Dogma et Rituel de la Haute Magie – Part I
(Dogma and Ritual of the High Magic – Part I)
Dogma et Rituel de le Haute Magie – Part I is the first volume of a book that delves into the more esoteric aspects of Christian ceremonies.
It was first published in 1853, and during 1855/1856 the book was published in two volumes.
This is the First Volume. Get the Second Volume HERE.
The author, Éliphas Lévi – born Alphonse Louis Constant in 1810 – became a well-known French occultist and ceremonial magician.
Éliphas also spent time in jail due to his radical left-wing political views, and his written works, speaking out against the hypocrisy of the churches.
From the Introduction …….
“BEHIND the veil of all the hieratic and mystical allegories of ancient doctrines,
behind the darkness and strange ordeals of all initiations,
under the seal of all sacred writings,
in the ruins of Nineveh or Thebes,
on the crumbling stones of old temples and
on the blackened visage of the Assyrian or Egyptian sphinx,
in the monstrous or marvellous paintings which interpret
to the faithful of India the inspired pages of the Vedas,
in the cryptic emblems of our old books on alchemy,
in the ceremonies practised at reception by all secret societies,
there are found indications of a doctrine which is
everywhere the same and everywhere carefully concealed.”
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