This image of the “Solomonic Ring” is my own adaption, being done by my hand (obviously) and is based on the illustration of the Solomonic ring found in Harleianus 5596, folio 8v, which has been published both in Ioannis Marathakis’ The Magical Treatise of Solomon (Hygromanteia as well as Dr. Stephen Skinner’s Techniques of Solomonic Magic. I have made slight alterations, including the addition of the barbarous names from Parisinus Gr. 2419 of the National Library of Paris. They are:
Koliron, Sabaoth, Bianem, Elloa, Sougeo, Akro
Masterwort and Motherwort are herbal expressions of Mars and Venus, also expressed by the pentagram and septagram, which can be seen together in the image of Joseph von Hammer-Purgstall's Mysterium Baphometis Revalatum, within the Leaving Idealism Empirical Hermetics presentation. In that video I mistakenly call the septagram of Venus a hexagram.
These figures of Venus and Mars are expressed in the Greek daimons Athena and Ares, as well as the daimons of many other times and places. I chose to note these two here because in the Greek Magical Papyri (PGM), specifically PGM IV. 2967 - 3006 it says, “…and give us power as Ares and Athena do”.
Athena is a goddess of war, of strategy, tactics, and diplomatic negotiating. The ring is to be made from a silver coin depicting Athena holding an olive branch (which we know from the Wand Wood blog post corresponds to Ares) and wielding a shield. This coin is the Standing Liberty Quarter. The band is iron, marked on each shoulder by the martial pentagram. This as a whole is representative of Venus in Ares.The description of Proclus of Athena bearing an ax is extremely interesting given the imagery of Ares Decan 1.
I walk you through the making of the ring in a step-by-step video you can find here.
We are told that Solomon’s power over the spirits came from the magical ring. It is as well said to protect the operator from the stinking fumes and the poisonous breath of a number of daimons.
It is to be consecrated in the fumes of masterwort and motherwort, while this prayer is said over it: