Tag Archives: 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

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.

LeMulgeton: Goetia and the Stellar Tradition

LeMulgeton: Goetia and the Stellar Tradition by Leo Holmes is a new release available directly from Fall of Man in physical and digital editions. There are also a number of images of the book on their social networking page and a sample chapter on the website.

Leo Holmes' Lemulgeton from Fall of Man

“Most of The Ars Goetia readers, if not all, are much more interested in what they can get or do by using it than in its origins. But how did it arrive to our days? What, or who, are the subjects in the book? Why 72 and what do their classifications mean? What can their depictions say about them? A lot of questions remain, and it is the aim of LeMulgeton: Goetia and the Stellar Tradition to point towards where some of those answers can be found.

Throughout the pages of this work, the author attempts to relate both Lemegeton and Mul.Apin (a Babylonian compendium that deals with many diverse aspects of Babylonian astronomy and astrology), attributing the Goetics to the Sumerian Constellations (which include single stars and planets) neglecting the prose’s linear flow for the sake of mythic astronomical approach. For that, the author analyzes every possibility – similarity in names, coincidental depictions, mythological attributions and even Constellations’ modern names – following the order in which the demons are presented in Lemegeton. These associations are not to be taken dogmatically though, but rather serve as a pragmatic working table to stimulate contemporary magicians to further develop knowledge and practice on these matters. Mul.Apin and Lemegeton are apophenic (and pareidolic) maps whose sole intent is to serve as a medium for keeping alive a knowledge which is probably as old as human nature. Therefore, those associations are temporary, ever revolving, just like the stars they are about.

The aim of LeMulgeton: Goetia and the Stellar Tradition is to attend a call and to re-establish a long lost connection with the Elder Gods.” [via]

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

Mr Spencer’s Cube

Hermetic Library fellow Colin Campbell posts about researching a passing mention in the essay “Initiated Interpretation of Ceremonial Magic” [also] by Aleister Crowley of “Mr Spencer’s Cube“.

“I was re-reading Crowley’s Initiated Interpretation of Ceremonial Magic in the front matter of his 1904 edition of Goetia for something around the seven hundredth time yesterday. In it, he mentions “Mr. Spencer’s Projected Cube”, something I had never taken the time to research. Until, well… yesterday.” [via]

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.

Vinculum Confusium

Hermetic Library fellow Colin Campbell has a new post about conjurations of Goetia over on his blog at “Vinculum Confusium“.

“So, here I am on another goose chase. … three manuscripts, listed in sequence, would seem to form the core of what has now become Goetia, but it’s not sure what’s become of them, nor can I say with certainty that they were actually what became Goetia.” [via]

Summoning of Evil Spirits: Goetia and Solomonic Magick with Lon Milo DuQuette

You may be interested in Summoning of Evil Spirits: Goetia and Solomonic Magick, an online training session with Lon Milo DuQuette, offered through Thelesis Aura on Sun, Jan 20 from 4pm-6pm EST.

Lon Milo DuQuette's Summoning of Evil Spirits through Thelesis Aura

“Why would a relatively sane person go out of his or her way to purposefully summon an ‘evil’ spirit? A ‘demon’ from ‘hell’?

The answers might surprise you …

Join Goetic magician Lon Milo DuQuette for a full, in-depth examination of one of the most misunderstood systems of practical magick. His presentation and lecture will be followed by a live Q&A session on tips for the proper use of the system and related magickal techniques — a must attend for anyone with a serious interest in the topic.

Presentation duration: 90-120 minutes. Event will include a real time, interactive question and answer session.”