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Summoning Circle - angel, or demon?

Summoning Circle - angel, or demon?

I have been doing all kinds of research the past couple of days.  Not really sure entirely to what end - but something will manifest eventually, I'm sure.  

I sort of wonder what people might think of an image like this -- it's directly out of instructions in a 15th century manuscript of magic.  Liber Iuratus Honorii or the Sworne Book of Honorius.  Anyone else notice the devised and obvious translation from Sprite to Spirit in the text?  I think he meant Sprite. ;)  Alas.  I'm almost positive probably no one has read the book - I just like old ass books of magic. 

A couple things I've noticed that has totally fascinated me about medieval magic books.  They're absolutely swarming with religion.  I think people with a ton of religion would be surprised to read about how much your forebears were totally and completely convinced, with lots of prayer, devotion, purity, ritual and concentration - you could invoke angels and demons to do work for you.  In fact what you see below you is a great summoning circle.  In fact the 'greatest' one as it has the name of god around the edge (72 letters) and angel's names all around that.

Gasp is that a pentagram you see in the center?  It is.  Not at all "evil" but in fact the most sacred symbol there was.  With the other names of god all around and inside of it.  

This was a way to trap and guide a greater spirit to work for you.

I think it's kind of cool that 600 years ago, people believed this would work.  But I'm pretty sure I think it's cool because it was 600 years ago.  

I've dug even deeper than this, following a trail of bread crumbs of early science (which of course is alchemy) and lore to find the nascent beginnings of it all.  It's not a broken trail like so many fanciful authors would have us believe - it's quite an easy trail to follow.  I suppose I'm a bit disappointed that the rabbit hole isn't quite so deep as fiction would lead us to believe.  But oh, the fodder for stories is rich and deep indeed.   Perhaps this is where it's leading me, to tell a story of my own.


Merchant Adventurer's Hall - York

Merchant Adventurer's Hall - York

The Shambles, York

The Shambles, York