Éliphas Lévi

Éliphas Lévi ~ 1864(image in public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

I have a deep respect and admiration for Magus Lévi. He was much the product of his culture just as I am of mine. I can appreciate how his paradigm set the foundation for what the Western Occult Tradition became. It was, however, very much the product of a very spiritual, politically progressive, imaginative, and well-read French man writing in the 1850s & 1860s.

I think it’s time for another huge leap forward for esoteric tarot and Qabalah based on where we are culturally in the 2020s. At the same time, I also think it is essential to understand exactly what Lévi (and those who followed thereafter) believed and wrote regarding esoteric tarot in order to determine as individual occultists and tarot readers what fits with our own paradigms. Studying people like Lévi is in fact the way to create an esoteric tarot paradigm or magickal practice of your own.

Biographical Resources In English

Éliphas Lévi on Wikipedia

Éliphas Lévi on Theosophy Wiki

Éliphas Lévi on Occult World

What Magic Is This? podcast episode on Éliphas Lévi (25 minutes)

The Hermetic Hour podcast episode on Éliphas Lévi (58 minutes)


D J Elliott’s Occult Lives video on Éliphas Lévi (15 minutes)


Tupactip’s video on Éliphas Lévi (9-10 minutes) that is based on an article is taken from, “The All-Seeing Eye”, volume 3. No. 20

Éliphas Lévi and the French Occult Revival by Christopher McIntosh

Eliphas Lévi: Master of the Tarot, the Cabala, and the Secret Doctrines by Thomas Williams

Éliphas Lévi and the Kabbalah by Robert L. Uzzel

Works Available For Free (In English)

Oswald Wirth, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

List of Works on Biblio.Com

Transcendental Magic Its Doctrine and Ritual pdf

The History of Magic pdf (1860)

The Key To The Mysteries pdf (1861)

Fables And Symbols (1862)

The Science of Spirits (1865)

Elements of the Qabalah pdf

The Great Secret, or Occultism Unveiled (online) (1868)

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