The Lesser Key of Solomon, also known as Clavicula Salomonis Regis or Lemegeton, is an anonymous grimoire (or spell book) on demonology. It was compiled in the midth century, mostly from materials a couple of centuries older. It is divided into five books—the Ars Goetia, Ars Theurgia-Goetia, Ars Paulina. The Goetia: The Lesser Key of Solomon the King: Lemegeton – Clavicula Salomonis Regis, Book 1 [Aleister Crowley, Hymenaeus Beta, Samuel Liddell. It is considered by many to be the primary source work in goetic evocation. The Goetia: The Lesser Key of Solomon the King: Lemegeton – Clavicula.
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This digital edition by Joseph H. Compare with Johann Weyer Pseudomonarchia Daemonum. A considerably enlarged edition of the Lesser Key of Solomon is now available: Twilit Grotto — Esoteric Archives. The first principall spirit is a king ruling in y e East, called Bael. This is his Character w ch is to be worne as a Lamen before him who calleth him forth, or lemrgeton he will not doe you homage.
The second spirit is a Duke called Agareshe is under y e power of y e East and cometh up in the form of a fair Old man riding upon a Crocodill, very mildly, carrying a goshawke on his fist. This is his seal. This is his seal, w ch is to be worne by the Magician when he Invocateth. The 5 th spirit is called Marbas — he is a great presedent, and appeareth at first in y e forme of a great Lyon: The 7 t spirit is Amon.
The translator obviously misunderstood the Latin here. The 14 th spirit is called Leraye or Leraje [written intra linea]. The 17 th spirit is called Botis a great president and an Earle; he appeareth at y e [first] shew in y e form of an ugly viper Then at y e command of y e Magician he putteth on humane shape, with great teeth, Two horns, carring a sharp bright sword in his hand, he telleth of all Things past and to come and reconcileth friends and kemegeton, he governeth lemegetoj Legions of spirits his seal is this, that he obeyeth when he seeth it.
The goetiq spirit is called Morax he is a great Earle and a president, he appeareth like a great Bull w th a mans face; his office is: The 28 th spirit getia order as salomon bound them, is named Berith.
He can make men wounderfull knowing in all Liberall siences; he ruleth 40 Legions of yoetia, his seal is as this [shown], w ch weare as a Lamen before y uor else he w ill not obey you. The 32 d spirit in order is called Asmoday. The 33 d spirit is Gaap. The 47 th spirit is called Vual. The 63 spirit is called Goegiahe is a great Marquiz appearing in y e forme of an angell w th a head like a Black night Raven, ridding upon a strong black woolf, w th a sharpe bright sword flourishing in his hand, his office is to sow discords, if y e Exorcist hath not care he will kill him and his fellows, he governeth 30 Legions of spirits his seal is Thus to be [made, and] worne as a Lamin lemdgeton [thee] on your Breast.
Note this kink [! The 70 th spirit in order is called Seerehe is a Mighty Prince and powerfull under Amaymon, king of y e East he appeareth in y e forme of a Beautifull Man, riding on a strong horse w th wings: Thou art to observe first y e Moones age for y r working. The seals of those 72 kings are to be made in Mettalls, The cheefest King inMarquisses inDukes in. Marquizes may be bound from 3 of y e Clock in y e after Noon till nine at night and from 9 at n t lemegeotn till sunrising.
Dukes may be bound from sunrising till Noonday in clear weather. Prelates may be bound in any hour of the day. Knights may be bound from y e dawning of y e day till sunrising or from four of y e Clock till sunset. Compare with version found in de Abano: The Pentagonall ffigure of Solomon This figure is to be made in or and worne upon the brest with the seal of the spirit on one [the other] side of itt.
Goetia the Lesser Key of Solomon the King: Lemegeton, Book 1 Clavicula Salomonis Regis
The Secret Seal of Salomon. The fforme of the brasse vessel that Salomon shut Those spirits In.
In Hebrew letters may be transcribed as: This seems to be based on the experiment of Bealphares in Scot, which says it can also be made from “a hart’s skin” i. Compare also Sloane r. This text from Psalm This oration also occurs widely in magical texts. The version in the Heptameron is almost identical, and indeed the version in Goetia ggoetia probably based directly on de Abano.
The Conjuration for to call forth any of the forsaid spirits I Invocate and conjure you spirit N.
Lemegeton Clavicula Salomonis (‘The Lesser Key of Solomon’)
Adonay Sadaythe Kinge of kings commandeth you: Say this as often as you please. And if they com not then say as ffolloweth. Agla, On, Tetragrammatonthat you at once fulfill what I desire.
If you come so farr, and he yet doth not appeare you may be sure he is sent to some lemeegeton place by his king, and cannot come and if it be lemegdton Invocate the king as followeth to send him, But if he doth not come still, Then you may be sure he is bound in chains in hell: After you have Invocated the king in this manner twise or thrice over, then conjure y e spirit you would have calld forth by the aforsaid conjurations rehearsing them severall times together, and he will come without doubt if not at y e first or second time rehearsing.
But if he doth not come, add the spirits Lemegetn to the end of y e afforsaid Conjuration and he will be forced to come even if he be Bound in chains: O thou wicked and disobedient spirit, because thou hast rebelled and not obeyed nor regarded my words which I have rehearsed They being all most glorious and Incomprehensible names of y e true god Maker and creator of you and me and all the world, I by the power of those names w ch no creature is able to resist doe curse you into the debts [!
When you have read so farr and he doth not come, Then write his name and seal in [on] virgins parch [parchment] and put it into a black Box with Brimstone aquafateda [assafoetida] and such things that have a stincking strong smell and bind the Box round with a wire and hang it on y e swords point and hold it over the fire of Charcoles, and say to the fire first [as followeth] it being placed toward that quarter the spirit is to come [The Conjuration of the fire] I conjure thee you [O] fire by him that made thee and all other good creatures in the world that you Torment Burne and consume this spirit N.
I condem [condemn] thee thou spirit N. If he cometh not yet, say as followeth: Here the Exorcist must put the box into the fire and by and by he will come. But as soone as he is come quickly quench the fire that the Box is in and make a sweet perfume and give him a kind entertainment shewing him the pentacle that is at y e bottom of y e vesture covered with linnen cloath, saying.
Behold the Pentacle of Salomon which I have brought heare before thy presence: Behold your conclusion if you refuse to be obedient; Behold the pentacle of Solomon, which I have brought into your presence; behold the person of the exorcist in the middle of the exorcism, who is armed by God, without fear, and well provided, who potently invocateth and calleth you by exorcising; come, therefore, with speed, by the virtue of these names; Aye Saraye, Aye Saraye; defer not to come, by the eternal names of the living and true God, Eloy, Archima, Rabur, and by the pentacle of Solomon here present, which powerfully reigns over you; and by the virtue of the celestial spirits, your lords; and by the person of the exorcist, in the middle of the exorcism: Then they or he will be obedient and bid you ask what you will for they are subjected by god to fullfill your desiers and demands, and when they or he are appeared and shewed themselves humble and meek, Then you are to say [as followeth]:.
Welcom [thou] [spirit N. Welcome spirits, or most noble princes, because I have called you through Him to whom every knee doth bow, both of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; in whose hands are all the kingdoms of kings, neither is there any able to contradict his Majesty. Wherefore, I bind you, that you remain affable and visible before this circle, so long and so constant; neither shall you depart without my licence, until you have truly and without any fallacy performed my will, by virtue of his power who hath set the sea her bounds, beyond which it cannot pass, nor go beyond the law of his providence, viz.
The licence to depart O Thou spirit N. Because thou hast very dilligently answered my demands and was ready and willing to come at my first call I doe hear licence thee to depart unto thy proper place without doeing any Injury or danger to any man or beast depart I say and be ever reddy to come at my call being duly Exorcised and conjured by y e sacred rites of Magicke.
I charge thee to withdraw peacebly and quiet1y, and the peace of God be ever continued between me and the [thee]. After you have given the spirit licence [to depart] you are not to go out of y e Circle till they be gone and you have made prayers unto god ffor the great blessing he hath bestowed upon you in granting you your desiers and delivering you from the malice of the Enemy the devill.
The End of the First Part which is called Goetia.