Book of Spells

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Wordsworth Editions, 1995 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 587 pages
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First published in 1911 as "The Book of Ceremonial Magic," Arthur Edward Waite's classic work explains the rites, mysteries and secret traditions of Witchcraft, Sorcery and 'Infernal Necromancy', and also explores Theurgy, the White Magic which invokes beneficent spirits. Presented in two parts, the first 'contains an analytical and critical account of the chief magical rituals known to the writer'; the second 'forms a complete Grimoire of Black magic'.

With illustrations and diagrams throughout, the author's mission, 'to permit the rituals of White and Black Magic to speak for themselves', is brilliantly accomplished in this extraordinary text.

 

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Contents

Che Literature of Ceremonial agagtc
3
a THE DISTINCTION BETWEEN WHITE AND BLACK MAGIC
13
CHAPTER II
24
THE ARBATBL OF MAGIC
35
THE SEVEN MYSTERIOUS ORISONS
46
SUMMARY OF TRANSCENDENTAL MAGIC
54
THE LESSER KEY OF SOLOMON
64
THE PAULINE ART
66
a CONCERNING FORTITUDE
142
CONCERNING CONTINENCE AND ABSTINENCE
144
CONCERNING THE EXTERNAL PREPARATION OF THE OPERATOR AND FIRSTLY CONCERNING ABLUTION
147
AND SECONDLY CONCERNING THE VESTMENTS
148
A GENERAL INSTRUCTION CONCERNING THE INSTRUMENTS
154
CONCERNING THE ROD AND STAFF OF THK ART
161
CONCERNING VIRGIN WAX OR VIRGIN EARTH
168
CONCERNING ASPERSION AND CLEANSING
177

THE ALMADEL
72
THE FOURTH BOOK OF CORNELIUS AGRIPPA
77
THE HEPTAMKRON
89
THE SACRED MAGIC OF ABRAMELIN THE MAGE
92
CHAPTER IV
96
TRUE BLACK MAGIC
100
THE GRIMOIRE OF HONORIUS 103
103
MINOR AND SPURIOUS RITUALS OF BLACK MAGIC
110
THE BLACK PULLET
113
TALISMANS OF THE SAGE OF THE PYRAMIDS
117
THE GOLDFINDING HEN
130
PART II
137
CHAPTER I
139
CONCERNING THE TIME OF OPERATION
182
CONCERNING THE FORMS OF INFERNAL SPIRITS IN THEIR
193
CONCERNING THE RITE OF CONJURATION FROM THE LEME
220
CHAPTER V
236
THE RITE OF LUCIFUGE
241
CONCERNING THE GENUINE SANCTUM REGNUM OR THB TRUE
254
CHAPTER VII
265
CHAPTER VIII
297
CONCERNING THE EXPERIMENT OF INVISIBILITY
306
CONCERNING THE VISION OF SPIRITS IN THE AIR
313
CONCERNING THE THREE RINGS OF SOLOMON SON OF DAVID
321
CONCLUSION
334
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About the author (1995)

Arthur Edward Waite was born on October 2, 1857 in Brooklyn, New York. He was a poet and scholarly mystic who wrote extensively on occult and esoteric matters, and was the co-creator of the Rider-Waite Tarot deck. Waite joined the Outer Order of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn in January 1891 after being introduced by E.W. Berridge. In 1899 he entered the Second order of the Golden Dawn. He became a Freemason in 1901, and entered the Societas Rosicruciana in Anglia in 1902. In 1903 Waite founded the Independent and Rectified Order R. R. et A. C. Waite was a prolific author and many of his works were well received in academic circles. He wrote occult texts on subjects including divination, esotericism, Rosicrucianism, Freemasonry, and ceremonial magic, Kabbalism and alchemy; he also translated and reissued several important mystical and alchemical works. His works on the Holy Grail, influenced by his friendship with Arthur Machen, were particularly notable. A number of his volumes remain in print, including The Book of Ceremonial Magic (1911), The Holy Kabbalah (1929), A New Encyclopedia of Freemasonry (1921), and his edited translation of Eliphas Levi's 1896 Transcendental Magic, its Doctrine and Ritual (1910), having seen reprints in recent years. Waite also wrote two allegorical fantasy novels, Prince Starbeam (1889) and The Quest of the Golden Stairs (1893).

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