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About Arthur Edward Waite
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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This is Arthur Edward Waite's study of the elusive Rosicrucians. Waite presents complete translations of all of the texts which defined the Rosicrucians, including the Fama Fraternitatis, the Confessio Fraternitatis, and the Chemical Wedding of Christian Rosencreutz. The longest text, the Chemical Wedding is a thinly veiled alchemical allegory. The Real History stands in stark contrast to Hargrave Jennings' The Rosicrucians, their Rites and Mysteries, which Waite criticizes throughout. The very title of this book might be considered a riposte to Jennings. The Rosicrucians are described as celibate, which contradicts Jennings' focus on the role of phallicism in the Rosicrucian mysteries.
Writing in the late 19th century, Waite had studiously researched many obscure tenets of magic. Much of this book concerns the obscure occult tomes, which the author condenses and presents to readers in this single volume. Waite's studies uncover a variety of knowledge; there are thousands of spells and rituals that date back to Medieval times and have a theological basis. Many exist to ward off devils, witches or other evil phenomena, while others seek to conjure beneficent spirits.
Another intriguing aspect of ceremonial magic is the ability to form pacts with supernatural beings. These rituals in themselves act to compel supernatural entities to assist a human being; none of them involve offering one's soul. However, many require one or more materials and ingredients to begin - grave dust or a certain plant for instance.
Waite disapproves of those who reprint and sell the older magical grimoires for two principle reasons. Firstly the quality of the English translations is low, often proscribing completely different instructions and requisites for a given ritual than was given in the original source text. Secondly these books make no distinction between 'white' or 'black' magic; such lack of organization makes it difficult for the modern reader to distinguish the practices.
Over 150 symbols, seals, insignia, charts and other illustrations populate this text, each offering insight into how the magician correctly undertakes his tasks. Waite includes many scripts that the performer of magic must read out loud as he attempts to conjure, summon or communicate with forces from other planes of existence.
“Edward Kelly appears to have been born at Worcester, the event occurring, according to Anthony à Wood, about four o'clock in the afternoon on the first day of August, 1555. This was in the In third year of Queen Mary's reign.”
“I doubt as yet you hardly understand
What man or wife doth truly signify,
And yet I know you bear your selves in hand
That out of doubt it Sulphur is and Mercury;
And so it is, but not the common certainly;
But Mercury essential is truly the true wife
That kills her self to bring her child to life.”
“For the student of Hermetic antiquities, it will become evident, and he may already be aware, that the value of the duo tractatus and their complement is not that they are the work of an adept, but that they comprehend a careful digest or consensus of alchemical philosophers, while the interest which attaches to the man is created by his possession for a period of the two tinctures of alchemical philosophy, and not in his ability to compose them. At the same time, the adventures and imprisonments of Kelly, with his transitions from abject poverty to sudden wealth, from a proscribed and law hunted fugitive to a baron or marshal of Bohemia, and then again to disgrace and imprisonment, ending in a death of violence, to say nothing of his visions and transmutations, constitute an astonishing narrative, and make up the broad outlines of a life which would be possible alone in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.”
This illustrated eBook edition of the 1893 original has been carefully edited for errors and is as true to the original as possible. The spellings of the time have generally been left as the original. [EDB Pubs]
Publisher’s note: While it is true that some old books can be found for free on the internet, the quality of most ‘free’ material is not acceptable. Here is an example of the work to be done in order to produce a readable version for the Kindle reader:
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The printing press came to Pennsylvania almost as early as the first settlers. An almanac was published in Philadelphia in 1685. In 1719 Andrew Bradford started the first newspaper in the colony. Ten years later Benjamin Franklin began the publication of a better paper, The Pennsylvania Gazette.
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.
"A major contribution!”
—Rachel Pollack, bestselling author of Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom
The definitive collection of rare, secret, and arcane tarot knowledge
The Tarot: A Collection of Secret Wisdom from Tarot's Mystical Origins is the ultimate guide to the mysteries and lost knowledge of the tarot. This single volume includes more than ten selections from foundational tarot books, all from the 19th and 20th century. Many of these critical texts have been forgotten, fallen out of print, or are impossible to acquire. The Tarot reintroduces these books to the modern-day reader, unlocking the invisible power of the tarot for a new generation of card readers.
The Tarot includes the following complete books:
The Tarot by S. L. MacGregor Mathers
The Magical Ritual of the Sanctum Regnum by Eliphaz Levi
Fortune Telling by Cards by P. R. S. Foli
The Pictorial Key to the Tarot by Arthur Edward Waite
The Symbolism of the Tarot by P.D. Ouspensky
The Tarot of the Bohemians by Papus
The Key to the Universe by Harriette Augusta Curtiss & F. Homer
The Key of Destiny by Harriette Augusta Curtiss & F. Homer
The General Book of the Tarot by A.E. Thierens
The Tarot also includes additional selections from Manly P. Hall and others. Featuring over 400 original black-and-white illustrations throughout the book, The Tarot is a gorgeous gift and an irresistible invitation to both seasoned readers and beginners to explore the esoteric wisdom of the cards.
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."