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The Ghayat al-Hakim fi'l-sihr, or Picatrix, as it is known in the West, is an important Arabic magical text. It is perhaps the largest and most comprehensive of the grimoires, or handbooks of magic. The attribution to the Andalusian mathematician al-Majriti (or al-Madjriti) (d. ca. 1004-7) is considered pseudo-epigraphic. The Latin translation dates to 1256 and the court of Alphonso the Wise, king of Castille, and exerted a considerable influence on Western magic thereafter. It is said that much of Ficino's astrological magic derives from the Picatrix (see I.P.Couliano, Eros and Magic in the Renaissance, University of Chicao Press, 1987, p. 118). The Picatrix is mentioned by Johannes Trithemius in Book 2 of his notorious Steganographia (1500) and in his Antipalus Maleficiorum (c. 1500). One copy (British Library, Sloane manuscript 3679) passed down from Simon Forman (d. 1611) to Richard Napier (d. 1634) to Elias Ashmole (d. 1692) to William Lilly (d. 1681).
According to the prologue of the Latin translation, Picatrix was translated into Spanish from the Arabic by order of Alphonso X of Castile at some time between 1256 and 1258. The Latin version was produced sometime later, based on translation of the Spanish manuscripts. It has been attributed to Maslama ibn Ahmad al-Majriti (an Andalusian mathematician), but many have called this attribution into question. Consequently, the author is sometimes indicated as "Pseudo-Majriti". The Spanish and Latin versions were the only ones known to western scholars until Wilhelm Printz discovered an Arabic version in or around 1920.
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Picatrix Krakau Manuscript In Latin by Medieval GrimoiresPicatrix is the name used today, and historically in Christian Europe, for a grimoire originally written in Arabic entitled Gayat al-Hakim, which most scholars assume was written in the middle of the 11th century, though a supported argument for composition in the first half of the 10th century has... more
Picatrix In Arabic by Hellmut RitterPicatrix is the name used today, and historically in Christian Europe, for a grimoire originally written in Arabic entitled yat al- ak m, which most scholars assume was written in the middle of the 11th century, 1 though a supported argument for composition in the first half of the 10th century has... more
Picatrix The GHAYATAL Jjakim Edition In Latin by David PingreeDavid Pingree defines magical practices as those that are dependant on the premise that some natural products, such as stones, plants, and animals, have a direct sympathy with and can utilize the powers of spiritual or demonic forces. These spirits permeate the elements and exist on other worldly... more
Picatrix In German by Hellmut Ritter"Picatrix" Das Ziel des Weisen von Pseudo-Magriti, Translated into German from the Arabic by Hellmut Ritter and Martin Plessner, London, The Warburg Institute, University of London, 1962.The author of the Picatrix begins his preface with an elaborate praise to God and the prophet of Islam, thus... more
Picatrix In Spanish by Maslama al MajritiThis is spanish translation of The Picatrix "The Goal of the Sage" is a Grimoire of uncertain origins, probably written circa 1256 CE. No author has been identified. The originally text was written in Arabic, with a Latin translation appearing approximately 1256 during the court of Alphonso X of... more
Picatrix First Chapter In Hungarian by Maroth MiklosMaroth Miklos (Budapest, 1943. Feb. 5) Hungarian classical philologist, Orientalist, professor of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Vice-President since 2008. Between 1992 and 1999 the Catholic University, Dean of Faculty of Arts. In 1961, graduated from Benedictine High School, then in 1962 was... more