Lesser Key of Solomon

Lesser Key of Solomon

This translation of the FIRST BOOK Of the “Lemegeton” which is now for the firsttime made accessible to students of TALISMANIC MAGIC was done, after carefulcollation and edition, from numerous Ancient Manuscripts in Hebrew, Latin, andFrench, by G. H. Fra. D.D.C.F., by the order of the Secret Chief of the RosicrucianOrder.1 The G. H. Fra., having succumbed unhappily to the assaults of the FourGreat Princes (acting notably under Martial influences), it seemed expedient that thework should be brought to its conclusion by another hand. The investigation of acompetent Skryer into the house of our unhappy Fra., confirmed this divination;neither our Fra. nor his Hermetic Mul. were there seen; but only the terrible shapes ofthe evil Adepts S.V.A.2and H., whose original bodies having been sequestered byJustice, were no longer of use to them. On this we stayed no longer Our Hand; butwithdrawing Ourselves, and consulting the Rota, and the Books M. and Q. diddecide to ask Mr. Aleister Crowley, a poet, and skilled student of Magical Lore, andan expert Kabbalist, to complete openly that which had been begun in secret.3 This isthat which is written: “His Bishoprick let another take.” And again: “OculiTetragammaton.” This is also that which is said: “Nomen Secundum refertur adGebhurah; qui est Rex Bittul atque Corruptio Achurajim Patris et Matris hocindigitatur. “And so saying we wish you well.Ex Deo Nascimur.In Jesu Morimur.Per S.S. Reviviscimus.Given forth from our Mountain of A., this day of C.C. 1903 A. D.

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The Fourth<br />Spirit is Samigina, a Great Marquis. He appeareth<br />in the form of a little Horse or Ass, and then into<br />Human shape doth he change himself at the<br />request of the Master. He speaketh with a hoarse<br />voice. He ruleth over 30 Legions of Inferiors. He<br />teaches all Liberal Sciences, and giveth account of<br />Dead Souls that died in sin. And his Seal is this,<br />which is to be worn before the Magician when he<br />is Invocator, etc.
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The Nineteenth Spirit is<br />Sallos (or Saleos). He is a Great and Mighty<br />Duke, and appeareth in the form of a gallant<br />Soldier riding on a Crocodile, with a Ducal<br />Crown on his head, but peaceably. He causeth<br />the Love of Women to Men, and of Men to<br />Women; and governeth 30 Legions of Spirits.<br />His Seal is this, etc
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The Thirteenth Spirit is<br />called Beleth (or Bileth, or Bilet). He is a mighty<br />King and terrible. He rideth on a pale horse with<br />trumpets and other kinds of musical instruments<br />playing before him. He is very furious at his first<br />appearance, that is, while the Exorcist layeth his<br />courage; for to do this he must hold a Hazel<br />Wand in his hand, striking it out towards the<br />South and East Quarters, make a triangle, Ò,<br />without the Circle, and then command him into<br />it by the Bonds and Charges of Spirits as<br />hereafter followeth. And if he doth not enter into<br />the triangle, Ò, at your threats, rehearse the<br />Bonds and Charms before him, and then he will<br />yield Obedience and come into it, and do what<br />he is commanded by the Exorcist. Yet he must<br />receive him courteously because he is a Great<br />King, and do homage unto him, as the Kings<br />and Princes do that attend upon him. And thou<br />must have always a Silver Ring on the middle<br />finger of the left hand held against thy face,14<br /> as<br />they do yet before AMAYMON. This Great King<br />Beleth causeth all the love that may be, both of<br />Men and of Women, until the Master Exorcist hath had his desire fulfilled. He is of the Order<br />of Powers, and he governeth 85 Legions of<br />Spirits. His Noble Seal is this, which is to be<br />worn before thee at working.
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The Twelfth Spirit is Sitri. He is<br />a Great Prince and appeareth at first with a<br />Leopard’s head and the Wings of a Gryphon, but<br />after the command of the Master of the<br />Exorcism he putteth on Human shape, and that<br />very beautiful. He enflameth men with Women’s<br />love, and Women with Men’s love; and causeth<br />them also to show themselves naked if it be<br />desired. He governeth 60 Legions of Spirits. His<br />Seal is this, to be worn as a Lamen before thee,<br />etc.
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The Twenty-eighth Spirit in<br />Order, as Solomon bound them, is named Berith.<br />He is a Mighty, Great, and Terrible Duke. He<br />hath two other Names given unto him by men of<br />later times, viz.: BEALE, or BEAL, and BOFRY or<br />BOLFRY. He appeareth in the Form of a Soldier<br />with Red Clothing, riding upon a Red Horse, and<br />having a Crown of Gold upon his head. He giveth<br />true answers, Past, Present, and to Come. Thou<br />must make use of a Ring in calling him forth, as is<br />before spoken of regarding Beleth.17 He can turn<br />all metals into Gold. He can give Dignities, and<br />can confirm them unto Man. He speaketh with a,<br />very clear and subtle Voice. He governeth 26<br />Legions of Spirits. His Seal is this, etc.
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The Thirtieth Spirit is<br />Forneus. He is a Mighty and Great Marquis, and<br />appeareth in the Form of a Great Sea-Monster. He<br />teacheth, and maketh men wonderfully knowing<br />in the Art of Rhetoric. He causeth men to have a<br /><br />17 See ante, Spirit No. 13<br />Good Name, and to have the knowledge and<br />understanding of Tongues. He maketh one to be<br />beloved of his Foes as well as of his Friends. He<br />governeth 29 Legions of Spirits, partly of the<br />Order of Thrones, and partly of that of Angels.<br />His Seal is this, which wear thou, etc.
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The Thirty-ninth Spirit is<br />Malphas. He appeareth at first like a Crow, but after<br />he will put on Human Shape at the request of the<br />Exorcist, and speak with a hoarse Voice. He is a<br />Mighty President and Powerful. He can build<br />Houses and High Towers, and can bring to thy<br />Knowledge Enemies’ Desires and Thoughts, and<br />that which they have done. He giveth Good<br />Familiars. If thou makest a Sacrifice unto him he<br />will receive it kindly and willingly, but he will<br />deceive him- that doth it. He governeth 40 Legions<br />of Spirits, and his Seal is this, etc.
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The Fortieth Spirit is Raum. He<br />is a Great Earl; and appeareth at first in the Form<br />of a Crow, but after the Command of the Exorcist<br />he putteth on Human Shape. His office is to steal<br />Treasures out King’s Houses, and to carry it<br />whither he is commanded, and to destroy Cities<br />and Dignities of Men, and to tell all things, Past<br />and What Is, and what Will Be; and to cause Love<br />between Friends and Foes. He was of the Order of<br />Thrones. He governeth 30 Legions of Spirits; and<br />his Seal is this, which wear thou as aforesaid.
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