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The Characters of Evil Spirits, from the so-called "Fourth Book" of Cornelius . observance which constitute Ceremonial Magic, as it is presented in books, will. I run this site alone and spend an awful lot of time creating these books. Very few people donate, but without your help, this site can't survive. Please support it by. of Ceremonial Magic as it is found in books, and the fantastic nature of the distinction between White and Black Magic. —so far also as the literature of either is.


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Preface. Ceremonial Magic as it is found in books, and the fantastic nature of the distinction between White and Black Magic- so far also as the literature of either. The Book of Ceremonial Magic, by A.E. Waite, at plicanodfratran.ga Author: Arthur Waite; Type: Downloadable PDF; Size: MB; Downloaded: times; Cover of Arthur Edward Waite's Book The Book Of Ceremonial Magic.

The actual question before us is after what manner, if any, magical procedure draws anything from secret tradition in the past, and so enters into the general subject of such tradition, whether in Christian or anterior times. It would and could only be of tradition on its worthless side, and it will not exalt a subject which the records of centuries have shewn to be incapable of being raised; it will, however, let us know where we are.

On the face of the question a tradition of all kinds of rubbish is very likely to have been handed down from antiquity, and in respect of occultism, the last drift and scattermeal has passed into the Grimoires, Keys of Solomon and other rituals innumerable by which Art Magic has passed into written record.

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As this book represents, under a new title and with many additions, a work which was issued originally in , I have accepted the opportunity to indicate its position in respect of far more important works embodying my construction of the Secret Tradition in Christian Times. I have secured this object--which after all is clear and simple--not by a regrettable comparison of what I have written there with that which appears in the present place, but by shewing in a brief introduction the proper sense in which phenomenal occultism and all its arts indifferently connect with the tradition of the mystics: they are the path of illusion by which the psychic nature of man enters that other path which goes down into the abyss.

The book in its present revision remains of necessity a presentation of old texts by the way of digest; I have added some new sections that in this department it may be rendered more representative, and if a touch of fantasy, which is not wholly apart from seriousness, will be pardoned here at the inception, the work itself is now an appendix to the introductory thesis--the textual, historical and other evidence by which it is supported.

In the year an expositor of the more arid and unprofitable side of Kabalistic doctrine edited in English a text of Ceremonial Magic, entitled Clavicula Salomonis, or, the Key of Solomon the King.

As the Pharisees thought Jesus was bad for his command over the demons, the Church authorities think the sorcerers are evil for their command over the demons. So the reasoning goes. While most Grimoires claim to originate with King Solomon, a few others claim to be the work of a Pope, who was holy enough to have been taught the magical arts by an angel of light. Most of the rituals concern personal and material gain: summoning a demon so it can lead you to treasure, or make a woman love you, or harm an enemy.

Very cliche and selfish objectives. Not very holy. I was trying to imagine the sort of person who - hundreds of years ago - would have turned to such rituals. Poor, lonely, awkward, and yet with an ego big enough to think they were holy and great enough to get God's assistance in enslaving a fallen angel. I pictured a modern-day Internet Troll living in the pre-modern world.

In preparation for a ritual, the sorcerer is supposed to fast, refrain from social contact with other humans, and sleep as little as possible for so many days, presumably so by the time they carried out the ritual their mental state was sufficiently ruined hallucinations came very easily.

Specific prayers must be repeated throughout the fasting days, and at the sorcerer must bathe in holy water and bless every item to be used in the ritual - his robes white linen, embroidered with certain symbols depending on which ritual is being performed , the incense, the parchment or vellum, the candles, the magic circle, etc.

There is only one extant ritual which calls for a blood sacrifice for the sake of blood sacrifice. The extant manuscripts of the various Grimoires of Black Magic in the British Museum date from the 15th century onwards, though may have been written earlier. Black magic is strange, or to paraphrase the author of the book I've read, it is a mixture of the grotesque and the imbecilic.

The Grimoires teach that through the glory and power of God, one can summon and control infernal spirits. In popular culture we think of bl As research for a piece of fiction, I've been reading about European magic. In popular culture we think of black magic as a godless deal with demons - it is strange to think those who practiced it believed themselves holy.

There's a Jewish legend about King Solomon: God gave him the power to control demons, and he used demons to build his temple and help him out whenever he wanted. There are also Christian and Islamic versions of this legend - in the Islamic version, Solomon also has a magic carpet.

Many of the Grimoires claim to be based on the magical writings of King Solomon, who shared the secrets of demon-control. In Jewish mythology, demons are not fallen angels - they are creatures God abandoned bodiless and unfinished at sunset on the 6th day, to mark the importance of ceasing work to rest on the Sabbath.

They are not inherently evil, though are jealous and spiteful of humanity's completeness. Thus demons are another of God's creatures on Earth, over which man is supposed to be the ruler, and so in Jewish magic systems the wizard sorcerer chap is hoping for God's assistance in placating one of his subordinate creatures - analogous to praying that your horse will carry you to your destination without rearing up and maiming you.

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I have a separate book on Jewish magic which I have not read yet. The Solomon-inspired magic was adapted to a Christian setting and audience. The wizard sorcerer chap calls on the power of God to help him summon and enslave a fallen angel to do his bidding.

Jesus commands demons in the gospels the Pharisees think he is in league with Satan because the demons obey him so quickly , and so a devout Christian should also be able to to command demons with Jesus' support.

As the Pharisees thought Jesus was bad for his command over the demons, the Church authorities think the sorcerers are evil for their command over the demons.

So the reasoning goes. While most Grimoires claim to originate with King Solomon, a few others claim to be the work of a Pope, who was holy enough to have been taught the magical arts by an angel of light.

Most of the rituals concern personal and material gain: Very cliche and selfish objectives. Not very holy.

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I was trying to imagine the sort of person who - hundreds of years ago - would have turned to such rituals. Poor, lonely, awkward, and yet with an ego big enough to think they were holy and great enough to get God's assistance in enslaving a fallen angel. I pictured a modern-day Internet Troll living in the pre-modern world. In preparation for a ritual, the sorcerer is supposed to fast, refrain from social contact with other humans, and sleep as little as possible for so many days, presumably so by the time they carried out the ritual their mental state was sufficiently ruined hallucinations came very easily.

Specific prayers must be repeated throughout the fasting days, and at the sorcerer must bathe in holy water and bless every item to be used in the ritual - his robes white linen, embroidered with certain symbols depending on which ritual is being performed , the incense, the parchment or vellum, the candles, the magic circle, etc.

There is only one extant ritual which calls for a blood sacrifice for the sake of blood sacrifice.

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I'll spare you the details, but it involves killing both a black hen and a young lamb. A few others feature human body parts in their reagents list - the author notes that human bodies would have been easyish to find back then, when mortality was high, life expectancy low, and the death sentence was a punishment for many crimes. Curiously, the cliche of sorcerers sacrificing a goat as part of their rituals comes from a misunderstanding: Sorcerers could not rely on the local tannery for this, and so would prepare their own.

Obviously, since the goat's tanned hide was to be used in the ritual, the sorcerer would bless the goat repeatedly - before, during, and after slaughtering it - and so to any casual observer, it would look like blood sacrifice for the sake of blood sacrifice. In case it's not obvious, I think this magic stuff is bollocks. At best a historical curiosity, at worst a way of seriously damaging your mental health.

I tried to imagine how I would react to it, living hundreds of years ago. I found myself feeling sympathetic towards the Inquisition. If your worldview takes the existence of evil demons as a fact, and your holy books warn against greed and lust and malice, it is so easy to imagine these Grimoires having been forged by demons to trick the poor, lonely, and egotistical down a dark path.

The Book of Ceremonial Magic

I gave up on page , after skipping ahead to part 2 and realizing the whole book, to me, is a waste of words. I don't know what I expected this book to be about when I bought it. Maybe I thought it would be about how to perform ceremonial magic.

Maybe I thought it'd be insightful. Maybe I should have questioned why "Jehovah," and "Emmanuel" were on the cover of the book.

But enough of that. You know when you had to write research papers in college and you were forced to find academic sources, so you type your query into your college's database and end up getting something with the most perfect title ever, only to click on it and find it's a book review instead of the information you need?

That's this book. The book is basically just a bunch of book reviews of grimoires from the medieval era with some prayers stuck here and there and maybe Charlemagne's name thrown in to spice things up. Maybe that's useful to someone else, but for a novice looking for information into the occult who thought this would be a great reference, oh my god I just wanted to throw this book against the wall.

It's as dry as my mom's infamous pork chops and as far as I can tell all pages were not worth cutting down a tree for. I even skipped ahesd to part two, which is supposed to be about how to do ceremonial magic.

It just keeps going on and on about what different texts from the medieval era think. And then what he thinks about it. And then he throws in a bunch of prayers. Jesus don't want your ceremonial occultism nonsense any more than I want to read it. And I mean, maybe I don't know what I'm talking about.

Maybe I'm just annoyed, but really it's because I'm uneducated about practicing magick and when I learn a thing I'll be super ashamed of this judgement and I'll come back and shout praise for Waite from the mountain tops.

But for right now, quite honestly, I'd rather have some trees than this book. Anybody who is 35 years or older and got into the occult early on probably has read this book, considering it was one of the few books you could actually find with somewhat ease.

Considering the time it was a good book to have as an introduction but A. Waite was notorious for leaving critical stuff out of what he put into his books. So nowadays be happy we have so many original source material so readily available and don't have to rely upon this. I give it three stars mainly for the nostalgia Anybody who is 35 years or older and got into the occult early on probably has read this book, considering it was one of the few books you could actually find with somewhat ease.

I give it three stars mainly for the nostalgia.I'll spare you the details, but it involves killing both a black hen and a young lamb.

There is probably a considerable class outside occult students to whom a systematic account of magical procedure may be not unwelcome, perhaps mainly as a curiosity of old-world credulity, but also as a contribution of some value to certain side issues of historical research; these, however, an edition for occult students would deter rather than attract.

The Solomon-inspired magic was adapted to a Christian setting and audience. Jesus don't want your ceremonial occultism nonsense any more than I want to read it. With this exception, the large body of literature which treats of Theurgic Ceremonial in its various branches has remained inaccessible to the generality of readers, in rare printed books and rarer manuscripts, in both cases mostly in foreign languages.