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The Conjuror’s Magazine

Vol 1 No 3 (October 1791) p.80; Vol 1 No 5 (December 1791) p.142.

 

This table of planetary names and numbers has been taken (unacknowledged) from Cornelius Agrippa's Three Books of Occult Philosophy, Book 2, Chapter 22.  Bne Seraphim and Tiriel both appear in William Blake’s works - see Marsha Keith Schuchard's reference to Mark Perugini’s TLS article. The divine names and intelligences listed here suggest for me the invocation of angelic or dæmonic spirits rather than "necromancy or evocation of the spirits of the dead" that Schuchard thinks Gilbert may have practiced and taught.  In Agrippa's table, there is also a third column listing the names in Hebrew. Because these are not printed, some lines such as the two 16's under Jupiter appear to have no name attached. In all such cases a Hebrew name exists in Agrippa's table.

 

 

MAGIC.

 

We shall introduce our magical department with a list of the numbers and correspondent names attributed to the planets, introductory to the mode of forming their tablets and formularies.

 

[DI]VINE NAMES CORRESPONDING TO THE NUMBERS OF SATURN.

 

  3  Ab.

  9  Hod.

15  Jah.

15  Hod.

45  Tetragrammaton extended.

45  Agiel, Intelligence of Saturn.

45  Zazel. Dæmon of Saturn.

 

OF JUPITER.

 

    4  Abba.

  16  

  16 

  34  El ab.

136  Johphiel, Intelligence of Jupiter

136  Hismael, Dæmon of Jupiter

 

OF MARS.

 

    5  He, a letter of the Holy name.

  25 

  65  Adonai.

325  Graphiel, Intelligence of Mars.

325  Barzabel, Dæmon of Mars.

 

OF VENUS.

 

      7 

    49  Hagiel, Intelligence of Venus.

  157  Kedemel, Dæmon of Venus.

1225  Bne Seraphim, Intelligences of Venus.

 

OF MERCURY.

 

      8  Asboga, Octonary, extended.

    64  Din.

    64  Doni.

  260 Tiriel, Intelligence of Mercury

2080  Taphthartharath, Dæmon of Mercury.

 

OF SUN.

 

    6  Vau, a letter of the Holy name.

    6  He extended, a letter of the Holy name.

  36  Eloh.

111  Nachiel, Intelligence of Sun.

666  Sorath, Dæmon of Sun.

 

AND OF MOON

 

      9  Hod.

    81  Elim.

  369  Hasmodai, Dæmon of Moon.

3321  Schedbarschemoth Schartathan, Dæmon of the Dæmons of Moon.

3321  Malchabetharsisim Hedberuah Schehakim, Intelligence of the Intelligences of Moon.

 

Before any person venture to use the agency of spirits, he ought to secure first himself. Let him take care to make himself a master, with an unshakeable capital, and be capable of executing every branch of the business himself before he takes a partner; otherwise he will be either cheated or abused, or, at least, disappointed of benefit. I say partnership, for no spirits will act effectually as slaves, though if not fully prepared they may be apprentices, and under absolute command and protection.

Having premised this to prevent anyone’s commencing study with the miserable view of being always indebted to others for help, instead of making it a vehicle to arrive at mastery, and be associated as a master with masters; I shall refer them for detailed principia, or leading principles of spiritual instruction, to the Aphorisms in the first tome of Arbatel of Magic.

B.


 

Editorial Note
An English translation of Arbatel of Magic (reprinted from Robert Turner's 1655 edition) follows immediately after this . It is printed in instalments over the next year in the CM, concluding in November 1792. An e-text and comprehensive description to a high scholarly standard can be found at esoteric archives. The translation was printed in Henry Cornelius Agrippa's Fourth Book of Occult Philosophy ... translated into English by Robert Turner, (London, 1655), p.179-217. E-texts of Agrippa's works are also available at that site.