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The Green Book of the Élus Coëns

Stewart Clelland, Josef Wäges & Steve Adams

Lewis Masonic Publishing (2021)

ISBN-10 :  0853185999


The Green Book of the Élus Coëns is the most fascinating insight yet into the secrets and mysteries of the eighteenth century’s most esoteric of masonic societies – The Order of Knight-Mason Elect-Cohens of the Universe. This pioneering English translation of the Coën grimoire known as the Manuscript d’Alger (c.1772) details the inner workings and highest degrees of Europe’s first-ever fully formed magical order. Representing the inner circle of most Martinist streams of Freemasonry today, the Order of the Élus Coëns teach an advanced form of ceremonial magic. However, the original system has been lost and corrupted for centuries. Presented here for the first time, these original rites of the Élus Coëns instruct the initiate in how to enter into relations with angelic entities, which are sympathetic to Mans fallen state and who can aid him upon the path to reintegration with the Divine. After the death of the Orders founder in 1774, the teachings of the Élus Coëns were doomed to fade into the mists of history – this new volume sheds the most illuminating light so far on this fascinating hidden aspect of masonic history. Detailing the inner workings and highest degrees of the Order, this fascinating manuscript enlightens the reader in the true, very visceral nature of the Order. Requiring the utmost commitment, and a decidedly monastic lifestyle, the Order prescribed everything from hairstyle to diet. Far from the everyday festivities of mainstream Freemasonry, the Élus Coëns were spiritual warriors engaged in magical combat with angelic and demonic entities. This new volume allows the English speaking world a look inside this secret hidden tradition and a peek behind the curtain of French Enlightenment Occultism.

The Master’s Voice: The Letters & Rituals of Martinés de Pasqually

Stewart Clelland, Josef Wäges, Paul Ferguson & Steve Adams

This critically important volume contains the first-ever English translations of over 30 private letters, correspondences and lectures by the eighteenth-century French Masonic mystic Martinés de Pasqually. Complete with a foreword by eminent Masonic scholar Marsha Keith Schuchard, as well as commentary and introductory material, this new collection reveals the inner workings and history of the Order of the Élus Coën. These fascinating primary sources will forever change the English-speaking world’s historical understanding of this seminal figure in eighteenth-century Masonic history.

Lewis Masonic Publishing (2022)


Rhymes and Reason: The Lost Poems of Éliphas Lévi

Trans. by Stewart Clelland

The poems of Éliphas Lévi discovered in a book once owned by Papus, and lodged in the Sorbonne Library. The book contains a Foreword by Mathieu Ravignat on the life of and influences on Lévi, and the poems are presented in English and the original French.

French occultists of the belle époque often began their careers by pursuing literary endeavours, and Alphonse Louis Constant (1810-1875), better known as Éliphas Lévi, was no exception. Born under Napoleon, Lévi’s poetic work embraces an ennui more typical, perhaps, of the fin de siècle. Dead a decade or so before the Decadence, he was, in many ways, a man before his time. His visions of the symbolic and the decadent, whilst rooted in a Romanticism that exalted emotion, nature, and the sublime over the rational and the classical, are tempered by a socialism no doubt gleaned from a life led amid the violence of class struggle and civil unrest. Exploring themes of decay and disgust, theology, sickness, scepticism, perversion, humour, revolt, creativity and the natural world, this little book of Lévi’s is his account of what he saw of the long nineteenth-century.

Translated from scans of an original document found by the author in the archives of the Sorbonne, the manuscript’s provenance rests with the famed Dr Gérard Encausse (Papus). Dated 1871, the poems, in Lévi’s own hand, give us an insight into the poetic mind of the great Parisian Mage in the last years of his life. Reflective and playful, the poems feature an array of names synonymous with mid-nineteenth-century French intellectual life. It is a collection that will hold as much interest to the literary scholar as it does to the occultist, Martinist or the Mason. A contemporary of Charles Baudelaire’s, we see Lévi here embody the practical magician par excellence of French letters. Engaged as equally with Socialism as he is esotericism, Lévi’s satirical critiques are as scathing in their range as they are elegant in composition. These lost poems have now been recovered, translated and published for the first time. We shall, of course, never know what the poet’s own definitive edition might have looked like. The present edition is an attempt, albeit imperfect, to imagine how that might have been achieved.

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