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The Goetia of Dr Rudd: The Angels and Demons…

The Goetia of Dr Rudd: The Angels and Demons of Liber Malorum Spirituum… (2007)

by Stephen Skinner, David Rankine (Author)

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    The Lesser Key of Solomon: Lemegeton Clavicula Salomonis by Joseph H. Peterson (Sensei-CRS)
    Sensei-CRS: "Lemegeton" or otherwise know as "The Lesser Key of Solomon". Joseph Peterson's Lemegeton is clearly the definitive version. The Peterson edition is a scholerly comparative work, while the Skinner/Rankine work is a snapshot of Solomonic Magick being put to practical work. These two volumes not only complement each other, but they are both equally vital to building an accurate picture of the scope and impact of this cycle of magick.… (more)

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This is a compilation of the most complete version of the Goetia, despite the title Dr. Rudd's manuscript only makes up a large portion of the text, it actually draws from seven version of the Goetia, and four other related texts. The intro is amazing, taking up the first 100 pages, the authors explain their deduced origin of the Goetia, the books and schools of thought that were synthesized into this text, following it for nearly 800 years. The main text itself it not largely different from most modern versions of the Goetia, except it includes the names, seals and associated Psalm of the Shem ha-Mephorash Angels that are to be used in order to control the Demons, and explaining how the Circle was supposed to be drawn (very different from modern methods). The Appendices of the book were also really informative, containing many tables that order/categorize the Demons and Angels, and the relevant information, as well as including supporting texts, including an interesting Contract for Demons. Really the intro and appendices could have been a good book on their own. A really interesting book, and an occult/ceremonial magick nerd's dream. ( )
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"The Goetia" is the most famous grimoire after the Key of Solomon. This volume contains a transcription of a hitherto unpublished manuscript of the Lemegeton which includes four whole grimoires: "Liber Malorum Spituum seu Goetia"; "Theurgia-Goetia"; "Ars Paulina" (Books 1 & 2); and, "Ars Almadel". This was owned by Dr Thomas Rudd, a practising scholar-magician of the early seventeenth century. There are many editions of the "Goetia", of which the most definitive is that of Joseph Peterson, but here we are interested in how the "Goetia" was actually used by practising magicians in the 16th and 17th century, before the knowledge of practical magic faded into obscurity. To evoke the 72 demons listed here without the ability to bind them would be foolhardy indeed. It was well known in times past that invocatio and ligatio, or binding, was a key part of evocation, but in the modern editions of the "Goetia" this key technique is expressed in just one word 'Shemhamaphorash', and its use is not explained. This volume explains how the 72 angels of the Shem ha-Mephorash are used to bind the spirits, and the correct procedure for safely invoking them using special seals incorporating the necessary controlling angel, whose name is also engraved on the breastplate and Brass Vessel.

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