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The name "Grimoire" is derived from the word "Grammar". A grammar is a description of a set of symbols and how to combine them to create well-formed sentences. A Grimoire is, appropriately enough, a description of a set of magical symbols and how to combine them properly. Most of the texts linked below are descriptions of traditional European ritual magic, which is based on Judeo-Christianity.

A grimoire is a textbook of magic. Such books typically include instructions on how to create magical objects like talismans and amulets, how to perform magical spells, charms and divination and also how to summon or invoke supernatural entities such as angels, spirits, and demons. In many cases the books themselves are also believed to be imbued with magical powers, though in many cultures other sacred texts that are not grimoires, such as the Bible and Qur'an, have also been believed to intrinsically have magical properties; in this manner while all books on magic could be thought of as grimoires, not all magical books could.

Classical Grimoires

Abramelin, Book of the Sacred Magic
Albertus Magnus (Pseudo-), Egyptian Secrets for Man and Beast
Of Occult Philosophy I: Natural Magic
Of Occult Philosophy II: Celestial Magic
Of Occult Philosophy III: Ceremonial Magic
Fourth Book of Occult Philosophy
Arbatel of Magic (1575) (English+Latin) (Deutsch)
Ars Notoria This medieval Grimoire is closely related to Liber Juratus. It centers around orations which can impart instant knowledge of divine and human arts and sciences.
Book of Protection, Hermann Gollancz (1912)
Armand Delatte: Anecdota Atheniensia: Containing the text of a large number of magical manuscripts, including the Magical Treatise of Solomon (in GREEK)
Honorius of Thebes: Liber Juratus, or the Sworn Book of Honorius. This thirteenth century Grimoire is one of the foundation works of European magical practice. It was one of Dr. Dee's sources for the Sigillum Dei Aemeth.
Key of Solomon This is the most famous and influential handbook of magic. Mathers' edition.
The Key of Knowledge. A Sixteenth-Century English translation of the Key of Solomon.
The Clavicle of Solomon, revealed by Ptolomy the Grecian. (Sloane 3847)
Clavicules du Roi Salomon, Par Armadel. Livre Quatrieme. Des Esprits qui gouvernent sous les Ordres du Souverain Createur. (The Key of King Solomon, Book 4: The Spirits which govern under the Orders of the sovereign Creator.) (Excepts, French)
The Veritable Clavicles of Solomon, Translated from Hebrew into the Latin Language by Rabbi Abognazar (Lansdowne MS. 1203).
Lemegeton: This famous 16-17th century grimoire was compiled from earlier texts. It was considered important by Crowley, Mathers, Waite, and others. The scrying methods correspond closely with Dee's.
The Magical Calendar (Calendarium Naturale Magicum Perpetuum) by Johann Baptista Großchedel. (excerpts)
Paracelsus: Archidoxis of Magic (excerpts, English)
Petrus de Abano, Heptameron, or Magical Elements (Latin with English translation)
Picatrix (The Goal of the Wise) pseudo-Majriti. (Summary)
Reginald Scot's collection of magical texts A fine example of Elizabethan English
Romanus-Büchlein Little Charm-book of the Roma (Gypsies). One of the main sourceworks for Hoodoo and American Folk magic. (German and English)
A. W. Greenup: Sefer ha-Levanah -- The Book of the Moon (Hebrew)
Ebenezer Sibly, A New and Complete Illustration of the Occult Sciences, Book 4. (1795?) Methods used for raising up and consulting Spirits are laid open, including a general Display of the Mysteries of Witchcraft, Divination, Charms, and Necromancy. Also includes an alchemical process for raising the form of plants from their essences (ala Borelli).
Mafteah Shelomoh / Clavicula Salomonis, A Hebrew Manuscript Newly discovered and now described, by Hermann Gollancz (1903)
Sepher Maphteah Shelomoh (Book of the Key of Solomon) An exact facsimile of an original book of magic in Hebrew, ed. by Hermann Gollancz, (1914)
Sixth and Seventh Books of Moses. This has already become one of the most requested documents at this site. If you are interested in discussing this text, I have set up a forum on Yahoo Groups. Click to join.
Sword of Moses Tenth century Hebrew handbook of magic
Testament of Solomon One of the oldest magical texts attributed to King Solomon, dating First to Third Century A.D. Includes a catalog of demons summoned by King Solomon, and how they can be countered by invoking angels and other magical techniques.
Theosophia Pneumatica.

Black Magic

Clavicules du Roi Salomon, Par Armadel. Livre Troisieme. Concernant les Esprits & leurs pouvoirs. ("Concerning the Spirits and their Capabilities")
Douze Anneaux (Lansdowne MS 1202)
Le Grand Grimoire One of the most famous and outrageous Grimoires of black magic. (French and English)
L'art de commander les esprits ... du Grand Grimoire (1750?) Another edition. (French)
Il Grand Grimoire (Italian) [pdf]
Le Grimoire du Pape Honorius "Perhaps the most frankly diabolical of the Rituals connected with Black Magic." (French, 1670)
Gremoire du Pape Honorius Another edition, with quite different text and drawings. (French, 1800)
Grimoire du Pape Honorius (French, 1760)
Grimorium Verum: Called "par excellence the magical book of Europe."
(Parallel Italian, French, and English edition)
(French 1817 edition with English translation)
(Italian, 1868)
(Italian, 1880)
Le Petit Albert Secrets merveilleux de la magie naturelle et cabalistique du petit Albert
Johann Weyer: Pseudomonarchia daemonum (Latin with English translation) This catalog of demons was perhaps the prototype for the Goetia.
Verus Jesuitarum Libellus.

Sigillum Dei Aemeth

Athanasius Kircher Oedipus Aegyptiacus (1652) Kircher's discussion of Sigillum Dei Aemeth (Latin)
My reconstruction based on Sl. 313
Sworn Book (Sl. 313)
Sworn Book2 (Sl. 3853)
From an Italian manuscript of the Key of Solomon in the Bodleian Library, MS. Mich. 276.
Redrawn but based on Mich. 276.
From a Latin manuscript of the Key of Solomon in the Bodleian Library, MS. Aubrey 24, fol. 60r
John Dee
From Will Erich Peuckert, Pansophie (Berlin, 1956)
La Véritable Magie Noire ("Rome", "1750")

Occult symbols and esoteric GIF's
Angel Registry: Index of Angel names, magical words, and names of God
Theodore Besterman, Crystal-Gazing
Chaldaean Oracles of Zoroaster.

Johannes Trithemius (1462-1516)
Master cryptographer and magician, Trithemius was the mentor of Henrich Cornelius Agrippa.
The Seven Secondary Intelligences (De septem secundeis)
Steganographia (Secret Writing) Book 1 Book 2 Book 3
The art of drawing spirits into crystals
Liber octo quaestionum (excerpts, LATIN)

Heinrich Agrippa
The most influential writer of renaissance esoterica.

Athanasius Kircher
The Goddess: her names and symbols
Zoroaster's Egg
Sigillum Dei Aemeth
Cabala Hebraeorum

Dr. John Dee (1527-1608)
Another influential Renaissance figure, Dee was Queen Elizabeth's scientific advisor. In later life, he became disillusioned with pure science and started experimenting with occult techniques of the day. Many of his esoteric writing were kept secret and only discovered by accident long after his death.
Five Books of Mystery (Mysteriorum Libri Quinque)
Mysteriorum Liber Sextus et Sanctus (Liber Loagaeth)
Index Verborum of the "Angelic Language" from Liber Loagaeth
Compendium Heptarchiae Mysticae
De Heptarchia Mystica
Monas Hieroglyphica (The Hieroglyphic Monad) English French
Tuba Veneris ('The Trumpet of Venus')
Tabula bonorum angelorum invocationes
The Holy Table engraving from Casaubon's True and Faithful Relation
An excerpt form Josten's translation of the Hieroglyphic Monad
A Letter Containing a most briefe Discourse Apologeticall
Meric Casaubon: A True and Faithful Relation (excerpts)

Giordano Bruno (1548-1600)
Bruno was one of the most original and colorful thinkers of the Renaissance. The Inquisition considered him a dangerous heretic, and had him burned at the stake in 1600.
De Umbris Idearum ('The Shadow of Ideas') (1582) (Latin)
Ars Memoriae ('The Art of Memory') (1582) (Latin)
Cantus Circaeus ("Incantations of Circe") (1582) (Latin)
Ars Reminiscendi -- Triginta Sigilli (1583) (Latin)
Explicatio triginti sigillorum (1583) (Latin)
The Heroic Frenzies (English)
De Magia (Latin)
Theses De Magia (Latin)
Magia Mathematica (Latin)
De vinculis in genere (Latin)
De Imaginum Compositione (Book I, Latin)
Chaldaean Oracles (Stanley, 1661)
Images from Bartholomeus Cocles, Chyromantie ac phisionomie anastasis (Bononie 1504)
Dionysius the Areopagite: Mystical Theology
Dionysius the Areopagite: The Celestial Hierarchies
E.S. Drower: Peacock Angel (1941)
Magical Psalter
Magic wand lore
Pseudo-Psellos, On the Operation of Daemons.
Solomon and the Ars Notoria: From Lynn Thorndike, Magic and Experimental Science, 1923-58, Chapter XLIX.
Iamblichus: Theurgia, or the Mysteries of Egypt
Giovanni Pico della Mirandola: Of Being and Unity
Pico: Conclusiones sive Theses DCCCC (Latin)
Proclus: Metaphysical Elements
The Sphere of Sacrobosco

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