'But if man wants to achieve this, he must unite himself with the angelic mind and become alike.'

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 ✶ Overview


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Pelagius II Libri - Detailed Analysis

A detailed ritual analysis of the 'Two Books by Pelagius Eremita of Knowledge and Name of One's Good Angel' (15th century). Intended for the modern practitioner, particular emphasis is put on the underlying theological assumptions and the ritual practice of this mystical text.  

 

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The General-Key of Johann Trithemius

An 18th century, most concise grimoire - consisting of a magical primer still providing the blueprint for many modern versions, as well as a blueprint ritual to create a ‘universal materia’ for planetary spirit work. A most notable document, riding the fence between classical ritual magic and traditional witch-work. While spuriously attributed to Trithemius it should be read alongside his authentic instructions on the ‘Powder of Pelagius’.

 

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Trithemius & his Magical Master Pelagius Eremita

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A new and original study on Johann Trithemius and the occult figure of his magical teacher Pelagius the Hermit. Based upon available source-texts as well as mainly German-language academic studies we piece together the puzzle of this most enigmatic and yet hugely influential author on the Western Tradition of Magic.    

 

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Johann Trithemius - Life & Work

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© Prof. Klaus Arnold | translation Frater Acher
The first English translation of a most concise biographical sketch originally published in German in 1983. The author, Professor Klaus Arnold is the leading authority on the life, works and many unpublished manuscripts of Johann Trithemius, as well as the author of his most comprehensive biography to date.

 

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The Powder of Pelagius

An new and original essay exploring a most powerful talismanic powder mentioned by Trithemius in his Antipalus, to be used against demonic afflictions and as part of exorcistic rites. The essay features both the reconstruction of the original recipe as well as an introduction to the related practice of the 'witch's bath'.     

 

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Ars Phytonica: On the Use of Mantic Skulls

A detailed analysis of the short grimoire 'Ars Phytonica', consisting of an authentic manuscript of Western mantic skull magic. We trace the use of divinatory skulls back to the Old Testament, examine its use in the PGM, discover its poetic echoes in Medieval Jewish lore and learn to read the hidden context of this original grimoire of probably late Renaissance origin.   

 

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Bibliography

A growing body of bibliographic works covering the subjects of the Holy Daimon project, with particular focus on Pelagius Eremita. All references given in the online essays on this webpage, refer to the authors and titles listed on this continuously expanding page.

 

 

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