A TALE OF BLOOD AND CROWN- A PIECE OF WISDOM(BOOK2)

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  1. Blood of Kings Trilogy | Jill Williamson
  2. The Crown's Fate
  3. See a Problem?
  4. THE KEY OF SOLOMON

The spirits 19 which are created of fire reside in the East, those created of wind in the South. Take heed further, that every time that thou performest any experiment, to reduce it unto perfection with the requisite solemnities, thou shalt recommence the former experiment if interrupted therein, without the preparation of hours or other solemnities. If by chance it should happen that having performed an experiment with due observance of days, hours, and requisite solemnities, thou shalt find it unsuccessful, it must be in some manner false, ill-arranged and defective, and thou must assuredly have failed in some matter; for if thou doest ill in one single point, these experiments or these Arts will not be verified.

Thus upon this chapter dependeth this whole key of arts, experiments, and operations, and although every solemnity be rightly observed, no experiment will be verified, unless thou canst penetrate the meaning of this chapter. He who wisheth to apply himself unto so great and so difficult a science should have his mind free from all business, and from all extraneous ideas of whatever nature they may be. He should then thoroughly examine the art or operation which he should undertake, and write it regularly out on paper, particularly set aside for that purpose, with the appropriate conjurations and exorcisms.

If there be anything to mark or write down, it should be performed in the manner specified regarding the paper, ink, and pen. He should also observe at what day and at what hour this experiment should be undertaken, and what things are necessary to prepare for it, what should be added, and what can be dispensed with.

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The which matters being prepared, it is necessary for thee to search out and arrange some fitting place wherein the magical art and its experiments can be put in practice. All these things being thus arranged and disposed, let the master of the art go into a proper and fitting place; or into his cabinet or secret chamber if it be convenient for the purpose, and he can there dispose and set in order the whole operation; or he can use any other convenient secret place for the purpose, provided that no one knoweth where it is, and that no man can see him when there.

After this he must strip himself entirely naked, and let him have a bath ready prepared, wherein is water exorcised, after the manner which we shall describe, so that he may bathe and purify himself therein from the crown of his head unto the sole of his foot, saying: O most powerful 1 and ineffable God, who madest thy people pass dryshod through the Red Sea when they came up out of the land of Egypt, grant unto me grace that I may be purified and regenerated from all my past sins by this water, that so no uncleanness may appear upon me in thy presence.

Hereafter, for three days at least, thou shalt abstain from all idle, vain, and impure reasonings, and from every kind of impurity and sin, as will be shown in the chapter of fast and of vigil. Each day shalt thou recite the following prayer, at least once in the morning, twice about noon, thrice in the afternoon, four times in the evening, and five times before lying down to sleep; this shalt thou do on the three ensuing days: These three days having passed, thou must have all things in readiness, as hath been said, and after this a day appointed and set apart.

It will be necessary for thee to wait for the hour in which thou shouldst commence the operation; but when once it shall be commenced at this hour, thou shalt be able to continue it unto the end, seeing that it deriveth its force and virtue from its beginning, which extendeth to and spreadeth over the succeeding hours, so that the master of the art will be enabled to complete his work so as to arrive at the desired result. When the master of the art 1 wisheth to put in practice any operation or experiment, especially one of importance, he should first consider of what companions he should avail himself.

This is the reason why in every operation whose experience should be carried out in the circle, it is well to have three companions. And if he cannot have Companions, he should at least have with him a faithful and attached dog. But if it be absolutely necessary for him to have companions, these companions should be obligated and bound by oath to do all that the master shall order or prescribe them, and they should study, observe, and carefully retain, and be attentive unto all which they shall hear. For those who shall act otherwise shall suffer and endure many pains and labors, and run into many dangers, which the spirits will cause and procure for them, and for this cause sometimes they shall even die.

Throughout this chapter Ad. After this let the disciples robe themselves as the master hath done, and fast like him for three days, repeating the same prayer; let them act like him, and in the work let them implicitly follow and obey him in all things. But if the master of the art wisheth to have a dog for his companion, he must bathe him thoroughly with the exorcised water in the same manner as the disciples, and let him perfume him with the odours and incense of art, and let him repeat the following conjuration over him: But if he wisheth to have for his companion a little boy or girl, which will be still better, he must ordain them as he hath ordained the dog; and he must pare and cut the nails of their hands and of their feet, saying: So K and L Then perfume the child with odours as above.

When the companions shall be thus ordained and disposed, the master shalt be able to operate in surety together with them, every time that it shall please him; and he shall perform his operation happily, and shall attain his end. But for the safety both of soul and of body, the master and the companions should have the pentacles before their breasts, consecrated, and covered with a silken veil, and perfumed with the proper fumigations.

By the which being assured and encouraged, they may enter into the matter without fear or terror, and they shall be exempt and free from all perils and dangers, provided that they obey the commands of the master and do all that he ordain them. If they shall act thus, all things shall go according unto their desires. All being thus arranged, the master should take heed that his disciples are perfectly instructed in those things which they have to perform. These companions or disciples should be three in number, without including the master.

They may also be of the number of five, of seven, or of nine; 4 but so that they ever implicitly obey the orders of their master; for thus only shall all things come to a successful issue. Also see chapter 13 which speaks of "completa custodia" which probably means "having completed the period of seclusion. The disciples should do the same, and should equally put in practice all things necessary to be observed, if they wish to make use of all these operations and experiments. Sl, K, and L Aub24 reads "necromancer", and Ad. O Lord God 4 almighty, be propitious unto me a miserable sinner, for I am not worthy to raise mine eyes unto heaven, because of the iniquity of my sins and the multitude of my faults.

O pitying and merciful father, who wouldest not the death of a sinner but rather that he should turn from his wickedness and live, O God have mercy upon me and pardon all my sins; for I unworthy entreat thee, O father of all creatures, thou who art full of mercy and of compassion, by thy great goodness, that thou deign to grant unto me power to see and know these spirits which I desire to behold and to invoke to appear before me and to accomplish my will.

Through thee who art conqueror, and who art blessed unto the ages of the ages. During the three last days before the commencement of this action, thou shalt content thyself with only eating fasting diet, 5 and that only once in the day; and it will be better still if thou only partakest of bread and water. Thou shalt also abstain from every impure thing; reciting the prayer above written. And on the last day, when thou shalt wish to commence the Operation, thou shalt remain all day without eating, and later on thou shalt go into a secret place, where thou shalt confess all thy sins unto God with a contrite heart.

The Disciples also, together with the Master, shall recite the same Confession with a low but distinct voice, as hath been already said in the First Book. The which being done, thou shalt go unto the ordained place with thy companions, and all things being prepared, thou shalt make the circle, as hath been already said, with all other necessary ceremonies; 8 then shalt thou commence to invoke the spirits by the exorcisms; thou shalt also repeat anew the foregoing confession as hath been already said in the first book.

After which, in sign of amendment and of repentance, each shall mutually kiss the other. Let the master now give his commands unto his disciples, and pursue the course of the experiment, and work with all diligence to bring it unto perfection. Mathers lists the Psalms by number only as "Psalms xiv. Included first in Aub24 and K, but omitted in Ad. Both Psalms listed start with these words, so it isn't possible to identify which was originally intended. L identifies it as "" its numbering generally follows the Vulgate numbering.

I exorcise thee, O creature of Water, by him who hath created thee and gathered thee together into one place so that the dry land appeared, that thou uncover all the deceits of the enemy, and that thou cast out from thee all the impurities and uncleannesses of the spirits of the World of Phantasm, so they may harm me not, through the virtue of God almighty who liveth and reigneth unto the ages of the ages. Then shalt thou begin to wash thyself thoroughly in the bath, saying: EL strong and wonderful, I bless thee, I adore thee, I glorify thee, I invoke thee, I render thee thanks from this bath, so that this water may be able to cast from me all impurity and concupiscence of heart, through thee, O holy ADONAI; and may I accomplish all things through thee who livest and reignest unto the ages of the ages.

After this take the salt and bless it in this manner: The blessing of the Father Almighty be upon this creature of salt, and let all malignity and hindrance be cast forth hencefrom, and let all good enter herein, for without thee man cannot live, wherefore I bless thee and invoke thee, that thou mayest aid me.

Then thou shalt recite over the salt, this Psalm: Benedicite omnia opera Domini Domino O all ye works of the Lord, bless ye It is considered apocryphal since it is "not in the Hebrew" and doesn't appear in many Protestant Bibles. It was however included in the original edition of the KJV.

Mathers reads "Psalm ciii" here relying on the French and ignoring the Latin , but cites the same text as "Benedicite omnia opera" in Chapter Daniel of course would have lived centuries after Solomon. Praise, O ye servants of the Lord. Psalm and both start with these words, so it is not clear which is intended. The disciples should wash themselves in like manner, and with like solemnities. If they be of linen the thread of which they are made should have been spun by a young maiden. The characters shown in Figure 55 should be embroidered on the breast with the needle of art in red silk.

The shoes 1 should also be white, upon the which the characters in figure 56 should be traced in the same way. The shoes or boots 2 should be made of white leather, on the which should be marked 3 the signs and characters of art. These shoes should be made during the days of fast and abstinence, namely, during the nine days set apart before the beginning of the operation, during which the necessary instruments also should be prepared, polished, brightened, and cleaned. The disciples should also each have a crown of virgin paper whereon these divine symbols should be marked in scarlet.

So Aub24 and K For some reason Mathers silently departs from the manuscripts, reading: Figure 58, from Ad. Take heed also that in clothing thyself with these aforesaid habiliments, that thou recite these Psalms: Lord, who shall abide Following Mich and K After the first Ad. L lists 14, , , 66, , 67, But when the master and his disciples shall commence to robe themselves after the first Psalm, and before continuing with the others, he should pronounce these words: Wherefore desolate and uninhabited regions are most appropriate, such as the borders of lakes, forests, dark and obscure places, old and deserted houses, whither rarely and scarce ever men do come, mountains, caves, caverns, grottos, gardens, orchards; but best of all are cross-roads, and where four roads meet, during the depth and silence of night.

But if thou canst not conveniently go unto any of these places, thy house, and even thine own chamber, or, indeed, any place, provided it hath been purified and consecrated with the necessary ceremonies, will be found fit and convenient for the convocation and assembling of the spirits. These arts or operations should be carried out at the prescribed time, but if there be no time specially appointed it will be always better to perform them at night, which is the most fit and proper time for the operations of necromancy; this is also a symbol that it is just and right to hide them from the sight of the foolish, the ignorant, and the profane.

But when thou shalt have selected a place fitting, thou mayest perform thine experiments by day or by night. It should be spacious, clear, and bounded on all sides by hedges, shrubs, trees, or walls. Thou shalt thyself cleanse it thoroughly and render it neat and pure, and while doing this thou shalt recite Psalms: After this thou shalt perfume it with the odours and suffumigations of the art, and shalt sprinkle it with the water and the hyssop; and after this thou mayest in this place make all the necessary preparations for an operation. But when, later on, thou shalt go unto this place, to complete and accomplish the operation, thou shalt repeat on the way thither the following prayer in a low and distinct voice: Therefore have I recourse unto these most holy names, being in great peril both of soul and of body.

Pardon me if I have sinned in any manner, for I trust in thy protection alone, especially on this journey. Let the master as he goeth sprinkle the path with the water and hyssop of the art, while each of his disciples shall repeat in a low voice the prayer which we have enjoined for the days of fasting and preparation. The first shall bear the censer, the fire, and the incense. The second; the book, the paper, the pens, the ink, and the various perfumes.

The third; the knife, 2 and the quill knife. It seems that, for drawing the magic circle any convenient metal instrument such as knife or short lance can be used. Here one disciple carries a knife Lat. However, in the next paragraph the word gladius is used, directing the master to draw the circle with it, or other consecrated iron instrument gladium, vel aliud ferreum instrumentum consecratum. Gladius is generally synonymous with ensis sword , but chapter 8, which describes the ritual instruments in more detail doesn't use the word 'cultellus', but lists two gladii one with white handle and one with black as well as 'ensis' sword.

The Italian and French manuscripts all translate gladius as knife Ital. Also the gladius niger is specifically mentioned for drawing the circle, not the sword ensis. All this supports equating cultellus and gladius and reading knife, not sword. Mathers reads "sickle" but this is a mistranslation of the Latin "artavus.

When they shall have arrived at the place, and all things being disposed in their proper order, the master shall take the knife 5 or other convenient consecrated magical implement of steel, wherewith to form the circle of art which he intends to construct. This being done, he must perfume it, and sprinkle it with water; and having warned and exhorted his disciples, he shall work thus: This paragraph does not appear in Aub24, which instead devotes an entire chapter to the preparation of the trumpet. Figure 60, from Ad. Having entered into the circle to perform the experiment, he should sound his trumpet towards the four quarters of the Universe, first towards the East, then towards the South, then towards the West, and lastly towards the North.

Then let him say: We let you know by this signal and sound that ye will be convoked hither, wherefore hold ye yourselves in readiness to obey our commands. These opening words are found in Ad. Mathers omits, following L and K This being done let the master complete his work, renew the circle, and make the incensements and fumigations. The knife with the white hilt see Figure 61 should be made in the day and hour of Mercury, when Mars is in the sign of the Ram or of the Scorpion.

Afterwards perfume it with the perfumes of the Art. The manuscripts Latin and French say to "temper" or "quench" -- not "dip" as in Mathers the blade with the pimpinella juice not "pimpernel". Latin manuscripts specify that it should be completed in the first hour of the day. Aub 24 specifies the hilt should be made of white boxwood, cut with a single stroke from a new knife, but Ad omits these details. Figure 61, from Aub24, fol 17r. With this knife thou mayest perform all the necessary operations of the art, except the circles. Afterwards thou shalt perfume and sprinkle it, and shalt wrap it in a piece of silken cloth.

Aub24 specifies wrapping with a red silk cloth. Which being completed, thou shalt wrap it in a black silk cloth. The Latin manuscripts do not specify the cat's color. Mathers includes them in his drawing of the knife in Hebrew characters: Figure 62, from Aub24, fol. The quill knife or pen and the short lance 6 figure 63 or 64 are made in the same way, in the day and hour of Mercury, and they should be dipped in the blood of a magpie 7 and the juice of the herb Mercury.

The characters shown should be traced thereon. Thou shalt perfume them according to the rules of art; and wrap them in silk cloth like the others. Ritual implements, from Ad.

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From top to bottom: Ritual implements, from Zecorbeni manuscript Ad. From top left to bottom right: It seems that either a quill pen or an iron pen stylus may be used in writing sacred characters. If the former, then the requisite quill knife should be consecrated in the same manner as the other iron instruments.

There is considerable variation in the manuscripts as to the rendering of this paragraph, and it is very illuminating in establishing the relationship between them. I believe Aub24 represents the original text most accurately, and I have based my translation on it: The source of most of the confusion comes from the word "artavus", which is relatively rare.

It is described by Du Cange as a small knife used for sharpening the pens of scribes quill knife. Here artave seems to be glossed as falcette , a diminuative of falce — i. The wording in Sl is very similar: L is even further removed from the original sense: Mathers is misled by these French manuscripts in reading "The scimitar figure 63 AND the sickle figure 64 are made in the same way, as also the dagger figure 65 , the poniard figure 66 , and the short lance figure The Italian Zecorbeni manuscript Ad.

Modern wicca usage of the term "athame" originates with Gardner who evidently adopted the reading from modern French manuscripts which read "arthane" or "arthame," probably via Grillot de Givry's Witchcraft, Magic and Alchemy and Clark Ashton Smith's story "The Master of the Crabs" The herb is known as dog's mercury Mercurialis perennis , a member of the spurge Euphorbiaceae family.

This sentence and the rest of the paragraph is not found in Aub L and K both read "de buis blanc" and Sl "Busso bianco" from white boxwood. They should each be cut from the tree at a single stroke, on the day of Mercury, at sunrise. The characters shown should be written or engraved thereon in the day and hour of Mercury. Mathers adds "or rosewood," but see below. According to Aub24, M, and Sl, the staff should be made of cane Lat. Sl, L, and K add "Roseau," reed which Mathers mistranslates as "rosewood" thanks to Mike Rock for pointing this out.

Mathers reads "hazel or nut tree" but Ad. Sl reads "avellana", M and W read "noccella", and Sl "coudre". L and K read "Coudrier ou Noisettier", which are both words for the hazel tree. According to BUD , "virgin" in this case means it should have no twigs branching off it: Virgo, hoc est, quod nullum habeat ramusculum. On the other hand, Aub 24 and Ad. This would make sense, since it would typically need to be flexible like a master's switch.

Anything larger than a switch could not very well be one-year's growth. The inclusion of "Arundineus" reed also supports this, as it would make a plausible substitute for a hazel switch. Some texts such as Grimorium Verum elaborate that the branch should not have born fruit. The staff and wand seem to be interchangeable in book 2 chapter 7. The staff and wand are conspicuously absent from the list of instruments in the Hebrew Key of Solomon as well as Ad. Figure 68, from Aub24, fol.

Figure 68, from Bodleian Library MS. Figure 68, from Ad. Figures 68 and 69, the staff and wand, from Sloane MS. Figures 68 and 69, the staff and wand, from Lans. This being done, thou shalt say: So Aub24 and Ad. Swords 15 are also frequently necessary for use in magical arts. Aub24 reads "Verum quonium enses" Truly, because swords It seems to have Greek and Christian elements.

Hebrew characters for the sword. Hebrew characters for the sword, from Ad. This being finished thou shalt wrap it also in silk like all the other instruments, 18 being duly purified and consecrated by the ceremonies requisite for the perfection of all magical arts and operations. The drawing of the instruments in Aub24 includes "Gladius albus, Gladius niger, Stylus, Lanceola, Artauus, ensis, Baculus sambuccinus, virga Avellance, scalpellum" white knife, black knife, pen, short lance, quill knife, sword, cane staff, hazel wand, scalpel. The summary list in Sl reads "Spade Coltello, quali sono due, il Bollino, l'Arctauo, lo stillo, Lancetta, Ago, Bastone, Verga" swords, knife, which are two, bolline, arctave, stylus, short lance, needle, staff, wand.

The description of these three swords for the disciples is only given in Sloane MSS. The first sword, from Sl. So the text, however, the drawing in Sl. See also the drawing above of the four swords in the Zecorboni manuscript. The drawing in Zec. The second sword, from Sl. The drawings of the 3rd and 4th swords are apparently mislabelled in Sl.

Compare with Zecorboni above. That labelled "Spada 3 a should be the master's sword compare with figure 70 above. That labelled "Spada 4" should be the third sword. Mathers inserts here Lans. This chapter is only given in Add. Beyond this again thou shalt describe another circle at a foot distance with the aforesaid instrument, 6 yet ever leaving therein an open space for entrance and egress corresponding to the open space already left in the other. Beyond this again make another circle at another foot distance, and beyond these two circles, which are beyond the circle of art yet upon the same centre, thou shalt describe pentagrams with the symbols and names of the Creator therein so that they may surround the circle already described.

Without these circles shalt thou circumscribe a square, and beyond that another square, so that the angles of the former may touch the centres of the sides of the latter, and that the angles of the latter may stretch towards the four quarters of the Universe, East, West, North, and South; and at the four angles of each square, and touching them, thou shalt describe lesser circles wherein let there be placed standing censers with lighted 7 charcoal and sweet odours. Mathers reads "sickle or scimitar of art" which is a mistranslation of the Latin "artavus". Chapter 22 directs the practitioner to burn wood appropriate to the spirits to be invoked; laurel is said to be appropriate to solar spirits.

The associate to the East should have the quill pen, ink, and parchment [or] bright paper. Let him now enter within the circle and carefully close the openings left in the same, and let him again warn his disciples, and take the trumpet 13 of art prepared as is said in the chapter concerning the same, and let him incense the circle towards the four quarters of the Universe.

For some unknown reason Mathers omits this sentence. Bombazine calls to mind the black fabric of priestly robes see Sibley, p. Aub24 omits this sentence. Aub24 adds "et cerea" and candle. Mathers reads "censers," but Ad. Having sounded the trumpet towards the East 15 as before taught let him invoke the spirits, and if need he conjure them, as is said in the first book, and having attained his desired effect, let him license them to depart.

Mathers reads, "Sickle, sword, or other implement of art". Mathers omits "towards the East. The magic circle from Add. Magic circle from Sloane MS. Magic circle from Harley MS. For perfumes of good odour, take thou incense, aloes, nutmeg, gum benjamin, musk, and other fragrant spices, 1 over which thou shalt say: O God of Abraham, God of Isaac, God of Jacob, deign to bless these odoriferous spices so that they may receive strength, virtue, and power to attract the good spirits, and to banish and cause to retire all hostile phantoms. I exorcise thee, O spirit impure and unclean, thou who art a hostile phantom, in the name of God, that thou quit this perfume, thou and all thy deceits, that it may be consecrated and sanctified in the name of God almighty.

May the Holy Spirit of God grant protection and virtue unto those who use these perfumes; and may the hostile and evil spirit and phantom never be able to enter therein, through the ineffable name of God almighty. O Lord, deign to bless and to sanctify this creature of perfume so that it may be a remedy unto mankind for the health of body and of soul, through the invocation of thy holy name. May all creatures who receive the odour of this incense and of these spices receive health of body and of soul, through him who hath formed the ages.

After this thou shalt sprinkle the various spices with the water of the art, and thou shalt place them aside in a piece of silk as in other cases, or in a box destined for the purpose, so that thou mayest have them ready prepared for use when necessary. When thou wishest to use the incense, thou shalt kindle a fire of fresh charcoal, in earthen vessels newly glazed within and without, and thou shalt kindle fire fresh with flint and steel, and the fire being lighted thou shalt say over it as follows, before putting the spices thereon: I exorcise thee, O creature of fire, by him through whom all things have been made, so that every kind of phantasm may retire from thee, and be unable to harm or deceive in any way, through the invocation of the most high creator of all.

Bless, O Lord all powerful, and all merciful, this creature of fire, so that being blessed by thee, it may be for the honour and glory of thy most holy name, so that it may work no hindrance or evil unto those who use it. Through thee, O eternal and almighty Lord, and through thy most holy name. Aub24 omits this paragraph. Mathers omits "in the censor. For an excellent article on hyssop and ritual sprinkling, see The Catholic Encyclopedia. Prepare a censer in the day and hour of Mercury, with the odoriferous spices of the art. After this thou shalt take a vessel of tin or earth, 2 which thou shalt fill with most clear spring water, and thou shalt have salt.

Following Aub24 and Ad. L mistakes the last one for Ps Saluum me fac; Ps50 Miserere me deus". Then cut a handle with a single stroke from a virgin branch of hazel; the length should be three spans. Mathers follows K in omitting this sentence. Figures 82 and 83, from Aub24, fol. After this thou mayest use the water, using the sprinkler whenever it is necessary; and know that wheresoever thou shalt sprinkle this water, it will chase away all phantoms, and they shall be unable to hinder or annoy any.

With this same water thou shalt make all the preparations of the art. It hath been ever the custom among all nations to use fire and light in sacred things. For this reason the master of the art should also employ them in sacred rites, and besides those for reading the conjurations by, and for the incense, in all operations lights are necessary in the circle. For this reason he should make candles of virgin wax in the day and hour of Mercury; the wicks should have been made by a young girl; and the candles should be made when the moon is in her increase, of the weight of half a pound each, and on them thou shalt engrave these characters with the iron pen stylus of the art.

The French manuscripts read "avec le Stilet de l'Art. Mathers reads "the dagger, or the burin of art. After this thou shalt repeat over the candles, these Psalms: Mathers reads "Psalms cli. Mathers' "cli" seems to be a simple mistake.

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What is generally referred to as Psalm is apocryphal and different from the one shown above. It has a long and controversial history, but not really relevant to the Clavicula. Domino], [Ps] laudate Dominum omnes gentes , Te Deum laudamus. Grant, O Lord, before I die, and descend into the realms beneath, and before the fiery flame shall devour me, that thy grace may not leave me, O Lord of my soul.

After this thou shalt sprinkle them with the water of the art, and incense them with the usual perfumes. Aub24 adds "Over the charcoals say, 'O you charcoals, which hold the fire, bless, sanctify, and purify this, through the power of this most sacred sign [pentagram] and this blessed water. Having completed the period of seclusion, 2 let him go on the day and hour of the commencement of the work, unto the place set apart for the same, as hath been said, in the place concerning the formation of the circle.

Let him instruct his disciples on no cause whatsoever to move from their assigned places. And the magus should exhort them with a bold and confident voice as follows: Fear ye not, my beloved companions, seeing that we draw near unto the desired end; therefore, all things being rightly done and the conjurations and exorcisms diligently performed, ye shall behold kings of kings, and emperors of emperors, and other kings, princes, and majesties with them, and a great crowd of followers, together with all sorts of musical instruments, yet nothing should either the magus or his disciples fear.

And then let the magus say: This being said, let the magus and his disciples uncover the holy pentacles and show them towards each quarter, and they being shown in each place, there shall be noises and rushings. Then shall the emperor of the spirits say unto you: But seeing that ye have powerfully called us, as I believe, by the rites derived from Solomon, and which but few of your comrades, or exorcisers, possess, also they compel us against our will, and I therefore say unto thee that we wish to be obedient in all matters. After this he will return the card, saying: All things employed for writing, etc.

Thou shalt take a male gosling, from which thou shalt pluck the third feather of the right wing, 1 and in plucking it thou shalt say: Aub24 adds "in the day and hour of Mercury. Aub24 adds, "while cutting the read, say: I trim you, O reed, with this sacred knife gladio , that your writing may be the heavenly writing, through the virtue of the writing which God presented to Moses, and I bless you in those names, from which all blessings come.

The manuscripts give these sacred names in Roman characters only. As it sometimes happeneth that it is necessary to write with some noble colour, it is well to have a new white inkhorn 7 wherein to keep them. The principal colours will be yellow or gold, red, celestial or azure blue, green, and brown; and any other colours that may be requisite.

Thou shalt exorcise, perfume, and sprinkle them in the usual manner. So all manuscripts, however Mathers reads "a new and clean box. Aub24 reads "columba" dove or pigeon. Mathers follows L in reading "corbeau" crow which could be a slip for "colombe" dove. The manuscripts give this name as "Anereton", and in Roman characters only. May you be our help, so that the speech sermo may be fulfilled through you. Perfume it and keep it for use. Aub24 adds "Aliter accipiatur predictum animal, et totum minutim concidatur, vel contundatur; deinde exprimatur sanguis cum panno subtili albo extorculari, et dicantur predicta verba.

Aut, quod facilius est, amputatur eius caput cum gladio Artis, et accipiatur sanguis, et eo utaris ad scribenda tua experimenta. Si aliter feceris numquam ad optatum effectum ea per ducere poteris. Figures 55 and 56, from Ad. Figure 61, from Ad. Figure 62, from Ad. Figures 82 and 83, from Ad. Figure 84, from Ad. Figure 88, from Ad. Figure 89, from Ad. Figure 90, from Ad. Twilit Grotto -- Esoteric Archives. Of the water, and of the hyssop. This work of Solomon is divided into two books. The days and hours 1 have already been treated of, in general, in the First Book.

Should it then happen that thou hast undertaken any secret operation for conversing with or conjuring spirits, in which the day and the hour are not marked, thou shalt put it in execution on the days and hours of Mercury, at the sixteenth 2 or twenty-third hour, but it will be still better at the eighth, which is the third 3 of the same night, which is called and means before the morning, for then thou shalt be able to put in practice all the arts and operations which should be performed, according as it shall please thee by day or by night, provided that they have been prepared at the hours 4 suitable to them, as hath been already said.

If then thou shouldst operate touching anything which hath been stolen, in whatever way it be performed and whatever way it may have been prepared, it is necessary to practice it on the days and hours of the Moon, being if possible in her increase, 4 and from the first unto the eighth hour of the day. But if it be by night, then it should be at the fifth or at the third hour; 5 but it is better by day than by the night, for the light justifieth them, and maketh them much more fit for publication.

But if the operations be regarding invisibility, they should be put in practice at the first, second, and third hours of Mars by day. If they be operations of seeking love, grace, or favor, they should be performed until the eighth hour of the same day, commencing with the first hour of the Sun; and from the first hour of Venus unto the first hour of the same day of Venus.

Extraordinary experiments, depending on the situation, should be prepared and completed in the first hour of Jupiter, and the eighth of the night, and the thirteenth of the day. At all times of practicing and putting into execution magical arts, the Moon should be increasing in light, and in an equal number of degrees with the Sun; and it is much better from the first quarter to the opposition, and the Moon should be in a fiery sign, and notably in that of the Ram or of the Lion. Therefore, 11 to execute these experiments in any manner whatsoever, it should be done when the Moon is clear, and when she is increasing in light.

In order to put in execution those of invisibility after everything is properly prepared, the Moon should be in the sign of the Fishes, in the hours proper and fitting, and she should be increasing in light. Indeed it is impossible, or at least difficult, to test the truth of any of the aforesaid experiments with the days and hours specified, it will be suitable to observe the following. So exact a preparation of days and hours is not necessary for those who are adepts in the art, but it is extremely necessary for apprentices and beginners, seeing that those who have been little or not at all instructed herein, and who only begin to apply themselves to this art, do not have as much faith in the experiments as those who are adepts therein, and who have practiced them.

Some are created 15 from water. When the spirits 16 which are created of water are invoked, they come with great rains, thunder, hail, lightning, thunder-bolts, and the like. When the spirits which are created of clouds are invoked, they come with great deformity, in a horrible form, to strike fear into the invocator, and with an exceeding great noise. When the spirits which are created from the vapours of the Sun are invoked, they come under a very beautiful and excellent form, but filled with pride, vanity, and conceit.

Note then that it will be much better to perform the experiments or operations in the direction of the east, putting everything necessary in practice towards that point. But for all other operations or extraordinary experiments, and for those of love, they will be much more efficacious directed towards the North.

After this thou shalt entirely immerse thyself in the water, and thou shalt dry thyself with a towel of clean white linen, and then thou shalt put upon thy flesh the garments of pure white linen whereof we shall speak hereafter. That ending ruined any positive feelings I had for this book. If you loved The Crown's Game , you would be better off not reading this "sequel.

Everything about it seems strange, convenient, and contrived. I'm so pissed right now. I haven't given a book 1 star in so long. Looking at the "bright" I love you. Looking at the "bright" side, at least this book was fast paced. Mar 27, Alyssa rated it did not like it Shelves: Someone remind me why I do this to myself. If you're someone who also did not like The Crown's Game disliked, hated, felt meh or iffy about , don't read this book. It's not worth it. I will DM anyone spoilers who is in that position disliked, hated, felt meh or iffy about book one , so y'all can avoid reading this mess and don't have to worry about your blood pressure or rage-eating chocolate donuts.

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There were two donuts involved. I'm still furious with this book! May 16, Rating: I'm sorry, but I'm not really sorry at all. I will try my best to avoid major spoilers. But I'm pretty pissed off right now, even though it's been over an hour since I read the book as I'm sitting here, typing this review , and I'm going to just let out all of the frustration and irritation and see how it goes.

This is the sequel to The Crown's Game, a book that I didn't really enjoy but sort of wanted to know more about i. I hated the useless, obnoxious love triangle, I hated Pasha, and I just wasn't feeling the book. I was really hoping this conclusion novel would be better for me. This sequel picks up a little after The Crown's Game concludes.

Nikolai is trapped in the in-between, Vika is now bound to obey any order of Pasha's or Yuliana's, since she is now the Imperial Enchanter, Pasha continues to be a whiny, spoiled boy who doesn't deserve to be tsar, and Yuliana continues to slay and to me, she should be tsarina and Pasha should go eat poo. But Nikolai escapes the in-between, but at a price: A revolt was already in motion, but with the turmoil that Nikolai stirs up, a war that will divide Russia is set to explode.

Probably the only two positives of this book are 1 Vika ends up with the "right" guy. We all know who she should and does end up with. And 2 I read this book really quickly. I skimmed towards the end, but it's an easy book to read. What I Did Not Like: Maybe I should number them, to make it easier on myself? The love triangle persists throughout the entire book, and doesn't get resolved until the last few pages. I hate love triangles, and the love triangle in this book is annoying, unnecessary, and irritating. Vika doesn't like Pasha at all, in this book, but she isn't sure she is in love with Nikolai though she cares about him a lot - so, obviously she does, in my opinion.

Pasha is madly in love with Vika for some reason. Nikolai is madly in love with Vika again, for some reason , but to him, she always seems to take Pasha's side and have Pasha's best interests at heart and care about Nikolai coming back solely to mend things with Pasha I would be pissed if the girl I loved and loved me back kept name-dropping some other guy, or used some other guy as the big reason to come back to the land of the living.


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Seriously though, the love triangle is unnecessary, and is especially unnecessary how long it is dragged out. Or Vika keeps recalling her and Pasha's almost-kiss, despite her continually saying in her mind that she dislikes Pasha? I felt incredibly bad for Nikolai, who got the worst end of the stick in terms of everything! Friends, it is SO bad. The love triangle gets resolved in the last couple of pages and it is so poorly done. We're meant to be! This stunning moment of clarity hits everyone all of a sudden.

And suddenly, the love triangle is gone? All the feelings are squared away in neat boxes? The epilogue is even worse, because Vika says something in her mind like "my boys" -- ew! I know a menage thing is not going on here, but could you not lump Nikolai and Pasha together? One is your boyfriend, one is your friend In what WORLD is it enjoyable for anyone to encounter a situation in which a woman is in love with two brothers?

Or she has two brothers fighting over her? Young Adult fiction, of course She is incredibly weak in this book. As the Imperial Enchanter, she is magically bound to obey any order given by Pasha and Yuliana. And boy, do they give her some orders. Like, hunt down Nikolai. But to me, Vika didn't really fight this. She didn't put up a fight for her freedom. Yes, she is basically their glorified slave. But she didn't get angry enough. She didn't hate Pasha and Yuliana nearly enough - and they own her! Pasha claims to love her and yet, he has her magically chained to him.

In any case, I don't think Vika displayed any backbone at all. Yes, she couldn't remove the magical bracelet binding her and her power to the tsardom. But she also didn't vocalize any dissent, or yell or scream or get angry. If someone were controlling me, whether I put myself in the position or not i. Or love on Pasha's part. How is this okay? How is this a healthy relationship? Why does Vika not question this? This is practically an abusive friendship I want to say "abusive relationship" but Vika and Pasha aren't together in that way, so. And for those who are about to scream at me saying, "Alyssa, character development, hellooooo???

Vika is weak and silent about almost everything that should have pissed her off, from start to finish. This is the last book in the series. When will she stand up for herself to Pasha? A little deus ex machina fixes the problem of her being magically bound to the tsardom.

Always have, in book one, and always will, apparently. He has no spine, he whines, he complains, he is spoiled, he is hand-fed, and he is without doubt the worst person in this book. Pasha only got even more annoying in this book, and his besotted being only made him more unbearable. He never deserved to be tsar. I started to skim a little, right from the start. The author likes to drone on and on about this and that maybe like I'm doing now, but hey, I don't get paid to do this, so leave me alone. Her descriptions are not interesting or imaginative and I wasn't really visualizing what she was describing, at most points.


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The plot of this book is all over the place, never settling on one path, but the sum of the events were so boring. It's almost like the author tried to do too many things at once, went with a hasty climax and an even hastier and crappy ending. But it's so disgustingly perfect, and neat, and it works out too cliched and too well. You'd think at least ONE of the main characters would have died, right?

YA authors never have the original gang all survive. She made him into a villain, and needlessly so. I mentioned that Nikolai gets the short end of every single stick. Well, he's apparently the guinea pig and punching bag. And yet, Nikolai has to go through every single terrible thing, and he is dubbed a deadly villain well, he is trying to kill Pasha, but that isn't technically his fault , and he can never catch a break.

The author definitely needed to spread out the suffering, because it was completely one-sided. I hate the love triangle, but I also hate how there really isn't any substantial romance in this book. I know that doesn't makes sense, because I just said that there is a love triangle. But the thing is, Vika doesn't feel strongly enough about Nikolai initially, and she definitely is not interested in Pasha. So the "romance" is just kind of blah. There is only one kiss in this book, and it is the world's most boring YA kiss.

I don't know anything about Russian culture so I personally can't point out these inaccuracies and misrepresentation, but I believe it. I get it, the author has a degree in Russian history or whatever. But I wasn't really into the setting. Maybe because the story was so boring and the writing wasn't that great? For example, apparently ancient creatures and Baba Yaga's house and all sorts of magical things start to awaken, for some unknown reason.

But then, this subplot completely disappears! What happened to all of the awakening creatures?

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Why even include the creatures awakening if they aren't going to appear in the final showdown or something? There were several random things like this in the book. I think everyone gets the idea. Would I Recommend It: I do not recommend this sequel, especially to those like me who did not really enjoy The Crown's Game. If you hated, disliked, or felt iffy about The Crown's Game, save yourself and do not read this book. It is an utter disappointment and a complete waste of my time.

If you enjoyed The Crown's Game, then you'll probably be fine. But I do think everyone else should stay far, far away. This conclusion was so underwhelming, and the series is incredibly overhyped and overrated. If you want spoilers, email or message me. I'm happy to tell anyone anything they would like, if it'll save them the headache and irritation that I went through, while reading this book. I debated about this rating, because 1 star seems harsh, but I couldn't stand this book. While I was reading, I was disinterested and growing more irritated by the minute - and as I was writing this review, I realized that I was pretty pissed off.

This book enraged me, and it wasn't great, and I have listed plenty of reasons why. I was fairly convinced that the love triangle I had been hearing about would be pretty unbearable. It really wasn't too bad at all I had a few issues with the book, but overall, I'm looking forward to reading this sequel. Maybe not like how some people are I gave The Crown's Game 3 stars, hehe , but still looking forward to it nonetheless.

View all 16 comments. Aug 07, Sana rated it it was ok Shelves: This was very disappointing and boring. Jan 03, ambsreads rated it it was ok Shelves: Buddy Read with my love, Caitlin. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I loved The Crown's Game , it was great. However, The Crown's Fate was not on the same playing field. One of my favourite things about The Crown's Game was the magic. I was in love with the world building and the historical Russia setting. This book lacked the enchanting aura that came with the first book. It al Buddy Read with my love, Caitlin.

It also felt that throughout this book the characters lost their personalities. I didn't recognise anyone from the first book. Pasha was stupid, Vika couldn't stop complaining and I have no idea what Nikolai was doing but boy was it annoying. On top of the characters being completely not themselves, there was not plot line. No, sorry, there was but it simply was repeated several times throughout the book and caused the characters to be running around in circles and have the same conversation several more times.

So, it was just a tad boring if you ask me. To further my disappointment, this book was filled with useless perspectives. Honestly, this book could have chopped maybe a quarter off if it hadn't been for the useless perspectives for a page. You can bet I was rolling my eyes whenever I happened across one of those in particular. I wish I could deconstruct this better and maybe express my opinions in a more concise matter, but I didn't take much of this book in.

I was scanning my eyes across the words and because the content was so useless to the plot I found myself napping with my eyes open. I honestly don't remember a thing from the second half of the book. It all felt like it was trying too hard. I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.

Vika was much more likeable in this story and really showed her true colours. Pasha seemed more serious about his role and becoming Tsar, but Nikolai was definitely changed, to the point where he was almost unrecognisable. The storyline in this was about Pa I received an advance copy of this book for free.

The ending to this tied things up nicely, which surprised me as I thought there would be another book to come. Jun 25, Jeff rated it liked it. If I were to put it straight out there, I enjoyed the first book more. Recap back to the first book; we were left on a cliff hanger with two brothers where one of the two is in anti-death, and a red headed girl is stuck between the two of them.

Now, this duology is fully surrounded by the essence of a love, hate, life, death relationship but I feel like this book prolonged it more than necessary. First book, man, it was a death drop for me. Fun ride, but regarding my fangirl levels, it was about a two out of ten. It was just problem mounting another problem! She deserved to die sooner. I believe that she was a well thought out villain. Someone who really makes a reader want to tear their fucking hair out because of their vile actions in the book. It took me about 3 weeks to get through it.

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The plot was splendid. A magical world that no one knows of except a few select people. And it takes place in Russia! If you are a lover of Russia, and magic, as well as a more toned down romance, this is my rec for ya. May 25, SJ Reads rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is not an actual review I can't even think Jun 14, Kerri rated it it was amazing.

May 28, Suzanne rated it liked it. I loved the first book of this series very much so I was so excited to read the second. Unfortunately I found I wasn't as into this installment as I was the first. The author is so creative and the writing is fantastic so I will read any book she releases. I am not sure if this was the finale because I do not know if it was a duology or trilogy.

If it were a duology than the finale wrapped things up rather nicely. While I didn't love The Crown's Game, I like the world and characters enough to give this book a try. Hopefully, it finally delivers on the darkness it promised me in the first book. I don't like when people promise me dark and gritty, and I get nothing. Also please let Vika and Nikolai reunite sooner rather than later, but of course let Pasha suffer a little first because he deserves it for putting Vika and Nikolai on the chopping block.

The cover is of course gorgeous, just like the first one. Looking forward to seeing how this goes, and seeing my name somewhere in here lol Buddy read with this little shit that made me wait for seven months but it's ok because I love her. I really wanted to love this book. I feel conflicted about the ending, I feel like the message is just wrong. I mean, I get it! You have to forgive but holy crap dude. NOT after what went down. The Crown's Fate was a good story to a point, for me. In all seriousness, this book could've ended at the half point.

There were some things that I felt were just thrown into the story just for filler. Which wasn't, but I was confused the whole time while reading it, because it wasn't explained and when it was it was so vague and quick. It was basically parties, falling petals in the sky and characters dealing with their feels. But some grow and learn about themselves, Others finally reveal who they truly felt about others, which I was total surprise about. But one character, I felt didn't get a great ending, I felt that this person was forced into doing what they did because they were scared and manipulated, I felt it was unsolved and wished there was more to that character.

The plot was engaging at points. I felt the story was only plot-driven because I was eager and wanted to see where the whole plot was going. But to be fair, It was a bit disappointing. I guess I was looking for more magic, war and even revenge maybe? It was a slow, sad and at times boring read. For myself, the ending wasn't satisfying, I feel like the ending was quickly wrapped up. When throughout the whole story it was being built up to finally have a mediocre ending.

I feel like this book is basically saying. No matter what bad things you do in life. Well, you know what in certain books sure, I love that message. I'm basically approving the message and I'm not comfortable with that. I just finished the duology anndddd the verdict is in: It was a good story, however, I feel a bit conflicted about how certain things were solved.

Which left me a bit perplexed. I'm going to sit back and let my feelings simmer for a bit on this one. Before I can actually review it. I just love this book cover! The second half of the book was much more eventful and interesting to actually read about than the first and the ending gave me all the feels but I wish I would have experienced more of those in the rest of the book too: I think we've been blind to the importance of those. I didn't enjoy the first book that much either, honestly, but it was definitely the better of the two and I would have preferred if it remained a standalone.

This felt as if some people complained about Nikolai's death in the first novel and the author gave in and decided to bring him back. Which only caused trouble. I would actually have enjoyed the story more if vi "But what about family? If the battle at the end had ended almost the same, but Nikolai hadn't regained life.