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
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)
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)
The History of Magic pdf (1860)
The Key To The Mysteries pdf (1861)
Fables And Symbols (1862)
The Science of Spirits (1865)