Book of Gold

book_of_gold_hbThe Book of Gold – Le Livre d’Or

By David Rankine and Paul Harry Barron

294 pages, available in both paperback and hardback editions:

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Le Livre d’Or (The Book of Gold) is a unique 17th century French magical work comprising numerous amulets, charms, prayers, spells and sigils for working with the Biblical Book of the Psalms of King David. Written in a simple style akin to a medieval Book of Secrets combined with magical practices from the ancient world, Le Livre d’Or brings together practices which have their roots in major works from the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Cairo Genizah, to the Greek Magical Papyri and Sepher Shimmush Tehillim (Magical Use of the Psalms). Now translated into English for the first time, this exceptional text demonstrates the significance of the Psalms as a unifying and vital thread throughout the development of Western magic. From Sweden to Syria, Britain to the Baltic, the use of appropriate Psalms has spread as a significant part of popular folk and religious magic, and Le Livre d’Or is an inimitable example of the transmission of divine power through the written and spoken word. Le Livre d’Or was originally bound as part of Lansdowne MS 1202 with a 17th century French copy of the most important of grimoires, the Key of Solomon.

The extensive commentary by David Rankine and Paul Harry Barron emphasises the place of the Psalms within the Grimoire tradition, detailing their extensive apotropaic, amuletic and coercive uses in works such as the Book of Abramelin, the Key of Solomon and the Goetia. The editors also illustrate how the magic of the Psalms has underlain and cross-fertilised numerous traditions over the last two thousand years, from Hellenic magicians, early Christians and Jews of the ancient world to practitioners of the medieval Grimoires and Renaissance Cunning-folk. Whether it was for benevolent or malefic results, Le Livre d’Or provided the appropriate Psalm verses and relevant techniques. This previously ignored work is an outstanding example of eminently practical magic which not only draws on such major works as the Heptameron and the Steganographia, but also many of the divine names found in the Kabbalah. From Saints to spirits, characters to Creeds, Le Livre d’Or shines forth as a significant and reclaimed chapter in the Western Esoteric Traditions.

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Extracts from Reviews:

“Le Livre d’Or is a seventeenth-century grimoire of amulets, charms, prayer, sigils and spells based on the biblical psalms.  This is the first translation of this rare grimoire from the original French into English.  It contains a complete manuscript listing the psalms and their use for magical purposes.  Comprehensive appendices are included with analysis and information on the pentacles from another grimoire The Key of Solomon the King and a list of the planetary hours.  Historically the psalms have been used in ceremonial magic, traditional witchcraft and by cunning folk through the centuries.  This magical usage is an anient one and in that context the psalms are included in the famous Greek Magical Papyri dating back to the fourth-century CE.  Highly Recommended.”  The Cauldron Magazine

“Rankine and Barron run a commentary throughout packed with information and references, along with incredibly handy appendices making the book simple to reference. The Book of Gold truly is lives up to its name, a 17th Century manual that is still beneficial and more importantly usable in modern times, brilliantly researched and wonderfully put together. The Book of Gold is truly worth its weight!” Occult Consultancy Glastonbury

“This book is a fascinating account of how the Psalms have been used for magical ends and the authors have given a meticulous commentary that cross-references with other works. Of course, this work is fairly modern, as far as use goes, dating back to the 17th century but it does make us wonder how this usage has developed and makes us realise that probably there is a far more ancient tradition of using Psalms as spells.” Morgana1, Amazon Reviewer

“It intrigued me, as I come from a Christian background, but have turned my back on it completely, whilst retaining an interest in the Bible and history of the tradition. To find a book like this filled with spells and charms which uses the Psalms from the Bible, from the 17th century and translated into excellent modern English was a wonderful gift. I have tried some of the spells myself now, with good results and will continue to experiment. A rare keeper for my shelves!” Scarlet River, Amazon Reviewer

“Very interesting insight into the secrets in the bible…who would have thought there were so many spells hidden in the open?.” Aquila, Amazon Reviewer

book_of_gold_hbThe Book of Gold – Le Livre d’Or

By David Rankine and Paul Harry Barron

294 pages, available in both paperback and hardback editions:

Purchase your copy now, with free postage & packaging:

Paperback, £22.99

Hardback, £45.00

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