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Raphaels Ancient Manuscript of Talismanic Magic

To: alt.magick
From: heidrick@well.com (Bill Heidrick)
Subject: Re: Heidrick
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2004 12:51:10 GMT

93 Satyr,

>A question while I have your attention, if you don't mind: what do you
>know of the De Laurence edition of Raphael's Ancient Manuscript of
>Talismanic Magic? Any idea who transcribed/translated the original
>Rabbi Solomon it contains?

That's an odd one.  My copy says "1916," but I suspect it's a reprint.
Judging by the handwriting (it's reproduced from a handwritten MS of
some sort), it looks late 19th century to me, conforming to the "1880"
date in the back page; and the remark of the existence of "Uranus" as
"Herschel" suggests 19th century (Uranius was at first called
"Georgium Sidus" when discovered in the late 18th century).
Apparently the person who wrote it used the name "Raphael" about then.
That leads me to think of "Ophiel" as used by Peach, but the date is
too early.  Maybe De Laurence himself, maybe somebody connected to
Plumber scribed it.  I don't know, but there were several books
claimed as "Raphael's" in that period, including a popular ephemerius.
Whoever did it,, it was done as a "fair copy" and not as a working
"book of shadows" as Gardener called similar things much later in his
Wicca innovation.    There are no corrections in the text, bad
scribbles lined out or anything of that sort.  The author did not
display a deep knowledge of the subject, but merely transcribed and
added shallow comment.  The treatment of the Intelligences and Spirits
of the Planets is akin to that adopted in the Golden Dawn.
    There was an apparition of the Archangel Raphael to Martin de
Gallardon on January 15th of 1816 e.v. in France.  That led to a mimic
of the Jacobean legend, with Louis XVIIth in place of the immortal
Bonnie Prince.  Perhaps this pen name was inspired by that story.
    There is also a late 19th or early 20th century hand done Tarot
deck sometimes in print.  I don't know if that's connected or not.

93 93/93
Bill



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