Alphonse Louis Constant
8 February 1810
|Died||31 May 1875 (aged 65)|
Paris, Third French Republic
Éliphas Lévi Zahed, born Alphonse Louis Constant (8 February 1810 – 31 May 1875), was a French sage, poet, and author of more than twenty books about magic, Cabbalah, alchemical studies, and occultism. Considered the greatest occultist of the nineteenth century, he followed the ecclesiastical career in the Catholic Church until, with a particularly great struggle, at the age of 26, he quit the priestly path. Only much later in his life, at the age of 40, did he attain the knowledge of the occult, also becoming a ceremonial magician.
Levi acquired the profile of an original thinker and writer whose works attracted the attention of the very heterogeneous ambiences of the era, from Paris to London, from esotericists to artists of romantic or symbolist inspiration. He also expressed his independence by leaving the Masonic lodge of the "Great Orient", believing that it was a form of modern secularization, where knowledge of the original meanings of symbols and rituals was lost. Levi had a profound dislike of their persecution against the Catholic Church: "I ceased being a freemason, at once, because the freemasons, excommunicated by the Pope, did not believe in tolerating Catholicism."
Levi resolutely rejected the superstitions of the epoch, such as spiritism and reincarnation. According to René Guénon, "the abbot was essentially an antispiritist and never believed in reincarnation. If he sometimes presented himself as a reincarnation of Rabelais, he did so only in the sense of an intellectual joke."
Many authors influenced profoundly his development, such as the french monarchist Joseph de Maistre, whom he quotes in many parts of his Dogme et Rituel de la Haute Magie, Paracelsus, Robert Fludd, Swedenborg, Fabre d'Olivet, the Rosicrucianists, Plato, Raymond Lull, and other esoterics.
Constant was the son of a shoemaker in Paris. In 1832 he entered the seminary of Saint Sulpice to study to enter the Roman Catholic priesthood, as a sub-deacon he was responsible for catechism, later he was ordained a deacon, remaining a cleric to the rest of his life. One week before being ordained to the priesthood, he decided to leave the priestly path, however the spirit of charity and the life he had in the seminary stayed with him through the rest of his life, later he wrote that he had acquired an understanding of faith and science without conflicts. 
In 1836, in leaving the priestly path he felt the anger of his superiors. He had done permanent vows of chastity and obedience as a sub-deacon and deacon, returning to civil life was particularly painful for him; he continued to wear the clerical clothes, the cassocks until 1844. Experiencing a kind of social crisis, as Levi left the seminary he dedicated himself to revolutionary action, the production of pamphlets in the spirit of utopian socialism and panhumanism, which opened the doors of prisons. He had to fight against extreme poverty by working as a tutor in Paris, during this period he had various crises of conscience. Around 1838, he met and was influenced by the views of the androgynous socialist mystic Simon Ganneau, and it may have been through Ganneau's meetings that he also met Flora Tristan. In 1839 he entered the monastic life in the Abbey of Solesmes, he could not maintain the discipline so he quit the monastery. Upon leaving the monastery returning to Paris he wrote the Bible of Liberty, which resulted in his imprisonment in August 1841.
He married a girl named Noémie in 1846, whom he had several children. From reliable sources it is known that his descendants are living in France today.
Unexpectedly, in 1850, at the age of forty, Levi experienced a new, this time spiritual or spiritualist crisis, which introduced him to the world of modern esotericism and occultism. He was introduced previous to this crisis to esoteric teachers and works, under whose influence he wrote the first work of its kind: Dogma and the Ritual of High Magic. As the last connection with the previous world, his young wife leaves him, unwilling to follow him in his new path. 
In December 1851, Napoleon III organized a coup that would end the Second Republic and give rise to the Second Empire. Similar to many other socialists at the time, Constant saw the emperor as the defender of the people and the restorer of public order. In the Moniteur parisien of 1852, Constant praised the new government's actions as "veritably socialist," but he soon became disillusioned with the rigid dictatorship and was eventually imprisoned in 1855 for publishing a polemical chanson against the Emperor. What had changed, however, was Constant's attitude towards "the people." As early as in La Fête-Dieu and Le livre des larmes from 1845, he had been skeptical of the uneducated people's ability to emancipate themselves. Similar to the Saint-Simonians, he had adopted the theocratical ideas of Joseph de Maistre in order to call for the establishment of a "spiritual authority" led by an élite class of priests. After the disaster of 1849, he was completely convinced that the "masses" were not able to establish a harmonious order and needed instruction (a concept similar to other socialist doctrines such as the "revolution from above", the Avantgarde, or the Partei neuen Typs).[need quotation to verify]
Constant's activities reflect the socialist struggle to come to terms both with the failure of 1848 and the tough repressions by the new government. He participated on the socialist Revue philosophique et religieuse, founded by his old friend Fauvety, wherein he propagated his "Kabbalistic" ideas, for the first time in public, in 1855-1856 (notably using his civil name). The debates in the Revue do not only show the tensions between the old "Romantic Socialism" of the Saint-Simonians and Fourierists, they also demonstrate how natural it was for a socialist writer to discuss topics like magic, the Kabbalah, or the occult sciences in a socialist journal.
It has been shown that Constant developed his ideas about magic in a specific milieu that was marked by the confluence of socialist and magnetistic ideas. Influential authors included Henri Delaage (1825–1882) and Jean du Potet de Sennevoy, who were, to different extents, propagating magnetistic, magical, and kabbalistic ideas as the foundation of a superior form of socialism. Constant used a system of magnetism and dream magic to critique what he saw as the excesses of philosophical materialism.[need quotation to verify]
Lévi began to write Histoire de la magie in 1860. The following year, in 1861, he published a sequel to Dogme et rituel, La clef des grands mystères ("The Key to the Great Mysteries"). In 1861 Lévi revisited London. Further magical works by Lévi include Fables et symboles ("Stories and Images"), 1862, Le sorcier de Meudon ("The Wizard of Meudon", an extended edition of two novels originally published in 1847) 1861, and La science des esprits ("The Science of Spirits"), 1865. In 1868, he wrote Le grand arcane, ou l'occultisme Dévoilé ("The Great Secret, or Occultism Unveiled"); this, however, was only published posthumously in 1898.
Constant resumed the use of openly socialist language after the government had loosened the restrictions against socialist doctrines in 1859. From La clef on, he extensively cited his radical writings, even his infamous Bible de la liberté. He continued to develop his idea of an élite of initiates that would lead the people to its final emancipation. In several passages he explicitly identified socialism, Catholicism, and occultism.
The thesis of magic propagated by Éliphas Lévi was of significant renown, especially after his death. That Spiritualism was popular on both sides of the Atlantic from the 1850s contributed to this success. However, Lévi diverged from spiritualism and criticized it, because he believed only mental images and "astral forces" persisted after an individual died, which could be freely manipulated by skilled magicians, unlike the autonomous spirits that Spiritualism posited.[page needed] In regard to the purported supernatural occurrences claimed by the practitioners of spiritualism, Levi was obviously credulous. He explained: "The phenomena which quite recently have perturbed America and Europe, those of table-turning and fluidic manifestations, are simply magnetic currents at the beginning of their formation, appeals on the part of Nature inviting us, for the good of humanity, to reconstitute great sympathetic and religious chains." His magical teachings were free from obvious fanaticisms, even if they remained rather murky; and he had nothing to sell (notwithstanding his publications). He did profess himself to be: "A poor and obscure scholar [who] has found the lever of Archimedes, and he offers it to you for the good of humanity alone, asking nothing whatsoever in exchange." He did not pretend to be the initiate of some ancient or fictitious secret society. He incorporated the Tarot cards into his magical system, and as a result the Tarot has been an important part of the paraphernalia of Western magicians. He had a deep impact on the magic of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and later on the ex–Golden Dawn member Aleister Crowley. He was also the first to declare that a pentagram or five-pointed star with one point down and two points up represents evil, while a pentagram with one point up and two points down represents good. Lévi's ideas also influenced Helena Blavatsky and the Theosophical Society.[need quotation to verify] It was largely through the occultists inspired by him that Lévi is remembered as one of the key founders of the 20th-century revival of magic.
Socialist background and alleged initiation
It was long believed that the socialist Constant disappeared with the demise of the Second Republic and gave way to the occultist Éliphas Lévi. It has been argued recently, however, that this narrative was constructed at the end of the nineteenth century in occultist circles and was uncritically adopted by later scholarship. According to this argument, Constant not only developed his "occultism" as a direct consequence of his socialist and neo-catholic ideas, but he continued to propagate the realization of "true socialism" throughout his entire life.
According to the narrative developed by the occultist Papus (Gérard Encausse) and cemented by the occultist biographer Paul Chacornac, Constant's turn to occultism was the result of an "initiation" by the eccentric Polish expatriate Józef Maria Hoene-Wroński. However, it has been argued that Wronski's influence had been brief, between 1852 and 1853, and superficial. However, this narrative had been developed before Papus and his companions had any access to reliable information about Constant's life. This becomes most obvious in the light of the fact that Papus had tried to contact Constant by mail on 11 January 1886 – almost eleven years after his death. The two did know each other, as evidenced in Constant's 6 January 1853 letter to Hoene-Wroński, thanking him for including one of Constant's articles in Hoené-Wroński's 1852 work, Historiosophie ou science de l’histoire. In the letter Constant expresses his admiration for Hoené-Wroński's "still underappreciated genius" and calls himself his "sincere admirer and devoted disciple". Later on, the construction of a specifically French esoteric tradition, in which Constant was to form a crucial link, perpetuated this idea of a clear rupture between the socialist Constant and the occultist Lévi. A different narrative was developed independently by Arthur Edward Waite, who had even less information about Constant's life.
Also, a journey to London that Constant made in May 1854 did not cause his preoccupation with magic, although he seems to have been involved in practical magic for the first time. Instead, it was the aforementioned socialist-magnetistic context that formed the background of Constant's interest in magic. The relationship between Constant and the novelist Edward Bulwer-Lytton was not as intimate as it is often claimed. In fact, Bulwer-Lytton's famous novel A Strange Story (1862) includes a rather unflattering remark about Constant's Dogme et rituel.
Levi as a ceremonial magus
Of his initial experience with British esoterists, in 1854, Levi wrote: "I had undertaken a journey to London, that I might escape from internal disquietude and devote myself, without interruption, to science. [...] They asked me forthwith to work wonders, as if I were a charlatan, and I was somewhat discouraged, for, to speak frankly, far from being inclined to initiate others into the mysteries of Ceremonial Magic, I had shrunk all along from its illusions and weariness. Moreover, such ceremonies necessitated an equipment which would be expensive and hard to collect. I buried myself therefore in the study of the transcendent Kabalah, and troubled no further about English adepts."
It did not take long after his arrival in England, however, before his skills as a reputed magus were earnestly courted; and Levi relented. An elderly British woman, who, on the agreement to strictest secrecy, "rigorous amongst adepts," provided him with "a complete magical cabinet" containing the necessary paraphernalia to apply his theories to the practice of magic. The following passage details Levi's subsequent, abortive, attempt at ritual evocation. It was the only experiment in ceremonial magic, undertaken by Levi, that he ever fully divulged:
"The preliminaries terminated on 2nd July; it was proposed to evoke the phantom of the divine Apollonius and interrogate it upon two secrets, one which concerned myself and one which interested the lady. She had counted on taking part in the evocation with a trustworthy person, who, however, proved nervous at the last moment, and, as the triad or unity is indispensable for Magical Rites, I was left to my own resources. The cabinet prepared for the evocation was situated in a turret; it contained four concave mirrors and a species of altar having a white marble top, encircled by a chain of magnetized iron. The Sign of the Pentagram, as given in the fifth chapter of this work, was graven and gilded on the white marble surface; it was inscribed also in various colours upon a new white lambskin stretched beneath the altar. In the middle of the marble table there was a small 1 copper chafing-dish, containing charcoal of alder and laurel wood; another chafing-dish was set before me on a tripod. I was clothed in a white garment, very similar to the alb of our catholic priests, but longer and wider, and I wore upon my head a crown of vervain leaves, intertwined with a golden chain. I held a new sword in one hand, and in the other the “Ritual”. I kindled two fires with the requisite prepared substances, and began reading the evocations of the “Ritual” in a voice at first low, but rising by degrees. The smoke spread, the flame caused the objects upon which it fell to waver, then it went out, the smoke still floating white and slow about the marble altar; I seemed to feel a quaking of the earth, my ears tingled, my heart beat quickly. I heaped more twigs and perfumes on the chafing-dishes, and as the flame again burst up, I beheld distinctly, before the altar, the figure of a man of more than normal size, which dissolved and vanished away. I recommenced the evocations and placed myself within a circle which I had drawn previously between the tripod and the altar. Thereupon the mirror which was behind the altar seemed to brighten in its depth, a wan form was outlined therein, which increased and seemed to approach by degrees. Three times, and with closed eyes, I invoked Apollonius. When I again looked forth there was a man in front of me, wrapped from head to foot in a species of shroud, which seemed more grey than white. He was lean, melancholy and beardless, and did not altogether correspond to my preconceived notion of Apollonius. I experienced an abnormally cold sensation, and when I endeavoured to question the phantom I could not articulate a syllable. I therefore placed my hand upon the Sign of the Pentagram, and pointed the sword at the figure, commanding it mentally to obey and not alarm me, in virtue of the said sign. The form thereupon became vague, and suddenly disappeared. I directed it to return, and presently felt, as it were, a breath close by me; something touched my hand which was holding the sword, and the arm became immediately benumbed as far as the elbow. I divined that the sword displeased the spirit, and I therefore placed it point downwards, close by me, within the circle. The human figure reappeared immediately, but I experienced such an intense weakness in all my limbs, and a swooning sensation came so quickly over me, that I made two steps to sit down, whereupon I fell into a profound lethargy, accompanied by dreams, of which I had only a confused recollection when I came again to myself. For several subsequent days my arm remained benumbed and painful. The apparition did not speak to me, but it seemed that the questions I had designed to ask answered themselves in my mind. To that of the lady an interior voice replied – Death! – it was concerning a man about whom she desired information. As for myself, I sought to know whether reconciliation and forgiveness were possible between two persons who occupied my thoughts, and the same inexorable echo within me answered – Dead!"
What was the upshot of this dalliance with necromancy? Levi reasoned: "Am I to conclude from all this that I really evoked, saw and touched the great Apollonius of Tyana? I am not so hallucinated as to affirm or so unserious as to believe it. The effect of the preparations, the perfumes, the mirrors, the pantacles, is an actual drunkenness of the imagination, which must act powerfully upon a person otherwise nervous and impressionable. I do not explain the physical laws by which I saw and touched; I affirm solely that I did see and that I did touch, that I saw clearly and distinctly, apart from dreaming, and this is sufficient to establish the real efficacy of magical ceremonies. For the rest, I regard the practice as destructive and dangerous; [...]"
In the preface to "The History of Magic," translator, A. E. Waite, enumerates the nine key tenets of magic as codified in Levi's earlier work, Doctrine and Ritual of Transcendental Magic. They are: "(i) There is a potent and real Magic, popular exaggerations of which are actually below the truth. (2) There is a formidable secret which constitutes the fatal science of good and evil. (3) It confers on man powers apparently super-human. (4) It is the traditional science of the secrets of Nature which has been transmitted to us from the Magi. (5) Initiation therein gives empire over souls to the sage and full capacity for ruling human wills. (6). Arising apparently from this science, there is one infallible, indefectible and truly catholic religion which has always existed in the world, but it is unadapted for the multitude. (7) For this reason there has come into being the exoteric religion of apologue [parable], fable and wonder-stories, which is all that is possible for the profane : it has undergone various transformations, and it is represented at this day by Latin Christianity under the obedience of Rome. (8) Its veils are valid in their symbolism, and it may be called valid for the crowd, but the doctrine of initiates is tantamount to a negation of any literal truth therein. (9) It is Magic alone which imparts true science."
Definition of magic
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Lévi's works are filled with various definitions for magic and the magician:
- "Magic is the traditional science of the secrets of Nature which has been transmitted to us from the Magi."
- "THE GREAT Magical Agent, by us termed the Astral Light, by others the soul of the earth, and designated by old chemists under the names of Azoth and MAGNESIA, this occult, unique and indubitable force, is the key of all empire, the secret of all power. It is the winged dragon of Medea, the serpent of the Edenic Mystery; it is the universal glass of visions, [...] To have control of the Great Magical Agent there are two operations necessary – to concentrate and project, or, in other words, to fix and to move."
- "Magic, the mere name became a crime and the common hatred was formulated in this sentence: “Magicians to the flames!” – as it was shouted some centuries earlier: “To the lions with the Christians!"
- "Magic, or rather magical power, comprehends two things, a science and a force: without the force the science is nothing, or rather it is a danger."
- "The ceremonies being, as we have said, artificial methods for creating a habit of will, become unnecessary when the habit is confirmed."
- "Magic is an instrument of divine goodness or demoniac pride, but it is the annihilation of earthly joys and the pleasures of mortal life."
- "There is a true and a false science, a Divine and an Infernal Magic – in other words, one which is delusive and tenebrous."
- "In Black Magic, the Devil means the employment of the Grand Magical Agent for a wicked purpose by a perverted Will."
- "To practice magic is to be a quack; to know magic is to be a sage."
- "The science of spirits is therefore summed up entirely in the science of Jesus Christ. Angels and demons are purely hypothetical or legendary beings; let them remain in poetry, they cannot belong to science."
- "Necromancy, and Goetia, which is Evil Magic, do produce such shells and demons, apparitions of deceit."
- "Magic is the divinity of man conquered by science in union with faith; the true Magi are Men-Gods, in virtue of their intimate union with the divine principle."
- "ALL religions have preserved the remembrance of a primitive book, written in hieroglyphs by the sages of the earliest epoch of the world. [...] The tradition in question rests altogether on the one dogma of Magic: the visible is for us the proportional measure of the invisible."
- "He knows the significance of all symbolisms and of all religions; he dares to practise or abstain from them without hypocrisy and without impiety; and he is silent upon the one dogma of supreme initiation. He knows the existence and nature of the Great Magical Agent; he dares perform the acts and give utterance to the words which make it subject to human will, and he is silent upon the mysteries of the Great Arcanum.""
- "I will go further and affirm that magical circles and magnetic currents establish themselves, and have an influence, according to fatal laws, upon those on whom they can act. [...] The man who is eccentric in his genius is one who attempts to form a circle by combating the central attractive force of established chains and currents."
- "In the “Ritual” it will be our task to estimate the sequence of truly magical ceremonies and evocations which constitute the great work of vocation under the name of the Exercises Of St. Ignatius."
- "The sorcerer and sorceress were almost invariably a species of human toad, swollen with long-enduring rancours. They were poor, repulsed by all and consequently full of hatred. The fear which they inspired was their consolation and their revenge; poisoned themselves by a society of which they had experienced nothing but the rebuffs and the vices, they poisoned in their turn all those who were weak enough to fear them, and avenged upon beauty and youth their accursed old age and their atrocious ugliness."
- "The Magus must have also another avocation than that of magician. Magic is not a trade."
- "To live like an anchorite, without the superstitious ignorance which leads him to such a course of life, this is wisdom indeed, and power is the reward."
- "He looks on the wicked as invalids whom one must pity and cure; the world, with its errors and vices, is to him God's hospital, and he wishes to serve in it."
- "They are without fears and without desires, dominated by no falsehood, sharing no error, loving without illusion, suffering without impatience, reposing in the quietude of eternal thought... a Magus cannot be ignorant, for magic implies superiority, mastership, majority, and majority signifies emancipation by knowledge. The Magus welcomes pleasure, accepts wealth, deserves honour, but is never the slave of one of them; he knows how to be poor, to abstain, and to suffer; he endures oblivion willingly because he is lord of his own happiness, and expects or fears nothing from the caprice of fortune. He can love without being beloved; he can create imperishable treasures, and exalt himself above the level of honours or the prizes of the lottery. He possesses that which he seeks, namely, profound peace. He regrets nothing which must end, but remembers with satisfaction that he has met with good in all. His hope is a certitude, for he knows that good is eternal and evil transitory. He enjoys solitude, but does not fly the society of man; he is a child with children, joyous with the young, staid with the old, patient with the foolish, happy with the wise. He smiles with all who smile, and mourns with all who weep; applauding strength, he is yet indulgent to weakness; offending no one, he has himself no need to pardon, for he never thinks himself offended; he pities those who misconceive him, and seeks an opportunity to serve them; by the force of kindness only does he avenge himself on the ungrateful..."
- "Judge not; speak hardly at all; love and act."
- "He whom we behold perishing poor and abandoned is Cornelius Agrippa, less of a magician than any, though the vulgar persist in regarding him as a more potent sorcerer than all." "Agrippa perished of want rather than obey those who demanded a horoscope."
- "There was much talk in the last century about an adept accused of charlatanism, who was termed in his lifetime the divine Cagliostro. It is known that he practised evocations and that in this art he was surpassed only by the illuminated Schroepffer."
Definition of Kabalah
- "All knowledge is in a word, all power in a name; the intelligence of this name is the Science of Abraham and Solomon."
Levi on religion
The religious views of Eliphas Levi were generally syncretic, on the basis that all religions were different expressions of the same ancient source of wisdom - The core principle of the Prisca Theologia.
- "For the real history of the people of God is the allegorical legend of humanity."
Although the writings of Levi would be the cornerstone of much occult literature produced during, and many years after his death, he was not above criticism. For instance, occult scholar, A. E. Waite, wrote: "When I published a few years ago my English version of Levi's "Transcendental Magic" ; I stated that it was the work of a writer who had received initiation into a school of traditional knowledge, nor must I deny that this school possesses the respect of its participants." However, by the time that Waite wrote The Doctrine and Literature of the Kabbalah (Completed in 1899, and published in 1902. ), he had become disenchanted: "I do not think that he [Lévi] ever made an independent statement upon any historical fact to which the least confidence could be given with prudence."
A 21st century intellectual recently published the following, somewhat dismissive, abstract of Levi's Kabalistic scholarship (which might be generalized to Levi's scholarship in respect to all forms of esoterica): "Franck and Lévi both thought of the Kabbalah as a universal tradition with non-Jewish ‘Zoroastrian’ origins and I argued that Lévi’s perspective was grounded essentially in the prisca theologia tradition of the Renaissance, derived from Patristic foundations that were well known to him from his Roman Catholic upbringing and his education for the priesthood. Lévi’s understanding of Kabbalah was a high Romantic literary invention of considerable brilliance and originality, although obviously lacking in any historical foundation."
During his own time, Levi anticipated those who would doubt his magical adeptship; Levi persistently failed to demonstrate the efficacy of his avowed magical praxis. To those critics, Levi penned the two following declarations: "To furnish proofs of science to those who suspect the very existence of science is to initiate the unworthy, to profane the gold of the sanctuary, to deserve the excommunication of sages and the fate of betrayers." "Hence to those who would say to me [Eliphas Levi]: If you possess the secret of great successes and of a force which can transform the world, why do you not make use of them? I would answer: This knowledge has come to me too late for myself, and I have spent over its acquisition the time and the resources which might have enabled me to apply it. I offer it to those who are in a position to avail themselves thereof.""
- H. P. Lovecraft referred to Lévi twice in his novella The Case of Charles Dexter Ward.
- Angela Carter referred to Lévi in the short story "The Bloody Chamber".
- Anthony Powell quotes Lévi in his novel The Military Philosophers. In his novel The Kindly Ones which, like The Military Philosophers is part of the sequence, A Dance to the Music of Time, Powell has the character Dr. Trelawney refer to Lévi in this way: "The great Eliphas Levi, whose precepts I quote to you, said that one who is afraid of fire will never command salamanders."
- Fernando Pessoa mentions him in his occult writings.
- La Bible de la liberté (The Bible of Liberty), 1841
- Doctrines religieuses et sociales (Religious and Social Doctrines), 1841
- L'assomption de la femme (The Assumption of Woman), 1841
- La mère de Dieu (The Mother of God), 1844
- Le livre des larmes (The Book of Tears), 1845
- Le testament de la liberté (The Testament of Liberty), 1848
- Dogme et Rituel de la Haute Magie (Transcendental Magic, its Doctrine and Ritual), 1854–1856
- Histoire de la magie (The History of Magic), 1860
- La clef des grands mystères (The Key to the Great Mysteries), 1861
- Fables et symboles (Stories and Images), 1862
- La science des esprits (The Science of Spirits), 1865
- Le grand arcane, ou l'occultisme dévoilé (The Great Secret, or Occultism Unveiled), 1868
- Magical Rituals of the Sanctum Regnum, 1892, 1970
- The Book of Splendours: The Inner Mysteries of Qabalism
Notes and references
- Christopher McIntosh, Éliphas Lévi and the French Occult Revival, 1972.
- Dogme et Rituel de la Haute Magie p.34
- Introduction to Magic, UR Group
- Crisis of the Modern World
- Dogma And Ritual of the High Magic p.30
- Naomi Judith Andrews, Socialism's Muse: Gender in the Intellectual Landscape of French Romantic Socialism (2006), pages 40-41, 95, 102
- Susan Grogan, Flora Tristan: Life Stories (2002), pages 193-194
- Francis Bertin, Esotérisme et socialisme (1995), page 53
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- Josephson-Storm 2017, p. 106.
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- https://Dogme et Rituel de la Haute Magi Part I: The Doctrine of Transcendental Magic By Eliphas Levi (Alphonse Louis Constant), Translated by A. E. Waite, England, Rider & Company, England, 1896, p. 56
- https://Dogme et Rituel de la Haute Magi Part I: The Doctrine of Transcendental Magic By Eliphas Levi (Alphonse Louis Constant), Translated by A. E. Waite, England, Rider & Company, England, 1896, p. 56
- Josephson, Jason Ānanda (May 2013). "God's Shadow: Occluded Possibilities in the Genealogy of Religion". History of Religions, Vol. 52, No. 4, 321. doi:10.1086/669644. JSTOR 10.1086/669644.
- Josephson-Storm 2017, p. 116.
- Strube, Julian (29 March 2016). "Socialist religion and the emergence of occultism: a genealogical approach to socialism and secularization in 19th-century France". Religion. 46 (3): 359–388. doi:10.1080/0048721X.2016.1146926. ISSN 0048-721X. S2CID 147626697.
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- Rafał T. Prinke, Uczeń Wrońskiego - Éliphas Lévi w kręgu polskich mesjanistów, Pamiętnik Biblioteki Kórnickiej, Zeszyt 30., Red. Barbara Wysocka. 2013, p. 133
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- C. Nelson Stewart, Bulwer Lytton as Occultist 1996:36 notes that the one surviving letter from Lévi to Lytton "would appear to be addressed to a stranger or to a very distant acquaintance" (A. E. Waite).
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- Bulwer Lytton, Edward Jones (1862). A Strange Story. 2. Leipzig: Bernhard Tauchnitz. p. 249.
Hence the author of Dogme et Rituel de la Haute Magie, printed at Paris, 185-53 — a book less remarkable for tis learning than for the earnest belief of a scholar of our own day in the reality of the art of which be records of history — insists much on the necessity of rigidly observing Le Ternaire, in the number of persons who assist in an enchanter's experiments.
- Dogme et Rituel de la Haute Magi Part I: The Doctrine of Transcendental Magic By Eliphas Levi (Alphonse Louis Constant), Translated by A. E. Waite, England, Rider & Company, England, 1896, pp.64-65
- Dogme et Rituel de la Haute Magi Part I: The Doctrine of Transcendental Magic By Eliphas Levi (Alphonse Louis Constant), Translated by A. E. Waite, England, Rider & Company, England, 1896, pp.65-66
- Dogme et Rituel de la Haute Magi Part I: The Doctrine of Transcendental Magic By Eliphas Levi (Alphonse Louis Constant), Translated by A. E. Waite, England, Rider & Company, England, 1896, p. 67
- The History of Magic, Eliphas Levi, Translated by A. E. Waite, 2nd Ed., London, William Rider & Son Ltd, 1922, pp. Preface X - XI.
- Dogme et Rituel de la Haute Magi Part I: The Doctrine of Transcendental Magic By Eliphas Levi (Alphonse Louis Constant), Translated by A. E. Waite, England, Rider & Company, England, 1896, p.3
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- Dogme et Rituel de la Haute Magi Part I: The Doctrine of Transcendental Magic By Eliphas Levi (Alphonse Louis Constant), Translated by A. E. Waite, England, Rider & Company, England, 1896, Introduction p. 11
- Dogme et Rituel de la Haute Magi Part II: The Doctrine of Transcendental Magic By Eliphas Levi (Alphonse Louis Constant), Translated by A. E. Waite, England, Rider & Company, England, 1896, p. 53
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- The Magical Ritual of the Sanctum Regnum, Eliphas Levi, Translated by W. Wynn Westcott, London, George Redway, 1896, p. 60.
- La Science des Esprits, Eliphas Levi, Paris, Germer Baillière, Libraire-éditeur, 1865, p. 6.
- The Magical Ritual of the Sanctum Regnum, Eliphas Levi, Translated by W. Wynn Westcott, London, George Redway, 1896, p. 51.
- Lévi, Éliphas; Blavatsky, H. P. (2007). Paradoxes of the Highest Science. Wildside Press LLC. p. 15. ISBN 9781434401069.
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- A.E. Waite, The Doctrine and Literature of the Kabalah, London 1902, Footnote p. 61
- La Science des Esprits, Eliphas Levi, Paris, Germer Baillière, Libraire-éditeur, 1865, p. 142.
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- "Mysteries of Sex in the House of the Hidden Light: Arthur Edward Waite and the Kabbalah" (PDF). p. 170.
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- New English translation (2014) of Dogma of High Magic by Éliphas Lévi
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- The Key of Mysteries (HTML)
- The Magical Ritual of the Sanctum Regnum (HTML, multiple formats)
- Extensive biography in French
- Lévi, Éliphas. Clefs Majeurs et Clavicules de Salomon ("Major Arcana and Keys of Solomon") – text online. Retrieved 19 October 2006
- Josephson, Jason Ānanda (May 2013). "God's Shadow: Occluded Possibilities in the Genealogy of 'Religion'", History of Religions, Vol. 52, No. 4. pp. 309–339. JSTOR 10.1086/669644. doi:10.1086/669644.