Book: An Approach To The Operation Of The Arbatel Of Magic by Phil LegardThe "Arbatel of Magic" appeared at Basle, Switzerland in 1575 in Latin and is one of the lesser known works of the ‘grimoire’ tradition. Waite writes that it has the quality of true transcendental literature, being free from ‘dangerous instruction which makes for open Black Magic.’ While it may be going a little to far to praise it as having transcendental quality, it can be considered more aligned with ‘white magic’ (whatever that may be) than most other books of the grimoire tradition. It is unfortunate that only one part of the book has survived or was ever written, being called the Isagoge, or Fundamental Instructions. The work promised a further eight volumes, concerning themselves with "Microcosmical Magic", "Olympic Magic", "Hesiodiacal and Homerical Magic", "Sibylline Magic", "Pythagorical Magic", "The Magic of Appolonius", "Hermetical Magic" and "Prophetical Magic". It would seem that "Arbatel" is the name of an angel or spirit, although a preliminary search turns up no such angel as ‘Arbatel’ in the more popular works of occult lore. The Isagoge contains seven groups of seven aphorisms, most of these consist of and eclectic mixture of mainly Christian and Judaic lore, with influences from Pythagoras and other esoteric philosophers. Examples of the information presented include spiritual hierarchies, the properties of certain numbers, prayers and various other spiritual secrets. We shall be mainly concerned with the third septenary, which discusses the so-called ‘Olympic Spirits’ and the method of calling upon them.
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