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The Magus

by Francis Barrett

London, 1801

The Magus is one of the primary sources for the study of ceremonial magic, and for a long time was one of the rarest and most sought after of the 19th century grimoires. Barretts' magnum opus embodies deep knowledge of Alchemy, Astrology, and the Kabbalah, and has been cited by the Golden Dawn and other occult and esoteric movements as source material. Written in 1801 in the middle of the 'Age of Reason', sandwiched between Newton and Darwin, this was possibly the last epoch that a work like this could be composed.

BIBLIOGRAPHIC NOTE: The Magus is broken down into two physical volumes. The reference to three books on the title page may be confusing. The third book is the biographical section and comprises part of the second volume. The biographical section has been deprecated by authorities such as Waite, and it's not even certain that it was written by Barrett; it may have been added as filler by the printer.

The Magus, Book I

Title Page
Table of Contents
Directions For Placing The Plates
Introduction to the Study of Natural Magic

The First Principles of Natural Magic: Book the First

Chapter I: Natural Magic Defined...
Chapter II. Of The Wonders Of Natural Magic...
Chapter III: Of Amulets, Charms, And Enchantments
Chapter IV: Of Unctions, Philters, Potions, &c.--Their Magical Virtues
Chapter V: Of Magical Suspensions And Alligations...
Chapter VI: Of Antipathies
Chapter VII: Of The Occult Virtues Of Things...
Chapter VIII: Of The Wonderful Virtues Of Some Kind Of Precious Stones
Chapter IX: Of The Mixtures Of Natural Things One With Another, And The Producing Of Monstrous Animals...
Chapter X: Of The Art Of Fascination, Binding, Sorceries, Magical Confections, Lights, Candles, Lamps...

The Jewel of Alchymy

Title Page
Epistle To Museus
To The Reader
Part the First: Of Alchymy, Its Divine Origin...
Of The Preparation Of A Man To Qualify Him For The Search Of This Treasure...
Part II: Of The Manner Of Extracting The First Matter Of The Philosophers' Stone

The Celestial Intelligencer

Title Page
Chapter I: Of The Four Elements And Their Natural Qualities
Chapter II: Of The Properties And Wonderful Nature Of Fire And Earth
Chapter III: Of The Water And Air
Chapter IV: Of Compound, Or Mixed Bodies...
Chapter V: That The Elements Are In The Heavens, In The Stars, In Devils, Angels, Intelligences, And, Lastly, In God Himself
Chapter VI: That The Wisdom Of God Works By The Medium Of Second Causes...
Chapter VII: Of The Spirit Of The World
Chapter VIII: Of The Seals And Characters Impressed By Celestials Upon Natural Things
Chapter IX: Treating Of The Virtue And Efficacy Of Perfumes...
Chapter X: Of The Composition Of Some Perfumes Appropriated To The Seven Planets
Chapter XI: Of The Composition And Magic Virtue Of Rings
Chapter XII: That The Passions Of The Mind Are Assisted By Celestials...
Chapter XIII: How Man's Mind May Be Joined With The Mind Of Intelligences And Celestials...
Chapter XIV: Shewing The Necessity Of Mathematical Knowledge...
Chapter XV: The Great Virtues Of Numbers, As Well In Natural Things As In Supernatural
Chapter XVI: Of The Scale Of Unity
Chapter XVII: Of The Number Two, And Scale
Chapter XVIII: Of The Number Three And Scale
Chapter XIX: Of The Number Four And Scale
Chapter XX: Of The Number Five, And Its Scale
Chapter XII: Of The Number Six, And The Scale
Chapter XXII: Of The Number Seven, And The Scale
Chapter XXIII: Of The Number Eight, And The Scale
Chapter XXIV: Of The Number Nine, And The Scale
Chapter XXV: Of The Number Ten, And The Scale
Chapter XXVI: Of The Numbers Eleven And Twelve, With The Cabalistical Scale
Chapter XVII: Of The Notes Of The Hebrews And Chaldeans, And Other Notes Of Magicians
Chapter XXVIII: The Magic Tables Of The Planets...
Chapter XXIX: Of The Observation Of The Celestials Necessary In Every Magical Work
Chapter XXX: When The Planets Are Of Most Powerful Influence
Chapter XXXI: Observations On The Fixed Stars, And Their Names And Natures
Chapter XXXII: Of The Sun And Moon, And Their Magical Considerations.
Chapter XXXIII: Of The Twenty-Eight Mansions Of The Moon, And Their Virtues
Chapter XXXIV: How Some Artificial Things (As Images, Seals, And Such Like) May Obtain Some Virtue From The Celestial Bodies.
Chapter XXXV: Of The Images Of The Zodiac...
Chapter XXXVI: Of The Images Of Saturn
Chapter XXXVII: Of The Images Of Jupiter.
Chapter XXXVIII: Of The Images Of Mars
Chapter XXXIX: Of The Images Of The Sun
Chapter XL: Of The Images Of Venus
Chapter XLI: Of The Images Of Mercury
Chapter XLIII: Of The Images Of The Head And Tail Of The Dragon Of The Moon
Chapter XLIV: Of The Images Of The Mansions Of The Moon
Chapter XLV: That Human Imprecations Naturally Impress Their Powers Upon External Things...
Chapter XLVI: Conclusion...

The Magus, Book II


Title Page
Chapter I: The Magnetic, Or Attractive Power Or Faculty
Chapter II: Of Sympathetic Medicines
Chapter III: Of The Magnetic Or Sympathetic Unguent...
Chapter IV: Of The Armary Unguent, Or Weapon Salve
Chapter V: Of The Imaginative Power And The Magnetism Of The Natural Spirits...
Chapter VI: Of Witchcraft
Chapter VII: Of The Vital Spirit, &c.
Chapter VIII: Of The Magical Power
Chapter IX: Of The Exciting Or Stirring Up The Magical Virtue
Chapter X: Of The Magical Virtue Of The Soul, And The Mediums By Which It Acts

The Cabala; Or The Secret Mysteries Of Ceremonial Magic

title page
Chapter I: Of The Cabala
Chapter II: What Dignity And Preparation Is Essentially Necessary To Him Who Would Become A True Magician
Chapter III: That The Knowledge Of The True God Is Necessary For A Magician
Chapter IV: Of Divine Emanations, And Ten Sephiroths...
Chapter V: Of The Power And Virtue Of The Divine Names
Chapter VI: Of Intelligences And Spirits...
Chapter VII: Of The Order Of Evil Spirits, And Their Fall, And Different Natures
Chapter VII: Of The Annoyance Of Evil Spirits, And The Preservation We Have From Good Spirits
Chapter IX: That There Is A Threefold Keeper Of Man, And From Whence Each Of Them Proceed
Chapter X: Of The Tongue Of Angels, And Of Their Speaking Amongst Themselves And With Us
Chapter XI: Of The Names Of Spirits, And Their Various Imposition...
Chapter XII: The Cabalists Draw Forth The Sacred Names Of Angels From Sacred Writ...
Chapter XIII: Of Finding Out The Names Of Spirits And Genii, From The Disposition Of The Celestial Bodies
Chapter XIV: Of The Calculating Art Of Such Names By The Tradition Of Cabalists
Chapter XV: Of The Characters And Seals Of Spirits
Chapter XVI: Another Way Of Making Characters, According To The Cabalists
Chapter XVII: There Is Another Kind Of Characters, Or Marks Of Spirits, Which Are Received Only By Revelation.
Chapter XVIII: On The Bonds Of Spirits, And Their Adjurations, And Castings Out
Chapter XIX: By What Means Magicians And Necromancers Call Forth The Souls Of The Dead
Chapter XX: Of Prophetical Dreams

The Perfection and Key of the Cabala, or Ceremonial Magic

Of Magic Pentacles And Their Composition
Of The Consecration Of All Magical Instruments And Materials Which Are Used In This Art
The Consecration Of Water
Consecration Of Fire
The Consecration Of Oil
Of The Benediction Of Lights, Lamps, Wax, &c.
The Consecration Of Places, Ground, Circle, &c.
Of The Invocation Of Evil Spirits, And The Binding, Of, And Constraining Of Them To Appear
An Invocation Of The Good Spirits
The Particular Form Of The Lamen
Of Oracles By Dreams
Of The Method Of Raising Evil Or Familiar Spirits...

Of The Particular Composition Of The Magical Circle

Exorcism, Benedictions and Conjurations
Considerations And Conjurations For Every Day In The Week

The Magic and Philosophy of Trithemius of Spanheim

Title Page
The Translator's Letter To A Friend Of His, A Young Student In These Occult Sciences
A Caution To The Inexperienced In This Art, And A Word Of Advice To Those Who Would Be Adepts
Of the making of the CRYSTAL and the Form of Preparation for a VISION

Biographia Antiqua

Title Page
Hermes Trismegistus
Appollonius Of Tyana
Petrus de Abano
Artemidorus Of Ephesus
Cornelius Agrippa
Albertus Magnus
Roger Bacon
Raymond Lully
George Ripley
John, And Isaac Hollandus
John Rudolph Glauber
Doctor Dee, And Sir Edward Kelly
The Conclusion