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"The Key of Solomon, Clavis Salomonis, is a medieval book on magic originally attributed to King Solomon. It is sometimes used as a grimoire.
It is possible that the Key of Solomon inspired later works such as the Clavicula Salomonis ("The Lesser Key of Solomon") also called Lemegeton, although there are many differences between the books. What may have inspired the Lemegeton are the conjurations and rituals of purification, and in a less important way, the clothing and magic symbols.
Several versions of the Key of Solomon exist, in various translations, and with minor or significant differences. Most manuscripts date to the 16th or 17th century, but a prototype in Greek still survives from the 15th century." (Quote from wikipedia.org)
Table of Contents:
Publisher's Preface; Preface; Preliminary Discourse; Introduction; Introduction; Book I.; Concerning The Divine Love Which Ought To Precede The Acquisition Of This Knowledge; Of The Days, And Hours, And Of The virtues Of The Planets; Concerning The Arts; The Confession To Be Made By The Exorcist; Prayers And Conjurations; Stronger And More Potent Conjuration; An Extremely Powerful Conjuration; Concerning The Medals Or Pentacles, And The Manner Of Constructing Them; Of The Experiment Concerning Things Stolen, And How It Should Be Performed; Of The Experiment Of Invisibility, And How It Should Be Performed; To Hinder A Sportsman From Killing Any Game ; How To Make The Magic Garters; How To Make The Magic Carpet Proper For Interrogating The Intelligences, So As To Obtain An Answer Regarding Whatsoever Matter One May Wish To Learn ; How To Render Thyself Master Of A Treasure Possessed By The Spirits ; Of The Experiment Of Seeking Favour And Love ; How Operations Of Mockery, Invisibility, And Deceit Should Be Prepared ; How Extraordinary Experiments And Operations Should Be Prepared; Concerning The Holy Pentacles Or Medals; Plates; The Order Of The Pentacles; Plate ii.; Plate iii.; Plate iv.; Plate V.; Plate vi.; Plate vii.; Plate viii.; Plate ix.; Plate X.; Plate xi.; Plate xii.; Book ii.; Prefatory Note; At What Hour After The Preparation Of All Things Necessary, We Should Bring The Exercise Of The Art To Perfection; In What Manner The Master Of The Art Should Keep, Rule, And Govern Himself; How The Companions Or Disciples Of The Master Of The Art Ought To Regulate And Govern Themselves; Concerning The Fasting, Care, And Things To Be Observed; Concerning The Baths, And How They Are To Be Arranged; Of The Garments And Shoes Of The Art; Of Places Wherein We May Conveniently Execute The Experiments And Operations Of The Art; Of The Knife, Sword, Sickle, Poniard, Dagger, Lance, Wand, Staff, And Other Instruments Of Magical Art; Of The Formation Of The Circle; Concerning Incense, Suffumigations, Perfumes, Odours, And Similar Things Which Are Used In Magical Arts; Of The Water, And Of The Hyssop; Of The Light, And Of The Fire; Concerning The Precepts Of The Art; Of The Pen, Ink, And Colours; Of The Pen Of The Swallow And Of The Crow; Of The Blood Of The Bat, Pigeon, And Other Animals; Of virgin Parchment, Or virgin Paper, And How It Should Be Prepared; Of Wax And virgin Earth; Concerning The Needle And Other Iron Instruments; Concerning The Silken Cloth; Concerning Characters, And The Consecration Of The Magical Book; Concerning Sacrifices To The Spirits, And How They Should Be Made; Appendices; Ancient Fragment Of The Key Of Solomon,; The Qabalistical Invocation Of Solomon; Plate xv. The Mystical Alphabets
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"King Solomon is a figure described in Middle Eastern scriptures as a wise ruler of an empire centred on the united Kingdom of Israel. He was born in Jerusalem about 1000 BC and reigned over Israel from 971 BC to 931 BC.
The Hebrew Bible accounts identify Solomon as the son of David. He is also called Jedidiah in the Tanakh (Old Testament), and is described as the third king of the United Monarchy, and the final king before the northern Kingdom of Israel and the southern Kingdom of Judah split; following the split his patrilineal descendants ruled over Judah alone.
The Bible accredits Solomon as the builder of the First Temple in Jerusalem, and portrays him as great in wisdom, wealth, and power. Solomon is the subject of many other later references and legends." (Quote from wikipedia.org)
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