The great secret that was supposed to lie behind all alchemical
and magical striving. God and Nature, alike, wrote
Éliphas Lévi, have closed the Sanctuary of Transcendent Science
. . . so that the revelation of the great magical secret is happily
impossible. Elsewhere he states that it makes the magician
master of gold and light.
Lévi, Éliphas. Transcendental Magic. London Rider, 1896.
Reprint, New York Samuel Weiser, 1972.