By Michael Cecchetelli, Peter Grey
Crossed Keys is a chimeric binding of either the Black Dragon and the Enchiridion of Pope Leo III, via grimoire magician Michael Cecchetelli. they're complementary grimoires, spanning the very earliest instance of the style to the overdue bibliothèque bleue interval. jointly they contain a wealth of spells, spirits, lore, talismans and psalm magic, with their head within the maximum heavens and their ft within the private hells. this is often the 1st time they've been certain into one volume.
widely footnoted, the seals corrected, re-drawn and restored, with excerpts and workings from the translator’s magical checklist, it is a good armed and useful textual content which throws gentle at the Grimorium Verum, pink Dragon and Grand Grimoire. it's a energetic textual content, designed to be placed to use.
The Black Dragon attracts seriously at the 1760 (1810) Grimoire of Honorius, that is considerably assorted to the 1670 version and the sooner thirteenth century Sworn booklet of Honorius (Liber Juratus) that is an ancestor in name on my own. The spirits referenced are for that reason these we discover within the Grimorium Verum and the seals were corrected in response to the examine of Jake Stratton-Kent, as offered within the precise Grimoire (Scarlet Imprint, 2009). the unique seals are reproduced for comparison.
In universal with a number of the bibliothèque bleue texts, the Black Dragon is a pastiche, yet one that is obviously greater than the sum of its components. The illuminating preface to the textual content isn't really present in the other grimoire resources and evinces that this was once the compiled e-book of a operating magician drawing at the on hand fabric of the day. The working procedure bears similarities with that of the purple Dragon however the cleft stick is changed with the stang. but this is often no basic treasure looking handbook. The magician is promised the facility to subjugate the entire infernal forces – particularly an impressive boast. we discover many different parts of crafty craft in those pages together with the toad bone, black cat bone, horse secrets and techniques and conventional spells for stable and sick. The black rooster and major de gloire are current and there's a outstanding use of an strange type of the magic mirror.
it's a interesting choice of miscellany which even though seeming past due, cut-up and corrupt has benefited from a clean translation to be printed as a textual content in and of itself.
against this, the Enchiridion of Pope Leo III is an early grimoire and a piece of nominally Christian magic. Legend means that it used to be offered by way of Pope Leo III to Charlemagne and was once answerable for his worldly luck. A definitely disputed date of 1523 is given to its construction. The Enchiridion is spoke of time and again within the Black Dragon and in different places within the grimoire culture the place the penitential psalms are required. it's important for us to appreciate the approach of the Enchiridion if we're to appreciate the grimoires. The textual content was once a lot fashionable within the courtroom of Louis XIV and the circle of Madame de Montespan within the affair of the poisons. It maintains to stream within the French talking international at the present time, which speaks of its enduring advantage. by using talismans, psalms, orisons and efficacious charms the reader is ready to overcome a large number of ills.
This is the magic of the previous faith of Europe, that's, Catholicism. notwithstanding the extra diabolically vulnerable of our readers will be righteously appalled on the pious nature of the language, this can be an enormous a part of our magical background. The equipment hired are these of Paganism, and the liturgical procedure indicates inventive makes use of of our personal holy texts instead of being yoked to these of Christianity. In illicit blend with the Black Dragon, we have now added up a bastard with papal blood in its veins, which supplies to put on your palms the keys to either heaven and hell