The Book of Grimoires: The Secret Grammar of Magic by Claude Lecouteux

By Claude Lecouteux

an in depth examine of historical books of magic and the mystical practices preserved within the few surviving grimoires

• contains spells, talisman formulations, and mystery magical alphabets reproduced from the author’s inner most number of grimoires, with directions for his or her use

• Explains the elemental ideas of medieval magic, together with the doctrine of names and the legislation of sympathy and contagion

• bargains an outline of magic within the Western secret culture

Grimoires all started easily as quick-reference “grammar books” for sorcerers, magicians, and monks earlier than evolving into accomplished courses to magic, entire with spell-casting rituals, magical alphabets, and directions to create amulets and talismans. With the arrival of the printing press, a few grimoires have been mass produced, yet a few of the abbreviations have been misinterpreted and magical phrases misspelled, rendering them useless. the main robust grimoires remained not just mystery but additionally seriously encoded, making them available purely to the top initiates of the mystical traditions.

Drawing on his personal deepest selection of grimoires and magical manuscripts in addition to his privileged entry to the infrequent booklet files of significant eu universities, Claude Lecouteux deals an in depth examine of historical books of magic and the methods the data inside of them used to be stored mystery for hundreds of years via symbols, codes, mystery alphabets, and Kabbalistic phrases. referring to either white and black magical practices, he explains the elemental rules of medieval magic, together with the doctrine of names and signatures, mastery of the ability of pictures, and the legislation of sympathy and contagion. He provides an summary of magic within the Western secret culture, emphasizing either lesser-known magicians resembling Trithemus and Peter of Apono and well-known ones like Albertus Magnus and Hermes Trismegistus.

Creating a common grimoire, Lecouteux offers particular reproductions of mystery magical alphabets, symbols, and glyphs with directions for his or her use in addition to an illustrated choice of annotated spells, rituals, and talismans for various purposes together with amorous magic, therapeutic magic, and defense rites. the writer additionally examines the folks magic that resulted while the excessive magic of the medieval grimoires melded with the preexisting pagan magic of old Europe.

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