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The Book of the Sacred Magic of Abramelin, The Mage — As Delivered By Abraham The Jew Unto His Son Lamech — As A Grimoire of The 15th Century

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Around the turn of the century, when Aleister Crowley was working out his system of Magick, the source that he turned to for basics was the system of Abramelin of Egypt. From Abramelin he took his concepts of protections, purifications, evocations, vestments, and dromena down to specific details. This system of Abramelin the Mage is known from a unique 15th century manuscr ...more
Paperback, 268 pages
Published June 1st 1975 by Dover Publications (first published 1897)
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Sep 13, 2010 Brian rated it liked it
Shelves: mysticism
A medieval German Jew named Abraham of Worms wanders through the Egyptian desert looking for a master to instruct him in the mysteries, and he comes across an old wizard named Abramelin, who teaches him a six month ritual to obtain contact with his personal "Holy Guardian Angel", at which point he is able to raise the dead, turn invisible, "fly in the Air and travel any whither", "heal divers maladies," "transform Animals into Men, and Men into Animals; etc." and basically whatever else he asks ...more
Jul 12, 2008 Keith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Students of Magic(k) & Western Esoterica
Recommended to Keith by: Chris Grabarkiewctz
Much better and more complete than S. L. MacGregor Mathers' version The Book of the Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage , as he was working from an incomplete French manuscript, whereas the authors here have access to an older and more thorough German copy, presumably closer to the German source. That said, I'm still hoping for a "second revised edition" to expand a bit and clean up some of the errata.
Jan 31, 2011 Athanasios rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome & informative for those who want to see what a lot of what the modern world knows as magic is based on.
Jun 13, 2012 Shelly rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Fictional stuff. This is when the occult takes Kabbalistic knowledge, alchemy, a variety of pagan rituals, mix in some Christianity, Judaism and any number of ancient beliefs and fairy tales, throws it all together and you get the material that's in this book. Waste of money, but if you are a collector of occult stuff and you can get a nice tooled leather antique copy of this book, that would be a nice coffee table ornament and conversation piece.
Signor Mambrino
May 18, 2017 Signor Mambrino rated it it was ok
"Unlike many grimoires, the Book of Abramelin is actually a fairly entertaining read. The narrative of the first book reads like a novella, and the unique bad-angels-working-for-good-angels-working-for-the-magician-working-for-God concept makes the magical instruction fairly interesting too. George Dehn and Steven Guth put out a translation of one of the older manuscripts, but unless you were seriously considering performing the ritual herein described, I wouldn’t bother shelling out the extra m ...more
Dec 13, 2012 Joshua rated it it was amazing
This book is essential reading for the occult student. While the ritual is cumbersome and practically impossible for the modern adept, the methods and the discussion of the book are a major part of the western occult tradition. For instance, many forms of magick discuss the discussions with the holy guardian angel, which the framework of is from this book. I learned a great deal about the occult sciences and Jewish mysticism reading this book--and if you're interested in increasing your knowledg ...more
Jesse King
Mar 13, 2014 Jesse King rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is pretty fucking cool; It's very puzzling - most of it, I'm not exactly sure how it works but it's very cool nonetheless. The old style font and type-face are dope, lots of victorian style scrolls and borders and things. There is a lot of mention of angels/demons names with the hebrew-to-english pronunciation and assignment of numerical values to each letter for the purpose of mathematical "operations".
Jul 22, 2011 Jure rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Thelemites
Shelves: magick-mysticism
A complete Magickal operation for what is commonly termed as 'The Knowledge and Conversation with Holy Guardian Angel'!

Very, very important book to, well, HAVE, if you are a serious Magickian.
Must-have for Thelemites.
Mogg Morgan
Jan 01, 2013 Mogg Morgan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Part early modern adventure story, almost the first novel, part a guide for the perplexed, part neuromantic user manual
Nov 02, 2008 Adam rated it it was ok
wiggledy washy paint by number magic for fortune whores and bandits.
Kadesh Vega
Jul 15, 2017 Kadesh Vega rated it liked it
The infamous Abramelin.... hmmm
I find it odd the medieval texts go into such great lengths of the importance of the dynamics of things
rather than getting straight to the point....
It's interesting for its historical stance, It was quite a long read and for some reason I have the name Lamech now stuck in my head....
Jess M
Jul 11, 2017 Jess M rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A friendly heads up, the second edition (English) offer some essential new material. Well worth the price of a second ticket.
Michael Kelly
Jan 11, 2013 Michael Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's really nice to have a version of the Abramelin texts which are as complete as humanly possible, drawing upon all known manuscripts instead of just the single French one which Mathers used for his famous translation.

It's important to have the most accurate, complete information to hand. However, in purely practical terms, this volume has little to add to the Mathers edition as far as instruction is concerned. We learn that the original operation took 18 months instead of the 6 month period i
Eternal Student
Jan 16, 2017 Eternal Student rated it it was amazing
I doubt the origins of this work or its story, but it is fascinating and full of fantastic illusions. Some may be upset to think I find this work to be pure fiction and is merely trying to give away the concept of WILL without being too obvious about it. In a way shrouding the real purpose of these sigils to prevent those expressing WILL in a manner that could be destructive. While reading I felt as if Mathers himself is the author behind this, which wouldn't make this work less valuable to occu ...more
Äsruþr Cyneaþsson
An excellent translation with corrected grammar by Dehn.

The notes that accompany the text provide excellent levels of elucidation. The original work is an excellent piece of work. The clarity of message that it matters not what faith an initiate holds, all are able to achieve results is in contrast with many other grimoire's of antiquity. The approach to working with what are typically views as Dukes, Kings, and servitors of the daemonic hierarchy is far from the notion of them being inherently
Kevin Gagnon
Jan 22, 2016 Kevin Gagnon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Exactly what you bargain for : a pretty exhaustive grimoire of medieval-ish magic, centered around a monotheistic standpoint, angels and demons, one of the references in the matter. Very inspiring for roleplaying games and storytelling in general, although much of the rituals described therein simply describe how to be in the right mindset, make proper preparations months before the actual ritual or summoning, not the most impressive stuff. But then again, contrary to what D&D and LotR and H ...more
K. Carters
Jan 02, 2015 K. Carters rated it liked it
This is the final book I used for research for my latest project. The content, details and names were brilliant and the introduction gave it an advantage over others. However, I have to admit that the magic square stuff went mostly over my head sadly. It's not an easy read but I will give it another try in the near future.
Oct 01, 2014 Dexter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Expensive book, but worth it to get into the mind of Abramelin. What I found to be an issue was that the philosophy was based on Abrahamic religions, yet surprisingly for a medieval text open to pagan thought. A complete work based on many primary sources, and the best translation available.
David Poole
Jan 09, 2013 David Poole rated it liked it
The first book in the western cannon of esoteric grimoires to take an ascetic and yogic approach to Magick. See the Vision and the Voice 8th Aethyr for a summary of the devotional.
Nov 04, 2014 Anthony rated it really liked it
Shelves: magick
Skip the first chapter and it's a lot easier read. No really :)
Aaron Meyer
Sep 12, 2012 Aaron Meyer rated it liked it
Shelves: occult
Until the new translation came out this was the one to have, or should I say the only one available. Now it is relegated to a back shelf while the other takes the prominent position.
Henry Hallan
Mar 06, 2012 Henry Hallan rated it it was amazing
The Angel part works. That was (and is) enough for me. However, there are probably easier ways.
Michael Herrman
Apr 04, 2012 Michael Herrman rated it really liked it
Far more entertaining than practical. Crowley may have done it, yes, but Crowley was crazy.
Chris Feldman
Jul 26, 2009 Chris Feldman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: a-plus
Best edition of this classic.
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