Clavicula Salomonis – basic theory for beginners


 

 


Introduction

 


 

This is the version of the Clavicula Salomonis (The Key of Solomon) that I have in my magickal library.

The Key of Solomon is actually very easy to understand, but this book can confuse the beginner student.

I also believe that The Key of Solomon is a protected book (magickally protected) , because it confuses people.

Angels and demons can give us keys to understanding the Clavicula Salomonis, by stimulating certain pathways of thinking in our brains.

This was the case with me. I asked the demons to help me understand the Key of Solomon.

Soon, as I started to study the Clavicula Salomonis, I noticed that I began to see hidden information in this book.

I understood the Clavicula Salomonis very fast. Both the Goetia and the Clavicula Salomonis are structured books.

This course will aid the beginner student in understanding the structure of the Clavicula Salomonis (The Key of Solomon).

But in order to understand the Clavicula Salomonis, you need to know the structure of the tree of life.

I have covered the basic theory of Kabbalah in my other online course “Qabalah and the Goetia theory for beginners”.

We can spend some minutes talking about the Kabbalah in this course too, because repetition helps to remember information and fix it in the memory.

But first I want to show you the structure of Clavicula Salomonis. Knowledge is power, because you will know which parts are important and which parts can be skipped.

 


The structure of Clavicula Salomonis

 


The introduction section

 

The Clavicula Salomonis begins with an introduction. I skipped this part of the book.

The introduction contains information about planetary hours and how to calculate them.

In old times, there were no automatic online astrological hour calculators, but today we have access to such services.

If you are new to the concept of astrological hours, we can talk about this topic a bit later in the course.

For your convenience, I provide you with a method to calculate astrological (planetary) hours in an easy way.  See link below.

Astrological hour calculator

Once you are on the website, just insert your location (country and city) and also the desirable date for the calculation. Then press “Calculate planetary hours”.

According to the Clavicula Salomonis, each planetary hour is ruled by an angel.

This is good to know, but I do not fix my attention on the ruler of the hour and do not use this information in my rituals.

The angels that rule the planetary hours are not of great importance.

 

Book 1 (chapter 2)

 

Book 1 of Clavicula Salomonis begins after the introduction section. Book 1 is further divided in chapters.

Chapter 2 of Book 1 is important, because it contains useful information about the best times for rituals.

 

This is the tree of life with the 10 spirit worlds.

 

In order to understand chapter 2 of Book 1, we must know that the magick of Kabbalah is mostly done with the entities of the following Sephiroth:

Binah (sphere 3 on the Tree of Life)

Chesed (sphere 4 on the Tree of Life)

Geburah (sphere 5 on the Tree of Life)

Tiphareth (sphere 6 on the Tree of Life)

Netzach (sphere 7 on the Tree of Life)

Hod (sphere 8 on the Tree of Life)

Yesod (sphere 9 on the Tree of Life)

By the way, some 13 years ago I could not understand anything about the Sephiroth.

What are these Sephiroth? Sephiroth are astral worlds inhabited by archangels, angels and other spirits.

Each Sephira on the Tree of Life is ruled by a planet. It is therefore we calculate the hour of the planet that rules a particular Sephira.

So, there are 7 planets that rule the 7 Sephiroth. Each planet rules only one particular Sephira. See below:

Binah is ruled by the planet Saturn

Chesed is ruled by the planet Jupiter

Geburah is ruled by the planet Mars

Tiphareth is ruled by the Sun

Netzach is ruled by the planet Venus

Hod is ruled by the planet Mercury

Yesod is ruled by the Moon

Lets talk about each planet, the day of the planet and the hour of the planet.

 

Saturn (rules Binah)

 

Planet Saturn rules over Saturdays.

 

Planet Saturn rules Saturdays. In the days and hours of Saturn its suitable to:

do necromantic rituals (during the hour of Saturn)

do magick to bring blessings to your home

do magick to increase the profits from your business

do magick to receive messages from Familiars while you sleep (hours of Saturn, Mars or Moon)

do magick to bring bad luck to the home of your enemy

do magick to ruin a business

do cursings and sow quarrels

 

Jupiter

 

Jupiter rules Thursdays.

 

In the days and hours of Jupiter it is suitable to:

do money spells

do spells to ensure good health

do spells for achieving goals

 

Mars

 

Tuesdays are ruled by Mars.

 

In the days and hours of Mars it is suitable to:

do spells to become brave

do spells to curse your enemies

to bring about quarrels between lovers

to split up a love relationship

to ruin your enemies

Sun

 

Sundays are ruled by the Sun.

 

In the days and hours of Sun its suitable to:

do money spells

do spells to obtain favours from coworkers and bosses

do spells to become invisible to your enemies (hour of Sun, Jupiter or Venus).

The Moon should be in Aries, Leo or Sagittarius if you plan invisibility spells.

do spells to attract friendships (hour of Sun, Jupiter or Venus)

do spells to heal apathy and depressions

do spells to forgive somebody who has hurt you (hour of Sun, Jupiter or Venus)

do spells to change your luck

do spells to become better at reading the Tarot

do divinations

Venus

 

Fridays are ruled by Venus.

 

In the days and hours of Venus its suitable to:

do spells to attract friendships (hour of Sun, Jupiter or Venus)

do love spells (hour of Sun, Jupiter or Venus). Moon in Aries, Leo and Sagittarius will enhance your spell.

do spells to become more kind and forgiving (hour of Sun, Jupiter or Venus)

do spells to attract joy into your life

do spells to bring about an opportunity for travel

 

Mercury

 

Wednesdays are ruled by Mercury.

 

In the days and hours of Mercury its suitable to:

do spells to expand your business

do spells to increase your sales and income

do spells to learn a subject fast

do spells to become wiser

do spells to obtain answers about your future

do spells to expose or to catch a thief (hour of Mercury)

 

Moon

 

Mondays are ruled by the Moon.

 

In the days and hours of Moon its suitable to:

do spells for a safe trip

do spells for peace and reconciliation (hour of Sun, Jupiter or Venus). Moon in Aries, Leo or Sagittarius will enhance your spell.

do love spells (hour of Sun, Jupiter or Venus). Moon in Aries, Leo or Sagittarius will enhance your spell.

During Mondays, I do spells with Samigina, the necromancy demon of Goetia.

The Key of Solomon advises to summon such Spirits during the hour of Saturn, Mars or Moon.

Moreover, the Key of Solomon advises to summon the Spirits of necromancy when the Moon is in Taurus, Virgo or Capricorn.

So, this was chapter 2 in Book 1 of Clavicula Salomonis.

 


The parts you can skip

 

You can skip Book 1 / Chapter 3 (Concerning the arts). This section is about the ritual circle.

You can do rituals and spells with the pentacles contained in the Clavicula Salomonis by casting a modern style Witch circle or a circle in the Golden Dawn style.

Book 1 / Chapter 4 can be skipped too. It is about confessions and prayers. I do not use prayers, but I express my thanks in my own words on a daily basis.

You can also skip Book 1/ Chapter 5. This chapter contains prayers and conjurations. I do not say prayers all the time. After all I am not that religious.

You can skip Book 1/ Chapter 6 about stronger and more potent conjurations. I do not use this chapter, but it is up to you if you want to use prayers or not.

Finally, you can skip the pages between Book 1/ Chapter 8 and Book 1/ Chapter 18.

 


The parts that are worth reading

 

Book 1 / Chapter 7 (An extremely powerful conjuration) is worth reading though, because you will understand that you have to give the spirits the license to depart at the end of your ritual.

Book 1 / Chapter 8 (Concerning the medals or pentacles, and the manner of constructing them) is also worth reading, because this chapter describes how to construct the pentacles.

Also its worth reading Book 1/ Chapter 18, because you will find more information about the pentacles on these pages.

 


The order of the pentacles

 

This part is central and very important. 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.

 

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.

 

Saturn

 

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.

Below I offer you a video about the third pentacle of Saturn and describe how to use it.

 

 

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.

 

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.

 

I draw out the seals of the 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.

 

The third pentacle of Jupiter contains: the seal of Jupiter and the seal of Jophiel (the Mind of Jupiter).

 

 

This is the first and third pentacles of Jupiter. The third pentacle of Jupiter contains: 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.

 

This is the seal of Tzadkiel and his name is also spelled out in Hebrew.

 

Geburah

 

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

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

 

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 and you must summon all four spirits during one and the same ritual.

The first pentacle of Mars can help you:

fight or banish your bad financial situation

banish your fears for your survival

stop your addictions and self destructive thoughts and actions

Finally, this pentacle can help you to achieve your goals.

 

Tiphareth

 

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

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.

I have done lots of magick with Belial from Goetia. This demons is a solar king.

 

 

This is the second pentacle of Sun with the seals of Shemeshiel, Paimoniah, Rekhodiah and Malkhiel.

 

The second pentacle of Sun can aid you in shielding and protection spells.

It will also help you to repress the pride and arrogance of those people, who oppose your desires.

 

Netzach

 

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

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

The problem with the Key of Solomon is this: the seals must be drawn out every time you do magick and this is time consuming.

The Goetia offers very powerful magick with demons and the seals are easy to draw.

When it comes to love spells, I do them with Sallos, Dantalion and Sitri from the Goetia instead.

But I love the pentacles of Jupiter from the Key of Solomon.

 

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.

 


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.

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.

 


The correspondences of each Sephira

 

Correspondences are certain magical rules and you can use these rules when you plan your rituals.

Here is the map of the tree of life.

 

This is the tree of life.
This is the tree of life. We explore the tree from Binah to Yesod.

Binah (Number 3/grey ball)

 

We will start with Binah. This Sephira is ruled by the planet Saturn. Use the correspondences of Binah in spells with the pentacles of Saturn.

The correspondences of Binah for magick with the pentacles of Saturn are such:

Ruling planet: Saturn

Day: Saturday

Astrological hour: Saturn

Altar cloth colour: grey and/or black

Candles: grey or black

Number in magick: 3 (3 candles for example)

Metal: lead

Herb/plant: cypress

Gem: pearl or sapphire

Because Binah is all about death and restriction, I use graveyard dirt too.

Graveyard dirt can protect you and stop people from harming your interests.

Summon the entities of Saturn (Binah) during a Saturday and during the astrological hour of Saturn.

 

Chesed (Number 4/blue ball)

 

We continue with Chesed. This Sephira is ruled by the planet Jupiter. Use the correspondences of Chesed in spells with the pentacles of Jupiter.

The correspondences of Chesed for magick with the pentacles of Jupiter are such:

Ruling planet: Jupiter

Day: Thursday

Astrological hour: Jupiter

Paper seal colour: blue

Metal: tin

Gems: sapphire & amethyst

Number: 4 (4 candles for example)

Plant: olive (use olive oil)

Scent: cedar (I use cinnamon)

Summon the spirits of Jupiter (Chesed) during a Thursday and during the astrological hour of Jupiter.

Geburah (Number 5/red ball)

 

We continue with Geburah. This Sephira is ruled by the planet Mars. Use the correspondences of Geburah in spells with the pentacles of Mars.

The correspondences of Geburah for magick with the pentacles of Mars are such:

Ruling planet: Mars

Day: Tuesday

Astrological hour: Mars

Altar cloth colour: red

Candles: red, black or white (use white candles if you cannot obtain red or black candles)

Number in magick: 5 (5 candles for example)

Metal: iron (use a hammer or steel coins, because steel contains iron)

Herb/plant: tobacco

Summon the spirits of Mars (Geburah) during a Tuesday and during the astrological hour of Mars.

 

Tiphareth (Number 6/yellow ball)

 

We continue with Tiphareth. This Sephira is ruled by the Sun. Use the correspondences of Tiphareth in spells with the pentacles of Sun.

The correspondences of Tiphareth for magick with the pentacles of Sun are such:

Ruling planet: Sun

Day: Sunday

Astrological hour: Sun

Paper seal colour: yellow

Metal seal: gold

Candle colour: yellow (gold)

Number: 6

Plant: Sunflower (use seeds)

Gem: Topaz

Summon the spirits of Sun (Tiphareth) during a Sunday and during the astrological hour of Sun.

 

Netzach (number 7/green ball)

 

We continue with Netzach. This Sephira is ruled by Venus. Use the correspondences of Netzach in spells with the pentacles of Venus.

The correspondences of Netzach for magick with the pentacles of Venus are such:

Ruling planet: Venus

Day: Friday

Astrological hour: Venus

Paper seal colour: green

Metal seal: copper

Number: 7 (7 spell items like 7 green candles)

Herb: cinnamon (my own choice)

Scent: sandalwood

Summon the spirits of Venus (Netzach) during a Friday and during the astrological hour of Venus.

 

Hod (number 8/Orange ball)

 

We continue with Hod. This Sephira is ruled by Mercury. Use the correspondences of Hod in spells with the pentacles of Mercury.

The correspondences of Hod for magick with the pentacles of Mercury are such:

Ruling planet: Mercury

Day: Wednesday

Astrological hour: Mercury

Paper seal colour: orange

Plant: Orchid

Summon the spirits of Mercury (Hod) during a Wednesday and during the astrological hour of Mercury.

 

Yesod (number 9/Purple ball)

 

We continue with Yesod. This Sephira is ruled by the Moon. Use the correspondences of Yesod in spells with the pentacles of the Moon.

The correspondences of Yesod for magick with the pentacles of the Moon are such:

Ruling planet: Moon

Day: Monday

Astrological hour: Moon

Paper seal colour: purple

Candle colour: silver or purple

Metal: silver

Number: 9

Gem: clear quartz

Summon the spirits of the Moon (Yesod) during a Monday and during the astrological hour of the Moon.