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Referred to as the Hygromanteia, or The Magical Treatise of Solomon are ancient texts which are believed to date back to the 15th century and offer knowledge on creating planetary, daily, and hourly talismans, how to forge a magic sword, vessels for divination and conjuration, a series of wax figures, scrolls written in the blood of a bat, a magical ring, magic clothing, a garland, and how to control summoned spirits.
This ancient compilation of texts is an ancient grimoire which offers its reader knowledge of divination, the uses of plants and herbs, and astrology, as well as principles of magic.
The Magical Treatise of Solomon is one of two handbooks of magic, with the Key of Solomon being the second grimoire. The Key of Solomon is considered as the most enduring, influential, and notorious Solomonic book ever found.
These two ancient compilations of magic and incantations are said to have been written by the biblical King Solomon.
King Solomon possessed a knowledge inspired by the teachings of an angel, who appeared to him very submissive and obedient offering wisdom and many other gifts.
The Magical Treatise of Solomon is commonly known as the Little Key of the Whole Art of Hygromancy Found by Several Craftsmen and by the Holy Prophet Solomon, or simply as the Hygromanteia.
These Byzantine-era magic spells allegedly were instructions written by Solomon to his son Rehoboam, offering knowledge on divination, the uses of plants and herbs, and astrology, as well as principles of magic.
The English version of the Magical Treatise of Solomon was made available for the first time in 2011 when it was edited by Ioannis Marathakis.
This translation is regarded as a unique version and experts state that:
“For the first time (outside of a handful of pages in academic works) the full Greek original of the Key of Solomon appears in English.”
This ancient grimoire offers instructions on creating planetary, daily, and hourly talismans. Furthermore, it offers detailed instructions on how to forge a magic sword, vessels for divination and conjuration, a series of vax figures, scrolls written in the blood of a bat, a magical ring, magic clothing, a garland, and how to control summoned spirits.
Furthermore, The Magical Treatise also offers details on how to perform Angelic conjurations, general prayers to God, and prayers to control planetary influences.
Among other things, this ancient collection of spells details a number of astrological belies, and explains the relationship that exists among different planets and specific plants.
The ancient texts names different angels and demons over different planets, days and hours, and what functions they perform.
There are three main editions:
- The Magical Treatise of Solomon, or Hygromanteia; Trans. & Ed. Ioannis Marathakis, Fore. Stephen Skinner; Golden Hoard Press, 2011.
- Translation of select manuscripts in Solomon, the Esoteric King: From King to Magus, Development of a Tradition (pp. 231–309); by Pablo A. Torijano, Brill, Jan 2002. Also featured in pp. 311–325 of Old Testament Pseudepigrapha: More Noncanonical Scriptures, Volume 1; ed.s Richard Bauckham, James R. Davila, Alexander Panayotov; Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2013.
- Transcription of one manuscript in Anecdota Atheniensia’(pp. 397–445), by Armand Delatte; Liége, 1927. Noted to be the most well known