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Warning : the following documents deal with magic and should not be used without proper care and deep knowledge of this art.

The word grimoire is from the Old French grammaire, or grammar. Latin "grammars" (books on Latin syntax and diction) were considered in the Middle Ages as books of basic instruction.

Today, a grimoire is considered as a book of magical knowledge, with instructions for its use to achieve certain ends. Most grimoires were written between the late-medieval period and the 18th century and are associated with ceremonial or ritual magick.

They contain various magical formulas or symbols such as astrological correspondences, incantations and ritual instructions for working with angels and conjuring spirits and demons as well as directions on casting charms and spells, on mixing medicines, and making talismans. A grimoire should not be used as a 'recipe book'.

To understand the real content, one must delve into the life and times of the magicians who wrote them and decipher the symbols that were used to hide the real secrets.

Most grimoires are made of a strange blending of Jewish, Roman and Christian formula and filled with biblical references and prayers to angels or God. Although the magicians who wtore them found inspiration in Pagan and Islamic texts, they often relied on Christian magical traditions going back as far as the first century.

Most powerful invocations are inspired from the words of Jesus: "I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in Heaven..." Those grimoires who are associated with black magic and focus on the art to submit demons belong to the Goetia.

These books gave birth to a great number of secondary grimoires that were widely distributed in during the XIXth century thanks to the development of the printing industry.

The most well-know are “Le Dragon Rouge” (The red dragon), “La Poule Noire” (The black chicken), “The Greater Etteila” and “Le Grand Albert” et “Le Petit Albert” (the greater and the lesser Albert). They are full of stupidities such as “how to make girls dance without shirts”.
 

In the late 19th century, several of the earliest-known Grimoires (including the Abramelin text and the Keys of Solomon) were reclaimed by neo-Masonic magical organizations such as the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and the Ordo Templi Orientis.

Aleister Crowley, who was part of both groups, synthetized the occult knowledge and influenced a number of modern movements, including Wicca, Satanism, and Chaos Magic.

A cottage industry has existed since the 19th century in selling false or carelessly-translated grimoires (many original texts are in French or Latin, and are quite rare), although faithful editions are available for grimoires.net.

The Necromicon also known as Al Azif or the whispers of demons was supposed to have been written by the black wizard Abdul Al-Hazred who lived in Yemen 700 AC. It became famous after horror novelist HP Lovercraft used it as a prop in not fewer than 18 of his stories

Today most agree that The Necromicon is a compilation of spells, recipes and other texts taken from older grimoires as The Key of Salomon, the Ars Goetia, or the Kitab al Uhud from Araby which were among the famous magic library of Assurbinapal.

More about the Necronomicon

Other volumes, less well known, but just as ominous in content, are De Vermis Mysteriis (Mysteries of the Worm), by Ludvig Prinn and Unaussprechlichen Kultin (Nameless Cults) by von Junzt. The authors of the two volumes both met terrible fates, as did Al-Hazred. Ludvig Prinn was burned at the stake, and von Junzt was strangled by a hideous monster when he was alone in a locked room.

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The original Arabic title of this manuscript , Al Azif, refers to the nocturnal sound of insects believed to be the howling of demons.

Abdul Al-Hazred, a famous magician, lived in Damascus, where the Necronomicon was written. In 738 AD, he was set upon by an invisible monster who devoured him publicily in broad daylight. The Al Azif was later retrieved and translated into Greek by Theodorus Philetas of Constantinople, who gave it the name Necronomicon.

Olaus Wormius then made a Latin translation in 1228. In 1232, shortly after Wormius’ translation, Pope Gregory IX banned both the Greek and Latin versions of the volume. Wormius indicates that the original Arabic text was lost by this time. Dr. John Dee made a translation into English, but only fragments of that version remain.

At present, a 15th century Latin translation exists in the British Museum, and 17th century editions exist at the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, the Widener Library at Harvard, the University of Buenos Aires, and the Miskatonic University at Arkham. Understandably, all these copies remain under lock and key.
 
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 One of the longest and more powerful quotes from the Necronomicon is from “The Dunwich Horror”:

“Nor is it to be thought that man is either the oldest or the last of earth’s masters, or that the common bulk of life and substances walks alone. The Old Ones were, the Old Ones are, and the Old Ones shall be. Not in the spaces we know, but between them, They walk serene and primal, undimensioned and to us unseen. Yog-Sothoth knows the gate. Yog-Sothoth is the gate. Yog-Sothoth is the key and guardian of the gate. Past, present, future, all are one in Yog-Sothoth. He knows where the Old Ones broke through of old, and where They shall break through again. He knows where They have trod earth’s fields, and where They still tread them, and why no one can behold Them as They tread. By Their smell can men somtimes know them near, but of Their semblance can no man know, saving only in the features of those They have begotten on mankind; and of those are there many sorts, differing in likeness from man’s truest eidolon to that shape without sight or substance which is Them. They walk unseen and foul in lonely places where the Words have been spoken and the Rites howled through at their Seasons. The wind gibbers with Their voices, and the earth mutters with Their consciousness. They bend the forest and crush the city, yet may not forest or city behold the hand that smites. Kadath in the cold waste hath known Them, and what man knows Kadath? The ice desert of the South and the sunken isles of Ocean hold stones where Their seal is engraven, but who hath seen the deep frozen city or the sealed tower long garlanded with seaweed and barnacles? Great Cthulhu is Their cousin, yet can he spy Them only dimly. Iä! Shub-Niggurath! As a foulness shall ye know Them. Their hand is at your throats, yet ye see Them not; and Their habitation is even one with your guarded threshold. Yog-Sothoth is the key to the gate, whereby the spheres meet. Man rules now where They ruled once; They shall soon rule where man rules now. After summer is winter, and after winter summer. They wait patient and potent, for here shall They reign again.”

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The Necronomicon is one of those things which has aquired something of an occult following, and with it, it is cloaked in falsehood and misunderstanding, and today is comonly mistaknely beleived to be a book of sorcery, and a sort of grimoire, though this is quite far from the truth. It was the famed occult writer H.P. Lovecraft, whom is largely responseable of the mistaken idendity of this text.

So just what is the Necronomicon?

Its name litteraly translates to Book of Dead names, and it was orignaly concived by Alhazred asa history, and hence "a book of things now dead and gone". An alternative derivation of the word Necronomicon gives as its meaning "the book of the customs of the dead", but again this is consistent with the book's original conception as a history, not as a work of necromancy.

The author of the book shared with Madame Blavatsky a magpie-like tendency to garner and stitch together fact, rumour, speculation, and complete balderdash, and the result is a vast and almost unreadable compendium of near-nonsense which bears more than a superficial resemblance to Blavatsky's The Secret Doctrine.

In times past the book has been referred to guardedly as Al Azif , and also The Book of the Arab. Azif is a word the Arabs use to refer to nocturnal insects, but it is also a reference to the howling of demons (Djinn). The Necronomicon was written in seven volumes, and runs to over 900 pages in the Latin edition.

The book is best known for its antediluvian speculations. Alhazred appears to have had access to many sources now lost, and events which are only hinted at in Genesis or the apocryphal Book of Enoch, or disguised as mythology in other sources, are explored in great detail. Alhazred may have used dubious magical techniques to clarify the past, but he also shared with the 5th. century B.C. Greek writers such as Thucydides a critical mind, and a willingness to explore the meanings of mythological and sacred stories. His speculations are remarkably modern, and this may account for his current popularity. He believed that many species besides the human race had inhabited the Earth, and that much knowledge was passed to mankind in encounters with beings from "beyond the spheres" or from "other spheres". He shared with some Neoplatonists the belief that the stars are similar to our sun, and have their own unseen planets with their own lifeforms, but elaborated this belief with a good deal of metaphysical speculation in which these beings were part of a cosmic hierarchy of spiritual evolution. He was also convinced that he had contacted beings he called the "Old Ones" using magical invocations, and warned of terrible powers waiting to return to re-claim the Earth. He interpreted this belief (most surprisingly!) in the light of the Apocalypse of St. John, but reversed the ending so that the Beast triumphs after a great war in which the earth is laid waste.


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