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Famous Grimoires – The Picatrix

The Picatrix/Ghâyat al-Hakîm fi’l-sihr/The Goal of the Sage (10-11th century)

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The Picatrix is the most famous grimoire of astrological magic and one of the most important works of medieval and Renaissance magic. Originally written sometime in the ninth century by an anonymous Arab wizard in North Africa or Spain, and credited in the fashion of the time to the notable Sufi and scholar al-Majriti, it was originally titled Ghayat al-Hakim, “The Goal of the Sage.”

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Picatrix is an encyclopedic work with over 300 pages of Hermetic magical philosophy, ritual, talismanic and natural magic. It also holds the distinction of being one of the largest grimoire in history and went on to become extremely influential on Western magic, being used even by Renaissance mages like Cornelius Agrippa and Marsilio Ficino.

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It contained spells that ranged from “how to destroy a city with the Ray of Silence” to “how to influence men from a distance.” Even today it remains the least known of the major works of western occultism.

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