Bible Magick

Biblical Magic might seem to be a contradiction in terms.

Magic is roundly trashed in the Bible with soothsaying and occult chicanery barred outright. That doesn't mean there isn't a lot of magic in the books, or which can be gotten out of the books. Jesus and Moses do magic tricks throughout their travels, some of them miracles, some mere tricks. The Pharaoh called Moses' snake charming a parlor trick. "Man of Nazareth" by Anthony Burgess concedes Jesus turned water into the most delicious of wines, but it didn’t have the power to get anyone drunk. It turns a cosmic joke into a prank.

 

The Bible is filled with Magic, from Daniel's prophecies through Esther's sex magic. The Bible has words which can stop slaughters or rebuff demons. The 91st Psalm is considered a "hail Mary pass" in the book "The Devil Rides Out" by Dennis Wheatley. Wheatley was a true scholar who wrote the non-fiction collection "The Dennis Wheatley Library of the Occult." A member of London’s paranormal investigative society The Ghost Club, a formed in the mid-1800s, Wheatley knew enough about the Secret Art to warn against it emphatically.

That didn’t stop him from offering up the full sacred words to protect a magical circle. "In nomina Pa + tris et Fi + lii et Spiritus + Sancti! + El + Elohym + Sother + Emmanuel + Sabaoth + Agia + Tetragammaton + Agyos + Otheos + Ischiros + along with other ancient symbols including “Cabbalistic signs taken from the Sephirotic Tree; Kether, Binah, Ceburah, Hod, Malchut,” the Eye of Horus and ancient Aryan script. The author learned more about the occult from his time in the British Secret Service during WWII, including vetting and putting mystic Aleister Crowley to use.

The religion known as Thelema founded by Crowley in 1904, has Biblical magic all over it, including The Book of the Law.

 

"I did not hate God or Christ, but merely the God and Christ of the people whom I hated. It was only when the development of my logical faculties supplied the demonstration that I was compelled to set myself in opposition to the Bible itself," he writes in the "Bible in Confessions." "It does not matter that the literature is sometimes magnificent and that in isolated passages the philosophy and ethics are admirable. The sum of the matter is that Judaism is a savage, and Christianity a fiendish, superstition."

 

That didn't stop him from bringing in aspects of the Bible. Dionysos Thriambos's essay, "The Utility of the Bible to the Student of Thelema," points out that The Book of the Law contain Biblical passages from Matthew, Revelation, Genesis, and subverts the only invocation Jesus made, the "Lord's Prayer."

Solomonic Magic is a system of ceremonial magic used for spirit summoning and communication. The Key of Solomon is a grimoire attributed to King Solomon, who may or may not have existed historically. It first came into the world's consciousness around during the Italian Renaissance in the the 14th or 15th century. According to the myth, Solomon wrote the book for his son and it was buried in his tomb after he died. When it was found by a group of Babylonian philosophers years later, they needed divine guidance to translate it.

The Key of Solomon is divided into two books. The first book contains conjurations, invocations and curses.

It gives instructions on how to summon demons and the spirits of the dead, as well aslove charms and tips on how to find stolen goods and become invisible.

The second book tells how users, called exorcists, should purify themselves, how they should dress during rites, what magical items they need and what animal sacrifices need to be made. The Key of Solomon does not name the 72 demons or the 72 angels they are paired with. That was included in "The Goetia," which is a simple and direct method of summoning them. In his publishing of S. L. MacGregor Mathers' translation "The Book of the Goetia of Solomon the King," Crowley added invocations not found in the original and describing the rituals as psychological exploration, rather than demon summoning.

 

Written by Tony Sokol

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