3.4 OTHER MYSTICAL BOOKS
We now turn our attention to the
frivolous writings of the ignorant.
The books that follow came much later than the
true books discussed above. At their best, they are misguided attempts with only a
sliver of truth contained within, and at their worst,
they are hoaxes written to fool the blatantly stupid.
This work belongs to the sixteenth
proponents of this work claim it to be penned by the
hand of Solomon himself, this is a ridiculous statement.
More than likely, it was written by one who had
only a passing knowledge of the workings of sorcery
(perhaps an acolyte who was early on dismissed by his
Its true merit can be found by the
influence it had on other later writing.
Many of the grimoires of the seventeenth and
eighteenth centuries take their lead from this work.
As a result, it has become a central book for the
uninitiated world (and those charlatans who pretend to
be sorcerers), while those with true knowledge see it
for the useless blather it truly is.
It has a tone both evil and
speaks of dark pacts, which do not truly exist between
sorcerers and the sons of darkness. Its rituals for invisibly and the locating of stolen objects
are ridiculous to all but the fool-hearty.
Lesser Key of Solomon
The earliest uncorrupted examples
of this book are written in French and date to the
seventeenth century. It is interesting to note that this work has much
greater merit than the elder book for which it is named.
Its primary focus is on the
classification and explication of celestial spirits.
To this end it does a wondrous job.
It is divided into four sections: Goetia,
Theurgia Goetia, "Pauline Art", and Almadel.
Each section deals with a particular brand of
While there is much knowledge to be gleamed from this work, it cannot be relied upon to perform proper and accurate rituals. It is filled with inaccuracies and in many cases adds unnecessary steps to already drawn out procedures. For this reason, it is a good starting point, but those of extraordinary proficiency rely on other works for true insight.
It Is the most fantastic of the
It's Italian editor touts it as the end all be
all for magical knowledge.
Quite the contrary is the case.
Still, it holds a premier place among charlatans
and fools alike.
The work is divided into two
first concerns itself with the evocation of Sammael, and
the second section , called Sanctum Regnum, deals with
the rite of making pacts.
The tone of the work is dark and twisted, soaring to new lows even for diabolical grimoires. It's rituals, which even sink to the level of necromancy, are both horrific and totally ineffective. Nothing can be gleamed by true sorcerer from this book.