The system taught in the Kabbalah is the basis for the various kinds of magic mentioned in chapter II; among these is necromancy or the evocation of spirits.
This is an advanced method and, needless to say, it cannot be practised with success until the evocator has thoroughly mastered the whole theory with its sexual interpretation (of which we have only hinted) and has also undergone a long preliminary training.
A few quotations from a book of instructions on necromancy are here given by way of illustration. They are from the Sepher Maphteah Shelomo, or Book of the Key of Solomon. (40) Gedaliah Ibn Jahya, in his book Shalsheleth-Hakabala says: " It is said that, in addition to the works composed by Solomon as contained in Holy Writ, ... he was further the author of writings and conjurations against Evil Agents in a work called The Key of Solomon.''''
(40) A MS. copy in Hebrew of this work in the possession of Herman Gollancz, Professor of Hebrew at University College, London, was published in photostat by him (Oxford University Press, 1914) in a limited edition of 300 copies. In the Introduction, Professor Gollancz gives the history of the MS in whose genuineness he believes, together with an English translation of some of the passages. It is from this Introduction that the following extracts are made.
That the Magic Art was looked upon as a serious occupation, and was kept as an exclusive possession, may be seen from the following paragraph at the beginning:
" I beg and command anyone into whose hands this compilation may fall, that he will give it to no man unless he be of a retiring disposition, able to keep a secret, energetic in the performance of this kind of work; and I adjure him by the Living God, the Creator of the Universe, that in the same manner as he would guard his own soul, he will guard this book, and not reveal it to such as are unfit. And should he not listen (to this admonition), I place my supplication before Him who has graciously imparted this knowledge to me, that He shall not suffer him to prosper in all the actions and desires which he seeks to bring about. Amen, May this be His will."
THE ' OPERATION OF SIMON MAGUS'
" The 'Operation' of Simon Magus should be carried out on a Thursday or a Tuesday in the evening. In the first place, you should have a candle of virgin wax burning; then make a circle with a sword (as is shown below), and mark the four sides with the mark of Solomon (hexagram) and the seals of Jupiter and Venus; then write the names of the four sides of the world, i.e., East, West, North, and South. Having done this, stand in the middle of the circle, and say three times, . . .
' I adjure you, O Lucifer, and all thy associates, by the Living God, by the Angels above and below, etc. . . I further adjure you by Belzebuk, your Lord; I moreover adjure you by Satan, in whose hands are the Keys of Gehinnom. I adjure you by Lucifer, your King; I adjure you by the mighty deep; I adjure you by the Law of the Lord, that you shall have no power to stand in the air, etc. . . but that thou shalt come forthwith unto this place, thou, O Lucifer, with thy associates . . . that I shall inquire of them in the name of AGLA AGLAII ... and in the name of ALPHA, VO, HE, JUD, HE, ELOKIM ZEBAOTH, ELYON, etc.'
"... Now this is an unfailing experiment, tested by many; but it is requisite that you should be perfectly clean and pure in body and soul. . . Understand, that whatever grade or kind of spirits they may be, they never answer more than three questions."
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