Category Archives: The Shadows of Goetia

The Little Little Key

Ariana Osborne, who’s name you may recognize from Cartes Infernales and The Daemon Tarot, has a new Patreon campaign to create The Little Little Key which you may want to help support, “because every little magician needs to start somewhere!”

Ariana Osborne The Little Little Key Patreon campaign

“Well, there are 72 spirits in the Ars Goetia of the Lesser Key of Solomon, and I covered a fair few of them in the Cartes project — but not all of them. And that’s all well and good for President Malphas, but what about poor Prince Sitri? I do so hate leaving anyone out. It’s just not fair. So, fine: I suppose I’ve got a direction for my next project.

But do we reeeaaaalllly need yet another interpretation of an interpretation of a translation that eventually roots back to Weyer’s Pseudomonarchia Daemonum? I mean, these are some old, dusty, seriously user-unfriendly texts that have been well-explored by lots of experts.

But, there you go: Experts. As far as I know, no one’s ever made a simple introduction to the Goetic spirits.

I mean really simple.

I mean ‘My First Goetia’ simple.

Yes. I’m making The Little Little Key, because every little magician needs to start somewhere.”

Geosophia I

Geosophia: The Argo of Magic I [also] by Jake Stratton-Kent, Encyclopaedia Goetica Volume II, the 2010 Bibliothèque Rouge paperback from Scarlet Imprint, is part of the collection at the Reading Room.

Jake Stratton-Kent Geosophi I from Scarlet Imprint

“Jake Stratton-Kent’s master piece Geosophia: the Argo of Magic traces the development of magic from the Greeks to the grimoires. This further volume in the Encyclopaedia Goetica series is both a scholarly and practical work for the modern magician. JSK takes the role of psychopomp, guiding us along the voyage of the Argonauts and fearlessly descending to the depths of Hades. His journey reveals a continuity of practice in the West which encompasses the pre-Olympian cults of Dionysus and Cybele, is found in the Graeco-Egyptian Magical Papyri and flows into the grimoires. his revolutionary thesis exposes the chthonic roots of modern magic so that we can reconnect with the very source of our ritual tradition.” — back cover

 

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The Testament of Cyprian the Mage

The Testament of Cyprian the Mage by Jake Stratton-Kent has been announced over on the Scarlet Imprint blog. This will be a two volume work that follows, and completes, the Encyclopaedia Goetica series, which includes The True Grimoire and the two-volume Geosophia. As of this writing there appears to be no direct link to the work itself, but subscribers to the Scarlet Imprint mailing list will be given a chance to pre-order the fine edition and standard hardback beginning on November 13th, 2013.

Jake Stratton-Kent The Testament of Cyprian the Mage from Scarlet Imprint

The Daemon Tarot

The Daemon Tarot: The Forbidden Wisdom of the Infernal Dictionary is a book and deck of cards by Ariana Osborne, due from Sterling Ethos on November 5, 2013, and has arrived at the Reading Room courtesy of the publisher.

Ariana Osborne The Daemon Tarot from Sterling Ethos

First things first: this is not actually a tarot deck. There are no suits, no major/minor arcana, and the deck has 69 cards. However, personally, I think that’s a good thing. Instead of being yet another novelty themed tarot deck which merely swaps out images from any other, this is something actually new and different.

Ariana Osborne is a print designer, from Portland, OR, who has taken inspiration from Jacques Auguste Simon Collin de Plancy’s 1818 Le Dictionnaire Infernal and the commissioned engravings by Luis Breton of these many entities for a later edition, and used those to create a cartomancy deck useful for creative divination, study and more. In fact, I’d previously mentioned her “Cartes Infernales” crowdfunding effort for this, and so it is actually quite wonderful to see this become a major release.

Ariana Osborne The Daemon Tarot book and cards from Sterling Ethos
Inside the box: book and card deck

Each card has a name, image and brief description of one entity; and the companion book is primarily comprised of a reference for each card with additional information, including an annotation about the entity, an inspiration as relevant connection to the modern world, and a divination with suggested meaning for those using the cards for cartomancy.

There’s a tiny bit of dancing apologetics in the preface, which, you know, is fine if it soothes the squares and avoids being burnt alive or worse when the narrow-minded mob becomes nasty during Consumermas, but even with that this is a nice, cleanly designed reference and divinatory set of uncommonly complex entities which could be of interest to you.

Ariana Osborne The Daemon Tarot Abigor Abraxas Adramelech Orobas Paimon Stolas
A few familiar fiends: Abigor, Abraxas, Adramelech, Orobas, Paimon, and Stolas

“What does the Daemon Tarot hold in store for you? Summon the power of infernal beings to guide you on your path …

For the 1893 sixth edition of his Dictionnaire Infernal (‘Infernal Dictionary’), a volume filled with entries about magic and the occult, demonologist Jacques Auguste Simon Collin de Plancy commissioned over five hundred unique engravings—including 69 signed illustrations by Luis Breton, mostly compelling portraits of named daemons. Now author Ariana Osborne has created a matched set of 69 cards out of Breton’s works and written a companion book of illustrated entries for each. These entries detail each daemon’s attributes compiled not only from the Dictionnaire, but from a variety of other sources; Osborne’s own interpretations and insights into the subject of each card; and focused meanings to use in a traditional one-card draw or a six-card spread—’the next best thing to dragging a daemon into your living room to answer all your questions.'” — box copy

 

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Conjuring Spirits

Conjuring Spirits: A manual of Goetic and Enochian Sorcery by Hermetic Library fellow Michael Osiris Snuffin, the 2010 hardcover from Concrescent Press, is part of the collection at the Reading Room.

Michael Osiris Snuffin Conjuring Spirits from Concrescent Press

“Sorcery, defined here as the art of conjuring spirits, is one of the traditional, core disciplines of magickal practice. It is highly admired and its practitioners accorded great prestige. While many of the old grimoires have baroque and elaborate procedures for conjuring spirits, Frater Osiris cuts through the Gordian knot of complexity and obfuscation to present us with a much more direct approach to evoking Goetic and Enochian spirits. It is simple, clear, practical and without mystification. It is highly accessible and designed to enable practitioners to assemble the few tools required, prepare themselves, and begin work almost immediately reaping the practical and spiritual benefits of sorcerous practice. Naturally, it is an approach that some won’t like, but many more will appropriate and tune to their own satisfaction. Anyone can get started here.” [via]

 

The Hermetic Library Reading Room is an imaginary and speculative future reification of the library in the physical world, a place to experience a cabinet of curiosities offering a confabulation of curation, context and community that engages, archives and encourages a living Western Esoteric Tradition. If you would like to contribute to the Hermetic Library Reading Room, consider supporting the library or contact the librarian.

72DEMONS Book

Previews of the 72DEMONS book have been posted, which is the end goal of the 72DEMONS Project that started back on 2011 to create new illustrations for all 72 demons from Ars Goetia. It’s been a long time coming, but looks gorgeous and worth the wait!

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RONOVE

“Inspired by the Lesser Key of Solomon, comics, and 17th century grimoire, the 72DEMONS project is a venue for new and budding visual artists. Our goal is to publish an illustrated book depicting the seventy-two demons archived in the Ars Goetia, believed to be a guide written by King Solomon for summoning both helpful and malevolent spirits. Thousands of years later these entities persist, although they have changed their names and faces!

Since summer of 2011, 72DEMONS has expanded into a diverse collective of illustrators, painters, graphic designers, writers and video artists — making for one hefty book! Like what you see? What you are viewing now are only a few pieces from the first full-color proof.” [via]

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STOLAS

Goetic demon statues and more

Christian Day’s HEX: Old World Witchery has some interesting statues based on Goetic spirits and more from the grimoires on offer, including statues of Buer, Behemoth, Baphomet and even some that don’t begin with the letter B.

Buer in bronze finish
Buer is a spirit that appears in the 16th century grimoire Pseudomonarchia Daemonum and its derivatives, where he is described as a Great President of Hell, having fifty legions of demons under his command. He appears when the Sun is in Sagittarius. Buer teaches natural and moral philosophy, logic, and the properties of all herbs and plants. He also heals all diseases, especially of men, and gives good familiars. According to some authors, he teaches Medicine and has the head of a lion and five goat legs surrounding his body to walk in every direction. In Grim Grimoire, Buer is summoned using the alchemy rune. Also, he discourages drunkenness.This sculpture is made of resin with a faux bronze finish. It stands approximately 4.25″ tall by 4.25″ across.

 

Behemoth in bronze finish
According to legend, the Behemoth was the largest animal that lived on land. Jewish tradition tells us that it was fashioned from clay on the sixth day of creation. However, the book of Job records that the Behemoth is the first of God’s works. In the Muslim tradition, Behemoth equates with the monstrous Bahamut, the vast monster that supports the earth in the cosmos. Demonically, as the name suggests, he was a huge soldier of Satan, usually depicted as an elephant with a big round belly, waddling on two feet. He was the infernal watchman, and also presided over the gluttonous banquets and feasts. It is said that he also enjoyed a certain renown for his voice, being regarded as Hell’s official demonic singer.This sculpture is made of resin with a faux bronze finish. It stands approximately 3 1/2 inches tall by 2 1/2 inches wide.

 

Goat of Mendez / Baphomet statue
Keep Baphomet on your altar to draw in lust, divinity, and spiritual balance.