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The Key of Solomon PREFATORY NOTE TO BOOK TWO. This work of Solomon is divided into Two Books. I n the first thou mayest see and know how to avoid errors in Experiments, Operations, and in the Spirits theirselves. In th e second th ou art t aught in w hat manner Magical Arts may b e re duced to th e proposed object and end. It is for this reason tha t thou shouldst t ake great heed and care that th is Key of Secrets fall not into the hands of the foolish, the stupid, and the ignorant. For he who is the possessor hereof, an d who availeth himself hereof according to the ordinances herein c ontained, will not only be able to reduce the Magical Arts herein unto their propose d end, but will, e ven if h e fi ndet h certain er rors herein, be abl e to cor rect them. Any Ar t or O peration of this kind w ill n ot be able to attain its end, unles s the Master of the Art, or Exorcist, shall have this work completely in his power, that is to say, unless he thoroughly understand it, for without this he will never attain the effect of any operation. For this reason I earnestly pray and conjure the person into whose hands this Key of Secrets may fall, neither to communicate it, nor to make any one a partaker in this knowledge, i f h e be n ot fai thful , nor cap able of keeping a secr et, nor expert i n the Arts. And I most humbly entreat the possessor of t his, by the Ineffable Name of God in Four Letters, YOD, HE, VAU, HE, and by the Name ADONAI, and by all the other Most High and Holy Names of God, that he values this work as dearly as his own soul, and that he makes no foolish or ignorant man a partaker therein. Page 82 --------------------------------------- 3 Book Two Chapter I AT What Hour after the Preparation of All Things Necessary, We Should Bring the Exercise of the Art to Perfection The Days and Hours have already been treated of, in general, in the First Book. It is now necessar y to notic e in partic ular at what h our accomplishment and per fectio n should be given to the Arts, all things necessary having been previously prepared. Should it then happen that thou hast u nder taken any secret operation for con- versing with or conjuring Spirits, in which the day and the hour are not marked, thou shalt put it in execut ion on the days and hours of Mercur y, at the sixteenth or twenty- third hour, but it will be still better at the eighth, which is the third of the same night, which is ca lled a nd means bef ore the morning , for then thou shalt be able to put in practice all the Arts and Operations which should he performed, according as it shall plea se thee by day or b y night, provided that they h ave been prepared at the hours suitable to them, as hath been already said. But when neither hour nor time of opera- tion or invocation is specified, it is then much better to perform these experiments at night , seei ng that i t is more easy to the Spir its t o appear i n the peaceful silence of night than d ur ing the day. And thou should st inviolabl y obser ve, that wishing t o invoke the Spirits, either by day or by night, it is necessary that it sho uld be done in a plac e hidden, r emoved, secret, conven ient, an d proper for such Art, wh ere no man frequenteth or inhabiteth, as we shall rela te more fully in its place. If then thou shouldst operate touching anything which hath been stolen, in what- ever way it be performed and whatever way it may have been prepared, it is necessary to practice it on the days and hours of the Moon, being if possible in her increase, and from the first unto the eighth hour of the day. But if it be by night, then it should be at the fif th or at the third hour; but it is bet- te r by day t han by the n ight, for t he li ght justifie th them, a nd maketh them much more fit for publication. But if the Operations be regarding Invisibility, they should be put in practice at the first, second, and third hours of Mars by day. But if by night, until the third hour. If they be O perations of seeking love, grace, or favor, they should be performed until the e ighth hour of the same day, commencing wi th the first hour of the S un; and from the first h our of Venus unto the f irst h our of the sa me d ay of Venus. As for Operations of destruction and desolati on, we should practice and put them into ex ecut ion on the day of Sa turn at the fi rst hour, or rat her at the ei g hth or fi f- teenth of the day; and from the first until the eighth hour of the night. Experiments of games, ra illery, deceit, illusion, and invisibilit y, ought to be done at the first hour of Venus, and at the eighth ho ur of the day; but by night at the third and at the seventh. At all time s of pra ctic ing and putting in to e xecut ion M agical Arts , the Moon should be increasing in light, and in an equal number of degrees with the Sun; an d it Page 83 --------------------------------------- 4 The Key of Solomon is much better from the first quar ter to the Opposition, and the Moon should be in a fiery Sign, and notably in that of the Ram or of the Lion. Therefore, to execute these Experiments in any manner w hatsoever, it should be done when the Moon is clear, and when she is increasing in light. In order to put in execution those of Invisibility after ever ything is properly pre- pared, the Moon should be i n the Sign of the Fishes, in the hour s prop er and fi tting, and she should be increasing in lig ht. For experiments of seeking love and favor, in whatever way it may be desired, they will succeed , provided that they have been prepared at the proper hours, and that the Moon be increasing in light and in the Sign of the Twins. S o e x act a pre par at ion o f da ys a nd h ours is no t ne c es sar y f or th ose w ho are Adepts in the Art, but it is extremely necessary for apprentices and beg inners, seeing that those w ho have been little or not at all instructed herein, and who only begin to apply themselves to th is Art, do not have as much fa ith in th e e xp eriments as those who are adepts therein, and who have practiced them. But as regards beginners, they should always have the days and hours w ell dis posed a nd a ppropriate unto the Ar t. And the wise should only obser ve the precepts of the Art which are necessary, and in observing the other solemnities necessary they will operate with a perfect assurance. It is, nevertheless, n ecessary to take care that when thou shalt have prepared any exp eriment thys elf for the da ys and hours o rdained, that it s hould be per formed in clear, serene, mild, and pleasant weather, without any great tempest or agitation of the air, which should not be t rouble d by winds. For when thou shalt have conjured any Spirits in any ar t or experiment, they will no t come when the Air is troubled or agi- tate d by winds, seeing that Spirits have n either flesh nor bones, and are create d of different substances. Some are created from Water. Others from Wind, unto which they are like. Some from Earth. Some from Clouds. Others from Solar Vapors. Other s from the keen ness an d strength of Fi re; and when they ar e invoked or summoned, they come always with great noise, and with the terrible nature of fire. When the Sp irits wh ich are creat ed of water are invoked, they come w ith gr eat rains, thunder, hail, lightning, thunder-bolts, and the like. When the Spirits which are created of Clouds are invoked, they come with gr eat deformity, in a horrible form, to strike fear into the invocator, and with an exceeding great noise. Others wh ich are formed from wi nd appear like thereunto and with exce eding swift motion, and whensoever those which are creat ed from Beauty appear, they will show themselves in a fa ir and agreeable form; moreover, when soever thou shalt call the Spirits created from Air, they will come with a kind of gentle breeze. When the Spirits which are created from the Vapors of the Sun are invoked, they come under a very beautiful and excellent form, but filled with pride, vanity, and con- Page 84 --------------------------------------- 5 Book Two ceit. They are clever, whence it comes that these last are all specified by SOLOMON in his b ook o f orname nt, or o f beauty. Th ey show great ostentation a nd v ainglory i n their dress , an d they rejoice i n man y or namen ts; the boast of possess ing mundane beauty, and all sor ts of ornaments and decorations. Thou shalt only invoke them in serene, mild, and pleasant weather. The Sp irits which are created of Fire reside i n the east, those created of Wind i n the south. Note then th at it will be much better to pe rform the experiments or operations in the direction of the East, putting everything necessar y in practice towards that point. But for all other operations or extraordinary experiments, and for those of love, they will be much more efficacious directed towards the north. Take heed further, that every time that thou performest any experiment, to reduce it unto perfection w ith the requisite solemnities, thou shalt recommence the former ex per ime nt if in te rr up ted t her ein, w itho ut th e pr ep a r at io n of hour s o r o ther solemnities. If by chance i t should hap pen that having perf ormed an ex per iment with due observance of days, hours, and requisite solemnities, thou shalt find it unsuccessful, it must b e in s ome manner false, ill-arranged and de fec tive, a nd th ou must assuredly have failed in some matter; for if thou doest ill in one single point, these experiments or these Ar ts will not be verified. Thus upon th is Chap ter depende th th is whole Key of Ar ts, Ex perim ents, and Operations, and although every solemnity be rightly obser ved, no experiment will be verified, unless thou canst penetrate the meaning of this Chapter. Page 85 --------------------------------------- 6 The Key of Solomon Chapter II. In What Manner the Master of the Art Should Keep, Rule, And Govern Him- self. He who wisheth to apply himself unto so great and so difficult a Science should have his mind free from all business, and from all extraneous ideas of whatever nature they may be. He s hould th en th or oug hly e xa mine th e A rt or Ope ra tio n w hic h he s hould undertake, and write it regularly out on paper, particularly set aside for that purpose, with the ap prop riat e co njur ations and exorci sms. If there be anything to mark or write d own, it should be performed in the manner specified regarding the paper, ink, and p en. He sh ou ld a lso o bser ve at wh at day an d at wha t h our t his Ex p eriment should be undertaken, and what things are necessary to prepare for it, what should be added, and what can be dispensed with. The which ma tte rs being pr epared, it is ne cessar y f or thee to search o ut and arrange some fitting place wherein the Magical Art and its Experiments can be put in practice. All these things being thus arranged and disposed, let the Master of the Art go into a proper and fitting place, or into his Cabinet or Se cret Chamber if it be con- venien t fo r t he p ur p ose, a nd h e c an t her e dis pos e an d s et i n o rde r t he wh ol e oper ation; or he can use any other convenient secret place for the purpose, provided that no one knoweth where it is, and that no man can see him when there. After this he must strip himself entirely naked, and let him have a bath ready pre- pared, wherein is water exorcised, after the manner which we shall describe, so that he may bathe and purify himself therein from the crown of his head unto the sole of his foot, saying: O Lord ADON AI, who hast formed me Thine unworthy ser vant in Thine Image and resemblance of vile and of abject earth; deign to bless and to sanctify this Water, so that it may be for the health and purification of my soul, and of my body, so that no foolishness or deceitfulness may therein in any way have place. O M ost Powerful a nd I neffable G od, Who ma de st Thy pe ople pa ss dr ys hod through the Red Sea wh en they cam e up out of t he La nd of E gypt, gr ant unto me grace that I may be purified and regenerated from all my past sins by this Water, that so no uncleanness may appear upon me in Thy Presence. After this thou shalt entirely immerse thyself in the water, and thou shalt dry thy- self w ith a towel of clean w hite line n, and the n tho u shalt put u pon thy f lesh the garments of p ure white linen whereof we shall speak hereafter. Hereafter, for three days at least, thou shalt abstain from all idle, vain, and impure reasonings, and from every kind of impurity and sin, as will be show n in the Chapter of fast and of vigil. Each day shalt thou recite the following prayer, at least once in the morning , twice about no on, thrice in th e a fternoon, four times in th e evening, and five times before lying down to sleep; this shalt thou do on the three ensuing days: Page 86 --------------------------------------- 7 Book Two The Prayer. HERACHIO, ASAC, AS ACRO, BE DRIMUL AEL, TILATH, AR ABONAS , I ER- AHLEM, IDEODOC, ARCHARZEL, ZOPHIEL, BLAUTEL, BARACATA, EDONIEL, ELOH IM, EMAGRO, A BRAGAT EH, SAM O EL , G EBU RAH EL , CAD ATO, ERA , ELOHI , ACHSAH, E B MISHA, I MACHE DE L, DA NIEL, DAM A, ELAM OS, IZA- CHEL, BAEL, SEGON, GEMON, DEMAS. O Lord God, Who art seated upon the Heavens, and Who regardest the Abyss es beneath, grant unto me T hy Grace I beseech Thee, so that what I conceive in my mind I may accomplish in my work, through Thee, O God, the Sovereign Ruler of all, Who livest and reignest unto the Ages of the Ages. Amen. Thes e three days having passed, t hou m ust h ave al l things i n readiness, as hath been said, and after this a day appointed and set apart. It will be necessar y for thee to wait for the hour in which thou shouldst commence the Operation; but when once it shall be commenced at this hour, thou shalt be able to continue it unto the end, seeing that it deriveth its force and virtue from its beginning, which extendeth to and spread- eth ov er the s ucceed ing hours, so t hat the Master o f the Ar t wi ll be en abl ed t o complete his work so as to arrive at the desired result. Page 87 --------------------------------------- 8 The Key of Solomon Chapter III. How the Companions or Disciples of the Master of the Art Ought to Regu- late and Govern Themselves. When the Master of the Art wisheth to put in practice any Operation or Experiment, especially one of importance, he should first consider of what Companions he should avail himself. This is the reason why in ever y Operation whose Experience should be carried out in the Circle, it is well to have three Compa nions. And if he cannot have Companions, he should at least have with him a faithful and attached dog. But if it be absolutely necessary for him to have Companions, these Companions should be obli- gated and bound by oath to do all that the Master shall order or prescribe them, and they should study, observe, and carefully retain, and be attentive unto all which they shall hear. For those who shall act otherwise shall suffer and endure many pains and labors, and run into many dangers, which the Spirits will cause and procure for them, and for this cause sometimes they shall even die. The D isci ples t hen, bei ng well an d thoroug hly instructed, an d for t if ied with a wise an d understanding heart, the Master shall t a ke exorcised Water, an d he shall enter with his D isciples i nto a secr et place p urified an d clean, wh er e h e must str ip them entirely naked: after this, let him pour exorcised water upon their heads, which he should cause to flow from the crown of their head unto the sole of their foot, so as to bathe them entirely therewith; and while bathing them thus, he should say:– Be ye regenerate, cleansed, and purified, in the Name of the Ineffable, Great, and Eternal God, from a ll your iniq uit ies, and may th e virtue of the Most High descend upon you and abide with you always, so that ye may have the power and strength to accomplish the desires of your hear t. Amen. After this let the Dis ciples robe themselves as the Master hath done, and fa st like him for three days, repea ting the same prayer ; let them act like him, and in the work let them implicitly follow and obey him in all things. But if the Master o f the Ar t wisheth to have a dog for h is Companio n, h e must bathe him thoroughly with the e xorcised water in the same manner as the Disc iples, and let him perf ume him with t he odors and inc ense of Art, and l et him repea t th e follow ing Conjuration over him: I conjure the e, O thou Creature, being a Dog, by Him Who hath created the e, I bathe and I perfume thee in the Name of the Most High, Most Power ful, a nd Eterna l God, so that thou maye st be my true Companio n in t his o per ation, and that th ou mayest he also my faithful friend in whatsoever Operation I may hereafter perform. But if he wishet h to have for his companion a little boy or girl, which will be still better, he mus t ordain the m a s he ha th ordained the d og; and he must pare and cut the nails of their hands and of their feet, saying: I conjure thee, O t hou Creature, bei ng a young girl (or boy), by the Most High God, the Father of all Creatures, by the Father ADONAI ELOHIM, and by the Father Elion, that thou shalt have neither will nor powe r to hide from me anything, nor yet Page 88 --------------------------------------- 9 Book Two to keep back from me the truth in all w hich I shall de mand of the e, a nd that thou be obedient and faithful unto me. Amen. Let him pu r ify, c leanse, and wash this yo ung chil d anew, with the Water of Ar t, saying: Be thou regenerate, cleansed, and purified, so that the Spirits may neither harm thee nor abide in thee. Amen. Then perfume the child with odours as above. When the companions shall be thus ordained and disposed, the Master shalt be able to operate i n suret y t ogether with them, every time that it shall please him; and he shall perform his oper ation happily, and shall attain his end. But for the safe t y bo th of sou l and of bo dy, the Mast er and the Co mpanions should have the Pentacles before their breasts, consecrated, and covered with a si lken veil, and perfume d with the p roper fum igations. B y the w hich be ing assur ed and encouraged, the y may enter into the matter without fear or terror, a nd they shall be exempt a nd free from all perils and da ngers, provided that the y obey the comma nds of the Master and do all that he ordain them. If they shall act thus, all things shall go according unto their desires. All being thu s arrang ed, the Master should take he ed tha t His Disciples are per- fectly instructed in those things which they have to perform. These Companions or Disciples should be three in number, without including the Master. They may also be of the number of five, of seven, or of nine; but so that they ever implicitly obey the orders of t heir Master; for thus only shall all things come to a successful issue. Page 89 --------------------------------------- 10 The Key of Solomon Chapter IV. Concerning the Fasting, Care, and Things to be Observed. When the Master of the Art shall wis h to perform his operations, having previously arranged all things w hich it is necessary to observe and practise; from the first day of the Experiment, it is absolutely necessar y to ordain and to prescribe care and observa- tion, to ab stain f rom al l things un lawf ul, and from ev ery kind of impiety, impurity, w ick edness, or immodesty, as we ll of body as of s oul ; as, for exa mp le, eat ing and drinking superabundantly, and all sorts of vain words, buffooneries, slanders, calum- nies, and other useless discourse; but instead to do good deeds, speak honestly, keep a strict decency in all things, never lose sight of modesty in walking, in conversation, in eating a nd drinkin g, a nd in a ll th ing s; th e which should he pr incipa lly do ne a nd obser ved for nine d ays, before the commencement of the Operat ion. The Disciples shou ld do the sam e, and shou ld e qually put i n pr ac tice all thi ng s n ecess ar y to be observed, i f they wish to make use of all these operations and experiments. But b efore the c ommencement o f the work , it is absolutely ne cessa ry th at the Master w ith his Disciples repeat the following Conjuration once in the morning, and twice in the evening: THE CONJURATION. O Lord God Alm ighty, b e propit ious u nto me a miserable sinne r, f or I am not worthy to raise mine e yes unto heaven , because of t he iniquity of m y sins and the multitude of my faults. O pitying and merciful Father, who wouldest not the death of a si nner b ut rather that he should turn from his w ick edness an d live, O God have mercy upon me and pardon all my sins; for I unworthy entreat Thee, O Father of all Creatures, Thou Who ar t full of mercy an d of compassi on, by Thy gr eat goo dness, that Thou deign to grant u nto me power to see and know these Spirits which I desire to behold and to make to appear before me and to accomplish my will. Through Thee Who art Conqueror, and who ar t Blessed unto the Ages of the Ages. Amen. O Lord God the Father Eternal, Who art seated up on the Kerubim and the S era- phim, Who lookest upon E arth an d up on Sea; un to Thee d o I raise my ha nds an d implore thine aid alon e, Thou w ho alon e ar t the acc om pli sh ment of good wor ks, Thou Who givest rest unto those who labo ur, Who humblest the proud, who ar t the Author of Life and the Destroyer of Death; Thou ar t our rest, Thou art the Protector of those who invoke Th ee; pr otect, guard, and defend me in this matter, and in this enterprise which I propose to carry o ut, O T hou who livest, reignest, and abidest unto the Eternal Ages. Amen. During the three la st days bef ore the commencement of this act ion, thou shalt content thyself with only eating fasting diet, and that only once in the day; and it will be be tter still if thou only partakest of bread and water. Thou shalt also abstain from every impure thing; reci ting the prayer above written. And on the last day, when thou shalt wish to commence the Operation, thou shalt remain all day without eating, and Page 90 --------------------------------------- 11 Book Two later on thou shalt go into a s ecret place, wh ere thou sh alt conf ess all thy sins unto God w ith a contrite heart. The Dis ciples also, together with the Master, shall recite the same Confession with a low but dis tinct voice, as hath b een already said in th e First Book. This h aving b een done thrice with a devout, pure, and contrite heart, in a pla ce withdraw n from men, cleansed, and pure, where thou canst not be s een, ta king t he water and the hyssop, thou shalt say: Purify me, O Lord, with hyssop, and I shall be pure; wash me and I shall be whiter than snow. After this, bathe thyself with the exorcised water, and clot he thyself again with the consecrated garme nt which thou h ast taken off; cense thyself, and surround th yself w it h od ou r s , as w i ll be t o l d far t he r on , wh en we sp eak of p e r f um es an d suffumigations. The which being done, thou shalt go unto the ordained place w ith thy Compan- ions, and all thing s being prepared, thou sha lt make the Circle, as hath been already said, w ith all ot her necessar y ce remonies; then shalt thou co mmence to invoke the Spirits by the Exorcisms; thou shalt also repeat anew the foregoing Confession as hath been already said in the First Book. After which, in sign of amendment and of repen- tance, each shall mutually kiss the other. Mar k well, tha t u p to t his po int, the Dis ciples should do the same things as th e Master. Let the Master now give his commands unto his Disciples, and pursue t he course of the Experiment, and work with all diligence to bring it unto perfection. Page 91 --------------------------------------- 12 The Key of Solomon Chapter V. Concerning the Baths, and How They Are To Be Arranged. The Bath is necessary for all Magical and Necromantic Arts; wherefore, if thou wish- est to pe rf orm a ny e xperim ent or o peratio n, having a rranged all thin gs ne cessary thereun to according to the prop er days and hours, thou sha lt go unto a river or run- ning stream, or thou sha lt have warm water ready in some large vessel or tub in thy secret cabinet, and w hile disrobing thyself of thy raiment thou shalt repeat the follow- ing Psalms: Psalms xiv. or liii; xxvii; liv.; lxxxi; cv. And wh en the Master shall be en tirely d isrobed l et him en ter into the water or into the Bath, and let him say: THE EXORCISM OF THE WATER. I exorcise Thee, O Creature of water, by Him who hath created thee and gathered thee together into one place so that the dry land appeared, that thou uncover all the deceits of the Enemy, and that thou cast out from thee all the impurities and unclean- nesses of the Spirits of the World of Phantasm, so they may harm me not, through the virtue of God almighty who liveth and reigneth unto the Ages of the Ages. Amen. Then shalt thou begin to wash thyself thoroughly in the Bath, saying: MER TAL IA , M US A L IA , D OPH AL IA , ONE MA LI A, Z I TA NS E IA, GO L D- AP HAIR A, D EDU LS AIRA, GHEVIA LAIR A, GHE MINAI RA , GE GR OP HE R A, CEDAHI, GILTHAR, GODIEB, EZOIIL, MUSIL, GRASSIL, TAMEN, PUERI, GODU, HUZNOTH, ASTACHOTH, TZABAOTH, ADONAI, AGLA, ON, EL, TETRAGRAM- MATON, SHEMA, AREISON, ANAPHAXETON, SEGILATON, PRIMEUMATON. All the which Names tho u shalt repeat twice or thrice, until thou art completely washed an d clean , an d wh en thou ar t perfectly pure thou shal t quit the B ath, an d sprinkle thyself with exorcised water, in the manner described later on, and thou shalt say: Pur ge me, O Lord, with h yssop, and I sh all be cle an; wa sh m e, and I shall b e whiter than snow. Whilst again clothing thyself, tho u sha lt recite the f ollowing Psalms: Ps alms cii.; li.; iv.; xxx.; cxix., Mem., v. 97.; cxiv.; cxxvi., cxxxix. After which thou shalt recite the following prayer: PRAYER EL Strong and Wonder ful , I bl ess T hee, I ad ore Thee, I g lor ify Thee. I invoke Thee, I render Thee thanks from this Bath, so that this Water may be able to cast from me al l i mpurity and concupiscence of h ear t, through Thee, O H oly AD ONAI; a nd may I accomplish all things through Thee Who livest and reignest unto the Ages of the Ages. Amen. Page 92 --------------------------------------- 13 Book Two After this take the Salt a nd bless it in this manner: THE BENEDICTION OF THE SALT. The Ble ssing of the Fa the r A lmighty b e up on this C reature of Sa lt, and let a ll malig nity and hindr ance be cast forth hencefrom, and l et all good enter herein, for without Thee man cannot live, wherefore I bless thee and invoke thee, that thou may- est aid me. Then thou shalt recite over the Salt, Psalm ciii. Then taking the grains of the exorcised Salt thou shalt cast them into the aforesaid Bath; and thou shalt again disrobe thyself, pronouncing the following words: IMANE L, ARN AMON, IM ATO, MEMEON, RE CTACON, M UBOII, PALTEL- LO N, D ECAI ON, YA MENTON, YARO N, TATO NON, VAPHORON, GARD ON, EXISTON, ZAGVERON, MOMERTON, ZARMESITON, TILEION, TIXMION. After this thou shalt enter a second tim e into the Bath and recite Psalms civ. and lxxxi. Then thou shalt quit the Bath and clothe thyself as before in linen garments clean and white, and o ver them thou shalt put the g arments, of which we shall s peak in the proper Chapter, and thus clothed thou shalt go to finish thy work. The Disciples should wash themselves in like ma nner, and with like solemnities. Page 93 --------------------------------------- 14 The Key of Solomon Chapter VI. Of The Garments And Shoes Of The Art. The exterior habiliments wh ich the Master o f the A rt should wear ough t to be o f linen, as well as those which he weareth beneath them; and if he hat h the means they should b e of Silk. If they be of linen the thread of which th ey a re made s hould have been spun by a young maiden. The characters shown in Figure 55 should be embroidered on the breast with the needle of Art in red silk. Figures 55 and 56. The s hoe s sh ould a lso be White, up on t he wh ich the charac ters in Figure 56 should be traced in the same way. The sho es or b oot s sho uld be made of white lea ther, on the w hich sho uld be marked the Signs and Characters of Art. These shoes should be made during the days of fast an d abstinence, namely, during the nine days set apart before the beginning of the Operation, during which the necessary instruments also should be prepared, pol- ished, brightened, and cleaned. Besides this, the Master of the Ar t should have a C rown made of Virgin Parch- ment paper, upon the which should be written these four Names: YOD, HE, VAU, HE, in front; ADONAI behind; EL on the right; and ELOHIM on the left. (See Figure 57.) These na mes should be w r it ten with the ink an d pen of t he Ar t, wher eof we shall speak in the proper Chapter. The Disciples should also each have a Crown of Virgin paper whereon these Divine symbols should be marked in scarlet. (See Figure 58.) Figure 57 Page 94 --------------------------------------- 15 Book Two Figure 58. Take heed also that in clothing thyself with these aforesaid habiliments, that thou recite these Psalms: Psalms xv.; cxxxi.; cxxxvii.; cxvii.; lxvii.; lxviii.; and cxxvii. After this perfume the Vestments by burning Incense, and sprinkle them with the water and hyssop of the Art. But when the Master and His Disciples shall commence to robe themselves after the first Psalm, an d before co ntinuing w ith the ot hers, he should pron oun ce t hese words: AMOR, AMATOR , A MIDES, I DEODANIACH, PA MOR, P LAIOR, ANITOR ; through the merits of th ese h oly Angels will I robe and indue myself w ith th e Vest- ment s o f Power, thro ugh which may I conduct unto th e d esire d end th ose things which I ardently wish, through Thee, O Most Holy ADONAI, W hose Kingdom and Empire endureth for ever. Amen. Take no tic e tha t if the lin en gar ments were vest ments of the Le vites o r of the Priests, and had been used for holy things, that they would be all the better. Page 95 --------------------------------------- 16 The Key of Solomon Chapter VII. Of Places Wherein We May Conveniently Execute The Experiments And Operations Of The Art The places best fitted for exercising and accomplishing Magical Arts and Opera- tions are those which are concealed, removed and separated from the habitations of men. Wherefore desolate and uninhabited regi ons are most appropriate, such as t he borders of lakes, for ests, dark and obscure place s, old and dese rted houses, whither ra rely a nd scar ce ever men do come, mo unta in , caves , c averns , g rotto s, gard ens, orchards; but best of all are cross-roads, and where four roads meet, during the depth and silence of nig ht. But if thou canst no t conveniently go unto any of these places, thy h ouse, and even thine own chamber, or indeed , any place, provided it hath been purified and consecrated with the necessary ceremonies, will be found fit and conve- nient for the convocation and assembling of the Spirits. These Arts or Operations should be carried out at the prescribed time, but if there be no time specially appointed it will be always better to perform them at night, which is the most fit and proper time for the Oper ations of Necromancy ; this is also a sy m- bol th at it is just and rig ht to hide th em from the sight of th e foolish, the ignorant, and the profane. But when thou shalt h ave se lected a place fitting, t hou mayest perf orm thine experiments by day or by night. It should be spacious, clear, and bounded on all sides by hedges, shrubs, trees, or walls. Thou shalt thyself cleanse it thoroughly an d render it neat and pure, and while doing this thou shalt recite Psalms ii.; lxvii.; and liv. After this thou shalt perfume it with the odours and suffumigation of the Art, and shalt sprinkle it with the wa ter and the hyssop; and after this thou mayest in this place make all the necessary preparations for an Operation. But when, later on, thou shalt go unto this place, to complete and accomplish the operation, thou shalt repeat on the way thither the following Prayer in a low and dis- tinct voice: THE PRAY ER. ZAZAII, ZAMAII, PUIDAMON Most Powerful, SEDON Most Strong. EL, YOD HE VAU HE, IAH, AGLA, assist me an unworthy sinner who have had the boldness to pronounce t hese Holy N ame s w hich no ma n should name and in voke s ave in very great d anger. Theref or have I recours e unto these Most Holy Names, b eing i n great peril both o f soul and of body. Pardon me if I have sinned in any manner, for I trust in Thy protection alone, especially on this journey. Let the Master as he goeth sprinkle the path with the water and hyssop of the Art, while each of hi s Dis ciples sh all rep eat i n a low voi ce t he Pr ayer w hich we have enjoined for the days of fasting and preparation. Furthermore, let the Master a ppoint his Disciples to carry the th ings necessary for the Art. Page 96 --------------------------------------- 17 Book Two The first shall bear the Censer, the Fire, and the Incense. The Second; the Book, the Paper, the Pens, the Ink, and the various Perfumes. The Third; the Knife, and the Sickle. The Master; the Staff, and the Wand. But if the re be more Disciples present, the Master shall distribute the things for each to carry, according to their number. When th ey shall have arrived a t th e place, and all things being disposed in their proper order, the Master shall take the Knife or other convenient consecrated Magical implemen t of St eel, wherewith to for m the Ci rcle of Ar t wh ich h e i ntends t o con- struct. This b eing done, he must perfume it, and sprinkle it w ith wa ter; and having warned and exhorted his Disciples, he shall work thus: First let him have a Trumpet made of new wood, on the one side of which shall be w ritten in Hebrew wi th the pen and i nk of the Art these Na mes of God , E LOHIM GIBOR, ELOHIM TZABAOTH (see Figure 59); and on the other side these characters (see Figure 60). Having entered into the Circle to perform the Experiment, he s hould sound his Trump et towa rds t he f our q uar ters o f the U niver se, fi r st towar ds t he E a st, t hen toward s the South, then towards the West, and lastly towards the North. Then let him say: Hear ye, and be ye ready, in whatever part of the Universe ye may be, to obey the Voice of God the Mighty One, and the Names of the Creator. We let you know by this signal an d soun d that ye will be convoked hither, w herefor e hold y e yoursel ves i n readiness to obey our commands. This being done let the Master complete his work, renew the Circle, and make the incensements and fumigations. Figure 59. Figure 60. Page 97 --------------------------------------- 18 The Key of Solomon Chapter VIII. Of The Knife, Sword, Sickle, Poniard, Dagger, Lance, Wand, Staff, and Other Instruments Of Magical Art. In or der to properly carry out the grea test and mo st i mporta nt Ope rations of the Art, var ious I nstruments are necessary, as a Knife wi th a wh ite hi lt, anot her wi th a black hilt, a short Lance, wherewith to trace Circles, Characters, and other things. The Knife with the white hilt (see Figure 61) should be made in the day and hour of Mercur y, when M ars i s in the Sign of the Ram or of the Scor pion. I t shoul d be dipped in the blood of a gosling and in the juice of the pimpernel, the Moon being at her full or inc reasing in light. Dip therein also th e white hilt, u pon the which thou shalt have engraved the Characters shown. Afterwards perfume it with the perfumes of the Art. With this Knife thou maye st perform all the necessar y Operations o f the Art, excep t the Ci rcles. B ut i f i t seem et h unto thee too t roubl esome to make a similar Knif e, have one made i n the s ame fa sh ion; an d thou shal t place it thr ice in the fire until it becometh red-hot, and each time thou shalt immerse it in the aforesaid blood and juice, fasten thereunto the white hilt having engraved thereon the aforesaid char- acters, and u pon the hilt thou s halt write with the pen of Art, commencing from the point and going towards the hilt, these Names Agla, On, as shown in Figure 61. After- wards thou shalt perfume and sprinkle it, and shalt wrap it in a piece of silken cloth. Figure 61. But as for the Knife w it h the black hi lt (see Fi gure 62) for making the Circle, wher ewith to st rike terror and fear into t he Sp ir its, i t shoul d be m ade in the sam e manner, except that it should be done in the day a nd hour of Saturn, and dipped in the blood of a black cat and in the juice of hemlock, the Characters and Na mes sh own in Figur e 62 bei ng w ritten thereon , from t he p oint towar ds t he h ilt. Which bei ng completed, thou shalt wrap it in a black silk cloth. Figure 62. Page 98 --------------------------------------- 19 Book Two The Scimitar (Figure 63), and the Sickle (Figure 64), are made in the same way, as also the Dagger (Figure 65), the Poniard (Figure 66), and the short Lance (Figure 67), in the day and hour of Mercury, and they should be dipped in the blood of a magpie and the juice of t he herb Mercury. Thou must make for them handles of wh ite box- wood cut at a single stroke from the tree, at the rising of the Sun, with a new knife, or with any other convenient instrument. The characters shown should be traced there- oxn Tho u shalt perf ume them according to t he rule s of Ar t; and w rap them in s ilk cloth like the others. The Staff (see Figure 68) should b e of elderwood, or cane, or rosewoo d; and the wand (Figure 69) of hazel or nut tree, in all cases the wood being vi rgin, that is of one Year’s gr owth on ly. T hey should eac h b e cut from the t ree at a single stroke, on t he day of Mercury, at sun rise. The cha ract ers sh own sh ould be wr itten or en graved thereon in the day and hour of Mercur y. This being done, thou shalt say: ADONAI, Most Holy, deign to bless and to consecrate this Wa nd, and this Sta ff, that they mav obt ain the necessar y virtue, through Thee, O Most Holy AD O NAI, whose kingdom endureth unto the Ages of the Ages. Amen. After having perfumed and consecrated them, put them aside in a pure and clean place for use when required. Figures 63–65. Page 99 --------------------------------------- 20 The Key of Solomon Figure 66. Swords are also frequently necessar y for use in Magical Arts. Thou shalt therefore take a new Sword which thou shalt clean and polish on the day of Mercur y, and at the first or the fi fteen th h our, an d after this thou sh alt w rite on one si de these D ivine Names in Hebrew, YOD HE VAU HE, AD ONAI, EHEIEH, YAYAI; and o n the other side ELOHIM GIBOR (see Figure 70); sprinkle and cense it and repeat over it the fol- low ing conjuration: THE CONJURATION OF THE SWORD I conjure t hee , O S word, b y these Names, AB RHACH, AB RACH , AB RACA - DA BRA, YOD HE VAU HE , th at t hou s erve me f or a s tre ngth a nd de f ence in a ll Magical Operations, against all mine Enemies, visible and invisible. I conjure thee anew by the Holy and Indivisible Name of EL strong and wonder- ful; by the Name SHADDAI Almighty; and by these Names QADOSCH, QDAOSCH, QADOSCH, A DONAI ELOHIM TZA BAOTH, E MANUEL, the F irst and the Last , Wisd om, Way, L ife, Tr uth, Chief, Sp eech , Word, Splendour, L ight, Sun, Foun tain, Glory, the Stone of the Wise, Virtue, Shepherd, Priest, Messiac h Immortal; by thes e Names then, and b y the other Names, I c onjure thee, O Sword, that thou servest me for a Protection in all adversities. Amen. This b eing finished thou sha lt wrap it also in silk like all the other Instruments, being duly purified and consecrated by the Ceremonies requisite for the perfection of all Magical Arts and Oper ations. Three other Swords should be made for the use of the Disciples. The first one shoul d have on the pommel the Na me CARDIEL or GABRIEL (see Figure 71); on the Lamen of the Guard, REGION (Figure 72); on the Blade, PANO- RAIM HEAMESIN ( Figure 73). The S econd should have on the pommel the Name AURI EL (Figure 74); on t he Lamen of the Guard, SARION (Figure 75); on the Blade, GAMORIN DEBALIN (Fig- ure 76). The third should have on the pommel the Name DAMIEL or RAPHIEL (Figure 77); on the Lamen of the Guard, YEMETON (Figure 78) ; on the B lade, LAMEDIN ERADIM (Figure 79). The Burin (Figure 80) or Graver is useful for engraving or incising characters. In the day and hour either of Mars or of Venus thou shalt engrave thereon the characters sh own, an d havi ng spr inkle d an d censed i t thou shalt repeat over i t the follo wing Prayer: Page 100 --------------------------------------- 21 Book Two PRAYER. ASOP HIEL, ASOPHI EL, AS OP HIEL, PENTAGRAMMATO N, ATHAN ATO S, EHIEH ASHER EHIEH, QADOSCH, QADOSCH, QADOSCH; O God Eternal, a nd my Father, bless this Instrument prepared in Thine honour, so that it may only serve for a good use and end, for Thy Glory. Amen. Having again perfumed, thou shalt put it aside for use. The Needle may be conse- crated in the same way. Figures 67 - 70. Page 101 --------------------------------------- 22 The Key of Solomon Page 102 --------------------------------------- 23 Book Two Chapter IX. Of The Formation Of The Circle. Having chosen a place for preparing and constructing the Circle, and all things nec- es sary bei ng prepared for the p erfect ion o f the Op erat ions, t ake thou t he S ick le or Scimitar of Art and stick it into the centre of the place where the Circle is to be made; then take a cord of nine feet in length, fasten one end thereof unto the Sickle and with the other end trace out the circumference of the Circle, which may be marked either with the Sword or with the Knife with the Black hilt. Then within the Circle mark out four regions, n amely, towards the East, West, South, and North, wherein place Sym- bols; a nd b eyond th e limits of th is C ircle de s crib e with the Cons ecra ted Knif e or Sword anot her Circle, but leaving an open space therein towards the Nor th w hereby thou mayest enter and depart beyond the Circle o f Art. Beyond this again thou shalt describe another Circle at a foot distance with the aforesaid Instrument, yet ever leav- ing ther ein an open space f or e ntr ance and egress cor responding to the open space already left in the other. Beyond this again make another Circle at another foot dis- tance, and beyond these two Circles, which are beyond the Circle of Art yet upon the same Centre, thou shalt describe Pentagrams with the Symbols and Names of the Cre- ator the rein s o tha t they may s urround the Circle already described. Without these Circles shalt thou circumscribe a Square, and beyond that another Square, so that the An gles of t he for mer may touch the centres of the sides of the latt er, an d that the Angles of the latter may stretch towards the four quarters of the Universe, East, West, North, an d South; an d at the four Angles of each square, and touching them, thou shalt describe lesser Circles whe rein let there be placed standing censers with lighted charcoal and sweet odours. These things being done, let the Magus of Art assemble his Disciples, exhort, con- fir m, and ch eer them ; l ead t hem into t he Ci rcle of Art a nd st ation them therein towards the Four Quarters of the Universe, ex hort them to fear nothing, and to abide in thei r ass ign ed p la ces . Furthermore l et each o f the Comp anions h ave a Sword be sides t he Sword of th e Art, whi ch he must hold n aked in his ha nd. T hen let t he Magus quit the Circle, and Kindle the Censers, and place thereon exorcised Incense, as is said in the Chapter of Fumig ations; and let h im have the Censers in h is ha nd a nd kindle it, and then place it in the part prepared. Let him now enter within the Circle and carefully close the openings left in the same and let him again warn his Disciples, and take the Trumpet of Art prepared as is said by the Chapter concerning the sam e, and let him incense the Circle towards the Four Quarters of the Universe. After this l et the Magus c om mence his Incantations, having placed the S ickle, Sword, or other Implement of Art upright in the ground at his fee t. Having sounded the trumpet as before taught let him invoke the Spirits, and if need be conjure them, as is said in the First Book, and having attained his desired effect, let him license them to depar t. Page 103 --------------------------------------- 24 The Key of Solomon Here followeth the Form of the Circle (see Figure 81), wherein whosoever enter- eth he shall be at safety as w ithin a fortified Castle, and nothing shall he able to harm him. Page 104 --------------------------------------- 25 Book Two Chapter X. Concerning Incense, Suffumigations, Perfumes, Odours, and Similar Things Which Are Used In Magical Arts. There are many kinds of Incense, Suffumigations, and Perfumes, which are made for and o ffered unto the S pirits; those which are of sweet od our are for the good, t hose which are of evil savour are for the evil. For perfum es of good odour, take thou aloes, nutmeg, gum benjamin, musk, and make a mixture which will give off a good perfume. For a suitable Suffum igation, thou may burn Incense, as it gives forth a most fra- grant odour which seems to possess the power to attract the Good Spirits, and force the Evil Ones to go away from thee; over which thou shalt say: THE EXORCISM OF INCENSE. O God of Abraham, G od of Isaac, G od of Jacob, deign to bless this odoriferous Incense so that it may receive strength, v irtue, and power to attract the Good Spirits, and to banish and cause to retire all hostile Phantoms. Through Thee, O Most Holy Adonai, Who livest and reignest unto the Ages of the Ages. Amen. I exorcise thee, O Spirit impure and unclean, thou who art a hostile Phantom, in the Name of God, that thou quit this Incens e, thou and all th y deceits, that it may be consecra ted and sanctified in the name of God Almighty. May the Holy Spirit of God grant protection and virtue unto those who use Incense and may the hostile an d Evil Spirit and Phantom never be able to enter therein, through the Ineffable Name of God Almighty. Amen. O Lord, deign to bless and to sanctify this Sacred Incense so that it may be a rem- edy unto mankind for the health of body and of so ul, through the Invocation of Thy Holy Name. M ay al l Creatures wh o r eceive t he odour of t his In cense and of t hese spices receive health of body an d of soul, t hrough Him who ha th formed the Ages. Amen. After t his th ou sha lt s prink le the va rious Spices with the Wa ter of the Art, and thou shalt place them aside in a piece of silk as in other cases, or in a box destined for the purpose, so that thou mayest have them ready prepared for use when necessary. When thou wishest to use the Incense, thou shalt kindle a fire of fresh Incense, in an I ncens e Bu rn er, a nd the Incens e being lighte d thou shalt say over it as follows, before putting the Spices beside the Incense Burner: THE EXORCISM OF THE FIRE. I exorcise thee, O Creature of Fire, by Him through Whom all things have been made, so that every kind of Phantasm may retire from thee, and be unable to harm or deceive in any way, through the Invocation of the Most Hig h Creator of all. Amen. Page 105 --------------------------------------- 26 The Key of Solomon Bless, O Lord All-Powerful, and All-Mercif ul, this Creature of Fire, so that being blessed by Thee, it may be for the honour and glor y of Thy Most Holy Name, so that it may work no hindrance or evil unto those wh o use i t. T hroug h Thee, O E ternal and Almighty Lord, and through Thy Most Holy Name. Amen. This being d one, t hou sh alt put the Spic es upon the Fi re, an d make wh at per- fumes and suffumigations thou requirest. Over Fumigations of evil odour thou shalt say: ADONAI, L AZAI, DALMAI , AIMA, ELOHI , O Holy Fath er, g rant unto us suc- cour, favour, and grace, by the Invocation of thy Holy Name, so that these things may serve us for aid in all that we wish to perform therewith, that all deceit may quit them, and that they may be blessed and sanctified through Thy Name. Amen. Page 106 --------------------------------------- 27 Book Two Chapter XI. Of The Water, and of the Hyssop. If it be necessary to sprinkle with water anything required in the Art it should be done with a Sprinkler. Prepare a Censer in the d ay and hour of Mercur y, wi th t he odoriferous Spices of the Art. After this thou shalt take a vessel of brass, of lead varnished within and with- out, or of earth, which thou shalt fill with most clear spring water, and thou shalt have salt, and say these words over the salt: TZABAOTH, MESSIACH, EMANUEL, ELOHIM GIBOR, YOD H E VAU HE: O God who art the Truth and the Life, deign to bless and sanctify this Creature of Salt, to serve unto us for help, protection, and assistance in this Art, experiment, and opera- tion, and may it be a succor unto us. After this cast the salt int o the vessel w herein is the Water, and say the following Psalms: cii.; liv.; vi.; lxvii. Thou shalt then make unto thyself a Sprinkl er of vervain, fennel, lavender, sage, valeria in mint, garden-basil, rosemary, a nd hyssop, gathered in the day a nd hour of Merc ur y, the moon being in h er inc rease. Bind together these h erbs with a thread spun by a young maiden, and engrave upon the handle on the one side the characters shown in Figure 82, and on the other side those given in Figure 83. After this thou mayest use the water, using the Sprinkler whenever it is necessary; and know that wheresoever thou shalt sprinkle this Water, it will chase away all Phan- toms, and the y shall be u nable to hinde r or annoy any. Wit h thi s same Wate r tho u shalt make all the preparations of the Art. Figure 82. Figure 83. Page 107 --------------------------------------- 28 The Key of Solomon Chapter XII. Of the Light, and of th e Fire. It hath been ever the custom among all nations to use fire and light in sacred things. For this reason the Master of t he Art sh ould al so employ them i n sac red rites, an d besides th ose for reading th e Conjurations by, and for the incense, in a ll o perations Lights are necessary in the Circle. For this reason he should make candles of virgin wax in the day and hour of Mer- cury; the w icks should h ave been mad e by a young girl; and the Candles should be made when the moon is in her increase, of the weig ht of half a pound each, and on them thou shalt engrave these characters with the Dagger, or the Burin of Art. Figure 84. After this thou shalt repeat over the Candles, Psalms cli.; ciii.; cvii., and shalt say: O Lord G od, Who governest all things by Thine Almight y Power, give unto me, a poor sinner, u nde rsta nding and kno wledge to do o nly that which is agreeable unto Thee ; grant unto me to fear, ad ore, love, praise and give thank s unto Thee with true and sincere faith a nd pe rfect c harity. Grant, O Lo rd, b efore I die, and descend into the realms beneath, and before the fiery flame shall d evour me, that Thy Grace may not leave me, O Lord of my Soul. Amen. After this thou sha lt add: I exorcise thee. O Creature of wax, by Him Who alone hath created all things by His Word, and by the virtue of Him Who is pure truth, that thou cast out from thee every Phantasm, Perversion, and Deceit of the Enemy, and may the Virtue and Power of God enter into thee, so that thou mayest give us l ight, and chase far from us all fear or terror. After this tho u shalt s prinkle the m w ith the Wa ter of the Art, and incense them with the usual perfumes. And when thou sha lt wish to kindle them thou shalt say: I exorcise thee, O Creature of Fire, in the Name of the Sovereign and Eternal Lord, by His Ineffable Name, which is YOD, HE, VAU, HE; by the Name IAH; and by the Name of Power E L; that t hou mayest en lighten the h eart of all the Spirits which we shall call unto this Circle, so that they may appear before us without fraud and deceit through Him Who hath created all things. Then thou shalt take a square Lanter n, with panes of Cr ystal glass, and thou shalt fit therein the Candle lighted, to read by, to form the Circle, or any other purpose for which thou shalt require it. Page 108 --------------------------------------- 29 Book Two Chapter XIII Concerning The Precepts Of The Art. He w ho h ath attained the r ank or degree of E xor cist, wh ich we ar e usual ly ac cus- to me d to call Ma g us o r Ma s ter a c cord ing to g r ad e, whens oever h e de s ire th to undertake any operation, fo r the nine d ays i mm ediately preced ing the c ommence- ment of the work, should put aside from him all uncleanness, and prepare himself in secret during these days, and prepare all the things necessary, and in the space of these days all these should be made, consecrated, and exorcised. The which being duly com pleted, l et h im go on the day an d hour of t he co m- mencement of the work, unto the p lace set apar t for the same , as hath been said, in the place concer ning the formation of the Circle. Let him instruct his Disciples on no cause whatsoever to move from their assigned pla ces. And the Magus should exhort them with a bold and confident voice as follows: THE EXHORTATION OF THE COMPANIONS Fear ye not, my beloved Companions, seeing that we draw near unto the desired end; therefore, all things being rightly done and the Conjurations and Exorcisms dili- gently p erformed, ye shall behold King s of Kings, and Emperors of Emperors, and other King s, P r inc es, an d M a jest ies w ith t hem, an d a gr eat cr owd o f fol lowers, together with all sorts of musical instruments, yet nothing should either the Magus or his Disciples fear. And then let the Magus say: I exhort you by these Holy Names of God, ELOHIM, ADONAI, AGLA, that none of you now presume to move or cross over from your appointed stations. This b eing said, l et the Magus and his Disciples uncover the Holy Pentacles and show them towards each quarter, and the y being shown in each place, there shall be noises and rushings. Then shall the Emperor of (the Spirits) say unto you: From the time of the Great Addus until now, there hath not been an Exorciser who could behold my person, and unless those things which ye have showed unto us hath been made, ye would not now have se en me. But seeing that ye have p owerf ully called us, as I believe, by the rites derived from Solomon, and which but few of your comrades, or Exorcisers, possess, also they compel us against our will, and I therefore say unto thee that we wish to be obedient in all matters. Then shall the Magus place th e pe titions of himself and his companio ns, w hich sh ould be written down clearly on v irgin card, or paper, beyond the Circle towa rds the Ki ng or Prince of the Sp ir its, an d he w ill r eceive i t and ta ke co unse l wit h his Chiefs. After this he will return the Card, saying: That which thou desirest is accom- plished, be thy will performed, and all thy demands fulfilled. Page 109 --------------------------------------- 30 The Key of Solomon Chapter XIV. Of The Pen, Ink, And Col ours. All things employed for writing, &c ., in this Art, should be prepared in the follow- ing manner: Thou s halt take a ma le gosling, from which thou s ha lt pluck the thir d feathe r of the right wing, and in plucking it thou shalt say: ADRAI, HAHLII, TAMAII, TILONAS, ATHAMAS, ZIANOR, ADONAI, ba nish from this pen all deceit an d error, so that it may be of virtue and efficacy to write all that I desire. Amen. Afte r this tho u shalt sharpen it with the penknife of the Ar t, perfume it, sprinkle it, and place it aside in a silken cloth. Thou shalt have an Inkstand made of earth or any convenient matter, and in the day and ho ur o f Mercury tho u shalt e ngrave the reon w ith the Burin of Ar t the se Names: YOD, HE, VAU, HE, Metatron, Iah Iah Iah, Qadosch, Elohim Tzabaoth (see Figure 85); and in putting the ink therein thou shalt say: I exorcise thee, O Crea ture of Ink, by ANAIRETON, by SIMULATOR, and by the Name ADONAI, and by the Name of Him through Whom all things were made, that thou be unto me an aid and succor in all things which I wish to perform by thine aid. As it sometimes happeneth that it is necessary to write with some noble color, it is well to have a new and clean box wherein to keep them. The principal colors w ill be Yellow or Gold, Red, Celestial or Azure Blue, Green, and Brown; and any other colors that may be requisite. Thou shalt exorcise, perfume, and sprinkle them in the usual manner. Figure 85. Page 110 --------------------------------------- 31 Book Two Chapter XV. Of The Pen Of The Swallow And Of The Crow. Take the feather of a Swallow or of a Crow, and before plucking it thou shalt say: May Holy MI CH AEL the Arch an gel of G od, a nd MIDAEL and MIR AEL, the Chiefs and Captains of the Celestial Army, b e my a id in th e operation I am about to perform, so that I may wr ite herewith all things which are necessary, and that all the experiments which I commence herew ith may through you and through your names be perfected by the power of the Most High Creator. Amen. After this t hou shalt point a nd complete t he pen with the Knife of the Ar t, and with the pen and ink of the art thou shalt write upon its side the Name, ANAIRETON (see Figure 86), and thou shalt say over it the following Psalms: cxxxiii.; cxvii. Page 111 --------------------------------------- 32 The Key of Solomon Chapter XVI. Of The Blood Of The Bat, Pigeon, And Other Animals. Take a living Bat and exorcise it thus: THE EXORCISM OF THE BAT. CAMIACH, E MO IAHE, EM IA L, M ACBA L, EM O II, ZA ZEA N , M AIP HIAT, ZACRA TH, T ENDAC, V UL AMAH I; b y these M ost H oly Na mes, an d the ot her Na mes of Angels which are writte n in th e Book ASSAMAIAN, I conjure thee O Ba t (or whatever animal it may be) that thou assist me in this operation, by God the True, God the Holy, the God Who hath created thee, and by Adam, Who hath imposed thy true name upon thee and upon all other animated beings. Af ter this, ta ke the Needle or other convenient Instrument o f Art, as will b e s aid later on, and pierce the bat in the vein which is in the right wing; and collect the blood in a small vessel over the which thou shalt say: Al mighty ADO NAI , ARATHRON, AS HAI, ELOHI M, ELOHI, EL IO N, ASHE R EHEIEH, SHADDAI, O God the Lord, immaculate, immutable, EMANUEL, MESSI- ACH, YOD, HE, VAU, HE, be my aid, so that this blood may have power and efficacy all wherein I shall w ish, and in all that I shall demand. Perfume it and keep it for use. The blood o f other winged animals may be taken in th e same ma nner, with the proper solemnities. Page 112 --------------------------------------- 33 Book Two Chapter XVII. Of Virgin Parchment, or Virgin Paper, And How It Should Be Prepared. Virgin Parchment Paper, ma de from th e s kin of de a d-born lambs, whic h is ne w, pure, clean, and exorcised, never having served for any other purpose. Genuine Virgin Parchment is necessar y in many Magical Operations, and should be proper ly prep ared an d consec rated. T here ar e two kinds, o ne ca lled Virgin, the other Unborn. Virgin Parchment is that which is taken from an Animal which hath not attained the age of generation, whether it be ram, or kid, or other animal. Unborn Parchment is taken from an animal which hath been taken before its time from the uterus of its mother. Take whichsoever of these two classes of animals thou pleasest, provided only that it be male, and in the day and hour of Mercur y; and take it to a secret place where no man may see t hee at work . Thou shalt have a marsh-reed cut at a single stroke with a new knife, and thou sha lt strip from it the leaves, repeating this Conjuration: THE CONJURATION OF THE REED. I conjure thee by t he Cr eator of all things, an d by the Ki ng of An gels, Wh ose Name is EL S HADDAI, that thou receivest strength and virtue to flay this animal and to construct the parchment whereon I may write the Holy Names of God, and that it may acquire so great v ir tue t hat all wh ich I shall write or d o may obt a in it s effect , through Him who liveth unto the Eternal Ages. Amen. Before cutting the Reed recite Psalm lxxii. After this, with the Knife of the Art, thou shalt fashion the Reed into the shape of a Knife, and upon it thou shalt write these Names: AGLA, ADONAI, ELOHI (see Fig- ure 87), through Whom be the work of this Knife accomplished. Then thou shalt say: O God, who drewest Moses, Thy well-beloved and Th ine elect, from among the Reed s on the marshy banks of the Nile, and from the Waters, he being yet but a child, grant unto me th rough Thy g reat mercy a nd compa ssion that this Reed may receive Power and Virtue to effect that which I desire through Thy Holy Name and the Names of Thy Holy Angels. Amen. This b ein g do ne, th ou s ha lt comm enc e w ith th i s K nife to f la y t he Ani ma l, whether it be Virgin or Unborn, saying: Page 113 --------------------------------------- 34 The Key of Solomon ZOHAR, ZIO, TAL MAÏ , ADONAI , SHADDA I, TETRAGRAMMATON, a nd Ye Holy Angels of God; be present, and grant power and virtue unto this parchment, and may it be consecrated by you, so that all things which I shall write thereon shall obtain their effect. Amen. The Animal being flayed, take Salt, and say thus over it: God of Gods, and Lord of Lords, Who hast created all things from Negative Exist- ence, deign to bless and sanct ify this S alt, s o that in plac ing it u pon this parchment which I wish to make, it may have such v irtue that whatsoever I may write on it here- after may attain its desired end. Amen. Afterwards rub the said parchment with the exorcised salt, and leave it in the Sun, to im bibe this s alt for the sp ace of an en tire da y. Then take a la rge ear t hen vessel glazed within and without, round the outside of which thou s halt w rite the c haracters in Figure 88. Figure 88. After this thou shalt put powdered lime into the vessel, saying: OROH, ZARON, ZAINON, ZE VARO N, ZA PHIEL, ELIO N, be y e presen t an d bless this work so that it may attain the desired e ffect, through the King of the Heav- ens, and the God of the Angels. Amen. Ta ke then exorcise d Wa ter an d pour i t upon t he sai d l ime, an d place the skin therein for three days, after which thou shalt take it thence, and scrape therefrom the lime and flesh adhering, with the Knife of Reed. After this thou shalt cut, with a single stroke, a wand of H azel, long e nough for thee to form a Circle therewith; take also a cord spun by a young maiden, and small stones or pebbles from a brook, pronouncing these words: O God Adonai, Holy and Power ful Father, put virtue into these stones, that they may ser ve to st retc h this parchment, an d to ch ase t herefrom al l fraud , an d may it obtain virtue by Thine Almighty Power. After this, having stretched the said parchment upon the Circle and bound it with the cord and stones, thou shalt say: AGLA, YOD, HE, VAU, HE, IAH, EMANUEL, bless and preserve this parchment, so that no Phantasm may enter therein. Let it dry thus for three days in a dark and shady place, then cut the cord with the Knife of Art, and detach the Parchment from the Circle, saying: ANTO R, ANCO R, TU RLOS , BE ODONOS , PHAI AR, AP HARCAR, b e pres ent for a guard un to this Parchment. Then perfume it, and keep it in silk ready for use. Page 114 --------------------------------------- 35 Book Two No woman, if her flowers be upon her, should be permitted to see this Parchment; ot he rw is e it w ill l ose its v ir tue. He w ho m aketh it s hould b e p ure, clean, a nd prepared. But if the preparation of the aforesaid parchment seemeth too tedious, thou may- est make it in the following manner, but it is not so good. Take any Pa rchment, and exorcise it; prepare a censer with perfumes; write upon the pa rchment the characters in Figure 89, hold it over the Incense, and say: Be y e presen t to ai d me, an d may my op er ation be accomplish ed through you: ZAZAH, ZALMAI I, DALMAII, ADONAI, ANAPHAXE TON, CEDRION, CRIPON, PRION, ANAIRETON, ELION, OCTINOMON, ZEVANON, ALAZAION, ZIDEON, AGLA, ON, YOD HE VAU HE, ARTOR, DINOTOR, Holy Angels of God; he present and infuse virtue into this Parchment, so that it may obtain such power through you that all N ames or Char acters thereron written may receive due p ower, an d that all deceit and hindrance may depart therefrom, through God the Lord merciful and gra- cious, Who liveth and reigneth through all the Ages. Amen. Then shalt thou recite over the parchment Psalms lxxii.; cxvii.; and cxxiv.; and the "Benedicite Omnia Opera." Then say: I conjure the e, O Virgin Pa rchment, by all the Holy Names, that tho u o bta inest efficacy and strength, and becomest exorci sed and consecrated, so that none of the things w hich may be w rit ten u pon thee sh all be effa ced from the B ook o f Truth. Amen. Then sprinkle it, and keep it as before said. The Cauls of newly-born children, duly consecrated, may also be used instead of Virgin Parchment. Also paper, satin, silk, and the like substances, may be employed in operations of less importance if duly exorcised and consecrated. Page 115 --------------------------------------- 36 The Key of Solomon Chapter XVIII. Of Wax And Virgin Earth. Wax and Virgin E arth are also e mployed i n many Mag ical Oper ations, wh et her to make Images, or Candles, or other things; therefore they should never have been put to any other use. The Earth should be dug up with thine own hands, and reduced to a past e, w ithout touchi ng i t wit h an y instrument what ever, so that i t be n ot defiled thereby. The wa x should be t a ken from bees whi ch ha ve only made it for the first time, and it sh ould never have been employed for any other purpose; and when thou shalt wish it to avail thyself of the one or the other, thou shalt before commencing the work repeat the following conjuration: CONJURATION. EXTABOR, HE TAB OR, SITTACIBOR, ADONAI, ONZO , ZOMEN, M ENOR, ASMODAI, ASCOBAI, C OMATOS, ERIONAS, PROFAS, ALKOMAS, CONAMAS, PA PU ENDO S, O SIA N D OS , E S PIACEN T, D AM NATH , EH ER ES, G OLA DE S, TELA NTES, C OPHI, Z ADES , ye A ngels o f G od be present, for I i nvoke y e i n my work, so that through you it m ay find virtue and accomplishment. Amen. After this repeat Psalms cxxxi. ; xv.; cii.; viii.; lxxxiv.; lxv iii.; lxxii. ; cxxxiii. ; cxiii. ; cxxvi.; xlvi.; xlvii.; xxii.; li.; cxxx.; cxxxix.; xlix.; cx.; liii.; and say: I exorcise thee, O Creature of Wax (or of Ear th), that through the Holy Name of God and His Holy Angels thou receive blessing, so t hat thou mayest be sanctified and ble sse d, and o btain the v irt ue which we d esi re, through t he Most Holy Na me of ADONAI . Amen. Sprinkle the wax and pu t i t aside for u se; b ut ta ke no te tha t the Ea rth w hich sho uld be dug up w it h t hy ha nds sh ou ld be p rep ared ever y t ime t hou ha st need thereof. Page 116 --------------------------------------- 37 Book Two Chapter XIX. Concerning The Needle And Other Iron Instruments. There are several s teel ins truments necessary in various Op erations , as a Needle to prick or to sew; a Burin, or instrument wherewith to engrave, &c. Thou shalt make such instruments in the day and hour of Jupi ter, and when it is finished thou shalt say: I conjure thee. O Instrument of Steel, by God the Father Almighty, by the Virtue of the Heavens, of the Stars, and of the Angels who preside over them; by the virtue of stones, herbs, and animals; by the vir tue of h ail, snow, and w ind; that thou receivest such virtue that thou mayest obtain without deceit the end which I desire in all things where I shal l us e thee; through Go d the Cr eator of t he Ages, an d E mp eror of the Angels. Amen. Afterwards repeat Psalms iii.; ix.; xxxi.; xlii.; lx.; li.; cxxx. Per fume it w ith the p er fume s of the Ar t, and spr ink le it with exorci sed wat er, wrap it in silk and say: DANI , ZU MECH , AGAL MATUROD, GADIEL, PAN I, CANELOAS, MEROD, GAMIDOI, BALDOI, METATO R, Angels most holy, be present for a guard unto this instrument. Page 117 --------------------------------------- 38 The Key of Solomon Chapter XX. Concerning The Silken Cloth. When any Instrument of the Art is properly consecrated, it sho uld be wrapped in silk and put away, as we have said. Take, t hen, si lk of any color except black or gr ey, wh ereon w rite the w ords and Characters in Figure 90. Perfume it with incense of good odor, sprinkle it, and recite Psalms lxxxii.; lxxii.; cxxxiv.; lxiv. Af ter this tho u shalt put it a side for seven days with sweet spices; and tho u shalt use this silk to wrap all the instruments of the Art. Figure 90. Page 118 --------------------------------------- 39 Book Two Chapter XXI Concerning Characters, And The Consecration Of The Magical Book. Whensoever in any Operation it is necessar y to wr ite C haracters, and thou fearest that thou w ilt fail, do this: Write at the beginning the Name EHIEH ASHER EHIEH (Figure 91) , and at the end the name AIN S OPH (Figure 92); between thes e Name s write what thou wishest, and if thou hast anything especial to do bear the said written Names upon the wrapper in silk, and thou shalt say over them: Most Wise and Most High C reator of all things, I p ray Thee fo r Thy gr ace a nd mercy that Thou mayest gr ant such v irtue an d power unto t hese Holy Names, that Thou mayest keep thes e characters from all deceit and er ror, through Thee, O Most Holy ADO NAI. Amen. After hav ing rep eat ed this thou shalt write the requisite Char act ers, an d thou shalt not fail, but shall attain thy desired end. THE CONSECRATION OF THE BOOK Mak e a B ook , co n tai ning si xteen p ages, fr om Vir gin P ar chment, and wr ite ther ein, with red ink, the Prayers for all the Operations, the Names of the Angels in the form of Litanies, their Seals and Characters; the w hich being done thou shalt con- secrate the same unto God and unto the pure Spirits in the manner following: Thou sh alt se t in the destined place a small ta ble cov er ed with a whi te cloth, whereon thou shalt lay the Book opened at the Great Pentacle which should be drawn on the first leaf o f the sai d Book; a nd havi ng kindled a l amp wh ich sh ould be sus- pended above the center o f the table, tho u shalt surround the said table with a white curtain; clothe thyself i n the proper vestments, and h olding the Book open , repeat upon thy knees the following prayer w ith great humility: (For the Prayer beginning "Adonai Elohim," &c., see Book I., Chapter XIV., where it is given in full.) After wh ich thou sh alt incense i t wi th the incense proper to the Planet and the day, and tho u sha lt replace the Book on the aforesaid Table, taking heed that the fire Page 119 --------------------------------------- 40 The Key of Solomon of the la mp be kept u p continually during the op era tio n, and keeping the cur ta ins closed. Repeat the same ceremony for seven days, beginning with Saturday, and per- fuming the Bo ok e ach da y w ith the I ncense pr oper to th e P lanet ru ling the day a nd hour, and taking heed that th e l amp shall burn both da y and night; afte r the whic h thou shalt shut up the Book in a small drawer under the table, made expressly for it, unt il thou sh alt have occasion to use i t; and ever y time that thou wi sh es t to use it , clot he thyse lf with thy vestments, kin dle the la mp, and repea t upon thy k nees the aforesaid prayer, "Adonai Elohim." &c. It is necessa ry a lso, in th e Consecration of th e Bo ok, to summon a ll t he Angels whose Names are w ritten therein in the form of Litanies, the which thou shalt do with devot ion; and even if the Angels and Spirits appear not in the C onsecration of the Book, be not thou astonished thereat, seeing that they are of a pure nature, and conse- quently have much difficulty in familiarizing themselves with men who are inconstant and impure, but the Ceremonies and Characters being correctly carried out devout- edly and w ith per severance, t hey wi ll be c onstrained to come, an d it will at l ength happen tha t a t th y first in vocation tho u w ilt be able to s ee and c ommuni cate with them. But I advise thee to undertake nothing unclean or impure, for then thy impor- tunity, far from attracting them, will only serve to chase them from thee; and it will be thereafter exceedingly difficult for thee to attract them for use for pure ends. Page 120 --------------------------------------- 41 Book Two Chapter XXII. Concerning Sacrifices To The Spirits, And How They Should Be Made. In many operations it is necessary to make some sort of sacrifice unto the De mons, and in various ways. Sometimes white animals are sacrificed to the good Spirits and black to the evil. Such sacrifices consist of the blood and sometimes of the flesh. They who sacrifice animals, of whatsoever kind they be, should select those which ar e v ir gin, as bei ng mor e ag reeabl e un to t he Sp irit s, an d render i ng t hem mor e obedient. When blood is to be sa crificed it should be drawn also from v irgin quadrupeds or birds, but before offering the oblation, say: May this Sacrifice which we find it proper to offer unto ye, noble and lofty Beings, be agr eea ble a nd pleasing u nto your d esir es; b e y e read y to obey us, and y e shall receive greater ones. Then perfume and sprinkle it according to the rules of Art. When it is necessary, with all th e pr oper C eremo nies, to make Sacrifices of fire, they should be made of wood which hath some quality referring especially unto the Spirits invoked; as juniper or pine unto the Spirits of Saturn; box, or oak , unto those of Jupiter; cornel, or cedar, unto those of Mars; laurel unto thos e of the Sun; myrtle unto tho se of Venus; ha ze l unto tho se of Mercur y; and w illow unto tho se of the Moon. But when we make s acrifices of food and drink, everything necessar y should be prepared without the Circle, a nd the mea ts should be covered wi th some f ine clean cloth, an d h ave also a c lean white cloth sp read ben eath them; w ith n ew bread an d good and sparkling wine , b ut in all thin gs tho s e w hich refer to th e natu re o f the Planet. A nimals, such as fo wls o r pigeon s, shoul d be r oasted. Esp eci ally shoul dst thou have a vessel of clear and pure fountain water, and before thou enterest into the Circle, thou sha lt s ummon the Spirits by the ir proper Names, or a t lea st those chief among them, saying: In whatsoever place ye may be, ye Spirits, who are invited to this feast, come ye and be ready to receive our offerings, presents, and sacrifices, and ye shall have hereaf- ter yet more agreeable oblations. First perfume the room by burning Incense therein, and sprinkle the viands with exorcised Water; then commence to conjure the Spirits until they shall come. This is the manner of ma king sacr ifices in all a rts and oper ations wherein it is necessar y, and acting thus, the Spirits will be prompt to serve thee. Page 121 --------------------------------------- 42 The Key of Solomon Conclusion Here endeth our "Key," the which if thou thoroughly instillest into thy memory, thou shalt b e ab le, i f it pleaseth thee, even to fl y wi th the wings of the w ind. B ut i f thou takest l itt le heed hereof, and despiseth this Book , never sh alt thou at tain unto the desired end in any Magical experiment or operation whatsoever. For i n this Book is comprised all science of Magical Art, and it should be strictly kept by thee. And hereunto is the end of our "Key," in the Name of God the righteous, the merciful, and the eternal, Who liveth and reigneth throughout the Ages. Amen. THE END OF THE KEY OF S OLOMON THE KING. Page 122 --------------------------------------- 43 Book Two ANCIENT FRAGMENT OF THE KEY OF SOLOMON. Translated From The Hebrew By Eliphaz Levi; And Given In His "Philosophie Occulte." – Serie II, Page 136. I will now give unto thee the Key of the Kingdom of the Spirits. This Key is the same as that of the Mysterious Numbers of Yetzirah. 84 The Spirits are governed by the natural and universal Hierarchy of things. Thrice command Three through the medium of Three. Ther e are t he S pirits of A bove, t hos e of Below, and thos e of the Center ; then if thou investest the Sacred Ladder, if th ou descendest ins tead of ascending , thou w ilt discover the Counter-Hierarchy of the Shells, or of the Dead Spirits. Know thou only that the Principalities of Heaven, the Virtues, and the Powers, are not Persons, but dignities. They are t he Degrees of the Sacr ed Ladder up on wh ich the Sp irits asc end an d descend. Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, and the others, are n ot Names but Titles. The First of the Numbers is the Unity. The First of the Divine Conceptions called the Sephiroth is Kether or the Crown. The First Category of the Spirits is that of Chaioth Ha-Qadesh or the Intelligences of the Divine Tetragram, whose Letters are sy mbolized by the Mysterious Animals in the Prophecy of Ezekiel. Their empire is that of unity and synthesis. They correspond to the Intelligence. They h ave for adversaries the Thamiel o r Double-Headed Ones, the Demons of revolt and of anarchy, whos e two Chiefs, ever at war with ea ch other, are Satan and Moloch. The Second Number is two; the Second Sephira is Chokmah or Wisdom. The Spirits of Wisdom are the Auphanim, a Na me whic h signif ieth the Wheels, because all acts in Heaven like i mmense Wheels spangled with Stars. Their Empire is that of Harmony. They correspond to the Reason. They have for Adversaries the Chaigidel, or the Shells which attach them selves to Mate rial and Lying Appearances. Their Chief, or rath er their Guide , for Evil Spirits obe y no one, is B eelzebub, w hose Name signifieth the God of Flies, b ecau se Fli es haunt putrefying corpses. The third Number is three. The third Sephira is Binah or Understanding. The Spiri ts o f Binah are Ara lim, or th e St rong. Their empire is th e creation of ideas; they correspond to activity and energy of thought. They have for adversaries the Satariel, or concealers, the Demons of absurdity, of intellectual inertia, and of Mystery. The Chief of the Satariel is Lucifuge, called falsely and by anti-phrase Lucifer (as the Eumenides, who are the Furies, are called in Greek the Gracious Ones.). The fourth Number is four. The fourth S ephira is Gedulah or Chesed, Magnifi- cence or Mercy. Page 123 --------------------------------------- 44 The Key of Solomon The Spirits of Gedulah are the Chaschmalim, or the Lucid On es. Their empire is that of beneficence; they correspond to the imagination. They have for adversaries the Gamchicoth or the Distur bers of Souls. The Chief or Guide of these De mons is Ashta roth or Astarte, the impu re Venus of the Syria ns, whom they represent with the head of an ass or of a bull, and the breasts of a woman. The fifth Number is five. The fifth Sephira is Geburah or Justice. The Spirits of Geburah are the Seraphim, or the Spirits burning with zeal. Their empire is that of the chastisement of crimes. They correspond to the faculty of com- paring and of choosing. They have for a dversaries the Golab or in cindiaries, Genii o f wrath and sedition, whose Chief is Asmodeus, whom they also call Samael the Black. The sixth Number is six. The sixth Sephira is Tiphereth the Supreme Beaut y. The Spir its of Tiphereth are the Ma lachim, or the Kings. Their empire is that of the Universal Ha rmony. They correspond to the judgment. They have for adversaries the Tagaririm, or Disputers, whose Chief is Belphegor. The seventh Number is seven. The seventh Sephira is Netzach, or Victory. The Spirits of N etzach are the Elohim o r the G ods , that is to say the representa- tives of Go d. Their empire i s that of p rog ress an d of life; they cor resp ond to the Sensorium or to sensibility. They have for adversaries the Harab-S erapel, or the Ravens of Death, whose Chief is Baal. The eighth Number is eight. The eighth Sephira is Hod or eternal order. The Spirits of Hod are the Beni Elohim or Sons of the Gods. Their empire is that of order; they correspond to the inner sense. They have for adversaries the Samael or jugglers, whose Chief is Adramelech. The ninth Number is nine . Th e ninth S ephir a is Yes od, o r th e funda m enta l principle. The Spirits of Yesod are the Cherubim or Angels, those powers which fecundate the earth, and which are repres ented in Hebrew sy mbolism under the form of bul ls. Their empire is that of fecundity. They correspond to true ideas. They h ave for adversaries t he Gamal iel or obsc ene, wh os e Queen is Lilith, the Demon of debaucheries. The te nth Number is te n. Th e tenth S ephir a is Malk uth , o r t he kingdo m o f forms. The Spirits of Malkuth are the Ischim, or the virile ones; they are the souls of the Saints whose Chief is Moses. (Let us not forget that it is Solomon who speaks.– Elip- haz Levi) They have for adver sar ies t he wicked ones who obe y Nahem a, t he D em on of Impurity. The wicked are sy mbolized by the five accu rs ed nation s whom Joshua was t o destroy. Joshua, or Jehoshua the Saviour, is a symbol of the Messiach. Page 124 --------------------------------------- 45 Book Two His Name is compo sed of the letters of the D ivine Tetra gram c hanged in to the Pentagram by the addition of the Letter Schin (see Figure 94). Each let ter of t his Pentag ram represen ts a power of goo d attacked by the five accursed nations. For the real history of the people of God is the allegorical legend of Humanity. The five accursed nations are: 1. The Amalekites or Aggressors; 2. The Geburim or Violent Ones; 3. The Raphaim or Cowards; 4. The Nephilim or Voluptuous Ones; 5. The Anakim or Anarchists. The Anarchists are vanquished by the Yod, which is the Sceptre of the Father. The Violent are vanquished by the HE, which is the Gentleness of t he Mother. The Cowards are vanquished by the Vau, which is the Sword of Michael, and Gen- eration by travail and pain. The Voluptuous are vanquished by the second HE, which is the painful bringing forth of the Mother. Lastly, the Aggressors a re vanquished by the Schin, which is the Fire of the Lord and the equilibrating Law of Justice. The Princes of the Perverse Spirits are the False Gods whorm they adore. Hell has then no other government than that fatal law which punishes per versity and corrects error, for the false Gods only exist in the false opinion of their adorers. Baal, Belphegor, Molo ch, Adr amelech, have been the idols o f the Syr ia ns; idols without soul, idols now destroyed, and of whom the Na me alone remaineth. The True G od h ath van qui shed al l the D emon s as Trut h triumphs over Error. That is past in th e opinions of men, a nd t he Wars o f Micha el against Satan are the symbols of movement, and of the progress of Spirits. The Devil is ever a God of refusal. Accredited idolatries are religions in their time. Superannuated idolatries are Superstitions and Sacrileges. The P ant he on of P han toms, wh ich ar e then i n vogue, is t he H eaven of t he Ignorant. The Receptacle of Phantoms, whom Folly even wisheth for no longer, is the Hell. But all this existeth only in the Imagination of the Vulgar. For the wise, Heaven is the Supreme Reason, and Hell is Folly. But it must be understood that we here employ the word Heaven in the Mystical sense which we give it in opposing to it the word Hell. In order to evoke Phantoms it is sufficient to intoxicate oneself or to render one- self m ad; for Phantoms are ever the companions of drunkenness and of vertigo. The Phosphorus of the imagination, abandoned to all the caprices of over-excited and diseased nerves, fills itself with Monsters and absurd visions. We can also arrive at hallucination by mingling together wakefulness and sleep by the graduated use of narcotics; but such actions are crimes against nature. Page 125 --------------------------------------- 46 The Key of Solomon Wisdom chaseth away Phantoms, and enables us to communicate with the Supe- rior Spirits by the con templation of t he L aws of N ature and the st udy of t he Holy Numbers. (Here King Solomon addresseth himsel f to his son, Roboam): Do thou, O my son Roboam, remember, that the fear of Adonai is only the begin- ning of Wisdom. Keep and preserve tho se who have no t unde rsta nding in th e Fear o f A donai, which will give and will preserve unto thee my crown. But learn to triumph thys elf over Fear by Wisdom, and th e Spirits w ill descend from Heaven to serve thee. I, So lomon , thy fa t her, King of Isr ael and of Palmyra, I have so ught o ut and obtained in my lot the Holy Chokmah, which is the wisdom of Adonai. And I have become King of the Spirits as well of Heaven as of Earth, Master of the Dwellers of the Air, and of t he Living Souls of the Sea, because I was in posse ssion of the Key of t he Hidden Gates of Light. I have done great thing s b y the v irtue of the Schema Hamph orasch, and by th e Thirty-two Paths of Yetzirah. Number, weight, and measure determine the form of things; the substance is one, and God createth it eternally. Happy is he who comprehendeth the Letters and the Numbers. The Let ters ar e fr om t he Number s, and the N umber s from t he Ideas , and the Ideas from the Forces, and the Forces from the Elohim. The Synthesis of the Elohim is the Schema. The Sch ema i s one, i ts columns ar e t wo, it s power is three, i t s form i s fo ur, its reflect ion giveth eigh t, wh ich mul tiplied by three giveth unto thee t he twen ty-fou r Thrones of Wisdom. Upon each Throne reposeth a Crow n with three Rays, each Ray beareth a Name, each Name is an Absolute Idea. There are Seventy-two Names upon the Twent y-four Crowns of the Schema. Thou shalt wr ite these Names up on Thirt y-six Ta lismans, two upon ea ch Talis- man, one on each side. Thou shalt divide these Talismans into four series of nine e ach, according to the number of the Letters of the Schema. Upon the first Series thou shalt engrave the Letter Yod, symbolized by the Flower- ing Rod of Aaron. Upon the second the Letter HE, symbolized by the Cup of Joseph. Upon the third the Letter Vau, symbolized by the Sword of David my father. And upon the four th the HE final, symbolized by the Shekel of Gold. These thir ty-six Ta lismans w ill be a B ook which w ill c ontai n all t he Se crets of Na tu re. A nd b y the ir diverse c omb inatio ns t hou s halt m ake t he G eni i a nd A ngels speak. HERE ENDETH THE FRAGMENT OF THE KEY OF SOLOMON. Page 126 --------------------------------------- 47 Book Two THE QABALISTIC AL IN VOCATION OF SOLOMON. Given by Eliphaz Levi in "Rituel de la Haute Magie," Chapter xiii. Powers of the Kingdom, be beneath my left foot, and within my right hand. Glory and Eternity touch my shoulders, and guide me in the Paths of Victory. Mercy and Justice be ye the Equilibrium and splendor of my life. Understanding and Wisdom give unto me the Crown. Spirits of Malkuth conduct me b etween th e two columns w hereon is supported the whole edifice of the Temple. Angels of Netzach and of Hod strengthen me upon the Cubical Stone of Yesod. O GEDULAHEL! O GEBURAHEL ! O TIPHERETH! BINAHEL, be Thou my Love! RUACH CHOKMAHEL, be Thou my Light! Be that which Thou art, and that which Thou willest to be, O KETHERIEL! Ishim, assist me in the Name of SHADDAI. Cherubim, be my strength in the Name of ADONAI. Beni Elohim, be y e my bret hren i n the Name of t he Son , and by the vir tues of TZABAOTH. Elohim, fight for me in the Name of TETRAGRAMMATON. Malachim, protect me in the Name o f YOD H E VAU HE . S eraphi m, purify my love in the Name of ELOAH. Chaschm a li m , en li g h t e n m e w i t h t h e sp le n d or s of E L O H I, an d of SCHECHINAH. Aralim, act ye; Auphanim, revolve and shine. Cha ioth Ha-Q adosch, cr y alou d, speak, roar, an d groan; Q adosch, Q adosch, Qadosch, SHADDAI, ADONAI, YOD CHAVAH, EHEIEH ASHER EHEIH! Halelu-Yah! Halelu-Yah! Halelu-Yah. Amen. Page 127 --------------------------------------- 48 The Key of SolomonThe Mystical Alphabets Page 128