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The Key of Solomon the King (Dover Occult) [Kindle Edition]

S. L. MacGregor Mathers
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How to make a magic carpet, become invisible, and find love are among the useful procedures detailed in this famous book of magic. Reputedly written by King Solomon himself, this major text of Western ritual magic contains chants, prayers, and instructions—both general and specific—on trafficking with the spirit world.
Editor and translator S. L. MacGregor Mathers was a leader of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, an influential group of magicians and mystics whose members included Arthur Machen, W. B. Yeats, and Evelyn Underhill. MacGregor Mathers based this extraordinary book on seven manuscripts from the British Museum's collections. Its formulas for conjuring up spirits and performing rituals offer a rich source of study for students of comparative religion, psychology, and the history of ideas. For working occultists, this classic provides a valuable and important guide to the execution of magical ceremonies.


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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French, Hebrew, Italian, Latin

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Another in our line of occult and metaphysical titles.

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  • File Size: 4190 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; Dover Ed edition (February 8, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A3IKP4U
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96 of 98 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This edition has stood the test of time March 23, 2002
Format:Paperback
This Red Wheel/Weiser edition sets a standard for high quality and low cost. It faithfully reproduces Mathers' original text, and includes a new introduction by modern author R.A. Gilbert.
The Key of Solomon is the most famous and important of all Grimoires, or handbooks of Magic. As A.E. Waite has stated (BCM 58) "At the head of all, and, within certain limits, the inspiration and the source of all, stands the Key of Solomon. ... Mr. Mathers' presentation of the Key of Solomon, which is still in print, though the work of an uncritical hand, must be held to remove the necessity for entering into a detailed account of the contents of that curious work. ... The Key of Solomon can scarcely be judged accurately in the light of its English version, for the translator, preternaturally regarding it as a highly honourable memorial of lawful magic, has excised as much as possible the Goëtic portions, on the ground that they are interpolations, which is of course arbitrary."
Mr. Waite's harsh criticism is hardly justified. In fact, Mathers excised very little. Actually, three of the four significant excisions are operations dealing with love magic (Colorno, chapters 11-13: The experiment of Love, and how it should be performed; The experiment or operation of the Apple; Of the operation of love by her dreams, and how one must practice it. The fourth large excision is chapter 14: Operations and experiments regarding hate and destruction of enemies.) He also omitted one paragraph from the chapter dealing with the use of blood. Mathers also substituted Hebrew for the Latin biblical passages on the pentacles.
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81 of 87 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Grimoire for All Serious Occultists! September 1, 1999
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Format:Paperback
I'll try to make this short and sweet. The Key of Solomon the King is probably the greatest introductory Grimoire for any Occultist interested in invocation or evocation. It's a bit dry, at times, but it surely gets the point across even to the beginner. I do have one word of warning for anyone who buys ANY Grimoire or work dealing Magick at all. That warning is this: Though a lot of Magick comes from inside, summonings and evocations DO deal with true, objective entities. Many New Agers or Psychoccultists will tell you that it's all "in your mind" and you're only harnassing yourself. Don't let yourself be diluted into believing that. There are some beings out there that exist whether we want them to or not. Be cautious in your Magick and follow the Middle Pillar.
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars No images on Kindle edition February 29, 2008
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I was sad to see that this Kindle edition is missing all the figures, seals, and sigils. No tables, nothing. There are other books of the occult that translate very well into the Kindle. I've converted free PDF's of the Ars Paulina (for example) that retained the seals and it looked great. This Kindle version is limited. It's good for a word search.

The page formating is also very off. Chapters starting on the bottom half or a previous page. etc.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
One of the most recognized books in the occult world. If you do not own this book, or if you've never read it, or (Gods forbid) you have never HEARD of it, then I urge you to buy this book. Although the book contains no real information on the casting of spells or the suchlike it does contain the preperatory rituals for the operator, and the construction of the various instruments of the art.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This edition has stood the test of time October 9, 2001
Format:Hardcover
This Red Wheel/Weiser edition sets a standard for high quality and low cost. It faithfully reproduces Mathers' original text, and includes a new introduction by modern author R.A. Gilbert.
The Key of Solomon is the most famous and important of all Grimoires, or handbooks of Magic. As A.E. Waite has stated (BCM 58) "At the head of all, and, within certain limits, the inspiration and the source of all, stands the Key of Solomon. ... Mr. Mathers' presentation of the Key of Solomon, which is still in print, though the work of an uncritical hand, must be held to remove the necessity for entering into a detailed account of the contents of that curious work. ... The Key of Solomon can scarcely be judged accurately in the light of its English version, for the translator, preternaturally regarding it as a highly honourable memorial of lawful magic, has excised as much as possible the Goëtic portions, on the ground that they are interpolations, which is of course arbitrary."
Mr. Waite's harsh criticism is hardly justified. In fact, Mathers excised very little. Actually, three of the four significant excisions are operations dealing with love magic (Colorno, chapters 11-13: The experiment of Love, and how it should be performed; The experiment or operation of the Apple; Of the operation of love by her dreams, and how one must practice it. The fourth large excision is chapter 14: Operations and experiments regarding hate and destruction of enemies.) He also omitted one paragraph from the chapter dealing with the use of blood. Mathers also substituted Hebrew for the Latin biblical passages on the pentacles.
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3.0 out of 5 stars difficult reading, but interesting
I I like the information. One need to know the bible well to appreciate this book. Those not well versed with the bible should not read this book.
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the reason I love the book I have had it before and didn't understand what I had and gave the book away!! Read more
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I didn't like the book when I got it, so I sent it back. It was very complicated and not what I expected.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting book
I enjoyed reading this book, my friend told me about this book. She lived over seas and found a hard bound one.
Published 5 months ago by Michele Pankiw
2.0 out of 5 stars Historically interesting, but disturbing
I give this stars for the historical interest factor. But I wouldn't say this book is 'readable'. It's obviously full of coding I don't understand, and parts were downright creepy. Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars Information great....illustrations terrible
This book is another must have.....if you can find one that has better illustrations. That is the downside of this book. They are so poorly done that they are almost illegible. Read more
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