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The Book of the Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage (Dover Occult) Paperback – Facsimile, June 1, 1975
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The text was evidently originally written in German, and a German edition which compares the known manuscripts has been published recently by Georg Dehn. (Abraham von Worms. Buch Abramelin. Ed. G. Dehn, Saarbrücken 1995.) Although Dehn was impressed by how closely Mathers rendered the French text, it is clear that Mathers' exemplar did not fully understand the text it was based on, so cannot be entirely relied upon.
These older German manuscripts have additional material, and reflect a more elaborate operation. One notable difference is that the operation lasts a year and a half, not six months as described in Mathers' text. Dehn's edition also contains an additional book (mostly a collection of recipes) not found in Mathers' edition. Another problem with Mathers' text is that it did not fill in most of the letters in the magical squares, so many of Mathers' comments on the same are irrelevant. Note that with the corrections, there is a close connection between the lists of spirits and the magical squares.
Dehn regarded the name "Abraham of Worms" as a pseudonym for the well known scholar Rabbi Jacob ben Moses ha Levi Moellin, more commonly known as "The MaHaRIL." However, see comments by Gershom Scholem in Kabbalah (Jerusalem: Keter Publishing House: 1974, p. 186) who was not impressed with it.Read more ›
The most significant part of the book involves the Ritual to Attain to the Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel. In the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn this mystical ritual was described as Seeking the Higher Genius. Aleister Crowley adopted the language of the Sacred Magic when he utilized Aiwass 418 as his own Holy Guardian Angel. However, the Jewish Qabalists refer to it as the Maggid or Angelic Preacher, and it was a major aspect of the Safed school.
The Sacred Magic is essential in that it is the only manual available that so eloquently describes the process by which one might attain to the Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Maggid. This is the Heart of the Tree of Life glyph. It is Tifareth (Beauty or Harmony). It is the apex of the Meditative Qabalah, as well as the Theoretical and the Practical.
The Sacred Magic is divided into 3 Sections:
Section 1 is an autobiography of Abraham b. Simon the Jew. Since Lamech is his second-born son, he provides him with the Lesser Qabalah, whereas he provided his first-born son, Joseph, with the Greater Qabalah. Abraham descibes the process by which he received this Tradition from Abramelin the Jew of Egypt.
Section 2 describes the ceremonial magic (theurgy) by which one might obtain to the Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel.Read more ›
Now, about the book, yes its powerful. But you will need discipline to follow up with the 6 month preparation course. I really don't like the part where you have to involve a child. This is also introduced in Goetia. Thinking of it, I think using the Magick Mirror like in Goetia is safer. All in all, I would recommend the book for those who are interested in Evocation. This is a really powerful Magick, since the forces to work on the Magick, is not on the caster but on beings power (I wouldn't call them demons - since some are fallen angels, some are higher beings of another universe, some are consciousness beyond our understanding, etc).
I give it 4 since I find Goetia accessible than this. You can summon the same entity with Goetia anyways.
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Okay the writing style may throw some off as it is filled with all of those old English thee and thou stuff. Read morePublished 1 month ago by LaDale De Vore
There is no other book like it, but the reader knows there's still something missing ,did you think you'd become a top magician by reading book's, think againPublished 15 months ago by Robert.Stephen.Payne.
Love this book another of my refrence books , will keep foreverPublished 16 months ago by Kevin Robbins
If you want to understand the structure of rituals this book gives you and idea of how they are arranged. Read morePublished 16 months ago by James G Russell
Pretty good. Teaches you the power of our mind! You do not need physical materials.Published 16 months ago by mia