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Language Notes

Text: English, French, Hebrew (translation)

About the Author

S. L. MacGregor Mather was a 19th century magician and head of the Order of the Golden Dawn, who translated and edited this volume from manuscripts in the British Museum.
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Product Details

  • Series: Dover Occult
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (June 1, 1975)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486232115
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486232119
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. H. Peterson on March 9, 2003
Format: Paperback
This interesting grimoire was published by S.L. Mathers in 1898, based on a flawed French manuscript. The elaborate and lengthy method it describes for attaining magical knowledge and power is considerably different from the Solomonic grimoires, which it disparages. The flamboyant occultist Aleister Crowley considered it of great importance and underwent the magical operation described. The noted occultist Franz Bardon was familiar with and used the 1725 edition of Peter Hammer.
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.
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This is a complex book and the rituals involved should not be attempted by any initiate, and especially not by the un-initiated. It involves the Practical aspects of the Qabalah, what Abraham the Jew (the supposed author) describes as a Lesser Form of the Theoretical Qabalah known as the "Sacred Magic".
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.
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I give this book a fantastic rating. The first part of the book reveales a truely captivating tale of the Mage's quest for true magick. However the magical squares revealed in the second part, as Crowley said, have a tendency to get loose and they do things on their own that you will not like. The squares deal with the dark powers, and thus are extremley dangerous to the novice and expert. This is in all a form of an EXORCIST'S HANDBOOK, as the squares can affect small children, those who are emotionally vunerable, and animals, even if gazed upon for a moment. Crowley said in his book, Magic Without Tears, "that it is foolish to have this book, unless one is going to go through the whole six months purification ritual."
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First, I would like to disagree with the statement from the book that the book can summon things on its own and also that the tablets have great powers which should not be shown to animals or childrens. - I do practice magick so I'm not a skeptic to magick, and I'm saying this as a practitioner - it seem that this is a bit of an overstatement. If books can really summon things on its own, then the warehouse of Amazon.com and many other bookstores are probably infested with netherworld beings. The tablet, like all sigils and symbols have its own energy and power - that is a fact, but it is not that extreme that it can not be shown to children or animals.
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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