“Start with God – the first step in learning is bowing down to God; only fools thumb their noses at such wisdom and learning.”-King Solomon-
The desire to dominate and own the unknown, has been a feature of humanity since time immemorial. That is why since ancient times began teaching witchcraft, being taught by various secret orders, alchemists or occult fans who managed to uncover some of its intricate formulas.
A grimoire is a type of book of European magical knowledge, usually dated from the late Middle Ages (XV century) until the eighteenth century, with very few dating at earlier dates of the thirteenth century.
These books contain astrological correspondences, lists of angels and demons, instructions for covens, casting spells and spells, mix drugs, invoke supernatural entities and making talismans. Little is known about the origin of many of the magic formulas although it is probably the result of knowledge of Arabic translations of oriental magic merged with Western elements
The word “grimoire” comes from the French “grimoire” and that from a grammatical change in the Middle Ages where Latin “grammars” (books on the rules of Latin) where mainly were used for education in schools and universities, while most people suspected that these books were to learn to practice magic. These books should not be confused with prayer briefs
A grammar is a description of a set of symbols and how to combine them to create phrases. A grimoire is a description of a set of magical symbols that when combined can properly perform incantations. Although most grimoires that have survived to this day describe their magic rituals based on Judeo-Christian traditions knowledge, therefore not to be confused with the neo-paganism of other rituals and traditions that used similar techniques, although with different symbology. This term is also used to referise books of instruction in the “black arts” or also called books for the control of “demons.”
Another version of the origin of this word much more accepted by the magicians, explains that “grimoire” comes from the Italian word “rimario” which means “composing verses.” Italian Medieval magicians said that the composition of rituals in verses was idonea to succeed in magical operations and these were more powerful, which is why they were called “incantesimo” (incantation) because in its development sung poetry was employed
Grimoires are texts where the magical knowledge of magicians were compiled in the Middle Ages, ie alchemists, herbalists and those who practiced some of the occult. They also contain magical formulas, symbols, like the astrological correspondences, spells and rituals, and instructions to communicate with angels, and to invoke the spirits and demons, and to make incantations and spells in mixtures of drugs (potions) and making talismans. To understand these books would be moved to the time when they were written, as well as understand the lifestyle of these wizards and tactics they used to hide their secrets; so most of their recipes are a mixture of Hebrew texts, Romans and Christians filled with references of the Bible and Jewish texts, besides prayers to angels and God. Magicians who wrote said they were inspired by ancient pagan texts as some magical traditions dating back to the first century AD.
Most of the books of the Middle Ages were not original works because they were imperfect copies of the authentic that were translated from one language to another. Most of these grimoires are copies of originals and some translations are not too reliable. The earliest grimoires known were forbidden by the Church of Rome and therefore remained hidden for centuries until the European Inquisition, in the year 1550, it was decided that will become part of the extensive libraries of translators monks, and most of these books were allowed to monks retain copies thereof with the proviso that copies not to leave the convents, monasteries and abbeys, nor these defied the authority of the Pope.
The first grimoire which news is known as the Key of Solomon, which was published in Greek between I and IV century AD, although it is possible that it was copied by hand in the second century.
This book is believed to be the memoirs of King Solomon, on the construction of the Temple of Jerusalem which he performed with the slave labor of demons. In the copy of the second century is a list of fifty-one votes demons who were persuaded to bring all sorts of benefits to the wizard. But even today it is believed that this grimoire is much older. In the first century AD Jewish historian, Titus Flavius Josephus referred to a spellbook that was used to summon evil spirits, which was supposedly written by Solomon and is used almost exclusively for personal gain. The book offers a magic system based on drawing the pentagrams that are marked with inscriptions of incantations that were grouped according to the astrological signs.
Some known grimories
Picatrix (S. XIII) translation of the Arabic work Gayat al-Hakim. He speaks of the influence of the cosmos and of the spirits and the ways of how to catch the latter.
The Heptamerón, Pietro d’Abano, 1290.
Manual of Munich, S XV. Presents directions for the invocation of demons and request favors.
The Book of the Sacred Magic of Abra-Melin the Mage, 1458.
The Secret Grimoire of Turiel, 1518. Editing highly controversial Max Turiel.
The Grand Grimoire, 1522. Written in Venice in 1522, by the Italian Antonio venitiana of Rabina. In 1612, in Italy, the first edition is performed.
Antipalus Maleficorum comprehensus, published in 1555 by Johannes Trithemius
From daemonum of Praestigiis, 1577. It was written by Johann Weyer
Clavicles of Salomonis, S.XVI probably re-edition of a medieval writing. It is likely that starting from this grimoire the Lemegeton was written.
Galdrabók, Icelandic grimoire, a compendium of the seventeenth century.
The Lemegeton Clavicle Salomonis or The Lesser Key of Solomon, S. XVII.
The Enchiridion Leonis Papae or Book of Pope Leo III. Published in Rome in 1660.
The Liber Juratis, Grimorium Honorii Magni or Book of Pope Honorius III. Published in Rome in 1629.
The Greater Key of Solomon, 1641.
“Fat Albert” and “Little Albert” two grimoires allegedly written by medieval Dominican Albertus Magnus. Published in the eighteenth century.
The Black Hen (La noire poule), 1740 A.D.
The Grimoire of St. Cyprian or Ciprianillo supposedly written in 1001 AD It was released in 1885 by Bernardo Barreiro Librarian
Since the eighteenth century there has been a small industry devoted to selling fake or poorly translated grimoires (most of the original texts are in French or Latin, and very rare). However, there are faithful translations of the most books indicated.
The study of man is critical in understanding the world, the universe and God.
Because it is through the perception of the senses and mental resources is were the universe comes into existence within human psyche.
Understanding the man is to understand the world, the universe, and God
This article was written by Psalm Triginta