The Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage
This grimoire was translated by S.L. Mathers in 1898 from the original Hebrew of Abraham the Jew. According to S.L Mathers the original manuscript could be written at the end of the seventeenth and beginning of the eighteenth centuries.
These 400 pages are printed on French Aged Parchment paper and hard bound in antique green Italian leather. This magnificent volume resembles the look of an antique tome that once stood on the main shelf in the wizard’s chamber and then was secretly passed down through generations of magicians. Without any doubt, it will connect the modern practitioner to the sacred world of magic where wizards and mages of old still exist.
- The First Book of Abramelin – Advice and autobiography; both addressed by the author to his son Lamech
- The Second Book of Abramelin – General and complete description of the means of obtaining the magical powers desired
- The Third Book of Abramelin – The application of these powers to produce an immense number of magical results
- Excerpt from Introduction by S.L Mathers:
- “This system of Sacred Magic Abraham acknowledges to have received from the mage Abra-Melin; and claims to have himself personally and actually wrought most of the wonderful effects described in the third book, and many others besides.
- Who then was this Abraham the Jew? It is possible, though there is no mention of this in the MS., that he was a descendant of that Abraham the Jew who wrote the celebrated alchemical work on twenty-one pages of bark or papyrus, which came into the hands of Nicholas Flamel, and by whose study the latter is said eventually to have attained the possession of the “stone of the wise”. The only remains of the church of Saint Jacques de la Boucherie which exists at the present day, is the tower, which stands near the Place du Châtelet, about ten minutes’ walk from the Bibliothèque de l’Arsenal; and there is yet a street near this tower which bears the title of “Rue Nicolas Flamel,” so that his memory still survives in Paris, together with that of the church close to which he lived, and to which, after the attainment of the Philosopher’s Stone, he and his wife Pernelle caused a handsome peristyle to be erected.
- From his own account, the author of the present work appears to have been born in A.D. 1362, and to have written this manuscript for his son, Lamech, in 1458, being then in his ninety-sixth year. That is to say, that he was the contemporary both of Nicholas Flamel and Pernelle, and also of the mystical Christian Rosenkreutz, the founder of the celebrated Rosicrucian Order or Fraternity in Europe. Like the latter, he appears to have been very early seized with the desire of obtaining magical knowledge; like him and Flamel, he left his home and travelled in search of the initiated wisdom; like them both, he returned to become a worker of wonders. At this period, it was almost universally believed that the secret knowledge was only really obtainable by those who were willing to quit their home and their country to undergo dangers and hardships in its quest; and this idea even obtains to an extent in the present day. The life of the late Madame Blavatsky is an example in point.”