3.2 THE ORIGIN
All sorcery stems from one source,
Within the pages of this tome is contained the
knowledge of all things celestial and how to tap into
these energies. These
are elements that celestials understand intrinsically.
The book is divided into seven chapters. The first, entitled Clavis, concerns itself with the study of stars and how they influence the ebb and flow of power in the universe. The second chapter, Ala, deals with stones and herbs. It addresses how they can be used for both ritualistic as well as medicinal purposes. Tractatus Thymiamatum, the third chapter, is completely devoted to suffumigations. In the fourth chapter, we find a discussion of how the time of the year (month, day, and season) effects the universe, and the fifth chapter talks about cleanliness (an odd topic, but one that directly effects a material beings ability to control celestial things). Samaim, the sixth and longest chapter in the book, describes the heavens in great detail and how celestial society is organized. The final section deals with the virtues of name, knowing the right name of the angel or demon to call upon for specific tasks.
No celestial knows quite why the
angel Raxiel set down these words.
Some suspect he was ordered to do so by the
Almighty, but others claim he did it for his own selfish
either case, when the work was completed one copy was
given to the Seraph, Metatron, and another copy was
delivered to Adam (the first man).
This gesture infuriated many angels.
The children of clay were not deserving of such
celestial material, and the knowledge presented was seen
as a threat to the angels for it explained all their
strengths and frailties.
A number of the Cherubim and Thrones conspired to
do away with the book.
These celestials descended from haven and stole
the book from Adam.
It was then dropped into the ocean.
To the angels' chagrin, the
Almighty ordered Rehab to retrieve the book and return
it to Adam. Reluctantly,
this angel did so.
There was much confusion at this point.
No celestial was quite sure what plan the
Almighty had, for it seemed a move that could only
threaten the children of fire's ability to help (and
save) the children of clay.
Years past, and the book was stolen
has lost the knowledge of who stole it or why, but once
again it ended up at the bottom of the ocean, where it
stayed for a century or more.
It was Raphael who retrieved it this time, and
his motives were pure.
It was given to Noah so that he could learn the
art of medicine and heal those who he was entrusted to
protect during the great flood.
This action is one that Raphael, now having scene
what trouble the book has caused, dearly regrets.
The book changed hands often over
it was given to Solomon by a Babylonian prince.
Upon seeing it, Solomon immediately understood
the full implications of its words.
With it as a base, he formalized methods by which
angels and demons could be summoned and bound to do the
bidding of the sorcerer.
Sometime in the eleventh century,
the book, which had always been closely guarded.,
disappeared. The world has not seen it since.
Maybe it sits in some sorcerer's private
collection, or perhaps it once again rests at the bottom
of the ocean. Who
can say for sure.
In the fifteenth century, an Italian translation of Sefer Raziel was discovered. It purports to be a direct translation of the original work by a sorcerer of great renown. Its claim, however, are unfounded, and, in fact, it bares little resemblance to the original work. Only the novice seekers search it out, for those in the know understand there is nothing to be gained from this pitiful imposter.