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


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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: 16. Seal of Zepar.]

16. Seal of Zepar.

(16.) Zepar. — The Sixteenth Spirit is Zepar. He is a Great Duke, and appeareth in Red Apparel and Armour, like a Soldier. His office is to cause Women to love Men, and to bring them together in love. He also maketh them barren. He governeth 26 Legions of Inferior Spirits, and [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: 37. Seal of Phenex or Pheynix.]

37. Seal of Phenex or Pheynix.

(37.) Phenex, or Pheynix. The Thirty-Seventh Spirit is Phenex (or Pheynix). He is a great Marquis, and appeareth like the Bird Phoenix [Phœnix], having the Voice of a Child. He singeth many sweet notes before the Exorcist, which he must not regard, but by-and-by he must bid him put on Human Shape. Then he will speak marvellously of all wonderful Sciences if required. He is [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: 42.  Seal of Vepar, or Vephar.]

42. Seal of Vepar, or Vephar.

(42.) Vepar. — The Forty-second Spirit is Vepar, or Vephar. He is a Duke Great and Strong, and appeareth like a Mermaid. His office is to govern the Waters and Ships laden with Arms, Armour, and Ammunition, etc., thereon. And at the request of the Exorcist he can cause the seas to be right stormy and to appear full of ships. Also he maketh men to die in Three [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: 5. Seal of Marbas.]

5. Seal of Marbas.

(5.) Marbas. — The fifth Spirit is Marbas. He is a Great President, and appeareth at first in the form of a Great Lion, but afterwards, at the request of the Master, he putteth on Human Shape. He answereth truly of things Hidden or Secret. He causeth Diseases and cureth them. Again, he giveth great Wisdom and Knowledge in Mechanical Arts; and can change men [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: 58. Seal of Amy, or Avnas.]

58. Seal of Amy, or Avnas.

(58.) Amy or Avnas. — The Fifty-eighth Spirit is Amy, or Avnas. He is a Great President, and appeareth at first in the Form of a Flaming Fire; but after a while he putteth on the Shape of a Man. His office is to make one Wonderful Knowing in Astrology and all the Liberal Sciences. He giveth Good Familiars, and can bewray [betray? – Liam] Treasure that is kept by Spirits. [...] [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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