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Goetia: The Lesser Key of Solomon the King
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on 13 May 1999
In Editor's foreword you hear some exciting stories about the Golden Dawn, S.L. Mathers, A. Crowley and other fraternities.
Through the entire book Mathers draws parallels to other books of this sort. It contains an initial interpretation of ceremonial magic. The main chapter is entitled "Shemhamphorash" and it contains desriptions of all 72 demons. Finally it has a chapter called "The magical requisites" which contains the hexagram of Solomon, the pentagram of Solomon, the magic ring/disc of Solomon, and the secret seal of Solomon. It also has Enochian conjurations and astrological tables of spirits in the Goetia.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 4 May 1998
If you're a serious practitioner, then you gotta get this book in your library. Plenty of details on the summoning of the solomonic demons, sigils, etc.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
There are several versions of the Goetia, however this and perhaps Joseph H. Peterson's version are the main or at least the two top-selling versions. The previous reviewer clearly favours the Joseph H. Peterson version but I would exercise caution !
I own both versions (and two books by Joseph H. Peterson) - to me he does not appear to understand the material, merely diligently copy the oldest version he could find word for word with the odd footnote here and there. (His book of John Dee's writing is even worse, its in olde English with Latin appendices at the end - really helpful !). His pictures of the demonic signs look like something my 3 year old would draw !
Aleister Crowley & founder member of the Golden Dawn S. L McGregor Mathers were without a doubt the most famous and accomplished magicians of their day and they collaborated on this version of the Goetia, making the text more understandable, clearer, editing out a lot of the nonsense and 'red herrings' and redrawing the signs so they are clear and easy to copy and use. Whats more, this version has some very impressive (but not definitive) pictures of the demons themselves, including Crowley’s rather infantile sketches of them.
Judge for yourselves which version of the Goetia you would prefer !
Both (and more) copies of both books are available on various websites and I would urge anyone struggling to decide on which version to get to look there first. Joseph H. Peterson's version is there in its entirety and you'll see what I mean !!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 3 October 2010
Will Open your mind to the celestial, very interesting book to have in your occult collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 30 May 2014
This book excels where other attempts to render this book have failed. The sigils are particularly clear (something lacking on other editions produced by other publishing houses), the text clear and the useful commentary is lively. This edition is a must buy for anyone interested in such arcane and esoteric topics.
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34 of 45 people found the following review helpful
on 21 July 1999
Why bother with re-runs, 108 cable channels with nothing good on them and psychic hotlines that wipe out your wallet?
Go straight to the source - adopt-a-devil. It is your choice, with or without protective circle. If you use the protective circle, they will deftly affect your mind anyway (they have that in common with advertising). If you choose to go circleless and engage in a little chat time, they may never leave! But then, Taisha Abelar referred to her familiars (allies, as she terms them) as merely friendly pets, little spots of light that would occasionally follow her around. Just visitors from another dimension - the twilight zone. These _are_ twilight zone denizens, as the drawings scrawled by Crowley in his personal copies of this book, and reproduced here, prove. To really get a feel for them, the Duquette Goetia book is highly recommended as well. But be sure to have this one! Besides Crowley's drawings and notes, it is well annotated by an excellent Crowley scholar.
M
PS: This is not to be confused with black magic. Crowley used the Goetia to attain his HGA, Holy Guardian Angel, and the invocation to the HGA herein contained, and later reproduced in Regardie's groundbreaking popularization, is indispensable. Otherwise known as the "Bornless One."
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on 14 August 2014
I like this book with its illustrations which aid in rituals....theres a good bit of info in here for those with interest. I often now refer to this book for extra info perhaps not given by another book..when I want an illustration of a particular demon (not all are illustrated, but a good few are)- a good book to have in ones Magickal collection
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17 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on 27 February 1999
I'm a student of an Esoterical Order, I study the magical arts for several years. This book is NOT a Black Magick book as many may think. One should understand the conjurations and see that the magician order upon the demons, and never ever worship them. The power of God allows man to summon and order upon the demons. The use one gives to the power will define the kind of Magick one is working with. The Magick that respects ALL the Superior Laws, of the White Brotherhood (this is not a Physical Group of people with the same name, but the Brotherhood of the Ascended Masters like Jesus Christ, Gautama Siddharta, Moria, Kuthumi,etc.)is White, the Magick that fails in just one Law is Black. This is a High Magick work, not recomended for beginers, this work should be preceded of theroretical and practical study of Magick. The book is a must for the advanced Magician. EXECELENT WORK. Read also the Key of Solomon the King. Mathers,S.L. MacGreagor You find it here in Amazon. (What dont you find here?!!)
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17 of 23 people found the following review helpful
The Lesser Key, and the goetica in particular is a very valuable magical text for the occult student or initiate alike. Other reviews outline the contents of the text well enough that I need not go into them.
This is a somewhat inferior edition however, with several notable flaws and innaccuracies. Seek out if you can, Joseph H. Peterson's "The Lesser Key of Solomon: Detailing the Ceremonial Art of Commanding Spirits Both Good and Evil" as it is a much more accurate and concise study of the text.
In it the flawed symbols of this edition are corrected shown alongside their flawed counterparts and the FULL text (parts I - V) of the Lemegeton Clavicula Salomonis is given.
The edition reviewed here will serve the interests of the merely curious, but I recommend Peterson's edition to the serious practical occultist.
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on 31 May 2014
Great price, service and product. Nice introduction and overview of this infamous text, invocation instructions and illustrations of the mischief makers themselves.
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