A white book is a book of magical instructions and lore. A white book in principle is devoted to “good” magic and includes the names, SEALS, and characters of Angels. However, the distinction between a white book and a BLACK BOOK is often vague. Both types of books invoke both angels and Demons.
The Key of Solomon, the most important GRIMOIRE, provides instructions for a white book:
Make a small Book containing the Prayers for all the Operations, the Names of the Angels in 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 suspended above the center of the table, thou shalt surround the said table with a white curtain; clothe thyself in the proper vestments, and holding the Book open, repeat upon thy knees the following prayer with great humility:
— adonai, el ohim, el , eheiheh asher, eheiheh, Prince of Princes, Existence of Existences, have mercy upon me, and cast Thine eyes upon Thy Servant (N.), whoe invokes Thee most devoutly, and supplictaes Thee by Thy Holy and tremendous Name Tetragrammaton to be propitious, and to order Thine Angels and Spirits to come and take up their abode in this place; O all ye Angels and Spirits of the Stars, O all ye Angels and Elementary Spirits, O all ye Spirits present before the Face of God, I the Minister and faithful Servant of the Most High conjure ye, let God Himself, the Existence of Existences, conjure ye to come and be present at this Operation, I, the Servant of God, most humbly entreat ye. Amen.
Further Reading :
- Butler, E. M. Ritual Magic. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1949.