He coloured, but made no return: I endeavoured in vain to meet with him, intending to make a proper return for much civility and kindness which I had received from him in his own country. I now considered the box as accessible to myself, and opened it. I found it to contain all the degrees of the Parfait Macon Ecossois , with the Rituals, Catechisms, and Instructions, and also four other degrees of Free Masonry, as cultivated in the Parisian Lodges.
I have kept them with all care, and mean to give them to some respectable Lodge. But as I am bound by no engagement of any kind, I hold myself as at liberty to make such use of them as may be serviceable to the public, without enabling any uninitiated person to enter the Lodges of these degrees. This acquisition might have roused my former relish for Masonry, had it been merely dormant; but, after so long separation from the Loge de Ia Fidelite , the masonic spirit had evaporated. Some curiosity, however, remained, and some wish to trace this plastic mystery to the pit from which the clay had been dug; which has been moulded into so many different shapes, "some to honor, and some to dishonor.
I had given away when in Russia my volumes of discourses, and some far-fetched and gratuitous histories, and nothing remained but the pitiful work of Anderson, and the Maconnerie Adonhiramique devoilee , which are in every one's hands. My curiosity was strongly roused by the accounts given in the Religions Begebenheiten. There I saw quotations without number; systems and schisms of which I had never heard; but what particularly struck me, was a zeal and fanaticism about what I thought trifles, which astonished me.
Men of rank and fortune, and engaged in serious and honorable public employments, not only frequenting the Lodges of the cities where they resided, but journeying from one end of Germany or France to the other, to visit new Lodges, or to learn new secrets or new doctrines. I saw conventions held at Wismar, at Wisbad, at Kohlo; at Brunswick, and at Willemsbad, consisting of some hundreds of persons of respectable stations.
I saw adventurers coming to a city, professing some new secret, and in a few days forming new Lodges, and instructing in a troublesome and expensive manner hundreds of brethren. German Masonry appeared a very serious concern, and to be implicated with other subjects with which I had never suspected it to have any connection.
I saw it much connected with many occurrences and schisms in the Christian church; I saw that the Jesuits had several times interfered in it; and that most of the exceptionable innovations and dissentions had arisen about the time that the order of Loyola was suppressed; so that it should seem, that these intriguing brethren had attempted to maintain their influence by the help of Free Masonry. I saw it much disturbed by the mystical whims of J. And I observed that these different sects reprobated each other, as not only maintaining erroneous opinions, but even inculcating opinions which were contrary to the established religions of Germany, and contrary to the principles of the civil establishments.
At the same time they charged each other with mistakes and corruptions, both in doctrine and in practice; and particularly with falsification of the first principles of Free Masonry, and with ignorance of its origin and its history; and they supported these charges by authorities from many different books which were unknown to me. My curiosity was now greatly excited. I got from a much respected friend many of the preceding volumes of the Religions Begebenheiten , in hopes of much information from the patient industry of German erudition.
This opened a new and very interesting scene; I was frequently sent back to England, from whence all agreed that Free Masonry had been imported into Germany. I was frequently led into France and into Italy. There, and more remarkably in France, I found that the Lodges had become the haunts of many projectors and fanatics, both in science, in religion, and in politics, who had availed themselves of the secrecy and the freedom of speech maintained in these meetings, to broach their particular whims, or suspicious doctrines, which, if published to the world in the usual manner, would have exposed the authors to ridicule, or to censure.
These projectors had contrived to tag their peculiar nostrums to the mummery of Masonry, and were even allowed to twist the masonic emblems and ceremonies to their purpose; so that in their hands Free Masonry became a thing totally unlike, and almost in direct opposition to the system if it may get such a name imported from England; and some Lodges had become schools of irreligion and licentiousness. No nation in modern times has so particularly turned its attention to the cultivation of every thing that is refined or ornamental as France, and it has long been the resort of all who hunt after entertainment in its most refined form; the French have come to consider themselves as the instructors of the world in every thing that ornaments life, and feeling themselves received as such, they have formed their manners accordingly-full of the most condescending complaisance to all who acknowledge their superiority , lighted, in a high degree, with this office, they have become zealous missionaries of refinement in every department of human pursuit, and have reduced their apostolic employment to a system, which they prosecute with ardour and delight.
This is not groundless declamation, but sober historical truth. It was the professed aim and it was a magnificent and wise aim of the great Colbert, to make the court of Louis XIV, the fountain of human refinement' and Paris the Athens of Europe. I know no subject in which this aim at universal influence on the opinions of men, by holding themselves forth as the models of excellence and elegance, is more clearly seen than in the care that they have been pleased to take of Free Masonry. It seems indeed peculiarly suited to the talents and taste of that vain and ardent people.
Baseless and frivolous, it admits of every form that Gallic refinement can invent, to recommend it to the young, the gay, the luxurious; that class of society which alone deserves their care, because, in one way or another, it leads all other classes of society. It has accordingly happened, that the homely Free Masonry imported from England has been totally changed in every country of Europe, either by the imposing ascendancy of French brethren, who are to be found every where, ready to instruct the world; or by the importation of the doctrines, and ceremonies, and ornaments of the Parisian Lodges.
Even England; the birth-place of Masonry, has experienced the French innovations; and all the repeated injunctions, admonitions, and reproofs of the old Lodges, cannot prevent those in different parts of the kingdom from admitting the French novelties, full of tinsel and glitter, and high-sounding titles. Were this all, the harm would not be great. But long before good opportunities had occurred for spreading the refinements on the simple Free Masonry of England, the Lodges in France had become places of very serious discussion, where opinions in morals, in religion, and in politics, had been promulgated and maintained with a freedom and a keenness, of which we in this favored land have no adequate notion, because we are unacquainted with the restraints, which, in other countries, are laid on ordinary conversation.
In consequence of this, the French innovations in Free Masonry were quickly followed in all parts of Europe, by the admission of similar discussions, although in direct opposition to a standing rule, and a declaration made to every newly received Brother,. But the Lodges in other countries followed the example of France, and have frequently become the rendezvous of innovators in religion and politics, and other disturbers of the public peace. In short, I have found that the covert of a Mason Lodge had been employed in every country for venting and propagating sentiments in religion and politics, that could not have circulated in public without exposing the author to great danger.
I found, that this impunity had gradually encouraged men of licentious principles to become more bold, and to teach doctrines subversive of all our notions of morality - of all our confidence in the moral government of the universe - of all our hopes of improvement in a future state of existence - and of all satisfaction and contentment with our present life, so long as we live in a state of civil subordination.
I have been able to trace these attempts, made, through a course of fifty years, under the specious pretext of enlightening the world by the torch of philosophy, and of dispelling the clouds of civil and religious superstition which keep the nations of Europe in darkness and slavery.
I have seen this Association exerting itself zealously and systematically, till it has become almost irresistible: And I have seen that the most active leaders in the French Revolution were members of this Association, and conducted their first movements according to its principles, and by means of its instructions and assistance, formerly requested and obtained: And, lastly, I have seen that this Association still exists, still works in secret, and that not only several appearances among ourselves show that its emissaries are endeavoring to propagate their detestable doctrines among us, but that the Association has Lodges in Britain corresponding with the mother Lodge at Munich ever since If all this were a matter of mere curiosity, and susceptible of no good use, it would have been better to have kept it to myself, than to disturb my neighbours with the knowledge of a state of things which they cannot amend.
When we see that these boasted principles had not that effect on the leaders which they assert to be their native, certain, and inevitable consequences, we will distrust the fine descriptions of the happiness that should result from such a change. And when we see that the methods which were practised by this Association for the express purpose of breaking all the bands of society, were employed solely in order that the leaders might rule the world with uncontrollable power, while all the rest, even of the associated, will be degraded in their own estimation, corrupted in their principles, and employed as mere tools of the ambition of their unknown superiors; surely a free-born Briton will not hesitate to reject at once; and without any farther examination, a plan so big with mischief, so disgraceful to its underling adherents, and so uncertain in its issue.
These hopes have induced me to lay before the public a short abstract of the information which I think I have received. It will be short, but I hope sufficient for establishing the fact, that this detestable Association exists, and its emissaries are busy among ourselves. I was not contented with the quotations which I found in the Religions Begebenheiten, but procured from abroad some of the chief writings from which they are taken.
This both gave me confidence in the quotations from books which I could not procure, and furnished me with more materials. Much, however, remains untold, richly deserving the attention of all those who feel themselves disposed to listen to the tales of a possible happiness that may be enjoyed in a society where all the magistrates are wise and just, and all the people are honest and kind. I hope that I am honest and candid. I have been at all pains to give the true sense of the authors. My knowledge of the German language is but scanty, but I have had the assistance of friends whenever I was in doubt.
In compressing into one paragraph what I have collected from many, I have, as much as I was able, stuck to the words of the author, and have been anxious to give his precise meaning. I doubt not but that I have sometimes failed, and will receive correction with deference. I entreat the reader not to expect a piece of good literary composition. I am very sensible that it is far from it - it is written during bad health, when I am not at ease - and I wished to conceal my name - but my motive is, without the smallest mixture of another, to do some good in the only way I am able, and I think that what I say will come with better grace, and be received with more confidence, than any anonymous publication.
Of these I am now most heartily sick. I throw myseif on my country with a free heart, and I bow with deference to its decision. Adam Weishaupt, professor of Canon law in the university of Ingolstadt, and abolished in by the Elector of Bavaria, but revived immediately after, under another name, and in a different form, all over Germany.
It was again detected, and seemingly broken up; but it had by this time taken so deep root that it still subsists without being detected, and has spread into all the countries of Europe. It took its first rise among the Free Masons, but is totally different from Free Masonry. It was not, however, the mere protection gained by the secrecy of the Lodges that gave occasion to it, but it arose naturally from the corruptions that had gradually crept into that fraternity, the violence of the party-spirit which pervaded it, and from the total uncertainty and darkness that hangs over the whole of that mysterious Association.
It is necessary, therefore, to give some account of the innovations that have been introduced into Free Masonry from the time that it made its appearance on the continent of Europe as a mystical Society, possessing secrets different from those of the mechanical employment whose name it assumed, and thus affording entertainment and occupation to persons of all ranks and professions. It is by no means intended to give a history of Free Masonry. This would lead to a very long discussion. The patient industry of German erudition has been very seriously employed on this subject, and many performances have been published, of which some account is given in the different volumes of the Religions Begebenheiten , particularly in those for , , and It is evident, from the nature of the thing, that they cannot be very instructive to the public; because the obligation of secrecy respecting the important matters which are the very subjects of debate, prevents the author from giving that full information that is required from an historian, and the writers have not, in general, been persons qualified for the talk.
Scanty erudition, credulity, and enthusiasm; appear in almost all their writings; and they have neither attempted to remove the heap of rubbish with which Anderson has disgraced his Constitutions of Free Masonry the basis of masonic history nor to avail themselves of informations which history really affords to a sober enquirer. Their Royal art must never forsooth appear in a state of infancy or childhood, like all other human acquirements; and therefore, when they cannot give proofs of its existence in a state of manhood, possessed of all its mysterious treasures, they suppose what they do not see, and say that they are concealed by the oath of secrecy.
Of such instructions I can make no use, even if I were disposed to write a history of the Fraternity. I shall content myself with an account of such particulars as are admitted by all the masonic parties, and which illustrate or confirm my general proposition, making such use of the accounts of the higher degrees in my possession as I can, without admitting the profane into their Lodges. Being under no tie of secrecy with regard to these, I am with-held by discretion alone from putting the public in possession of all their mysteries.
The luxuries of life were enjoyed exclusively by the upper classes, and this in the highest degree of refinement; so that the desires of the rest were whetted to the utmost. Religion appeared in its worst form, and seemed calculated solely for procuring establishments for the younger sons of the insolent and useless noblesse. The morals of the higher orders of the clergy and of the laity were equally corrupted. It contains a historical account of the publications in every branch of literature for about thirty years.
Neuwied, called Algemein Zeitung der Freymaurerey, we have the list of the Lodges in , with the names of the Office-bearers. Four-fifths of these are clergymen, professors, persons having offices in the common-law courts, men of letters by trade, such as reviewers and journalists, and other pamphleteers;". THERE IS undoubtedly a dignity in the art of building, or in architecture, which no other art possesses, and this, whether we consider it in its rudest state, occupied in raising a hut, or as practised in a cultivated nation, in the erection of a magnificent and ornamented temple.
As the arts in general improve in any nation, this must always maintain its pre-eminence; for it employs them all, and no man can be eminent as an architect who does not possess a considerable knowledge of almost every science and art already cultivated in his nation. His great works are undertakings of the most serious concern, connect him with the public, or with the rulers of the state, and attach to him the practitioners of other arts, who are wholly occupied in executing his orders: His works are the objects of public attention, and are not the transient spectacles of the day, but hand down to posterity his invention, his knowledge, and his taste.
No wonder then that he thinks highly of his profession, and that the public should acquiesce in his pretensions, even when in some degree extravagant. It is not at all surprising, therefore, that the incorporated architects in all cultivated nations should arrogate to themselves a pre-eminence over the similar associations of other tradesmen. We find traces of this in the remotest antiquity.
The Dionysiacs of Asia Minor were undoubtedly an association of architects and engineers, who had the exclusive privilege of building temples, stadia, and theatres, under the mysterious tutelage of Bacchus, and distinguished from the uninitiated or profane inhabitants by the science which they possessed, and by many private signs and tokens, by which they recognised each other. This association came into Ionia from Syria, into which country it had come from Persia, along with that style of architecture that we call Grecian.
We are also certain that there was a similar trading association, during the dark ages, in Christian Europe, which monopolised the building of great churches and castles, working under the patronage and protection of the Sovereigns and Princes of Europe, and possessing many privileges. Circumstances, which it would be tedious to enumerate and discuss, continued this association later in Britain than on the Continent. But it is quite uncertain when and why persons who were not builders by profession first sought admission into this Fraternity.
The first distinct and unequivocal instance that we have of this is the admission of Mr. Ashmole, the famous antiquary, in , into a Lodge at Warrington, along with his father-in-law Colonel Mainwaring. It is not improbable that the covert of secrecy in those assemblies had made them courted by the Royalists, as occasions of meeting. Nay, the Ritual of the Master's degree seems to have been formed, or perhaps twisted from its original institution, so as to give an opportunity of founding the political principles of the candidate, and of the whole Brethren present.
For it bears so easy an adaptation to the death of the King, to the overturning of the venerable constitution of the English government of three orders by a mean democracy, and its re-establishment by the efforts of the loyalists, that this would start into every person's mind during the ceremonial, and could hardly fail to show, by the countenances and behaviour of the Brethren, how they were affected. I recommend this hint to the consideration of the Brethren. I have met with many particular facts, which convince me that this use had been made of the meetings of Masons, and that at this time the Jesuits interfered considerably, insinuating themselves into the Lodges, and contributing to encrease that religious mysticism that is to be observed in all the ceremonies of the order.
This society is well known to have put on every shape, and to have made use of every mean that could promote the power and influence of the order. And we know that at this time they were by no means without hopes of re-establishing the dominion of the Church of Rome in England: Their services were not scrupled at by the distressed Royalists, even such as were Protestants, while they were highly prized by the Sovereign.
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The age which could boast simulin. But what must most readers utterly incredible of belief. He speaks further of three daughters, to each of whom he gave , golden florins as a dowry. He expressly states that he obtained both his wife, and a treasure of 3,, golden florins, by means of some of the Magical Operations described in the Third Book.
He further admits that his first inclination to Qabalistical and Magical studies was owing to certain instructions in the Secrets of the Qabalah, which he received when young from his father, Simon ; so that after the death of the latter his most earnest. Not least in interest are the many notable persons of that age for or against whom he performed marvels : The Bumper or Sigismund of Germany : Count Frederic the Quarreller : the Bishop of his.
Warwick : Henry VI. Christian, Mahometan, or Pagan, but he also continually. At first sight it does not seem clear from the Occult point of view what particular Occult disadvantage should be attached But we must remember, that in his to such a line of action.
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Herein would be the danger, because whatever the errors, corruption, or mistakes in any particular form of religion, all are based on and descended from the acknowledgment Therefore to deny any religion of Supreme Divine Powers. And the force of this would be in exact proportion to the manner and degree in which he had renounced his former creed. For of all hindrances to Magical action, the very greatest and most fatal is unbelief for it checks and stops the action of the Will.
Even in the commonest natural operations. Wherefore it is that all Adepts and Great 'Teachers of Religion and of Magic have invariably insisted on the necessity of faith. But though apparently more broad in view in admitting the excellence. However, Abraham the Jew grudgingly admits that the Sacred Magic may. His counsel, however, of a retired life after attaining Magical Power by his system I do not speak of the retirement during the six months' preparation for the same is not borne out by his own account of his life, wherein we find him so constantly involved in the contests and convulsions of the time.
The particular scheme or system of Magic advocated in. In Magic, that is to say, the Science of the Control it unique. Demons can escape from the control of the Good. That in order to become 17 an Adept. That man. The idea of the employment of a Child as Clairvoyant in the invocation of the Guardian Angel is not unusual ; for example, in the " Mendal,'' a style of Oriental Divination familiar to all readers of Wilkie Collins' novel, " The Moontravels, the careful. Now, system of Sacred Magic is to be found in the Qabalah. But this system of Magic he bequeaths to his younger son, Lamech, expressly as a species of recompense to him for not being taught the Qabalah, his status as a younger son being apparently a serious traditional disqualification.
This received. Magical working, has preferred to endeavour to fill him with contempt for any other systems and methods of operaFor also besides the unintion than the one here laid down. For the Third Book of this work is crowded with Qabalistic Squares of Letters, which are simply so many Pentacles, and in which the Names employed are the very factors which make them of value. The Qabalah itself is divided into many parts ; the great bulk of it is of a mystic doctrinal nature, giving the inner Occult meaning of the Jewish Sacred Writings.
The so-called Practical of all these points. No advanced Adept, such as Abraham evidently was, could possibly be ignorant of their existence, power, and value ; and the use. Therefore also they are currents. Such races, superior to man in intuition, and magical powers ; inferior to hi? But the mode of their production as given in this work is not the Black Magic of Pact and Devil-worship, against which our Author so constantly inveighs, but instead a system of Qa balls tic Magic, similar to that of the " Key of Solomon the King " and the " Clavicles of Rabbi Solomon," though Again.
Qabalah and of 7nodern Egyptology, the root and origin of the former is evidently to be sought in that country of Mysteries, the Gods whose symbols and conspicuous a part of the Sacred Rites. For we must make a very careful distinction between the really Ancient Egyptian Magic, and the Arabian ideas and traditions I think it is the learned prevailing in Egypt in recent times.
Gods to command the Spirits by, in his Exorcism ; which latter mode of working would not only imply on his part a critical knowledge of the nature and power of the Gods ; but also the affirmation of his reliance upon them, and his appeal to them for aid to control the forces evoked ; in other words, the most profound system of White Magic which it characters. Chief, and first, that it aids the mind to conceive the higher aspect of the Operation ; when a different language and one looked upon as sacred is employed, and the phrases in which do not therefore suggest matters of ordinary life.
Also that the farther a Magical Operation is removed from the commonplace, the better. But I perfectly necessity. Furthermore the words in these ancient languages imply ''''formulas correspondences " with. Pentacles and Symbols are valuable as an equilibrated. Bedchamber, Oratory, and Terrace, are consecrated by the preparatory Ceremonies of the previous Six Moons so that the whole place is protected, and the Magician is, as it Therewere, residing constantly within a Magic Circle.
Every great system of Occultism has its own. Abraham's remarks concerning the errors of Astrology in common sense, 'and of the attribution of the Planetary Hours are worthy of careful note. Tet I have found the ordinary attribution of the Planetary Hours effective to an extent. I have added copious explanatory notes ; so many indeed as to form a species of commentary in parts.
Especially have those on the Names of the Spirits cost me incredible labour, from the difficulty of identifying their rootforms. The same may be said of those on the Symbols of the Third Book. In coticlusion I will only say that I have written this explanatory Introduction purely and solely as a help to genuine Occult students ; and thatfor the opinion of the ordinary literary critic. For the benefit of the Occult Student I here give two other The first is taken from that part systems of Angelic Evocation.
The second is copied from my "Key of Solomon the King". Now, rising call. This place must first of all be exorcised and consecrated and let there be a Table or Altar placed therein, covered with a clean white linen cloth, and set towards the east and on each side thereof place two consecrated wax-lights burning, the fiame thereof ought not to go out all these days. In the middle of the Altar let there be placed lamens, or the holy paper we have before described, covered with fine linen, which is not to be opened until the end of the days of consecration.
You shall also have in readiness a precious perfume and a pure anointing oil. And let them both be kept consecrated. Then set a censer on the head of the Altar, wherein you shall kindle the holy fire, and make a precious perfume every day that you pray. You shall likewise have a veil made of pure white linen on which must be wrote in a gilt lamen, the name Tetragrammaton all which things are to be consecrated and sanctified in order. But you must not go into this holy place till it be first washed and covered with a cloth new and clean, and then you may enter, but with your feet naked and bare and when you enter therein you shall sprinkle with holy water, then make a perfume upon the altar and then on your knees pray before the altar as we have directed.
The Invocation being made, the Good Angels will appear unto you which you desire, which you shall entertain with a chaste communication, and licence them to depart. And in the centre of the. Then being washed and fasting, let him enter the place, and pray towards the East this whole Psalm " Blessed are the undefiled in the way, etc. Psalm cix. Then make a fumigation, and. On the seventh day being washed and fasting, enter the Circle, perfume it, and anoint. We must observe also, that in the Circle there ought to be four holy thyself with holy oil.
It is also to be observed, that as often as he enters the Circle he has upon his forehead a golden lamen, upon which must be written the Name Tetragrammaton, in the manner we have before mentioned. Chapter XXI. Prayers for all the form of Litanies, their Seals and Characters the which being done thou shalt consecrate the same unto God and unto the pure Spirits in the manner following " Thou shalt set in the destined place a small table covered with a white cloth, whereon thou shalt lay the Book opened at the Great Pentacle which should be drawn on the first leaf of the said Book and having kindled a lamp which should be susa small.
The Prayer. But I advise thee to undertake nothing unclean or impure, for then thy importunity, far from attracting them will only serve to chase them from thee ; and it will be thereafter exceedingly difficult for thee to attract them for use for pure ends. Book, which of this First the study neglect thou shalt not shall serve thee for an introduction f- unto the Veritable and Sacred Magic, and unto the practice of that which I, Abraham, the Son of Simon, have learned, in part from my father, and in part also from other Wise and faithful Men, and which I have found true and real, having And having submitted it unto proof and experiment.
I will then make every effort to avoid and to fly prolixity of words in this First having alone in view the ancientness of this Book Venerable and Indubitable Science. May the Only and Most Holy God grant unto all, the grace necessary to be able to comprehend and penetrate the high Mysteries of the Qabalah and of the Law but they should content themselves with that which the Lord accordeth unto them seeing that if against His Divine Will they wish to fly yet higher, even as did Lucifer, this will but procure for them.
Wherefore it is necessary to be extremely prudent, and to consider the Intention which I have had in describing this method of operation because in consideration of thy great youth I attempt no other thing but to excite thee unto the research of this Sacred Magic. But the manner of acquiring the same will come later, in all its perfection, and in its proper time for it will be taught thee by better Masters than I, that is to say, by those same Holy Angels of God. No man if. Simon, shortly before his death, gave me and instructions concerning the way in which it is necessary to acquire the Holy Qabalah but it is however true that he did not enter into the Holy Mystery by the true Path, and I could not know how to understand the same sufficiently and perfectly as Reason demanded.
My father was always contented and satisfied with such a method of understanding the same, and he sought out no further the Veritable Science and Magical Art, which I undertake to teach thee and to expound unto thee. After his death, finding myself twenty years of age, I had a very great passion to understand the True Mysteries of the Lord but of mine own strength I could not arrive at the end which I intended to attain.
I learned that at Mayence there was a Rabbi who was a notable Sage, and tlie report went that he posThe great desire sessed in full the Divine Wisdom. Hut this man also had order to learn from liim. I also learned his extravagant experiments, and for ten years did I remain buried in so great an error, until that after the ten years I arrived in Egypt at the house of an Ancient Sage who was called Abramelim, who put me into the true Path as I will declare it unto thee hereafter, and he gave me better instruction and doctrine than all the others but this particular grace was granted me by the Almighty Father of all Mercy, that is to say.
Almighty God, who little by little illuminated mine understanding and opened mine eyes to see and admire, to contemplate, and search out His Divine Wisdom, in such a manner that it ;. For there is nothing more deplorable and more unworthy in a man than to find himself ignorant in all circumstances. He who worketh and travelleth learneth much and he who knoweth not how to conduct and govern himself when far from his native land, will know still less I dwelt then, after the in his own house how to do so. As I have said in the preceding chapter, his Science had no foundation such as that of the True I remained with him for four years, Divine Wisdom.
As he had resolved to make a journey to Constantinople, in order to there join a brother of his father, and thence to pass into the Holy Land wherein our forefathers had dwelt, and from the which for our very great errors and misdeeds we had been chased and cast forth by God. He, J having so willed it, the moment that he had made me acquainted with his design, I felt an extraordinary desire to accompany him in his journey, and I believe that Almighty God wished by this means to awaken me, for I could take no rest until the moment that we mutually and reciprocally passed our word to each other and swore to make the voyage together.
On the 13th day of February, in the year , we commenced our journey, passing through Germany, the expenses set in order. Bohemia, Austria, and thence by Hungary and Greece unto Constantinople, where we remained two years, and should never have quitted it, had not death taken I Samuel from me at length through a sudden illness. Finding myself alone, a fresh desire for travel seized me, and so much was my heart given thereto, that I kept wandering from one place to another, until at length I arrived in Egypt, where constantly travelling for the space of four years in one direction and another, the more I practised the experiments of the magic of Rabbin I pursued my voyage Moses, the less did it please me.
Having made an agreement together, we resolved to go into the desert parts of Arabia for the search for that which we ardently desired feeling sure that, as we had been told, there were in those places many just and very learned men, who dwelt there in order to be able to study without any hindrance, and to devote themselves unto but as we that Art for which we ourselves were seeking trouble we had to nothing equivalent the there found taken, or which was worthy of our attention, there came into my head the extravagant idea to advance no farther ;.
I communicated my intention to my companion, but he for his part wished to follow out his enterprise and seek his good fortune but to return to. I had, however, taken the resolution of returning to my home on quitting Arabia Deserta by way of Palestine, and I was six months on the and so into Egypt length arrived at a little town called at way.
I Arachi, situated on the bank of the Nile, where I lodged with an old Jew named Aaron, where indeed I and I comhad already lodged before in my journey He asked me how municated unto him my sentiments. I had succeeded, and whether I had found that which I wished. I answered mournfully that I had done absolutely nothing, and I made him an exact recital of the labours and troubles which I had undergone, and my recital was accompanied by my tears which I could not help shedding in abundance, so that I attracted the compassion of the old man, and he began to try to comfort me by telling me that during my journey he had heard.
My Guide then said " In this small wood dwelleth the man whom you seek ;" and having showed me the direction to take he wished to accompany me no further, and having taken his leave of me he returned home by the same route by which we had come, together with his mule which had served to carry our food.
Finding myself in this situation I could think of no other thing to do than to submit myself to the help of the Divine Providence by invoking His very holy Name, Who then granted unto me His most holy Grace, for in turning my eyes in the aforementioned direction, I beheld coming towards me a venerable aged Man, who saluted me in the Chaldean language in a loving manner, inviting me to go with him into his habitation the which courtesy I accepted with an extreme pleasure, realising in that moment how great is the Providence of the Lord.
The good old Man was very courteous to me and treated me very kindly, and during an infinitude of days he never spake unto me of any other matter than ot the Fear of God, exhorting me to lead ever a well-regulated life, and from time to time warned me of certain errors which man commits through human frailty, and, further, he made me understand that he detested the acquisition of riches and goods which we were constantly employed in gaining in our towns through so severe usury exacted He required from, and harm wrought to, our neighbour. The which promise I having ever after inviolably observed, and being later on again among my relatives and other Jews, I passed among them for a wicked and foolish man :.
The aforesaid Abramelin, knowing the ardent desire. And he asked me if I had any money, I answered unto He said unto me that he required ten him " Yes ". The Ten Sephiroth are the most abstract ideas and conceptions of the ten numbers of the ordinary Decimal Scale, and are employed in the Qabalah as an ideal means It of explaining the different Emanations or Attributes of the Deity.
There are in the Book of Exodus three verses in the fourteenth chapter, describing the pillars of fire and of cloud forming a defence unto the children of Israel against the Egyptians. Each of these three verses consists in the Hebrew of seventy-two letters, and by writing them in a certain manner one above another, seventy-two columns of three letters each are obtained each column is then treated as a Name of Three Letters, and the explanation of these is sought for in certain verses of the Psalms which contain these Names and these latter would be the verses of the Psalms alluded to in the text, which the seventy-two poor persons.
The day being come he set out, and took, with him the money which I had given him. I faithfully obeyed him, executing from point to point that which he had ordered me to do. His return was fifteen days later, and being at last arrived he ordered me the day following which was a Tuesday , before the rising of the Sun, to make with great humility and devotion a general confession of all my life unto the Lord, with a true and firm proposal and resolution to serve and fear Him otherwise than I had done in the past, and to wish to live and die in His most Holy Law, and in obedience unto Him.
He then conducted me into his own apartment where I took the two little manuscripts which I had copied and he asked of me whether truly, and without fear, I wished for the I answered Divine Science and for the True Magic. And if thou doest otherwise, he who shall receive it shall draw no fruit therefrom. Keep thyself as thou wouldst from a Serpent from selling this Science, and from making merchandise of it because the Grace of the Lord is given unto us free and gratis, and we ought in no wise to sell the same.
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Let not thy curiosity push thee on to understand the cause of this, but figure to thyself that we are so good-f- that our Sect hath become insupportable not only to the whole human race, but even to God Himself " I wished in receiving these two small manuscript books to throw myself on my knees before him, but he rebuked me, saying that we ought only to bend the knee before God. Being thoroughly instructed, I took leave of him, and having received his paternal blessing a symbol which is not only in use among the Christians, but which was also the custom with our forefathers I also departed, and I took the route to Constantinople, whither having arrived I fell sick, and my malady lasted for the space of two months but the Lord in His Mercy delivered me therefrom, so that I soon regained my strength, and finding a vessel ready to depart for Venice I embarked thereon, and I arrived there, and having rested some days I set out to go unto Trieste, where having landed, I took respect.
He probably means the copies he himself had been ordered by Abramehn to make, and not the originals. Master had been the Rabbin Moses at Mayence, who was indeed a good man, but entirely ignorant of the True Mystery and of the Veritable Magic. He only devoted himself to certain superstitious secrets which he had collected from various infidels, and which were full of the to such nonsense and foolishness of Pagans and Idolaters Spirits judged Angels and Holy an extent that the Good him unworthy of their visits and conversation and the ;.
At Evil Spirits mocked him to a ridiculous extent. In the town of Prague I found a wicked man named Antony, aged twenty-five years, who in truth showed me wonderful and supernatural things, but may God preserve us from falling into so great an error, for the infamous wretch avowed to me that he had made a Pact with the Demon, and had given himself over to him in body and in soul, and that he had renounced God and all the Saints while, on the other hand, the deceitful Leviathan had promised him forty years of life to do his pleasure.
He made every effort, as he was obliged to by the Pact, to persuade me and drag me to the precipice of the same error and misery but at first I kept myself hinder. Unto this day do they sing in the streets of the terrible end which befel him, may the Lord God of His Mercy preserve us from such a misfortune. This should serve us as a mirror of warning to keep far from us all evil undertakings and pernicious curiosity. In Austria I found an infinitude, but all were either ignorant, or like unto the Bohemians. In the Kingdom of Hungary I found but persons knowing neither God nor Devil, and who were worse than the beasts.
In Greece I found many wise and prudent men, but, however, all of them were infidels, among whom there were three who principally dwelt in desert places, who showed unto me great things, such as how to raise tempests in a moment, how to make the Sun appear in the night, how to stop the course of rivers, and how to make night appear at mid-day, the whole by the power of their enchantments, and by applying superstitious ceremonies. Near Constantinople, in a place called Ephiha, who, instead of Enchantments, made use of certain numbers which he wrote upon the earth and by means of these he caused certain extravathere was a certain man,.
In Arabia they made use of plants, of herbs, and of The Divine Mercy stones as well precious as common. Also at Paris I found a wise man called Joseph, who, having denied the Christian faith, had made himself This man truly practised Magic in the same a Jew. I am astonished when I consider the blindness of many persons who let themselves be led by Evil Masters, who take pleasure in falsehood, and, we may rather say, in the Demon himself; giving them-.
But the Truth is so great, the Devil is so deceitful and malicious, and the World so frail and so infamous Let that I must admit that things cannot be otherwise. However, it is true that just as there is only one God, that not one of these Books is worth an obolus. The Rabbin Moses persuaded me to be wise, while he himself, with words which neither he himself nor any other person understood, and with extravagant symbols made bells to sound, and while with execrable conjurations he made appear in glasses him who had committed a theft, and while he made a water causing an old man to appear young and that only for the space of two hours and no longer.
All the which things he indeed taught me, but the whole was but vanity, low curiosity, and a pure deception of the Demon, leading to no useful end imagAnd when inable, and tending to the loss of the Soul. I had the Veritable Knowledge of the Sacred Magic, I both forgot them, and banished them from mine heart. But his Art cost him too dear, for the Devil had made him swear in the Pact that he would use all his secrets to the dishonour of God, and Ultimately his body to the prejudice of his neighbour.
And this was all the profit he drew from his Diabolical Science and Magic. In Austria I found an infinitude of Magicians who only occupied themselves in killing and maiming men, in putting discord among married people, in causing divorces, in tying witch-knots in osier or willow branches to stop the flow of milk in the breasts of nursing women, and similar infamies. But these miserable wretches had made a Pact with the Devil, and had become his slaves, having sworn unto him that they would work without cessation to destroy all living creatures.
Some of these. At LiNTz I worked with a young woman, who one evening invited me to go with her, assuring me that without any risk she would conduct me to a place where I greatly desired to find myself. I allowed myself to be persuaded by her promises. She then gave unto me an unguent, with which I rubbed the principal pulses of my feet and hands the which she did also and at first it appeared to me that I was flying in the air in the place which I wished, and which I had in no way mentioned to her.
I saw, which was admirable, and appearing to myself to have remained there a long while, I felt as if I were just awakening from a profound sleep, and I had great pain in my head and deep melancholy. I turned round and saw that she was seated at my side. She began to recount to me what she had seen, but that which I had seen was entirely different. I was, however, much astonished, because it appeared to me as if I had been really and corporeally in the place, and there in reality to have seen that which had happened.
However, I asked her one day to go alone to that same place, and to bring me back news of a friend whom I knew for certain was distant leagues. She promised to do so in the space hour. She of an rubbed herself with the same unguent, and I was very expectant to see her fly away but she fell to the ground and remained there about three hours as if she were dead, so that I began to think that she really was dead. At last she began to stir like a person who is waking, then she rose to an upright position, and with much pleasure began to give me the account of her expedition, saying that she had been in the place where my friend was, and all that he was doing the which was entirely contrary to his profession.
Whence 1 concluded that what she had just told me was a simple dream, and that this unguent was a causer of a phantastic whereon she confessed to me that this unguent had sleep been given to her by the Devil. All the Arts of the Greeks are Enchantments and Fascinations, and the Demons hold them enchained in these accursed arts so that the Foundation of the True ;. Magic may be unknown to them which would render them more powerful than they and I was the more ;. There are also many operations which they say There is an are handed down frorn the Ancient Sibyls. He perchantments which only tended to work evil.
With regard to this particular, I found out the reason through the Wise Abramelin, who told me that this came and depended from a Divine Ministry, that is to say, from the Qabalah, and that without that, one could not succeed. All these things have I beheld, and many others, and those who possessed these secrets gave them to me out of friendship. I burned these recipes afterwards in the house of Abramelin, they being absolutely things very far removed from the Will of God, and contrary to the charity which we owe unto our neighbour. Every ;. And before that I had declared my wish unto him he would accomplish and fulfil my desire and all that I wished to obtain from him he knew before I could open my mouth.
Also he recounted to me all that I had seen, done, and suffered from the time of my father's death down to this moment and this in words obscure and as it were fall. Source of the Veritable Qabalah, our custom, I have in turn communicated unto thine elder brother Joseph, after that he had fulfilled the requisite conditions without the accomplishment of which the Qabalah and this Sacred Magic cannot be exercised, and which I will recount in the two following books. Afterwards he did manifest unto me the Regimen of the Mystery of that Sacred Magic which was exercised and put into practice by our forefathers and progenitors, Noah, Abraham, Jacob, Moses, David, and Solomon, among whom the last misused it, and he received the punishment thereof during his life.
In the Second Book I will describe the whole faithfully and clearly, in order that if the Lord God should wish to dispose of me before that thou shalt have attained a competent age, thou shalt find these three small manuscript books as forming at the same time both an inestimdiscovered to the. And after him I found no one who worked these things truly and although Joseph at Paris walked in the same Path, nevertheless God, as a just Judge, did not in any way wish to grant unto him the Sacred Magic in its entirety, because For it is an indubithe had despised the Christian Law.
Father of Mercy, having granted unto me the grace to return safe and sound into my country I paid unto Him according to my small power, some little portion of that which I owed Him thanking Him for so many benefits which I had received from Him, and in particular for the acquisition of the Qabalah which I had made at the house of Abramelim. Occultists will doubtless not be of this opinion.
It is f one thing to simply quit one debased and materialised form or sect of religion for another, which is perhaps little if any better and quite another thing to seek out the true religion which is at the basis of all, and which could not be entirely true, were it not free from Sect. Magic, but many things of importance and hindrances presented themselves among the which my marriage was one of the greatest.
I therfore judged it fitting to defer putting it in practice, and a principal obstacle was the inconvenience of the place in which I dwelt. I resolved to absent myself suddenly, and go away into the ;. And the period of the Six Moons being expired, the Lord granted unto me His Grace by His Mercy according to the promise made unto our foretathers, since while 1 was making my prayer unto Him He deigned to grant unto me the vision and apparition of His holy Angels, together with which I experienced so great joy, consolation and contentment of soul, that I could neither a.
And during the three it nor put it into writing. He confirmed as being true the Symbols of the Qabalah which I had received from Abramelin and he gave me the fundamental means by which I could have an infinitude of others in my operations according to my pleasure, assuring me that he would instruct me fully thereon. These Symbols are all like those of the Third Book. He gave me further very useful advice and admonition, such as an Angel could give how I should govern myself the following days with the Evil Spirits so as to constrain them to obey me the which I duly followed out fulfilling always from point to point his instructions very faithfully, and by the Grace of God I constrained them to obey me and to appear in the place destined for this operation and they obligated themselves to obey me, and to be subject unto me.
And since then even until now, without offending God and the Holy Angels I have held them in my power and command, always assisted by the power of God and of His Holy Angels. And this with so great a prosperity of our house, that I confess that I held myself back from the vast riches which I could have accumulated although I possess enough to be counted among the number of the rich, as thou wilt know when thou shalt be more advanced in age.
May the Grace of the Lord, and the defence and protection of His Holy Angels never then depart from me, Abraham, nor from my two sons Joseph and Lamech nor from all those who by your means and by the Will of God, shall receive this operation So be express. And I write not TiN order to of the. And especially do I thank Him for having granted unto me, who am but a little worm of Earth, through the means of Abramelin the power to give and communicate unto others this Sacred Science.
But here, as I have aforesaid, I will describe only the most remarkable. Up till now I have healed of persons of all conditions, bewitched unto death, no less than , and belonging unto all religions, without making an exception in any case. Emperor Charles IV. At ten years of age his father gave him the Margravate of Brandenburg, and two years later he was betrothed to Mary, the daughter of Louis the Great of Hungary, whom he afterwards married. He was nominated by his father-in-law his successor on the throne of Poland.
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But the nobles preferred Ladislaus, the nephew of Casimir the Great. John XX HI. Pierre de Lune , a Spaniard. The death of Josse, and the resignaAfter tion of Wenceslaus, left Sigismond sole master of the Empire. The death of his brother, rendered him Master of Bohemia, at the moment when the revolt of the Hussites was at its height.
He commenced a war of extermination against them, but was defeated by Ziska in , recover the ancient. He wished also to possess the secret of the whole operation, but as by the Lord that it was not His Will,. In 1, whilst he was being crowned King of Italy at Milan, his troops experienced such severe defeats that he was forced to concede advantageous terms to the rebels. But dissensions arose among them, and Sigismond profited by this to completely crush them at length and make Bohemia submit.
He reigned twenty-seven years as Emperor of Germany, eighteen years as King of Bohemia, and fifty-one years as King of Hungary. In he fought as ally of the Burgrave of Nuremberg in the war of the German towns; and gained his knightly spurs in , in the war which he, ;. Next, he fought against Wenceslaus. The indefatigable activity which this Prince displayed from against the movements of the Hussites, who were directly menacing his possessions, pointed him out as a valuable auxiliary to the Emperor Sigismond, who was then in a very critical position.
In order to assure himself definitely of the in. Emperor conferred upon him but the former could not long enjoy his new found dignities in peace, for the Emperor shifted the whole weight of the war with the Hussites on to hrs shoulders. As the other German Princes did not respond readily to the Elector's appeal, the latter had the misfortune to lose the greater part of his alliance of Frederick the Ouarreller, the. The Count of VarvichJ- was delivered by me from ;. Army near Brux in But his wife, Catherine, summoned the whole of Catholic Germany to unite in a Crusade against the innowJiile 20, strange and foreign Warriors caine vating Hussites unexpectedly to range themselves tinder the Standard of Frederick.
It is to be noted that Abraham the Jew puts the Artificial Cavalry he supplied at though this may easily be a slip for 20, and rumour would of course soon magnify the number. But the Elector was at length defeated at the disastrous battle of Aussig in , where the elite of the German Warriors fell. The following year again witnessed a fresh defeat of the Elector, and the chagrin which this excited, ultimately led to his death. He was succeeded by his son, Frederick H. Et fe nen dis pas davantage acause qnil est un eclesiastique passant sous silence ceque joy fait deplus pour luy rendre service.
I preserve the orthography of the French original. Warwick is probably Henri de Beauchamp, the brother-in-law of Warwick the " King-Maker," and son of that Richard de Beauchamp, so infamous for his instrumentality in bringing about the torture and Henri de Beauchamp was at first burning of the heroic Joan of Arc. King of the islands of Wight, Jersey, and Guernsey.
He did not long survive to enjoy these honours ;. Balthazar Cossa , Pope from 14 10 to 5, was born at Naples. He had been a corsair in his youth, and at first, after his entry into holy orders, was only notable for his debauches, his exactions, and his violence. Pope Boniface IX. Notwithstanding this Cossa was elected to the Papacy at the time when the Church was shaken by internal dissension. He promised at first to renounce the Pontificate, if on their side Gregory XH. However, he mounted the Papal Throne, and declared for the side of Louis d'Anjou in the war between the latter and Ladislaus regarding the Throne of Naples.
At length, after the taking of Rome by Ladislaus, he was forced to implore the. The latter consented to grant him his protection, but on the sole condition of the convocation of After much hesitation, and after having the Council of Constance. Mitre, he judged it prudent to consent; but a few days later, he succeeded in escaping in disguise, during a tournament given by the Duke of Austria.
He retired to Lauffembourg, and protested against the abdication, which he declared to have been obtained from him by The Council was for a moment struck with fear and consternaforce. Gerson that the General Councils had higher authority than the Papacy, prevailed. At the end of four years he recovered his liberty, on payment of 30, golden crowns, and went to Rome, where he made his submission to Martin V. He died a few months later at Florence, either of anxiety or by poison.
As there only remaineth unto me but a little while to live, those who remain after me will receive the news of the result of this prophecy. They were brothers, and reigned conjointly. From his calling the Duke of Bavaria, his Lord, it would appear that he was living under his dominion, but it is curious that up to this point Abraham has never mentioned the. Now when once the facuUy of being able to avail oneself of the Sacred Magic hath been obtained, it is permissible to demand from the Angel a sum of coined money proportionate unto thy birth, quality and capacity, the which without difficulty will be granted unto thee.
Such money is taken from the Hidden Treasures. There are yet more which be destined unto others. It was of gold, which had never been struck into ingots and which I afterwards caused to be beaten out and converted into its equivalent weight of golden florins, by the Spirits the which was done in a few hours and I did this operation seeing that mine own possessions were ;. Herbipolis is the Latin mediaeval Bavaria. It seems from this passage that it was probably the city of Abraham the Jew, and therefore the one intended a few paragraphs before where he speaks of the " Bishop of our town ".
Wurzbourg and the surrounding district formed a Bishopric, and in the time of Abraham it was the scene of constant struggles between Later, formidable the Bishop and his party, and the burghers. However, they are all given in the Book;]; already mentioned. It is necessary to be prompt and adroit in all these operations, seeing that in the things which belong unto God we can easily commit still greater errors than those.
I performed by the Signs which be in Book, and never have I failed in attaining mine end, I have always been obeyed by the Spirits , and everything hath succeeded with me because I have myself obeyed the Commandments of God. Also I have. The Eighth Chapter is entitled " How to excite Tempests".
This is wherefore he seeketh to annul and destroy utterly this Sacred Wisdom. Thence arose the. Unto the is. And this must not be done out of curiosity, and with extravagant and ridiculous scruples, wishing to know and understand more than is right seeing that temerity is certainly punished by God, Who then permitteth him who is presumptuous not only to be turned aside out of. It is certain that the Old Serpent will attempt to contaminate the present Book with his venom, and even to destroy and lose it utterly, but O Lamech as a faithful father I entreat thee by the True God Who hath created thee and all things, and I entreat every other person who by thy means shall receive this method of operating, not to be induced or persuaded to have any other sentiment or opinion, or to believe the contrary.
Pray unto God and ask Him for His assistance, and place And although thou all thy confidence in Him alone. Powerful liave to do with a Great and Enemy, whom through our own weakness and human strength or science we cannot resist without particular aid and assistance from the Holy Angels, and from the Lord of the Good Spirits it is necessary that each one should always have God before his eyes, and in no way offend Him. On the other hand, he must always be upon his guard, and abstain as from a mortal sin from flattering, obeying, regarding, or having respect to the Demon, and to his Viperine Race neither must he submit himself unto him in the slightest thing, for that would be his ruin and the fatal loss of his soul.
As it happened unto all the seed descended from Noah, Lot, Ishmael, and others who did possess the blessed land before our forefathers who inherited this Wisdom from father to son, from family to family but m the course of time having lent an ear unto the Treacherous Enemy, they let themselves be turned away from the Veritable Path, and did lose the True Science which they had received from God by the means of their fathers, and gave themselves over unto Superstitious Sciences, and unto Diabolical Enchantments, and unto Abominable ;. Consider all this as pure vanity, for without the permission of God he can give nothing but he will do it unto the damage and prejudice, ruin and eternal damnation of whomsoever putteth faith in him, and believeth in him as we may see in the Holy Scripture in the matter of Pharaoh and his adherents, the which despised the Veritable and certain Wisdom of Moses and Aaron, and were in the beginning backed up by the Devil who showed them by the means of Enchantments that he could both do and put in practice all the works of the aforesaid holy men, whence he ultimately did reduce them to such a condition of obstinacy and blindness, that without perceiving their own error and the deceit of the Demon, they were cruelly chastised by God with divers plagues, and were at last all drowned in the Red Sea.
This is wherefore in conclusion I say unto thee in few words, that we must rely upon God alone, and put all our confidence in Him. In the. I have before cited certain examples in order to show. This is why I pray every one to tollow mine example, and if he doeth otherwise the Malediction of the Lord will fall upon him, and as for myself I shall be excusable and innocent before God, and before use.
God, however, accordeth and giveth His Grace,. Good, as I will show thee more fully in the other Books. He who shall act thus all the days of. And if he seeketh to obtain it by indiscreet. And if any person seeketh to obtain it not for himself, but for either a child or a relative, who is not such he who as he should be who receiveth so great a treasure shall grant it unto him shall be culpable of a great evil, and shall himself lose the Grace and Wisdom of the Lord, and shall deprive his heirs of the same eternally.
If a man of evil life, whom one shall feel by means ;. Shun Commerce, and the converse of those who actually in the search for this Science shall do and say seeing that such men can all things which tend to Evil become the Enchanters of the Devil. Thou shalt know Here I am very the rest hereafter in the other Books.