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The Goetia

Posted by Mother Moon on September 11, 2015 at 9:20 AM

The Goetia is the first and most famous of the five books known as the Lemegeton or the Lesser Key of Solomon.

The earliest known copy of the book dates back to 1641 but many scholars suggest that the Goetia is at least 350 years older than that.

The Goetia contains a list of 72 demons and their sigils, also known as seals. Though no one is quite positive on the origin of these seals, they are a necessary product to the process of summoning and binding the 72.

Though many books and scholars of the grimoric tradition agree that there exist demons of an essentially good nature, the 72 are defined specifically as EVIL. 

A popular, and possibly more accurate version of the Goetia is the book Liber Malorum Spirituum - Also known as the Book of Evil Spirits by Dr Thomas Rudd. Though his version also contains a list of 72 demons, there are slight changes to the names and seals. Dr Rudd's seals are simpler than those found in other translations of the Goetia, giving the thought that these other translations may have been elaborated prior to publication.

Liber Malorum Spirituum also contains the names and seals of the 72 angelic counterparts - The angels of the Shemhamphorash. 

It is said that the angels are to be summoned alongside the demons in order to control them.

Many scholars and practitioners are of the belief that Liber Malorum Spirituum is actually a more accurate and earlier version of the Goetia.

The British Museum holds copies of Dr Rudds written collection of manuscripts on various magickal and esoteric subjects. 

For those of you interested in this subject, the following books are recommended:

The Keys to the Gateway of Magic: Summoning the Solomonic Archangels and Demon Princes by Stephen Skinner 

The Goetia of Dr Rudd: The Angels and Demons of Liber Malorum Spirituum Seu Goetia Lemegeton Clavicula Solomonis with a Study of the Techniques of Invocation by Stephen Skinner 

Veritable Key of Solomon (Sourceworks of Ceremonial Magic Series) by Stephen Skinner 

The Grimoire of St. Cyprian - Clavis Inferni (Sourceworks of Ceremonial Magic) by Stephen Skinner 

Sepher Raziel: A Sixteenth Century English Grimoire (Sourceworks of Ceremonial Magic Series) by Stephen Skinner 

Liber Lunae: Book of the Moon & Sepher ha-Levanah (Sourceworks of Ceremonial Magic) by Don Karr 

The Magical Treatise of Solomon, or Hygromanteia (Sourceworks of Ceremonial Magic Series) by Ioannis Marathakis 

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Reply Moon
5:06 AM on October 12, 2015 
Ahan, he could command the wind because of the Jinns....
Reply Moon
2:48 PM on September 15, 2015 
Ninja, There was a time when I was too naive to consider human error and corruption towards religious texts, but that is not the case any more so I understand where you're coming from.

But what of the power of Solomon commanding the wind and being able to talk to birds and animals, other than the Jinn themselves of course....Unless the birds and animals were just other manifestations of Jinns? That still leaves his power of commanding the wind though? Are you saying that is untrue or fabricated as well? I don't know, I've only read things, I'm just asking a question here.
Reply Ninja
9:26 AM on September 13, 2015 
In regards to King Solomon & his Demons; I have read the stories, but wasn't sure what was an exaggeration or purely fabricated. When my first Djinn came to me we would have many discussions about the charecters in religious history. He told me King Solomon originally had 3 very powerful Demons that went out literally kidnapping entities to add to Solomon's keep. Those 3 Demons were Solomons primary teachers in the art of Magick. They taught Solomon the art of binding & control of entities.

Of course those rooted in religious beliefs refuse to believe that any Prophet would be under mentorship of Demons. Therefore the printed stories are not historically correct. Religion embellishes stories as does any story tellers.
Reply Moon
5:21 AM on September 13, 2015 
In the Islamic tradition, it is said that some mischievous spirit was stealing his jewels. It turned out to be a Jinn, and yes, he was called Ornias.
Reply Moon
5:07 AM on September 13, 2015 
It is said that he commanded the wind, could talk to birds and animals, and of course, Jinns.
Reply Mother Moon
10:25 PM on September 12, 2015 
Someone emailed me and asked how Solomon gained control over these demons so I thought I'd take a minute and answer that question here so that everyone can read it...

Legend says that Ornias, a demon of great power, overtook a young man that was favored by Solomon and stole his youth/vitality. An angry Solomon then calls upon Archangel Michael using the magical art of Almadel to avenge this boy that he liked so much. Michael then gives Solomon a magickal ring with a 6 pointed star (this becomes Solomon's seal) that gives him the ability to summon and control demons.

So with the ring, Solomon then summons Ornias and commands him to infiltrate the demon prince Beelzebul which ultimately gives him power over the entire legion of 72.
Its also important to recognize that Beelzebul was said (and claimed to be) a high ranking angel before the fall of the angels.

In Jewish Talmudic texts, in the book of Tolbit, Solomon is tricked by the demon king Asmodeus into giving him the magickal ring. Asmodeus then casts the ring into the sea where it is eaten by a fish. Asmodeus and the 72 demons then rise up against Solomon and cast him out of Jerusalem.
For years Solomon the once great king wanders the country as a beggar and hard laborer.
THEN, as luck would have it, one day he buys a fish at the market and low and behold, its the fish that swallowed his magickal ring.
King Solomon then returns to Jerusalem to expel Asmodeus and the demons with the help of Archangel Raphael.
Reply Mother Moon
8:24 AM on September 12, 2015 
Yes, you are correct.

According to the Old Testament, King Solomon was put in charge of building the Temple of Solomon.He was known as the wisest man of all humankind.
In the Islamic tradition Solomon is a prophet and representative of Allah.

The Testament of Solomon, a Christian text, portrays him as not just the wisest of all men, but also an extremely powerful ceremonial magician and this text is thought to be a "secret" first hand account written by Solomon himself.
Reply Moon
8:02 AM on September 12, 2015 
Islamic tradition and Holy Book says that the 72 spirits of Solomon were Jinns.