CONCERNING THE DIVINE LOVE WHICH OUGHT TO PRECEDE
ACQUISITION OF THIS KNOWLEDGE
SOLOMON, the Son of David, King of Israel,
hath said that the beginning of our Key is to fear God, to adore Him, to
honour Him with contrition of heart, to invoke Him in all matters which
we wish to undertake, and to operate with very great devotion, for thus
God will lead us in the right way. When, therefore, thou shalt wish to
acquire the knowledge of Magical Arts and Sciences, it is necessary to
have prepared the order of hours and of days, and of the position of the
Moon, without the operation of which thou canst effect nothing; but if
thou observest them with diligence thou mayest easily and thoroughly arrive
at the effect and end which thou desirest to attain.
[1. 1202 Lansdowne MSS. omits the concluding
part of this sentence.]
OF THE DAYS, AND HOURS, AND OF THE VIRTUES
OF THE PLANETS
WHEN thou wishest to make any experiment
or operation, thou must first prepare, beforehand, all the requisites which
thou wilt find described in the following Chapters: observing the days,
the hours, and the other effects of the Constellations which may be found
in this Chapter.
It is, therefore, advisable to know that the
hours of the day and of the night together, are
twenty-four in number, and that each hour
is governed by one of the Seven Planets in regular order, commencing at
the highest and descending to the lowest. The order of the Planets is as
follows: ShBThAI, Shabbathai, Saturn; beneath Saturn is TzDQ, Tzedeq, Jupiter;
beneath Jupiter is MADIM, Madim, Mars; beneath Mars is ShMSh, Shemesh,
the Sun; beneath the Sun is NVGH, Nogah, Venus; beneath Venus is KVKB,
Kokav, Mercury; and beneath Mercury is LBNH, Levanah, the Moon, which is
the lowest of all the Planets.
It must, therefore, be understood that the
Planets have their dominion over the day which approacheth nearest unto
the name which is given and attributed unto them-viz., over Saturday, Saturn;
Thursday, Jupiter; Tuesday, Mars; Sunday, the Sun; Friday, Venus; Wednesday,
Mercury; and Monday, the Moon.
The rule of the Planets over each hour begins
from the dawn at the rising of the Sun on the day which takes its name
from such Planet, and the Planet which follows it in order, succeeds to
the rule over the next hour. Thus (on Saturday) Saturn rules the first
hour, Jupiter the second, Mars the third, the Sun the fourth, Venus the
fifth, Mercury the sixth, the Moon the seventh, and Saturn returns in the
rule over the eighth, and the others in their turn, the Planets always
keeping the same relative order.
Note that each experiment or magical operation
should be performed under the Planet, and usually in the hour, which refers
to the same. For example:-
[1. This first paragraph is omitted in 1307
Sloane MSS., and in 10862 Add. MSS.]
In the Days and Hours of Saturn thou canst
perform experiments to summon the Souls from Hades, but only of those who
have died a natural death. Similarly on these days and hours thou canst
operate to bring either good or bad fortune to buildings; to have familiar
Spirits attend thee in sleep; to cause good or ill success to business,
possessions, goods, seeds, fruits, and similar things, in order to acquire
learning; to bring destruction and to give death, and to sow hatred and
The Days and Hours of Jupiter are proper for
obtaining honours, acquiring riches; contracting friendships, preserving
health; and arriving at all that thou canst desire.
In the Days and Hours of Mars thou canst make
experiments regarding War; to arrive at military honour; to acquire courage;
to overthrow enemies; and further to cause ruin, slaughter, cruelty, discord;
to wound and to give death.
The Days and Hours of the Sun are very good
for perfecting experiments regarding temporal wealth, hope, gain, fortune,
divination, the favour of princes, to dissolve hostile feeling, and to
The Days and Hours of Venus are good for forming
friendships; for kindness and love; for joyous and pleasant undertakings,
and for travelling.
The Days and Hours of Mercury are good to operate
for eloquence and intelligence; promptitude in business; science and divination;
wonders; apparitions; and answers regarding the future. Thou canst also
operate under this Planet for thefts; writings; deceit; and merchandise.
The Days and Hours of the Moon are good for
embassies; voyages envoys; messages; navigation; reconciliation; love;
and the acquisition of merchandise by water.
Thou shouldest take care punctually to observe
all the instructions contained in this chapter, if thou desirest to succeed,
seeing that the truth of Magical Science dependeth thereon.
The Hours of Saturn, of Mars, and of the Moon
are alike good for communicating and speaking with Spirits; as those of
Mercury are for recovering thefts by the means of Spirits.
The Hours of Mars serve for summoning Souls
from Hades, especially of those slain in battle.
The Hours of the Sun, of Jupiter, and of Venus,
are adapted for preparing any operations
whatsoever of love, of kindness, and of invisibility,
as is hereafter more fully shown, to which must be added other things of
a similar nature which are contained in our work.
[1. Much of these foregoing instructions is
omitted in the 10862 Add. MSS., but given in a different way in the ensuing
2 In the French 'des Enfers,' in the Latin
The Hours of Saturn and Mars and also the days
on which the Moon is conjunct with them, or when she receives their
opposition or quartile aspect, are excellent for making experiments of
hatred, enmity, quarrel, and discord; and other operations of the same
kind which are given later on in this work.
The Hours of Mercury are good for undertaking
experiments relating to games, raillery, jests, sports, and the like.
The Hours of the Sun, of Jupiter, and of Venus,
particularly on the days which they rule, are good for all extraordinary,
uncommon, and unknown operations.
The Hours of the Moon are proper for making
trial of experiments relating to recovery of stolen property, for obtaining
nocturnal visions, for summoning Spirits in sleep, and for preparing anything
relating to Water.
The Hours of Venus are furthermore useful for
lots, poisons, all things of the nature of Venus, for preparing powders
provocative of madness and the like things.
But in order to thoroughly effect the operations
of this Art, thou shouldest perform them not only on the Hours but on the
Days of the Planets as well, because then the experiment will always succeed
better, provided thou observest the rules laid down later on, for if thou
omittest one single condition thou wilt never arrive at the accomplishment
of the Art.
For those matters then which appertain unto
the Moon, such as the Invocation of Spirits, the Works of Necromancy, and
the recovery of stolen property, it is necessary that the Moon should be
in a Terrestrial Sign, viz.:--Taurus, Virgo, or Capricorn.
For love, grace, and invisibility, the Moon
should be in a Fiery Sign, viz.:--Aries, Leo, or
For hatred, discord, and destruction, the Moon
should be in a Watery Sign, viz.:--Cancer, Scorpio, or Pisces.
For experiments of a peculiar nature, which
cannot be classed under any certain head, the Moon should be in an Airy
Sign, viz.:--Gemini, Libra, or Aquarius.
But if these things seem unto thee difficult
to accomplish, it will suffice thee merely to notice the Moon after her
combustion, or conjunction with the Sun, especially just when she' quits
his beams and appeareth visible. For then it is good to make all experiments
for the construction and operation of any matter. That is why the time
from the New unto the Full Moon is proper for performing any of the experiments
[1. Conjunction means being in the same degree
of the Zodiac; opposition is being 180 degrees, and quartile 90 degrees
apart from each other.
2. i.e. New Moon.]
we have spoken above. But in her decrease or
wane it is good for War, Disturbance, and Discord. Likewise the period
when she is almost deprived of light, is proper for experiments of invisibility,
and of Death.
But observe inviolably that thou commence nothing
while the Moon is in conjunction with the Sun, seeing that this is extremely
unfortunate, and that thou wilt then be able to effect nothing; but the
Moon quitting his beams and increasing in Light, thou canst perform all
that thou desirest, observing nevertheless the directions in this Chapter.
Furthermore, if thou wishest to converse with
Spirits it should be especially on the day of
Mercury and in his hour, and let the Moon
be in an Airy Sign, as well as the Sun.
Retire thou then unto a secret place, where
no one may be able to see thee or to hinder thee, before the completion
of the experiment, whether thou shouldest wish to work by day or by night.
But if thou shouldest wish to work by night, perfect thy work on the succeeding
night; if by day, seeing that the day beginneth with the rising of the
Sun (perfect thy work on) the succeeding day. But the Hour of Inception
is the Hour of Mercury.
Verily, since no experiments for converse with
Spirits can be done without a Circle being
prepared, whatsoever experiments therefore
thou wishest to undertake for conversing with Spirits, therein thou must
learn to construct a certain particular Circle; that being done surround
that Circle with a Circle of Art for better caution and efficacy.
[1. In Add. MSS. 10862; 'or in an Earthy Sign,
as hath been before said.'
2 The following paragraphs to the end of this
Chapter are only found in the Latin version, Add. MSS. 10862.]
CONCERNING THE ARTS
IF thou wishest to succeed, it is necessary
to make the following Experiments and Arts in the appropriate Days and
Hours, with the requisite solemnities and ceremonies contained and laid
down in the following Chapters.
Experiments, then, are of two kinds; the first
is to make trial of what, as I have said, can be easily performed without
a Circle, and in this case it is not necessary to observe anything but
what thou wilt find in the proper Chapters. The second can in no way be
brought to perfection without the Circle; and in order to accomplish this
perfectly it is necessary to take note of all the preparations which the
Master of the Art and his Disciples must undertake before constructing
Before commencing operations both the Master
and his Disciples must abstain with great and thorough continence during
the space of nine days from sensual pleasures and from vain and foolish
conversation; as plainly appeareth in the Second Book, Chapter 4. Six of
these nine days having expired, he must recite frequently the Prayer and
Confession as will be told him; and on the Seventh Day, the Master being
alone, let him enter into a secret place, let him take off his clothes,
and bathe himself from head to foot in consecrated and exorcised Water,
saying devoutly and humbly the prayer, 'O Lord Adonai,' etc., as it is
written in the Second Book, Chapter 2.
The Prayer being finished, let the Master quit
the water, and put upon his flesh raiment of white linen clean and unsoiled;
and then let him go with his Disciples unto a secret place and command
them to strip themselves naked; and they having taken off their clothes,
let him take exorcised water and pour it upon their heads so that it flows
down to their feet and bathes them completely; and while pouring this water
upon them let the Master say:--'Be ye regenerate, renewed, washed, and
pure,' etc., as in Book II., Chapter 3.
Which being done, the Disciples must clothe
[1. Sloane MSS. 3091 says, 'before they come
to the Circle.'
2 This paragraph is omitted in Lansdowne MSS.
upon their flesh, like their Master, raiment
of white linen clean and unsoiled; and the three last days the Master and
his Disciples should fast, observing the solemnities and prayers marked
in Book II., Chapter 2.
Note that the three last days should be calm
weather, without wind, and without clouds rushing hither and thither over
the face of the sky. On the last day let the Master go with his Disciples
unto a secret fountain of running water, or unto a flowing stream, and
there let each of them, taking off his clothes, wash himself with due solemnity,
as is rehearsed in Book II. And when they are clean and pure, let each
put upon him garments of white linen, pure, and clean, using the prayers
and ceremonies described in Book II. After which let the Master alone say
the confession. The which being finished, the Master in sign of penitence
will Kiss the Disciples on the forehead, and each of them will Kiss
the other. Afterwards let the Master extend his hands over the Disciples,
and in sign of absolution absolve and bless them; which being done he will
distribute to each of his Disciples the Instruments necessary for Magical
Art, which he is to carry into the Circle.
The First Disciple will bear the Censer, the
Perfumes and the Spices the Second Disciple will bear the Book, Papers,
Pens, Ink, and any stinking or impure materials; the Third will carry the
Knife and the Sickle of Magical Art, the Lantern, and the Candles; the
Fourth, the Psalms, and the rest of the Instruments; the Fifth, the Crucible
or Chafing-dish, and the Charcoal or Fuel; but it is necessary for the
Master himself to carry in his hand the Staff, and the Wand or Rod. The
things necessary being thus disposed, the Master will go with his Disciples
unto the assigned place, where they have proposed to construct the Circle
for the Magical Arts and experiments; repeating on the way the prayers
and orations which thou wilt find in Book II.
When the Master shall have arrived at the place
appointed, together with his Disciples, he having lighted the flame of
the fire, and having exorcised it afresh as is laid down in the Second
Book, shall light the Candle and place it in the Lantern, which one of
the Disciples is to hold ever in his hand to light the Master at his work.
Now the Master of the Art, every time that he shall have occasion for some
particular purpose to speak with the Spirits, must endeavour to form certain
Circles which shall differ somewhat, and shall have some particular reference
to the particular experiment under consideration. Now, in order to succeed
in forming such a Circle concerning Magical Art, for the greater assurance
and efficacy thou shalt construct it in the following manner:--
[1. Note the 'holy kiss ' in the New Testament.
'Greet ye one another with a holy kiss.']
THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE CIRCLE.
Take thou the Knife, the Sickle, or the Sword
of Magical Art consecrated after the manner and order which we shall deliver
unto thee in the Second Book. With this Knife or with the Sickle of Art
thou shalt describe, beyond the inner Circle which thou shalt have already
formed, a Second Circle, encompassing the other at the distance of one
foot therefrom and having the same centre. Within this space of a foot
in breadth between the first and the second circumferential line, thou
shalt trace towards the Four Quarters of the Earth, the Sacred and Venerable
Symbols of the holy Letter Tau. And between the first and the second
Circle, which thou shalt thyself have drawn with the Instrument of Magical
Art, thou shalt make four hexagonal pentacles, and between these thou
shalt write four terrible and tremendous Names of God, viz.:-
Between the East and the South the Supreme
Name IHVH, Tetragrammaton;--
Between the South and the West the Essential
Tetragrammatic Name AHIH, Eheieh;--
Between the West and the North the Name of
Power ALIVN, Elion;--
And between the North and the East the Great
Name ALH, Eloah;--
Which Names are of supreme importance in the
list of the Sephiroth, and their Sovereign Equivalents.
Furthermore, thou shalt circumscribe about
these Circles two Squares, the Angles of which shall be turned towards
the Four Quarters of the Earth; and the space between the Lines of the
Outer and Inner Square shall be half-a-foot. The extreme Angles of the
Outer Square shall be made the Centres of four Circles, the measure or
diameter of which shall be one foot. All these are to be drawn with the
Knife or consecrated Instrument of Art. And within these Four Circles
[1. i.e. two Circles enclosed between three
2. i.e. within the first Circle.
3. i.e. the four Cardinal points of the compass.
4 The letter Tau represents the Cross, and
in 10862 Add. MSS. in the drawing of the Circle, the Hebrew letter is replaced
by the Cross; in 1307 Sloane MSS. by the T or Tau-Cross.
5. i.e. in the Outer Circle, bounded by the
second and third circumferential lines.
6. 10862 Add. NISS. is the only copy which
uses the word hexagonal, but the others show four hexagrams in the drawing;
in the drawing, however, 10862 gives the hexagrams formed by various differing
interlacements of two triangles, as shown in Figure 2.
7. The Sephiroth are the ten Qabalistical Emanations
of the Deity. The Sovereign Equivalents are the Divine Names referred thereto.
See my 'Kabbalah Unveiled.']
thou must write these four Names of God the
Most Holy One, in this order:--
At the East, AL, El;
At the West, IH, Yah;
At the South, AGLA, Agla;
And at the North ADNI, Adonaï.
Between the two Squares the Name Tetragrammaton
is to be written in the same way as is shown in the plate. (See Figure
While constructing the Circle, the Master should
recite the following Psalms:-Psalm ii.; Psalm liv.; Psalm cxiii.; Psalm
lxvii.; Psalm xlvii.;
Or he may as well recite them before tracing
The which being finished, and the fumigations
being performed, as is described in the chapter on Fumigations in the Second
Book, the Master should reassemble his Disciples, encourage them, reassure
them, fortify them, and conduct them into the parts of the Circle of Art,
where he must place them in the four quarters of the earth, encourage them,
and exhort them to fear nothing, and to keep in the places assigned to
them. Also, the Disciple who is placed towards the East should have a pen,
ink, paper, silk, and white cotton, all clean and suitable for the work.
Furthermore, each of the Companions should have a new Sword drawn in his
hand (besides the consecrated Magical Sword of Art), and he should keep
his hand resting upon the hilt thereof, and he should on no pretext quit
the place assigned to him, nor move therefrom.
After this the Master should quit the Circle,
light the fuel in the earthen pots, and place upon them the Censers, in
the Four Quarters of the Earth; and he should have in his hand the consecrated
taper of wax, and he should light it and place it in a hidden and secret
place prepared for it. Let him after this re-enter and close the Circle.
The Master should afresh exhort his Disciples,
and explain to them all that they have to do and to observe; the which
commands they should promise and vow to execute.
Let the Master then repeat this Prayer:--
When we enter herein with all humility, let
God the Almighty One enter into this Circle, by the entrance of an eternal
happiness, of a Divine prosperity, of a perfect joy, of an abundant charity,
and of an eternal salutation. Let all the demons fly from this place, especially
those who are opposed unto this work, and let the Angels of Peace assist
[1. The MSS. vary as to the point whereat each
Name is to be placed, but I think the above will be found to answer.]
this Circle, from which let discord and strife
fly and depart. Magnify and extend upon us, O Lord, Thy most Holy Name,
and bless our conversation and our assembly. Sanctify, O Lord our God,
our humble entry herein, Thou the Blessed and Holy One of the Eternal Ages!
After this, let the Master say upon his knees,
O Lord God, All Powerful and All Merciful,
Thou Who desirest not the death of a sinner, but rather that he may turn
from his wickedness and live; give and grant unto us Thy grace, by blessing
and consecrating this earth and this circle, which is here marked out with
the most powerful and holy names of God. And thee, I conjure, O Earth,
by the Most Holy Name of ASHER EHEIEH entering within this Circle, composed
and made with mine hand. And may God, even ADONAI, bless this place with
all the virtues of Heaven, so that no obscene or unclean spirit may have
the power to enter into this Circle, or to annoy any person who is therein;
through the Lord God ADONAI, Who liveth eternally unto the Ages of the
I beseech Thee, O Lord God, the All Powerful
and the All Merciful, that Thou wilt deign to bless this Circle, and all
this place, and all those who are therein, and that Thou wilt grant unto
us, who serve Thee, and rehearse nothing but the wonders of Thy law, a
good Angel for our Guardian; remove from us every adverse power; preserve
us from evil and from trouble; grant, O Lord, that we may rest in this
place in all safety, through Thee, O Lord, Who livest and reignest unto
the Ages of the Ages. Amen.
Let the Master now arise and place upon his
head a Crown made of paper (or any other
appropriate substance), on the which there
must be written (with the Colours and other necessary things which we shall
describe hereafter), these four Names AGLA, AGLAI, AGLATA, AGLATAI. The
which Names are to be placed in the front, behind, and on either side of
Furthermore, the Master ought to have with
him in the Circle those Pentacles or Medals which are necessary to his
purpose, which are described hereinafter, and which should be constructed
according to the rules given in the Chapter on Pentacles. They should be
described on virgin paper with a pen; and ink, blood, or colours, prepared
according to the manner which we shall hereafter show in the Chapters on
these subjects. It win be sufficient to take only those Pentacles which
are actually required, they should be sewed to the front of the linen robe,
on the chest, with the consecrated needle of the Art, and with a thread
which has been woven by a young girl.
After this, let the Master turn himself towards
the Eastern Quarter (unless directed to the contrary, or unless he should
be wishing to call Spirits which belong to another quarter of the Universe),
and pronounce with a loud voice the Conjuration contained in this Chapter.
And if the Spirits be disobedient and do not then make their appearance,
he must arise and take the exorcised Knife of Art wherewith he hath constructed
the Circle, and raise it towards the sky as if he wished to beat or strike
the Air, and conjure the Spirits. Let him then lay his right hand and the
Knife upon the Pentacles or Medals, constructed of, and described upon
virgin paper, which are fastened to or sewn upon his breast, and let him
repeat the following Conjuration upon his knees:--
O Lord, hear my prayer, and let my cry come
unto Thee. O Lord God Almighty, Who has reigned before the beginning of
the Ages, and Who by Thine Infinite Wisdom hast created the heavens, the
earth, and the sea, and all that in them is, all that is visible, and all
that is invisible by a single word; I praise Thee, I bless Thee, I adore
Thee, I glorify Thee, and I pray Thee now at the present time to be merciful
unto me, a miserable sinner, for I am the work of Thine hands. Save me,
and direct me by Thy Holy Name, Thou to Whom nothing is difficult, nothing
is impossible; and deliver me from the night of mine ignorance, and
enable me to go forth therefrom. Enlighten me with a spark of Thine Infinite
Wisdom. Take away from my senses the desire of covetousness, and the
iniquity of mine idle words. Give unto me,
Thy servant, a wise understanding) penetrating and subtle heart, to acquire
and comprehend all Sciences and Arts; give unto me capacity to hear, and
strength of memory to retain them, so that I may be able to accomplish
my desires, and understand and learn all difficult and desirable Sciences;
and also that I may be able to comprehend the hidden secrets of the Holy
Writings. Give me the virtue to conceive them, so that I may be able to
bring forth and pronounce my words with patience and humility, for the
instruction of others, as Thou hast ordered me.
O God, the Father, All Powerful and All Merciful,
Who hast created all things, Who knowest and conceivest them universally,
and to Whom nothing is hidden, nothing is impossible; I entreat Thy Grace
for me and for Thy servants, because Thou seest and knowest well that we
perform not this work to tempt Thy Strength and Thy Power as if in doubt
thereof, but rather that we may know and understand the truth of all hidden
things. I beseech Thee to have the kindness to be favourable unto us; by
Thy Splendour, Thy Magnificence, and Thy Holiness, and by Thy Holy, Terrible,
and Ineffable Name IAH, at which the whole world doth tremble, and
by the Fear with which all creatures obey Thee. Grant, O Lord, that we
may become responsive unto Thy Grace, so that
through it we may have a full confidence in
and knowledge of Thee, and that the Spirits may discover themselves here
in our presence, and that those which are gentle and peaceable may come
unto us, so that they may be obedient unto Thy commands, through Thee,
O Most Holy ADONAI, Whose Kingdom is an everlasting Kingdom, and Whose
Empire endureth unto the Ages of the Ages. Amen.
After having said all these words devoutly,
let the Master arise, and place his hands upon the Pentacles, and let one
of the Companions hold the Book open before the Master, who, raising his
eyes to heaven, and turning unto the Four Quarters of the Universe, shall
O Lord, be Thou unto me a Tower of Strength
against the appearance and assaults of the Evil Spirits.
After this, turning towards the Four Quarters
of the Universe, he shall say the following words:-
These be the Symbols and the Names of the Creator,
which can bring Terror and Fear unto you. Obey me then, by the power of
these Holy Names, and by these Mysterious Symbols of the Secret of Secrets.
The which being said and done, thou shalt see
them draw near and approach from all parts. But if they be hindered, detained,
or occupied in some way, and so that they cannot come, or if they are unwilling
to come, then, the Suffumigations and Censings being performed anew, and
(the Disciples) having anew, by especial order, touched their Swords, and
the Master having encouraged his Disciples, he shall reform the Circle
with the Knife of Art, and, raising the said Knife towards the Sky, he
shall as it were strike the air therewith. After this he shall lay his
hand upon the Pentacles, and having bent his knees before the Most High,
he shall repeat with humility the following Confession; the which his Disciples
shall also do, and they shall recite it in a low and humble voice, so that
they can scarcely be heard.
[1. So as not to interfere with the direction
of the Will-currents of the Master.]
THE CONFESSION TO BE MADE BY THE EXORCIST
O LORD of Heaven and of Earth, before Thee
do I confess my sins, and lament them, cast down and humbled in Thy presence.
For I have sinned before Thee by pride, avarice,
and boundless desire of honours and riches;
by idleness, gluttony, greed, debauchery, and drunkenness; because I have
offended Thee by all kinds of sins of the flesh, adulteries,
and pollutions, which I have committed myself,
and consented that others should commit; by sacrilege, thefts, rapine,
violation, and homicide; by the evil use I have made of my
possessions, by my prodigality, by the sins
which I have committed against Hope and Charity, by my evil advice, flatteries,
bribes, and the ill distribution which I have made of the goods of which
I have been possessed; by repulsing and maltreating the poor, in the distribution
which I have made of the goods committed to my charge, by afflicting those
over whom I have been set in authority, by not visiting the prisoners,
by depriving the dead of burial, by not receiving the poor, by neither
feeding the hungry nor giving drink to the thirsty, by never keeping the
Sabbath and the other feasts, by not living chastely and piously on those
days, by the easy consent which I have given to those who incited me to
evil deeds, by injuring instead of aiding those who demanded help from
me, by refusing to give ear unto the cry of the poor, by not respecting
the aged, by not keeping my word, by disobedience to my parents, by ingratitude
towards those from whom I have received kindness, by indulgence in sensual
pleasures, by irreverent behaviour in the Temple of God, by unseemly gestures
thereat, by entering therein without reverence, by vain and unprofitable
discourse when there, by despising the sacred vessels of the temple, by
turning the holy Ceremonies into ridicule, by touching and eating the sacred
bread with impure lips and with profane hands, and by the neglect of my
prayers and adorations.
I detest also the crimes which I have committed
by evil thoughts, vain and impure meditations, false suspicions, and rash
judgments; by the evil consent which I have readily given unto the advice
of the wicked, by lust of impure and sensual pleasures; by my idle words,
my lies, and my deceit; by my false vows in various ways; and by my continual
slander and calumny.
I detest also the crimes which I have committed
within; the treachery and discord which I have incited; my curiosity, greed,
false speaking, violence, malediction, murmurs,
blasphemies, vain words, insults, dissimulations;
my sins against God by the transgression of the ten commandments, by neglect
of my duties and obligations, and by want of love towards God and towards
Furthermore, I hate the sins which I have committed
in all my senses, by sight, by hearing, by taste, by smell, and by touch,
in every way that human weakness can offend the Creator; by my carnal thoughts,
deeds, and meditations.
In which I humbly confess that I have sinned,
and recognise myself as being in the sight of God the most criminal of
I accuse myself before Thee, O God, and I adore
Thee with all humility. O ye, Holy Angels, and ye, Children of God, in
your presence I publish my sins, so that mine Enemy may have no advantage
over me, and may not be able to reproach me at the last day; that he may
not be able to say that I have concealed my sins, and that 1 be not then
accused in the presence of the Lord; but, on the contrary, that on my account
there may be joy in Heaven, as over the just who have confessed their sins
in thy presence.
O Most Mighty and All Powerful Father, grant
through Thine unbounded Mercy that I may both see and know all the Spirits
which I invoke, so that by their means I may see my
will and desire accomplished, by Thy Sovereign
grandeur, and by Thine Ineffable and Eternal Glory, Thou Who art and Who
wilt be for ever the Pure and Ineffable Father of All.
The Confession having been finished with great
humility, and with the inward feeling of the heart, the Master will recite
the following prayer:--
O Lord All Powerful, Eternal God and Father
of all Creatures, shed upon me the Divine Influence of Thy Mercy, for I
am Thy Creature. I beseech Thee to defend me from mine
Enemies, and to confirm in me true and steadfast
O Lord, I commit my Body and my Soul unto Thee,
seeing I put my trust in none beside Thee; it is on Thee alone that I rely;
O Lord my God aid me; O Lord hear me in the day
and hour wherein I shall invoke Thee. I pray
Thee by Thy Mercy not to put me in oblivion, nor to remove me from Thee.
O Lord be Thou my succour, Thou Who art the God of my salvation. O Lord
make me a new heart according unto Thy loving Kindness. These, O Lord,
are the gifts which I await from Thee, O my God and my Master, Thou Who
livest and reignest unto the Ages of the Ages. Amen.
O Lord God the All Powerful One, Who hast formed
unto Thyself great and Ineffable Wisdom, and Co-eternal with Thyself before
the countless Ages; Thou Who in the Birth of
Time hast created the Heavens, and the Earth,
the Sea, and things that they contain; Thou Who hast vivified all things
by the Breath of Thy Mouth, I praise Thee, I bless Thee, I
adore Thee, and I glorify Thee. Be Thou propitious
unto me who am but a miserable sinner, and despise me not; save me and
succour me) even me the work of Thine hands. I
conjure and entreat Thee by Thy Holy Name
to banish from my Spirit the darkness of Ignorance, and to enlighten me
with the Fire of Thy Wisdom; take away from me all evil
desires, and let not my speech be as that
of the foolish. O Thou, God the Living One, Whose Glory, Honour, and Kingdom
shall extend unto the Ages of the Ages. Amen.
PRAYERS AND CONJURATIONS
O LORD God, Holy Father, Almighty and Merciful
One, Who hast created all things, Who knowest all things and can do all
things, from Whom nothing is hidden, to Whom
nothing is impossible; Thou Who knowest that
we perform not these ceremonies to tempt Thy power, but that we may penetrate
into the knowledge of hidden things; we pray Thee
by Thy Sacred Mercy to cause and to permit
that we may arrive at this understanding of secret things, of whatever
nature they may be, by Thine aid, O Most Holy ADONAI,
Whose Kingdom and Power shall have no end
unto the Ages of the Ages. Amen.
The Prayer being finished, let the Exorcist
lay his hand upon the Pentacles, while one of the Disciples shall hold
open before him the Book wherein are written the prayers and
conjurations proper for conquering, subduing,
and reproving the Spirits. Then the Master, turning towards each Quarter
of the Earth, and raising his eyes to Heaven, shall say:
O Lord, be Thou unto me a strong tower of refuge,
from the sight and assaults of the Evil Spirits.
After which let him turn again towards the
Four Quarters of the Earth, and towards each let him utter the following
Behold the Symbols and Names of the Creator,
which give unto ye for ever Terror and Fear. Obey then, by the virtue of
these Holy Names, and by these Mysteries of Mysteries.
After this he shall see the Spirits come from
every side. But in case they are occupied in some other place, or that
they cannot come, or that they are unwilling to come: then let him
commence afresh to invoke them after the following
manner, and let the Exorcist be assured that even were they bound with
chains of iron, and with fire, they could not refrain
from coming to accomplish his will.
THE CONJURATION. 
O ye Spirits, ye I conjure by the Power, Wisdom,
and Virtue of the Spirit of God, by the uncreate Divine Knowledge, by the
vast Mercy of God, by the Strength of God, by the
Greatness of God, by the Unity of God; and
by the Holy Name of God EHEIEH, which is the root, trunk, source, and origin
of all the other Divine Names, whence they all draw
their life and their virtue, which Adam having
invoked, he acquired the knowledge of all created things.
I conjure ye by the Indivisible Name IOD, which
marketh and expresseth the Simplicity and the Unity of the Nature Divine,
which Abel having invoked, he deserved ' to escape
from the hands of Cain his brother.
I conjure ye by the Name TETRAGRAMMATON ELOHIM,
which expresseth and signifieth the Grandeur of so lofty a Majesty, that
Noah having pronounced it, saved himself,
and protected himself with his whole household
from the Waters of the Deluge.
I conjure ye by the Name of God EL Strong and
Wonderful, which denoteth the Mercy and Goodness of His Majesty Divine,
which Abraham having invoked, he was found
worthy to come forth from the Ur of the Chaldeans.
I conjure ye by the most powerful Name of ELOHIM
GIBOR, which showeth forth the Strength of God, of a God All Powerful,
Who punisheth the crimes of the wicked, Who
seeketh out and chastiseth the iniquities
of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation;
which Isaac having invoked, he was found worthy to escape from the Sword
of Abraham his father.
I conjure ye and I exorcise ye by the most
holy Name of ELOAH VA-DAATH, which Jacob invoked when in great trouble,
and was found worthy to bear the Name of Israel,
which signifieth Vanquisher of God and he
was delivered from the fury of Esau his brother.
I conjure ye by the most potent Name of EL
 ADONAI TZABAOTH, which is the God of Armies, ruling in the Heavens,
which Joseph invoked, and was found worthy to
escape from the hands of his Brethren.
I conjure ye by the most potent name of ELOHIM
TZABAOTH, which expresscth piety, mercy, splendour, and knowledge of God,
[1. There is an Invocation bearing the title
of 'The Qabalistical Invocation of Solomon,' given by Eliphas Lévi,
which differs in many points from the one given above, though
resembling it in some particulars. Lévi's
is more evidently constructed on the plan indicated in the 'Siphra Dtzenioutha,'
C. III.; Annotation §5, sub §8, 9; while the one above more follows
that laid down, ibid. §5, sub §3. I see no reason to suppose
that Lévi's is unauthentic. It will be noted by the Qabalistical
reader, that the above Conjuration rehearses the Divine Names attached
to the Ten Sephiroth.
2 In the French, 'merita d'échapper.'
3. More usually the Name YETRAGAMMATON TZABAOTR
is attributed to the Seventh Sephira.]
invoked, and he was found worthy to deliver
the People Israel from Egypt, and from the servitude of Pharaoh.
I conjure ye by the most potent Name of SHADDAI,
which signifieth doing good unto all; which Moses invoked, and having struck
the Sea, it divided into two parts in the midst,
on the right hand and on the left. I conjure
ye by the most holy Name of EL CHAT, which is that of the Living God,
through the virtue of which alliance with us, and
redemption for us have been made; which Moses
invoked and all the waters returned to their prior state and enveloped
the Egyptians, so that not one of them escaped to carry the news into the
Land of Mizraim.
Lastly, I conjure ye all, ye rebellious Spirits,
by the most holy Name of God ADONAI MELEKH, which Joshua invoked, and stayed
the course of the Sun in his presence, through the virtue of Methratton,
its principal Image; and by the troops of Angels who cease not to cry day
and night, QADOSCH, QADOSCH, QADOSCH, ADONAI ELOHIM TZABAOTH (that is,
Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Hosts, Heaven and Earth are full of Thy Glory);
and by the Ten Angels who preside over the Ten Sephiroth, by whom God communicateth
and extendeth His influence over lower things, which are KETHER, CHOKMAH,
BINAH, GEDULAH, GEBURAH, TIPHERETH, NETZACH, HOD, YESOD, and MALKUTH.
I conjure ye anew, O Spirits, by all the Names
of God, and by all His marvellous work; by the heavens; by the earth; by
the sea; by the depth of the Abyss, and by that firmament
which the very Spirit of God hath moved; by
the sun and by the stars; by the waters and by the seas, and all which
they contain; by the winds, the whirlwinds, and the tempests; by the virtue
of all herbs, plants, and stones; by all which is in the heavens, upon
the earth, and in all the Abysses of the Shades.
I conjure ye anew, and I powerfully urge ye,
O Demons, in whatsoever part of the world ye may be, so that ye shall be
unable to remain in air, fire, water, earth, or in any part of
the universe, or in any pleasant place which
may attract ye; but that ye come promptly to accomplish our desire, and
all things that we demand from your obedience.
I conjure ye anew by the two Tables of the
Law, by the five books of Moses, by the Seven Burning Lamps on the Candlestick
of Gold before the face of the Throne of the Majesty
of God, and by the Holy of Holies wherein
the KOHEN HA-GADUL was alone permitted to enter, that is to say, the High-Priest.
I conjure ye by Him Who hath made the heavens
and the earth, and Who hath measured those heavens in the hollow of His
hand, and enclosed
[1. Both this Name and 'Shaddai' are attributed
to the Ninth Sephira, and I have therefore put the two invocations in the
2. The Archangel, who is called also the Prince
the earth with three of His fingers, Who is
seated upon the Kerubim and upon the Seraphim; and by the Kerubim, which
is called the Kerub, which God constituted and placed to
guard the Tree of Life, armed with a flaming
sword, after that Man had been driven out of Paradise.
I conjure ye anew, Apostates from God, by Him
Who alone hath performed great wonders; by the Heavenly Jerusalem; and
by the Most Holy Name of God in Four Letters, and by Him Who enlighteneth
all things and shineth upon all things by his Venerable and Ineffable Name,
EHEIEH ASHER EHEIEH; that ye come immediately to execute our desire, whatever
it may be.
I conjure ye, and I command ye absolutely,
O Demons, in whatsoever part of the Universe ye may be, by the virtue of
all these Holy Names:--
ADONAI, YAH, HOA, EL, ELOHA, ELOHINU, ELOHIM,
EHEIEH, MARON, KAPHU, ESCH, INNON, AVEN, AGLA, HAZOR, EMETH, YAII, ARARITHA,
HA-KABIR, MESSIACH, IONAH, MAL-KA, EREL, KUZU,
MATZPATZ, EL SHADDAI; and by all the Holy Names of God which have been
written with blood in the sign of
an eternal alliance.
I conjure ye anew by these other Names of God,
Most Holy and unknown, by the virtue of which Names ye tremble every day:--BARUC,
ALCHEEGHEL, AQUACHAI, HOMORION, EHEIEH, ABBATON,
CHEVON, CEBON, OYZROYMAS, CHAI, EHEIEH, ALBAMACHI, ORTAGU, NALE, ABELECH
HELECH), YEZE (or SECHEZZE); that ye come
quickly and without any delay into our presence from every quarter and
every climate of the world wherein ye may be, to execute all that we shall
command ye in the Great Name of God.
[1. I have made these Names as correct as possible;
as in all the original MSS. the Hebrew is much mutilated. These names are
some of them ordinary titles of God; others Magical and Qabalistical names
compounded from the initials of sentences, etc.; and other permutations
of other names.
2. I give these Names as they stand, they do
not all appear to be Hebrew; some of them suggest the style of the barbarous
names in the Græco-Egyptian Magical Papyri.]
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