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Term: Grimoire

DEFINITIONS

Grimoire: A Grimoire is a book of ceremonies, rituals, and spells, usually dating from the Middle Ages.
source: Encyclopedia of Wicca & Witchcraft, by Raven Grimassi

Picatrix: An Arabic text (Ghâyat al-Hakîm fi’l-sihr) that may be a major source of the famous classical grimoires such as the Key of Solomon. Not currently available in English, its Latin was available in 1256 CE. Topics in the book include talismans, magick, astronomy, astrology and love, and practical magick.
source: Secrets of the Magickal Grimoires, by Aaron Leitch

Lemegeton: Also known as the Lesser Key of Solomon, the Lemegeton is composed of five texts that may have been separate but were collected into this book. The first and best-known section is the “Goetia,” which introduces the use of the magickal Triangle of the Art for evoking spirits.

The second part is the “Theurgia-Goetia,”which has many other spirits for summoning. The Third part is the “Pauline Art” which was supposedly discovered by the Apostle Paul and delivered in Corinth. It deals with spirits allotted to every degree of the zodiac, as well as the signs, the planets of the signs, and of the hours. It includes the way to find the Angel of your Ascendant, which is called “The Conjuration of the Holy Guardian Angel” and uses a crystal ball.

The fourth part is the “Almadel” which refers to a square tablet of wax with holy names and characters on it for the summoning of Angels. The fifth part is the “Ars Nova” (New Art) in one version and “Ars Notaria” (Notary Arts) in most others. Both versions consist of prayers and orations.
source: Secrets of the Magickal Grimoires, by Aaron Leitch

Also See: Grimoire

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