By David Rankine, Paul Harry Barron
Le Livre d'Or (The booklet of Gold) is a special seventeenth century French magical paintings comprising a number of amulets, charms, prayers, spells and sigils for operating with the Biblical publication of the Psalms of King David. Written in an easy variety corresponding to a medieval e-book of secrets and techniques mixed with magical practices from the traditional global, Le Livre d'Or brings jointly practices that have their roots in significant works from the lifeless Sea Scrolls and the Cairo Genizah, to the Greek Magical Papyri and Sepher Shimmush Tehillim (Magical Use of the Psalms). Now translated into English for the 1st time, this remarkable textual content demonstrates the importance of the Psalms as a unifying and very important thread in the course of the improvement of Western magic. From Sweden to Syria, Britain to the Baltic, using applicable Psalms has unfold as an important a part of well known people and non secular magic, and Le Livre d'Or is an inimitable instance of the transmission of divine energy throughout the written and spoken notice. Le Livre d'Or was once initially certain as a part of Lansdowne MS 1202 with a seventeenth century French reproduction of an important of grimoires, the foremost of Solomon. The broad statement by means of David Rankine and Paul Harry Barron emphasises where of the Psalms in the Grimoire culture, detailing their large apotropaic, amuletic and coercive makes use of in works corresponding to the e-book of Abramelin, the most important of Solomon and the Goetia. The editors additionally illustrate how the magic of the Psalms has underlain and cross-fertilised a number of traditions during the last thousand years, from Hellenic magicians, early Christians and Jews of the traditional global to practitioners of the medieval Grimoires and Renaissance Cunning-folk. no matter if it used to be for benevolent or malefic effects, Le Livre d'Or supplied the perfect Psalm verses and proper strategies. This formerly missed paintings is a phenomenal instance of eminently sensible magic which not just attracts on such significant works because the Heptameron and the Steganographia, but in addition a number of the divine names present in the Kabbalah. From Saints to spirits, characters to Creeds, Le Livre d'Or shines forth as an important and reclaimed bankruptcy within the Western Esoteric Traditions. there's additionally a paperback variation to be had of this publication.