“… The fire mages, Christians to the lions.”
Eliphas Levi, Dogme et Rituel de la Haute Magie
Today I will try to persuade you and try to step into the world of High Magic. Eliphas Levi is the pseudonym adopted by the French magician and occultist Alphone Louis Constant. Contrary to what they mistakenly thought was the Catholic Church of the nineteenth century, and was introduced to Levi in the world of magic.
The magnum opus Dogma and Ritual of High Magic is divided into two volumes; theory and practice. In this first part Lévi us into states of consciousness, introducing the concepts of occultism. It argues that esotericism is the real root found in all religions of the world. Our bible in this tour will be the Tarot , the sacred book can explain all the mysteries. ?
Leonardo da Vinci, Vitruvian Man.
A key piece to the High Magic is the Pentagram and deluded because we rarely recognize that the man with his feet and hands open and your head up, dominates the lower organs then being the mind that governs the passions. The pentagram is with us, in our body, and we have always had notros whom we establish the difference between the staff up and the inverted pentagram. And staff is a concept of Levi, so is Astral Body .
Eliphas Levi presents a migration generally poorly studied and discarded as having no strong scientific evidence. The author states that in India we find the descendants of Cain. Levi broke the ice with this publication and ended centuries of silence. It was the Occult Philosophy the mother of all religions and that is a fact that we often forget.
Dogma and Ritual of High Magic will stating the assumptions of occult philosophy. At the end means that basically no science of magic and deep love of the Christians there. What governs all is the Supreme Law of Balance . Through the supreme balance can change the order of things, the seasons and events. Is balance the border to fly even in time.
According to Levi, and support, the Hell was created when even with God’s creation the company continued to have a huge gap. God was for its creators the great sage, efficient beginning and end of the great work. However, the wisdom, the efficiency and greatness were not enough to fill the boiler, needed half an antagonistic part.
Eva and Psyche are spiritualized sisters, both wanted to know, but had to pay for knowledge. In cases losing their innocence was the price. We can analyze that they are also our sisters and our mothers to some extent. All religions and sects have great holy book we know that. What really ignore is that the big secret is all the sacred books, Bible , Koran , tetragrammaton , thot , azote , tarot, etc..
One of the images of the great secret is love manifested at once empty and full, an arrow and a wound, as the Roman Cupid. Taking the example of Tantra , people usually fall exhausted after intercourse, knowing that the energy released during orgasm can be used in various ways and for magical purposes.
The end result of the introduction to conclude that the Philosophy and Religion are two forces that do not agree and do not give the man said. Dogma and Ritual of High Magic is divided into chapters that correspond to the cabalistic alphabet. Should dislodge prejudice or hinder thinking new knowledge to be acquired.
1. the recipient .
The purpose of the book is that we know ourselves. Exit positions like Moses “I am who I am” or to Descartes . “I think, therefore I am” We’re trapped in primitive guesses that make man a slave of their passions and prejudices, being unable to be started in the world of magic. Although it sounds a bit elitist, at the end of the book only the worthy will understand.
Mage or Warlock
Beforehand we Lévi clarifies a difference between magicians and sorcerers. The magician has a force known as the sorcerer abused than ignored. The magic is defined as traditional science of the secrets of nature. Four things are necessary for the initiation of a wizard:
- Intelligence enlightened
- Audacity Unlimited
- Unbreakable Will
- Incorruptible Discretion
They are therefore to know, to dare, to want and shut the four verbs of the magician. In addition to the four verbs the unit is something important for the magician. The unit is the beginning of the numbers and also the start of movement, therefore the beginning of life. The whole body is summarized in the unity of cerebral organ. All religions are summarized in the unit of a dogma. The only dogma in magic is that it is the visible manifestation of the invisible. Old time we are in the false dogma that Catholicism means infallibility. You have to understand that faith is reasonable confidence in the unity of all reason.
February. Columns of Time .
Cain and Abel
A binary that is the governor of society and law. The binary comes from the unit, multiplied by itself to create; Eva is why Adam arises. Many times we miss not understanding that the man is the father of Cain and the woman is the mother of Abel. Wisdom could only arise from the union comes the sweetness of Abel and Cain energy.
Divinity as many things as fundamentals have the need and the freedom that comes from two opposing forces, which attracts and repels. It is this dual force the genesis of everything. The divine elements are conceived as four are explained as two and no more than about three. Here Levi gives us his stance on the Karma. For him, quite unlike contemporary popular culture, karma is the time wander through two or three lives reincarnate to pay until your happy.
March. Solomon Triangle.
The ternary usually the universal dogma.
- Magic: first, adaptation and implementation .
- Alchemy: azote, incorporation, transmutation
- Theology: God, incarnation and redemption .
- Alma: thinking, love and action
- Family: father, mother, son
- Worlds: Natural, Spiritual and Divine
Here then the secret of Trinidad : if God was one I would not creator or father would have to be two antagonism, there is thus a need for a ternary; the Holy Trinity .
4. the Tetragrammaton.
The human spirit needs four philosophical transactions:
The four philosophical operations correspond to the four cardinal points, the four ages of the world and the four seasons.
May. The Pentagram .
The Pentagram expresses the domination of spirit over the elements and that’s your sign that is chained to the demons of the air, the spirits of fire, the spectra of water and ghosts of earth. We can actually see the demons by means of the imagination, but it is a vision that is refracted as strange and monstrous bodies. So imagine is wise to see and talk to the magician is to create. The dream is seen as the result of a natural ecstasy and sometimes newspaper is the vehicle that connects us to the demons.
But when a man sees something that others can not see is accused by the multitude of superstitious. We walked into an atmosphere in which we can connect with people who make others feel what they see is the medium an example of them.
6. ‘s Magic Balance .
Impersonating absolute reason is to determine the divine ideal. Love is one of the greatest instruments of magical power, but it is strictly forbidden to magus as drunkenness or passion. The magical balance must achieve and maintain strength. The applicant in this process can enter the rivalry that offers success. Reason , Necessity and Freedom are the ternary triangle that create the ultimate Kabbalist. In this magical triangle formed by Power, Will and Fate .
7. Flamigera Sword .
The septenary is the sacred number of all theogonies consists of ternary and quaternary. The number seven represents magical power in full force in the Sanctum Regnum .
8. Realization .
Magic differs from mysticism that does not judge a priori, but having established a posteriori based trials. The light being the vehicle of life can serve the same relief to the good that evil.
The need started lamp Trismegistus , the mantle of Apollonius and the staff of the Patriarchs . The lamp illuminates the present, past and future, being divination other privileges of the initiates. Each man carries the story of his life, because the future will always be the result of the past. Your lamp represents knowledge, mantle discretion and cane strength and boldness. After initiation magicians know the secrets of the future, dare silent about the present and the past.
10. The Kabbalah .
Kabbalah is attributed to Enoch and her alphabet and Kabbalistic Tarot explains. At this point should live the divine, human and dogmatic unity. Thanks to understand the Tarot Kabbalah is the key of all powers and all dogmas.
11. The Magic chain.
To reach the magic is necessary to concentrate and project. We collect and accumulate magic by isolation, while partitioned through the magic string. Magic Transfer is one of the most difficult rituals, heart requires absolute independence and complete freedom of the senses. The magician must have presents that magic can be an instrument of kindness and also a weapon of evil pride.
12. The Great Work .
The great work is the full and complete conquest that man does of his faculties and his future, is the emancipation of his will.
13. Necromancy .
Necromancy is the magic that evokes corpses and dead substances. It should reach the sleepwalking magnetized and to make contact with this magic. There are three kinds of souls:
- Daughter of Adam
- Daughters of the angels
- Daughters of sin
There are also three kinds of spirits:
- Imprisoned Spirits
- Wandering spirits
- Free Spirits
Knowledge of the soul, Levi tells us in this chapter are intended to be in pairs and in heaven the souls are multiplied as men reproduce on Earth. After the man who has lived well die your soul evaporates and rises into the sky like a cloud of incense. If the poor man has lived his body making prisoner retains the soul, then the stars are absorbing and devouring her to death for the second time and forever.
A part of necromancy is ignored is that the dead are not bad or good, are spirits and souls to absorb as much as they can of the living.
14. The Transmutations .
Wolf Van Helsing
Contrary to what we believe the origin of this transmutations in lycantropía and the children of the moon. Sleep is also a feasible vehicle transmutations. Know to wake up from a dream of blow can break the chain that binds our heart and brain and cause us death. Lycanthropy is the wild dream of a man, his sidereal body is escaping while he sleeps.
Blood is another critical element transmutations. Regular blood of women begets phantoms air. The convents were hotbeds of nightmares. A remedy for both men and women, to cut transmutations and nightmares is the Malvasia . To this end wine is distilled with sperm and juice plants. Initially it took before bed, but due to the large positive and healthy effects Malvasia semen became a habitual drink.
15. The Black Magic .
In black magic is the devil the great magical agent used for evil by a perverse will. For Levi the devil is the force put in a while in the service of error, like mortal sin. The dismal, terrible and evil are not unique to black magic because as previously recognized the magic in itself can be, like light, an instrument for good or evil. Black magic is a combination of sacrilege and crimes for perverting the human will.
16. Spells .
What you want to do with perseverance, that the origin of the spells. All events will be confirmed by, all will confirmed by an act is done, everything done is gone to trial and this judgment is eternal. Those are the tenets and principles of the spells.
Spells must be analogous to the will. The spell is a possible homicide. The passionate sympathy subjected to the most burning desire and strong will. Spells are served morality, because moral diseases are more contagious than physical. Levi in this chapter compares the concern and fashion with leprosy and cholera.
The Wizard spells through poisons, even though there are voluntary and involuntary spells. It is noteworthy that the more awful is the best result will curse. Usually dislike is the natural defense against the evils it is the feeling of a possible spell.
17. Astrology .
Astrology is the least known art in the world of magic. It is necessary to return to its former purity astrology but difficult task due to superstitions and Cheap readers horoscopes. Little is known of astrology and still attached to it a lot. According to this science comets are stars and heroes only come to Earth to announce changes. Astronomy and astrology born so it is a branch of Kabbalah, the science of sciences and religion of religions.
18. The Filters and the Spells
In this section we Lévi prevents the poisoner witchcraft, but there is a problem; and just as happened with the Book of Good Love Archpriest of Hita, are “teaching” books but the examples cited in the forbidden and the devastating taught.
19. The Stone of the Philosophers .
The Philosopher’s Stone
Formerly worshiped the sun as a black and russet stone was also edified on stone not see the crumbling creations. The stone became the salt of the philosophers and the symbol of supreme reason. The value of the philosopher’s stone is linked to the transmutations and makes metals become gold. Philosophically speaking is not a literal but metaphorical sense, is to transform metals in the philosopher’s gold. To make good use of the philosopher’s stone must be left aside prejudices, to be king of nature and master of transmutations.
20. The Universal Medicine .
Most physical illnesses come from the moral. Wisdom for medicine is required, as well as preserves life. The origins of medicine are no strangers to the quest for immortality. It is becoming reasonably good shape man reach immortality.
21. The Divination .
Divination, as already mentioned, is one of the privileges of the initiate. Guessing is not to invent, is to exercise divinity. There are two signs of divinity, prophecy and miracles. In general, most children are born with an open water view and therefore with high divination skills. The company quickly repressed and incoherent tilda deleting a gift that comes to us innately.
22. Summary of Four Occult Sciences .
The initiate is a developer, a man who is sailing again and creator of a new shade. The analogy gives the magician the full force of nature, the analogy is the quintessence.
To close this amazing book written conclude that Levi does not cease to amaze me. His beliefs beyond curiosities, mysteries and occultism. Perhaps today there are many who make a mockery of his ideas, however, which Eliphas Levi tells us is rooted in all religions, if we understand his legacy must understand that at the end of this book does not end up with a magic wand or using pyrokinesis we will be wiser people with knowledge they already had those ancient civilizations despite not knowing the Internet, digital cameras or smartphones.
I rate this book a 5/5 and surprise I did my reading challenge for 2014.