Medieval Grimoires - The Book Of Raziel The Angel Or Sefer Raziel HaMalakh (182.0 Kb)
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There are many versions and translations of the legendary The Book Of Raziel the Angel Or Sefer Raziel Hamalakh. The original version of the book is written in Latin in Hebrew and Aramic. Now we are pleased to present you the long-awaited version of the book, translated into English. This is a well-known magical text that will interest both beginners and experienced magiciansHebrew legend tells of an angel Sepher Raziel. He was given to Adam in the Garden of Eden in the beginning of the History. According to the ancient myth... More >>>
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There are many versions and translations of the legendary The Book Of Raziel the Angel Or Sefer Raziel Hamalakh. The original version of the book is written in Latin in Hebrew and Aramic. Now we are pleased to present you the long-awaited version of the book, translated into English. This is a well-known magical text that will interest both beginners and experienced magicians
Hebrew legend tells of an angel Sepher Raziel. He was given to Adam in the Garden of Eden in the beginning of the History. According to the ancient myth, this is the first book, tells the story about Good and Evil, Heaven and Hell, angels hierarchy, and more. The first version of the book was written in 1000 CE and published in Amsterdam 300 years ago.
The book describes the legend of how God expelled Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden. They began to pray to God during three days to allow them to return. God heard their prayers and sent them the Angel Raziel. Raziel opened the holy book and started reading. When Adam heard the words of Angel, he was very frightened. But Raziel told him to be strong and brave. He gave him the book and instructed Adam to read it, learn the knowledge and transfer them to people with a pure soul. Over time the book was lost. During the great flood Raziel came to Noah and gave him a book, too. The book contains many interesting facts about the structure of our solar system, says about astrology and teaches the basics of life.
Detailed books of magic rituals and spells, often invoking spirit entities. The term derives from grammarye or grammar, as magic was in times past intimately connected to the correct usage of language. Several of the more important grimoires were attributed the wise biblical king Solomon, while others were said to be the work of other ancient notables.
Grimoires began to appear during medieval times, when Western society was controlled by the Roman Catholic church, and the early grimoires reflect the conflict with Catholicism's supernaturalism. The grimoires called upon spirits generally thought to be evil by the church and were thus often branded as instruments of black magic. Some grimoires directly challenged church authority. One book of black magic was attributed to a pope. In the last century, a new form of ceremonial magic that operates outside the Christian sphere has arisen. Grimoires have thus taken on the trappings of an alternative religious worldview that assumes a neutral position with regard to Christianity.
Throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, students of magic have tracked down many grimoires, some rare copies of which survived in the British Museum and the Bibliotheque de l'Arsenal in Paris, and made them available to the public. The Magus, published by Francis Barrett in London in 1801, stands as the fountainhead of these efforts. Barrett had access to a number of magic documents from which he took bits and pieces to construct a section of his book, which he titled The Cabala or The Secret Mysteries of Ceremonial Magic Illustrated. It includes not only instructions for working magic but also imaginative drawings of the various evil spirits he discusses. The Magus is important in being the first modern publication with sufficient instruction to actually attempt magic rituals.
The next major step in preserving grimoires came in the mid-nineteenth century with the writings of Eliphas Levi. His 1856 book, The Ritual of Transcendent Magic, enlarges upon Barrett's presentation and discusses several grimoires. In The History of Magic (1971) he includes a lengthy discussion of The Grimoire of Honorius (1629). Levi's books did much to create a revival of magic which then took embodiment in the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, the first modern group to create a whole system of ritual magic. As a result of the order's activities, several of its members took important steps in publishing grimoires.