Arbatel: On the Magic of the Ancients

Robert Turner

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The Arbatel De Magia Veterum (Arbatel: On the Magic of the Ancients) was a Latin grimoire of renaissance ceremonial magic published in 1575 in Switzerland. It mainly focuses on the relationship between humanity, celestial hierarchies, and the positive relationship between the two. A. E. Waite writes that the book is devoid of black magic and without any connection to the Greater or Lesser Keys of Solomon. Unlike other grimoires, the Arbatel exhorts the magus to remain active in their community (instead of isolating themselves), favoring kindness, charity, and honesty over remote and obscure rituals. The book has a Christian nature, with many quotes from the Bible being used throughout. This translation by Robert Turner remains the most popular version in the English-speaking world.

This book has 12,864 words, 30 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1575. This translation was originally published in 1655.

Production notes: This ebook of Arbatel: On the Magic of the Ancients was published by Global Grey in 2018, and updated on the 14th March 2023. The artwork used for the cover is 'The Wizard' by Edward Burne-Jones.

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