Essays about Grimoires and Classical Magick

Essays about Grimoires and Classical Magick

The Lost Secrets of Western Magick Revealed
Western magick is known for excelling at theurgy (“high magick”) but doesn’t have such a good reputation for effective “low magick” (aka practical magick or witchcraft). What is missing from our traditions? In this essay I outline several ancient occult practices that you can explore to make your practical magick work better than ever before.
Published By: The Llewellyn Journal
Restoring the Enochian Heptarchia
An article outlining how I went about rectifying the Heptarchic system of angel magick. The list of angel functions has been corrupted for 400 years. Dee knew it was flawed, but never made the corrections. For the new Essential Enochian Grimoire, I scoured Dee’s journals for clues on how to fix the material – and found them.
Published By: The Llewellyn Journal
Enochiana: From Dee to the Golden Dawn
A lecture about the development of Enochian Magick from Dee’s original system to the Neo-Enochan system of the Golden Dawn, given at the Isis-Urania Temple of the HOGD
Published By: Hermetic Virtues Magazine, Vol 4, Ed 13
Enochiana: From Dee to the Golden Dawn Addendum
Important Corrections to the previous lecture.
Published By: Hermetic Virtues Magazine, Vol 4, Ed 14
The Return of Psalmic Magick and the Mixed Qabalah
An essay about Psalm Magick and the rediscovery of the “Mixed Qabalah” – once known only by an obscure reference in the Book of Abramelin
Published By: Hermetic Virtues Magazine, Vol 4, Ed 14 Hoodoo and Conjure Quarterly, Premiere Issue
What is Enochian Magick? (The Two Mystical Traditions of Enoch the Prophet)
A short article explaining the difference between John Dee’s Enochian magick and the later “Neo-Enochian” tradition descended primarily from the Golden Dawn. Also in Portuguese! : O Que é Magia Enochiana? (As duas Tradições Místicas do Profeta Enoque) Also in Romanian! : Ce este Magia Enochiană? (cele două tradiţii mistice ale lui Enoh)
Published By: The Llewellyn Journal Circulo Iniciatico de Hermes Ocult-Ro
From the Greeks to the Grimoires: A Review of Jake Kent’s Geosophia.
This is much more than a mere book review – it is a lengthy essay about the ancient Greek Goen, the Chalybes, the Greek Magical Papyri, and the Sabians – all important (yet little-known) forerunners to the Western Mystery Tradition.
Published By: Scarlet Imprint Blog Hermetic Virtues Magazine, Vol 5, Ed 17
The Quest for the Divine Language
A short article concerning mankind’s fascination with and search for the Original Language once spoken in Eden.
Published By: The Llewellyn Journal
Pronouncing Dee’s Angelical (aka A Pronunciation Guide to the Angelical Language of Dr. John Dee)
Based upon my study of Dee’s records, I have created this essay explaining how to pronounce the Angelical words. I explain the methods Dee used to record his own phonetic notations, and then I provide an entirely new phonetic key intended for modern students. All of the rules for Angelical pronunciation are explained, and the essay ends with excerpts from An Angelical Psalter– showing the first two Angelical Callings/Keys written in English, Angelical and my new phonetic key.
Published By: Hermetic Virtues Magazine, Vol 1, Ed 3
The Angelical Alphabet
(Updated Version!) Originally written for Tree of Lights Magazine, but the magazine never came to be. It was then published online in Paradigm Shift Magazine, but the online version suffered formatting errors. Now, the essay has been completely updated, corrected and vastly expanded. It explains the importance of the Angelical Language and how to use the Angelical Characters with Agrippa’s occult philosophy.
Published By: Paradigm Shift! Hermetic Virtues Magazine, Vol 1, Ed 2
Grimoire Shamanism
A major premise of my Secrets of the Magickal Grimoires is that the Solomonic texts draw much from tribal shamanic practices and worldview. This essay focuses upon that premise, and provides a great introduction to the book. It also includes two anecdotes about modern Solomonic shamans at work.
Published By: PaganPages.org Hermetic Virtues Magazine, Vol 1, Ed 1 Diamond Fire Magazine
Abramelin’s Magickal Word Squares: Compiled and Corrected for the First Time
At long last, thanks to George Dehn and Steven Guth, modern students have access to the original talismans found in the German manuscripts of the Book of Abramelin. Unfortunately, even in their original form, the word squares are rife with errors. In this work, I have gathered all thirty chapters of talismans (242 in all!) and corrected them where necessary. This is the first time the Abramelin word squares have been seen in their corrected form, anywhere, ever!
Published By: Aaron’s Homepage
Modern Grimoire Magick: Folk Magick and The Solomonic Path
When JWMT asked me to write a new essay on the grimoires, I was excited by the opportunity to pick up where I left off in Secrets…. This essay follows the grimoires as they migrated with their owners to the New World. We encounter “reciept-books” – simple grimoires kept by families for household uses. We learn how these grimoires influenced American folk-magick like Hexcraft (Pow-wow) in the North and Hoodoo in the South. Finally, we learn how these traditions of sorcery have influenced the modern practice of Solomonic magick within American culture (and elsewhere).
Published By: Journal of the Western Mystery Tradition
Understanding the Ancient Tomes
A short article written for Llewellyn’s New Worlds of Mind and Spirit Magazine concerning the creation of Secrets of the Magickal Grimoires.
Published By: New Worlds of Mind and Spirit
The Holy Guardian Angel: Exploring the Sacred Magick of Abramelin the Mage
This one begins with the history of the “Book of Abramelin” and an outline of the Abramelin Rite itself. Then, it discusses the magickal theory behind it. From there it gives a history of the Patron God, Guardian Angel, and Genius. Finally, it ends with some brief discussion of the Hermetic view of the Holy Guardian Angel. This is an abridged version of what will eventually be a much longer work. Now also in Portuguese! : Explorando a Magia Sagrada de Abramelin, o Mago
Published By: Diamond Fire Magazine. Circulo Iniciatico de Hermes Sacred-Magick.com
Medieval Magick
Chapter One of Secrets of the Grimoires– Medieval Magick- is an exploration of the medieval world that gave rise to the classical grimoires. The relationship between these texts and the social, political, and religious circumstances surrounding them are discussed. Then, the history of the grimiores themselves are explored- first in general, and then in detail as the contents of 20 individual grimoires are outlined. As the launching point for the rest of the book, this chapter contains “all we already know” from other scholars that have studied the texts. The remaining chapters of the book will move into new territory. Also in Romanian! : Magia Medievală The catalog of grimoires at the end of this essay has now been translated into Romanian! : Grimoarele Clasice <— NEW!
Published By: Witchschool.com Sacred-Magick.com Ocult-Ro
Textual Analysis of the First Call
An interpretaion of the First Angelic Key as recieved by Dr. John Dee and Sir Edward Kelley in 1583. (This has been vastly expanded in my upcoming work The Angelical Language.)
Published By: The Enochian Linguistics Webpage
On the Origins of the Enochian Language
Actually more about the nature of the Angelic language than its origins. Also discusses the many Angelic words with English roots.
Published By: The Enochian Linguistics Webpage
A Discourse on the Enochian Watchtowers
Some important keys to understanding the nature of the Watchtower hierarchy of Angels. Recently updated.
Published By: The Terminal Journal

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