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The Magical Calendar (excerpts)

Published in 1620, the Magical Calendar contains tables of correspondences arranged by number from one to twelve. They are based in part on extensive tables in Agrippa, book 2, chapters 4-14 but go well beyond anything in Agrippa, especially sigils. The engraving was executed by the brilliant Johannes Theodorus de Bry who illustrated other important occult works such as those of Robert Fludd. The author was Johann Baptista Großchedel. Carlos Gilly has identified the original manuscript on which the printed Magical Calendar was based as British Library manuscript Harley 3420. (Gilly, Carlos, "The rediscovery of the original of Großchedel's Calendarium Naturale Magicum Perpetuum," in Carlos Gilly, Cis van Heertum (ed.) Magia, Alchimia, Scienza Dal '400 al '700. L'influsso di Ermete Trismegisto Centro Di: 2 vols. Firence, 2002, vol. 1 pp. 310-317. I am indebted to Rafal Prinke for bringing this to my attention.)

The Harley manuscript adds some very interesting details missing from the engraving. For one thing, the 8 tables (or seals) of the Fathers (one of which is the famous seal of Solomon, used as the Table of Practice in Theurgia Goetia) have particular virtues ascribed to them. So for example, Solomon's is for Wisdom, Jeremiah's for visions, Ezechiel's for health, etc. The "Sigilla Decem Nomina Dei Principalia Complectentia" also have more detail than in the engraving.

Another things that was not clear to me from the engraving is that the sigils and images of the planets are 2 separate sets. Both sets are used on the Ars Paulina table of practise.

In addition to the Lesser Key texts mentioned above, at least two other grimoires -- Abognazar and Janua Magicae Reserata -- depend heavily on the Magical Calendar. In my research on esoterica, I find myself constantly referring to this volume.

For more information on this extraordinary document, see the edition by Adam McLean.




DISPOSITIO

Numerorum Magica
Ab
Unitate Usque ad DVODENARIVM
Collecta

Singulari Industria, compilatione Diversa,
magno labore, et investigatione sibi suisque

A

Joanne Baptista Grosschedelio Equite Romano:
ab Aicha: Philomago, Lucisque &
Gratiæ, & Naturæ indagatori
Vigilantissimo





Anno

1614

FOUR

[Compare with Agrippa, OP2.7.]

  He Vau He Iod
[Four Elements] FireAirWaterEarth
[Governors of the Elements] SeraphCherubTharsisAriel
[Archangels] RaphaelMichaelGabrielUriel
[Four Winds] EurusZephirusAquiloAuster
[Cardinal directions] EastWestNorthSouth
[Zodiacal attributions] Aries, Leo, Saggitarius Gemini, Leo, Aquarius Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn
[Elemental Qualities] Lumen (Light)Diaphanum (Transparent)Agilitas (Motile) Sodalitas (Solid)
[Elements of Mankind] Mens (Mind)Spiritus (Spirit)Anima (Soul)Corpus (Body)
[Powers of the Soul] Intellectus (Intellect) Ratio (Reason)Phantasia (Imagination) Sensus (Perception)
[Principal spirits in the four parts of the world] BaelMoymonPoymonEgin

SEVEN

Sigils of the planetary angels

[NOTE:: This table has been muddled in the engraving: Raphael and Anael are reversed from the manuscript. This is probably due to the fact that Sol/Raphael/Machen is split by the binding. The order shown here (Raphael/Sun and Michael/Mercury) agrees with Liber Juratus Honorii and Raziel. However, Heptameron and Agrippa, OP2.10 both have Michael/Sun and Raphael/Mercury. -JHP]

  From Harl. 3420, [27v]Engraving
Cassiel
Machator vel Araboth
Sachiel
Zebul
Samael
Machon
Raphael
Machen
Anael
Sagum
Michael
Raquie
Gabriel
Schamain. Cælum

7 Planetarum sigilla

 From Harl. 3420, [27v]Engraving


Imagines

 From Harl. 3420, [27v]Engraving

EIGHT

Eight most holy Tables of the Fathers

[From Harl. 3420, 40v-41r.]

Adam. IntelligenceMoses. MiraclesElias. Divine WisdomJoshua. Prophecy
Ezechiel. HealthDaniel. Interp. dreamsSolomon. WisdomJeremiah. Visions



TEN

(Compare Agrippa, OP2.13.)

Sigilla Decem Nomina Dei Principalia Complectentia

[Sigils have 6, 5, 8, 3, 9, 1, 7, 5, 2, 4 sides respectively.]

Cether
Seraphim
Primum Mobile
Metatron

[6 sides]

Hochma
Cherubim
Coelum Stellarum
[Jophiel]

[5 sides]

Binah
Thrones
Saturn
Zaphchiel

[8 sides]

Hesed
Dominations
Jupiter
Zadkiel

[3 sides]

Geburah
Powers
Mars
Camael

[9 sides]

Tiphereth
Virtues
Sphere of the Sun
Raphael

[circle = 1 side?]

Nezah
Principalities
Sphere of Venus
Haniel

[7 sides]

Hod
Archangels
Sphere of Mercury
Michael

Psal. 103. [decorem induisti amictus lumine sicut vestimento]

[5 sides]

Iesod
Angels
Sphere of the Moon
Gabriel

[2 sides]

Malchuth
Blessed Souls
Sphere of the Elements
Soul of the Messiah

[4 sides]




TWELVE

Twelve angels of the signs

Malchidiel
Asmodel
Ambriel
Muriel
Verchiel
Hamaliel
Zuriel
Barbiel
Adnachiel
Hanael
Gabriel
Barchiel

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