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9 – The Grand Arcanum and the Great Work Based on an unpublished text by Eliphas Lévi


Before looking at the text itself I shall start with an introduction and place the work in the context of its time.
Early in 1868 Eliphas had the idea of writing a new work about black magic, about the mysteries of madness and perversity and of
the condition known as possession.
« The work I have begun, » he was to write, « is the reconciliation of reason with religious sentiment that is natural to any elite soul.
My purpose is not to demolish old temples but to open their doors and allow the light to enter. » He completed the first two parts in June 1868 and this was the first version of what would become The Grand Arcanum.

Booklet n°9
A Christiane Buisset conference
21 pages format PDF
12,00 €
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