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I've long been interested in The Grimoire of Armadel in all its messy glory. Thought to have been written in the 17th Century, this grimoire was part of a British Library manuscript Lans. The author S. The reason I consider the Armadel messy, is that it seems to be missing key elements, instructions, and even a cohesive order.

At times it seems like a chimera created from pieces of other grimoires and magical tomes including the Arbatel and Agrippa's books of Occult Philosophy. That being said, it created a spark of interest in me and a desire to try a ritual using its format. After reading through the grimoire a few times I put together the following ritual in an order that seemed to make sense.

I would caution other practitioners to do the same as the chapter order is very confusing when one reads it through the first time. Although it is a heavily Christian grimoire, its language is poetic and sets an earnest tone for conjuration. The tools needed are minimal: a circle, a lamen, the sigil of the spirit one is calling, and a voice for prayers.

I chose to call upon the spirit Betel. He is a very docile Spirit who appeareth as soon as he is invoked. This should be either in a wood, or in a secluded garden, and one should be alone, whether it be by day or night.

In this there is taught in what way we can arrive at the possession of the virtues of all Creatures or created things ; there is further taught what and what kind be the virtues hereof, and what virtues be truly most powerful above all virtues of Creatures. There is also taught the reason of the laws of such virtues and their uses. I was at a stage in my life where I thought some insight would be very helpful.

I was juggling too many things and felt as though my life was more chaotic than it should be. I believed some advice from a wise, yet docile, spirit would be most helpful. You should wear this upon your left side near the heart before you proceed to invoke the Spirits, in order to make them obey you, and to gain from them that which you shall desire.

As there are no proper instructions for creating the circle within the grimoire itself, I just used a simple magical diagram. See Figure 2 below. The second round of prayers resembles a request for protection, a confession and a regeneration of faith. Sancte Michael auxiliate omnibus operationibus meis quoniam quis sicut Dominum Virtutum. O Saint Michael bring thine aid unto all mine Operations, for who is like unto the Lord of. Virtues; and assuredly there is none else but my Lord God, the only Great and terrible over all.

Also may the Lord God Jesus having imposed. Sancte Petre ad glorium et utilitatem proximi ure in me omnes iniquitates meas. O Saint Peter, unto the Divine Glory and the good of my neighbour, burn up in me all mine.

Sancte te humillime deprecor per vulnere tua sanctissima quae sunt fons regenerationis. Mary, ever Immaculate; and by all Thy Saints let me not be hindered in my work, unto death. Not unto us, O Lord,. Oration Before Operation : After the Soul is prepared for the work, the oration can begin. The oration is always made before the operation and must be performed with great humility.

Ad Majorem Nomini Tui gloriam, edificationem et utilitatem proximi mei. Creation of the Character or Sigil of the Spirit : The Armadel is full of sigils for angels, demons, spirits, genii and the like.

I made my sigil for the spirit Betel on a piece of parchment with an illustration from a vision I had to accompany his symbols. To balance his sigil I added protective names as I was holding the card in the circle with me. The Armadel itself simply asks for the spirit's sigil to be created and held in the circle. Recitation of Pater Noster, Ave, and Credo : Before the conjuration these prayers should be recited:.

Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who.

Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for Thine is the. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and in the hour of our death. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit, and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; He descended into hell. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic Church, the communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Conjuratio, Conjuration, and the License to Depart : The Conjurations and the License to Depart should be written out on virgin parchment. The second Conjuration is said only if the Conjuratio fails to work.

The Conjurations are to be said three times in a row, for three successive days, in the same place, and at the same hour. O Eternal Omnipotent God, Who has formed every creature unto Thy praise and honour, and for the Ministry of Man; I beseech Thee to send unto me the Spirit name of spirit of the name of class or Order of Spirits Order, who may inform and teach me concerning those things which I shall demand of him, nevertheless not my Will, but Thine, be done, through Thine Only-begotton Son Jesus Christ.

If the Conjuratio the first conjuration doesn't work then move on to the second Conjuration and follow the same pattern. If the first conjuration is successful and you get the information you need from the spirit, make sure you licence him to depart. When your desire is satisfied and you obtain what you need from the spirit you must license him to depart.

Seeing that peaceably and in quiet thou hast come, and hast made answer unto me in this my petition, I return thanks unto God, in Whose Name thou hast come. Depart hence in peace unto thine habitations, and be though ready to return whensoever I shall have called thee.

Through Christ our Lord! First Attempt : My first attempt at contacting Betel failed even though I had done the grimoire's preparations correctly. The location I chose was an out of the way stone circle. Ireland No matter the effort I received no understandable communication save the image of a large, black, porcelain,beetle.

Its carapace was tightly closed. Light was visible leaking out of the cracks in the shell, but no matter how I manipulated the image I could not open the shell, or peer inside it. I sat in frustrated silence as dusk was fast approaching.

I was then told I couldn't open the shell until the moon was out of its void course and when I had time to be truly alone for a proper discussion. The sound of a man walking through the underbrush shook me from my focus. A photographer had decided to join me in the stone circle and take photographs as the sun was setting.

When I got home I checked my notes and discovered the moon was indeed 'void of course', so I planned to do the ritual again at a more auspicious hour and in a more private location with no risk of interruption. Second attempt : My second attempt at contacting Betel was successful in a way that surprised me. I chose a more appropriate time and location. I was in a secluded garden, and sat waiting in the deep grass.

The sky was a brilliant blue, the air crisp, and the coconut smell of gorse drifted on the breeze. After setting up the ritual and humbly reciting the prayers, I conjured the spirit Betel and awaited his arrival.

As the Armadel stated, my wait was not long. Within a couple of minutes a raven called and lit briefly on a branch near me before flying up into the hills. I sat cross-legged in the grass and started to close my eyes. In my peripheral vision, I could see my seated shadow and another shadow that appeared to be of someone sitting next to me. Betel he pronounced it Beh-tale had decided to make his appearance that of a human male with shaggy brown hair, a brownish open-necked shirt, and soft brownish-green pants.

He reminded me of someone who spent most of his time out of doors, smelling as warm and inviting as a summer's day. He placed a black porcelain orb near the centr of the circle I had drawn. The orb was about the size of a football.

Upon closer inspection I could see that it was the shiny black beetle from the previous conjuration attempt. Its carapace streamed lights from various cracks on its body, primarily where the wings were located.

Betel leaned forward and opened the beetle in the manner of one opening a jewelry box. I was immediately flooded with streaming imagery. The light from the shell poured forth moving pictures of plants unfurling their leaves to the rain, a fox chasing a hare through the underbrush, wolves running a stag through deep snow, an eagle catching a salmon, the roar of a storm lashing though the trees, waves crashing on the beach, mice scurrying underground, the seasons moving from one to the next, insects clambering over a body, mushrooms pushing up through the dark earth and more.

I could feel a sense of urgency creep into my system and push up into my heart. I teetered on the verge of being overwhelmed due to the kaleidoscope of sensory input and then there was a release, a deep sudden intake of breath, and an enveloping feeling of bliss. We sat together quietly as I let the impressions sink in, and then I asked what the beetle symbolised, but immediately became embarrassed as realisation struck me. The beetle was a layered tangible symbol for the spirit himself. It was a play on his name as well as a representation of a scarab.

Betel indicated that yes, the scarab is also one of his symbols. The black carapace is a shield against those who wish to extract information from him in an unseemly manner. I asked Betel in what way we can arrive at the possession of the virtues of all Creatures and created things, and what kind of virtue is the most important.

A few minutes passed; I felt as though Betel was looking across the landscape into the hills. I could hear the rustle of the dried lily fronds as they brushed against the old stone wall.

I could smell a storm coming from the sea despite the sun warming us. I could feel my heart beat.


The Magic of Armadel (Electronic Version)

Of all the old grimoires of ceremonial magic I have read, the Grimoire of Armadel strikes me as the most Christian influenced. By way of example, consider this preparatory instruction:. This deference to the Trinity and the angels of God runs throughout the text and it is clear that the writer, who presents himself as Armadel, sees holiness as an essential requirement for a safe and successful magical operation. The writer also appears to have been more interested in self transformation than power over others.


The Grimoire of Armadel


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