Arbatel: Concerning the Magic of Ancients

Seven are the governors or different functions of the Olympics, which God has instituted for taking care of all that happens in this world. Their visible stars are ARATRON, BETHOR, PHALEG, OCH, HAGITH, OPHIEL and PHUL, in the Olympic language. In addition each one of these has under them manifold forces of the Heavens. (Arbatel, Aphorism 16, translated by me)

Arbatel: De Magia Veterum is a 16th century European mystical text, likely published by Peter Perna in Basel, Switzerland. It is what most people would call a grimoire, which means a catalog of spirits along with instructions on how to contact and work with them successfully. Continue reading “Arbatel: Concerning the Magic of Ancients”

Phul, Shield of the Moon


PHUL likes this character:

They transmute all metals into Silver, in word and deed: they steer Lunar matters. They heal swellings from water. They give Water spirits, which manifest in corporeal and visible form (i.e. on the physical plane, BM). They make one live 300 years.

On the day and in the hour of the Moon, I prepare a list of topics to talk about with Phul, the Olympic governor of all things Lunar. Continue reading “Phul, Shield of the Moon”

Aratron, quiet Omnipresence

The governor ARATRON have in their power those things which they do naturally, that is, in manner and subject the same as those things which in “Astronomy of Grace” (apparently a lost book by Paracelsus, BM) are ascribed to the power of Saturn.

Truly, the things which they perform of their own free will, are,

  1. That they have the power to transmute any thing into stone instantly, either animal or plant, retaining its appearance.
  2. They convert treasures into coals, and coals into treasure.
  3. They give familiars with a specific power.
  4. They teach Alchemy, Magic, and Physics.
  5. They reconcile the subterranean spirits (called Pygmies, probably Gnomes are meant, BM) to men; the hairy men.
  6. They make invisible.
  7. They make the infertile fertile, and give longevity.

They have under them 49 Kings, 42 Princes, 35 Presidents, 28 Dukes, 21 Ministers, standing before them; 14 familiars, seven messengers: they command 36,000 legions of spirits; the number of a legion is 490.

On Saturn’s day and hour, I finally get around to talk to Aratron, the saturnine Governor mentioned in the Arbatel. Continue reading “Aratron, quiet Omnipresence”

Bethor, Ruler of Infinities

BETHOR governs the things ascribed to Jupiter: when called they come quickly. The Magician that is dignified with Bethor’s character, Bethor raises to the highest dignities. Bethor exposes treasures to the Magician. Bethor reconciles the spirits of the Air, who then answer truly. These spirits move things and precious stones from place to place, and they make medicines miraculous in their effects: they also give familiars of the firmament, and they have the power to prolong life to 700 years, if God wills it so.

They have under them 42 Kings, 35 Princes, 28 Dukes, 21 Counsellors, 14 Ministers, 7 Messengers, 29,000 legions of Spirits.

On the day of Jupiter and in the tail-end of the hour of Jupiter, I sat down to talk to Bethor, the Olympic spirit ruling over all things appointed to Jupiter. Continue reading “Bethor, Ruler of Infinities”

Och, Splendor of the Sun

OCH governs solar things; they give 600 years, along with a strong constitution; they bestow wisdom, give most excellent Spirits, teach perfect Medicine: they convert all things into purest gold and precious stones: they give gold, and a purse bringing forth gold. Magicians who are dignified with Och’s Character, Och makes them to be worshipped as a god of the heavens by kings all over the world.

They have under them 36,536 Legions: alone they manage everything: and all their spirits serve them throughout the centuries.

On Sunday in the hour of the Sun, I am inviting the Olympic spirit of Och to talk to me.
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A message from Hagith to you

HAGITH governs the Venereal. Whoever is dignified with their character, they make most beautiful, and adorned with all grace. They instantly turn copper into gold, and gold back into copper. They give spirits which will faithfully serve those to whom they are appointed.

They have 4,000 legions of spirits, and for every thousand they put in charge rulers for the appointed times.

On the day of Venus, in the hour of Venus, I grab Peterson’s version of the Arbatel (for the sigil) and my magic notebook and go on my balcony. Some time prior I had thought about what to talk about. My main aim is just to say “hello”, this being, to my knowledge, our first conversation. Continue reading “A message from Hagith to you”

A quick conjuration of Ophiel


OPHIEL is the governor of everything Mercurial; their Character is such:

Their Spirits reach 100,000 Legions: they give Familiar Spirits most easily: they teach all arts: and Magicians that are dignified with Ophiel’s character are empowered to instantly transmute Quicksilver into the Philosophers Stone.

On the day of Mercury, in the mid-day hour of Mercury, I summon Ophiel from the Arbatel for the first time. Continue reading “A quick conjuration of Ophiel”