An Initial Word
This is going to be a blog series on my working through Joseph Peterson’s The Lesser Key of Solomon, also known as the Lemegeton Clavicula Salomonis. Please purchase it here, if you so choose to begin your own adventure. You may also join Charm the Water’s discord channel dedicated to The Lesser Key of Solomon here.
To begin this quest is to seek entry into Chapel Perilous - that’s my warning. My own magical experience to date is having worked through the Trithemian system (which took me exactly 777 days), and I got far more than I bargained for. Integration of my experiences was a struggle for well over 3 years. The walls of Jericho within mind, made of presupposition, finally gave way.
In this series I am going to do my best to keep personal gnosis out, and though this is an admiral practice, it is wrought with the hopelessness of idealism. Remember well Sherlock Holmes, the ideal ratiocinator, was created by an idealist, idealizing ratiocination. It’s all paradox; all Borges and Sterne and Rabelais, not to mention Cervantes. I’ll keep the most outrageous personal gnosis mostly within the Charm the Water podcast or hereabouts in another place suited to its sole focus.
Our focus here is on a more sound themelios, a practical approach to understanding some of the logic behind the technology of “Solomonic” spirit evocation, or conjurin’ as my favorite contrarian magus likes to put it.
When to Call the Spirits
Part 1: Of the Arte Goetia calls the Lunar Days appropriate to evocation Observations. These are the 2nd, 4th, 6th, 8th, 10th, 12th and 14th Days of the Moon.
A Lunar Day is the amount of time it takes the Moon to make a full rotation on it’s axis in relation to the Sun. Over a long period of orbit around Earth the Moon and Earth entered into what is called called tidal locking, or captured rotation, or gravitational locking. As a consequence, we on Earth always see the same face of the Moon. This captured rotation also means that the time it takes the Moon’s rotation is the same as it’s rotation around a completed Earth orbit.
These Lunar days given are the first 7 multiples of 2.
7+2 = 9, number of the Moon.
The first 7 multiples of 2 added together are 56 (5+6=11). Checking Godwin’s Cabalistic Encyclopedia we find under the entry of 56 listed the word Yom, the Hebrew word for Day. By way of the art and science of hermeneutics we find this word yom used in a variety of literal and metaphoric ways, by far the most interesting being the creation days within the Genesis story of the Torah. Before these days of creation began the world was emptiness and futility, as is the desert described. Nothingness. Deep waters. Void. The concept of primordial Chaos.
In short order we read that Ruach Elohim, a plural noun, moved on the surface of the waters, and the first day of creation began. I find this interaction with the surface of water incredibly fascinating, as you can tell by my naming the place here.
A dyne is a unit of force that, acting on a mass of one gram, increases its velocity by one centimeter per second every second along the direction that it acts. The surface tension of water is 72 dynes/cm at 25°C . It would take a force of 72 dynes to break a surface film of water 1 cm long. 72 is a fascinating number on so many fronts, from the number of accomplices of Set who plotted to murder Osiris, to the 72 demons, 72 nations in the 10th chapter of Genesis, 72 disciples of Buddha, to the Zodiac separated into 72 decans at every 5 degrees.
Genesis says the waters were moved upon, rachaph.
This notion of stirring the deeps immediately brings up the Samudra Manthan found in the Bhagavata Purana, in the Mahabharata and in the Vishnu Purana. Long story short, this is a major event between the devas and asuras when the ocean was churned and many wondrous things arose from the deeps, among them Chandra the Moon. Go read about it here.
The Moon arising from the Abzu. An intriguing hypothesis to contemplate that would lend understanding into Lunar goddesses such as Persephone and Hekate. New Moons and eclipses also can be seen in the light of a different inexplicable darkness by nigromancers.
In Egyptian myth Thoth and Nu were around before Horus the Elder, Osiris, Set, Isis and Nepthys. The year was around 360 days long and Nu was unable to bear children during these days. Thoth loves to gamble and so he was betting Khonsu, the Moon, for 1/72nd of its light (360/72 = 5), or 5 days, and he of course won. The year became 365 days and during these 5 days, Nu gave birth to Kheru-ur (Horus the Elder, Face of Heaven), Osiris, Set, Isis, and Nepthys. This reflects the changing from a Lunar calendar to a Solar calendar.
The Egyptian goddess Nu, which we know as the Thelemic Nuit is also listed in Godwin’s under the number 56. Five is the number of the pentagram and six the number of the hexagram. These combined give us the number of 11, our number.
In Jake Stratton-Kent’s excellent Pandemonium the weekdays of The Grimoire of Honorius are worked through thoughtfully, and Monday, first day of the lunar week, is that day of Lucifer / Trinitas, Emperor of all sublunar spirits. The Lunar week begins, and from within its waxing cycles of even Lunar days - the first 7 multiples of 2, creative prowess is exercised by the exorcist, hazel wand in hand.
Creating the Seals of the Spirits
The metals the spirit seals are made from depend on the spirit’s rank:
Kings - Gold - Sun
Marquises -Silver - Moon
Dukes - Copper - Venus
Prelates - Tin - Jupiter
Knights - Lead - Saturn
Presidents - Mercury - Mercury
Earles - Copper & Silver - Moon
I have created Gaap’s seal in tin by way of lead-free solder that has a high tin content. I will post the ensuing personal gnosis elsewhere very soon, and we will continue this blog series as I move along with other tool creation.