Tuba Veneris (The Trumpet of Venus)

or Libellus Veneri Nigro Sacer (The Little Book Sacred to the Black Venus)

Attributed by John Dee, 1582

Warburg Ms. FBH 510

“She is VENUS on High, a name given to me by the Stars.
Soon to be a Stygian sojourner, she appears when the HORN sounds.
The subjugated Dæmon groans under the strength of the SIGN.
Well done! As the victor, infused with glory, you return from the enemy.”

This short grimoire, The Little Book of Black Venus, was written by John Dee sometime before his magical workings in his Mysteriorum Libri. It’s most unique aspect is the creation of an instrument called, Tuba Veneris, or the Trumpet of Venus.

How to Make the Horn of Venus:

One takes the Horn[15] of a living Bull, then one takes Vitriol dissolved in vinegar, with which one should wash and purify the Horn, after which one carves the Characters as they are represented in the following sketch, into either side of the horn with the aforementioned Steel Instruments. One must make sure that the entire preparation of the Horn, including the time it is torn off from the bull, must also be in the times, days and hours of , just as was done in preparing the Seal. Afterwards, one envelops it in smoke, wraps it in linen, and buries it together with the Seal of , then unburies it again and preserves it for later.


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John Dee

John Dee

John Dee (1527 – 1608 or 1609) was an Anglo-Welsh mathematician, astronomer, astrologer, teacher, occultist, and alchemist. He was the court astronomer for, and advisor to, Queen Elizabeth I, and spent much of his time on alchemy, divination and Hermetic philosophy. Much effort in his last 30 years was dedicated to communing with angels in partnership with Edward Kelley. Dee claimed that angels dictated several books to him, through Kelley, in a special angelic or Enochian language.

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