Key to the kingdom of spirits (Geater key of Solomon) , let's crack this nut

TRANSLATED FROM THE HEBREW By ELIPHAZ Levi

I will now give unto thee the Key of the Kingdom of the Spirits.
This Key is the same as that of the Mysterious Numbers of Yetzirah.
The Spirits are governed by the natural and universal Hierarchy of things.
Three command Three through the medium of Three.
There are the Spirits of Above, those of Below, and those of the Centre; then if thou invertest the Sacred Ladder, if thou descendest instead of ascending, thou wilt discover the Counter-Hierarchy of the Shells, or of the Dead Spirits.
Know thou only that the Principalities of Heaven, the Virtues, and the Powers, are not Persons, but dignities.
They are the Degrees of the Sacred Ladder upon which the Spirits ascend and descend.
Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, and the others, are not Names but Titles.
The First of the Numbers is the Unity.
The First of the Divine Conceptions called the Sephiroth is Kether or the Crown.
The First Category of the Spirits is that of Chaioth Ha-Qadesh or the Intelligences of the Divine Tetragram, whose Letters are symbolised by the Mysterious Animals in the Prophecy of Ezekiel.
Their empire is that of unity and synthesis. They correspond to the Intelligence.
They have for adversaries the Thamiel or Double-Headed Ones, the Demons of revolt and of anarchy, whose two Chiefs, ever at War with each other, are Satan and Moloch.
The second Number is two; the second Sephira is Chokmah or Wisdom.

The Spirits of Wisdom are the Auphanim, a Name which signifieth the Wheels, because all acts in Heaven like immense Wheels spangled with Stars. Their Empire is that of Harmony. They correspond to the Reason.
They have for adversaries the Chaigidel, or the Shells which attach themselves to Material and Lying Appearances. Their Chief, or rather their Guide, for Evil Spirits obey no one, is Beelzebub, whose Name signifieth the God of Flies, because Flies haunt putrefying corpses.
The third Number is three. The third Sephira is Binah or Understanding.
The Spirits of Binah are Aralim, or the Strong. Their empire is the creation of ideas; they correspond to activity and energy of thought.
They have for adversaries the Satariel, or concealers, the Demons of absurdity, of intellectual inertia, and of Mystery. The Chief of the Satariel is Lucifuge, called falsely and by anti-phrase Lucifer (as the Eumenides, who arc the Furies, are called in Greek the Gracious Ones).
The fourth Number is four. The fourth Sephira is Gedulah or Chesed, Magnificence or Mercy.
The Spirits of Gedulah are the Chaschmalim, or the Lucid Ones. Their empire is that of beneficence; they correspond to the imagination.
They have for adversaries the Gamchicoth or the Disturbers of Souls. The Chief or Guide of these Demons is Ashtaroth or Astarte, the impure Venus of the Syrians, whom they represent with the head of an ass or of a bull, and the breasts of a woman.
The fifth Number is five. The fifth Sephira is Geburah or justice.
The Spirits of Geburah are the Seraphim, or the Spirits burning with zeal. Their empire is that of the chastisement of crimes. They correspond to the faculty of comparing and of choosing.
They have for adversaries the Golab or incendiaries, Genii of wrath and sedition, whose Chief is Asmodeus, whom they call also Samael the Black.

The sixth Number is six. The sixth Sephira is Tiphereth the Supreme Beauty.
The Spirits of Tiphereth are the Malachim, or the Kings. Their empire is that of the Universal Harmony. They correspond to the judgment.
They have for adversaries the Tagaririm, or Disputers, whose Chief is Belphegor.
The seventh Number is seven. The seventh Sephira is Netzach, or Victory.
The Spirits of Netzach are the Elohim or the Gods, that is to say the representatives of God. Their empire is that of progress and of life; they correspond to the Sensorium or to sensibility.

They have for adversaries the Harab-Serapel, or the Ravens of Death, whose Chief is Baal.
The eighth Number is eight. The eighth Sephira is Hod or eternal order.
The Spirits of Hod are the Beni-Elohim or Sons of the Gods. Their empire is that of order; they correspond to the inner sense.
They have for adversaries the Samael or jugglers, whose Chief is Adramelech.
The ninth Number is nine. The ninth Sephira is Yesod, or the fundamental principle.
The Spirits of Yesod are the Cherubim or Angels, those powers which fecundate the earth, and which are represented in Hebrew symbolism under the form of bulls. Their empire is that of fecundity. They correspond to true ideas.
They have for adversaries the Gamaliel or obscene, whose Queen is Lilith, the Demon of debaucheries.
The tenth Number is ten. The tenth Sephira is Malkuth, or the kingdom of Forms.
The Spirits of Malkuth are the Ischim, or the virile ones; they are the souls of the Saints whose Chief is Moses. (Let us not forget that it is Solomon who speaks.–Eliphaz Lévi.)

They have for adversaries the wicked ones who obey Nahema, the Demon of Impurity.
The wicked are symbolised by the five accursed nations whom Joshua was to destroy.
Joshua, or Jehoshua the Saviour, is a symbol of the Messiach.
His Name is composed of the Letters of the Divine Tetragram changed into the Pentagram by the addition of the Letter Schin (see Figure 94).
Each letter of this Pentagram represents a power of good attacked by the five accursed nations.
For the real history of the people of God is the allegorical legend of Humanity.
The five accursed nations are:–

  1. The Amalekites or Aggressors;
  2. The Geburim or Violent Ones;
  3. The Raphaim or Cowards;
  4. The Nephilim or Voluptuous Ones;
  5. The Anakim or Anarchists.
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    The Anarchists are vanquished by the Yod, which is the Sceptre of the Father.
    The Violent are vanquished by the Hé, which is the Gentleness of the Mother.
    The Cowards are vanquished by the Vau, which is the Sword of Michael, and Generation by travail and pain.
    The Voluptuous are vanquished by the second Hé, which is the painful bringing forth of the Mother.
    Lastly, the Aggressors are vanquished by the Schin, which is the Fire of the Lord and the equilibrating Law of justice.
    The Princes of the Perverse Spirits are the False Gods whom they adore.
    Hell has then no other government than that fatal law which punishes perversity and corrects error, for the false Gods only exist in the false opinion of their adorers.
    Baal, Belphegor, Moloch, Adramelech, have been the idols of the Syrians; idols without soul, idols now destroyed, and of whom the Name alone remaineth.
    The True God hath vanquished all the Demons as Truth triumphs over Error. That is past in the opinions of men, and the Wars of Michael against Satan are the symbols of movement, and of the progress of Spirits.
    The Devil is ever a God of refusal.
    Accredited idolatries are religions in their time.
    Superannuated idolatries are Superstitions and Sacrileges.
    The Pantheon of Phantoms, which are then in vogue, is the Heaven of the Ignorant.
    The Receptacle of Phantoms, whom Folly even wisheth for no longer, is the Hell.
    But all this existeth only in the Imagination of the Vulgar.
    For the Wise, Heaven is the Supreme Reason, and Hell is Folly.
    But it must be understood that we here employ the word Heaven in the Mystical sense which we give it in opposing to it the word Hell.
    In order to evoke Phantoms it is sufficient to intoxicate oneself or to render oneself mad; for Phantoms are ever the companions of drunkenness and of vertigo.
    The Phosphorus of the imagination, abandoned to all the caprices of over-excited and diseased nerves, fills itself with Monsters and absurd visions.
    We can also arrive at hallucination by mingling together wakefulness and sleep by the graduated use of narcotics; but such actions are crimes against nature.
    Wisdom chaseth away Phantoms, and enables us to communicate with the Superior Spirits by the contemplation of the Laws of Nature and the study of the Holy Numbers.

(Here King Solomon addresseth himself to his son, Roboam):

Do thou, O my son Roboam, remember, that the Fear of Adonai is only the beginning of Wisdom.
Keep and preserve those who have not Understanding in the Fear of Adonai, which will give and will preserve unto thee my crown.
But learn to triumph thyself over Fear by Wisdom, and the Spirits will descend from Heaven to serve thee.
I, Solomon, thy father, King of Israel and of Palmyra, I have sought out and obtained in my lot the Holy Chokmah, which is the Wisdom of Adonai.
And I have become King of the Spirits as well of Heaven as of Earth, Master of the Dwellers of the Air, and of the Living Souls of the Sea, because I was in possession of the Key of the Hidden Gates of Light.
I have done great things by the virtue of the Schema Hamphorasch, and by the Thirty-two Paths of Yetzirah.
Number, weight, and measure determine the form of things; the substance is one, and God createth it eternally.
Happy is he who comprehendeth the Letters and the Numbers.
The Letters are from the Numbers, and the Numbers from the Ideas, and the Ideas from the Forces, and the Forces from the Elohim. The Synthesis of the Elohim is the Schema.
The Schema is one, its columns are two, its power is three, its form is four, its reflection giveth eight, which multiplied by three giveth unto thee the twenty-four Thrones of Wisdom.
Upon each Throne reposeth a Crown with three Rays, each Ray beareth a Name, each Name is an Absolute Idea. There are Seventytwo Names upon the Twenty-four Crowns of the Schema.
Thou shalt write these Names upon Thirty-six Talismans, two upon each Talisman, one on each side.
Thou shalt divide these Talismans into four series of nine each, according to the number of the Letters of the Schema.
Upon the first Series thou shalt engrave the Letter Yod, symbolised by the Flowering Rod of Aaron.
Upon the second the Letter Hé, symbolised by the Cup of Joseph.
Upon the third the Letter Vau, symbolised by the Sword of David my father.
And upon the fourth the Hé final, symbolised by the Shekel of Gold.
These Thirty-six Talismans will be a Book which will contain all the Secrets of Nature. And by their diverse combinations thou shalt make the Genii and Angels speak.

(HERE ENDETH THE FRAGMENT OF THE KEY OF SOLOMON.)

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First, the word kingdom means, malhut in Hebrew the tenth sphirah on the tree of life. Ten is also considered completion in the Jewish culture and the latter yod in the Hebrew alphabet.

By the mysterious numbers of sefer yetzirah maybe there’s a connection with Sefer yetzirah, I’m not sure.

To me natural means governed by strict laws, hierarchy means top-down leadership and universal means all encompassing, in other words the all. Also in Hebrew one of the names of god is Kol with a kaf, roughly translated to all in English.

A thing means in my eyes something created that has a cause that preceded it.

Three is the letter gimel in the Hebrew abc and means camel, usually a means to cross the desert. Three is associated with the trinity of the three main deities in various religions, also the three pillars of Solomon’s temple. Also in my understanding the triangle that has three sides is the strongest geometric figure in nature: they build bridges with triangles inside of them.

Also shin the 21 letter in the Hebrew alphabet has three legs and is on the number twenty card aeon in the Thoth tarot deck.

“Through the medium of three” this is hard to understand for me, if I translate it literally medium means via, by way of. The desert is a scorching place, shin is the letter of fire. Fire rises and takes matter and converts it into energy. This is from king Solomon, so I’m connecting this to the Bible. In the it Abraham was thrown in the burning furnace by nimrod and survived. A trial by fire as they say.

My point is the heavenly court is three-fold, fiery and has three main executioners: maybe angles, maybe something else.

The infernal court, this is my inference from as above so below and Jewish tradition, is headed by Samael and Lilith the elder, leviathan connects them both and what results is the three-headed dragon. Now, Samael holds the title, not name, Lucifer and Satan and he’s the reaper, so to speak, separating the wheat from the chaff. Sael could also be a name of an infernal general Source
One of the names of god in Jewish tradition is Sael Source , not by chance, because according to the Bible, if we assume it as true, claims that once death is abolished the mem(m in English) in Samael name disappears and this is heresy it becomes Sael. Why could this be true?
Mem according to sefer yetzirah means water and water decays also leviathan lives in water and he’s the medium of connection in my eyes. . Could be this what happens or something else entirely…

There are angels, infernals and elements(center)

Now to the ladder: “ While sleeping, Jacob receives a dream from God that changes his life . He sees a large structure like a ladder, tower, or staircase, reaching up from earth to heaven (Genesis 28:12). All along this ladder, he sees angels ascending and descending on it. Then God’s voice rings out as he speaks to Jacob.” this is from Google.

If you dig a tunnel and put the ladder there you would be going downward instead of heaven to hell, according to what I understand.

Why dead spirits, in my eyes Solomon saw infernals as wicked and therefore dead. Because, the wicked are dead in their life as rashi says in his commentary on genesis 11:32:1

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Afterwards the different orders of angels aren’t agents buts ranks like in the military or police.

There isn’t a single entity named Michael, Gabriel etc and so in the inferno with Lucifer, Satan, Belial etc.

They’re like the politicians that command the military and police forces, the rank and file angles and demons.

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I will go to the next part because in my eyes the spheres and the shells are self explanatory. Chokmah, wisdom the second sphirah starts in the womb of binah, understanding that is beyond the sphiroth.

Why because the root of fear is in understanding according to Jewish lore.
In Hebrew the verse reshit hokmah rat Adonai. The book of genesis starts with be reshit, in the beginning of time.

What am I trying to say?
Every word in my eyes in king Solomon’s fragment is important: if you fear without understanding Adonai it’s a lower kind of fear from Gevurah the fifth sphirah and is somewhat disconnected from the higher spheres. From I understand he’s trying to say fear is only the beginning, but not the end, in other words, completion of wisdom.

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This is really good stuff @Jk999

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It’s interesting that words “genii of wrath” used here, asmoday while being called samael the black is also called another name by the persians, it is his name that predates Judaisms term for him. I’m not gonna list it here, if he wants you to know then you know right. Reason I found it interesting is I wonder is this because of his link to being genii himself? These MFers would be incredibly bad if they corresponded to seraphim class angels of the tree of life.

The seraphim have the duty to see crime punished, spiritual and physical… to protect soldiers and police and help keep cosmic order.

@Jk999 would it be right to assume that the inverse genii of wrath would be doing about the opposite?

I’m just curious how this works.

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I’m by far no expert on this subject, in fact, I know very little about the greater key of Solomon in comparison to the lesser key of Solomon. But this but caught my eye…

What if in this part, he’s saying that the names of the “absolute ideas” refer to the 72 in the goetia. Think about it; human nature in itself is base and not “holy” as some would have us believe. So what if he’s saying the only absolute ideas there are are represented by “angels” just of another kind. And these “ideas” are to be controlled in order to have power over them, thus he’s use of “holy” methods of controlling them. So his belief in an absolute god overshadowed this knowledge he had, or at least skewed it so these “ideas” are painted not as things are actually part of us, but as something to be suppressed. Hence the talismans, maybe to protect from these “absolute ideas” as his “god” had convinced him that these universal truths that all JCI based faiths try to control are all things that are naturally part of being human…

Idk. Just a random thought.

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