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“The 'Sourceworks of Ceremonial Magic' series is one of the most important series on ceremonial and grimoire magic in print today, rivalled only by the 'Magic in History' series, published by Pennsylvania State University Press, and the 'Palgrave Historical Studies in Witchcraft and Magic' series, published by Palgrave Macmillan.” ~ Boris Balkan.

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378 pages, 30 Tables
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Techniques of Solomonic Magic


by Dr. Stephen Skinner


 

Solomonic magic is a major part of the grimoire tradition. This volume is about the methods of Solomonic magic used in Alexandria and how they have been passed via Byzantium (the Hygromanteia), to the manuscripts of the Latin Clavicula Salomonis and its English incarnation as the Key of Solomon. Jewish techniques like the use of pentacles, oil and water skrying were added along the way, but Solomonic magic (despite its name) remained basically a classical Greek form of magic. Amazingly, this transmission has involved very few changes and the ‘technology’ of magic has remained firmly intact. The emphasis in this book is upon specific magical techniques such as the invocation of the gods, the binding of demons, the use of the four demon Kings, and the construction of the circle and lamen. The requirements of purity, sexual abstinence, and fasting have changed little in the last 2000 years, and the real reasons for that are explained. The use of amulets, talismans and phylacteries or lamens is outlined along with their methods of construction. The structure of a Solomonic evocation puts into perspective the reasons for each step, the use of thwarting angels, achieving invisibility, sacrifice, love magic, treasure finding, and the binding, imprisoning and licensing of spirits.

The facing directions and timing of evocations have always been crucial, and these too have remained consistent. Practical considerations such as choice of incense, the timing of the cutting of the wand, utilisation of rings and statues, use of the Table of Evocation, or the acquisition of a familiar spirit are also explained. Techniques of Solomonic Magic is thus a follow on book from Techniques of Graeco-Egyptian Magic. This volume is based on the magicians’ own handbooks rather than the opinions of theologians, historians, anthropologists, sociologists or legislators. The emphasis is on what magicians actually did and why. Tools used by magicians in 7th century Alexandria, 15th century Constantinople and 19th century London are very much the same. More than 70 illustrations (many in colour) of magical equipment like the wand, the sword, wax images and magical gems, drawn from a wide range of manuscripts are reproduced and examined. This is the most detailed analysis of Solomonic magic, from the inside, ever penned.



Partial List of Contents

 

The Relationship between Magic and Religion
Sources of the Solomonic Magical Tradition
The Input of Jewish Magic to the Clavicula Salomonis
Byzantine Solomonic Magical Texts
Manuscripts of the Hygromanteia
Stephanos of Alexandria
Analysis of the Contents of the Hygromanteia
The Transmission of Byzantine Greek texts to the Latin West
The Clavicula Salomonis
Transmission of Techniques from the Hygromanteia to the Clavicula Salomonis
Similarity of Method in the Hygromanteia and the Clavicula Salomonis
The Hierarchy of Spiritual Creatures
The Hierarchies of Spirits, Angels and Daimones
The Gods
Preliminary Procedures and Preparations
Locations for the Operation
Orientation and the Four Demon Kings
Timing
Purity and Sexual Abstinence
Fasting and Food Prohibitions
Protection for the Magician
The Circle
Triangle of Art and Brass Vessel
Phylactery, Lamen or Breastplate
Amulets
Talismans and Pentacles
Conjuration of Angels
Evocation of Demons and Spirits
Nomina Magica

 

 

Historiola and Commemoration
License to Depart
Transmission of Equipment from Hygromanteia to Clavicula Salomonis
Table of Evocation
Wand
Sword
Black-handled Knife
Virgin Papyrus or Parchment
Pen, Quill, or Reed
Ink
Garments
The Symbola of the Gods
Magical Statues or Stoicheia
Magical Rings and Gemstones
Wax and Clay Images
Incenses and Herbs
Major Magical Techniques
Love Spells
Invisibility
Sacrifice
Necromancy
Treasure Finding
Imprisonment of Spirits in a Bottle
The ‘manteiai’ or Evocationary Skrying Methods
Lekanomanteia – Evocationary Bowl Skrying
Hygromanteia – Evocationary Water Skrying
A Short Outline of Astral Magic
Manuscripts of the Hygromanteia
Manuscripts of the Clavicula Salomonis
Text-Groups of the Clavicula Salomonis
The Classic Solomonic Method

 


 

 

 

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The Complete Magician's Tables


** 5th Expanded Edition – 64 pages more than the 1st edition **
Stephen Skinner


 

These more than 840 magical tables are the most complete set of tabular correspondences covering magic, astrology, divination, Tarot, I Ching, Kabbalah, gematria, angels, demons, Graeco-Egyptian magic, pagan pantheons, Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, Taoist and mystical correspondences ever printed. It is more than five times larger and more wide ranging than Crowley’s Liber 777.

New columns include the spirits from Faust’s Höllenzwang and Trithemius’ Steganographia. Types of magic and their Greek identification headwords; the meanings of a wide range of nomina magica; planetary incenses; and the secret names for ingredients, all from the Greek magical papyri. Also the names of the gods of the hours and the months which must be used for successful evocation.

The source of the data in these tables ranges over 2000 years, from the Graeco-Egyptian papyri, Byzantine Solomonike, unpublished manuscript mediaeval grimoires and Kabbalistic works, Peter de Abano, Abbott Trithemius, Albertus Magnus, Henry Cornelius Agrippa, Dr John Dee, Dr Thomas Rudd, Tycho Brahe, MacGregor Mathers (and the editors of Mathers’ work, Aleister Crowley and Israel Regardie), to the mage of classical geometric shapes, modern theories of prime numbers and atomic weights. The sources include many key grimoires such the Sworn Book, Liber Juratus, the Lemegeton (Goetia, Theurgia-Goetia, Almadel, Pauline Art), Abramelin, and in the 20th century the grimoire of Franz Bardon.

All this material has been grouped and presented in a consistent and logical way covering the whole Western Mystery tradition and some relevant parts of the Eastern tradition. This is the final update of this volume.



Partial List of Contents

 

Alchemy and Alchemists
Angels: Biblical and Gnostic
Astrology: Zodiac, Planets, Decans, Mansions
Fixed Stars and Constellations
Buddhist Meditation
Christianity
Colour Scales
Demons
Dr John Dee’s Angels
Emblems
Feng Shui and Taoist Magic
Gematria
Geomancy
Gnostic Magicians
Gods of the Hours and Months
Graeco-Egyptian Magic
Grimoires
Herbs
Islam
Isopsephy

 

 

Kabbalah
Letters, many Alphabets & Numbers
Magic and Sorcery
Natural Magic: Plants, Stones
Nomina Magica
Orders, Grades and Officers
Pagan Pantheons
Perfumes & Incenses
Planetary & Olympic Spirits
Questing and Chivalry
Sacred Geometry
Secret names of magical ingredients
Tarot
Timelines for: Magicians, Kabbalists, Alchemists, Astrologers, Knights Templar, Gnostics
Vedic and Hindu Meditation
Wheel of the Year: Hours, Months, Seasons, Festivals
Yi Jing / I Ching

 


 

 

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Techniques of Graeco-Egyptian Magic

by Stephen Skinner

 

This book uses academic tools to uncover the techniques which were actually used by Graeco-Egyptian magicians. This book will really strengthen your understanding of magic and its roots. After reading it magic will no longer be something to theorise about, but a real practice, a real interaction with divinities, daimones, spirits and even the dead, using evocation, invocation, skrying, dream techniques, talismans, amulets, defixiones, sacrifice and spirit offerings, ensouling magical statues and consecrating rings. It also explains the necessary protection for the magician, the circle and phylacteries.

Magical objectives include love (by attraction, compulsion, insomnia and ‘love’s leash’), health, invisibility, foreknowledge and memory. There are detailed sections on bowl and lamp skrying, the sending of dreams, encountering a god, and the Mystery rites for fellowship with the gods. First steps include the invocation of the paredros, the daimon assistant and the correct purity and fasting procedures. Encounter Thesallos of Tralles who persuaded an Egyptian priest to manifest a god for him, and the techniques that his Egyptian priest used to do this.

Egypt was at the heart of magic, and the Graeco-Egyptian papyri are the clearest and most extensive documentation of some of its earliest methods. These papyri were the handbooks of practicing magicians who lived during the first five centuries of this era. But attempting to read the Graeco-Egyptian magical papyri in Hans Dieter Betz's English translation The Greek Magical Papyri in Translation is a daunting task, as they seem to be in no particular order (except for papyrus number). Furthermore the papyri are a mixture of many different techniques, with minor snippets mixed in with serious and long invocations, many without the basic instructions needed to perform these rites.

Stephen Skinner discovered that in the original Greek, then they have a perfectly logical structure, as the scribes have in most cases used a headword to indicate what kind of rite was involved. This headword has however mostly been lost in translation. What Stephen Skinner has done here is to separate and tabulate each of the 40+ techniques used by Graeco-Egyptian magicians, throwing an enormous amount of light on these very practical texts. In many cases the translator has taken the easy way out and just used words like 'spell' or 'charm' to translate dozens of different technical words which are necessary for understanding exactly what is going on. Skinner has rectified this by extracting each of these specialist Greek terms for different magical procedures and, showing what they really mean, and has divided up the papyri into its constituent methods, so that the reader is directed to the specific passages relevant to his interest. The result is more than a guide to the papyri, it is a complete survey and explanation of the functioning of the types of Graeco-Egyptian magic, often noting where such techniques appear again in the later grimoires. If you want to understand Graeco-Egyptian magic, this is where you should start.

Chapters include:

* Amulets
* Calendrical Considerations
* Composite Rites
* Daimonic Possession and Exorcism
* Defixiones
* Ensouling Magical Statues
* Evocationary Bowl Skrying
* Evocationary Lamp Skrying
* Face-to-Face Encounters with a god
* Foreknowledge and Memory rites
* Health
* Homeric magic and divination
* Hymns, pagan
* Incenses, Herbs and Plants used in magic
* Invisibility
* Invocation of the gods and the god’s arrival
* Love
* Magical Rings and Gemstones
* Mysteries and Initiation Rites
* Necromancy
* Paredros or Assistant Daimon, securing a
* Phylacteries
* Procedures for Visions and Dream Revelation
* Talismans


 

 

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Dr John Dee's Spiritual Diaries (1583-1608)

Being a reset and corrected edition of a
True & Faithful Relation of what Passed for many Yeers between Dr John Dee...and Some Spirits...


Preface by Meric Casaubon
Edited by Stephen Skinner

 

This is a completely revamped and reader-friendly edition of A True & Faithful Relation of what passed for many Years between Dr. John Dee... and some Spirits, transcribed and prefaced by Meric Casaubon in 1659. Now edited by Stephen Skinner, with a detailed introduction, appendices, extensive footnotes, supplementary texts, additional illustrations, and a Dee timeline.

This book contains John Dee's Spiritual Diaries for 25 years (1583-1608), now made available for the first time in an organized and readable form. For any scholar or practitioner of magic, easy access to Dee's Enochian system is one of the most important parts of the Western Esoteric tradition. This book covers Dee's invocation of the angels, the reception of their Enochian system of magic, his experiments in alchemy, and experiences in the courts of the crowned heads of Europe.

This book has been totally re-set, re-formatted and updated, incorporating corrections from the original notes of Meric Casaubon, Elias Ashmole and William Shippen, with reference to the original manuscript written by Dee. Sections which were originally missing from Casaubon's edition have been added. Angels, spirits, people, places, dates and times have been fully footnoted, and thousands of Casaubon's errors corrected. The reader will find this a much more accessible entrance to the world of Dr Dee's conferences with angels and spirits, and a welcome improvement.

Stephen Skinner was responsible for initially stimulating the renewed interest in John Dee and Enochian magic by first re-publishing Meric Casaubon's True and Faithful Relation... in 1973.


 

 

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Key to the Latin of Dr John Dee‘s Spiritual Diaries



 

The Key to the Latin is a full translation of the more than 50,000 words printed in Latin in Dee's Diaries originally published in 1659 by Meric Casaubon as A True & Faithful Relation..., and fully corrected and republished by Golden Hoard as Dr John Dee’s Spiritual Diaries (see above).

Many of the insights provided by the latin text have never been picked up, or remarked on, by Dee's biographers in the past. This volume should be read in conjunction with the edited version of Dee's Diaries, illustrated above, which is available direct by using the PayPal button on the left, or from Llewellyn Books Worldwide.


 

 

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The Magical Treatise of Solomon or Hygromanteia



Translated and edited by Ioannis Marathakis
Foreword by Stephen Skinner

 

This is the true ancestor of the Key of Solomon. Containing the full translation of the Hygromanteia. This book is sometimes called the Hygromanteia, and this book has hidden behind the mistaken idea that all of it is a work on water divination, a scholarly mistake that has hidden the true value of this book for centuries. Throughout history thousands of people have been fascinated by the grimoire the Key of Solomon. This is the original Greek book of magic that was the source of the Key of Solomon, and in turn the ancestor of most of the grimoire-based ceremonial magic practiced in Europe and the US today.

This is a ground-breaking work. For the first time (outside of a handful of pages in academic works) the full Greek original of the Key of Solomon appears in English.

Contrary to popular opinion the Key of Solomon was not translated from a Hebrew original. During the gradual decline and fall of the Byzantine Empire, this precious text, along with many others, was taken to Italy. This may even have happened when Constantinople was sacked in 1453. It is quite likely that it was taken to Venice, where parts of it were translated into Latin and Italian.

Abridged Latin copies entitled the Clavicula Salomonis circulated in Europe, going through many changes, languages and versions to become the Key of Solomon as we know it (some of those manuscripts are published as Volume IV of the present series). Now for the first time you can read the whole text (large portions of which were left out of the Latin translations).


 

 

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Liber Lunae - Book of the Moon

& Sepher ha-Levanah

Edited by Don Karr
Translation by Calanit Nachshon

 

Liber Lunae is a composite text containing three major sections:

  • The Mansions of the Moon, describing the operations of the 28 constellations of the lunar zodiac, their magical virtues and their names.
  • The Hours of the Day and Night, describing the operations of the 12 hours of the day and the 12 hours of the night, their names, virtues, talismanic images, and angels to invoke.
  • The Figures of the Planets, describing each planet's magic square, virtue, suffumigation, magical directions, and inscription.
Liber Lunae is fully transcribed from a sixteenth-century English manuscript, annotated, edited, and supplemented by modernized English versions of 'The Hours of the Day and Night', 'The Figures of the Planets', and 'The Mansions of the Moon', combining both Liber Lunae and Sepher ha-Levanah.

Transcriptions of related material on talismanic images and on the virtues of different hours and their names from other sections of Sloane MS 3826 are also included. The full introduction places the material contained in Liber Lunae into the general scheme of magical literature.

This volume also features a facsimile of A. W. Greenup's 1912 edition of Sepher ha-Levanah, a Hebrew version of Liber Lunae material. A full English translation of Sepher ha-Levanah prepared by Calanit Nachshon is included.


 



324 pages

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Geomancy in Theory & Practice

Stephen Skinner

 

Geomancy - divination by earth - ranks alongside the tarot, astrology and the I Ching as a major form of divination. Since the Renaissance it has largely fallen out of favour for want of generally available information on its practice. This is the first and most comprehensive book in English to cover the full historical background and practice of divinatory geomancy, and will therefore be invaluable to all those interested in divination, magic and astrology. It is the only complete history in any language, covering geomancy's various manifestations in different cultures, as well as being a practical manual showing how to cast and interpret geomantic figures.

 

Drawing on material from Latin, French, German and Arabic manuscript and book sources, Stephen Skinner explores the roots of geomancy in the Islamic raml divination of northern Africa, which lead to Fa, Ifa and voodoo divinatory practices on the West Coast and sikidy in Madagascar. He examines the impact Islamic geomancy had on medieval Europe, where it rose to prominence and became, after astrology, the prime method of divination. It even resulted in the creation of an amazingly complex brass 12th century geomancy calculator. The part it played in Renaissance thinking and in the great astrological revival of the nineteenth century is followed by an examination of its use in the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and its declining influence in the twentieth century only to be revived again in the last decade. This western geomancy is not, and has nothing to do with, feng shui.

 


 

 

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Sourceworks of Ceremonial Magic Series - Volume VI



Sepher Raziel - a 1564 grimoire

Don Karr & Stephen Skinner

 

Sepher Raziel - also called Liber Salomonis - is a full grimoire in the Solomonic tradition from a rare sixteenth century English manuscript. It is completely different from the Sepher Raziel ha-Melakh published by Steve Savedow, and is the oldest grimoire so far published in the Sourceworks of Ceremonial Magic series, and shows clear signs of it Hebrew and Greek roots, quoting both Solomon and Hermes.


It contains seven treatises:

  • Clavis, concerned with astrology and its use in magic, with precise interactions between planets, Signs, and Houses;
  • Ala, outlining the magical virtues of stones, herbs, and animals;
  • Tractatus Thymiamatus, which deals with incense, and perfumes used in the Art;
  • Treatise of Times detailing the correct hours of the day for each operation;
  • Treatise on Preparations on ritual purity, and abstinence;
  • Samaim, on the different heavens and their angels; and finally,
  • Semiforas or a Book of Names and their virtues and properties, being seven semiforas attributed to Adam and seven semiforas attributed to Moses.
The Sepher Raziel text is given in two forms: a literal transcription with no changes in spelling or wording, and a full modern annotated English version.

This volume also includes a foreword which offers an overview of Raziel manuscripts, which represent a number of independent traditions, an essay on the literature of Solomonic magic in English, an introduction to the Sepher Raziel manuscript itself, an appendix on incense names, botanical names and identification, a list of printed notices and manuscript sources of Sepher Raziel, and a full bibliography of printed works on Solomonic magic and items of related interest.


 

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Sourceworks of Ceremonial Magic Series - Volume V

The Grimoire of St. Cyprian - Clavis Inferni

 

Stephen Skinner & David Rankine

 

The Grimoire of St. Cyprian - There have been many grimoires attributed to St. Cyprian of Antioch due to his reputation as a consummate magician before his conversion to Christianity, but perhaps none so intriguing as the present manuscript.

 

This unique manuscript (unlike the more rustic examples attributed to St Cyprian called the Black Books of Wittenburg, as found in Scandinavia, or the texts disseminated under his name in Spain and Portugal) is directly in line with the Solomonic tradition, and therefore relevant to our present series of Sourceworks of Ceremonial Magic.

 

It is unique in that instead of being weighed down with many prayers and conjurations it addresses the summoning and use of both the four Archangels, Michael, Raphael, Gabriel and Uriel as well as their opposite numbers, the four Demon Kings, Paymon, Maimon, Egyn and Oriens. The later are shown in their animal and human forms along with their sigils, a resource unique amongst grimoires.

 

The text is in a mixture of three magical scripts, Greek, Hebrew, cipher, Latin, (and reversed Latin) with many contractions and short forms, but expanded and made plain by the editors. The title of the manuscript, Clavis Inferni sive magia alba et nigra approbata Metratona, literally meansThe Key of Hell with white and black magic as proven by Metatron'..


 


 

 

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Michael Psellus on the Operation of Dæmons

Translated by Marcus Collisson. Introduced by Stephen Skinner

 

It was the fall of Constantinople in 1453 that released a tide of Greek reading scholars into Western Europe, particularly Venice. With them came much of the magical and Hermetic knowledge which the Greeks in their turn had inherited from the Egyptians. The Key of Solomon was one such text. It is therefore essential to the understanding of such magical texts that one understands exactly how the Byzantines understood the nature of daemons. Psellus forms the bridge between the ancient world, Byzantine Greek, and the grimoire conception of the nature of daemons.

 

Michael Constantine Psellus (1018 1178 C.E) was one of the most notable writers and philosophers of the Byzantine era. The Byzantine domain was effectively the eastern Greek speaking part of the Roman Empire centred on Byzantium (Constantinople, modern Istanbul) which split off from the Latin West in 364 C.E. Its intellectual legacies helped lay the foundations for the Italian Renaissance.

 

Hailing from Constantinople, Psellus career was an illustrious and practical one, serving as a political advisor to a succession of emperors, playing a decisive role in the transition of power between various monarchs. He became the leading professor at the newly founded University of Constantinople, bearing the honourary title, Consul of the Philosophers. He was the driving force behind the university curriculum reform designed to emphasize the Greek classics, especially Homeric literature. Psellus is credited with the shift from Aristotelian thought to the Platonist tradition, and was adept in politics, astronomy, medicine, music, theology, jurisprudence, physics, grammar and history, and well qualified to explain daemons.

 


 


Sourceworks of Ceremonial Magic Series - Volume IV

 

 

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The Veritable Key of Solomon

Stephen Skinner & David Rankine

 

 

The Key of Solomon is the most important and influential of all European grimoires. This is the most beautiful and detailed version of this grimoire ever published. With a comprehensive introduction by Stephen Skinner and David Rankine. This is a book that every practicing magician or scholar of the occult must have. The source is two French manuscripts scribed for a French aristocrat in 1796. This is not the earliest, but it is the most detailed version of the Key of Solomon. The book contains three separate versions of the Keys, in order to cover as much of the material as possible. It is much more complete than the Mathers’ edition. It includes a full commentary on all the 144 extant manuscripts of this grimoire, including illustrations from the earlier Greek manuscript precursor of the Key of Solomon, which is also published by Golden Hoard (see The Magical Treatise or the Hygromanteia elsewhere on this site).


Sourceworks of Ceremonial Magic Series - Volume III

 

 

448 pages

 19 illustrations, 12 tables

  

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The Goetia of Dr Rudd

Stephen Skinner & David Rankine

 

 

The Goetia is the most famous grimoire after the Key of Solomon. This volume contains a transcription of a hitherto unpublished manuscript of the Lemegeton which includes four whole complete grimoires:

 

Liber Malorum Spituum seu Goetia

Theurgia-Goetia

Ars Paulina (Books 1 & 2)

Ars Almadel

 

This manuscript was owned by Dr Thomas Rudd, a practicing scholar-magician of the early seventeenth century. There are many editions of the Goetia, of which the most definitive is that of Joseph Peterson, but here we are interested in how the Goetia  was actually used by practising magicians in the 16th and 17th century, before the knowledge of practical magic faded into obscurity.

 

Many practical techniques used in the past have since been forgotten. The authors restore these using Dr. Rudd's manuscript. For example, to evoke the 72 demons listed here without the ability to bind them would be foolhardy indeed. It was well known in times past that invocatio and  ligatio,  or binding, was a key part of evocation, but in the modern editions of the Goetia this key technique is expressed in just one word  ‘Shemhamphorash’, and its use is not explained.

 

This volume explains how the 72 angels of the Shemhamphorash are used to bind the spirits, and the correct procedure for safely invoking them using dual seals incorporating the necessary controlling Shem angel, whose name is also engraved on the breastplate and Brass Vessel.


Sourceworks of Ceremonial Magic Series - Volume II

 


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The Keys to the Gateway of Magic:

Summoning the Solomonic Archangels and Demon Princes
Stephen Skinner & David Rankine


This work includes the complete unabridged version with variants of The Nine Great Keys, a vital early 17th century manuscript detailing the evocation of the Archangels and the Nine Orders of Angels. The practical techniques of summoning the Archangels, details of the hierarchies of spiritual beings, and how the Enochian system fits in with the Angelic and Demonic hierarchies are all covered, as well as the theology and philosophy associated with Angelic magic, giving the context that the pioneers of Angel magic were working within.

 

Additionally the evocation of the four Demon Princes and their role within the system of magic which can now be seen to cover all spiritual creatures from Archangels to Demons to Olympic Spirits and Elementals is also presented in detail with rare manuscript material being made available for the first time. Amongst the rare material is a previously unknown text dealing excusively with the Demon Princes.

 

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Sourceworks of Ceremonial Magic Series - Volume I


292 pages

hardback with dust wrapper

5 illustrations

 

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The Practical Angel Magic of John Dee's Enochian Tables
Tabula Bonorum Angelorum Invocationes
Stephen Skinner & David Rankine
 

From two previously unpublished 17th century manuscripts on Angel Magic, with instructions for their use as used by Wynn Westcott, Alan Bennett, Rev. Ayton, F L Gardiner and other early members of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.

 

The authors have discovered what happened to John Dee's most important manuscript, his book of personal angelic invocations which he kept in Latin, and how it was preserved and developed by 17th century magicians into a full working magical system. How only a small part of this material reached the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn in the 1880's. Even this was then suppressed by the chiefs of the Order, and it did not appear in Israel Regardie's monumental work on the Order rituals.

 

They have also traced how the classical techniques of invocation and evocation drawn from late mediaeval grimoires, were passed through John Dee's magic, via Elias Ashmole, to the aristocratic angel magicians of the 17th century, including some of the most powerful and influential figures in England.

 

In the 20th century many fanciful constructions were added to GD Enochian by writers such as Aleister Crowley, who were however all unaware of the completely developed system that already existed, and which is here published in full for the first time.

 

Full transcription of 4 key magical manuscript in the British Library, and in the Bodleian Library. The 17th century summation of John Dee's works.

 

 

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