price. 11 Aug 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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The text of the book is accurate. Various symbols, including hebrew letters, are rendered as latin characters, at times with no discernible connexion to its intended meaning. There is no linked TOC, paragraphs & spacing throughout the book is awkward or missing entirely, occasionally leading to a wall of text spanning several pages. All of A.E. Waite's footnotes & all illustrations have been omitted in toto.

The omission of a great deal of content makes this an unacceptable surrogate for a physical edition. There are other digital editions available free of charge, notably a PDF on Hermetic.com, that are of superb quality.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic reading 30 July 2013
By Ken - Published on Amazon.com
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It's not *quite* the most dangerous book in the world as described by others. You'd be genuinely hard pressed to carry out much of what Levi suggests, and that's very deliberate on his behalf. HIs instructions frequently involve guesswork and when they don't, the instructions are prohibitively exact (his instructions on the preparation of a wand would involve spending somewhere around 5 grand, on top of getting it made at precisely the correct day of the year), but that's not the point. It's more of a compendium of one man's adventures in magic and a system he built for himself to understand the world. Waite's translation is perfectly fine and I have no objections to it.
Golden advice laced with some black magic 11 July 2014
By Lance - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book contains 5 star advice but it also contains information about black magic, which is one of the reasons why I can't give this book 5 stars. Also, most of the book is incredibly difficult to read or understand. And the translation is not entirely accurate. Having said that, you may learn some nice things, such as becoming lovable, success, the force of attraction, etc. So if you don't mind ploughing through a bunch of symbols and theories you may find this book a gem. The author had good intentions and he was no black magician but he did want to disclose some of their dark secrets to supply the reader with a more complete picture.
Ingenium of Alphonse Louis Constante 15 Feb 2014
By Ben - Published on Amazon.com
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Transcendental magic is a very profound book written by a very expert in the occult and its symbolgy. For the reader who may be interested in such practices in search for Greater Knowledge, this book is of the very foundational practices of the Great Work.
Profoundly read, study and learn. 5 Dec 2013
By Jacob Isaac Posey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Eilphas Levi is one of the important Magi to understand the proper teachings upon Necromancy. I highly suggest that one should read and study this book if one is practicing within any type of Black Arts/ Black Magick.
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