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Apart from the ceremonial magick applications of the Necronomicon System (whether that of the Simon ‘Necronomicon’ or the more intensive work applied to the name as conducted by the Mardukite Research Organization), the only other significantly advanced and controversial tome of magick from antiquity that became of popular interest during the founding of the Mardukites in 2008 and 2009 remains the BOOK OF ABRAMELIN, a magickal and spiritual paradigm that I explored at length through a series of YouTube videos, all of which were based on material prepared for ARCANUM and then later for ENOCHIAN MAGIC & THE KABBALAH.
According to the ARCANUM materials…
THE SACRED BOOK OF MAGICK OF ABRAMELIN THE MAGE is a potent grimoire of holy magick, considered sacred in the “Dragon-King grimoire cycle,” which is drawn from the high magickal tradition of the Kabbalah. The magick of Abramelin was first translated into English from an 18th Century French manuscript by MacGregor Mathers for use by the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn (GD) at the end of the 1800s. The title of the that version actually introduces the subject quite well: “The Book of Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage as Delivered by Abraham the Jew unto his son Lamech: A Grimoire of the Fifteenth Century.”
The knowledge has not had significant exposure to the public, such as is seen with the other more “famous” grimoires. The work is composed of a true Mesopotamian-Semitic tradition of the magick of angels via magick squares and names, which actually predates the 16th Century Enochian System. As with most of the early revival work of the Golden Dawn System, The “Book of Sacred Magic” later proved to be flawed. From the start, the French manuscript used by Mathers was incomplete. Some important instructions are missing and more than half of the magick squares are unfinished. Steven Guth translated the “Book of Abramelin” (2006) from German manuscripts antiquating the French one. Great lengths were also taken in the verification of Abraham the Jew, both his biographical and geographical renderings. [Some scholars have confused the identity of the author of the text (Abraham) with that of his mentor or instructor (Abramelin).] Abramelin may be a magickal or religious name. Abraham attributes all of the true “Holy Magick” that he has learned in his life to the wisest of mentors that he has found in all the lands: Abramelin.
The magick of Abramelin is “sacred” or “Holy Magick,” quite different from the ceremonial magick that wizards are more traditionally familiar with. The Kabbalah, whether spiritual or practical, is a sacred system of mysticism originally reserved for the priests of the Hebrew Tradition and ancient Semitic Dragon Kings. It is the priestly magick used by clerics, requiring prayer over ritualized incantations. In fact, someone who has not yet undergone deep religious purification outlined for an 18-month period cannot even use the magickal “operations” of the grimoire. It is amusing then, to find Abramelin’s magick squares appearing in contemporary New Age books of magick that suggest their use without adhering to all of the preliminaries.
—Joshua Free in Arcanum