The Goetia: The Lesser Key of Solomon the King (page 1/8)

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The Goetia, or Lemegeton Clavicula (The Lesser Key of Solomon the King, Clavicula Salomonis Regis), is part of a pseudoepigraphical work, i.e. claiming to be by someone (Solomon) but almost certainly nothing to do with Solomon. It probably dates from the 17th century, although it is based on texts at least as old as the 14th century. S. L. Mathers transcribed it into a more modern English, and copied (I think) the illstrations. There are 72 different demons described, each with one or sometimes two seals. I have scanned the seals at 1200dpi, because I could not find any acceptable scans on the Web. The designs of the seals are long out of copyright.

For the extracts I have used a combination of two versions that you can easily find online, and I have compared them to the 1995 edition edited by Hymenaeus Beta and published by Samuel Weiser; the text was published in the US in 1916, and is out of copyright, although that edition was probably not authorised by Crowley or Mathers. Since Crowley attributed the text to Mathers, however, who died in 1918, it is all out of copyright.

The sizes given for the seals are approximate: they do vary very slightly, since they were hand-made.

Resurge has made some free Photoshop Brushes (here is the second pack) from the 700-pixel versions of the seals of the 72 fallen angels.

Title: The Goetia: The Lesser Key of Solomon the King

Author: Mathers, Samuel MacGregor Liddel

Published by: Crowley, Aleister

Date: 1904

Total items: 81

Out of copyright (called public domain in the USA), hence royalty-free for all purposes usage credit requested, or as marked.

Some sample images

[picture: 18. Seal of Bathim.]

18. Seal of Bathim.

(18.) Bathim. — The Eighteenth Spirit is Bathin. He is a Mighty and Strong Duke, and appeareth like a Strong Man with the tail of a Serpent, sitting upon a Pale-Coloured Horse. He knoweth the Virtues of Herbs and Precious Stones, and can transport men suddenly from one country to another. He ruleth over 30 Legions of Spirits. [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: 64. Seal of Haures, or Hauras, or Havres, or Flauros.]

64. Seal of Haures, or Hauras, or Havres, or Flauros.

(64.) Haures, Havres, or Flauros. — The Sixty-fourth Spirit is Haures, or Hauras, or Havres, or Flauros. He is a Great Duke, and appeareth at first like a Leopard, Mighty, Terrible, and Strong, but after a while, at the Command of the Exorcist, he putteth on Human. Shape with Eyes Flaming and Fiery, and a most Terrible Countenance. He giveth True Answers of all things, Present, [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: The Magical Circle of King Solomon]

The Magical Circle of King Solomon

Magical circle of protection against daemons, and triangle of containment. Figures 124 and 125 are combined on the same page: the circle and the triangle, respectively. Once cannot suppose that it could be in fact precisely a circle of Solomon, with Latin letters and English on it, as well as references to Greek. Even if we assume the English to be [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: 26. Seal of Bune, or Bine.]

26. Seal of Bune, or Bine.

(26.) Bune or Bine. — The Twenty-sixth Spirit is Bune. He is a Strong, Great and Mighty Duke. He appeareth in the form of a Dragon with three heads, one like a Dog, one like a Gryphon, and one like a Man. He speaketh with a high and comely Voice. He changeth the Place of the Dead, and causeth the Spirits which be under him to gather together upon your Sepulchres. He [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: 38. Seal of Halphas, or Malthus.]

38. Seal of Halphas, or Malthus.

(38.) Halphas or Malthus. — The Thirty-eighth Spirit is Halphas, or Malthous (or Malthas). He is a Great Earl, and appeareth in the Form of a Stock-Dove. He speaketh with a hoarse Voice. His Office is to build up Towers, and to furnish them with Ammunition and Weapons, and to send Men-of-War [that is, soldiers, men-at-arms—Liam] to places appointed. He ruleth [...] [more...] [$]


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The Goetia, or Lemegeton Clavicula (The Lesser Key of Solomon the King, Clavicula Salomonis Regis), is part of a pseudoepigraphical work, i.e. claiming to be by someone (Solomon) but almost certainly nothing to do with Solomon. It probably dates from the 17th century, although it is based on texts at least as old as the 14th century. S. L. Mathers transcribed it into a more modern English, and copied (I think) the illstrations. There are 72 different demons described, each with one or sometimes two seals. I have scanned the seals at 1200dpi, because I could not find any acceptable scans on the Web. The designs of the seals are long out of copyright.

For the extracts I have used a combination of two versions that you can easily find online, and I have compared them to the 1995 edition edited by Hymenaeus Beta and published by Samuel Weiser; the text was published in the US in 1916, and is out of copyright, although that edition was probably not authorised by Crowley or Mathers. Since Crowley attributed the text to Mathers, however, who died in 1918, it is all out of copyright.

The sizes given for the seals are approximate: they do vary very slightly, since they were hand-made.

Resurge has made some free Photoshop Brushes (here is the second pack) from the 700-pixel versions of the seals of the 72 fallen angels.


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