The Book of Grimoires

Author: Claude Lecouteux
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781620551882
Release Date: 2013-12-01
Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit

An extensive study of ancient books of magic and the magical practices preserved in the few surviving grimoires • Includes spells, talisman formulations, and secret magical alphabets reproduced from the author’s private collection of grimoires, with instructions for their use • Explains the basic principles of medieval magic, including the doctrine of names and the laws of sympathy and contagion • Offers an overview of magic in the Western Mystery tradition Grimoires began simply as quick-reference “grammar books” for sorcerers, magicians, and priests before evolving into comprehensive guides to magic, complete with spell-casting rituals, magical alphabets, and instructions to create amulets and talismans. With the advent of the printing press, some grimoires were mass produced, but many of the abbreviations were misinterpreted and magical words misspelled, rendering them ineffective. The most powerful grimoires remained not only secret but also heavily encoded, making them accessible only to the highest initiates of the magical traditions. Drawing on his own private collection of grimoires and magical manuscripts as well as his privileged access to the rare book archives of major European universities, Claude Lecouteux offers an extensive study of ancient books of magic and the ways the knowledge within them was kept secret for centuries through symbols, codes, secret alphabets, and Kabbalistic words. Touching on both white and black magical practices, he explains the basic principles of medieval magic, including the doctrine of names and signatures, mastery of the power of images, and the laws of sympathy and contagion. He gives an overview of magic in the Western Mystery tradition, emphasizing both lesser-known magicians such as Trithemus and Peter of Apono and famous ones like Albertus Magnus and Hermes Trismegistus. Creating a universal grimoire, Lecouteux provides exact reproductions of secret magical alphabets, symbols, and glyphs with instructions for their use as well as an illustrated collection of annotated spells, rituals, and talismans for numerous applications including amorous magic, healing magic, and protection rites. The author also examines the folk magic that resulted when the high magic of the medieval grimoires melded with the preexisting pagan magic of ancient Europe.


Author: Owen Davies
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780199590049
Release Date: 2010
Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit

The first ever history of magic books - or grimoires - from the ancient Middle East through to the modern day, from harmless charms and remedies to sinister pacts with the Devil.

A Witch s Grimoire

Author: Judy Ann Nock
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781440518522
Release Date: 2005-08-01
Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit

Creating and keeping of a book of shadows is an instrumental step in the study of magick and witchcraft. A Witch's Grimoire helps serious practitioners explore their love of the Craft, deepen their study of magick and walk their personal pathway to the Divine. It is part workbook, part guidebook—an essential reference as well as a personal recording of original spells. The book includes: A brief history of the grimoire Options for the creation of a grimoire Special book blessings Traditional and personal invocations Commonly used gemstones and magickal herbs/herb blends Spells, recipes and rituals for every holiday Writing space for readers to keep their own records A Witch's Grimoire encourages readers to create unique personalized journals that will last for generations to come.

Grimoire for the Green Witch

Author: Aoumiel
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide
ISBN: 0738702870
Release Date: 2003
Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit

The author of the popular Green Witchcraft series presents her personal Book of Shadows, designed for you to use just as she uses it-as a working guide to ritual, spells, and divination. This ready-made, authentic grimoire is based on family tradition and actual magical experience, and is easily adaptable to any tradition of Witchcraft. Grimoire for the Green Witch offers a treasury of magical information- rituals for Esbats and Sabbats, correspondences, circle-casting techniques, sigils, symbols, recitations, spells, teas, oils, baths, and divinations. Every aspect of Craft practice is addressed, from the purely magical to the personally spiritual. It is a distillation of Green practice, with room for growth and new inspiration. 2004 COVR AWARD 1ST RUNNER-UP

The Grimoire of the Book of Spirits

Author: Kuriakos
ISBN: 9780557019939
Release Date: 2008-10-17

This book, The Grimoire of the Book of Spirits, is one of the most powerful grimoires ever written. This grimoire has taken every major grimoire ever written about spirits to give you a very effective ritual to summons any spirit quickly and easily as well as each spirit listed with the specific request for what that spirit will give you. This book has taken ancient grimoires and has given the modern day magician or witch everything they will need to quickly summon any spirit anytime and anywhere quickly and effectively. This is a modern day sorcerer's bible.

The Book of Gold Le Livre D or

Author: David Rankine
ISBN: 1905297394
Release Date: 2010-05
Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit

Le Livre d'Or (The Book of Gold) is a unique 17th century French magical work comprising numerous amulets, charms, prayers, spells and sigils for working with the Biblical Book of the Psalms of King David. Written in a simple style akin to a medieval Book of Secrets combined with magical practices from the ancient world, Le Livre d'Or brings together practices which have their roots in major works from the Dead 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 first time, this exceptional text demonstrates the significance of the Psalms as a unifying and vital thread throughout the development of Western magic. From Sweden to Syria, Britain to the Baltic, the use of appropriate Psalms has spread as a significant part of popular folk and religious magic, and Le Livre d'Or is an inimitable example of the transmission of divine power through the written and spoken word. Le Livre d'Or was originally bound as part of Lansdowne MS 1202 with a 17th century French copy of the most important of grimoires, the Key of Solomon. The extensive commentary by David Rankine and Paul Harry Barron emphasises the place of the Psalms within the Grimoire tradition, detailing their extensive apotropaic, amuletic and coercive uses in works such as the Book of Abramelin, the Key of Solomon and the Goetia. The editors also illustrate how the magic of the Psalms has underlain and cross-fertilised numerous traditions over the last two thousand years, from Hellenic magicians, early Christians and Jews of the ancient world to practitioners of the medieval Grimoires and Renaissance Cunning-folk. Whether it was for benevolent or malefic results, Le Livre d'Or provided the appropriate Psalm verses and relevant techniques. This previously ignored work is an outstanding example of eminently practical magic which not only draws on such major works as the Heptameron and the Steganographia, but also many of the divine names found in the Kabbalah. From Saints to spirits, characters to Creeds, Le Livre d'Or shines forth as a significant and reclaimed chapter in the Western Esoteric Traditions. There is also a paperback edition available of this book.

The Witch s Book of Shadows

Author: Jason Mankey
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide
ISBN: 9780738751917
Release Date: 2017-02-08
Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit

Discover the fascinating history, tradition, and modern uses of the witch’s Book of Shadows. From creating, buying, and finding a Book of Shadows to its place in ritual, this guide provides everything you need to use this important and cherished tool in your practice. A great Book of Shadows is a chart that tells the Witch where she’s been and where’s she’s going; it’s a personal guidebook for exploring the magic and mysteries of Witchcraft.


Author: Kim Wilkins
ISBN: 0575067861
Release Date: 1999
Genre: Ghost stories

A book of grimoires (spells for conjuring up demons) was torn into four pieces and scattered around the world during Victorian times. Now, at Humberstone College a group of academics are eagerly trying to piece it together to achieve eternal life.

Secrets of the Magickal Grimoires

Author: Aaron Leitch
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide Limited
ISBN: 0738703036
Release Date: 2005
Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit

The magickal methods and esoteric knowledge of medieval Europe (476 to 1453 C.E.) form the ancestral backbone of modern ceremonial magick. To understand medieval magick, it’s necessary to know the primary repositories of this knowledge - the grimoires of spells, incantations, and ritual instructions for working with angels and conjuring spirits. And to understand the grimoires, you must delve into the life and times of the magicians who wrote them. Scholar and magician Aaron Leitch sheds light upon the greatly misunderstood subject of the medieval mage in this comprehensive reference manual. In addition, he provides valuable comparisons among the magical practices described in the grimoires and various shamanic methods of working with the spirit world.

The Modern Witchcraft Grimoire

Author: Skye Alexander
Publisher: "F+W Media, Inc."
ISBN: 9781440596810
Release Date: 2016-08-01
Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit

Discover the Power of the Grimoire! A grimoire records your personal journey through the world of magick. It's where you record your favorite spells, chronicle your magical developments, and keep your most treasured secrets. And now, Skye Alexander, spellcraft expert and author of The Modern Guide to Witchcraft, teaches you how to create your own. First, you'll learn the importance and history of the witch's grimoire. Then, you'll go step by step through the process of putting together your very own book. From selecting spells to blessing your grimoire, you will be able to personalize your book of shadows and tailor it to your specific powers. With your own grimoire in hand, you'll be ready to continue your journey in learning the craft.

The Book of Gold

Author: David Rankine
ISBN: 1905297289
Release Date: 2010
Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit

This title presents magical use of the biblical psalms.

Icelandic Magic

Author: Stephen E. Flowers
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781620554067
Release Date: 2016-01-22
Genre: Religion

A practical guide to the magical systems of pre-Christian Iceland • Reveals spells and workings drawn directly from surviving magical books from the 16th to 20th century preserved at the National Library in Reykjavík • Explores the history of magic in Iceland through original translations of Icelandic folktales about famous magicians and about legendary grimoires, such as the Galdrabók, the oldest and most complete book of its kind • Explains how to personalize the spells through the creation of unique signs and symbols based on the mythic names of Odin and Icelandic magical alphabets During the Christianization of Europe in the Middle Ages, many books of magic were lost as the ancient pagan traditions were suppressed. But in Iceland the practice of recording magical spells in books continued in secret for centuries, on a scale not seen elsewhere. Now housed in the National Library in Reykjavík, these surviving grimoires, which represent only a hundredth of what was lost, reveal a rich magical tradition that continued to evolve into the 20th century. Drawing directly from the actual surviving Icelandic books of magic, Stephen Flowers presents a complete system of magic based on Icelandic lore and magical practices from the 16th century onward. He explores the history of magic in Iceland in pagan and early Christian times and reveals specific practical techniques and ritual templates that readers can adapt to their unique purposes. Illustrating traditional Icelandic magical practices and the Icelanders’ attitudes toward them, he shares original translations of Icelandic folktales about famous magicians, such as the legend of Gray-Skin, and about legendary grimoires, such as the Galdrabók, the oldest and most complete book of its kind. After initiating the reader into the grammar and symbols of Icelandic magic through history and lore, Flowers then presents an extensive catalog of actual spells and magical workings from the historical Icelandic books of magic. These examples provide ready-made forms for practical experimentation as well as an exemplary guide on how to create signs and symbols for more personalized magical work. The author also includes guidance on creating unique magical signs from the 100 mythic names of Odin, which he translates and interprets magically, and from Icelandic magical alphabets, symbols that connect Icelandic magic to the ancient runic tradition.