Ceremonial arts: how to understand the Key of Solomon


 

This is the Key of Solomon (Clavicula Salomonis).

 

This is the version of the Key of Solomon that I have in my magickal library.

The Key of Solomon is very easy to read and also to understand. There are some magicians that follow the instructions given in the Clavicula Salomonis strictly.

They make their own tools according to the descriptions found in the Key of Solomon, and they also make a ritual robe.

I am not that kind of practitioner, because I am very modern, but I love the Key of Solomon.

If you want to do magick with the seals contained in the Key of Solomon, you must know the Kabbalah and understand it.

You must also know the Hebrew alphabet and you must be able to draw out the seals of some spirits.

As an example, we can take the case of the first pentacle of Jupiter. This pentacle contains the names of four spirits: Parasiel, Netoniel, Devachiah and Tzedeqiah.

In order to do a ritual with the first pentacle of Jupiter, we must first draw out the seals of these four spirits.

In my later posts I plan to explain how to draw the seals of spirits. For now we focus on the 7 sets of pentacles in the Key of Solomon.

 


The 7 sets of pentacles

 

This is the Tree of Life with its 10 Sephiroth. There are 7 sets of pentacles in the Key of Solomon. They are assigned to spheres 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9.

 

There are 7 sets of pentacles in the Key of Solomon. Each such set of pentacles is matched to a particular Sephira on the Tree of Life.

 


The pentacles

 

Saturn

 

7 pentacles are matched to Binah (ruled by Saturn). They are made out of grey paper or the corresponding metal.

Magick with the pentacles of Saturn is done during Saturdays and also during the astrological hour of Saturn.

 

This is the third pentacle of Saturn and it is used in protection spells.
This is the third pentacle of Saturn and it is used in protection spells.

 

Above you see the third pentacle of Saturn. The seals of the four spirits must be drawn out like you see on the picture.

The spirits of the third pentacle of Saturn are: Omeliel, Anachiel, Arauchiah and Anazachia.

All four spirits must be summoned during one and the same ritual. When you close your ceremony, you must thank the spirits and give them permission to go.

You can summon the ruler of Binah (Tzaphkiel) and/or Cassiel too when you do magick with the third pentacle of Saturn.

I also use a controlling pentacle with the seal of Saturn and the seal of Agiel. See below:

 

Upper right: the seal of Zazel: middle: the seal of Saturn; lower left: the seal of Agiel.
Upper right: the seal of Zazel: middle: the seal of Saturn; lower left: the seal of Agiel.

 

Agiel is the Mind of Saturn (a spirit) and he has the capacity to control all spirits of Saturn (the spirits obey Agiel).

The seal of Saturn will align you with the energies of planet Saturn during your ritual.

Zazel does not have to be summoned during your ritual with the third pentacle of Saturn.

 


Chesed

 

7 pentacles are matched to Chesed (ruled by Jupiter). They are made out of blue paper or the corresponding metal.

The spirits of Chesed are summoned during Thursdays and also during the astrological hour of Jupiter.

 

This is the first pentacle of Jupiter with the seals of Parasiel, Netoniel, Devachiah and Tzedeqiah.
This is the first pentacle of Jupiter with the seals of Parasiel, Netoniel, Devachiah and Tzedeqiah.

 

I draw out the seals of spirits. I use the Hebrew letter wheel (the Rose Cross Lamen).

You can find such a wheel in the book “Golden Dawn” written by Israel Regardie.

I also summon Archangel Tzadkiel when I do magick with the pentacles of Jupiter, because Tzadkiel rules Chesed.

I also use the third pentacle of Jupiter, because spirit Jophiel controls the spirits of Jupiter during the ritual.

 

This is the third pentacle of Jupiter with the seal of Jupiter and the seal of Jophiel (the Mind of Jupiter).

 

All four spirits of the first pentacle of Jupiter must be summoned during one and the same ritual.

As I wrote before, I summon Tzadkiel and also Jophiel during the ritual with the first pentacle of Jupiter.

After the ritual is over, I thank all the spirits and give them licence to go.

 


Geburah

7 pentacles are matched to Geburah (ruled by Mars). They are made out of red paper or the corresponding metal.

Magick with these pentacles is done during during Tuesdays and during the astrological hour of Mars.

I have done some magick with the pentacles of Mars, and perhaps I will describe my magick in my later posts.

 

This is the first pentacle of Mars from the Key of Solomon. The spirits are Madimiel, Bartzachiah, Eschiel and Ithuriel.

 

It is desirable to draw out the seals of the spirits. I will be explaining how to draw out the seals of spirits in my later posts.

 


Tiphareth

 

7 pentacles are matched to Tiphareth (ruled by Sun). They are made out of yellow paper or the corresponding metal.

Magick with the pentacles of Sun is done during Sundays and during the astrological hour of Sun.

I must admit that I have not done so much magick with the pentacles of Sun, because I find that the Goetia demons of Sun like Belial, Purson and Bael are very helpful too.

Purson and Belial can aid in money spells. Belial can influence enemies to become sweet towards us and he can help win court cases.

I joke and say: “If you want to marry a god man, marry Belial!” And finally, Bael can protect us and make us invisible to enemies.

 


Netzach

 

5 pentacles are matched to Netzach (ruled by Venus). They are made out of green paper or the corresponding metal.

Magick with these pentacles is done during Fridays and also during the astrological hour of Venus.

 


Hod

 

5 pentacles are matched to Hod (ruled by Mercury). They are made out of orange paper or the corresponding metal.

Magick with these pentacles is done during Wednesdays and during the astrological hour of Mercury.

 


Yesod

 

6 pentacles are matched to Yesod (ruled by the Moon). They are made out of silver or purple paper or the corresponding metal.

Magick with these pentacles is done during Mondays and during the astrological hour of the Moon.

 

This is the fifth pentacle of the Moon with the seals of Iachadiel and Azarel.

 

 


The correspondences

 

Each Sephira has a set of correspondences like the ruling planet, day, astrological hour, metal, colour, herb, number in magick and so on.

If you want to do magick with the pentacles of Mars, you will need to go after the correspondences of Geburah and do the ritual during a Tuesday and during the astrological hour of Mars.

Each Sephira has a set of correspondences and these correspondences were obtained by observations of how magick works.

You would then use a red altar cloth, iron items, red paper seals and 5 red candles.

The number of Geburah is 5. So, as you see now, the Key of Solomon is very simple to understand.

 


Other text in the Key of Solomon

 

There is a lot of text in the Key of Solomon. That text is for those magicians who want to follow the old traditions very strictly.

As I wrote, I am very modern, but I love the Key of Solomon. Some ingredients like the black hen, dead animals and their skin or blood are hard to obtain.

I am against killing animals and I want the killings of animals to stop. I hope that people will soon begin to see the killings as illegal activity.

It is not good to kill cows and pigs for eating them. I am now stopping eating meat, because I own pets and cannot imagine how humans can kill animals and eat them.

So, you don’t have to follow those old rituals described in the Key of Solomon.

You can do the rituals of Golden Dawn and work with the pentacles of the Key of Solomon.

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