Gösta Hedegård, Liber Iuratus Honorii: A Critical Edition of the Latin Version of the Sworn Book of Honorius (Studia Latina Stockholmiensia, 48) Stockholm. Sources for the Liber iuratus Honorii and The Sworn Book of Honorius. . Liber iuratus Honorii is a handbook on ceremonial magic, and is. Liber Juratus or. The Sworne Booke of Honorius. [1r] when wycked sprites ware gathered to gether intending to sende devills in to the hartts off men to the.
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As the title testifies, students were sworn to secrecy before being given access to this magic text, and only a iuraths manuscripts have survived. Oiber of its teachings, such as the use of the magic whistle for summoning spirits, are alluded to in other texts.
Another key element of its ritual, the elaborate “Seal of God,” has been found in texts and amulets throughout Europe. Interest in The Sworn Book of Honorius has grown in recent years, yet no modern translations have been attempted–until now.
Purporting to preserve the magic of Solomon in the face of intense persecution by religious authorities, this text includes one of the oldest and most detailed magic rituals.
It contains a complete system of magic including how to attain the divine vision, communicate with holy angels, and control aerial, earthly, and infernal spirits for practical gain. Largely ignored by historians until recently, this text is an important witness to the transmission of Kabbalah and Jewish mysticism to European Hermeticists.
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Liber Juratus Honorii, or the Sworn Book of Honorius
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Don’t have a Kindle? Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. See all customer images. Showing of 14 reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. This is an amazing root level resource for many grimoires we are more familiar with, and yet, it’s totally unlike anything in the Solomon cycle of works.
At its heart is a magic based on Christian piety. The work centers around an lengthy operation to initiation, similar to Abraham’s Book of Sacred Magic.
But in comparison of those two works, this is the completely opposite approach. Abraham advises you to write your own prayers, Honorius gives it to you word for word. While Abraham sets you in a process of self-reflection, Honorius assaults the ego with endless prayers, orations, and barbarous names. Ritual and cosmology are stressed in the Honorius System with a complexity that Abraham would have had little patience for.
Honorius is much more focused on planetary magic, and working with elementals. For the Enochian magician, this is a great chance to look at a document that was formative to Dee’s system, including the information and variations on the Great Seal of God. Angel magicians looking to expand their lists will find angel names here that are not found elsewhere. Magic historians will be delighted with the synthetic fusion of Merkava mysticism with Catholic ritual, and Byzantine Christianity in general.
This early fusion of ideas planted fertile seeds in the Western magic current that can be seen reflected in hundreds of manuscripts in libraries throughout Europe. Ritualists will find the magic whistle completely lber to modern grimoire work, as well as the use of concave circles or “pits” to evoke evil spirits, and an interesting take on planetary calling directions with basically a seven pointed compass.
The reason much of this material was lost to the mainstream magic circles of the time, is that to obtain the book you first had to give an oath that your copy would be destroyed upon your death. It’s a wonder this work wasn’t lost to us yonorii.
As usual Joseph Peterson does a great job footnoting and explaining the context of phrases and customs unfamiliar to the modern reader. His insight into the mediaeval mind is a valuable resource and he is generous in sharing it. Having said that, there is less footnoting here, than you may have come to expect if you have other works by Peterson. The Latin of the work appears on the left and the translation on the right. The original author was very erudite and familiar, or at least exposed to a iurqtus of mystical and spiritual traditions.
Peterson’s treatment of the text is scholarly, but the author of the original work was equally so. While the endless prayers, orations, masses, and the like are likely to weary llber modern reader, beyond that is a brilliant synthesis of spirito-magical art. Joseph H Peterson always produces high quality versions of classic grimoires so I was very pleased to be able to get hold of this, which I did with the aid of a gift voucher I manifested from the universe there’s magic for you!
TSBOH dates from the 14th century i. Now at that time in Europe there were only two types of men – and unfortunately they were men, not women – who could get an education and hence be able to read a grimoire: Religious monks and priests ; and the sons of Royalty and Nobility. Correspondingly, if you survey the various grimoires dating from the pre-Renaissance era, you will find that they fall into one of two types, liner I term Sacerdotal and Royal – reflecting the assumptions that the grimoire-writer makes about his intended audience.
TSBOH is a -Sacerdotal- grimoire – it not only assumes that the operator has the willing assistance of a Christian priest, but that he will also lead a life identical to that of a cloistered monk and be familiar with the daily office as a man in monastic orders would be. Examples of what I would term “Royal” grimoires would include the Keys of Solomon both Lesser and Greater, which do not seem to require such a dependence on priests, but do promise to confer magical powers especially useful to princes and noblemen.
Like other pre-renaissance grimoires such as the Heptameron and Greater Key of Solomon, TSBOH assumes that the spirits manifest to ohnorii appearance in the air before the circle, without the aid of a particular skrying medium. In this sense it is akin to a shortened version of Abramelin, except that the required prayers are more sophisticated. This being achieved, the Operator can then progress on to an elaborate series of conjurations of Planetary and Elemental Spirits of both an Angelic and Demonic nature – for achieving more conventional “low-magic” goals.
Regarding Peterson’s edition itself, this contains both the Latin and English editions newly translated as well as the relevant diagrams, and a scholarly introduction which makes the point that many of the barbarous words of evocation which crop up in later well-known grimoires come from Byzantine sources, which I personally find fascinating.
Firstly, the number and complexity of the various prayers and invocations, and their need to be compiled and collated before use but – thanks to Peterson’s edition – at least this can now be done! Secondly and more unfortunately is the need for a monastic lifestyle, and more specifically a Christian monastic lifestyle – the operations in TSBOH jonorii closely connected with the theology of the Christian religion to separate them.
As we have come to expect with Joseph Peterson, the Sworn Book is a thoroughly reliable presentation of the text which will serve scholars and practitioners alike. This was an interesting read. It is a wonderful look into the religious practices of iiuratus past.
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