While a number of occult works claim to be from earlier periods and other regions than where they were actually published, textual evidence demonstrates that the book must have been written between and , which encompasses the claimed date of The author remains unknown, but Peterson believes one Jacques Gohory — to be the most likely possibility. Gohory, like Zwinger and Perna, was a Paracelsian. The Olympian spirits featured in it are entirely original. Waite , quite clear of the Christian nature of the work if dissatisfied with its ideas of practical magic , writes that the book is devoid of black magic and without any connection to the Greater or Lesser Keys of Solomon. Indeed, the Arbatel is both broadly and deeply rooted in classical culture, including Ancient Greek philosophy , the Sibylline oracles and Plotinus , in addition to the contemporaneous theology and occult philosophy of figures such as Iovianus Pontanus and Johannes Trithemius.
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The number for Bethor is evidently 42 given that the total is see below and the fact that all the others are 7 less than their predecessor. So that there are 7 Olympick Provinces in the whole Universe. But in this place it is to be explained, in what maner these Princes and Powers may be drawn into communication. Aratron appeareth in the first hour of Saturday,8 and very truely giveth answers concerning his Provinces and Provincials. So likewise do the rest appear in order in their days and hours.
Also every one of them ruleth yeers. The beginning of their simple Anomaly, in the 60 yeer before the Nativity of Christ, was the beginning of the administration of Bethor, and it lasted until the yeer of our Lord Christ To whom succeeded Phaleg, until the yeer. Then began Och, and continued until the year , and thenceforth Hagith ruleth untill the year Deinde OCH ad annum. That is, Aratron rules over Saturday, and the first hour thereof, and so the rest of the spirits in succession.
Magically the Princes of the seven Governments are called simply, in that time, day and hour wherein they rule visibly or invisibly, by their Names and Offices which God hath given unto them; and by proposing their Character which they have given or confirmed. The governor Aratron hath in his power those things which he doth naturally, that is, after the same manner and subject as those things which in Astronomy are ascribed to the power of Saturn.
Those things which he doth of his own free will, are, That he can convert any thing into a stone in a moment, either animal or plant, retaining the same object to the sight. He converteth treasures into coles, and coles into treasure. He giveth familiars with a definite power. He teacheth Alchymy, Magick, and Physick. He reconcileth the subterranean spirits to men; maketh hairy men. He causeth one to bee invisible. The barren he maketh fruitful, and giveth long life.
His character. He hath under him 49 Kings, 42 Princes, 35 Presidents, 28 Dukes, 21 Ministers, standing before him; 14 familiars, seven messengers: he commandeth legions of spirits; the number of a legion is Conuertit thesauuros in carbones, ac contra carbones in thesauros. Dat familiares cum definita potestate. Docet Alchimiam, Magiam, Physicam. Facit inuisibilem. Bether [sic] governeth those things which are ascribed to Jupiter: he soon cometh being called.
He that is dignified with his character, he raiseth to very great dignities, to cast open treasures: he reconcileth the spirits of the aire, that they give true answers: they transport precious stones from place to place, and they make medicines to work miraculously in their effects: he giveth also familiars of the firmament, and prolongeth life to yeares if God will. Quem suo charactere dignatur, ad maximas dignitates euehit, obiicit thesauros Aereos conciliat Spiritus, qui vera dant responsa.
Phalec [sic] ruleth those things which are attributed to Mars, the Prince of peace. He that hath his character he raiseth to great honours in warlike affaires. CHARACTER Och governeth solar things; he giveth yeares, with perfect health; he bestoweth great wisdom, giveth the most excellent Spirits, teacheth perfect Medicines: he converteth all things into most pure gold and precious stones: he giveth gold, and a purse springing with gold.
He that is dignified with his Character, he maketh him to be worshipped as a Deity, by the Kings of the whole world. The Character. He hath under him Legions: he administreth all things alone: and all his spirits serve him by centuries. Hagith governeth Venereous things. He that is dignified with his Character, he maketh very fair, and to be adorned with all beauty.
He converteth copper into gold, in a moment, and gold into copper: he giveth Spirits which do faithfully serve those to whom they are addicted. He hath Legions of Spirits and over every thousand he ordaineth Kings for their appointed seasons. Dat spiritus qui fideliter inseruiunt iis, quibus addicuntur. Ophiel is the governour of such things as are attributed to Mercury: his Character is this. His Spirits are Legions: he easily giveth Familiar Spirits: he teacheth all Arts: and he that is dignified with his Character, he maketh him to be able in a moment to convert Quicksilver into the Philosophers stone.
Phul hath this Character. He changeth all metals into silver, in word and deed; governeth Lunary things; healeth the dropsie: he giveth spirits of the water, who do serve men in a corporeal and visible form; and maketh men to live yeers.
The most general Precepts of this Secret. Every Governour acteth with all his Spirits, either naturally, to wit, always after the same maner; or otherwise of their own free-will, if God hinder them not. Every Governour is able to do all things which are done naturally in a long time, out of matter before prepared; and also to do them suddenly, out of matter not before prepared.
As Och, the Prince of Solar things, prepareth gold in the mountains in a long time; in a less time, by the Chymical Art; and Magically, in a moment. The true and divine Magician may use all the creatures of God, and offices of the Governours of the world, at his own will, for that the Governours of the world are obedient unto them, and come when they are called, and do execute their commands: but God is the Author thereof: as Joshua caused the Sun to stand still in heaven.
They send some of their Spirits to the Mean Magicians, which do obey them onely in some determinate business: but they hear not the false Magicians, but expose them to the deceits of the devils, and cast them into divers dangers, by the Command of God; as the Prophet Jeremiah testifieth, in his eighth Chapter, concerning the Jews. In all the elements there are the seven Governours with their hosts, who do move with the equal motion of the firmament; and the inferiours do always depend upon the superiours, as it is taught in Philosophy.
A man that is a true Magician, is brought forth a Magician from his mothers womb: others, who do give themselves to this office, are unhappie. This is that which John the Baptist speaketh of: No man can do any thing of himself, except it be given him from above. Every Character given from a Spirit, for what cause soever, hath his efficacie in this business, for which it is given, in the time prefixed: But it is to be used the same day and Planetary hour wherein it is given.
God liveth, and thy soul liveth: keep thy Covenant, and thou hast whatsoever the spirit shall reveal unto thee in God, because all things shall be done which the Spirit promiseth unto thee. Therefore it is most safe for the young practisers of Art, that they work by the offices of the Spirits alone, without their names; and if they are pre-ordained to attain the Art of Magick, the other parts of the Art will offer themselves unto them of their own accord.
Pray therefore for a constant faith, and God will bring to pass all things in due season. Olympus and the inhabitants thereof, do of their own accord offer themselves to men in the forms of Spirits, and are ready to perform their Offices for them, whether they will or not: by how much the rather will they attend you, if they are desired? But there do appear also evil Spirits, and destroyers, which is caused by the envy and malice of the devil; and because men do allure and draw them unto themselves with their sin, as a punishment due to sinners.
Whosoever therefore desireth familiarly to have a conversation with Spirits, let him keep himself from enormious [sic] sins, and diligently pray to the most High to be his keeper; and he shall break through all the snares and impediments of the devil: and let him apply himself to the service of God, and he will give him an increase in wisdom. Aphor All things are possible to them that believe them, and are willing to receive them; but to the incredulous and unwilling, all things are unpossible [sic]: there is no greater hinderance then a wavering minde, levity, unconstancy, foolish babbling, drunkenness, lusts, and disobedience to the word of God.
A Magician therefore ought to be a man that is godly, honest, constant in his words and deeds, having a firm faith toward God, prudent, and covetous of nothing but of wisdom about divine things. When you would call any of the Olympick Spirits, observe the rising of the Sun that day, and of what nature the Spirit is which you desire; and saying the prayer following, your desires shall be perfected.
Omnipotent and eternal God, who hast ordained the whole creation for thy praise and glory, and for the salvation of man, I beseech thee that thou wouldst send thy Spirit N. Nevertheless not my will be done, but thine, through Jesus Christ thy onely begotten Son, our Lord.
Invocation of the spirit. But thou shalt not detain the Spirit above a full hour, unless he be familiarly addicted unto thee. Sed vltra horam integram non defatiges Spiritum, nisi sit tibi familiariter addictus.
Forasmuch as thou camest in peace, and quietly, and hast answered unto my petitions; I give thanks unto God, in whole Name thou camest: and now thou mayest depart in peace unto thy orders; and return to me again when I shall call thee by thy name, or by thy order, or by thy office, which is granted from the Creator.
Be not rash with thy mouth, neither let thy heart be hasty to utter any thing before God; for God is in Heaven, and thou in earth: Therefore let thy words be few; for a dream cometh through the multitude of business. Dismissal of the spirit. Since it can also be found in Sloane ms. The third [fourth] Septenary. We call that a secret, which no man can attain unto by humane industry without revelation; which Science lieth obscured, hidden by God in the creature; which nevertheless he doth permit to be revealed by Spirits, to a due use of the thing it self.
And these secrets are either concerning things divine, natural or humane. But thou mayst examine a few, and the most select, which thou wilt commend with many more. Make a beginning of the nature of the secret, either by a Spirit in the form of a person, or by vertues separate, either in humane Organs, or by what manner soever the same may be effected; and this being known, require of a Spirit which knoweth that art, that he would briefly declare unto thee whatsoever that secret is: and pray unto God, that he would inspire thee with his grace, whereby thou maist bring the secret to the end thou desireth, for the praise and glory of God, and the profit of thy neighbour.
The greatest secrets are number seven. The first is the curing of all diseases in the space of seven dayes, either by character, or by natural things, or by the superior Spirits with the divine assistance.
The second is, to be able to prolong life to whatsoever age we please: I say, a corporal and natural life. The fourth is, to be able to discourse with knowledge and understanding of all things visible and invisible, and to understand the power of every thing, and to what it belongeth. The fifth is, that a man be able to govern himself according to that end for which God hath appointed him. The sixth is, to know God, and Christ, and his holy Spirit: this is the perfection of the Microcosmus.
The seventh, to be regenerate, as Henochius the King of the inferiour world. These seven secrets a man of an honest and constant minde may learn of the Spirits, without any offence unto God. Maxima secreta sunt numero septem. Primum, Est omnium morborum curatio, spatio septem dierum, vel per characteres, vel per naturalia, vel per superiores Spiritus cum diuino auxilio. Septimum, Regenerari vt sit Henochii rex inferioris mundi. The mean Secrets are likewise seven in number. The first is, the transmutation of Metals, which is vulgarly called Alchymy; which certainly is given to very few, and not but of special grace.
The second is, the curing of diseases with Metals, either by the magnetick vertues of precious stones, or by the use of the Philosophers stone, and the like. The third is, to be able to perform Astronomical and Mathematical miracles, such as are Hydraulick-engines, to administer business by the influence of Heaven, and things which are of the like sort.
The fourth is, to perform the works of natural Magick, of what sort soever they be. The fifth is, to know all Physical secrets. The sixth is, to know the foundation of all Arts which are exercised with the hands and offices of the body. The seventh is, to know the foundation of all Arts which are exercised by the angelical nature of man. Non est currentis neque volentis, sed miserentis Dei.
The lesser secrets are seven.
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