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Arthur Edward Waite (2 October 1857 – 19 May 1942), commonly known as A. E. Waite, was an American-born British poet and scholarly mystic who wrote extensively on occult and esoteric matters, and was the co-creator of the Rider-Waite Tarot deck. As his biographer R. A. Gilbert described him, "Waite's name has survived because he was the first to attempt a systematic study of the history of western occultism—viewed as a spiritual tradition rather than as aspects of proto-science or as the pathology of religion."
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It was also the first to illustrate all 78 cards fully when most decks only illustrated the 22 Major Arcana cards. Waite extensively researched the significance of each card’s symbolism and deeper meaning as part of the creation of the deck and shares these insights in “The Pictorial Key to the Tarot”. In addition to a discussion of the significance of each card and the images that appear on it, Waite also includes instructions on how to conduct a reading. Waite’s guide remains as useful as when it was first written a century ago and is an essential addition to the library of anyone who practices the tarot or wishes to learn more about its meaning.
Paracelsus born Theophrastus von Hohenheim (full name Philippus Aureolus Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim) was a Swiss physician, alchemist, lay theologian, and philosopher of the German Renaissance. He was a pioneer in several aspects of the "medical revolution" of the Renaissance, emphasizing the value of observation in combination with received wisdom. He is credited as the "father of toxicology". Paracelsus also had a substantial impact as a prophet or diviner, his "Prognostications" being studied by Rosicrucians in the 1600s. Paracelsianism is the early modern medical movement inspired by the study of his works. Arthur Edward Waite was an American-born British poet and scholarly mystic who wrote extensively on occult and esoteric matters, and was the co-creator of the Rider-Waite tarot deck (also called the Rider-Waite-Smith or Waite-Smith deck). As his biographer R. A. Gilbert described him, "Waite's name has survived because he was the first to attempt a systematic study of the history of western occultism—viewed as a spiritual tradition rather than as aspects of proto-science or as the pathology of religion."
An exhaustive guide to the occult, featuring passages on folklore, occultist history, and magic ceremony.
First published in 1898, The Book of Black Magic and Pacts contains a large number of magic spells and occult writings taken from a variety of sources. This volume is one of the greatest overviews of the occult. Written by Arthur Edward Waite, influential scholarly mystic and co-creator of the Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot deck.
The contents of this volume feature:
- - The Literature of Ceremonial Magic
- - The Antiquity of Magical Rituals
- - The Rituals of Transcendental Magic
- - The Rituals of Black Magic
- - The Initial Rites and Ceremonies
- - Concerning the Descending Hierarchy
- - The Mysteries of Infernal Evocation According to the Grand Grimoire
- - The Method of Honorius
- - Miscellaneous and Minor Processes
- - Concerning Infernal Necromancy
Writers included have become part of historical legend: Helvetius, Delphinus, Michael Maier. Readers will find here an alchemical initiation, a sign to the seeker that there is a mystery and that you must begin here to unravel it. This edition includes all the original engravings, and can be read not only as an esoteric text of extraordinary richness, but as a compendium of the early history of chemistry.
Lévi's version of magic became a great success, especially after his death. That Spiritualism was popular on both sides of the Atlantic from the 1850s contributed to this success. His magical teachings were free from obvious fanaticism, even if they remained rather murky; he had nothing to sell, and did not pretend to be the initiate of some ancient or fictitious secret society. It was largely through the those inspired by him that Lévi is remembered as one of the key founders of the 20th century revival of magic.
"The Book of Ceremonial Magic" is an attempt to document many of the famous grimoires, explaining the history behind them and at the same time refuting many of the legends surrounding them. He then goes on to discuss the theology contained within the grimoires and finally goes on to synthesise the many famous grimoires into one complete system.
The Graal legend, even as it is known to the general reader, woven into the Arthurian epic, is one of rarest beauty and most profound meaning. But when its rich symbolism is revealed in full, the signicance of the great quest, in the which pure-miuded and self-sacricing valor is alone successful---the 'magnitude of meaning is made evident. Perhaps no other man living is so well fitted as Mr. Waite to approach this subject. Under the ruder methods of materialistic critics the delicate beauty and subtle meanings would be lost. Our author combines the grasp of scholarship with the sympathetic attitude and the deep-lying knowledge of hidden things.
From the Contents:
Book I - The Roots Of The House Of Meaning
Book II - Mysteries Of The Holy Graal In Manifestation And Removal
Book III - The Early Epochs Of The Quest
Book IV - The Lesser Chronicles Of The Holt Graal
Book V - The Greater Chronicles Of The Holy Graal
Book VI - The German Cycle Of The Holy Graal
Book VII - The Holy Graal In The Light Of The Celtic Church
Book VIII - Mystic Aspects Of The Graal Legend
Book IX - Secret Tradition In Christian Times
Book X - The Secret Church
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