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Eliphas Lévi and the French Occult Revival
Eliphas Lévi and the French Occult Revival
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Christopher McIntosh - Author
SUNY series in Western Esoteric Traditions
Price: $80.00 
Hardcover - 240 pages
Release Date: January 2011
ISBN10: 1-4384-3557-6
ISBN13: 978-1-4384-3557-2

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Paperback - 240 pages
Release Date: January 2011
ISBN10: 1-4384-3556-8
ISBN13: 978-1-4384-3556-5

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A searching study of Eliphas Lévi and the French occult revival.

This classic study of the French magician Eliphas Lévi and the occult revival in France is at last available again after being out of print and highly sought after for many years. Its central focus is Lévi himself (1810–1875), would-be priest, revolutionary socialist, utopian visionary, artist, poet, and, above all, author of a number of seminal books on magic and occultism. It is largely thanks to Lévi that the Tarot is so widely used today as a divinatory method and a system of esoteric symbolism. The magicians of the Golden Dawn were strongly influenced by him, and Aleister Crowley even believed himself to be Lévi’s reincarnation. The book is not only about Lévi, but also covers the era of which he was a part and the remarkable figures who preceded and followed him—the esoteric Freemasons and Illuminati of the late eighteenth century, and later figures such as the Rosicrucian magus Joséphin Péladan, the occultist Papus (Gérard Encausse), the Counter-Pope Eugène Vintras, and the writer Joris-Karl Huysmans, whose work drew strongly on occult themes. These people were avatars of a set of traditions which are now seen as an important part of the western heritage and which are gaining increasing attention in the academy. Christopher McIntosh’s vivid account of this richly fascinating era in the history of occultism remains as fresh and compelling as ever.

“...one of the best English sources of information on this fascinating milieu.” — Heathen Harvest

Christopher McIntosh is a faculty member at the Centre of the Study of Esotericism, University of Exeter, England. He is the author of The Rose Cross and the Age of Reason: Eighteenth-Century Rosicrucianism in Central Europe and its Relationship to the Enlightenment, also published by SUNY Press.



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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction

Part I. The Age of Reason

1. The Rebirth of Magic

2. The Occult and the Revolution

3. Revolutionary Cults

4. The Beginnings of Popular Occultism

5. Magnetisers and Mediums

6. The Holy King

Part II. Eliphas Lėvi

7 The Early Years

8. The Radical

9. Enter Eliphas Lėvi

10. The Magician

11. The Pundit

12. The Last Years

13. Eliphas Lėvi: an Assessment

Part III. Towards the Kingdom of the Paraclete

14. The Heirs of Eliphas Lėvi

15. The War of the Roses

16. The Magical Quest of J.-K Huysmans

17. Writers and the Occult

18. Satanists and Anti-Satanists

19. The Indian Summer of Occultism

Appendix A
Appendix B

Select Bibliography
Index


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