Constructing Sigils With Planetary Cameas

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Magical squares, or cameas, are often used as a basis for the construction of individual sigils. In fact, the traditional sigils for planetary spirits and demons have been cabbalistically construed with the help of these cameas. Since this technique belongs to yet another important branch of sigil magic and is relatively unknown, it shall be covered here.

The following explanations are based on Israel Regardie's excellent bookHow to Make and Use Talismans, which contains a very clear summary, though the author refers to the older material of the Golden Dawn and other writers have explained the system elsewhere.14 Tb be able to use these systems, however, you need a sound basic knowledge of cabbalism and planetary magic. Unfortunately, these cannot be taught here and would lead away from our main topic. Readers who are quite unfamiliar with these disciplines should refer to the relevant literature listed in the bibliography.

The basis of this method of constructing sigils is 105

the Aiq Bekr, also labeled the "Kabbalah of the Nine Chambers." Each letter of the Hebrew alphabet is equivalent to a numerical value. The alphabet with its assigned numerical values is as follows:

H

A

1

Aleph

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B,V

2

Beth

i

G, Gh

3

Gimcl

1

D,Dh

4

DaJcth

n

H

5

He

1

o,u,v

6

Vau

r

Z

7

Zayin

n

Ch

8

Cheth

B

T

9

Teth

I,Y

10

Yod

K, Kh

20,500

1

Kaph

9

L

30

Lamed

&

M

40,600

a

Mem

i

N

50,700

I

Nun

0

S

60

Samekh

?

Aa,Ngh70

Ayin

£

P, Ph

80,800

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Pe

T z

90,900

r

Tzaddi

P

Q

100

Qoph

R

200

Resh

t?

S, Sh

300

Shin

n

T, Th

400

Tan

These letters are arranged in nine "chambers" according to their decimal values:

Shin Lamed Gimel

Resh

Kaph

Beth

Qoph

Yod

Aleph

V

i

3

a

P

M

300 30

3

200

20

2

100

10

1

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Final

Mem Samekh

Vau

Kaph

Nun

Heh

Tau

Mem

Daleth

Q D

1

n

J

n

n

D

1

600 60

6

500

50

5

400

40

4

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Nun

Ayin

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900 90

9

800

80

8

700

70

7

Depending on the appropriate magical camea, sometimes it is necessary to reduce a numerical value so that the pertinent number in the camea can be touched when drawing the sigil. For example, look at the demon Bartzabel of the Mars sphere, following Regardie (p. 15). In Hebrew this name is written (from right to left):

Lamed Aleph Beth Tzaddi Resh Beth 30 1 2 90 200 2

The magical camea of Mars follows, one version in numbers, the other in Hebrew letters:

11

24

7

20

3

4

12

25

8

16

17

5

13

21

9

10

18

1

14

22

23

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You will note that the numbers 200,90 and 30 do not appear in the magical square; deleting the zeros in our demon's name gives us 2,9 and 3. Thus, we get the following order of numbers (again from right to left): 3/1/2/9/2/2.

Usually the sigil begins with a curlicue and ends with a stroke. If any one number is covered twice, two arcs are drawn. Let's have a look at this sigil in its camea in Figure 27.

In this example, the traditional sigils really have been constructed consciously.

To complete the picture, the following pages consist of the magical cameas of the planets together with the sigils of their intelligences and demons, as well as the planetary seals, which have been developed with a very similar but slightly different method.

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Beside each numbered camea you will find a square containing the Hebrew letters according to their numerical values, which may save you a lot of trouble constructing your sigils in the Hermetic tradition. The illustrations are taken from Agrippa's classic work De Occulta Philosophia (2nd vol., 1533).

The rule of marking the beginning and the end of a planetary sigil, namely to start with a curlicue and to end with a stroke, has not been followed throughout. This may be due to Agrippa's intention of preventing any possible abuse. By marking the beginning and the end of such a sigil we have all the directional information necessary to draw it in evocation (with the exception of the composed sigils). I have deliberately not "corrected" the sigils because I wanted to present the traditional form without any changes of my own. Furthermore, these corrections might confuse those readers unfamiliar with the subject if they suddenly come across different versions of one and the same sigil in other traditional books. For practice, however, I advise you to redraw the sigils and correct them where necessary.

THE MAGICAL CAMEAS OF THE PLANETS ("TABLES")

AND THE SEALS AND SIGILS OF THE PLANETARY POWERS, INTELLIGENCES AND DEMONS.

(following Agrippa of Nettesheim, De Occulta PMosophia, Vol 2,1533)

Table of Saturn

Numbers Hebrew Letters

4

9

2

3

5

7

8

1

6

1

&

2

J

n

t

n

N

)

Seals or Characters of Saturn his Intelligence his Demon

Divine Names in accord with the numbers of Saturn

Numbers Divine Names in Hebrew

9. Hod Trt

15. Hod Tin 45. Ext. Tetragrammaton

45. Agiel, Intelligence of 'WJN Saturn

45. Zazel, Demon of ^tN} Saturn

Table ofJupiter

Numbers Hebrew Letters

4

14

15

1

9

7

6

12

5

11

10

8

16

2

3

13

1

T

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Seals or Characters of Jupiter his Intelligence his Demon

Divine Names in accord with the numbers of Jupiter

Numbers Divine Names in Hebrew

4. Abba N3N

16. rrn

16. YIN

136. Iophiel, Intelligence of 'WWl* Jupiter

136. Hismael, Demon of *?N£DH Jupiter

Table of Mars

Numbers Hebrew Letters

11

24

7

20

3

4

12

25

8

16

17

5

13

21

9

10

18

1

14

22

23

6

19

2

15

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2

3

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Seals or Characters of Mars his Intelligence his Demon

Who Bartzabel DemonDemon Chasmodai

Divine Names in accord with the numbers of Mars

Numbers Divine Names in Hebrew

holy name

65. Adonai 325. Graphiel, Intelligence of ^^SNU Mars

325. Bartzabel, Demon of ^iOittilS

Mars

Table of the Sun

Numbers Hebrew Letters

6

32

3

34

35

1

7

11

27

28

8

30

19

14

16

15

23

24

18

20

22

21

17

13

25

29

10

9

26

12

36

5

33

4

2

31

1

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Seals or Characters his Intelligence his Demons o

Divine Names in accord with the numbers of the Sun

Numbers Divine Names

6. Vau, Letter of the holy name

6. Prolonged He, letter of the holy name 36. Eloh 111. Nakhiel, Intelligence of the Sun 666. Sorath, Demon of the Sun in Hebrew m rmo

Table of Venus

Numbers Hebrew Letters

22

47

16

41

10

35

4

5

23

48

17

42

11

29

30

6

24

49

18

36

12

13

31

7

25

43

19

37

38

14

32

1

26

44

20

21

39

8

33

2

27

45

46

15

40

9

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3

28

33

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Divine Names in accord with the numbers of Venus

Numbers Divine Names in Hebrew

49. Hagiel, Intelligence of ^NMH Venus

1232. Beni Seraphim, CSWOa

Intelligence of Venus

Table of Mercury Numbers

8

58

59

5

4

62

63

1

49

15

14

52

53

11

10

56

41

23

22

44

45

19

18

48

32

34

35

29

28

38

39

25

40

26

27

37

36

30

31

33

17

47

46

20

21

43

42

24

9

55

54

12

13

51

50

16

64

2

3

61

60

6

7

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Seals or Characters of Mercury his Intelligence his Demons

Divine Names in accord with the numbers of Mercury

Numbers Divine Names in Hebrew

8. Asboga, prolonged nJUJN

number eight 64. Din H

64. Dani Tl

260. Tiriel, Intelligence of Mercury

2080. Taphtharthaiath, mrnriBH

Demon of Mercury

Table of the Moon

Numbers

37

78

29

70

21

62

13

04

5

6

38

79

30

71

22

63

14

46

47

7

39

80

31

72

23

55

15

16

48

8

40

81

32

64

24

56

57

17

49

9

41

73

33

65

25

26

58

18

50

1

42

74

34

66

67

27

59

10

51

2

43

75

35

36

68

19

60

11

52

3

44

76

77

28

69

20

61

12

53

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Constructing Sigils with Planetary Cameas /119 Seals or Characters of the Moon of the Moon her Supreme Demon

her Demons
Demon Sigil Magick

Divine Names in accord with the numbers of the Moon

Numbers Divine Names

9. Hod 81. Elim in Hebrew nn wiDum

369. Chasmodai, Demon of the Moon

3321. Shed Barshemath Shar- jnmPnrantmnt!/ thathan, Supreme Demon of the Moon 3321. Malka be-Tarshishim ad CD^EnnStO^ be-Ruah Shehaqim, CpnEmmU? Supreme Intelligence of the Moon

Individual sigils (for example, your first name) may be formed by using the same system. To do so, the name has to be transferred into Hebrew, which, of course, demands some previous experience. Once you have defined the numerical value of the name, the sigil is made by going over the chosen planetary camea. Obviously, the same name will have a completely different design in the seven different cameas.

Now if we, for example, assign the purpose of a special sigil operation to a specific planetary sphere, we can, with this method of construction, assume the identity of the chosen sphere. Let us take a magician whose magical name is MERLIN. In Hebrew, this would be written in the following manner (from right to left):

NUN YOD LAMED RESH MEM 700 10 30 200 40

He now wants to perform some aggressive operation, e.g., a magical attack. Thus, he will choose the camea of the Mars sphere as his basic matrix. This results (after the proper reduction of the numbers) in:

s MARS IDENTITY

Planetary Magick

He might also use this sigil in combination with the Alphabet of Desire for his operation, or he might integrate it into a word or pictorial sigil, etc.

If, however, he wanted to be successful in a lawsuit, he would choose the Jupiter sphere and get the following sigil on the camea of Jupiter:

It is always the same name, but with and in a different planetary vibration. By the same method we may transfer reduced sentences of desire, words of power, etc., to the planetary system and sigilize them with the help of the cameas. If you already have some experience with planetary magic, you will immediately recognize the vast possibilities of this procedure.

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