Clavis Inferni

…sive magia alba et nigra approbata Metratona

by M.L. Cyprianu, Late 18th century German Manuscript

Wellcome MS2000

Illustrated by drawings in gold and colours of magical figures, sigils, diagrams, etc. The date is given as ‘MCCCCCCLLXVII’ [? 1717], but the script seems to be of the late 18th cent.

Preface from Stephen Skinners & David Rankin Critical edition: There have been many grimoires attributed to St. Cyprian of Antioch due to his reputation as a consummate magician before his conversion to Christianity, but perhaps none so intriguing as the present manuscript.

This unique grimoire addresses the summoning and use of the four Archangels, Michael, Raphael, Gabriel and Uriel as well as their opposite numbers, the four Demon Kings, Paymon, Maimon, Egyn and Oriens. The latter are shown in their animal and human forms along with their sigils, a resource unique amongst grimoires. The text is a mixture of magical scripts, Greek, Hebrew, cipher, Latin, (and reversed Latin).

In Scandinavia, the name Cyprianus is a name used to describe grimoires and the magical tradition overall. View Svarteboker & Galdrabóks

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