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****Review The Best Lemegeton Yet! *****

To: alt.magick
From: (Gnome d Plume)
Subject: ****Review "The Best Lemegeton Yet!" *****
Date: Sat, 20 Apr 2002 00:01:56 GMT

******Review: *The Lesser Key of Solomon* 
edited by Joseph H. Peterson, 
from Samuel Wiser (Red Wheel) 2001.

Recently (since 1995) we've had a surge of interest in Solomonic
magick and several versions of the Goetia, and even the complete
Lemegeton, have become available. Finally we have a definitive edition
carefully compiled, annotated and commented upon in a scholarly
fashion. It is also handsomely published in hard covers and (at the
present reduced price) quite a bargain. Unlike most backyard Goetias
and Lemegetons, Peterson does not rely solely on Sloane MS. 2731 but
chooses the more complete Harley MS. 6483 as his base text with
comparative notes referencing other MSS. He also traces the origins of
all the five books in his concise but highly detailed introduction.
Several points that Peterson's augmentations from other manuscripts
bring forth are of considerable interest--especially to those of us
working Solomonic systems. I was happy to see the circle in the center
of the Triangle of Art "blacked in" in two other versions of the
Goetia besides Sloane 2731, lending more confirmation to our dark
mirror theory. I was also happily surprised to discover that Harley
MS. 6438 used the Shemehamphorash invocations on the back of their
Brass Vessel sigils just as we decided to do (before we were aware of
the precedent) in our practice (see *The Book of Solomon's Magick*).
Peterson also cites and presents the Almadel type drawing from *Sepher
Schelomoh* (that we also displayed) and a similar sketch from a newly
acquired (at the Brit. Lib.) Hebrew version of the Almadel. All
considered Peterson's *The Lesser Key of Solomon* is probably the best
reference Lemegeton we will see for many years to come. 
      But in order to work the system you still need to come Savedow,
DuQuette or to us. *******

Good Magick!

Gnome d Plume

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