Opening the Mandal presents a complete translation of an 18th century Arabic magic manuscript from the authors private collection. It consists of an introduction to the text and detailed analysis of fath al’mandal, the illicit scrying technique used in the manuscript to enlist the service of Jinn. The book includes the history of evocationary scrying and the role of the seer in the grimoire tradition. The result is a practical look into the oldest technique for communing with angels and demons.
“Fetch a bowl, and write the conjuration in the middle. Dry it first, then pour water into it. If the writing in the center of the bowl is smudged, it is invalid. But if the writing remain clean, recite the conjuration and order the seer to look into the bowl and shake it…”
-A Great Mandal, page 14