Being of that Hidden Arte of Solomon the King
By Gary St. M. Nottingham

Ars Salomonis is a practical manual for working with the talismanic figures found in the Key of Solomon, the most significant of all grimoires. The Key of Solomon has a unique place in the history of magic, having heavily influenced the development of various traditions including ceremonial magic and Wicca.

English alchemist and sorceror Gary Nottingham includes the planetary pentacles and sigils of the associated planetary spirits for the first time, both vital to their successful use in sorcery. The author describes two methods for empowering and activating the planetary pentacles: first a simple practice using the Kabbalistic Middle Pillar exercise, followed by a more traditional and complex form involving the conjuration of the spirits into a crystal shewstone.

In so doing he makes this vital work safely accessible to beginners as an ideal entranceway into the grimoire tradition. Including a full description of all necessary and appropriate preparations, the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram, the Middle Pillar, altar construction and the consecration, use and deactivation of the pentacles, this work provides a practical guide to the talismanic magic of the Key of Solomon suitable for all levels of practitioners.

Ars Salomonis is Vol. II of the 7-volume Foundations of Practical Sorcery series by Gary St. M. Nottingham.

2015, 96 pages. Paperback & Kindle editions available.
ISBN 978-1-905297-75-7
B&W 6.14 x 9.21 in or 234 x 156 mm (Royal 8vo) Perfect Bound on Creme w/Gloss Lam

Ars Salomonis by Gary St. M. Nottingham

  • Introduction
    Of Our Arte
    O Creature of Talisman
    Modus Operandi
    Non nobis Domini
    Further Reading

  • Gary St. M. Nottingham’s commitment to the study and practice of the alchemical arte, ritual magic, grimoires and spirit conjuration means that he can often be found peering at bubbling flasks or a shewstone – or otherwise engaged in deepening his knowledge and understanding of such matters.  His practices also draw on the work of the 17th-century astrologer William Lilly and the arte of horary astrology.

    He organised the legendary Ludlow Esoteric Conference (2004-2008), helped produce Verdelet occult magazine, has taught many free day workshops on basic occult skills and is a popular speaker at esoteric conferences.

    The seven volumes of Foundations of Practical Sorcery are an unabridged collection of Gary’s much sought-after previously published work, updated and made available to a wider readership at last.  Ars Alchemica and Ars Angelorum may be seen as companion volumes to this central work.  

    Gary was raised in south Shropshire, where, during his mid-teens, he became involved with a small Coven, thereby gaining an excellent grounding in a wide selection of magical practices.   Following the conjuration of a spirit, and asking it for help that manifested when least expected, he subsequently became involved with a group of practising alchemists. 

    He has a background in horticulture, enjoys spending time in the garden and playing chess.