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Author McIntosh, Christopher, 1943-

Title Eliphas Lévi and the French occult revival
Published Albany, NY : SUNY Press, 2011


Description 1 online resource (238 pages) : illustrations
Series SUNY series in western esoteric traditions
SUNY series in Western esoteric traditions.
Contents Machine generated contents note: pt. ONE Age of Unreason -- 1. Rebirth of Magic -- 2. Occult and the Revolution -- 3. Revolutionary Cults -- 4. Beginnings of Popular Occultism -- 5. Magnetisers and Mediums -- 6. Holy King -- pt. TWO Eliphas Levi -- 7. Early Years -- 8. Radical -- 9. Enter Eliphas Levi -- 10. Magician -- 11. Pundit -- 12. Last Years -- 13. Eliphas Levi: An Assessment -- pt. THREE Towards the Kingdom of the Paraclete -- 14. Heirs of Eliphas Levi -- 15. War of the Roses -- 16. Magical Quest of J.-K. Huysmans -- 17. Writers and the Occult -- 18. Satanists and Anti-Satanists -- 19. Indian Summer of Occultism
Summary "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 occultists 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"--Publisher's description, p. [4] of cover
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 228-232)
Notes English
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Subject Lévi, Éliphas, 1810-1875.
SUBJECT Lévi, Éliphas, 1810-1875 fast
Lévi, Eliphas, 1810-1873. (NL-LeOCL)068561326 nta
Subject Occultism -- France
02.50 esoteric and occult sciences.
BODY, MIND & SPIRIT -- Parapsychology -- General.
BODY, MIND & SPIRIT -- Reference.
BODY, MIND & SPIRIT -- Occultism.
BODY, MIND & SPIRIT -- Supernatural.
BODY, MIND & SPIRIT -- Mysticism.
Social Sciences.
Parapsychology & Occult Sciences.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2010031936
ISBN 9781441687111