The Grimoires are handbooks of magic that provide instructions for rituals, the casting of spells, the procuring of treasure and love, the procuring of Familiars, and the evocation and control of spirits, including Demons and Angels, to perform tasks. Grimoire is a French term for “grammar book.”
Although any handbook of magic could be called a grimoire, the term usually applies to specific texts that claim the magical knowledge of King Solomon as their source. The material in grimoires is heavily derivative of Hebrew magical and mystical lore, involving the names, powers, and duties of spirits and the powerful names of God. Other principal sources are Hellenistic Greek and Egyptian magical texts and folk magic.
Most of the principal grimoires were written in the 17th and 18th centuries but claimed to be much older.
They were popular well into the 19th century. Printed on cheap paper, grimoires circulated primarily in France and Italy. They are still consulted, but modern magicians have written their own textbooks of magic.
Grimoires give instructions for rituals to conjure and control spirits and cosmic forces for protection, wealth, luck, supernatural power, Curses on enemies, and so forth. They instruct the magician on what to wear, what tools to use, how to purify himself, and what prayers and incantations to recite at precise astrological times and various hours of the day and night, according to the ruling spirits.
They give recipes for fumigations, descriptions of the creation of magic circles, magic triangles, pentacles, Amulets, Talismans, seals and sigils, instructions on sacrifices, and ways to deal with unruly Demons, including rites of Exorcism.
Some grimoires are devoted to theurgy, or white magic, while others concern goetia, or black magic. Some include both. The attainment of treasure and love and the ability to harm one’s enemies are prominent throughout the grimoires. Some were printed in red ink and were said to burn the eyes if gazed at too long.
The following are the grimoires of significance:
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Arbatel of Magic The Arbatel of Magic is a slim text written in Latin and published in Basel, Switzerland, in ...Read More
Ars Theurgia: The second book of the work known as the Lemegeton, or Lesser Key of Solomon. The word theurgia ...Read More
Fourth Book Authorship is attributed to the occultist Henry Cornelius Agrippa, but the book, supposedly the fourth volume of Agrippa’s ...Read More
Grand Grimoire This French grimoire was probably authored in the 17th or 18th century. The earliest edition of it bears ...Read More
Grimoire of Honorius : Also called the Constitution of Honorius, this text may have been authored in the 16th century ...Read More
Grimorium Verum: Drawn from the Greater Key of Solomon and written in French, this book probably was written in the ...Read More
The Heptameron is also called Magical Elements, this book is attributed to Peter of Abano, an Italian physician who died in ...Read More
The most important grimoire is the Key of Solomon, also called the Greater Key of Solomon and the Clavicle of ...Read More
Another grimoire attributed to Solomon is the Lemegeton, or Lesser Key of Solomon. The origin and meaning of Lemegeton are ...Read More
Munich Handbook: A fifteenth-century Latin manuscript kept at the Bavarian State Library in Munich, filed under the designation CML 849 ...Read More
The Necronomicon is a fictitious black magic GRIMOIRE, the idea of which was created by the American occult and horror ...Read More
Sworn Book of Honorius: Also known as the Liber Juratus, or simply the Sworn Book. This book was supposedly written ...Read More
The Testament of Solomon is a Greek text in the pseudepigrapha written between the first and third centuries C.E. It ...Read More
The Sworn Book of Honorius (in Latin, Liber Iuratus Honorii) is one of the oldest as well as one of ...Read More
Theosophia Pneumatica Also known as The Little Keys of Solomon, this grimoire was published in 1686 in German. It possibly ...Read More
Also called The Secrets of Secrets, this black magic grimoire purportedly was written in the 1600s by a magician named ...Read More
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