BOOK of the SACRED MAGIC of ABRAMELIN the MAGE
Author: Macgregor Mathers
Translated by S.L.MacGregor Mathers
Around the turn of the 19th/20th centuries, when Aleister Crowley was working out his system of Magick, the source that he turned to for basics was the system of Abramelin of Egypt. From Abramelin he took his concepts of protections, purifications, evocations, vestments, and dromena down to specific details.
Abramelin, whose system is based mostly on Hellenistic theurgy of the Iamblichan sort, but with Jewish increments from the Cabala, explains the qualifications needed to become a magician, purification and asceticism to be practiced month by month, studies and activities permitted during this period, selection of place and time for working magic, equipment needed, prayers and formulas, evocation of good and evil spirits, commanding spirits to do one's will, overcoming rebellious spirits, and similar material. Specific instructions are offered to develop such powers as clairvoyance, divining metals and treasures, warding off evil magic, healing illness, levitation, transportation, rendering oneself invisible, creating illusions and glamour, reading minds, placing compulsions, working black magic, and a hose of other abilities.
Republication of the second (1900) edition. Translated, with introduction & considerable commentary by S. L. MacGregor Mathers. 268pp.
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