Book: The Secret Of The Dark Mirror by Carroll RunyonMY ILLNESS AND MY QUIXOTIC attempt to cure it through hypnosis had driven me into the shamanic tradition of my ancestors -- and, as the saying goes, “when the student is ready, the teacher appears”. In this case the teacher came in the form of a book. My first introduction to Western Magick still stands as the best survey work written on the practical aspects of the subject: The Black Arts by Richard Cavendish, published in 1968. Using Cavendish’s excellent bibliography I quickly acquired Waite’s The Book of Black Magic & Pacts along with the Mathers-Crowley Goetia, Mather’s The Key of Solomon the King, and Francis Barrett’s The Magus.
The medieval Key of Solomon provided an authentic handbook for making magical regalia, implements and talismans but it was the more notorious Goetia of the Lemegeton, the so-called Lesser Key of Solomon, that was the real wizard’s Liber Spirituum. The Goetia (pronounced Go-EY-sha) cataloged and described 72 rebellious spirits that, according to a Talmudic legend, old King Solomon has imprisoned in an enchanted Brass vessel submerged in a lake in Babylon. This read like a fabulous tale from The Arabian Nights but in my irrational state I was convinced that there was a hidden truth behind the fantastic story. Like Aladdin’s wonderful lamp or Ali Baba’s “Open Sesame” there was a Secret Key to calling up those mighty princes of the Jinn that Solomon had imprisoned so long ago – and I was determined to find it.
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