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The Grimoire of Armadel
By S. L. MACGREGOR MATHERS
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THE THEOSOPHY OF OUR FATHERS
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AS REGARDETH THE PLANETS THE SANHEDRIN
ZADKIEL will teach unto you all the Sciences Active and Passive, with a remarkable facility, with all honesty and courtesy, together with every kind of benediction. They who avail themselves hereof will possess all things in content. He is to be invoked on a Monday and in the Morning. His Character is this (see Figure 1)
In this Sigil is taught the method of joining together Actives and Passives, or in everything the manner of modesty and grace. In the which Numbers the Lord God doth sanctify these Planets, so that they may work marvels, and as it were portents, through such Numerations.
THE CIRCUMCISION OF JESUS AT NAZARETH
The Prophet of the Greatest One; or the Languor of the Nature.
THAVAEL. This Spirit had a particular care of our Lord Jesus Christ. It was he who conducted the Holy Virgin and Saint Joseph into Egypt when they were fleeing from the persecution of Herod. He giveth unto us a perfect knowledge of all the simples and their virtues. He can be invoked at any time. His Character is thus (see Figure 2).
In this Sigil is taught the planting or the sowing of the Seed of Plants, the comprehension of virtue; there are also (herein) taught the manners of flowering as regardeth Plants, and also those inspirations of virtue and grace which be as it were the fundamental plants of the Qabalistical ART.
They who shall write with the ginger upon the forehead of these letters I.·.N.·.R.·. I, will never die by a sudden death.
BY THE FLOWING OF JORDAN
CAPHAEL is a Spirit who guided St. John in the desert, and when he was preaching the Baptism of Penitence by the River of Jordan where the people were baptized, he filled their hearts with Charity and Benediction. He teacheth an infinitude of matters with facility.
In this his Sigil (see Figure 3) there is taught concerning the healing of barrenness and of death concerning the Kingdom of God, and the most ardent Charity; in the which blessed mystical Numbers (of the Sigil) there is taught unto whatsoever Operations this is to be applied, howbeit certain special Operations do fall under the head of certain especial Numbers. Also concerning Sciences and Arts of all kinds and of all perfections whatsoever they may be.
He is to be invoked on Fridays and in the morning.
THE SON OF ZACHARIAS IN THE DESERT
SAMAEL is the Spirit who did never abandon Saint John during the time in which he dwelled in the desert before his preaching. He is the protector of preachers in Missions among foreign nations. He teacheth Theology. He is to be invoked on a Wednesday, and in the morning. His Character is thus formed (see Figure 4).
In this Sigil is taught the harvest of the Plants of Blessedness, and such harvests; together with the envy of the Kingdom of Behemoth and Leviathan, of the which the Lord God did make use from the Beginning, and preserved (the same) for the production of all creatures, and also in what manner such souls be produced (and come forth).
IN THE FIELDS OF BABYLON
URIEL is a Spirit who did reveal unto the Prophet Esdras every description of Prophesy, he did also aid the Children of Israel in the Camp of the Babylonians. He teacheth natural Sciences, Physic, and Medicine. He is to be invoked on a Wednesday, before daybreak. Thus is his Character (see Figure 5).
In this Sigil there be taught the method of understanding what and of what Kind were those twin Souls (namely) Henoch. The faculties of the Mind and Understanding are purified, and these also in such a manner that they may be exalted from the lowest degree unto that which is most perfect of all. By the which composition also there can be a transmission made of the participating Power or that power of communication of the comprehension of Spirits.
THE SPIRIT OF ELISHA
MICHAEL is a Spirit who guided the Prophet Elisha in all his actions. He is the Protector of all Kingdoms. After God Himself, he is almost all-powerful as regardeth those who perform his Invocation, which latter should be worked upon a Sunday, and in the evening. Thus is his Character (see Figure 6).
In this Sigil is taught how there may be formed a certain composite thing by means of which the faculties and vital Spirits (exist) as well in Man as in other creatures, according to what is necessary for and convenable unto them.
OF THE LIFE OF ELIJAH
GABRIEL is a Spirit who did teach unto the Prophet Elijah all the Mysteries of Divinity. He is to be invoked on a Thursday before Daybreak. His Power is very Great, and he can do you great good, in the which he will instruct you. Thus is his Character (see Figure 7).
In this Sigil there be taught the Methods of restoring and transplanting both health and mental force.
THE WISDOM OF SOLOMON
RAPHAEL is a Spirit of Science who did teach unto Solomon Knowledge and Wisdom. He is to be invoked on a Sunday before Sunrise. Thou must be both pure and chaste when thou dost invoke him, and thou must have fasted on the previous eve. Thus is his Character (see Figure 8).
In this Sigil is taught the manner of joining Actives and Passives together the one unto the other, in natural things. There is also taught concerning the 'KANSSUD' of Earthly regions and powers, from one class unto another.
THE EXPLORER AND LEADER JOSHUA
HETAEL is a Spirit who guides armies and also can destroy them, as he did unto the enemies of the Children of Israel under the command of Joshua, when by his prayer the latter arrested the course of the Sun. He can render you invulnerable unto every kind of weapon, and can give you Spirits to serve you unto this end. He is to be invoked on a Tuesday. Thus is his Character (see Figure 9).
In this Sigil there is taught the declaring of the intentions of Enemies and the like. Also there can be expelled all things noxious unto body and mind, and further in like manner this Mystic (Sigil) operateth in their restoration. Also there be Mysteries regarding 'Man'.
THE VISION OF 'MAN'
VAU-AEL is a Spirit who causeth all kinds of pleasant visions to appear, such as our Forefathers in the Old Testament beheld. He serveth you faithfully in all that you desire to know. Thus is his Character (see Figure 10). He hath many Spirits under his dominion.
In this Sigil, howbeit, there is formed a certain species of 'Man' for castings out.
THE ROD OF MOSES
ZAINAEL is a Spirit who did teach unto Moses the methods of availing himself of the Rod with the which he did perform so many miracles in Egypt, and among the Chaldeans. He hath much power to render those rich who avail themselves of his services. He can be invoked at any hour. Thus is his Character (see Figure 11).
In this Sigil is taught the Practice of the Science and Wisdom of the Diviners and Magi of the Egyptians and Chaldeans, and by what ways and means they may be acquired.
MOSES IN THE INTERIOR OF THE DESERT
HETHATIA maketh you see even as Moses saw the benefits which he had received from God, when he was in the Desert of the Land of Midian. He can do much for those who invoke him, but it must not be in the desert place. Thus is his Character (see Figure 12).
In this Sigil is taught the Science and Wisdom of Moses, and the Arcana of the Egyptian Magi and Diviners; perfect happiness and the ways of causing and inspiring fear, and of going forth from a land and for the preservation of a Man in that (case) and place.
THE CAVE OF EPHRON
TETAHATIA is a Spirit of Science and Virtue, who hath preserved our Forefathers from their enemies, rendering them formidable unto them so as to put them to flight. He will do the same unto the Enemies of those who shall wish to avail themselves of his services. Thus is his Character (see Figure 13).
In this Sigil be noted the ways whereby a blinding darkness may be produced, or a thing terrible unto one's enemies, also how a blessing may fall hereon.
THE GOING-FORTH OF ABRAHAM FROM UR OF THE CHALDEES AND FROM HARAN
ALEPTA maketh you see how Abraham went forth from Ur from among the Chaldeans, and from Haran. He can give unto you great riches. Thus is his Character (see Figure 14).
In this Sigil is taught how a Man may be exalted, and how a Man may become formidable unto all Creatures, at any hour (and how he may be rescued) whether out of the hands of cruel men, or from a crowd of men.
THE WISDOM OF OUR FOREFATHER ADAM
BETEL teacheth unto you the Sciences which God had revealed unto Adam. He is a very docile Spirit who appeareth as soon as he is invoked. (This should be either) in a wood, or in a secluded garden, and one should be alone, whether it be by day or by night. Thus is his Character (see Figure 15).
In this there is taught in what way we can arrive at the possession of the virtues of all Creatures (or created things); there is (further) taught what and of what kind be the virtues hereof, and what (virtues) be truly most powerful above all virtues of Creatures. There is also taught the reason of the laws of (such) virtues and of their uses.
THE BEHOLDING OF THE SERPENT
GIMELA maketh you to know and behold the form of the Serpent who did tempt Eve in the Terrestrial Paradise; (he also) can give unto you some of his Spirits who can transport you from one place to another and can even make you travel at the speed of an hundred leagues in an hour. Thus is his Character (see Figure 16).
In this Sigil there be taught all the Mysteries which the Lord is willing to allow to be worked by the Serpent and from the Serpent; what may be his corporeal moulding or proportion, and whether he can contain in himself all invisible beings (or creatures) and in what manner.
THE VISION OF FORMATION—ADAM
DALÉTÉ is a Spirit who will show unto you the Visions which Adam beheld while he was upon the Earth. He hath many Spirits under his leadership, who will teach unto you many things if you tell unto them that which you shall desire. Thus is his Character (see Figure 17).
In this Sigil be taught and demonstrated the Mystical Formation of Adam; what Animals were in the Lord and brought in this place unto Adam by the Lord God.
THE VISION OF EDEN, OR OF THE TERRESTRIAL PARADISE
PHALET will teach unto you all that did happen in the Terrestrial Paradise, from the time of the Creation of Adam and Eve. There be many Spirits under his leadership who can do much in the manner of serving you, and in many ways. Thus is his Character (see Figure 18).
In this Sigil there be taught the Mysteries of the Creation of the World, and of all Creatures, and what (of these) be sacred; but also how those (creatures) are proper to be detested for superstitious reasons when they draw their origin from Corpses of the dead, and from collections thereof, and from sepulchres; and thence also is the arising of every kind of superstitions. In this Sigil be (also) taught all the Arcana of Necromancers and of Diviners of that same class, and whence in a Scientific (sense) these (arts) take their rise.
CONCERNING PHITONE OR THE ABUSES OF NECROMANCY
SAMAEL is a spirit of Counsel. He teacheth you Magic, Necromancy, Jurisprudence, and all the Occult Sciences, with facility. He is to be invoked on a Tuesday at Midnight, care being taken to fast the day that you shall wish to avail your self of his services. He hath much in his power, and on your demand he will tell you the extent thereof. Thus is his Character (see Figure 19).
In this Sigil there be taught what are all the abuses of Necromancy which may expose a man (to danger) through such communication; whether such communication may have such virtue as to link you unto the Angels and unto God, and to confer upon you power over all creatures, or the union of the love of all beings with the most profound and familiar knowledge of them, or whether it may join us unto the Devil even as in our mortal familiar (relationships) so can we be linked with all things which may be pleasing unto us. There is also taught (herein) how such communications may be formed.
CONCERNING THE COMMUNICATION OF THE GENII
CAMAEL giveth unto you a perfect knowledge of your Genius, who will have the power to grant you everything that you shall demand of him. There be many Spirits under the rule of (Camael) who can serve you in many things, and especially such as you shall demand of them. Thus is his Character (see Figure 20).
In this Sigil is taught what and after what manner may be this communication of the Genii; (transforming in us) our evil (qualities) into good, and our good (qualities) into better and best; there is also taught the method of such transformation. Wherefore adore the Lord God and love thy neighbour!
CONCERNING THE TRANSFORMATIO OF THE GENII
HANIEL teacheth unto you the transformation of all precious stones and giveth unto you as many as you wish thereof. He is to be invoked on a Friday before daybreak. Thus is his Character (see Figure 21).
In this seal there is taught how Genii may be transformed into Man. They can pass from him into their nature, and correspond unto him in the compounded elements. There is here also taught how such may be necessary unto the Human Race. Also the necessity of such a Mystery.
CONCERNING THE NATURE OF THE GENII
ANAEL is a Spirit which will give unto you the Knowledge of all things which he in the Order of Nature (understands), for he is a Spirit of Power, who appeareth speedily if he shall be invoked on a Sunday at Daybreak by one who is alone and in a retired place. Thus is his Character (see Figure 22).
In this Sigil there be taught who and what the Genii are, as also their power and virtue. There be further shown the Mysteries of the Present, Past and Future Age. In this Sigil is hidden the Science of Merchants. Also here be those things which do appear and are reputed to be supernatural. Also herein we can obtain the revelation of unknown things, but this (is only granted) unto the Elect of God.
Also the Praxis of those Arcane Secrets of the Lord is declared and demonstrated in this Sigil, wherefore Adore the Lord thy God with thy whole heart, and love thy neighbour. In the Praxis or working of this Sigil thou shalt constate that the effects hereof be certain and true yet (causing) the greatest wonder and astonishment.
THE SACRO-MYSTIC THEOLOGY OF OUR FATHERS
CONCERNING THE SCIENCE OF THE REGENERATION OF ADAM AND HIS CHILDREN BY PELECH
We have given and told unto you many things regarding the Good Spirits who can serve you faithfully. Those we are here about to speak of can also do the same, seeing that they served our First Parents from the Creation of the World.
OPHIEL is a Spirit of Piety. He will teach you all the Wisdom of our First Father. Thus is his Character (see Figure 23).
In this Sigil there be taught the Mysteries of the Regeneration of Adam and his Children in Time, through Pelech now shown forth visibly as Jesus. Also the forms of those in torment.
CONCERNING THE DEVILS AND HOW THEY MAY BE BOUND AND COMPELLED TO VISIBLE APPEARANCE
Now this is the Object of the Diabolic Qabalah.
(ASMODEUS. LEVIATHAN) These Spirits teach you further the Malice of the Devils. Avail not yourself of the services of these Evil Spirits who are deceivers. It is alone the Name of God which can enable you to force them and all others to come unto you. Thus are their Characters (see Figures 24 and Figures 25).
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