Ars Notoria: The Notory Art of Solomon: A Medieval Treatise on Angelic Magic and the Art of Memory

Ars Notoria: The Notory Art of Solomon: A Medieval Treatise on Angelic Magic and the Art of Memory

Ars Notoria: The Notory Art of Solomon: A Medieval Treatise on Angelic Magic and the Art of Memory

Ars Notoria: The Notory Art of Solomon: A Medieval Treatise on Angelic Magic and the Art of Memory

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Overview

A new translation of the classic magical text from the original Latin

• Learn how medieval magicians conducted the rituals of angelic magic for quickly learning scholastic knowledge by means of prayers and figures

• Provides a complete translation of Ars Notoria, both the short and long versions based on Julien Veronese’s critical Latin edition

• Includes the first translation of The Work of Works (Opus Operum), The Short Art (Ars Brevis), the abridged version attributed to Thomas of Toledo, and The Pauline Art (Ars Paulina)

• Presents all of the original figures (notae), essential for inspection during ritual

The magical treatise Ars Notoria offers a secret account of how King Solomon gained his famed wisdom and learning through sacred magic, revealed to him by the angel Pamphilius, thereby expanding upon the biblical narrative of Solomon’s vision from God. Solomon’s magical writings were transmitted to the first-century philosopher Apollonius of Tyana, who provided a commentary titled Flores Aurei (Golden Flowers) that is contained within Ars Notoria.

Ars Notoria first appeared in the 13th century, when its prayers and techniques for rapidly acquiring the seven liberal arts—grammar, logic, rhetoric, arithmetic, music, geometry, and astronomy— made it the earliest representation of European angel magic. The text presents a complete system of magic consisting of prayers addressed to angels, using figures called notae, for the purpose of gaining scholastic and heavenly knowledge. Due to its rising popularity among university students, the magical ritual was reworked time and again, producing five treatises dating from the 13th to 15th centuries—Opus Operum (Work of Works), Liber Florum Celestis Doctrine (Book of Flowers of Heavenly Teaching) composed by John of Morigny, Ars Brevis (Short Art), Ars Abbreviata (an abridged version attributed to Thomas of Toledo), and Ars Paulina (Pauline Art [of the Seven Figures])—thereby establishing an entire notorial art tradition.

In this new and complete translation of Ars Notoria, based on Julien Véronèse’s critical Latin edition, translator Matthias Castle presents—for the first time in English—the complete classic magical text, both short and long versions, including four of the later treatises. Castle explains how these theurgic ritual practices were performed, giving special attention to all the original pictorial figures (notae), and how the art of memory relates to angelic magic.

Providing practical instruction, extensive commentary, and in-depth background research and annotations, Ars Notoria: The Notory Art of Solomon is an essential sourcebook on angelic magic for scholars and magicians alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781644115275
Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
Publication date: 11/28/2023
Pages: 896
Sales rank: 687,514
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 2.50(d)

About the Author

Matthias Castle holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in religious studies and philosophy from Emory & Henry College. His passions include classical studies, medieval history, and the Western esoteric tradition. He lives in southern California.

Matthias Castle holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in religious studies and philosophy from Emory & Henry College. His passions include classical studies, medieval history, and the Western esoteric tradition. He lives in southern California.

Table of Contents

A Note on the Translation
Acknowledgments


The History, Art, Ritual, and Method of the Ars Notoria
By Matthias Castle

I The Mythical and Material Story of the Ars Notoria

II Elements of the Ars Notoria

III The Knowledge of the Ars Notoria

IV The Art of Memory

V Analysis of the Figures

VI The Complete Ritual Procedures

Ars Notoria Version A

1 Flores Aurei
Prologue
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3

2 [Fragmented Supplements]

Ars Nova
Novem Termini
The Specials Addendum

3 Notae Supplement Version A

Ars Notoria Version B

4 Glosses and Variations
Prologue
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Ars Nova
Novem Termini

5 Notae Supplement Version B

Branches of the Ars Notoria Tradition

6 Opus Operum (Work of Works)

7
Ars Brevis (Short Art)

8
Ars Notoria Abbreviata (Abridged Notory Art According to Thomas of Toledo)

9
Ars Paulina (Pauline Art [of Seven Figures])

Appendices

A1
Manuscripts and Editions

A2 Magical Figures of the Ars Notoria

A3 Authorship of the Ars Notoria

A4 Medieval Computations of Time

A5 The Enlightened Work from the Wisdom of Solomon

A6 Works Attributed to Apollonius

A7 Works Attributed to Solomon

A8 Annotated Bibliography of Medieval Scholarship

Bibliography

Index of Prayers

General Index
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