Magic Circles in the Grimoire Tradition

Three Hands Press Occult Monograph IIIby William Kiesel

3. Magic Circles in the Grimoire Tradition
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Magic Circles have been depicted in popular expressions of magic and witchcraft as well as detailed with full rubrics in traditional manuals of magic such as the Clavicula Solomonis or Liber Juratus.  Using narrative, visual and textual material available from European grimoires and manuscripts, the author discusses the various forms and functions of this important piece of apparatus employed by magicians in the Western Esoteric Tradition, including their role in providing authority and protection to the operator, as well as examples of their use in divination and treasure finding.  Additionally, contemporary examples of the magic circle at work in modern esoteric praxis are provided and discussed in light of the traditional approaches they exhibit. This monograph serves to explicate this important tool of ceremonial magic and is valuable to practitioners of the art magical with its technical data, while also providing context in historical settings for the merely curious reader of occult subjects. Illustrated throughout.

With the center of the circle as a starting point, orientation can take on precise meaning in the context of its ritual, which was designed to secure spiritual knowledge and material dominion in the world through the agency of spirits, stars and cabalistic arcana.

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Dimensions 9 x 6 x .5 in

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Publication Date

June 2012

Hardcover Edition

Sold out. Cloth Hardcover with Letterpress Dust Jacket. Limited to 800 copies

Deluxe Edition

Sold Out. Full leather, limited to 75 copies


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