By S. L. MacGregor Mathers
This method of Abramelin the Mage is understood from a distinct 15th century manuscript preserved within the Bibliothèque de L'Arsenal in Paris. In it, Abraham of Würzburg, a cabalist and gourmand of magics, describes a journey that he made up of the then civilized global, vacationing sorcerers, magicians, and cabalists, estimating their powers and virtues. This quest is in itself as interesting because the related excursions of Gurdjieff.
The excessive element of Abraham's travels used to be present in a small city at the banks of the Nile, the place he encountered the good magician Abramelin, whose whole procedure Abraham thereupon units out intimately. This quantities to an entire path in ceremonial magic (both white and black), which the coed can pursue through himself.
Abramelin, whose procedure is primarily based on Hellenistic theurgy of the Iamblichan type, yet with Jewish increments from the Cabala, explains the skills had to develop into a magician, purifications, and asceticisms to be practiced month by way of month, experiences and actions approved in this interval, number of position and time for operating magic, apparatus wanted, prayers and formulation, evocation of fine and evil spirits, commanding spirits to do one's will, overcoming rebellious spirits, and comparable fabric. particular directions are provided to enhance such powers as clairvoyance, divining metals and treasures, keeping off evil magic, therapeutic sickness, levitation, transportation, rendering oneself invisible, growing illusions and glamour, examining minds, putting compulsions, operating black magic, and a number of different abilities.
We don't be sure that Abramelin's ideas paintings, nor that the implications are fascinating, yet we provide this as a real medieval path in magic, the most vital books within the historical past of occultism. it's of paramount significance to either the historian and the practitioner.
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