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Ode to a Young Aspirant, On Beginning the Abramelin Operation

(Tune: Che Sera Sera).

When I started Abramelin,
I asked my genius, “What will I be?
Will I be powerful, mighty and rich?”
“You’ll have to wait and see.
K-C-H-G-A!
The future’s not yours to see,
Except with chapter one, square three –
K-C-H-G-A!”

Square 3, of Book IV, chapter 1.
NB I know that technically square 2 might also work, but that didn’t rhyme!

Just a reminder that this year’s Abramelin season begins on Monday 5th April 2021, which is only four weeks away! I am currently editing the journal I wrote when I did it in 2020, which I hope will be ready later this year . It’s 103 thousand words so far, so it’s going to be pretty chunky when it is done. Meanwhile, I heartily recommend reading my blog posts which I have tagged Abramelin – if for no other reason than to be warned in advance of the issues I myself identified.

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What spell do I use to summon demons that show up whenever they want? – Quora

You do not want this demon turning up uninvited.

(a2a) Summoning demons to show up whenever they want is an incredibly bad idea.

Instead, a real magician aspires to summon demons whenever the magician wants.

Really it’s just a case of Setting Boundaries in a relationship. If you’re the boss of a company, you want your employees to turn up when they’re supposed to, and do they job that they’re paid to do. You don’t want them to be bad timekeepers, or make unreasonable demands of your time or your good nature, or stalk you at your home.

Same with demons: you are meant to be their boss and they are your employees. A lot of people with superiority complexes feel bad about commanding demons, but if a Manager can give an instruction to his / her team-member and still be respectful to them, it’s really not that different.


Source: Alex Sumner’s answer to What spell do I use to summon demons that show up whenever they want? – Quora

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Can I still do witchcraft without herbs or crystals? – Quora

pentacle

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Ask yourself: why is there this herb or this crystal in the spell in the first place?

The person who originally came up with the spell didn’t put it there at random, they did so because they had a specific plan in mind – a specific reason. You work out what that reason was, and you may realise – there are other methods of achieving the same goal not necessarily using the original herbs or crystals, or indeed any at all.

So yes, if you can breakdown how and why spells are constructed you could do witchcraft without either herbs or crystals, even to the extent of learning to create your own spells. You might even realise that you know more than the person who originally wrote the spell!


Incidentally, I can offer my opinion about herbs and crystals which may help you. The main reason they are used in magic is because they have Astrological properties which coincide with the purpose of the spell. There is more than one way of invoking Astrological energies, this is the sort of thing which can be researched.

Or of course, you may get to the point where although you technically can work without herbs or crystals, you can make an executive decision that working with a herb or crystal is most convenient for you in a particular instance.


Source: Alex Sumner’s answer to Can I still do witchcraft without herbs or crystals? – Quora

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Stop: Hammer Time!

Perhaps this is the ceremonial regalia of an order of which I’m not a member?

This is a follow-up to posts I made last year regarding original Abramelin sources online, to wit: the Dresden Manuscript, the Leipzig Manuscript, and that of the Biblioteque D’Arsenal (which Mathers translated to create the first English edition). All of these posts were basically for my own benefit, so that I at least would know where to go on the internet to find them.

Copy of the Hammer edition of Abramelin held at the Humboldt University of Berlin


I can now add another one: the “1725” Peter Hammer edition. If the date of 1725 is to be believed, this would be the earliest known printing of Abramelin, although I was under the impression that the only available versions of the Hammer edition date from facsimiles made in 1850.


EDIT: No sooner had I published this post but on further searching I actually found a better quality scan – held at the Humboldt University of Berlin. A previous version of this blog post referred to a low quality scan on Internet Archive, which is barely readable. I have now updated the links accordingly.


The magic squares being on page 243.

Incidentally, the attribution of Peter Hammer of Köln (i.e. Cologne) is spurious. There was no such person as “Peter Hammer,” and the imprint wasn’t based out of Cologne, but rather Amsterdam. The fact is that because of the repressive nature of continental Europe the late 17th and early 18th centuries, if you wanted to publish an anonymous book that was in anyway criticial of the monarchies of France or Germany (as was) or was otherwise controversial (e.g. it was a Grimoire which would probably upset the religious authorities), one would take it to “Pierre Martel” (NB Un martel is a kind of hammer) or “Peter Hammer” if in German, who would print it in Amsterdam but say it was done in Germany to throw off the scent.

Interestingly, Mathers himself said that he had heard of an Amsterdam manuscript, so perhaps he actually meant the Hammer edition?

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Review: When Magic Works – edited by Mike Crowson

When Magic Works, edited by Mike Crowson

This is a story of a number of people who are now Adepts, each discovering evidence of the paranormal for the first time, and from that, extrapolating a belief in the reality of Magic. It is a story of the trials and tribulations which initiates go through when progressing through the grades of the outer order. It is a record of the nitty gritty of what is really involved in summoning ones inner resources to put into a Portal thesis, when one attempts to practice Clairvoyance, of astonishing oneself when one succeeds in consecrating a talisman and making it work. It is in short a portrait of everyday life as a member of a magical order, with the qualification that – viewed by an outsider – nothing in this book is in fact “everyday.”

My favourite parts of the book are a guided meditation for Rising on the Planes, intended to demonstrate the work of a typical inner-order member, and which can be utilised as a practical exercise for oneself. Furthermore, there is a curious mention of what happened when a number of initiates used their powers of astral projection to form a side-project of people dealing with occult forces gone bad. I must confess here that I have spoken to the editor who has privately informed me that he deliberately held back on publishing the details of some of the more terrifying incidents in which this group got involved, which is a shame as from the sound of it their exploits would provide inspiration for a score of decent horror movies!


When Magic Works: The Inner Experiences of the Adepts of the UK Temples of the Golden Dawn 2003 – 2018. Edited by Mike Crowson. ISBN 978-1716408069. Available on Amazon and other book stores now.

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Is there a reputable way, a spell or ritual perhaps, to travel through time to a certain point in the past using magic? – Quora

The Akashic Records

(a2a) The magic words you are looking for are “Akashic Records” – google this phrase to research more info. The basic principle is that every thought that has ever existed has left its imprint on the Akasha, which is like Universal Mind-Substance (also known in old books of occultism as “Ether” or just “Spirit.”) Hence it ought to be possible to psychically attune yourself to the Akashic Records and examine the past through a kind of clairvoyance.

The important point to remember is that although you would see and observe the past, you would not be able to interact and interfere with it. Still, great for historical research or for doing things like recovering past-life memories.

In ceremonial magic, the Archangel Tzaphqiel (whose name means “Knowledge of God”) is thought to be the keeper of the Akashic Records, so if you were to go down this route you should think of trying to invoke this being.


Source: Alex Sumner’s answer to Is there a reputable way, a spell or ritual perhaps, to travel through time to a certain point in the past using magic? – Quora

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Alex Sumner’s answer to What does the astrological chart predict for 2021? – Quora

Mundane astrology, i.e. the astrology of world events, is usually done by taking a chart for the moment of the Spring Equinox. As a resident of the UK I have thus analysed a chart for Saturday 20th March 2021, 0937 (the exact moment of the Equinox), London UK. You will appreciate therefore that most of what I will say comes from a British point of view.

A horoscope for the moment of the Spring (March) Equinox – Saturday 20th March 2020, 0937, London UK

The good news is that the COVID-19 crisis will end. The bad news is that the Aftermath of COVID-19 will begin.

Moon is in Gemini in the 12th House, conjunct North node and Mars, trine to Saturn and Jupiter. The general population will react positively to the end of the COVID-19 crisis, but there will be a great upheaval in people’s lives, caused by a great awareness of having to look after the sick and elderly. A major theme will be that a lot of people will be complaining that they didn’t realise just how much the aftermath of COVID-19 would affect them. Workers will demand – even to the extent of going on strike – the right to take (more) leave from work in order to care for sick relatives, and there will almost certainly be major public protests about this.

On the plus side, however, the Sun is in the 11th House, the House of Friendship, analogous to Aquarius, the sign of humanistic ideals and service to others. It is conjunct Venus, which in mundane charts represents Women. We may thus expect Women rise to prominence in public life, achieving great things in government and politics. 2021 will be a good year for Feminism – women’s issues will figure heavily in the business of Parliament.


Source: Alex Sumner’s answer to What does the astrological chart predict for 2021? – Quora

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Abramelin Adventures: Alex vs COVID-19

An image based upon square 4, chapter 18 of Book IV of Abramelin – “To Heal Plague.”
© Alex Sumner 2020
For a full explanation, read on…

Following on from my previous post on Alchemy, my thoughts turned to whether it is possible to use the Sacred Magic to help with the current COVID-19 pandemic. Looking through my book of word-squares I noted that square 4 of chapter 18 is entitled “To Heal Plague.” I figured that this was the closest thing, the moreso because the name COVID-19 didn’t exist in the fifteenth century.

The square given by Dehn – which corresponds to the versions in both the Dresden and Leipzig manuscripts – goes thus:

D E B H E R
E R A O S E
B A R I O H
H O I R A B
E S O A R E
R E H B E D

NB: “Debher” is a phonetic rendering of the Hebrew דבר meaning a “plague, murrain or pestilence” – this at least makes the association of the square with healing plagues plausible, especially compared to “Bebher” (sic), the equivalent in Mathers’ Biblioteque Arsenal manuscript.

Now: riffing on a theme I mentioned in my previous Abramelin post, the word squares are meant to incorporate the names of various spirits in them. This particular Square is under the presidency of Amaymon – however: it does not contain the name of either Amaymon himself or any of his servant spirits. The third line, Barioh, however, is one letter away from the name Bariol – who is  one of Amaymon’s servants. At least according to Dehn, Dresden and Leipzig – Mathers’ version gives this spirit as “Buriol,” just to confuse matters. Hence, the Sumner Family Brain Cell cogitated, might this square be actually governed by “Bariol,” and if so, is this square lettered correctly?

As it happened, when I did some magical work on the subject, I received a message that although the word in the third line is indeed inspired by the name Bariol, instead of changing the lettering a more suitable way to link the energy of the spirit with the word-square would be to enclose it in a circular border, thus:

Alex Sumner’s version of square 4, ch18 of Book IV. © Alex Sumner 2020

I have therefore attempted to deploy this word-square to save this planet from the current Pandemic – hence the illustration at the top of this blog post. Ironically, however, in the short time between me planning this magical operation and me getting around to actually carrying out, I note that a vaccine has now been approved for use, although at the time of writing it has not been yet widely distributed, so this new word-square will probably only become relevant for the next pandemic…

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Abramelin Adventures: Alchemy

I P O M A N O
P A M E R A M
O N A L O M I
M E L A C A H
A R O R A M I
N A M A L O N
O M I H I N I

The third word square of Book IV, chapter 7 of the Book of Abramelin (Dehn), “To learn all sorts of alchemical arts from the spirits.”
Note that I have altered the sixth line from that given in Dehn, as explained below.

This post follows on thematically from Abramelin Musings: Square Dancing, which I wrote back in June, or as I call it, Day 53. In the previous post I suggested a method of how to verify the correct lettering of any given word-square, by skrying into it – an idea inspired by Aleister Crowley. I therefore decided to put my money where my mouth was, by actually trying this out myself, selecting the third square of chapter 7, book IV of the Book of Abramelin.

Chapter 7 is entitled “To have the spirits make alchemy work,” whilst the third word-square is described as “to learn all sorts of alchemical arts from the spirits.” The word-squares of this chapter are given by the Holy Guardian Angel and are under the presidency of Ashtoreth and Asmodi – it is also said that the works of this chapter can also be carried out by the serving spirits. I did not choose this word square arbitrarily or at random, neither did I do it out of curiosity. Instead I had an eye to my long-term magical career, thinking that improved knowledge of Alchemy could only be a good thing – it is the Great Work, after all!

Dehn gives this as IPOMANO, PAMERAM, ONALOMI, MELACAH, ARORAMI, NANAMON, OMIHINI.  Now it so happens that on the third day of Convoking the Dæmons – the day on which one conjures them specifically to empower the word-squares of “signs” as to which they are referred – it is implied that the signs may contain the name(s) of the spirits which rule them. “Aha!” I thought. “Surely if this square contains the name of a spirit, it would be one of those listed as being the servants of Ashtoreth and Asmodi?” However, consulting this list drew a blank – at least at first. However, I did notice that one of the spirits named was NAMALON – the upshot of my attempts at clairvoyance suggested that this should replace the sixth line of the word square (see the results at the top of this page).

Why however should the Royal Art be in the province of Demons at all? Why should such a noble science as Alchemy be associated with black magic? The answer, I believe, lies in achieving a full understanding of what’s going on with the Abramelin process. Attaining Knowledge & Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel is all about sublimating supposedly evil forces to a good end. Thus the true Adept, having integrated the Demonic powers with his Holy Guardian Angel, sees Alchemy’s full spiritual potential as a means of attaining the loftiest goals of Hermeticism (and conversely: a true Alchemist who is firmly committed to the spiritual path is undoubtedly being led by angelic forces). The “puffer” however, meets the Demon of Alchemy without it being conjured to play nicely with one’s HGA, with the result that he misses its spiritual side and is seduced by the lure of materialism, seeking after ordinary gold instead of its Philosophical equivalent.

I hesitate to be dogmatic about my findings, and would encourage others not to take my word for it and investigate the word-squares to verify them for themselves. As to whether I myself have discovered all the secrets of Alchemy through this process – well I certainly can’t claim to have completed the great work by any means, although I do think the experience helped my understanding of internal alchemy, showing me how it fits in nicely with the writings of Sendivogius, Kirchweger, Paracelsus and, of course, the Emerald Tablet. Whether I am on the right track or not will be the subject of a future blog post, if I am still incarnated in a physical body by that time.


Thanks to my Holy Guardian Angel, my familiar spirits, Ashtoreth, Asmodeus and the spirit Namalon.

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How can you return black magic back upon the sender’s own head?

banishing earth pentagram

Banishing pentagram. Start from the lower left point and continue around, finishing where you started.

Those swines at Quora.com deleted one of my answers there on the grounds that it violated one of their policies. They didn’t say which policy, and on the basis that my answer did not – for once – contain any smut or bad language, I must assume it was because I included a link to Aaron Leitch’s website in it. (NB: I’m sure they had nothing personal against Aaron Leitch, it was just the fact that it was an external website).

Anywho, I was just answering a simple little question, to wit: “How can you return black magic back upon the sender’s own head?” My reply:

Witches Janet & Stewart Farrar wrote that all that is needed to send such magic back to its caster is a sufficiently powerful magical defence. With this in mind you cannot do better than the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram, which is the classic basic protection ritual.

It occurred to me that I wrote this a few years ago, so would I have anything to add to that? If I had not been in a hurry I might have added that there are other ways apart from the LBRP, of course. For example: just by living a virtuous life. Porphyry told a story that a philosopher called Olympius once tried to curse the great Neo-Platonist Plotinus – only for the curse to bounce right off and affect the embittered upstart instead. Plotinus was by all accounts a highly spiritually advanced person, but he did not practice ritual magic as far as anyone knew, so his powers of magical protection must have arisen as a side-effect of his other spiritual practices.

There are probably many other miscellaneous techniques but the only other one of which I have direct experience is that if one actually knew what skulduggery any given sorcerer were up to, it would be possible to craft a magical defence specific to that situation. This is a rare occurrence, as usually if a sorcerer is powerful enough to cast effective magic, they will not be stupid enough to broadcast the fact they are doing so (fourth power of the Sphinx and all that), but it has happened.

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