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THE MAGICAL RITUAL OF THE

SANCTUM REGNUM INTERPRETED BY THE

TAROT TRUMPS TRANSLATED FROM THE

MSS.

OF

6LIPHAZ l6vI AND EDITED BY

W.

WYNN WESTCOTT,

M.B.

MAGUS OF THE ROSICRUCIAN SOCIETY OF ENGLAND

WITH EIGHT PLATES

LONDON

GEORGE REDWAY 1896


PROVO,

UTAH


PREFACE BY THE EDITOR This translation of a previously unpublished work

by the

late

Alphonse Louis Constant,

ferred to call himself, Eliphaz Levi,

the consent of the eminent

Kingsford, to

coUaborateur of

Spedalierij so well

it

known

is

in

published with

Anna

the late Dr.

was given by the Baron as the friend, disciple,

The

literary heir of Eliphaz Levi.

which

he pre-

Mr. Edward Maitland,

its possessor,

whom

is

or, as

original

and

MSS.,

the handwriting of Levi himself,

is

written upon pages interleaved with the text of a printed copy of a entitled

work by Trithemius

De Septem

Secundeis

published at Cologne, and of

is

the Abbot Trithemius

interesting dissertation

:

Spanheim,

of

the

edition

This work

dated 1567. is

a very curious

upon the ruling

months.

The Archangels are

and

of the world

by the seven great Archangels, to each of succession is allotted a period of

was

whom

in

354 years and 4

referred to the Planets


PREFACE

vi

the

of

and

ancients,

their

periods

successive

dominion are taken in the following order representing

Orifiel

Venus

Zachariel

Jupiter

Raphael Samael

first

2480.

:

Saturn

Anael

The

of

Mercury-

Gabriel

Mars Luna

Michael

Sol

Anno Mundi

course of these rulers ended in

The Noachian Deluge

is

placed at 1656, in

The destruction

the reign of Samael.

of the

Tower

Babel (see Tarot Trump, No. XVI., page 63) occurred in the Second reign of Orifiel; the life of of

Abraham of

in the Second reign of Zachariel

;

the

life

Moses in the Second reign of Raphael ; Pythagoras,

Xerxes, and Alexander the Great in the Second Solar reign of Michael.

The era

of Jesus Christ

comes

in the

Third reign

of Orifiel.

The Third reign ,,

,,

,5

,,

,,

,,

,,

,,

of

Anael Zachariel

began in

109, A.D.

Raphael Samael

,,

463 817

,,

1171

Gabriel

â&#x20AC;&#x17E;

1525

,,

1879

Michael

,,

L6vi appears to have been deeply impressed with


PRE FA CE

vii

system of Rule by Archangels, and Edward

this

Maitland, in his to this

Anna

Dr.

life of

Kingsford, refers

volume with approval.

Under the heading

of

*'

Notes" the editor has

Trump

given a short description of each Tarot

at

the end of each chapter, and also a few notes on

the mystical meanings assigned to the Tarots by

Eliphaz Levi in his other works of P.

j

To

Christian are added.

some

of the views

facilitate

reference

to such information, a table is added here specifying

the places to which the student can turn for further opinions and more detailed descriptions.

Court de Gebelin. 1773-82.

Le Monde premitif analyse.

Vohime

Etteilla or AUiette.

Amsterdam. Etteilla.

8,

Philosophie des hautes sciences.

1785.

Lecons theoriques

Thot.

et pratiques

du

livre

du

1787.

Tarots Egyptiennes ou Grand Etteilla. Etteila.

Paris.

Maniere de se recreer avec

1830.

le

jeu des Tarots.

1783-5.

Levi,

Eliphaz.

Nom

de

plume

of

Alphonse Louis

Constant.

Rituel de la Haute Magie.

Paris.

1861.

Pages

344-356 give the several descriptions and meanings of the Tarot Trumps but the whole chapter entitled "Le livre d'Hermes," pages 332--384> is ;


PREFACE

viii

concerned with the subject. These Trumps are also allotted to Lunar days at pages 265-269.

Dogme

de la Haute Magie. Paris. 1861. The tenth chapter has especial reference to the Tarot but ;

the whole volume

is

Trumps.

relate to the

Histoire de la Magie.

and

divided into chapters which

Refer to pages 46,

i860.

81,

109.

Histoire de la Magie.

P. Christian.

Trumps

are given on pages

1

Le Tarot des Bohemiens. by Morton. George Red way. Le

livre

of

the Tarot

14-13 1.

Papns.

Wirth, Oswald.

Special

Paris.

and occult meanings

descriptions

English translation 1896.

de Thot.

Waite, A. E. The Mysteries of Magic, a Digest of the Writings of Eliphaz Levi. London. George Red way. 1886. See pages 242-265.

MacGregor Mathers, Significance.

Willshire,

W.

H.

A

and other Cards Chatto,

W.

A.

and History

S.

L.

The

George Redway.

Tarot,

its

Occult

1888.

Descriptive Catalogue of Playing in the British

Museum.

1876.

Facts and Speculations on the Origin of Playing Cards. 1848.

The ordinary reader who has made no

special

study of the magical writings of Eliphaz L^vi, nor of the Kabalah,

may

consider that, however inter-

esting the subject-matter of

many

of the following

chapters, the connection between the Tarot

and the

details given

under each heading

Trumps is

but


PREFACE must be understood that there

It

slight.

ix

cases a direct relation

in all

is

between card and subject;

but the keys which connect them are missing by intention of the author, and yet are obtainable

by

study of Levi's other works.

The twenty-two Tarot Trumps bear a numbers and

to letters;

known, so far as

members

students,

attributions given

the true attributions are

ascertainable,

is

of

the

The

by L6vi in his Dogme and incorrect,

:

the

Bituel,

presumably

editor has seen a manuscript page

of cypher about 150 years old attribution,

but a few

to

Hermetic schools

by Christian, and by Papus are by design.

relation to

which has a

different

and one which has been found by several

known

occult students, well

to him, to satisfy all the

conditions required by occult science.

The eight coloured is

plates with which this

volume

embellished are facsimile copies of Levi's

drawings

;

own

they add greatly to the charm of the work,

and are a credit to the publisher and to the

artist

who executed them. The design on the cover is the monogram drawn by L6vi to represent the "Completion of the Great Work," see page 45. The Cross

â&#x20AC;&#x201D;

four,

multiplied

twelve the complete letter

â&#x20AC;&#x201D;

by the

triangle

number

of a cycle

Tau represents the Universe.

:

three,

the

gives

Hebrew


PREFACE

X '^

The Mysteries

of l^liphaz L6vi,"

of

Magic, a Digest of the Writings

by Mr. A. E, Waite, published by

Mr. Red way in 1886, has had so large a circulation

among English

readers, that the editor anticipates

a cordial reception for this

London, February

1896.

little

volume.


THE MAGICAL RITUAL OF THE SANCTUM REGNUM

THE MAGICIAN -LE BATELEUR Listen to the words of Solomon which he spake to his son

Rehoboam

:

"

The

of wisdom, but the

and love

of

fear of

end

Him who

of

is

God

wisdom

is

the beginning

is

the knowledge

the Source of

the supreme Reason, whence

all

all

good, and

things do proceed."

Adonai had passed an eternity in heaven, and then created

Man

;

so a time on earth is given to

comprehend Adonai. which

man

man

to

In other words, the knowledge

attains concerning the

Supreme Being

springs from the faculties which have been bestowed

upon him

at his creation, in order that he

his turn formulate

sent

him

an image

of the

might in

Being who has

into this world.

A


THE MAGICAL RITUAL

2

By

Intelligence

man

conceives the ideal of God,

and by Will he should turn to good works.

But

human

will

any

rate

only a vague desire

is

when without works :

dead, or at

is

the same

thought not expressed in language;

it is

but only a dream of the intelligence. tion

is

not a realised thing,

something, while an act

reason there

is

is

social reality of ideals,

not a word,

An

imagina-

only a promised

For the same

a reality.

Words

re-

are the formal and

and ceremonies are religion

put into practice; there itself

is

true of a

no piety without prayer, and no

ligion without worship.

shows

it

is

is

no

real faith unless it

by actions prompted by

faith.

A

for-

mulated expression in words, confirmed by actions, demonstrates the two powers of a

work

it is

human

necessary to will, and to will

to formulate the desire.

it is

soul.

To

necessary

Actions imply ideas even

if

the ideals are not themselves translated into acts.

Thought

is

the

life of intelligence,

words show the

creative force of thought, while actions are the last effort

words.

of

words, and the desirable complement of

Words have been

translated into action

;

spoken, thought has been

by the act

of creating, speech

has taken place.

A word act is

is

the requisite formula of a thought, an

an exhibition of

will.

This

is

why

prayer

is


THE MAGICIAN a necessity, and is

A prayer

may obtain all that it asks.

a perfected act of the

human words with

will, it is

a link connecting

the divine Will.

and

consecrations, ablutions,

in action,

3

All ceremonies

sacrifices

are prayers

and are symbolic formulas; and they are

the most potent prayers because they are translations of

word into

persistence,

that

seeing

showing will power and

action,

more con-

they require

strained attention than silent prayer, or prayer ex-

pressed in words

;

and so they constitute

real work,

and such work demands a man's whole energy.

Notes.

The

First Tarot

and in English

is

Trump

is

named Le

Bateleur,

spoken of as the Magician.

L^vi

remarks in one of his works that the arms and

body of the figure bear a resemblance to the letter,

Aleph, of

the

Hebrew

alphabet,

in

first

some

packs of the oldest designs; but the student will

do wisely to consult his intuition,

if

he have no

adept instructor, as to the true attribution of this or either of the other trumps of the Tarot.

The Magician stands by a table holding a magical wand in his left hand ; before him on the table are lying other implements suitable to his task, such


THE MAGICAL RITUAL

4

as a dagger, cup,

and pantacle.

assurance, and intelligence

Levi elsewhere defines

God,

spirit,

unity; and

His

face expresses

beams from occult

its

man

his eyes.

meaning

to be

as a reflection of God.

P. Christian, in his Histoire de la Magie, says that this card represents, in the Divine world, the

lute

One;

in

the Intellectual world, Unity; and

in the Physical world, like God,

work without

Man; and

that

man

should,

ceasing, for a state of willing

nothing and doing nothing evil doing.

Abso-

is

hardly less fatal than


II

THE PRIESTESSâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; LA PAPESSE Depth with

equal to height, darkness

is

light,

matter

That which

The breath

is

of

is

but the garment of the

below

God

is

and the waters remain

is

which

like that

spirit.

above.

is

borne along over the waters, aloft carried

That which we

of God.

contrasted

is

call

on by the breath

the Breath of

the Life Essence spread over the worlds

;

God

it is

is

that

warm luminous fluid which gives a soul to the planets the common reservoir of progressive animal ;

life;

the universal basis of the sympathies between

bodies,

and the medium

the vehicle of the

will,

of love

between souls

and common basis for

varied modifications of the Creative Word.

;

all

it is

the

The Breath

God leads to the corresponding human breath. God said, " Let us make man,'* and man answers, " Let us make to ourselves a God.** When God made creation manifest as a temple. of

He

the

mouth

of

He decoraltar. He gave plants, and He

illumined the planets as light-bearers.

ated the earth with flowers

as

an

mysterious properties to metals and


THE MAGICAL RITUAL

6

drew with His

finger

circles,

triangles,

and the

upon

cross, as eternal pantacles, traced in living fire

the immense vault of the

God upon

imitate his

Know,

Will, and

skies.

The Magus should

this earth, his dwelling.

Act ; these are the three and royal high magic.

tials for sacerdotal

essen-

Matter

and form are instruments placed in the power of the Magus, his acts should be dependent on the

Word, and

none

so shall

of his deeds be lost,

and

his teachings shall be preserved.

You then who of this Science

desire to understand the mysteries

and to perform marvels, consider and

tremble lest you have as yet failed to attain to knowledge and of

wisdom ;

an abyss

secured the

for

if

so,

you stand on the brink

stop, ere it is too late.

;

Lamp and Wand

But

if

of Initiation,

cognisant of the secrets of the Nine,

if

you have if

you are

you never

speak of God without the Light which proceeds from

Him,

if

you have received the mystical baptism

Four Elements, Mountains,

if

you have prayed upon the Seven

if

you know the mode of motion

Double Sphynxed Chariot,

dogma if

of

why

Osiris

you are a king,

if

of the

you have grasped the

was a black god,

if

if

you are in truth a

â&#x20AC;&#x201D;

act without fear,

temple of Solomon

your words

of the

you are

free,

priest in the

and speak, for

will be all-powerful in the spiritual king-


THE PRIESTESS donij

and the breath

of your

of

God

7

will follow the utterances

mouth, and the powers of the heavens and of

the earth will be obedient unto

j^ou.

Notes.

The Second Tarot Trump represents a seated female figure,

crowned with a

hands ;

it is

tiara,

and holding a book in her

partly concealed by her mantle.

She has

a veil around her head, and some old cards show the

horns of

Isis

upon her head-dress.

discredit the great age

Some authors who

and Egyptian origin

of the

Tarot

symbols have asserted that this card was intended to represent the fabulous Pope Joan.

was

said to be

ability,

and

an Englishwoman of great learning,

vice,

who was chosen Pope

now

in a.d. 855,

Both Protestants and Roman

succeeding Leo IV. Catholics have

This character

rejected the story as a groundless

Dogme

out the suggestion that this

hmde Magie, throws trump represents the

Greek Juno, and he assigns as

its

fiction.

L6vi, in his

occult

;

The Rosicrucians considered

this card to be Isis,

the Great Mother, Soul of Nature. gives as its

meaning

initiate at the

meanings

man sanctuary, the Gnosis, woman and maternity.

the house of God, and of the Kabalah, the dyad,

de la

â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Occult

P.

Christian

Science awaiting the

door of the sanctuary.


Ill

THE EMPRESSâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;VIMPERATRICE You

should before

other things study and under-

all

stand the sacred laws of Nature. Spirit

and Mother

of the

two breaths, and the soul

Spirit,

Discern the Father

and recognise the sex aspect of their

movements

how the black female seeks the caresses of the white male, and why the white male does not disdain the dark woman. The white man is Day, or the

learn

Sun

;

and the black woman refers to Night, and the

Moon.

It is necessary to

know the names and powers

of the twelve precious jewels

which are included in

the crown of gold referred to the Sun, and the names also

which are allotted to the chief

the Moon.

You

will

of the

powers of

then require to be familiar with

the keys of the Fifty Gates, the secret of the Thirty-

two Paths, and the characters These Seven Spirits of the

Moon, Samael

are,

of the

Seven

Spirits.

Michael of the Sun, Gabriel

of Mars,

Raphael of Mercury,

Zachariel of Jupiter, Anael of Venus, and Orifiel of 8


THE EMPRESS Saturn.

9

These govern the world in successive order,

and the completion

Week

power constitutes a

You must

their seven ages of

of

of the

Time

ruling

of God.

learn also the plants, colours, perfumes,

and musical notes which correspond to the seven planetary powers

and

;

it is

essential to retain those

Thus

correspondences with the utmost exactitude.

when

it is

required to do perfect magical work, the

procedure of each day

different in

is

many

par-

ticulars.

On Sunday you must wear and golden bracelets

;

a purple robe, a

tiara,

you must arrange about the

altar or tripod, garlands of laurel, heliotrope, or sun-

flower

;

you must use as a fumigating incense cinna-

mon, frankincense,

saffron,

require at your right

and red sandal- wood

hand a golden wand

;

you

set with a

ruby or a chrysolite; and your operations must be carried out between one hour past midnight

up

to

eight in the morning, or between three in the after-

noon and ten

in the evening.

On Monday you silver

sisting

should wear a white robe with

ornaments, with a collar of three rows conof

pearls,

crystals,

and

selenites

;

a tiara

yellow with the letters of Gabriel in silver.

The

proper perfumes are those of camphor, white sandal-

wood, amber, and cucumber seeds

;

the garlands for


THE MAGICAL RITUAL

lo

the altar should be of

armoise {query^

artemisia), evening primrose,

Avoid with care anything

mugwort,

and yellow ranunculus.

of black colour;

use no

cup or vessel of gold, silver only, or clear white china

The same hours

or pottery.

as before mentioned for

the Sun, but use rather the night hours.

On Tuesday or rusty,

the colour of the robe should be

bracelets of steel steel

;

blood

or of ;

the

may

a sword

colour,

with a girdle and

wand should be

also be used

fiery,

of

magnetised

and a consecrated

dagger; garlands of absinth and rue; an amethyst

and

steel ring

on the finger should also be worn.

On Wednesday the shot silk many tinted

robe should be green or of ;

the necklet of pearls, or of

glass beads containing

mercury; the perfumes are

benzoin,

garlands

myrrh, and the

are

storax; the

narcissus,

lily,

the

flowers for

the

annual

or

perennial mercurialis, fumitory, or marjoram; the precious stone

is

On Thursday

the agate. the robe of scarlet, a lamen of tin

upon the forehead, bearing the symbol

of Jupiter

and

the three words Giazar of Fire, Bethor of Water,

and Samgabiel,

also fiery

;

the perfumes for incense,

ambergris, cardamon, grains of paradise, balm, mace,

and

saffron.

The ring should contain an emerald or

a sapphire; the garlands of oak, poplar,

fig-tree,

or


THE EMPRESS

ii

pomegranate ; the wand of glass or should be

made

On Friday

of wool or silk.

the robe of azure blue,

of green or rose colour, the

wand

of

decorations

its

of polished copper

amber

the perfumes are musk, civet, and violets;

The robe

resin.

;

crown of

garlands of roses interspersed with boughs

myrtle and olive;

turquoise.

the ring ornamented

by a

Lapis lazuli and beryl should decorate

the crown or diadem.

The operator should hold a fan

formed of swan's feathers, and should wear around his loins a circlet, being a copper plate

engraved Anael, with

its

sigil,

and on a

rounding these the words Ave Evah

On

;

is

circle sur-

Vade

Lilith.

Saturday the robe should be black, or dark with

brown,

appropriate

orange-coloured

silk.

designs

with the name Saturn and his tion of

embroidered

in

Around the neck should be

worn a chain and lamen formed

of lead

sigil,

engraved

with the addi-

the words Almalec, Aphiel, and Zarahiel.

The proper perfumes aloes,

on which

sulphur,

and

for the incense are

scammony,

The wand should

asafoetida.

be ornamented with an onyx stone, and the proper garlands are of ash, Cyprus, and black hellebore.

Upon

the onyx on the

wand

graved with a consecrated

there should be en-

tool,

during the hours

of Saturn, a figure of the double-faced Janus.


THE MAGICAL RITUAL

12

Notes.

The Third Tarot Trump, the Empress, represents a seated female figure upon a throne, crowned with twelve stars, and holding in her

surmounted by a globe;

she

has wings,

hand a sceptre emblem, or

a

and by her right side

is

diamond-shaped

emblazoned on a shield the black is

left

eagle.

This figure

the Greek Aphrodite-Urania, and corresponds to

the figure in St. John's vision, clothed with the Sun,

crowned with twelve beneath her

stars,

and having the Moon

feet.

L^vi gives in his Rituel

its

meanings as the Word,

the ternary, plenitude, fecundity, nature.

See also

Waite, page 255.

Christian, page 116, allots Isis to

this trump.

is

This

erroneous

;

no examples

Empress ever show horns, while

of the

several Priestess

cards of the oldest types do show the horns of Isis

upon her head.


THE EMPERORâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; VEMPEREUR The

clothing of a Magician should be new, clean, and

woven by a virgin; magical implements should be new, and consecrated by prayers and incense.

The Magician needs to be abstinent, chaste, and devoted to the Work. His spirit and heart must be free

from other claims upon them, and his

power

will

devoted wholly, perseveringly, and with intelligent faith to the success of

any great work, and to the

results of his scientific occult performances.

operations should earth,

Magical

commence with Exorcisms

of air,

and water, and end by Consecrations with

The Exorcism

of Air is performed

by breathing

forth toward the four cardinal points, by the

and by repeating ^'The Spirit of

this invocation

waters,

God breathed into L.'^an the breath of life. "The Spirit of God filled the universe; it is

the 13

Word,

:

God brooded over the

things exist, and in

fire.

Word

of Power.

in

and

it all


THE MAGICAL RITUAL

14

''May the Word be

my

in

spirit,

and so may

all

things be subservient to me.

*'Be ye exorcised then, ye beings of Air, in the

Name

of

Him

with the Holy

The Prayer

whose breath

first

filled

things

all

Amen."

Spirit.

of the Sylphs should then be recited.

[This will be found at length in Levi's Rituel de la

haute Magie,

p.

and in English

78,

Waite's "Mysteries of Magic,''

p. 122,

in A.

E.

the only error

being his heading, " Prayer for the Sylphs

"

;

it

is

the prayer of the Sylphs for a nearer relation to the divinity.]

The Exorcism ling of

of

Earth

is

performed by the sprink-

consecrated water, by

Word, and by the burning

of incense suitable to the

Then

day of the ceremony.

the breath, by the

recite the

Prayer of the

Gnomes. [See Levi, Rituel^ p. 84; and Waite,

The Exorcism

of

Water

is

p. 125.]

performed by the laying

on of hands, by the breath, by the Word, and by sprinkling upon little of

secrated.

it

consecrated salt mixed with a

the ash taken from the censer, and duly con-

The Water

is

to be sprinkled

around by a

brush composed of sprays of vervain, periwinkle, sage, mint, valerian, and basil; these are to be tied with

a thread taken from a virgin's

distaff,

to a handle


THE EMPEROR of the

wood

which has not yet borne

of a nut-tree

Upon

fruit.

this handle

15

you must engrave, with the

magical dagger, the characters of the Seven Spirits.

The

by reciting over

Salt is consecrated

following Latin prayer

omni corruptione

servet mentes nostras et corpora nostra, per in virtute

phantasmata Terra

salis,

censer ''

hjldd ut sit

isto

Sal celestis, Sal terras et

ut nutrietur bos triturans, et addat spei

this

Amen."

Latin prayer over the ashes from the

:

Kevertatur cinis ad fontem aquarum viventium,

et fiat terra fructificans et tatis, et

incensum

Chokmah et

Chokmah,

Ruach Chokmael; recedant ab

nostras cornua tauri volantis.

Then

the

:

" In isto Sale sit sapientia, et ab

et

it

germinat arborem jucundi-

suavitatis, per tria

nomina Binah,

et Kether, in principio et in fine, per

Omega, qui sunt in Spiritu Azoth.

While you sprinkle the mixed the water, recite

salt

Alpha

Amen." and ashes into

:

"EmittesSpiritumO Tiphereth, et creabuntur omnia nova in his ergo

sit

semen venturi

sseculi.

Amen."

Exorcism of Water. **

All powerful Father,

Jacob, whose voice

is

God

of

Abraham,

Isaac,

and

heard in the great waters, who


THE MAGICAL RITUAL

i6

didst cleave the waters of the

Red Sea

to

make a

passage for the children of Israel, and then didst

who were

cause the sea to swallow up the Egyptians

pursuing them,

whose

altar,

Mi Kamoka Baalim

composed

of the

Twelve Jewels,

neath the waters of the sacred this water

and to banish from

Jehovah, thou

river,

it all

is

be-

deign to bless

baneful influences,

Shaddai, Shaddai, Shaddai (breathe three times over

By

the water).

the great names, Araritha, Eloah va

may this those who are

Daath, Elohim Tzabaoth and Elohim Gibur, water be consecrated for the service of

about to invoke the Divine Powers for the benefit of

Amen."

their souls.

Then the Prayer [This

is

of the

Undines should be

found in the Rituel^

P- Si,

recited.

and in Waite,

p. 123.]

To perform the Exorcism incense,

it salt,

and Samael; the prayer of the

Salamanders should then be

Waite,

upon

and sulphur, while you pronounce the names

of Anael, Michael,

[This

of Fire, cast

is

recited.

to be found in the Biticel, p. S^,

and in

p. 124.]

You must

thoroughly understand that elemental

beings are souls of an imperfect type, not yet raised in the scale

up

human existence, and power when called into

to

can only manifest

that they action by


THE EMPEROR the adept as auxiliaries to his

will,

17

by means

universal astral fluid in which they live.

dom

of the

Gnomes

of that

The king-

assigned to the North, the

is

Salamanders to the South, the Sylphs to the East,

and the Undines to the West. These Elemental beings are related

to,

and bear an

influence over persons, according as they are of one or

other of the four Temperaments.

The Gnomes are

related to the Melancholic type, Salamanders to the

Sanguine, Undines to the Phlegmatic, and Sylphs to the Bilious Temperament.

Their symbols are those of Taurus the Bull for

Gnomes; Leo the Lion for Sylphs

;

for

and the sign

of

Salamanders; the Eagle

Aquarius for Undines.

Their Bulers are respectively Ghob, Djin, Paralda,

and Nicsa.

The combination

of these four types of face

and

being represents the Created Universe, a complete

and eternal

entity,

Man

in fact, the

Microcosm

;

and

this is the first formula of the mystical explanation of the

enigma

of the

Sphynx. Notes.

The Fourth Tarot Trump represents a crowned emperor reclining against a throne, holding a sceptre in his right

hand

;

the sceptre ends above in a lotus

B


THE MAGICAL RITUAL

1

In modern tarots the throne

flower.

with a black eagle. emperor's

body

as

The

decorated

older design showed the

a

representing

triangle in general outline,

is

and the

right-angled

legs are crossed,

the whole suggesting the Athanor of the Alchemist. Levi, in

to this

his

card

Orientals,

Rituel^ :

gives the following meanings

The Porte, or government

initiation,

power,

the

of

the

Tetragrammaton,

quaternary, and the cubical stone.

Christian considers that on the

trump means the

human

plane this

realisation of actions directed

by

the science of truth, the love of justice, the force of will,

and organic work.


THE Senjj of

PENTAGRAM. thht/

Mixj^ooosmy.


THE POPE, OR HIEROPHANT—LE PAPE To

control the Will

power and make

to the law of Intelligence of

our sacerdotal

Ceremonies

intelligence

subservient

Great

this is the

Work

Ceremonies are made use

art.

of to educate the Will tion.

it

by means

which

and without

are faith,

the Imagina-

of

performed in

without

the absence of

the higher aspirations of the soul, are but superstitious

who

observances which tend to degrade those

take part in them.

It is

an error

to attribute

Magical Power to ceremonials, for Magical Power exists only in the trained

this reason

is

Will of the operator.

For

Axiom true, that the Divine Kingdom the King-

the Magical

Sanctum Eegnum

—the

dom of God is within us. Regnum Del ; and hence

Intra nobis

I.N.E..I.,

also

is

it

that

great

marvels can be shown by the Pentagram, which is

the seal of the Microcosm

the reflection of the is

Man

;

for the

Macrocosm

and his human Will ; he 19

Microcosm

is

;

the Microcosm

is

the reflection of


THE MAGICAL RITUAL

20

the Universe, which

is

The Man

the Macrocosm.

whose Intelligence has received culture can by

his

Will Power, exerted through the Pentagram, control

and command the powers and beings

the

of

Elements, and restrain evil elementaries from their perverse works.

The Hexagram it is

of

is

the symbol of the Macrocosm

often called the Seal of Solomon.

It consists

two interlaced triangles; the erect triangle

flame colour, the inverse triangle

is

is

of

coloured blue.

In the centre space there may be drawn a Tau Cross and three Hebrew Yods, or a Crux ansata, or the Triple

Tau

of

Intelligence

He who

the Arch-masons.

and Will

is

armed with

this

need of no other thing, he should be

with

emblem has potent, for

all

this is the perfect sign of the Absolute.

This

the

is

Monogram

of

Hermetic Truth

expresses the subject of the Great

made up the mode

of

:

Hebrew, Greek, and Latin

it

It

is

letters,

and

of expressing this ideal in the presence of

un- initiates

Magnes

Work.

;

is

other

by the word Azoth, or by the name

Magi have

applied to

it

the

titles of

the flying dragon of Medea, and the serpent of the mystical Eden.


THE HEXAGRAM. Syrrihoh of the^ Mojorocxysrru.


A

ZOT

H.

MoTLogrcuru ofHer^rrutuyThuthv.

Se^

jP.xgcy

W.


THE POPE, OR HIEROPHANT This

is

21

the high and incommunicable Tetragram

traced in a Kabalistic and Hermetic design. initiates,

even of the

stand

symbolism.

its

This emblem

Gnosis it

it

;

the

grade, will at once under-

monogram

of the Universal

formed of Greek and Latin

expresses by symbols the secrets of the

and the Book

Ezekiel, it

is

is

first

of St.

includes the sign of the

All

letters

Wheel

of

John the Evangelist;

Labarum

of Constantino.

ROTA

This emblem naturally shows the word

but viewed in the light of the Kalabah, the word

TAROT. These Characters, with include of the

all science in esse,

the

Philosophic

and those who are

Cross,

initiates

Grand Arcanum need no further symbols or

emblems; nor do those adepts who know the true but concealed meanings and powers of the words

JAKIN

and BOAZ, which are related to the two

Pillars at the of

Porch

of the Temple, one of

which was

white marble, and the other of black, while both

were decorated with Brazen ornaments.

By

these

Characters the spirits of evil nature are bound and held in control; by these also, just

if

the operator be

and pure, he makes himself known to angels


THE MAGICAL RITUAL

22

and may

incline

them

to

For indeed

aims.

his

nothing can resist in magical arts the combined

powers of the Pentagram, Hexagram, and Tetragram divine.

All

other

arbitrary,

signs,

seals,

and the keys

and

symbols

of their

are

but

meaning may be

found in the Steganographia, or the Polygraphia of the Abbot Trithemius of Spanheim, or else in the

magical treatises of Peter of Abano, of Paracelsus, of Arbatel, or of Cornelius Agrippa.

Notes.

The Tarot Trump numbered

5,

named the Pope,

Hierophant, or Jupiter, represents a crowned ruler bearing a tripled cross

wand

in his left

hand

he

:

is

seated between two pillars.

The meanings assigned

â&#x20AC;&#x201D; religion,

philosophy, symbolism,

by

El.

L6vi are

law, instruction, of the

and demonstration.

Pope gives the sign

The

right

of occult wisdom,

hand

and not

the usual papal benediction. P. Christian decides that this card shows in the

Divine World, Universal

Law;

in the Intellectual

World, Religion; and in the Physical World, such inspiration as force.

is

communicated by the Astral

fluidic


VI

THE LOVERS^UAMOUREUX Ever bear

in

mind that Equilibrium

from the opposition

of forces

existence without the passive;

ness produces no form

which

which

Cow

is

is

light without dark-

Love again gains accession

from hate, and that

soil of silch plants as shall

should be

the active has no

;

and affirmation can only

;

triumph over negation. of strength

results only

hell is the heated

bear root in heaven.

known

also that the great Fluidic

called

the

*'

Soul

of

the

It

Agent

World," and

the horned head of the

delineated with

of Isis to express animal fecundity, is a blind

force.

The power which the Magus wields of

two opposing

forces,

disjoin in discord;

is

composed

which unite in love and

love associates contraries, while

hate makes similars to be rivals and enemies ; hatred succeeds to love

become

filled,

when by

saturation the void has

unless the full cannot become empty; 23


THE MAGICAL RITUAL

24

but the usual result to

is

an equilibrated saturation, due

mutual repulsions.

From

these considerations can

be deduced

causes of sympathy and

existence and

the

antipathy

between persons, and so the means of becoming loved can be shown to those

and

as wise

its

is

may

a physical manifestation

is

;

repugnance

who

be forgotten by those

This

sway.

are good as well

discreet.

Sexual love

and pain

who

are under

a form of inebriation arising from

the attraction of two contrary fluids; and at the conjunction of the positive and negative poles there results

an ecstasy and orgasm during which the loved

one seems the brilliant phantom of a

When

the conjunction has set up the state of

equilibrium anew, attraction sion

;

vision.

is

succeeded by repul-

and very often an exaggerated amour leads

an unjust share

to

of disgust.

All created beings participate either in the positive or negative attitude of the universal sympathetic fluid,

and may help to maintain or

Sympathy while

it

;

is

but

it is

necessary to distrust knowledge

imperfect,

and not to expose oneself in

suggesting remedies to the risk of poisons.

re-establish a

Enchantment by means

administering of

which has belonged to a beloved one

any object is

often

a


THE LOVERS magnetic

operation

dangerous

results;

leading

and

yet

establish

new

useless

better to

is

it

to

25

currents of force, to produce a void where satiety exists, for

man

tion of

love

the surest means of regaining the affecor

woman

is

to bestow

some signs

of

on another.

Consider the bodily and mental disorders which result

from solitude and

want

congestions, due to

accompanying

its

of equilibrium;

fluidic

â&#x20AC;&#x201D;such

are

nervous maladies, hysteria, hypochondriasis, megrim, vapours, and insane delusions.

It will be possible

also to understand the ailments of maidens,

and

women

of

of celi-

bates.

Inspired by the natural law

sideration, of a

life,

an uncertain age,

of

widows and

now under

may

con-

you may often predict the future course

and may cure many such ailments, often

by distracting the attention when unduly so

of

the

Magus become

and

as great a physician as

renowned a Diviner as was Cor-

Paracelsus, or as nelius Agrippa.

fixed,

You

diseases of the soul

;

will

come

to understand the

the fact that learned and chaste

persons often hunger after the pleasures of vice will

be noticed, and so will

women

it

be observed that

men and

steeped in vices turn at times to the consola-

tions of virtue;

and thus you may

predict, without

striking a blow, the occurrence of strange conversions


THE MAGICAL RITUAL

26

and

and great astonishment

of unexpected sins,

shown at your

facility in discerning the

be

most carefully Girls and

concealed secrets of the heart and home.

women may

will

be by such means of divination shown

in dreams the forms confidantes are

and husband; such

of lover

potent

auxiliaries

in

magic arts;

never abuse their position, never neglect their interests, for

they are good gifts to the Magus.

In

order to possess an assured sway over the heads and hearts of women,

it is

of both Gabriel the

essential to obtain the favour

Angel

of the

Moon, and

of

Anael

the Angel of Yenus. Certain female evil demons must be overcome and

down ; foremost of these are Nah6mah, princess of the Succubi

cast

:

of the

dreams of

men. Lilith,

queen of

the Stryges, tempting to de-

bauchery, and destroyer of maternal desire.

Nah6mah

presides

also

over

illicit

and

sterile

caresses.

Lilith rejoices in strangling in their cradles chil-

dren whose origin has been soiled by the touch of

Nah^mah. The

truly wise master of the

Kabalah understands

the concealed meaning of these names, and of such

demoniac

evil

powers,

which are

also

called

the


THE LOVERS

27

material envelopes or cortices, or shells of the Tree of Life, soiled

and blackened by the outer darkness

they are as branches which are dead, having been torn off from the Tree, whence issue light,

life,

and

love.

Notes.

The Tarot Trump numbered in French packs this country

L'Amoureux,

issues

and arrow; below

is

a

is

which

named

is

commonly

called in

The design shows the

The Lovers.

Sun above, whence

6,

Cupid armed with a bow

man

standing between two

women, who represent Virtue and

Vice.

The mean-

ings assigned by El. Levi are

â&#x20AC;&#x201D;equilibrium,

gonism,

the conflict of two

union, interlacement,

anta-

triads.

P. Christian says

:

*^

In the Divine World

card teaches the knowledge of good and evil

;

in the

Intellectual World, the equilibrium of necessity liberty

;

this

and

and in the Physical World, the relation

cause and effect.

of


YII

THE CHARIOT OF HERMESâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; LE CHARIOT The

Chariot of

white and also bolic animals

;

propounds an enigma to the neophyte.

White Sphynx is Jachin. The word the Black Sphynx is Boaz. The former word here

The word of

Hermes has attached to its car a a black Sphynx each of these sym-

signifies

of the

Love

;

the latter word here signifies Power.

Samael guides the White Sphynx, Anael guides the Black Sphynx ; because attraction

is set

up by con-

Hermes, seated in the Chariot, touches the

traries.

Black Sphynx with the point of a sword of the

White Sphynx with a

Wand

that the

Magus

and the Sword

but

sceptre of gold.

It is after the type founded

Hermes

steel,

learns

by the Thrice Great

how to

to control good

use the Magical

and

evil

powers

and beings. Evil beings fear the sword because their astral

forms are subject to wounds and to being severed by such a weapon.

White

spirits 28

obey the consecrated

i


THE CHARIOT OF HERMES magical

wand because

type of the

Wand

29

of its correspondence to the

of the God-sent magician Moses.

Formation and Consecration of a Magical Sword. The sword-blade of steel should be forged in the hour of Mars, and new smith's tools should be used. The pommel should be taining a

little

of silver,

quicksilver

;

made

hollow,

and con-

the symbols of Mercury

and Luna, with the monograms of Gabriel and Samael, should be engraved upon encased with

tin,

its surface.

The hilt should be

and should have the symbol of Jupiter

and the monogram

of Michael engraved

Cornelius Agrippa,

De

upon

it;

see

occulta PhzlosopJiia, liber

iii.,

There should be a small triangular copper

cap. 30.

plate extending

from the

hilt

up the blade

sword a short distance on each side

;

of the

on these should

be engraved the symbols of Venus and Mercury.

The guard should end side

;

side,

in

two curved plates on each

on these, the words Gedulah, Netzach upon one

and Geburah, Hod upon the

engraved

;

other, should be

and in the middle between them engrave

the Sephirotic name, Tiphereth.

Upon

the blade

itself

engrave upon one side Mal-

kuth, and upon the other side the words Deus,

Quis ut


THE MAGICAL RITUAL

30

The Consecration

of the

Magical Sword must be

performed on a Sunday during the Solar hour and

under the invoked power of Michael.

Drape the

Altar, prepare the Tripod, and burn therein the

and cypress, consecrate the

of laurel

thrust the blade of the sword into

it,

fire,

wood

and then

saying, "

Elohim

Tzabaoth, by the power of the Tetragrammaton, in

the

name

of

Adonai and

become a weapon

may

it

may

this

war bring

use in

its

sword of

peace,

be brilliant as Tiphereth, terrible as Geburah,

and merciful as Chesed." the

may

might to scatter the beings

of

the unseen world,

of Mikael,

and quench

fire,

it

Withdraw the sword from

in a liquid

composed

of the

blood of a reptile mixed with the sap to be obtained

from a green

laurel

:

then polish the blade with the

ashes of vervain carefully burned.

Formation and Consecration of the Magic Wand. Choose the wood of an almond or nut tree which has

just

flowered for

should be cut It

off at

the

first

time; the bough

one blow by the magical

must be bored evenly from end

sickle.

to end without

any crack or injury, and a magnetised steel needle One end of the same length must be introduced. must be

closed

by a

clear transparent glass bead,

and


THE CHARIOT OF HERMES the other end by a similar bead of resin

two ends with sachets

of silk.

:

31

cover up these

Fit two rings near the

middle of the wand, one of copper and one of

zinc,

and supply two portions

same

metals

them round the wand, and

roll

;

wand

into the

of fine chain of the

Upon

close to the ends.

the ends

fix

the

wand

should then be written the names of the Twelve Spirits of the Zodiacal Cycle; their sigils should also be added. Aries

Sarahiel

.

Taurus Gemini Cancer

Araziel Saraiel

Phakiel

Leo

Seratiel

Virgo Libra

Schaltiel

.

.

Chadakiel

.

Scorpio

Sartziel

Sagittarius

Saritiel

Capricornus

.

Aquarius Pisces

Upon

Vacabiel

.

.

/-^

1

Semaqiel Tzakmaqiel

T~Âť

Hebrew

the Copper Eing engrave in 1

from right to

H QDShH

left

the words " The Holy Jerusalem,"

JEUShLIM

;

and upon the Zinc Ring

engrave in Hebrew letters from right to

words ^^The

King Solomon,"

Heh Melek

Shelomoh.

When

wand

the

letters

is

H MLK

complete,

it

left

ShLMH,

must be

crated by invocations of spirits of the

the

conse-

Four Elements


THE MAGICAL RITUAL

32

and the Seven Planets by ceremonies lasting over the seven days of a week, using the special incense and prayers as already described for each day.

The consecrated Wand, and indeed

all

implements, should be kept wrapped in

magical

silk,

and

never allowed in contact with any colour but black

and

it is

them

well to keep

in a cedar or ebony box.

With this Wand duly made and fully consecrated, the Magus can cure unknown diseases, he may enchant a person, or cause him to

fall

asleep at will,

can wield the forces of the elements and cause the oracles to speak.

Notes.

In this chapter L6vi describes the Tarot Trump No.

7,

the Chariot;

meanings, as

in

his

â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Weapon,

Rituel he assigns its

sword,

sacred

septenary,

triumph, royalty, priesthood.

In respect to in the Divine

card P. Christian writes that

this

World

it

spirit over natural force

refers to the ;

dominance of

in the Intellectual World,

Priesthood and authority; in the Physical World, the submission of matter to the intelligence and will-power of man.

This seventh key

is

figured in Levi's Rituel in a

full-paged plate facing page 332.


YIII

JUSTICEâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; LA JUSTICE You must never forget that the wise man is a judge.

the priest

is

a king, and

There are in this world

both the weak and the strong, the poor and the

rich,

there are both the ignorant and the learned.

former are ever the servitors of the latter

but

;

The if

the

former do their works worthily they thereby become

worthy

of admission to the concourse

of

masters,

while the useless servants are to be cast away. is well,

therefore, to teach

that they

men how

may come forward

It

to serve well, so

into a place of power.

All things upon this world, and

all

below the surface,

belong to the domain of man.

Created beings roar, groan,

around fellows is

man

as a centre;

and to God

;

Book

of

man

The

Nature, but

The wise and powerful

and weave

alone speaks to his

and the voice

spoken through man.

in the

hiss, coo,

of

God upon earth

science of life is written

man

alone can read

it.

translate the words of this 33 C


THE MAGICAL RITUAL

34

book into creeds and symbols for the instruction of

When

the feeble and ignorant.

you speak to such

Do

as are like children, speak as to children.

the secrets of wisdom, and do not divulge

sell

pander to

to

A

not

them

curiosity.

man should form his opinions in freedom, and he may resemble the ideal of divinity. Cast

thus

not the pearls of mystic science before those of low

mind who have no knowledge, those whom the Testament calls swine. To such persons, whether and

evil

you speak the truth, or misunderstanding

mate

all

;

veil the truth, there is

deception haunts them, they

things by a faulty conscience.

but esti-

You may

them by the glancing of the sword, but do not them approach the wand or clavicule. If you

dazzle let

wish to have no need to fear an

him

fear you.

before Pharaoh.

evil person,

B^emember the conduct

Do

of

make Moses

not put faith in the benevo-

lence of a priest of idols, nor in the sincerity of a

pretender to wisdom, for these

men

as a destroyer of their livelihood

Keep a

will hate

you

and domination.

steady watch against being placed in danger

by accepting the caresses

of a

woman

;

remember

how Samson was decoyed by Delilah. Do not be familiar with any woman when alone with her, or in

the

dark;

remember Orpheus and

Eurydice.


JUSTICE Make

35

women, that they be made happier; but never love any woman so much that yourself beloved of

you cannot be happy without

As

her.

the love which they have for a

of the elements,

Magus immortalises them, whether Undines, or beings by a

Be ever

Magus

will be

Sylphs, Gnomes,

Salamandrines, but the love of such

fiery

intelligent

and you

to the beings

is

insensate and

may

destroy him.

and just to such elemental beings,

rewarded with happiness because of

your good actions. Notes.

The Eighth Tarot Trump, named

Justice, represents

a seated female figure robed and crowned, holding a

sword in the right hand and a pair of scales in the left

of

hand.

L6vi gives as

attraction

its

meaning the equilibrium

and repulsion.

Christian

P.

similar meanings, adding in the Physical refers

to

Human

Justice,

which

is

gives

World

always

it

fallible

and tinctured with personal motives or personal emotions.


IX

THE HERMIT-UERMITE When

has

the adept

provided himself with the

Magical Sword and Wand, he yet needs a Magical

Lamp whose beams (The

of darkness.

away

will chase

Lamp

the phantoms

all

figured at p. 103 of the

is

Rituel of Eliphaz L6vi, but does not quite correspond

Four metals should

to the description here given.)

enter into

The

composition

:

gold, silver, brass, iron.

foot of iron, the knot of brass, the reservoir of

silver,

and a golden triangle above

the middle of

its

;

from each side springs an arm composed

three tubes of gold, silver,

together

;

and erect in

this,

and

brass,

twisted

there are nine wick burners, three on

each side arm, and three above the triangle over the reservoir;

Hermetic

upon the iron foot

triangle,

above, Sol and

is

engraved an

with the symbols of Mercury

Luna below

semiglobular base

is

;

around the rim of the

fixed a brazen serpent

the globular part, between 36

it

;

and above

and the brazen knot,


THE HERMIT

37

there should be an androgyne figure with male and

female heads, whose arms are stretched over the

Engrave diverse forms on the brass knot;

globe.

and upon the

gram with the

Upon

centre.

â&#x20AC;&#x201D;one

its

the golden triangle above engrave a

of the infinite

rings

Tetragrammaton in

letters of the

God surrounded by reservoir for

cup must be placed the Hexa-

silver

rays, as a

symbol

eternal.

On

and

oil, ^js.

of the fecundity

each side of the

a ring, and hang chains to these

of silver, one of iron

;

by these chains the

lamp may be suspended, or carried by the magician.

The wicks

for the burners should be of

new

linen

threads, but dyed, the three on the right blue, the

three on the

left red,

and the three middle wicks gold

coloured.

The Lamp should be but the greatest

lit

from a consecrated

effect arises

without wicks and without

Lux

when the Lamp burns

oil

of the Universal Fluidic

fire,

;

lighted only by the

Agent, or by one of the

material elementals of Water.

The

light

marvels,

it

of

this

Magical

Lamp

should work

should illuminate the consciences of

men

and women so that you may read them, and should enable you to recognise each type of spiritual being.

The magician should not attempt any

serious cere-

monial until he has grasped the Wand, and illumined


THE MAGICAL RITUAL

3S

the

Lamp;

common

just as in

life,

if

you want to

walk safely in the dark, you must carry a candle and try the ground before you with a

staff.

Notes.

The

Tarot

Hermit.

Trump numbered

It represents

mantle leaning on a

The

allotted

9

is

named the

an aged man enveloped in a

staff,

and carrying a lantern.

meanings are wisdom, goodness, and

morality, according to Eliphaz Levi in his Rituel, P.

Christian writes

meaning

is

:

"In the Divine World the

absolute wisdom;

in

the Intellectual

World, prudence; and in the Physical World, cumspection, the proper guide of

The Magical Lamp at p. 103.

is

figured

human

cir-

actions.'*

by L6vi in his Rituel


THE

MAGICAL SWORD


THE

WHEEL

OF

EZEKIEL,


X THE WHEEL OF FORTUNE-^LA ROUE DE FORTUNE The Wheel

of Ezekiel is the type

on which

all

the

Pantacles of the Higher Magic are designed.

When the adept knowledge

of the

in the blessed possession of a full

is

powers of the Seal of Solomon, and

of the virtues of the

correspondent, in

Wheel

of Ezekiel,

which

indeed

is

entire symbolism^ with that of

its

Pythagoras, he has sufficient experience to design

mans and

pantacles for any special magical purpose.

The Wheel

of Ezekiel contains the solution of the

problem of the quadrature of the

and emblems;

it

The first

attributions,

of

the elements and

It is a glyph of perpetual motion.

triple ternary is

Unity; three

and demon-

exhibits the tetragram of

characters analogous to that

elemental forms.

circle,

between words and figures,

strates the correspondences letters

talis-

shown

;

the central point

circles are added,

and the dodekad

is

the

each with four

thus seen.

state of universal equilibrium is suggested 39

is

The

by the


THE MAGICAL RITUAL

40

counterpoised emblems, and the

The

flying Eagle balances the

man

symbols.

pairs of ;

the roaring Lion

counterpoises the laborious Bull.

Kether, the Crown; Tiphereth, Beauty Foundation, form a central

Chokmah,

axis;

;

and Yesod,

while Wisdom,

equilibrates with Understanding,

and the Severity

of Justice,

terpoise with the

Mercy

conceptions

the

are

Binah

Geburah, makes a coun-

of Justice,

contests

Chesed ; similar Eros and

between

Anteros, between Jacob and the Angel, Samael and

Anael,

Mars and Venus.

and the Greek monogram

The Philosophic Cross

of Christos are

comparable

also to this magical wheel.

In order that a consecrated talisman shall give real help to you,

it

must be well understood, and

the correspondences realised

;

for a pantacle is

an

made visible, made portable, and may contain as much knowledge as a book. It is an image of some part of God and His works, it is as a

ideal materialised,

card of the eternal kingdom.

Consider well the aim to be accomplished, and the select the symbols,

emblems,

with the greatest care, seeking

Chokmah

powers to be invoked

and

letters

;

and Binah from that spark shadows you, and then

of the Divine

trace,

which over-

mark, or engrave your

chosen design upon a plate of gold,

silver,

or of


THE WHEEL OF FORTUNE Corinth brass, or cut

on precious

it

When

upon virgin parchment. skilfully

and accurately

41

stones, or

draw

the work has been

then submit

finished,

consecration with prayers and invocations of the

and

of the Seven, using

incense silk

;

after

it

it

to

Four

suitable perfumes in the

which wrap up the talisman in clean

and place

it

in a cedar casket,

effectual to carry it always

and

it

will be

about with you.

Notes.

The Tarot Trump marked 10 of

is

named the Wheel

Fortune; the card shows a wheel supported on

Hermanubis stands on one

two upright beams. side,

and Typhon on the other ; above

holding a sword in

its

Lion's jaws.

is

the Sphynx

Eliphaz L6vi

who made

a superficial study

of the Tarot, is answerable for a

more modern form

alleges that Etteilla,

of this card, in

which the beings around the wheel

are a man, a mouse, and a monkey.

The meanings of this Trump are said to be paternity, virile force, manifestation, and principle. P. Christian remarks that on the Physical plane the card points out the varying changes of the so-called fate or fortune.

This key mysteres,

is

figured

page 117.

by Levi in his Clef des grands


XI

FORTITUDEâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; STRENGTHâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;LA FORCE

A

Listen now to the secret of strength.

constant

dropping will wear away a stone, and in the end will

perforate

it.

The aim

to

which

you

ever

devote your will power will be at length attained

you begin to succeed as soon as you begin to success.

hands

Real will power

To

of the multitude.

you must be

free

;

is

no one

not a privilege in the exercise true will

To learn how

exercise dominion.

power you must

to will

But

first

power

of the multitude is free

to be free is to be the master of your others.

will

;

for will

and

to folly is madness, death,

To mistake the means

to learn

and over

how

to

be able to exert will

to

know

is

life^

for

power applied

hell.

the end

is

an ab-

surdity.

To mistake for the end that which means is the acme of absurdity.

You

are the master of 42

all

is

not even a

the events you can

I


FORTITUDE

43

Things for which you have an imperious

overcome.

need are masters over you. Things you possess the right to

you have

desire,

the power to obtain.

You must your

will,

be ever watchful in the exercise of

and be heedful that you do not

a position of dependence from want

from simple

into

fall

exertion,

of

idleness.

Men who

are to contend together in a race must

go through a long and severe training. Magical ceremonies

may

be regarded as a sort of

gymnastic exercise of the will power, and for this reason

the great teachers of the world have re-

all

commended them any religious

as

and

proper

sect only those

who

In

efficacious.

carry out the ex-

ternal observances are reckoned as real supporters of the cause.

The more one

does, the

more one can do

in the

future.

To is

live

a

life

guided by the caprice of the

to lead the life of

be a

life of

an animal ;

innocence, but

it is

Those who watch, those who those

who

refrain from

this

a

may

life of

fast,

pleasure,

moment

conceivably

submission.

those those

who who

body at the command of mind, can bring

pray, place

all

the

powers of nature into subjection to their purposes.


THE MAGICAL RITUAL

44

Such as these are the world's masters; such men alone do works which survive them.

Never confound the

slaves of superstition

and

fear

with such masters of nature.

To abstain from pleasant things through to

enslave the will

;

fear

is

such conduct tends to lower

rather than to raise your position.

To

live like

an anchorite, without the superstitious

ignorance which leads him to such a course of this is

wisdom indeed, and power

is

life,

the reward.

Notes.

The Eleventh Tarot Trump represents an

erect

female figure, robed and crowned, closing with her

naked hands the jaws

of a furious lion,

and

showing

complete

meaning

is

energy.

Christian considers

ease

and yet

self-possession.

Its

persevering strength and indomitable that

it

typifies

that

Principle which underlies the exhibition of power,

and then Moral Force, and

lastly Physical Force.


XII

THE HANGED MAN—LE PENDU The number Twelve completes a highly mystical Trump represents' Work.

of the Great

this

the Completion

This startling design might

be also represented by within a Tau, that

and

cycle,

is,

a cross above

a triangle

by four multiplied by three

and enshrined in a Universe.

The pack Taro

of Tarot Cards, otherwise the

—which —

is

of

an anagram of Rota, a wheel

consists in truth of a magical, hieroglyphic

or cycle

and

word

Book

kabalistic

alphabet, to which

are added four

decades, and four quaternions, which enshrine the

mystic significance of the true aim of the Great after

By

Wheel

Work

is

of Ezekiel.

The

to volatilise the fixed

having accomplished the fixation of the

volatile.

a mystical rectification and a subsequent sub-

limation

and so

is

the Universal Medicine to be obtained,

is also

the art of the Transmutation of metals

;

by which art indeed even the most gross and impure 45


THE MAGICAL RITUAL

46

may

substances

be at once changed into pure and

But no one

living gold.

will succeed in this

magical

transmutation until he has learned to despise earthly riches,

and

is

true adept.

content with the holy poverty of the So, then, if

any one attains to this

sublime secret, he will treasure

human

care,

and

it

will

any other human being;

The

must be

self attained.

secret matter of the Philosopher is

of volatilised Salt, of

and

with almost super-

never be divulged to

so it

it

Mercury which has been

purified Sulphur;

of

composed Matter

this perfected

the Azoth of the philosophers.

The

fixed,

Salt

is

is

only to

be volatilised by condensation from the Seven rays of Sol,

which are the respective soul essences

seven metals.

The Mercury

with the Solar essence.

is

fixed

The Sulphur

of the

by saturation is

purified

by

the heat of the Seven luminous rays.

When

a

man

is fully initiated

of all those processes,

he has a knowledge

and he knows that he holds

these secrets under the penalty of death.

The Taro

can preserve you from the danger of such punishment, by rendering you incapable of the commission of such a crime.

Remember

theus and of Tantalus. fire

The

the histories of Prome-

The former

from heaven and transferred

stole the sacred it

to

the earth.

latter violated the privacy of nature to seize


THE HANGED MAN Eemember

the secrets of divinity.

47

also the fate of

who attempted to ravish the Queen of the Sky. Ponder Remember also the Cross and the Stake. over the long martyrdom of Raymond LuUy, the Ixion,

inconceivable sufferings of Paracelsus, the madness of

William Postel, the wandering

end

Love God, gain wisdom,

of Cornelius Agrippa.

and preserve unutterable

and miserable

life

silence.

Notes.

The Twelfth Tarot Trump, named the Hanged Man, is

the most closely veiled of

all

Tarot hieroglyphics.

now known

Its real

meaning

there

the gravest doubt whether L6vi

is

to but very few

who has produced

Papus,

himself.

is

knew

it

a work on the

Tarot, gives a clearly faulty explanation.

Neither

Etteilla nor Court de Gebelin grasped the hidden

meaning.

But

its

significance

been found by clairvoyant intuition.

to

The key

which Hebrew

dences of that

The

is

has in some cases

visions,

and in a few by

held by such as

letter it belongs

know

rightly

and the correspon-

letter.

picture shows a

man with

behind his back, and a rope

is

his

hands tied

seen tied around his

ankles, the other end being attached to a beam, so


THE MAGICAL RITUAL

48 that

when the card

the top, the

its

number

at

appears to be hung up by his

Dogme

L^vi in his

feet.

ment

man

held with

is

gives the following state-

:

'*This

hanged man, then,

his engagements,

is

the Adept bound by

spiritualised, as is

He

inverted position.

shown by

his

Prometheus subjected to

is

everlasting torture as a punishment for his glorious theft; or similarly he

is

Judas the

traitor,

and his

sufferings threaten

any one who should reveal the

Great Arcanum.

Lastly,

to

the

Kabalist,

this

hanged man, who corresponds to his twelfth dogma, that of the Promised Messiah,

that Saviour

seem to be

whom still

save others, thou

is

a protest against

the Christians worship, and they

saying to Jesus,

who

*

How

canst thou

couldst not save thyself

?

'


XIII

DEATHâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; LA MORT An

must now be made to learn the truth

eflfort

concerning the also the

and most consoling, yet

greatest

most formidable

concerning Death.

of

Now,

the Minor Arcana

in truth,

your ignorance and

Death

is

but a

fear.

Death has

no existence in the Sanctum Regnum

of existence.

phantom

A

of

change, however awful, demonstrates movement,

and movement is

life

;

those only

who have attempted have tried to

to check the disrobing of the spirit

create a real death.

We

all

are dying and being

renewed every day, because every day our bodies have changed to some extent.

you skin,

soil

Be

troubled

lest

and tear your bodily raiment, your coat

but fear not to leave

it

of

when the time

aside

has come for a period of repose from the work of this world.

Leave not your material garment for the time for your departure has come 49

;

that

ever, until

destroy

is,

n


THE MAGICAL RITUAL

50

not your

awake it

own

life,

may

for it

be that you would

to find yourself naked, chill,

may

be too that such a corpse

cropsy.

Do

and ashamed

feels its

be no worship of a dead body, for the ragged old clothes of a

it

;

let

there

represents but

life.

not grieve for the beloved dead, for they are

even more alive than you.

If

you regret the

and support, you may

their affection

still

to them,

may

by the aid

receive an answer

;

for

Solomon the barriers

loss of

love their

and perchance

memory, and waft messages

of

ne-

not attempt to preserve the bodies of

the dead, let nature do her work at once

Do

own

:

of the

Keys

of the thither world,

the

plane of disembodied beings, and even of the heaven,

may

be raised for a moment.

Understand well that the gress of souls

life-current of the pro-

regulated by a law of development,

is

which carries the individual ever upward, and there is

no tendency to a natural

fall

who

elect to

descend and choose the

live is a prison to you, it,

If

evil

rather

The material plane on which you

than the good.

to

Souls shall only

fall.

and

if

souls fall

and come back

they become again imprisoned.

you desire

to

communicate with those who have

passed on, you must.

But be warned

in time against

many

deceptions.


DEATH

heaven may be but phantoms

for your fancied souls in of the air

;

elementaries, shadows of

by elemental beings;

gised

51

forms, and of no

mere

humanity enersenseless

astral

more value than the mirage

of

dreams.

Necromancy, and Goetia, which

is

Evil Magic, do

produce such shells and demons, apparitions of deceit. however, you are an adept of the True White

If,

Higher

you will at

school,

all

times condemn and

challenge the practice of such fatal science.

The only

possible

a higher sphere,

of

terrestrial aura is

mode of communion with souls who have passed beyond the

by reason of the change called Death,

by dream or ecstasy

;

but on waking to

common

consciousness there will be no recollection present in

the

mind

of

what has

passed, because,

owing to the

change of plane, each idea necessarily suffers a change of

form

â&#x20AC;&#x201D;a

recurrence of the dream, or a return to

the ecstasy, recalls what has gone before. It

is

a curious fact that most persons

member anything

of

fail to re-

good and happy dreams, even

although they do often recall dreams of sin and folly

and absurdity

;

the reason being that these latter

are more closely, and good ideals are less closely, related earth.

to

our

very materially minded

lives

on


THE MAGICAL RITUAL

52

Now

if

the purely minded adept and pupil of the

communion on the plane above him, the true way

Higher Magic does with a soul is

seriously aspire to

as follows.

But again you must take warning that unless the aspirant

is

pure,

and strong with health, and wise in

procedure, there will be grave risk of disordering the

mind, or of catalepsy, or even of death.

Every puerile and commonplace thought must be banished from the mind, for if

if

this be not done,

and

a ceremony of such awful solemnity be entered

upon

lightly, frivolously, or

there will come a

Earth"

will

from a vain

moment when

curiosity,

King of The mind and

the dread

appear and punish.

'^

emotions must then be raised to a pitch of sublime exaltation proceeding from a pure and disinterested love.

Bring to remembrance

all

the sweet sayings

of the departed one, formulate her aims efforts, collect

around you

and reminds you

all

and good

that belonged to her

of her face, form,

and personality.

Observe the dates of her birth and death (and of

any

special events

gether)

;

which have drawn you two

choose such a day.

Prepare for this date by

daily retiring to a quiet room,

has

lived, or

to-

if

possible

where she

where she has been, and pass an hour

there in darkness, or at least with the eyes shut,


DEATH

53

pondering over her words and ideas, conversing in imagination with her as listening to her conceived answers.

When

the day comes near you must for

seven days, and should for even fourteen days, abstain rigorously

from useless communications with

other persons, from

follies,

aiffection to all others,

from demonstrations of

and from every form

of physical

and mental excess; take but one meal a day, and drink no stimulant nor narcotic liquids.

When

the fateful day has come, take a portrait of

the beloved one, a sun picture or

if

a painting,

greatest care

and

it

is

the best (photograph),

should be one executed with the

detail.

With

great care and delicacy

prepare the room and the collected objects which have belonged to the deceased, clean,

and give

make them

all spotlessly

especial care to the portrait

;

place

it

in a good position,

and decorate the frame with the

flowers she loved.

During the day you should pass

several hours in the

chamber

alone, seated in con-

templation of the portrait and the ideas and reminiscences of the dead friend.

When the even has come you must bathe, and clothe yourself in clean linen, and put on a white mantle.

Enter the sacred chamber, fasten the door and per-

form the Conjuration of the Four Elements. a chafing-dish you then burn wood of the

Upon

laurel,

with


THE MAGICAL RITUAL

54

and

incense.

There must be no other light in

the room.

When

the wood and incense have burned

aloes

down and the in

fire is

at the point of extinction, then

a deep and solemn voice

succession

upon the name

This you must do with

all

three times

your force of heart and of ;

close the eyes, cover

them with the hands, sink on your knees and Then

in

of the beloved dead one.

with intense will power

spirit,

call

pray.

at last, after a solemn pause, call softly

and

with sweet voice the name of the loved one three times

;

and open your

eyes,

and see

.

Notes.

The Tarot Trump, No. represents a

human

xiii., is

skeleton,

named Death, and

armed with a

mowing the grassy soil, upon which are remains. To thi& Levi in his Rituel

seen

scythe,

human

assigns the

meanings dominion and power, rebirth, creation, and destruction.

P. Christian writes

meaning

is

'* :

In the Divine World the

constant change of form

lectual

World, the ascent of

spheres

;

human

;

in the Intel-

spirit to divine

and in the Physical World, natural death

following decay of the material envelope."


XIV

TEMPERANCEâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;LA TEMPERANCE If you desire long

life

and health avoid

Once more preserve the

carry nothing to extremes.

equilibrium

all excesses,

you must neither abandon yourself to

;

the benignities of Chesed, nor restrict yourself to

the rigours of Geburah.

So when you have passed beyond the mortal sphere

by the allurements of

ecstasy,

return to yourself,

seek repose and enjoy the pleasures which plies for the wise,

you

If

feel

fast

of

by

all

fatigued by the tempting fascination

means.

If

womankind, seek

quer

all

then take food and drink

from generous

loss of appetite

You must

sup-

but do not indulge too freely.

of a prolonged fast,

you have

life

;

diet,

but

if

then

you are feeling the seductiveness

relief

from women.

learn to overcome all passions, and con-

tendencies to

misunderstanding.

folly.

But

let

there be no

To vanquish an enemy there must

be no running away

:

true victory can only follow 55


THE MAGICAL RITUAL

56

meeting him face to so showing your It

related

is

toxicated

face, joining in

command and

exercise; thus he

over him.

Paracelsus that he became in-

of

daily,

sobered

himself

was found strong

and yet possessing

sangfroid,

a struggle, and

all

by violent

as a

man

with

the animation of

alcoholic stimulation.

You

should repose for as long a period as

is

ex-

pended in the preparations for and in the actual operations of magic; spend the hours of rest upon

the bosom of Mother Nature, and in the chaste embrace of Nature's sweet restorer, Sleep.

Pass alternately from the triangle to the

and from the

circle to

the triangle.

Temperate the wine with water, and water with wine. yet

in

men and women

very desirable.

has as

Wine

is

rectify the

the emblem of Truth

not well to pour out either, in pure form, to

it is

ordinary is

circle,

its

;

some dilution with water

Know that the Luminous Septenary

enemies, and as obstacles, but acting also

some ways as

auxiliaries, a

Dark Septenary

of

averse forces. If a

man

abuses the high forces of the Septenary

of Powers, his errors

Give but toxicated

;

little

form the Seven Capital

Sins.

wine to one who easily gets

and, in like manner, give but

little

in-

occult


TEMPERANCE instruction to those

who make

57

light of

it,

who abuse

instead of use, and so change truth into error.

Notes.

The Fourteenth Tarot Trump, named Temperance, shows the Angel of

Occult

Wisdom and Power

holding a goblet in each hand, and pouring from one into the other the two essences whose union

form the

Elixir of Life.

L6vi in his Rituel assigns to this card the meanings of the heaven of the Sun, temperatures, seasons,

motions, and the chances and changes of

life.

P. Christian remarks that the figure represents the genius of the Sun

;

perpetual alternations of

in the Divine World, the life

;

in

the Intellectual

World, the creation of ideas which constitute the

moral

life

;

and in the Physical World, the combina-

tions of natural forces.

^


XY SATAN--

THE DEVILâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; LE DIABLE' y

Come

hither now' and let us consider without fear

this great one, the this ghost of

sphynx forces

of

Ahriman, the monstrous androgynous

Mendes ;

it is

the synthesis of unbalanced

â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a Demon.

The Devil blind,

bugbear of the Christian creed,

is

truly Blind Force.

you may be served by him

blind lead, you are

If ;

you help the

if

you

let

the

lost.

Each element and every number has

its

demon,

because each element and every number enshrines a force

which ignorance may put to

evil

purposes.

The same sword by which you defend your

may

father,

also slay him.

Know

then that the demonic force of each entity

must be conquered by knowledge and good purpose. Avoid darkness where demonic power prefers to manifest; fight

The

it

in broad daylight,

and

fearlessly.

Devil, one day, desiring to stop the progress of 58


SATAN an adept, broke one wheel

59

of his chariot; but this

true adept compelled the Devil to curl himself

on the wheel and act for the time as

its tire,

up

and so

drove on, reaching his destination even sooner than

he would have done

if

the Devil had

let

him

alone.

Meditate deeply on this old allegorical epigram,

Aude

et

Tace,

sense, tell

and when you have seized

no other

of

your success.

The symbolic representation a

disharmonious

multiple,

its occult

of the Devil

and

anarchic

shows

sort

sphynx, typical of confusion and disorder. this

maxim

:

â&#x20AC;&#x201D;A

devil

is

telligence

Note

a magnetic current con-

sisting of a concourse of blind

When

of

and perverse

wills.

certain superstitious mystics relegated in-

and reason to the Devil, they reversed the That

Absolute.

him who was

is

to say, they chose as their

truly the Devil,

God

and they attributed

the malice of Satan to the True God.

There is

is

no child with even ordinary sense who

not more learned than the Devil.

The Devil of the

he

is

is

even of lower grade than the beings

Elements.

He

is

doubtless

more powerful, but

Samson became. But to enable down the pillars of a temple, you

as blind as poor

the Devil to pull

would have to lead him to the

There they

are.

pillars

and say to him,


THE MAGICAL RITUAL

6o

No

true Magician ever

made any attempt

the Devil, for he knows where the Devil to be found

;

but he

may

to evoke is

always

order the Devil to work

and the Devil obeys.

In Black Magic, the Devil means the employment of the

Grand Magical Agent

for a wicked purpose

by

a perverted Will.

Notes.

The Fifteenth Tarot Trump

said

by Levi to be

the only one that Etteilla understood.

This Etteilla

is

was an illumine hairdresser who published a work on' the Tarot, making grave alterations of the designs collected by Court de Gebelin, a reliable authority.

His true name was

The card shows an

demon

in

human

altar

much more

Alliette.

upon which stands a

form, to which are added horns,

long goat ears, and bat- like wings ; he holds a torch in his left

hand ; two smaller demons, one male the

other female, stand on the ground beside the altar.

Some authors say the idol

figure is that of

Baphomet, the

which the Knight Templars were said to worship.

Christian alleges that this

Typhon

demon represents the

of Egypt, the genius of misfortune

related to the three worlds

Mystery, and Fatality.

it

;

and as

refers to Predestination,


XVI THE TOWERâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; LA MAISON DE DIEU Do

you know why the Fiery Sword of Samael

Garden

stretched over the

the cradle of our race

Delight, which was

?

Do you know why efface

of

the Deluge was ordered to

from the earth every vestige

the giants

of the race of

?

Do you know why destroyed

is

the Temple of Solomon was

?

These events have been necessary because the Great

Arcanum

of the

Knowledge

of

Good and

of

Evil has been revealed.

Angels have

fallen because

divulge this Great Secret.

and when comes

its first

fatal.

Word

It is the secret of Life, is

betrayed, that word be-

If the Devil himself

Word, he would This

word

they have attempted to

were to utter that

die.

will destroy each

and every one who hears 6i

it

one

who

spoken.

speaks If

it

it,

were


THE MAGICAL RITUAL

62

spoken aloud in the hearing of the people of a town, that town would be given over to Anathema.

that

Word

If

were to be whispered beneath the dome

Temple, then within three days the Temple

of a

doors would

open, a Voice would utter a cry,

fiy

the divine indweller would depart, and the building

would

fall

No

in ruins.

one who revealed

it

if

;

refuge could be found for

he mounted to the topmost

part of a tower the lightning-flash would strike him, if

he tried to hide himself in the caverns of the earth,

a torrent would whirl him away

;

if

he sought refuge

would be betrayed ;

in the house of a friend he

if

in

the arms of the wife of his bosom, she would desert

him

in affright.

In his passion science

of despair

he would renounce his

and knowledge, and, condemning himself to

the same blindness as did (Edipus, would shriek out

â&#x20AC;&#x201D;

*'I

have profaned the bed of

Happy

is

the

man who

Sphynx, but wretched

is

my

mother."

solves the

he who

Enigma

of the

answer

retails the

to another.

He who has solved is

as the "

is

inaccessible to

King

of

the secret and guards

Earth

"

;

its

secrecy

he disdains mere

riches,

any suffering or fear from

destiny,

he could await with a smile the crash of worlds. This secret

is,

moreover, profaned and

falsified

by

its


THE TOWER mere idea

and never yet has a

revelation,

come from

have found hear have

63

its betrayal.

Those who possess

Those v^ho pronounce

it.

lost it

just or true

it

it

for others to

â&#x20AC;&#x201D;already. Notes.

The Tarot Trump numbered

16,

and

called

Le

Maison de Dieu upon cards made on the Continent, is

commonly known

Babel.

in this country as the

It represents a tower struck

two men are seen be intended for

falling

headlong

Mmrod and

;

Tower

by lightning;

these are said to

his chief minister.

L^vi assigns several meanings to this card ness, changes, subversions,

of

and the heaven

of

;

weak-

Luna.

Christian explains this card as meaning the punish-

ment to

of pride, the ruin of such as impiously

penetrate the secrets of divinity,

human

attempt

and on the

plane, the occasional reverses of fortune.


XVII

THE STARâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;UETOILE You must become

thoroughly acquainted with the

planets and also with the fixed stars.

When

their

names are mastered, their influences must be learned you must discover the particular hours and in what sign the Psyche of the World pours forth from her two goblets the waters

of life like

two

Learn both day and night hours,

may

select

rivers.

in order that

you

such as are most suitable for the work you

wish to perform.

The midnight hour

is

marked by the

special ten-

dency toward the appearance of phantoms. first

and second hours, which

sad for those

who

are

ill

follow, are

or are sleepless.

The

solemn and

During the

third hour the sufferer from insomnia falls asleep;

the fourth,

fifth,

and sixth are calm, and lead to a

healthy repose in sleep.

The seventh and eighth hours voluptuous nature

;

of

morning are

of a

the ninth, tenth, and eleventh are 64


THE STAR

65

very suitable for works of friendship; the mid-day

hour

and

is

a time of heedlessness and languor in summer,

of a sense of well-being in winter.

You

should find your

own

particular Planet in the

sky j your intuition should guide you in discovering it

and when found you should salute every night that you see

The genius

of this star

and the

jurations,

it

it

shining

with reverence

down upon

must be invoked

allotted

name

of

you.

your con-

in

the star

may

be worked out by means of the learned tables and Kabalistic permutations designed by Trithemius and

Agrippa.

You

should then

make a talisman

of

sympathy

to

make

it

connect the planetary forces with yourself of the metal of the planet

birth

;

which presided at your

(the lord of the ascendant of

your natus)

engrave upon this plate of metal the sign of the

Microcosm with the numbers of your name, the

numbers related to the planet or

star,

and the name

of the genius.

When your

you are seeking divine inspiration gaze at

star,

pressing

holding the talisman with your

it

against your heart

;

if

it

left

be daytime, or

the star be invisible, gaze upon the talisman

and

recite the

name

hand

itself,

of the genius or spirit of the

star, three times.

E


THE MAGICAL RITUAL

66

When

you see the star become

brilliant

and

glitter

in response to your aspiration, be of good hope for success

;

but should

it

be seen to pale at your glance,

then be very prudent and take the greatest care of yourself.

Notes.

The Tarot Trump numbered kneeling on land and of a vase in each

at her feet.

sea,

hand

Above

of

growing at her right

:

the

figure

liquid out

a star of eight rays, and

Hermes has alighted. The meanings given to

are

called

the streams form a river

;

is

and pouring a

seven smaller stars surround tree

is

an entirely nude female

It represents

Star.

17

it.

side,

There

and upon

is

a bushy

it

the bird

Trump by Levi

this Tarot

Immortality, thought, the influence of idea upon

form, the heaven of the soul. Christian gives as

its

meanings

:

the internal illumination which guides

the better path, and hope.

He

Immortality,

men

says the figure

represented nude to point out that even is

robbed of

hope.

all his

to choose

possessions, he

may

is

when man still

retain


XVIIT

THE MOONâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; LA LUNB The Moon influence

exercises a very considerable

upon the magnetic

shown by the ebb and flow

fluid of

the earth, as

Moon

of is

of the waters of the seas

you should then examine carefully the influences of the

amount

effects of the

in her several phases,

and

take note of the days and hours of the Moon's course.

The quarter

of the

commencement

New Moon

is

favourable for the

of all magical enterprises;

the

quarter gives an influence of heat, the full

an influence

of dryness,

and the

first

moon

last quarter a cold

influence.

These are the special characters of the days of the Moon, distinguished by the twenty-two Tarot

Keys and the signs I.

of the

Seven Planets.

The Juggler, or the Magus. the Lunar course: the

The

first

Moon was

created,

says Rabbi Moses, on the fourth day. 67

day of


THE MAGICAL RITUAL

68 II.

The Gnosis, or La Papesse. whose genius

is

The second

named

and birds were created

Enodiel, the fish

propitious for

it is

;

day,

the works of occult science. III.

The Mother, or Empress.

The third day saw

The Kabalists

the creation of humanity.

Moon by

often call the

and day

is

to her

it

this

The fourth day

baneful, for on this day Cain

but

:

propitious for generation.

IV. The Despot, or Emperor. is

name Mother,

number three

the

allot

the

was born

a powerful day for unjust and

is

tyrannical acts.

V. The Pope, or Priest.

happiness

YI. The

;

Lovers,

The

fifth is a

was the birthday

it

or

the

day

of

of Abel.

Birth

Struggle.

of

Lamech, a day marked by contest and anger;

and for

suitable for conspirators

revolt.

Birth of Hebron

YII. The Chariot.

;

a day very

propitious for religious ceremonial.

VIII. Justice.

Death

of

Abel

;

the day of expi-

ation.

Birth of Methuselah

IX. The Hermit.

;

a day

of joy for children.

X. The Wheel

of

Fortune.

Birth

of

Nebu-


THE MOON

69

chadnezzar; a day for conjurations of plagues

a baneful day

;

reign of brute

:

force.

the day are deceitful this

The

Birth of Noah.

XI. Strength.

but children born

;

day are healthy and long

XII. The Hanged Man, the Tau. Samael

;

visions of

lived.

Birth of

a day favourable for Kabalah

and prophecy, and for the accomplish-

ment

of the Great

Birth of Canaan, the cursed son of

XIII. Death.

Ham

;

an

evil

XIV. Temperance. this

Work.

day and an

evil

number.

Benediction of Noah.

On

day Cassiel of the hierarchy of

Auriel presides.

XY. The

Birth of Ishmael

Devil, or Typhon.

a day of reproof and

Birth of Esau and Jacob

XVI. The Tower. the latter

XVII. The

is

Gomorrah; of Scorpio.

;

predestined to ruin Esau.

The Ruin

Star.

this

day

Health

for evil persons; falls

exile.

of is

Sodom and

under the rule

for the good, ruin

dangerous when

it

on a Saturday.

XVIII. The Moon. augury.

Birth of Isaac

;

a day of good


THE MAGICAL RITUAL

70

XIX. The

Birth of Pharaoh

Sun.

;

a day of

danger.

XX. The Judgment.

Birth of Judah

a day

;

propitious for divine revelations.

XXI. The World

or the Sphynx.

Birth of

a day for physical force and

Saul;

material prosperity.

XXII. Saturn. XXIII. Venus.

XXIV.

XXV. XXVI.

The

birth of Job.

The

birth of Benjamin.

The

Jupiter.

birth of Japhet.

The Tenth plague

Mercury.

The passage

Mars.

of the

of Egypt.

Red Sea by

the Israelites.

XXVII. Luna. The victory of Judas Maccabeus. XXVIII. Sol. Samson carries off the gates of Gaza.

XXIX. The

Trump called Le Fou, unwise man a day of abortion. Tarot

the

;

Notes.

The Tarot Trump, No.

xviii.,

represents the

in the sky letting fall drops of

dew; below

Moon is

the

land on which stand two towers, and between them are a dog and a wolf

which a crayfish

is

;

in the foreground is water in

swimming.


THE MOON The

occult

L^vi are light

:

meanings ascribed to

The elements, the

-]!

this

trump by

visible world, reflected

and symbolism.

Christian says that the meanings are the abyss of

the infinite

ego when

\

it

the shadow which enshrouds the

human

accepts the rule of the instincts un-

checked by spiritual aims ; and on the lowest plane, the assaults of hidden enemies.


XIX THE SUNâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;LE SOLE I The Sun

is

and

force,

the centre and source of this force nourishes

all

high Magical

and renews without

pause that latent Light which

is

the grand agent

manifested in magnetism and vital energy.

The Sun the stars. force

is

the central and yet universal magnet of

It

has two poles, one possessing attractive

and the other repulsive force ;

balance of these two energies that

equilibrium and

it

it is

alone by the

maintains cosmic

universal motion.

The Sun

it

is

which bestows radiance upon the planets and meteors, it is

of the principle of Fire,

and in

this world it is

the source of the phosphorescence of the sea and even of the scintillation of the of the

Sun which

glow-worm.

It

is

the heat

constitutes the stimulant essence of

the generous wine from the fruit of the grape, and

which brings to perfection the luscious sweetness of all fruits.

energies of

It

is

all

the Sun which awakens the dormant beings in spring time, and which 72

i


THE SUN prompts to the enjoyment of of sexual love.

It

is

72^

the sweet mysteries

all

the Sun's force which courses in

our veins and palpitates in our hearts, and

makes

Sun

the

of

light

the

Sun which empurples our blood and The

resemble the purple redness of wine.

it

is

it is

the sanctuary of spiritual beings

been loosed from the

ties of

earth

life,

who have

and there

is

the blazing tabernacle in which resides the Soul of the Messiah. rays

You

place your altars where the Sun's

upon them, and renew the sacred

fall

them from

its rays.

When

or pantacle you open

ray

may

raises his

of the Sun,

and

during the ceremonial.

will."

hands towards the Light and

and then lowering them he touches

the sick man, saying, faith

solar

the adept seeks to heal the sick or relieve

any pain he

Heat

it

upon

you consecrate a talisman

up a path along which a

pass thence into

When

fire

"Be

thou healed

The perfumed

flowers

if

thou hast

and leaves to

be used as, incense should be dried in the Sun's rays,

notwithstanding the fact that flowers and leaves gathered in darkness have more potency than those

plucked by daylight; because plants exhale their aroma in sunlight,

and

close

up

their pores to preserve it

during the absence of the creating rays. special metal of Sol,

force in all with

and

which

it

Gold

is

the

tends to augment the solar

it is

brought into contact.


THE MAGICAL RITUAL

74

A

golden lamen applied to the forehead renders

the mind

more open

to

and receptive

of

divine

influences.

A

golden talisman worn on the breast over the

heart increases the force of emotions which are good

and benevolent, while

it

tends to banish impure

passions.

Notes.

The Nineteenth Trump represents the Sun shining above in the heavens and casting children,

who stand holding each

wall of

masonry

old cards this wall

is is

its

rays upon two

other's

hands; a

seen behind them.

In some

garlanded with flowers.

The meanings given elsewhere by L6vi are

:

Prince of the heavens, the summit, the head

remarks that some examples of child

this

sents the

unknown

Christian believes that this

passage from earth future.

life

:

he

card show a

mounted on a white horse and waving a

banner.

The

Trump

scarlet

repre-

to that of

the


XX THE LAST JUDGMENTâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; LE JUGEMENT These are the Privileges and the Powers and

of a

Magus

are recited the Seven Grand Privileges

first

Aleph.

He

I.

sees

God and

is

able to

:

commune

with the Seven Genii around the throne. Beth.

and

He

2.

above the influence of

is

all

pains

fears.

Ghimel.

3.

He

Powers, and can Daleth.

4.

He

has authority over High Spiritual

command is

Infernal forces.

the master over his

own

life,

and

can influence the lives of other men.

Heh.

5.

He

can never be taken unawares, nor

weakened, nor overcome.

Yau.

6.

He understands the reasons for the Present,

the Past, and the Future. Zain.

7.

He

holds the secret of what

is

meant by

the Resurrection from the dead.

The Seven Major Powers are Cheth.

I.

The power

of

Stone. 75

:

making the Philosopher's


THE MAGICAL RITUAL

76 Teth.

Yod.

The possession

2.

of the Universal Medicine.

The knowledge

3.

of the

mode

of Perpetual

Motion, and of the Quadrature of the Circle.

Kaph.

The power

4.

changing any base matter

of

into gold.

Lamed.

charm

The

5.

ability to coerce wild beasts,

and to

serpents.

Mem.

To possess the Notorial Art and

6.

to

have

universal knowledge.

The power of discoursing with knowledge and learning upon any subject, even without previous Ifun.

7.

study.

The Seven Minor Powers Samech.

i.

To know

thoughts of any

Ayin. Peh.

man

in

are

To

3.

Tzaddi.

4.

the hidden

or woman.

foresee

depend upon the

moment

a

To compel any one

2.

:

to act with sincerity.

any future events which do not

will of a superior being.

To give instantly wise counsel and

acceptable consolation.

Qoph.

5.

To be always calm and content

in the

most grievous adversity. Resh.

6.

Never

7.

To possess the

to feel love or hatred unless

it is

designed. Shin.

and never

secret of constant wealth,

to fall into destitution or misery.


THE LAST JUDGMENT These Privileges are the

77

Human

degree of

final

Perfectibility; these are open to attainment elect,

by those who can dare, by those who would

never abuse them, and who Tau. In conclusion, forces,

by the

know when

Magi can

calm tempests, heal the

But these things are Solomon

:

initiates

to be silent.

control the elemental

sick,

and

raise the dead.

sealed with the triple Seal of

know of them,

this is sufficient

;

as

to other persons, whether they deride you, or whether

they are overcome with fear at your audacity, what matters

it

to

you

?

Notes. Levi gives the whole of this chapter in his Dogme, pages

79-83,

a quotation

as

â&#x20AC;&#x201D; perhaps

from

this

treatise.

This Twentieth Tarot

Trump

shows, at

first sight,

a representation of the judgment day.

blowing a trumpet and carrying a banner overhead.

Below

is

female,

an imposing human

who

L6vi gives as

also its

earth, vegetable

seem

figure,

is

flying

to be rising

and eternal

On

each

one male and one

from the

meaning the generative life,

angel

seen a figure with his back

toward the observer, rising from a tomb. side is

An

earth.

force of the

life.

Christian describes this card as a symbol of the resurrection.


XXI

THE UNWISE MANâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;LE MAT Do

not ally yourself either in affection or interest

with any one who higher

is

not an earnest student of the

unless you can completely dominate him,

life,

and even then be sure that you either recompense or chastise

him according

person hears

to his deserts

many truths,

;

for the profane

but understands none

sires,

life

in giddy risks, deluded with vain de-

and with

listening to imaginary promptings,

his eyes fixed

his

The profane

ears are large but have no discretion.

passes his

;

on fancied

sights.

You may

is

pleased with your aims, but the truth

is

absorbed by his

own

follies;

is

think he that he

the profane has no

appreciation of the truth, and feels no real affection.

The profane

is

imprudent and shameless

;

he discloses

things which should be kept concealed, and attracts to himself brute forces which

may devour

which he most neglects

himself; he wears his

vices as

is

him.

That

a blazon, but they are an ever-present burden 78


THE UNWISE MAN to him, yet

he does not recognise that they are a con-

Make

stant source of weakness. life

always to avoid

1.

79

a definite rule of

it

:

Such as are ever judging and condemning their

parents,

who

despise their fathers

and have no true

affection for their mothers. 2.

All

men who show no

courage, and all

women

who have not modesty. 3. Those who do not maintain their friendships. 4. Those who ask for advice, and then do not take

it.

5.

Those who are never in the wrong.

6.

Those who are always seeking the impossible,

and who are obstinately unjust to 7.

their

Those who, when danger

own

is

others.

present, seek only

safety.

All such persons are neither worthy of your confidence nor of your love.

them ; avoid them.

Fear contamination from

Yet even as you yourself must

also avoid the follies of life, be careful not to put

yourself in

an attitude

of superiority to the con-

ditions of existence merely

from a

false pride,

and

never stoop to debase yourself to the level of the brute creation

;

rise

above the

and never become the slave ventionality.

common ways of

of

life,

custom and con-

Treat the habits of ordinary

life

as


THE MAGICAL RITUAL

8o

Amuse

others treat the weaknesses of childhood.

the

crowd to prevent personal injury, but never address it

except in parables and enigmas; such has been

the

mode

of

conduct of

all

the great Masters of

Magic, and in such an attitude there

is

wisdom.

Notes.

We

are

now met by an unexpected

Levi has written

No.

20, the

Judgment, without any

the card referred to is

chapter No.

this

is

difficulty, for

21,

notification that

not that numbered 21, which

the Universe, but the sole unnumbered

the

Universe

Moon

remains

numbered

21,

that

and

in

this chapter,

all

it will

packs the Universe

is

in this tract be considered

which clearly refers to

where an author

to the profane, the cated.

of

The

or Fool as o or as the 22nd.

after the next chapter,

In

Trump

Of other authors, some have numbered the

set.

fact

following

Trump Le Fou

it.

refers so is

much

clearly indi-

It represents a wayfarer walking along a

road and carrying a burden slung over his shoulder

he has a

staff in

his right hand.

Behind, he

is

attacked by a tiger which has already fastened on his clothing, while his face

ignorant of

its attack.

shows that he

is

as yet

In his Rituel^ Levi assigns


THE UNWISE MAN to this

8i

trump the somewhat incongruous meanings

of the sensitive, the flesh,

and eternal

life.

Christian gives another description of this card.

Instead of the design described above, he says that the 2oth trump should represent a blind

man

carry-

ing a wallet and coming into contact with a broken obelisk,

upon which

is

couched a

crocodile

gaping jaws; the meaning assigned by him inevitable

punishment

says, is the

He numbers

between numbers 20 and

21.

is

the

This blind man, he

symbol of humanity, which

slave of matter. it

of sin.

with

is

the blind

this card o, but places


XXII

THE UNIVERSEâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; LE MONDE Do you now understand the Enigma of the Sphynx Do you know the thought which exists in its

?

human head bosom

?

?

the love which pervades

its

woman's

the labour denoted by the loins of the bull

?

the struggle which the lion's claws can wage? the beliefs

know

and the poesy

that the

of its eagle's

Sphynx

refers to

wings

Yes, you

Man.

But do you know that the Sphynx alone,

?

is

one and

and remains unchanged, while as to man,

not each one a Sphynx of a different synthesis

some there

is

the head of a Lion, such as

is

â&#x20AC;&#x201D;

?

is

In

drawn

on talismans of Fire; these are descendants of the Salamanders. of

an Eagle or

Others have the head of a Bull, or Ibis.

counterpart, and this

Egypt depicted

Each it

is

of these

has

its

divine

which the wise men

in those hieroglyphic figures

of

which

the profane scholars of our time find so ridiculous

and misleading. 82


THE UNIVERSE May they be forgiven from Tomb of the divine Hermes. by reason

It is

and

tion,

its.

83

the recesses of the

of this diversity of divine inspira-

human

influence over the

will,

that the

wise have formed such diversified pantacles and

talis-

All initiates have had faith in the efficacy of

mans.

symbols and emblems.

How else

could the

expressed without letters and characters,

Word be and why

should not letters and characters express the power

Word

of the

they represent.

Write the words " I love wear

it

"

upon a golden jewel and

upon the breast ; then every time you

feel its

touch, will not the idea of your love arise in the

mind

?

your

will

and I

tell

you that

and your

this jewel,

magnetised by

faith, will deflect

from you and

will extinguish all the attacks directed against you. If

you pass through the heat

breeze of fresh air to you.

of

fire,

this will be as

a

you are in danger of

If

drowning, this will bear you up amid the waters.

Never then condemn the use talismans,

who

is

and

phylacteries.

of amulets, pantacles,

Unfortunate

is

the

man

not impressed by the appearance of any image,

and who does not bow his head before any symbol.

But each wise man should have

his phylactery or

talisman, as every Master has his clavicule.

are the talismans of

Hermes

;

Such

there are others of


THE MAGICAL RITUAL

84

Solomon, of Rabbi Chael, and of Thetel; there are signs used

other

by Paracelsus, by Agrippa, and

Albertus Magnus.

The symbols

Abraham

of

the

Jew gave

rise to the

emblematic designs of Nicholas Flamel, which again differ

from those

and Bernard

of Basil Valentine

of

Treves.

embody the same

All special

form

ideas, but according to the

of consecration speak another

idiom of

the language of the hieroglyphics. If

you become

initiated

you

will at length

make

and vary your own talismans and pantacles; you will choose the proper hours, select

your perfumes

and compose your own invocations, upon the models you

may

among the

find

various

Solomon.

Ponder carefully over

man who

addresses to a

this

of

clavicules

axiom: "The

Power unknown

him

to

words which he does not fully comprehend, makes a tenebrous prayer to the spirit of darkness; other words, he invokes the devil.

All that happens

in the world, that is devoid of justice

the devil for

author.

its

Bemember

consults the oracles abdicates in

and makes an appeal to

The true sage never consults

and

right, has

also that he

some part

who

his liberty

fateful forces.

directs or corrects the oracle but

it.

in

he

Saul was already conquered and


THE UNIVERSE lost

when he consulted the Witch

difficulties of life

Is

human Is

of

In the

Endor.

consult in preference the Sphynx.

a decision that

it

85

is

needed, ask

it

from the

head. affection that

it

you

desire,

ask

it

of the

woman's

breast.

Is

it

help and protection that you need, ask the

Lion's claws to afford

it.

Are you poor and ignorant, invoke the power the Bull, and work yourself.

Do

the struggles

of

life

weary you,

take

of

the

Eagle's wings and raise yourself on high above the earth.

The Sphynx only devours those who prehend her ; she

will obey

fail

to com-

any one who has learned

the answer to her riddle. All the forces of Nature correspond to human forces,

and are dependent on the

will in its sphere of action

constant use of will power extends' the sphere of

:

its

action.

Man profane

man I do not intend either persons) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; man is worth whatever he

(and by

himself to be worth

;

wills to be.

believes

he can do whatever he believes

himself capable of doing desires to do; he

fools or

may

;

he does whatever he really

at length

become

all

that he


86

THE MAGICAL RITUAL

â&#x20AC;˘

He, who was not mad, and yet could

say, " I

am

the only Son of God," was the only Son of God.

Examples

of the past

the types are

still

may

existent,

be re-acted at any time

and can be brought again

into action.

Would you become a Moses, or an Elias ? Would you re-live the career of Paracelsus or of Eaymond Lulli ? Then learn all that they knew, put your faith in the doctrines they believed, do the acts they did

;

while awaiting the result, be sober in body,

calm in mind, work and pray.


THE KABALISTIO PRAYER Be

Kingdom

favourable to me, oh ye Powers of the

Divine.

May

Glory and Eternity be in

hands, so that I

May

may

my

left

and right

attain to Victory.

my

Pity and Justice restore

soul

to

its

original purity.

May Understanding and Wisdom me to the imperishable Crown. Spirit of

Malkuth, Thou who hast laboured and

hast overcome

Lead me

Divine conduct

;

set

to the

me

two

and Boaz, that I may

in the

Path

of Good.

pillars of the

rest

Temple, to Jakin

upon them.

Angels of Netzach and of Hod, make ye

my feet

to

stand firmly on Yesod.

Angel

of Gedulah, console me.

strike, if it

I

must be

so,

but make

Angel

me

of

Geburah,

stronger, so that

may become worthy of the influence of Tiphereth. Oh Angel of Binah, give me Light. Oh Angel of Chokmah, give me Love. Oh Angel of Kether, confer upon me Faith and

Hope. 87


THE MAGICAL RITUAL

88

Spirits of the Yetziratic

World, withdraw

me from

the darkness of Assiah.

Oh luminous triangle of the World of Briah, cause me to see and understand the mysteries of Yetzirah and

of Atziluth.

Oh Holy Letter t^, Shin. Oh ye Ishim, assist me by the name Shadai. Oh ye Kerubim, give me strength through Adonai. Oh Beni Elohim, be brothers unto me in the name of Tzabaoth.

Oh

Elohim, fight for

me by

the Holy Tetragram-

maton.

Oh Melakim, protect me through Jehovah. Oh Seraphim, give me holy love in the name Eloah. Oh Chashmalim, enlighten me by the torches of Eloi and the Shekinah.

Oh Aralim, angels of power, sustain me by Adonai. Oh Ophanim, Ophanim, Ophanim, forget me not, and cast me not out of the Sanctuary. Oh Chaioth ha Kadosh, cry aloud as an eagle, speak as a man, roar and bellow.

Kadosh, Kadosh, Kadosh, Shadai. Adonai, Jehovah, Ehyeh asher Ehyeh. Hallelu-Jah.

Hallelu-Jah.

Hallelu-Jah. '

Amen.

Amen.

Amen.


THE KABALISTIC PRAYER

89

This prayer should be made use of every morning

and evening, and liminary to

monials

;

it

all

it

should be recited as a pre-

grand magical and Kabalistic cere-

should be recited

when

facing the orient

with the eyes raised to the heavens, or fixed on the Kabalistic

emblem

of the sublime

Tetragrammaton,

which you will find drawn for your instruction on an

accompanying page. So soon as you apply both body and soul to the

Higher Magic you all

will

have to defend yourself against

the blind forces of the world and of Hades.

Earth

will send the

temptresses

who

Bacchantes of Orpheus and the

assailed

Samson and Solomon, even

the stones will rise up and hurl themselves at you

Hades you.

will

As

send

its

Larvae and

Phantoms

to attack

a defence you will possess the Divine Word,

the aura, the magical sword, the magnetic wand, the consecrated water, and the sacred

fire,

but above

all

the vigilant power of your invocation. If

you are Royal you may rely upon revolts and

counterplots to force the spiritual powers to obey you.

Perform the conjuration

of the Pantacle of Ezekiel,

of the

Four by means

and proceed by the Sep-

tenary and the Triadic method, and by the Pantacle of the

Hexagram

Symbol

of the

of Solomon,

Macrocosm.

which

latter is the


THE MAGICAL RITUAL

90

For the conjuration of the Tetrad, the Four, you bring into action the powers of the four elements duly consecrated,

and you must trace in the

the earth the pentagrams of

make four making the

fire

and

air

and upon

of water

;

then

expirations of the breath, and recite cross

â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Nicksa,

Ghob, Paralda, Djin.

Fluat udor per Sjpiritum Elohim.

Let the waters flow on, through the spiritual energy

from Elohim, or ye Undines must

roll

back through

the influence of this consecrated water.

Maneat

terra per

Let the earth remain ye Gnomes, as I

will,

I can imprison you

solid

Adam.

through Adam.

Work,

or return to the earth in which

by

this Pantacle.

Fiat firmamentum per Elohim,

The firmament must

persist through the Elohim.

Submit, ye Sylphs, or pass away by the current of

my

breathing.

Fiat judicium per ignem.

Let the decree be carried out by the

Fire.

Ye

Salamanders, be calm, or be coerced by the sacred fire.


THE KABALISTIC PRAYER You may

91

formulate the Undine as an angelic form

with the eyes of death

;

the

Gnome

as a winged bull,

the Sylph as an eagle chained, and the Salamander as a gliding serpent.

Latin Invocation. caput

mortuum impero tibi per vivium Serpentem

Kerub impero Aquila impero

tibi

per

per alas Tauri.

tibi

Serpens impero

tibi

The Conjuration

per

of

made with the Magical means

of the

Adam Angelum

et

the Heptad

Wand

Seven Planetary

Leonem.

â&#x20AC;&#x201D;the

Seven,

is

and fumigations by

Spirits.

Planetary Conjuration. In the name of Michael,

whom Jehovah

decrees to

command Satan In the name of Gabriel, whom Adonai decrees to command Beelzebub In the name of Raphael obey Elohim, thou Sacha!

biel.

By Samael Gibur, lay

By power

Tzabaoth, and by the

name

of

Elohim

down thy weapons, thou Adramelek.

Zachariel and Sachiel Melek, submit to the of Eloah, thou Samgabiel.


THE MAGICAL RITUAL

92

In the divine and human name of Shadai, and by the power of Anael, of

Adam

and

Chavah, thou

of

Lilith retire, leave us in peace, thou ISTahemah.

By

the holy Elohim, and by the power of

in the

names

Orifiel,

of the spirits Cassiel, Schaltiel, Aphiel,

and Zarahiel, turn back, thou Moloch, there are no children here for thee to devour.

You must

then trace in the air and upon the earth,

with the Magical Wand, the famous and powerful

Hexagram, the Seal

The Conjuration

of Solomon.

of the

Three

is

performed with

the Tetragrammaton, pronouncing three times in a

deep sonorous voice the Three letters of the Great

Name, tracing

in the air

and upon the earth the

signs of the four radii of the

Vision, with the words Yod,

Wheel

of EzekieFs

Heh, Vau, Heh, and

then make the sign of the Cross.

You

should well understand that the names Satan,

Beelzebub, and others like them, do not personalities, but rather legions of

My

mean

impure

spiritual

spirits.

name is Legion, said the Spirit of darkness, because we are numberless ; in hell, the kingdom of anarchy, it is number which makes law, and progress


THE KABALISTIC PRAYER is

inverse

for there the

;

intelligent

93

most degraded are the

Thus the law

and most weak.

least

of fatality

compels the demons to descend when they believe

and wish

and

to rise;

so those

whom

Chiefs are the most powerless and

temptible of

Those

them

the most con-

all.

which form the crowd, tremble

evil spirits

who

before a Chief

I call the

is

unknown, implacable, and deaf,

never speaking, and whose

arm

is

always raised to

phantom are given the names

strike.

To

Lucifer,

Adramelek, and Belial; but this phantom

this

of

God disfigured by their perversity, and remains among them to torment and terrify them for ever. Be guarded in the words you speak. Speak not of is

but the shadow of

God, unless you are illuminated.

which you

create,

whether of God or

All the images of other ideals,

remain imprinted on that luminous medium Astral Light of the soul, there

is

that

opened and

its

Know that does not

Book

and

â&#x20AC;&#x201D;the

of the world;

of the Conscience

which

and

shall be

records revealed in the Last Day.

the

Human

make any

Brain, although

visible

it

receives,

record of impressions;

otherwise they would be engraved upon the grey

matter of the Brain and anatomists would see them there.


THE MAGICAL RITUAL

94

The nerve substance does but by reason living

and

of this essence

perceive and collect,

(the Astral Light), the

pictures

ineffaceable

the

of

spiritual

You may

atmosphere which you evoke.

sympathy, present or past, with the the impressions of other persons

;

even by evoke

desires,

and thus

it is

that

you can communicate with those who are dead and even perceive the bodily form they have thrown aside,

and which they must retake when the grand

Consummation

To such situated,

arrives

as ask

and the world

is

transfigured.

you where Paradise and Hell are

you should answer

:

Paradise exists where-

ever you speak the truth, and do the right

present wherever you speak that which that which

;

Hell

is false,

or do

is evil.

Paradise and Hell are not

and the contrasted

localities,

they are

states,

remain to eternity;

states will

even as good must ever remain in opposition to as the essential of a personality

which

Intelligent Existence,

The

plastic universal

substance,

is

which

androgyne magnetic

communicates

all

opposed to that of

Liberty.

medium, the unsubstantial

light,

is

is

is

evil

motion,

force, receives,

and

life,

preserves,

this

and

the forms and images which are the

impressions of the

Word

and colour to plants

;

:

this

it is

it is

this

which gives form

which stamps upon


THE KABALISTIC PRAYER the fruit of a mother's

womb

95

the impress of her

thoughts and desires. It

this

is

which produces apparitions and the

visions

sensible

exaltation

of

and

ecstasy

when

Superior Spiritual Powers communicate to us

the correspondences of the Word, or spirits seek to

mount

to our plane

when

by

Inferior

by sympathy with

our grosser passions.

There

is

no

real isolation in this world, there is

no

point of form and no variety of thought which has

not

its

correspondence, item by item, through analogy,

with that which

is

above, as well as that which

below, in the infinite and finite worlds.

This

is

is

the

true ideal of the mystical Ladder of Jacob whose

rungs are bound together by the two Pillars of Light,

and which provide for the unbroken circulation of Intelligence

and Love through the vast areas

of the

Universe.

Nothing entirely new happens under the Sun causes lead to

new

;

causes and effects precede these.

Prophetic intuitions are but the result of a consideration of the analogies between the past future, read in that

and the

luminous volume composed of

such mobile yet incorruptible characters as are the

waves

of the sea.

Hence

it

follows, that to divine

â&#x20AC;&#x201D;

is to see.


THE MAGICAL RITUAL

96

Each man bears character,

his earthly future in his natural

and he has

character imprinted on

his

and in his hands, in

his face

in his glances

and

Each personal

his voice.

will

has at

of force

â&#x20AC;&#x201D;moral power,

energy.

Moral power

between

all

movements,

his natural

disposal three

its

instinctive power, is

modes

and physical

that solidarity which exists

truly spiritual souls

;

power

instinctive

is

the solidarity given by the sympathies and antipathies existing in the magnetic aura is

while physical energy

;

the solidarity subsisting between the impulses and

To each

resistances of material substances.

form of

forces there is a corresponding

The middle

or Instinctive force acts

out our active participation

life.

upon us with-

when our Moral

and when one desires to give

in abeyance,

it

one must slumber, or at least sleep more or

There

is

a voluntary slumber, as there

voluntary or physiological sleep. is

somewhat

lucid,

of these

because

it

force is

free play less.

is

an

in-

Voluntary slumber does not absolutely

break away from reminiscence.

Prophecy and Thaumaturgy are Natural

The E-e-animation certain

of

men and under

the

Dead

in

faculties.

the case of

certain circumstances is not


THE KA BALI STIC PRAYER At the moment

a thing naturally impossible.

death the soul finds earthy tenement

it

itself

97

free from, yet near, the

has just

and

left,

the really

if

organs have not been destroyed,

vital

by one whose

recalled

Death

only absolute

is

of

will

when

can be

it

has tremendous

force.

the vital organs have

lost their integrity.

Examples

of re-animation are

not infrequent, but

when they occur the occurrence

of death is denied,

and the

facts observed are explained

by saying that

the person was only in a trance or lethargy.

To deny that death has occurred

in these cases

may

be permissible, but public opinion should have the

courage of

its

who

thou

convictions and should always deny

what has become but you

now

art

what has become old

man

it

1

has passed away,

still live.

you are stillwith

are

thou hast been an infant

of that infant

You have been

You

wise,

it.

now ;

a

us.

you

You were

of that

man

what

will die, but

a youth, he has passed away, but

will

once a young

young man

?

you

man;

still live.

of full years, or perhaps even

become

of you, old

will exist for ever.

which impresses you with terror

?

Is

man it

?

an

You

the corpse

Yet each

of

your

stages of development has left its corpse, only you do

not happen to have seen

.it.

Only

believe then that


THE MAGICAL RITUAL

98

your

last corpse will

so you

may

You have before you

not be appreciable by you, and

rest in a peaceful immortality.

but to undergo one more transformation

remount to that source

of life

from which

you once sprang. Transformation results from eternal motion, which is

the essential law of vitality; check this and en-

force a stability at

any stage

of evolution,

and you

create a real death.

Behold thyself then, by natural law, immortal.

Would you then be causes, or will

for ever the slave of secondary

you become their controller

?

Will you submit to them, or will you choose the high alternative of directing them If

you

will

become a Master,

?

set free

your

spirit

by relying on the Hermetic Stone, and exercise your Will

Power through the Word transmuted Join to an Intelligence, really set

action.

into

free,

an

all-powerful Will, and you will find yourself Master of the

powers of the Elements.

Liberty, Power, Despotism.

L. P. D.

Power

is

the correct

equilibrium between Despotism and Liberty. is

the solution of the

Enigma

of three letters

This

which

Cagliostro the Initiate formulated to represent the

Kabalah

of political

and

social stability.


THE KABALISTIC PRAYER Liberty

Chokmali.

is

Despotism

Power

is

Binah.

beneficent

Liberty

Despotism

is

Kether.

Geburah.

Power beneficent

is

Tiphereth.

Netzach.

is

Despotism

Power

is

Gedulah.

is

Liberty

99

is

Hod.

beneficent

In the essence

is

in Yesod.

of the First Cause,

Necessity as a counterpoise

Liberty has

this Necessity is

;

the

despotism of Supreme Reason, and resulting from this equilbrium is a

If

Wise and Absolute Power.

you seek to be absolute, be

you are

wise, be then absolute.

must be

free

;

to be free

first

wise; and

if

To be a Master you

you must have attained the

mastery of yourself. Liberty

Jakin.

is

Despotism

Power

is

is

Boaz.

represented by the Temple Gate which

was between them.

Four phrases constitute and include required for the possession of

To know. To

dare.

To

will.

all

that

High Magical Power.

is


THE MAGICAL RITUAL

loo

To keep silence. Knowledge is represented by the Human head

of

the Sphynx.

Courage, by

its

Eagle's wings.

Will, by the Lion's claws, and the loins of

the

Bull.

by

Secrecy,

answer to

When

its

its

stony silence and by the hidden

enigma.

the pupil has grasped the meaning

of,

and

can carry into practice, these four requirements, he

may

then receive permission to Love.

Every become

how

force corresponds to all forces,

all

powerful in the hands of one who knows

to direct

Each form nesses,

and use of

it.

weakness has a similarity to

and may become a slave to one who

and knows how to knowledge

and may

avail himself of

of this secret, the

forces alike of

heaven and

it.

all

weak-

is

strong

Through the

Magus commands the

hell,

and they can but be

submissive to his Will. Realise clearly that an intelligence which is of

necessity both just

and

were possessed of despotic

was not

free

;

wise.

will,

is

Free

Kero and Caligula

but their intelligence

intoxicated with absolute power, they

were attacked by vertigo.

Absolute will power un-


THE KABALISTIC PRAYER guided by a right Reason Devil

;

and here

is

loi

the quintessence of the

the explanation of the secrets of

is

Black Magic, which lead to madness of mind and

Hence the

poisoning of body.

sorcerer

is

said to

give himself to the Devil, and in the end the Devil will

wring his neck.

You

now need

will

the last secret of

to learn

magical force and the

final

grade of

human

will

power. It is

is

Resistance to the Universal Attraction

the conquest of nature,

of Soul over

Body

â&#x20AC;&#x201D;

it is

this

the Royal Authority

Continence.

it is

;

To have the

power and opportunity to do what gives pleasure, yet to abstain because one wills

power

:

;

this

shows the Royal

of Soul over body.

Happy act

it

thus

is

the

it is

man who

can be so placed, and yet so

that the most sublime use of liberty

Without obedience no

absolute obedience.

continue to exist.

This

is

why

the

But Christ had,

initiates,

society can

Magi worshipped

the Christ in the stable at Bethlehem.

son of God, greatest of

is

and the

Christ, that last initiator.

as all great teachers have had, one

teaching for the people and also an esoteric doctrine.

To John, the beloved

disciple,

he confided the deepest

mysteries of the Holy Kabalah

;

and John in after


THE MAGICAL RITUAL

I02

years revealed or revelled them in his Apocalypse,

which

indeed a synthesis of

is

and Kabalistic works.

prophetic,

The Apocalypse requires

Wheel

earlier magical,

all

of Ezekiel,

which

as its

key or Clavicula the

is itself

explained by the

hieroglyphs of the Tarot.

Notes. This final card, numbered 21 in the actual Tarot

Trumps, and or

human

called

Le Monde,

represents an angelic

figure floating in the air, almost nude,

holding a short

wand

in each hand.

Around her

more female than male.

garland of leaves, and outside of corners, are placed the Kerubic lion, eagle,

and

bull.

all

in

this,

is

figure is

an oval

is

at the four

emblems

of a

This figure, says L6vi,

and the mystical meaning resume of

The

and

is

man,

Truth,

the Microcosm, or the

all.

Christian draws the garland circular, and as formed of roses points, its

;

the

and not

meaning

spent.

Kerubim is

are placed at the four cardinal

at the angles of the design

the Eternal

Reward

of

a

;

he says life

well


NOTE BY THE EDITOR The very

curious manuscript volume, from

which

the preceding pages have been translated, concludes

with a passage which appears to retract the whole of It is a very notable illus-

the foregoing instruction. tration of the second

who

mind

Mr. Waite,

of its author.

published an English translation of

much

that

Levi has written, has in his Preface called especial attention to the evidence that L6vi was

most mysterious fashion by opposing

forces.

two

in

From

his

drawn

different directions

early

training he

tended to be a devout Catholic; from his studies he

in a

Hebrew

became a Kabalist and a Magician.

So

even in this short occult treatise we find him, after carefully giving magical instruction through twenty

two chapters, making at tion, is

its

end a solemn recanta-

and pointing out that the duty of a Christian

to the

Church

of Christ,

highest aim to which a

man

which

is

can attain.

the best and


THE CONCLUSION By ÂŁLIPHAZ Lfiyi

One

Temple is its

word remains to be

last

High

rebuilt, there will

be no more

sacrifice

Centuries have passed since

places.

and Zoroaster

When

said.

lived

and taught.

A

the

upon

Hermes

voice greater

than that of the Soul of the World has imposed silence

upon the

Oracles.

The Word has been made Flesh ; a new symbol salvation

of

by holy water has replaced the magical

ceremonies of the day of Luna.

Samael on the day

of

Mars

The

sacrifices

to

are surpassed by the

heroic severities of penitence.

The sign

of the Gift of

Tongues and the Christian

code have replaced the sacrifices to Mercury.

The day once sacred the sign of the

now devoted to God in man by the

to Jupiter is

Kingdom

of

transubstantiation of love under the forms of bread

and wine. Anael has vanquished Venus are consigned to Hades,

:

Lilith

and Nahemah

and the sacred

rite

of

marriage gives divine approval to the alliances of

men and women. 104


THE CONCLUSION

105

Lastly, extreme unction, which prepares a

man

for

a death of peace, has replaced the sad offerings of

Saturn;

and the priesthood

of

light

gives forth

illumination on the day sacred to the Sun.

Glory be to the Christ,

who has brought

to their

completion the symbols of the Ancient Mysteries, and

who has prepared the reign of knowledge by faith. Will you now be greater than all Magi ? Hide away your science in the recesses of your mind. Christian, simple

and

docile

;

Become a

be a faithful servant of

the Church, believe, mortify yourself, and obey.


OCCULT AND EELIGIOUS MAXIMS From the MSS. of SLIPHAZ LÂŁYI

Every

idle

word

is

a

fault.

Show your learning by your actions. The Word is Life, and the First Principle of The quality of a life is shown by its actions.

Life.

An

of the

idle

word

nature of a

is

either without

meaning or

is

lie.

An idle word in religious matters is a sin. He who is content with idle words is as if

he were

dead.

He who no

does not

make

his worship manifest has

religion.

Better

is

superstition than impiety.

God judges He who is with the

actions rather than vain thoughts.

works which accord

religious will do

Word

of his religion

;

he who has no

reli-

gion and believes not in any word, yet he also must

be judged by his actions, for to every

man

shall it

be according to his works.

True religion worship which

is

is

that which showeth a form

of

pure and living ; the perfection of 1 06


OCCULT AND RELIGIOUS MAXIMS worship, however, lieth in self-sacrifice, which plete

107

is

com-

and enduring.

The beauty

Church

of self-sacrifice is taught in the

of Christ, Catholic

and Roman; and

it is

an

article

of faith, that

any one who denies himself and takes

up

and follows the Mediator to the Altar,

this cross,

assumes at once

the

offices

both

of

Priest

and

Victim.

No man

ever saw

God

at

any time.

Before the dawn of the Microcosm, Azoth was the

Flying Eagle and the Royal Lion; of the

it

was the Mastodon Sea.

When

â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Azoth

became

Earth and the Leviathan of the

the human-headed Sphynx appeared

Man among

men, and Spirits among Elementals.

Every substance can and should become Azoth by adaptation.

In Azoth

is

the Principle of the Light, which

the Quintessence of Splendour and Gold.

This

is is

the grand Secret of universal Transmutation.

No man reason of

There there

is

revealed.

has ever seen the Light

it

is

;

but we see by

those objects which reflect the light.

nothing occult which shall not be known nothing

concealed

which

shall

not

:

be


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io8

The Kingdom

of

Initiation passes

God

is

within

us.

from East to West.

Intelligence passes from South to North.

Power passes from North The Word

God To it,

is

is

to South.

the garment of the Truth.

wields not absolute, but regulated power.

tell

to

persons

the Truth to those

lie is

To unveil the Truth

to them.

to profane

who cannot understand

it.

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