New York: Tarcherperigee, 2017. Paperback, xxviii+483 pages. New.
Eliphas Levi’s The Doctrine and Ritual of High Magic, first published in 1884, is widely considered to be one of the great masterworks of nineteenth century occult thought. This work was hugely influential to the generations of occutists which came in its wake, and its influence can be seen in the works of famous occultists such as Dion Fortune, Franz Bardon, and Aleister Crowley. This new edition, introduced and translated by John Michael Greer and Mark Anthony Mikituk restores this landmark work, together with its original illustrations and symbols, to its place in contemporary occult thought. Although not for the faint of heart, Levi’s classic text offers the reader a comprehensive course of magical training, with detailed instruction in the Kabbalah, initiation, and the education and training of the magical will. So too, there is instruction on the use of talismans, necromancy, enchantments and spells, and the rituals of High Magic. This is an indispensable work for any student of occult thought and development, and for anyone who wishes to follow the magical procedures given by Levi.