Wednesday, June 25, 2008

The Order of the Pentacles

This document is an excerpt from the Magickal Grimoire; "The Key of Solomon"
Here follow the holy pentacles, expressed in their proper figures and characters,together with their especial virtues; for the use of the Master of Art.


(1) Seven Pentacles consecrated to Saturn –Black.(2) Seven Pentacles consecrated to Jupiter –Blue.(3) Seven Pentacles consecrated to Mars –Red.(4) Seven Pentacles consecrated to the Sun –Yellow.(5) Five Pentacles consecrated to Venus –Green.(6) Five Pentacles consecrated to Mercury –Mixed Colors.(7) Six Pentacles consecrated to the Moon –Silver.

Figure 11. The First Pentacle of Saturn. – This Pentacle is of great value andutility for striking terror into the Spirits. Wherefore, upon its being shown to themthey submit, and kneeling upon the earth before it, they obey.Editor’s Note.– The Hebrew Letters within the square are the four great Names ofGod which are written with four letters:– YHVH, Yod, He, Vau, He; ADNI, Adonai;IIAI, Yiai (this Name has the same Numerical value in Hebrew as the Name EL); andAHIH, Eheieh. The Hebrew versicle which surrounds it is from Psalm lxxii 9; "TheEthiopians shall kneel before Him, His enemies shall lick the dust."Figure 12. The Second Pentacle of Saturn. – This Pentacle is of great valueagainst adversaries; and of especial use in repressing the pride of the Spirits.Editor’s Note.– This is the celebrated S A T O RA R E P OT E N E TO P E R AR O T A S, the most perfect existing form of double acrostic, as far as the arrangement of theletters is concerned; it is repeatedly mentioned in the records of medieval Magic; and,save to very few, its derivation from the present Pentacle has been unknown.

It will beseen at a glance that it is a square of five, giving twenty-five letters, which, added tothe unity, gives twenty-Six, the numerical value of IHVH. The Hebrew versicle surroundingit is taken from Psalm lxxii 8, "His dominion shall be also from the one seato the other, and from the flood unto the world’s end. This passage consists also ofexactly twenty-five letters, and its total numerical value (considering final letters withincreased numbers), added to that of the Name Elohim, is exactly equal to the totalnumerical value of the twenty-five letters in the Square.

Figure 13. The Third Pentacle of Saturn. – This should be made within theMagical Circle, and it is good for use at night when thou invokest the Spirits of thenature of Saturn.Editor’s Note. – The characters at the ends of the rays of the Mystic Wheel areMagical Characters of Saturn. Surrounding it are the Names of the Angels: Omeliel,Anachiel, Arauchiah, and Anazachia, written in Hebrew.
Figure 14. The Fourth Pentacle of Saturn. – This Pentacle serveth principallyfor executing all the experiments and operations of ruin, destruction, and death. Andwhen it is made in full perfection, it serveth also for those Spirits which bring news,when thou invokest them from the side of the South.Editor’s Note.– The Hebrew words around the sides of the triangle are from– "Hear, O Israel, IHVH ALHINVH is IHVH ACHD." The surrounding versicle isfrom Psalm cix. 18:– "As he clothed himself with cursing like as with a garment, so letit come unto his bowels like water, and like oil into his bones." In the center of thePentacle is the mystic letter Yod.

Figure 15. The Fifth Pentacle of Saturn. – This Pentacle defendeth those whoinvoke the Spirits of Saturn during the night; and chaseth away the Spirits whichguard treasures.Editor’s Note.– The Hebrew letters in the angles of the Cross are those of theName IHVH. Those in the Angles of the Square form ALVH, Eloah. Round the foursides of the Square are the Names of the Angels:– Arehanah, Rakhaniel, Roelhaiphar,and Noaphiel. The versicle is: "A Great God, a Mighty, and a Terrible."– Deut x. 17.
Figure 16. The Sixth Pentacle of Saturn. – Around this Pentacle is each Namesymbolized as it should be. The person against whom thou shalt pronounce it shallbe obsessed by Demons.Editor’s Note.– It is formed from Mystical Characters of Saturn. Around it is writtenin Hebrew: "Set thou a wicked one to be ruler over him, and let Satan stand at hisright hand."Figure 17. The Seventh and Last Pentacle of Saturn. – This Pentacle is fit forexciting earthquakes, seeing that the power of each order of Angels herein invoked is sufficient to make the whole Universe tremble.

Figure 17.Editor’s Note.– Within the Pentacle are the Names of the Nine Orders of Angels,those of six of them in ordinary Hebrew Characters, and the remainder in the letterswhich are known as "the Passing of the River." These Nine Orders are:– 1, CHAIATHHA-QADESCH, Holy Living Creatures; 2, AUPHANIM, Wheels; 3, ARALIM,Thrones; 4, CHASCHMALIM, Brilliant Ones; 5, SERAPHIM, Fiery Ones; 6,MELAKIM, Kings; 7, ELOHIM, Gods; 8, BENI ELOHIM, Sons of the Elohim; 9,KERUBIM, Kerubim. The versicle is from Psalm xviii 7:– "Then the earth shook andtrembled, the foundations of the hills also moved and were shaken, because He waswroth."The Key of Solomon
Figure 18. The First Pentacle of Jupiter. – This serveth to invoke the Spirits ofJupiter, and especially those whose Names are written around the Pentacle, amongwhom Parasiel is the Lord and Master of Treasures, and teacheth how to become possessorof places wherein they are.Editor’s Note.– This Pentacle is composed of Mystical Characters of Jupiter.Around it are the Names of the Angels:– Netoniel, Devachiah, Tzedeqiah, andParasiel, written in Hebrew.Figure 19. The Second Pentacle of Jupiter. – This is proper for acquiringglory, honors, dignities, riches, and all kinds of good, together with great tranquillityof mind; also to discover Treasures and chase away the Spirits who preside over them.It should be written upon Virgin Parchment, with the pen of the swallow and theblood of the screech-owl.Editor’s Note.– In the center of the Hexagram are the letters of the Name AHIH,Eheieh; in the upper and lower angles of the same, those of the Name AB, the Father;in the remaining angles those of the Name IHVH. I believe the letters outside theHexagram in the reentering angles to be intended for those of the first two words ofthe Versicle, which is taken from Psalm cxii. 3:– "Wealth and Riches are in his house,and his righteousness endureth for ever."Figure 20. The Third Pentacle of Jupiter. – This defendeth and protecteththose who invoke and cause the Spirits to come. When they appear show unto themthis Pentacle and immediately they will obey.Editor’s Note.– In the upper left hand corner is the Magical Seal of Jupiter withthe letters of the Name IHVH. In the others are the Seal of the Intelligence of Jupiter.

Figures 20 and 21.and the Names Adonai and IHVH. Around it is the Versicle from Psalm cxxv. 1:– "ASong of degrees. They that trust in IHVH shall be as Mount Zion, which cannot beremoved, but abideth for ever."Figure 21. The Fourth Pentacle of Jupiter. – It serveth to acquire riches andhonor, and to possess much wealth. Its Angel is Bariel. It should be engraved uponsilver in the day and hour of Jupiter when he is in the Sign Cancer.Editor’s Note.– Above the Magical Sigil is the Name IH, Iah. Below it are theNames of the Angels Adoniel and Bariel, the letters of the latter being arranged abouta square of four compartments. Around is the Versicle from Psalm cxii. 3:– "Wealthand Riches are in his house, and his righteousness endureth for ever."
Figure 22. The Fifth Pentacle of Jupiter. – This hath great power. It servethfor assured visions. Jacob being armed with this Pentacle beheld the ladder whichreached unto heaven.Editor’s Note.– The Hebrew letters within the Pentacle are taken from the five lastwords of the versicle which surrounds it, each of which contains five letters. Theseare, then, recombined so as to form certain Mystical Names. The versicle is takenfrom Ezekiel i. 1:– "As I was among the captives by the river of Chebar, the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of Elohim." In my opinion the versicle should onlyconsist of the five last words thereof, when the anachronism of Jacob using a Pentaclewith a sentence from Ezekiel will not longer exist.
Figure 23. The Sixth Pentacle of Jupiter. – It serveth for protection against allearthly dangers, by regarding it each day devoutedly and repeating the versicle whichsurroundeth it. "Thus shalt thou never perish."
Figures 22 and 23.Editor’s Note.– The four Names in the Arms of the Cross are:- Seraph, Kerub,Ariel, and Tharsis; the four rulers of the Elements. The versicle is from Psalm xxii 16,17:– "They pierced my hands and my feet, I may tell all my bones."

Figure 24. The Seventh and last Pentacle of Jupiter. – It hath great poweragainst poverty, if thou considerest it with devotion, repeating the versicle. It servethfurthermore to drive away those Spirits who guard treasures, and to discover thesame.Editor’s Note.– Mystical Characters of Jupiter with the verse:– "Lifting up thepoor out of the mire, and raising the needy from the dunghill, that he may set himwith princes, even with the princes of his people." – Psalm cxiii. 7


Figures 25 and 26.

Figure 25. The First Pentacle of Mars. – It is proper for invoking Spirits ofthe Nature of Mars, especially those which are written in the Pentacle.Editor’s Note.– Mystical Characters of Mars, and the Names of the four Angels:–Madimiel, Bartzachiah, Eschiel, and Ithuriel written in Hebrew around the Pentacle.Figure 26. The Second Pentacle of Mars. – This Pentacle serveth with greatsuccess against all kinds of diseases, if it be applied unto the afflicted part.Editor’s Note.– The letter Hé, in the angles of the Hexagram. Within the same theNames IHVH, IHShVH Yeheshuah (the mystic Hebrew Name for Joshua or Jesus,formed of the ordinary IHVH with the letter Sh placed therein as emblematical of theSpirit), and Elohim. Around it is the sentence, John i. 4:– "In Him was life, and thelife was the light of man." This may be adduced as an argument of the greater antiquityof the first few mystical verses of the Gospel of St. John.Figure 27. The Third Pentacle of Mars. – It is of great value for exciting war,wrath, discord, and hostility; also for resisting enemies, and striking terror into rebelliousSpirits; the Names of God the All Powerful are therein expressly marked.Editor’s Note.– The Letters of the Names Eloah and Shaddai. In the Center is thegreat letter Vau, the signature of the Qabalistic Microprosopus. Around is the versiclefrom Psalm lxxvii 13.– "Who is so great a God as our Elohim?"Figure 28. The Fourth Pentacle of Mars. – It is of great virtue and power inwar, wherefore without doubt it will give thee victory.Figures 27 and 28.
Editor’s Note.– In the Center is the great Name Agla; right and left, the letters ofthe Name IHVH; above and below, EL. Round it is the versicle from Psalm cx. 5:–"The Lord at thy right hand shall wound even Kings in the day of His Wrath."

Figure 29. The Fifth Pentacle of Mars. – Write thou this Pentacle upon VirginParchment, because it is terrible unto the Demons, and at its sight and aspect theywill obey thee, for they cannot resist its presence.Editor’s Note.– Around the figure of the Scorpion is the word HVL. The versicleis from Psalm xci. 13:–"Thou shalt go upon the lion and added, the young lion andthe dragon shalt thou tread under thy feet."
Figure 30. The Sixth Pentacle of Mars. – It hath so great virtue that beingarmed therewith, if thou art attacked by any one, thou shalt neither be injured norwounded when thou fightest with him, and his own weapons shall turn against him.Editor’s Note.– Around the eight points of the radii of the Pentacle are the words"Elohim qeber, Elohim hath covered (or protected)," written in the Secret Alphabet ofMalachim, or the writing of the Angels. The versicle is from Psalm xxxvii. 15:–"Theirsword shall enter into their own heart, and their bow shall be broken."Figure 31. The Seventh and Last Pentacle of Mars. – write thou this uponVirgin Parchment Paper with the blood of a bat, in the day and hour of Mars; anduncover it within the Circle, invoking the Demons Spirits of the Nature of Mars, especiallythose which are written in the whose Names are therein written; and thou shaltimmediately see hail and tempest.
Figures 29 and 30.
Editor’s Note.– In the center of the Pentacle are the Divine Names, El and Yiai,which have the same numerical value when written in Hebrew. The Letters inHebrew, and in the Secret Alphabet called the Celestial, compose the Names of Spirits.Round the Pentacle is:– "He gave them hail for rain, and flaming fire in their land. Hesmote their vines also, and their fig-trees." – Psalm cv. 32,33.

THE SUN.Figures 32 and 33.

Figure 32. The First Pentacle of the Sun. – The Countenance of Shaddai theAlmighty, at whose aspect all creatures obey, and the Angelic Spirits do reverence onbended knees.Editor’s Note.– This singular Pentacle contains the head of the great Angel Methratonor Metatron, the vice-regent and representative of Shaddai, who is called thePrince of Countenances, and the right-hand masculine Cherub of the Ark, as Sandalphonis the left and feminine. On either side is the Name "El Shaddai." Around iswritten in Latin:– "Behold His face and form by Whom all things were made, andWhom all creatures obey."Figure 33. The Second Pentacle of the Sun. – This Pentacle, and the precedingand following, belong to the nature of the Sun. They serve to repress the prideand arrogance of the Solar Spirits, which are altogether proud and arrogant by theirnature.Editor’s Note.– Mystical characters of the Sun and the Names of the Angels:–Shemeshiel, Paimoniah, Rekhodiah, and Malkhiel.Figure 34. The Third Pentacle of the Sun. – This serveth in addition (to theeffects of the two preceding) to acquire Kingdom and Empire, to inflict loss, and toacquire renown and glory, especially through the Name of God, Tetragrammaton,which therein is twelve times contained.Editor’s Note.– The Name IHVH, twelve times repeated; and a versicle somewhatsimilar to Daniel iv. 34:– "My Kingdom is an everlasting Kingdom, and my dominionendureth from age to age."

Figures 34 and 35.
Figure 35. The Fourth Pentacle of the Sun. – This serveth to enable thee tosee the Spirits when they appear invisible unto those who invoke them; because, whenthou hast uncovered it, they will immediately appear visible.Editor’s Note.– The Names IHVH, Adonai, are written in the center in Hebrew;and round the radii in the mystical characters of the "Passing of the River." The versicleis from Psalm xiii. 3,4:-"Lighten mine eyes that I sleep not in death, lest mineenemy say, I have prevailed against him."Figure 36. The Fifth Pentacle of the Sun. – It serveth to invoke those Spiritswho can transport thee from one place unto another, over a long distance and in shorttime.Editor’s Note.– Characters in the "Passing of the River" Alphabet, forming Spirit’sNames. The Versicle is from Psalm xci. 11, 12:– "He shall give His Angels charge overthee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands."Figure 37. The Sixth Pentacle of the Sun. – It serveth excellently for the operationof invisibility, when correctly made.Editor’s Note.– In the center is the Mystical letter Yod, in the Celestial Alphabet.The three letters in the "Passing of the River" writing, in the Angles of the triangle,form the great Name Shaddai. The words in the same characters round its three sidesare, in my opinion, from Genesis i. 1:– "In the beginning the Elohim created, etc.";but the characters are sadly mangled in the MSS. The versicle is from Psalms lxix. 23,and cxxxv. 16:– "Let their eyes be darkened that they see not; and make their loinscontinually to shake. They have eyes and see not."Figures 34 and 35.
Figures 36 and 37.
Figure 38. The Seventh and Last Pentacle of the Sun. – If any be by chanceimprisoned or detained in fetters of iron, at the presence of this Pentacle, whichshould be engraved in Gold on the day and hour of the Sun, he will be immediatelydelivered and set at liberty.Editor’s Note.– On the Arms of the Cross are written the Names of Chasan, Angelof Air; Arel, Angel of Fire; Phorlakh, Angel of Earth; and Taliahad, Angel of water.Between the four Arms of the Cross are written the names of the Four Rulers of theElements; Ariel, Seraph, Tharshis, and Cherub. The versicle is from Psalm cxvi. 16,17:– "Thou hast broken my bonds in sunder. I will offer unto thee the sacrifice ofthanksgiving, and will call upon the Name of IHVH."Figures 36 and 37.Figure 38.
Figures 39 and 40.
Figure 39. The First Pentacle of Venus. – This and those following serve tocontrol the Spirits of Venus, and especially those herein written.Editor’s Note.– Mystical Characters of Venus, and the Names of the AngelsNogahiel, Acheliah, Socodiah (or Socohiah) and Nangariel.Figure 40. The Second Pentacle of Venus. – These Pentacles are also properfor obtaining grace and honor, and for all things which belong unto Venus, and foraccomplishing all thy desires herein.Editor’s Note.– The letters round and within the Pentacle form the Names ofSpirits of Venus. The versicle is from Canticles viii 6:-"Place me as a signet upon thineheart, as a signet upon thine arm, for love is strong as death."Figure 41. The Third Pentacle of Venus. – This, if it be only shown unto anyperson, serveth to attract love. Its Angel Monachiel should be invoked in the day andhour of Venus, at one o’clock or at eight.Editor’s Note.– The following Names are written within the Figure:– IHVH,Adonai, Ruach, Achides, Aegalmiel, Monachiel, and Degaliel. The versicle is fromGenesis i. 28:– "And the Elohim blessed them, and the Elohim said unto them, Be yefruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it."Figure 42. The Fourth Pentacle of Venus. – It is of great power, since it compelsthe Spirits of Venus to obey, and to force on the instant any person thou wishestto come unto thee.Editor’s Note.– At the four Angles of the Figure are the four letters of the NameIHVH. The other letters form the Names of Spirits of Venus, e.g.:– Schii, Eli, Ayib,Figures 39 and 40.
Figures 41 and 42.
etc. The versicle is from Genesis ii. 23, 24:– "This is bone of my bones, and flesh ofmy flesh. And they two were one flesh."Figure 43. The Fifth and Last Pentacle of Venus. – When it is only showedunto any person soever, it inciteth and exciteth wonderfully unto Love.Editor’s Note.– Around the central Square are the Names Elohim, El Gebil, andtwo other Names which I cannot decipher, and have, therefore, given them as theystand. The characters are those of the "Passing of the River." The surrounding Versicleis from Psalm xxii. 14:– "My heart is like wax, it is melted in the midst of my bowels."Figure 43.Figures 44 and 45.Figure 44. The First Pentacle of Mercury. – It serveth to invoke the Spiritswho are under the Firmament.Editor’s Note.– Letters forming the Names of the Spirits Yekahel and Agiel.Figure 45. The Second Pentacle of Mercury. – The Spirits herein writtenserve to bring to effect and to grant things which are contrary unto the order ofNature; and which are not contained under any other head. They easily give answer,but they can with difficulty be seen.Editor’s Note.– The Letters form the Names of Böel and other Spirits.Figure 46. The Third Pentacle of Mercury. – This and the following serve toinvoke the Spirits subject unto Mercury; and especially those who are written in thisPentacle.Editor’s Note.– Mystical Characters of Mercury, and the Names of the Angels:Kokaviel, Gheoriah, Savaniah, and Chokmahiel.Figure 47. The Fourth Pentacle of Mercury. – This is further proper toacquire the understanding and Knowledge of all things created, and to seek out andpenetrate into hidden things; and to command those Spirits which are called Allatorito perform embassies. They obey very readily.Editor’s Note.– In the center is the Name of God, EL The Hebrew letters inscribedabout the dodecagram make the sentence, "IHVH, fix Thou the Volatile, and let therebe unto the void restriction." The versicle is:– "Wisdom and virtue are in his house,and the Knowledge of all things remaineth with him for ever."
Figures 46 and 47.
Figure 48. The Fifth and Last Pentacle of Mercury. – This commandeth theSpirits of Mercury, and serveth to open doors in whatever way they may be closed,and nothing it may encounter can resist it.Editor’s Note.– Within the Pentacle are the Names El Ab, and IHVH. The versicleis from Psalm xxiv. 7:– "Lift up your heads, O ye gates, and be ye lift up ye everlastingdoors, and the King of Glory shall come in."
Figures 49 and 50.Figure 49. The First Pentacle of the Moon. – This and the following serve tocall forth and invoke the Spirits of the Moon; and it further serveth to open doors, inwhatever way they may be fastened.Editor’s Note.– The Pentacle is a species of hieroglyphic representation of a dooror gate. In the center is written the Name IHVH. On the right hand are the NamesIHV, IHVH, AL, and IHH. On the left hand are the Names of the Angels: Schioel,Vaol, Yashiel, and Vehiel. The versicle above the Names on either side, is from Psalmcvii. 16:– "He hath broken the Gates of brass, and smitten the bars of iron in sunder."Figure 50. The Second Pentacle of the Moon. – This serveth against all perilsand dangers by water, and if it should chance that the Spirits of the Moon shouldexcite and cause great rain and exceeding tempests about the Circle, in order to astonishand terrify thee; on showing unto them this Pentacle, it will all speedily cease.Editor’s Note.– A handpointing to the Name El, and to that of the Angel Abariel.The versicle is from Psalm lvi. 11:– "In Elohim have I put my trust, I will not fear,what can man do unto me?"Figure 51. The Third Pentacle of the Moon. – This being duly borne withthee when upon a journey, if it be properly made, serveth against all attacks by night,and against every kind of danger and peril by Water.Editor’s Note.– The Names Aub and Vevaphel. The versicle is from Psalm xl. 13:–"Be pleased O IHVH to deliver me, O IHVH make haste to help me."
Figures 51 and 52.
Figure 52. The Fourth Pentacle of the Moon. – This defendeth thee from allevil sources, and from all injury unto soul or body. Its Angel, Sophiel, giveth theknowledge of the virtue of all herbs and stones; and unto whomsoever shall namehim, he will procure the knowledge of all.Editor’s Note.– The Divine Name Eheieh Asher Eheieh, and the Names of theAngels Yahel and Sophiel. The versicle is:– "Let them be confounded who persecuteme, and let me not be confounded; let them fear, and not I."Figure 53. The Fifth Pentacle of the Moon. – It serveth to have answers insleep. Its Angel Iachadiel serveth unto destruction and loss, as well as unto thedestruction of enemies. Thou mayest also call upon him by Abdon and Dalé againstall Phantoms of the night, and to summon the souls of the departed from Hades.Editor’s Note.– The Divine Names IHVH and Elohim, a mystical character of theMoon, and the Names of the Angels Iachadiel and Azarel. The versicle is from Psalmlxviii. 1:– "Let God arise, and let His enemies be scattered; let them also who hateHim flee before Him."Figure 54. The Sixth and Last Pentacle of the Moon. – This is wonderfullygood, and serveth excellently to excite and cause heavy rains, if it be engraved upon aplate of silver; and if it he placed under water, as long as it remaineth there, there willbe rain. It should be engraved, drawn, or written in the day and hour of the Moon.Editor’s Note.– The Pentacle is composed of mystical characters of the Moon, surroundedby a versicle from Genesis vii. 11, 12:– "All the fountains of the great deepwere broken up... and the rain was upon the earth."
Figures 53 and 54.


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