posted on Sep, 5 2012 @ 08:31 PM
The grimoire is framed as a sort of epistolary novel or autobiography in which Abraham of Worms describes his journey from Germany to Egypt
and reveals Abramelin's magical and Kabbalistic secrets to his son Lamech. Internally the text dates itself to the year 1458. (One might reconsider
the date of the text, considering that the book Nicolas Flamel brought to Spain was also recognised as being part of the original book of Abraham the
Mage, but dates back to 1378, which is nearly 80 years earlier.)
The work may be roughly classified:
First book: = Advice and autobiography; both addressed by the author to his son Lamech.
Second book: = General and complete description of the means of obtaining the magical powers desired.
Third book: = The application of these powers to produce an immense number of magical results.
Outside of the first part really just fiction and imagination of the Author's mind, a nice bed story
for someone who enjoys creepy stories of the Golden Dawn, the Augoeides of Iamblichus, the Atman of Hinduism and the Daemon of the Gnostics.
In Ceremonial Magic or High Magic, the single most important goal is to connect with one’s own Holy Guardian Angel, a process called the
“Knowledge and Conversation” in which the magician or spiritual aspirant becomes fully aware of his own True Will. This concept of a Holy
Guardian Angel and the importance of gaining contact with him, has greatly influenced modern Hermeticism, Rosicrucianism and perhaps to a lesser
The author of the book is believed to have been Abraham of Würzburg (Abraham of Worms), a Jewish physician, Kabbalist, Magus and political
advisor to such men as Emperor Sigismond of Germany (1368-1437). The book is divided into three parts or book’s, Book I contains his autobiography
in which he describes his years of wondering in a quest for the “True and Sacred Source of Wisdom”. During his travels he learned about several
systems of magic, but found the most of them disappointing.
The book is a remnant of the popularisation of the occult in the Victorian age, when self-styled sorcerers convinced themselves they were tapping into
some source of unfathomable power. They were not, they were self-deluded or attempting to delude others.
Later, Aleistair Crowley the occultist perhaps the most well known tries to seize on the book's success and authors a number of books based on the
same platform. Crowley himself didn’t take much credit for having written any of them, as he stated they were written by automatic handwriting,
being channeled from a higher being called Aiwaz. This being said he had lived in Caldea during the reign of Hammurabis (around 1750 BC), but later,
in his book “Magick in Theory and Practice”, Crowley identified Aiwaz as his own genius.