THE BOOK OF TREASURE SPIRITS
A Grimoire of Magical Conjurations to Reveal Treasure and Catch Thieves by Invoking Spirits, Fallen Angels, Demons and Fairies
By David Rankine
Conjurations of Goetic spirits, old gods, demons and fairies are all part of a rich heritage of the magical search for treasure trove. During the Middle Ages and Renaissance the British Monarchy gave out licenses to people seeking treasure in an effort to control such practices, and this is one reason why so many grimoires are full of conjurations and charms to help the magician find treasure.
Published here for the first time, from a long-ignored mid-seventeenth century manuscript in the British Library (Sloane MS 3824), the conjuration is said to have been performed at the request of King Edward IV, with other rites to reveal treasure, to have treasure brought from the sea, and to cause thieves to bring back stolen goods. Conjurations to call any type of spirit are also included, recorded by the noted alchemist and collector Elias Ashmole, as is an extract on conjuration practices from the Heptameron, transcribed into English for practical use by a working group of magicians, before its first English publication by Robert Turner in 1655.
These conjurations demonstrate the influence of earlier classic grimoires and sources, with components drawn from the Goetia, the Heptameron, and Reginald Scot's Discoverie of Witchcraft. The material includes spirit contracts for Agares, Padiel and Vassago, as well as techniques like using lead plates for binding, and summoning into a glass of water, which hark back to the defixiones of Hellenistic Greece and the demonic magic of the Biblical world. This material forms part of a corpus of conjurations all written in the same hand and style of evocation, linking Goetic spirits and treasure spirits with the archangels and planetary intelligences (in Sloane MS 3825), and demon kings and Enochian hierarchies (in Sloane MS 3821), making it a unique bridge of style and content between what are often falsely seen as diverse threads of Renaissance magic.
2009, 184 pages. Paperback & Kindle editions available.
B&W 6.14 x 9.21 in or 234 x 156 mm (Royal 8vo) Perfect Bound on White w/Gloss Lam
The Book Of Treasure Spirits by David Rankine
About the Manuscript
SLOANE MS 3824
Prayer to call Spirits of Darkness
Invocation of Lucifer, Beelzebub & Sathan
An Operation for Obtaining Treasure Trove
A General Invocation
An Experiment to Cause a Thief to Return
The Consecrations & Benedictions
Experiment to call Spirits that Guard Treasure
Of Spirits and Fairies
Conjuration of Treasure Spirits
The Fairy Court and Treasure
Of Types of Treasure & Hauntings
Experiment to obtain Treasure Trove
Experiment with Bret
Conjuration of Birto for King Edward IV
Conjuration of Bealpharos
Of Evil Spirits
Experiment of Vassago
Experiment of Agares
An Experiment to Obtain Your Desire
Experiment of Bleth
Of the Demon Rulers
The Spirit Contract for Padiel