|Posted by Mother Moon on September 11, 2015 at 9:20 AM|
The Goetia is the first and most famous of the five books known as the Lemegeton or the Lesser Key of Solomon.
The earliest known copy of the book dates back to 1641 but many scholars suggest that the Goetia is at least 350 years older than that.
The Goetia contains a list of 72 demons and their sigils, also known as seals. Though no one is quite positive on the origin of these seals, they are a necessary product to the process of summoning and binding the 72.
Though many books and scholars of the grimoric tradition agree that there exist demons of an essentially good nature, the 72 are defined specifically as EVIL.
A popular, and possibly more accurate version of the Goetia is the book Liber Malorum Spirituum - Also known as the Book of Evil Spirits by Dr Thomas Rudd. Though his version also contains a list of 72 demons, there are slight changes to the names and seals. Dr Rudd's seals are simpler than those found in other translations of the Goetia, giving the thought that these other translations may have been elaborated prior to publication.
Liber Malorum Spirituum also contains the names and seals of the 72 angelic counterparts - The angels of the Shemhamphorash.
It is said that the angels are to be summoned alongside the demons in order to control them.
Many scholars and practitioners are of the belief that Liber Malorum Spirituum is actually a more accurate and earlier version of the Goetia.
The British Museum holds copies of Dr Rudds written collection of manuscripts on various magickal and esoteric subjects.
For those of you interested in this subject, the following books are recommended:
The Keys to the Gateway of Magic: Summoning the Solomonic Archangels and Demon Princes by Stephen Skinner
The Goetia of Dr Rudd: The Angels and Demons of Liber Malorum Spirituum Seu Goetia Lemegeton Clavicula Solomonis with a Study of the Techniques of Invocation by Stephen Skinner
Veritable Key of Solomon (Sourceworks of Ceremonial Magic Series) by Stephen Skinner
The Grimoire of St. Cyprian - Clavis Inferni (Sourceworks of Ceremonial Magic) by Stephen Skinner
Sepher Raziel: A Sixteenth Century English Grimoire (Sourceworks of Ceremonial Magic Series) by Stephen Skinner
Liber Lunae: Book of the Moon & Sepher ha-Levanah (Sourceworks of Ceremonial Magic) by Don Karr
The Magical Treatise of Solomon, or Hygromanteia (Sourceworks of Ceremonial Magic Series) by Ioannis Marathakis
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