The Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage

Samuel Liddell MacGregor Mathers

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The Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage is a book by Samuel Liddell MacGregor Mathers, first published in 1900. This edition contains Books I, II, and III, encompassing a remarkable grimoire that was skillfully translated by Mathers from a 15th-century French manuscript. The text holds significant influence over contemporary ceremonial magic and has been recognized as a primary inspiration for Aleister Crowley. Abraham of Würzburg, a knowledgeable scholar of magic and a cabalist, recounts a quest for hidden teachings that led him to Egypt. It was there that he encountered the enigmatic magician Abramelin, who imparted a detailed system of magic to him. The procedure outlined in this grimoire entails extensive months of purification, followed by the invocation of both benevolent and malevolent spirits to achieve various earthly objectives. These include the acquisition of treasures and love, the ability to traverse the realms of air and water, and even the conjuring of ethereal armies. Moreover, it reveals secrets such as raising the deceased, altering one's appearance, attaining invisibility, and even conjuring storms. Central to this system are a set of extraordinary magic squares, sigils composed of mystical words that can often be read in multiple directions. However, these diagrams are believed to possess no inherent power unless employed within the appropriate ritual context by an initiated practitioner. Mathers diligently analyzed these words and provides extensive notes, offering potential derivations from languages such as Hebrew, Greek, and others.

№ 17 in 20 Most Popular Occult Books.

This book has 84,558 words, 266 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1900.

Production notes: This ebook of The Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage was published by Global Grey on the 23rd December 2018, and updated on the 10th June 2023. The artwork used for the cover is 'A Theurgist Performing Rituals' by William Charlton Wright.

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