A Collection of Magical Secrets

collection_of_magical_secretsA Collection of Magical Secrets: Taken from Peter De Abano, Cornelius Agrippa and from Other Famous Occult Philosophers, as Well as a Treatise of Mixed Cabalah
By David Rankine, Paul Harry Barron and Stephen Skinner

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A Collection of Magical Secrets Taken from Peter de Abano, Cornelius Agrippa and from other Famous Occult Philosophers and A Treatise Of Mixed Cabalah Which Comprises the Angelic Art Taken From Hebrew Sages. Translated from Wellcome MS4669 by Paul Harry Barron from the original French manuscript dated 1796, with introduction by Stephen Skinner & David Rankine.

This book bridges the worlds of learned magic and village cunning, providing rare and previously unavailable material from the late eighteenth century. It comprises two parts, A Collection of Magical Secrets and A Treatise of Mixed Cabalah, both of which contain unique and exciting magical material, that were previously bound together in a French manuscript with The Clavicule of Solomon and The Universal Treatise of the Keys of Solomon. These are reproduced along with The Keys of Rabbi Solomon, in the most significant grimoire publication of modern times, The Veritable Key of Solomon by Stephen Skinner & David Rankine.

A Collection of Magical Secrets contains a collection of charms, ranging from the very simple to the complex. There are charms for healing, winning in love and gambling, gaining familiar spirits, regaining stolen or lost property, instructions for the creation of magic rings for controlling spirits, and a rare angelic conjuration of a Prince of the Thumb. A wide range of sympathetic magick techniques such as dreaming, poppets, using bread, herbs and sieves, are utilised to ensure the success of the charms.

A Treatise of Mixed Cabalah contains four parts, three of which fit together to develop a greater knowledge of the practical Qabalah. This includes a ritual sequence of prayers and actions for increasing knowledge, practical instructions for the construction, consecration and use of wax pentacles for absent healing, a technique for angelic dream incubation and a system of divination with 112 possible answers.

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Publisher’s Additional Notes:

Many of the simple charms in the first part, A Collection of Magical Secrets, resemble the writings of Albertus Magnus and also the nineteenth century French pseudo-grimoires of black magick, such as the Grimoire of Pope Honorius III, the Red Dragon and Grimoirum Verum. The charms referred to as coming from Agrippa include a wider range of material. As well as many healing cantrips, there are a number of examples of how to gain a familiar spirit, plus the inevitable charms for winning in love and gambling. There are a large quantity of charms for regaining stolen or lost property, showing a wide range of sympathetic magick techniques such as dreaming, poppets, bread and sieves. Amongst the material in the first part, is also a conjuration of a Prince of the Thumb, an angel onto the olive oil-anointed thumbnail of a virgin child or pregnant woman, along with associated practices.

The first part of Concerning Miscellaneous Cabalah is a description of the ten Sephiroth of the Tree of Life with their main qualities, i.e. name, divine name, archangel, order of angels, heaven, as well as which biblical character was ruled by the archangel. This is followed by a ritual sequence of prayer and actions for maintaining purity and leading a good life, performed over a series of days for increased knowledge of Cabalah or other revelations from the angels.

The second part of Concerning Miscellaneous Cabalah is largely concerned with practical instructions for the construction, consecration and use of the seals. This is followed by sections on Properties of the Verses and Scriptures, and Verses for Illnesses & Infirmities.

The section on the properties of the Verses and Scriptures mirrors the type of use of the Psalms described in Sefer Shimmush Tehillim, although some of the uses are different. The third part of Concerning Miscellaneous Cabalah is a technique for angelic dream incubation. The prayers and seals are given for the planetary angels, with a very concise and lucid set of instructions on their use. The fourth part of Concerning Miscellaneous Cabalah is a system of divination based on 112 answers.

The material was originally bound with the material which was used by Stephen Skinner and David Rankine in their groundbreaking work “The Veritable Key of Solomon” (Golden Hoard & Llewellyn 2008), which is the first new Key of Solomon grimoire material to be published in more than a hundred years since the compilation by MacGregor Mathers, one of the founding fathers of the Golden Dawn, was first published 1889. It is likely to appeal to both scholars of the Key of Solomon and the grimoire traditions, as well as those interested in Qabalah and a range of other subjects of interest to practitioners of the western esoteric traditions of magic.

Extracts from Reviews:

“Thus it is both an interesting insight into the practical approach adopted by magicians as such that would have been early users of grimoires, as well as an indispensable clue to the historian with regard to the development of that tradition.” H.J. Mansfield, Amazon Reviewer

“What I liked about the book is that the authors have collected a lot of lore from grimoires of the Medieval period and then omitted some of the more difficult to obtain items that certain spells require. If something requires the actual blood of a bat, how do you plan on getting that unless you are set on killing a living bat? May I remind you that bats serve a great function in our eco-system as they eat a TON of mosquitos each night so killing a bat to get its blood is not something I’d want to do. However our Medieval minded brethren would not care about that in the least.” Brother Moloch 969, Amazon Reviewer

This was a great presentation of a material that is often overlooked and underestimated. It is nice to see that people care about giving the public access to these more unusual materials that David and Stephen keeps bringing us. I believe this will become one of my favorites rather soon as I get more into it. So this is definitely 5 stars out of 5 possible!” Linus Nestor, Amazon Reviewer

 “… I was pleasantly surprised with a few of the rare rituals and spells in this grimoire which I have not seen in others. The thing that caught my attention were the four or five rituals for obtaining a familiar spirit.” Joseph Cali, Amazon Reviewer

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By David Rankine, Paul Harry Barron and Stephen Skinner

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