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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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BOOK I. POST-CHRISTIAN LITERATURE OF THE JEWS:
The Occult Standpoint, The Kabalah And The Talmud, Divisions Of The Kabalah
BOOK II. THE DOCTRINAL CONTENT OF THE KABALAH:
The Unmanifest God, The Doctrine Of The Ten Emanations, The Doctrine Of The Four Worlds, The Doctrine Of The Countenances, The Instruments Of Creation, The Paths Of Wisdom, The Doctrine Of Pneumatology
BOOK III. SOURCE AND AUTHORITY OF THE KABALAH:
Date And Doctrine Of The "Book Of Formation", Modern Criticism Of The Book Of Splendour, The Date And Authorship Of The Book Of Splendour, The Age Of Zoharic Tradition, Alleged Sources Of Kabalistic Doctrine, Islamic Connections Of The Kabalah, Influence Of The Kabalah On Jewry
BOOK IV. THE WRITTEN WORD OF KABALISM: FIRST PERIOD:
Early Kabalistic Literature, The Book Of Formation, Connections And Dependencies Of The Book Of Formation
BOOK V. THE WRITTEN WORD OF KABALISM: SECOND PERIOD:
The Book Of Splendour: Its Content And Divisions, The Book Of Concealment, The Greater Holy Synod, The Lesser Holy Synod, The Discourse Of The Aged Man, The Illustrious Book, The Faithful Shepherd, The Hidden Things Of The Law, The Secret Commentary, The Lesser Sections Of The Book Of Splendour, The Ancient And Later Supplements
BOOK VI. THE WRITTEN WORD OF KABALISM: THIRD PERIOD:
Expositors Of The Book Of Splendour, The Book Of Purifying Fire, The Mysteries Of Love, Minor Literature Of Kabalism
BOOK VII. SOME CHRISTIAN STUDENTS OF THE KABALAH:
Raymond Lully, Picus De Mirandola Kabalistic Conclusions, Cornelius Agrippa, Paracelsus, John Reuchlin, William Postel, The Rosicrucians, Robert Fludd, Henry More, Thomas Vaughan, Knorr Von Rosenroth, Ralph Cudworth, Thomas Burnet, Saint-Martin, Eliphas Levi, Two Academical Critics, The Modern School Of French Kabalism, The Kabalah And Esoteric Christianity, The Kabalah And Modern Theosophy
BOOK VIII. THE KABALAH AND OTHER CHANNELS OF ESOTERIC TRADITION:
The Kabalah And Magic, The Kabalah And Alchemy, The Kabalah And Astrology, The Kabalah And Freemasonry, The Kabalah And The Tarot, The Kabalah And Mysticism
Few educated persons, and certainly none belonging to the class of students for which this work is more especially designed, will require to be told that the Kabalah is a form of esoteric philosophy, that it makes for itself a high claim, or that this claim has, from time to time, been admitted by persons who are entitled to our consideration. Nor will it be needful to state that the literature called Kabalistic rose up among the Jews during the Christian centuries which succeeded their dispersal and the destruction of their Holy City. It offers a strong contrast to the sacred scriptures of Israel, which are direct, beautiful and simple, while Kabalism is involved, obscure and in many ways repellent as regards its outward form. The Bible is in focus with humanity; the Kabalah is distorted out of all correspondence with the simple senses, and we must grind our intellectual lenses with exceeding care if we would bring it into perspective.
From whatever point of view it may be approached, the Kabalah is, however, of importance: it connects with literatures which are greater than itself and with pregnant issues of history.
The secret of the immortal liquor called alkahest, or ignis-aqua. By Eirenaeus Philalethes [pseud.]--Aurum potabile: or The receipt of Dr. Fr. Antonie.--The admirable efficacy and almost incredible virtue of true oil which is made of sulphur vive set on fire and commonly called oil of sulphur per campanam. By G. Starkey.--The stone of the philosophers: embracing the first matter and the dual process for the vegetable and metallic tinctures.--The bosom book of Sir George Ripley.--Preparations of the sophic mercury...written by Eirenaeus Philalethes [pseud.]
"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.