The Occult Sciences: A Compendium of Transcendental Doctrine and Experiment

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Health Research Books, 1996 - 296 pages
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1891 a compendium of transcendental doctrine & experiment, embracing an account of magical practices of secret sciences in connection with magic of the professors of magical arts & of modern spiritualism, mesmerism & theosophy. Contents: Magic; Defini.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
DEFINITIONS
9
THE EVOCATION OF ANGELS
17
THE EVOCATION OF THE SPIRITS OF
35
THE EVOCATION OF DEMONS
51
THE EVOCATION OF THE SOULS OF
71
PART II
83
THE ELIXIR OF LIFE
95
DIVINATION
121
THE DIVINING ROD
151
ASTROLOGY
168
KABBALISM
181
THE MYSTICS
189
THE ROSICRUCIAKS
199
THE FREEMASONS
213
PART IV
227

CRYSTALLOMANCY
103
THE COMPOSITION OF TALISMANS
109
MODERN SPIRITUALISM
247
THEOSOPHY
269

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Arthur Edward Waite was born on October 2, 1857 in Brooklyn, New York. He was a poet and scholarly mystic who wrote extensively on occult and esoteric matters, and was the co-creator of the Rider-Waite Tarot deck. Waite joined the Outer Order of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn in January 1891 after being introduced by E.W. Berridge. In 1899 he entered the Second order of the Golden Dawn. He became a Freemason in 1901, and entered the Societas Rosicruciana in Anglia in 1902. In 1903 Waite founded the Independent and Rectified Order R. R. et A. C. Waite was a prolific author and many of his works were well received in academic circles. He wrote occult texts on subjects including divination, esotericism, Rosicrucianism, Freemasonry, and ceremonial magic, Kabbalism and alchemy; he also translated and reissued several important mystical and alchemical works. His works on the Holy Grail, influenced by his friendship with Arthur Machen, were particularly notable. A number of his volumes remain in print, including The Book of Ceremonial Magic (1911), The Holy Kabbalah (1929), A New Encyclopedia of Freemasonry (1921), and his edited translation of Eliphas Levi's 1896 Transcendental Magic, its Doctrine and Ritual (1910), having seen reprints in recent years. Waite also wrote two allegorical fantasy novels, Prince Starbeam (1889) and The Quest of the Golden Stairs (1893).

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