The Book of the Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage

The Book of the Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage


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The Book of the Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage by S. L. MacGregor Mathers

Around the turn of the century, when Aleister Crowley was working out his system of Magick, the source that he turned to for basics was the system of Abramelin of Egypt. From Abramelin he took his concepts of protections, purifications, evocations, vestments, and dromena down to specific details.
This system of Abramelin the Mage is known from a unique fifteenth century manuscript preserved in the Bibliothèque de L'Arsenal in Paris. In it, Abraham of Würzburg, a cabalist and connoisseur of magics, describes a tour that he made of the then civilized world, visiting sorcerers, magicians, and cabalists, estimating their powers and virtues. This quest is in itself as fascinating as the similar tours of Gurdjieff.
The high point of Abraham's travels was found in a small town on the banks of the Nile, where he encountered the great magician Abramelin, whose complete system Abraham thereupon sets out in detail. This amounts to a complete course in ceremonial magic (both white and black), which the student can pursue by himself.
Abramelin, whose system is based mostly on Hellenistic theurgy of the Iamblichan sort, but with Jewish increments from the Cabala, explains the qualifications needed to become a magician, purifications, and asceticisms to be practiced month by month, studies and activities permitted during this period, selection of place and time for working magic, equipment needed, prayers and formulas, evocation of good and evil spirits, commanding spirits to do one's will, overcoming rebellious spirits, and similar material. Specific instructions are offered to develop such powers as clairvoyance, divining metals and treasures, warding off evil magic, healing illness, levitation, transportation, rendering oneself invisible, creating illusions and glamour, reading minds, placing compulsions, working black magic, and a host of other abilities.
We do not guarantee that Abramelin's techniques work, nor that the results are desirable, but we offer this as a genuine medieval course in magic, one of the most important books in the history of occultism. It is of paramount importance to both the historian and the practitioner.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780486232119
Publisher: Dover Publications
Publication date: 06/01/1975
Series: Dover Occult Series
Edition description: Unabridged
Pages: 268
Sales rank: 211,174
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

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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The Book of the Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
dwuma More than 1 year ago
My father,the Late Nana Baafuo Dwuma Brempong, King of Kumawu Traditional Area, who gave this book to me once said,"it is valuable among all my possessions, valuable than silver or gold". Besides the Holy Bible, this book is the greatest among all the books in my possession. Ever since I had this book, my heart desire has been to put the operation into action. I also intend to buy the new translation by George Dehn.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a book that every conjurer would hate to read as the top secret of their art is told hier.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Will write one after I read the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Funny you didn't read my last post. Go read it again, then re comment. I specifically said l DIDN'T KNOW YOU WERE GONE
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