All rights reserved. You will need a Hebrew font installed to read this. King Solomon who, according to tradition, was king of the whole world and who, according to the statement in Ecclesiastes, could render all the joys and delights of life subservient to his will, stood forth as the pattern and prototype for all who hankered after the things which they regarded as the pleasurable and desirable objects of existence. The legend runs that it was by means of magical conjurations that King Solomon the Wise was enabled to procure for himself all the delights and pleasures which he sought.

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All rights reserved. You will need a Hebrew font installed to read this. King Solomon who, according to tradition, was king of the whole world and who, according to the statement in Ecclesiastes, could render all the joys and delights of life subservient to his will, stood forth as the pattern and prototype for all who hankered after the things which they regarded as the pleasurable and desirable objects of existence. The legend runs that it was by means of magical conjurations that King Solomon the Wise was enabled to procure for himself all the delights and pleasures which he sought.

To quote his words: 'It is said that, in addition to the works composed by Solomon as contained in Holy Writ, he wrote books on the nature of trees and plants, on wild beasts, animals, and fowl: he was further the author of writings and conjurations against Evil Agents in a work called The Key of Solomon.

In comparatively modern times what are supposed to be translations or adaptations of the original Hebrew Key appeared in various Romance languages, not to speak of German or English versions. With regard, however, to the Hebrew text itself, it seemed, as far as our knowledge went, to be altogether lost; it was, in fact, given up as lost.

Mathers, p. It chanced some years ago that I became possessed of a fine copy of the Hebrew MS. I came across the volume among the books belonging to my father, the late Rev. Samuel Marcus Gollancz. I have since seen one or two collections of a similar character, but they are by no means in the same good condition or clear handwriting, nor at all equal in bulk to the MS.

Considering its remarkable value for the folklorist and antiquarian, I have now determined to produce the same in its entirety. In the following pages I have given an exact reproduction of the original MS. In these brief introductory remarks I do not propose to repeat the details which I published concerning the work in ; at the time, I intended this small publication to be a fairly full description, or better perhaps a skeleton outline, of this practically unique compilation.

I shall but briefly summarize the conclusions then arrived at, and leave the reader to consult the original Hebrew for fuller information by the aid of the brochure which I issued ten years ago. Furthermore, both in order to serve as examples of the contents of this work, and also as a guide in deciphering the Hebrew cursive script of an Italo-Spanish character, in which this copy is written, I am giving in this Introduction a transcript in square Hebrew character of a few of the passages occurring herein, of some the text simply, of others text and translation, or translation alone, reserving the publication of a complete rendering of the original for another occasion.

Pagination is given throughout in the usual figures instead of the Hebrew ones found in the original. As far as the scope of this compilation is concerned, it is most varied in character. The general impression conveyed by a perusal of the work itself is that it is Jewish in tone. Some of the invocations read as beautiful and pure Hebrew prayers, and could only have been composed by a Hebrew, whilst the spirit underlying the invocations, and even the formulae themselves, strike one at frequent intervals as non-Jewish.

The Jewish character of the work as a whole is thus often affected by the foreign elements introduced. Some parts, in fact, read as translations from some Western source, or adaptations from Arabic sources. The Book, like most of these magical writings, is a true image of that syncretism so characteristic of this class of literature.

The supposed Salomonic origin of the work, and Solomon's connexion with the Magic Art, may be seen from passages such as the following: The title-page of this copy though mutilated as regards the chief word, for obvious reasons, as I have shown in my brochure, p. It speaks of the book as that of 'Solomon, son of David, King of Israel, who sat on the throne of the Lord, and reigned over those on high and those below, his wisdom being greater than that of all the children of the East'.

That our MS. The opening passage of the MS. Invocations , some in pure Hebrew, others consisting simply of Cabalistic names. Second Prayer. O Lord, Holy One, Father of Power, God of the Universe, before whom are all the created ones and the uncreated, Source of all formations, whose eyes saw the non-existent world, of whose beauteous grace heaven and earth are full, and whose ears listen to every creature.

Before they existed, He saw them all in His Book were all creatures inscribed, the strong and the weak. Endow me, Thy servant, this day with understanding, lowly pressed as I am both in body and spirit beneath Thy feet, for the sake of Thy Holy Spirit. Be gracious unto me, and raise me up, so that I may behold Thy Majesty. Grant unto my actions this day Thy blessing and the confirmation of Thy watchfulness and may Thy holy revelation serve to enlighten me.

Third Prayer. The invocation contained on fol. Thou, O God, seest and lookest upon every act of man and his angels. Dwell, I pray Thee, this day upon my good and meritorious work. I beseech Thee imploringly that Thy abundant kindness be with me this day, to make manifest unto me this holy revelation; and that Thou mayest endow me to overflowing with strength and power for the sake of Thy great and Holy Name, Thou, my Lord God, who puttest Thy praise upon the lips of those that love Thee, Thy men of righteousness.

Fourth Prayer. O my God, God the Creator, Adonai, Father of all hidden formations; O Merciful One, surrounded with majesty and light, who before the world existed governed all things: behold, I prostrate myself before Thy splendour and Thy mercies which cannot be told, that Thou mayest enlighten me by the power of Thy holy angels with Thy holy revelation and with a clear perception; and by the names of Thy holy angels may my mind and memory be enlightened by the holy effects of the vision and holy and clear appearance, Amen!

O Lord of Truth? Fifth Prayer. Adonai, Holy One, Compassionate Father, who triest the hearts which are in heaven and on earth, the sea and the depths, and all that is in them; they unto whom Thou hast granted favour, Thou before whom no thought or deed can be hidden! By the glorified and holy names of Thy angels, grant me my desire and the privilege of this revelation without evil imagining; try favour me in Thy lovingkindness.

Sixth Prayer. Merciful Creator, who formest all souls in abundance, and givest all the good things that are favourable, ordering them and guiding them; hear now, and make me understand Thy blessings in a humble spirit and with crushed heart, to accomplish through the multitude of Thy kindnesses that which I desire.

Seventh Prayer. All-powerful One, Father of Kindnesses, Guide of Creatures, Judge and Refuge, Lord of lords, who in Thy lovingkindness didst grant unto Thy holy and beloved one wisdom and grace; be gracious unto me that I may behold Thy splendour.

Do Thou, judging and informing all things, enlighten my heart, I pray Thee, this day with the flashes? After the twenty-six 'prayers' we have, on fol. It revives the dead, that is, when you make mention of it by word of mouth.

When written on a brass or golden vessel, it rescues from all manner of weapon and loosens every form of evil, so much so that it will lay all evil, and have power over everything that is done in the world.

JH HV HV: Elijah delivered this to Elisha in writing; and when placed in water, and a man possessed of a devil drank thereof, that man escaped; and if you give of that water to a woman in childbirth, she will speedily recover.

If you engrave it on silver and say, 'Let the eyes of men be bound', you will become invisible. ABSNIK: Written and placed under the bed-pillow will bring whomsoever you wish in a dream, who will acquaint you with your heart's desire.

At the foot of fol. And it was pleasing in the eyes of the Lord, and Re commanded him to sanctify it? This we have in fol. And it occurs twice in the Appendix fol. That the Magic Art was looked upon as a serious occupation, and was kept as an exclusive possession, may be gauged from the paragraph fol. And should he not listen to this admonition I place my supplication before Him who has graciously imparted this knowledge to me, that He shall not suffer him to prosper in all the actions and desires which he seeks to bring about.

Amen, May this be His will. It may be of special interest to give in full, with a translation, the 'Operation' of Simon Magus, contained on fol. In the first place, you should have a candle of virgin wax burning; then make a circle with a sword as is shown below , and mark the four sides with the mark of Solomon and the seals of Jupiter and Venus as you will see further on ; then write the names of the four sides of the world, i.

After the reply bid them farewell in the manner known. It is meet that you should perform this on Thursday or Tuesday while the moon is on the increase lit. Now this is an unfailing experiment, tested by many; but it is requisite that you should be perfectly clean and pure in body and soul.

Do not ask more than three questions; for if you ask more, they will not reply nor answer. Understand, too, that whatever grade or kind of spirits they may be, they never answer more than three questions. I, the writer so it was written , have tested this 'Experiment', and found it true. The concluding statement in connexion with another such 'Operation' ff.

This may be carried out in any place, with associates or without, better without. In the first place you must have a sword, very sharp and glittering, and make with this sword a circle. Have all the requisites ready, so that you should not have to go out of the circle, when you have once entered it. Having entered it, take the said sword, and fix it in front of you within the circle. Afterwards you must have the hide of a dog unborn and the blood of a hawk?

Understand that having conversed once with the spirit, there is no further need of the circle; and if you wish to employ this test, you need but take the hide in your right hand and say this Psalm three times, after which repeat this conjuration: 'I adjure thee, O Spirit, called BARAK ON, by the faith that is in thee, 'together with thy associate the demon, and by the power and truth of the Living God, true and merciful, and by that Angel who, on the Day of Judgment, shall with the sound of the trumpets say: "Rise, all ye men and women that are dead", and he shall say, "Come, Come, Come unto the righteous judgment before God, Creator of All".

Hosea x. I further adjure thee by the holy ministering angels and by all the Names of the Lord, that thou come quickly, that no obstacle prevent thee, nor any cause whatsoever. I further adjure thee, BARAKON, by all the things created by the Lord on high or below and he shall detail the foremost creatures that you come immediately and without delay in the form of a little man, without hurt, trembling, or fear whatsoever, either to my body or my soul or to any of my members.

I again adjure thee by the extraordinary portion of joy which the Lord allotted to the Angel Michael and the Angel Gabriel in the grade of holiness. He will come in human form at all times that you wish to speak to him; as for thee, ask whatever thou choosest, and he will answer truthfully, in humility, and with cheerful heart. Of Conjurations we have the following typical form fol.

Wouldst thou know concerning the past, present, and future, behold I am ready to answer, and to solve all thy doubts. It runs as follows: A Specific for Pain in the Eyes. When they bad entered into the midst of the Garden of Eden, their faces were sad, and they said one to the other, "Wherefore is the Holy One, blessed be He, troubled?

He is angered on account of the low state of A, son of B, who has a sore or bad water in his eye". Thereupon the angels addressed the Holy One, saying: "As Thou hast it in Thy power to heal him, may it be Thy will to restore him to health! Concerning the influence of the planetary system upon the life of man, we have, on fol. Jupiter has of man's body the liver, the left ear, and the ribs. Mars has of man's body the gall, the right nostril, the sinews, and the kidneys.

The Sun has of man's body the heart and the right eye during the day, and the opposite during the night, the brain in the head, the arteries, and the right side of the body. Venus has of man's body the flesh and fat, the private part and semen in man.

Mercury has of man's body the tongue, mouth, and sinews. The Moon has of man's body the left eye during the day, and the opposite during the night, the lung. The details connected with the fumigation relating to these planets, to which reference is made on fol.

We read: 'Red sandal-wood for the Sun, aloe for the Moon, pepper for Mars, mastix for Mercury, saffron for Jupiter, costus for Venus, brimstone for Saturn.


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I was wondering whether I should post the next segment in my grimoire wish list, or some answers to some of your fascinating comments, when an email showed up in my box advertising the latest release from Weiser Antiquarian, a new edition of the Hebrew Key of Solomon. From their site:. Both books are extremely rare, and have never before been reprinted. Stephen Skinner might say something different, for all I know. On the other hand, a small number of signed copies are available now on a first-come first-served basis, so those who are purchasing the book should do so sooner rather than later.





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