a translation of Abramelin's original manuscript in Hebrew, dated 1458. It was translated into English around the turn of the 20th century by S. L. MacGregor Mathers, one of the early and most influential members of the HERMETIC Order of the Golden Dawn. Crowley borrowed from the book for his own rituals to master demons, and Gerald B. Gardner used it as a source for his book of shadows.
Abramelin magic is similar to that found in The Key of Solomon, considered the leading magical grimoire (see grimoires). It is based on the power of numbers and sacred names and involves the construction of numerous magical squares for such purposes as invisibility, FLYING, commanding spirits, necromancy, shape shifting (see metamorphosis) and scores of other feats. Rituals for conjuring spirits, creating magic squares and making seals and siGILs are elaborate and must be followed exactly in accordance with astrological observances.
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