The Sworn Book of Honorius is one of the earlier grimoires in the western European tradition. The name refers to the vow of secrecy and discretion that owners. The Sworn Book of Honorius, or Liber Juratus Honorii in Latin is a medieval grimoire purportedly written by Honorius of Thebes. The Latin word "juratus", which Historical references · Content · Editions. The Sworn Book of Honorius. The Front of Sigillum Doornenburgensis. Myrthe Houët s Master thesis: The Sworn Book of Honorius.
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The Sworn Book of Honorius: Liber Iuratus Honorii
Nor can they through their invocations bring any work to effect, except they believe in Christ. For it is said by the prophet, "when the king of kings and the Lord of Lords is come, then shall your annointing cease," which should never have ceased if they could have wrought effectually by this art.
And so theire works are the sworn book of honorius. And although the Jews in that they are Jews are condemned, of yet they do worship the High Creator, but not after a due sort. Yet through the power of the holy names of God, spirits are constrained to come.
But Jews because they are not signed with the sign of God, that is to say with the sign of the cross, therefore those spirits will not answer them truely. Therefore, the Christian man only works truely to come to the vision of the Deity, and in all other works.
- The Sworn Book of Honorius: Liber Iuratus Honorii by Honorius of Thebes
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And although three sorts of the sworn book of honorius do work by this art magic, yet it is not to be thought that there is any evil in this name Magian, for this same name Magian signifies in the Greek tongue a philosopher, and in the Hebrew tongue a scribe, and in the Latin tongue it signifies wise.
And so this name of art magic is compounded of this word magos which is as much to say as 'wise,' and of ycos which by interpretation is 'knowledge.
[Fourth Book or Treatise.]
For by this art a man may know things present, past, and to come. First, make a circle with a diameter of three fingers, on account of the Lord's three nails, or five on account of the five wounds, or seven on account of the seven sacraments, or nine on account of the nine orders of angels, but generally five fingers are customary.
Then, below that circle make another circle, the sworn book of honorius from the first by two barley grains on account of the two Tablets of Moseselse the distance the sworn book of honorius the first can be three grains on account of the three persons in the Trinity.
Then below those two circles in the uppermost part, which is called the southern angle, make a single cross, the leg of which may slightly enter the innermost circle. Then, from the right side of the cross, write.
Sworn Book of Honorius – LIBER JURATUS HONORII
And with that series of letters which was previously named the circle will thus be filled with the great name of the Lord, Schemhamphoras, of 72 letters. The corrected form is as follows: This done, in the middle of the circles, namely in the center, make a pentagram thus: Then, below the uppermost angle of the pentagram, write these two letters: And below the other in the right angle, these two: And in the same side of the sworn book of honorius heptagon write this name of the holy angel, which is Casziel.
And in the next side from the right-most, the sworn book of honorius name of the holy angel, which is Satquiel. Then in the next Samael, and in the next Raphael, afterwards Anael, afterwards Michael, followed by Gabriel.
Honorius of Thebes: The Sworn Book
And thus the seven sides of the the sworn book of honorius will be completed. Then, around that preceding heptagon, make another heptagon, not made like the first, but in such a manner that the one side of it will intersect the previous side of the same. Then make another such heptagon, like the first, whose seven angles touch the seven angles of the second heptagon, and the which should be shown doubled.
Then, in each of the angles of the second heptagon make a the sworn book of honorius. In 93 chapters, it covers a large variety of topics, from how to save one's soul from purgatory to the catching of thieves or finding of treasures.
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