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Dear Friend, Imagine… A man in a black robe draws a circle on the ground and adds planetary characters with Hebrew inscriptions, as described in the books of Black Arts in his forbidden library. He raises the magic wand and exclaims the words of hellish incantation. Alone in the chamber, suddenly a black figure appears in the circle, forming the shape of a monstrous dragon. The man exclaims another incantation. In fact, black magic flourished across Europe in the 15th and the 16th centuries.
No other period was so infused with such a wide interest in magic and the occult. The leading figures on the artistic, scholarly, and philosophical stage were believed to be practicing magicians, and this reputation was true in many cases. And why has it endured between generations across entire periods of human civilization? Originally, Theophilus was a historical personage, an administrator of a church in Sicily.
According to the medieval legend, he was dismissed by the church authorities and lost his position. To gain it back, he made a pact with the Devil. With the help of a necromancer, he summoned the Devil at midnight, renounced Christ and the saints and signed a contract with Satan in his own blood. The pact was successful and the Devil gave him his position back. This and other stories were spreading quickly around Europe, evolving into the legend of a sorcerer who gained great power in exchange for selling his soul to the Devil.
The legend eventually found epitome in the Renaissance figure of Faust. Faust enters a path of self-salvation, self-deification, and wants to make himself equal to God. This is a path between and beyond good and evil, order and chaos, the rational and the irrational—between Heaven and Hell, yet providing access to both.
That is why for his assistant and companion on this journey he chooses the spirit of transformation, the psychopomp, the trickster, the guide, and the initiator: Mephistopheles. This book does not aspire to explore the Faustian Tradition in a vanilla academic context, nor is it a discussion of Renaissance magic as a whole. Texts and rituals presented here are written from the modern perspective, although certain concepts and ideas are derived from the old sources.
Rituals and meditations described in the book were inspired by medieval and the Renaissance grimoires as well as by modern literary works of the Faustian Tradition: J. Some accounts ascribe him a high position in the infernal hierarchy while in others he is a mere invention of the authors who wrote and popularized Faust-inspired stories. As Mephistophiel, he is one of the seven great princes of Hell.
It is also said that he was one of the first four angels who rebelled against God and fell from grace. In this context, he is mentioned alongside Lucifer, Belial and Leviathan.
Despite his popularity in visual arts and literary works, however, he remains the most ambiguous demonic entity of the whole Western Tradition. In modern occultism, the role of Mephistopheles has been diminished and much less attention is now paid to this legendary character.
Therefore, the goal of this book is to present the role of Mephistopheles in a new light—not only as a traditional principle of evil, but as an initiator of the Left Hand Path, the Adversary in the Christian Tradition from which he emerged, a spirit of Luciferian initiation and the personal Shadow that accompanies us throughout our whole lifetime.
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The Book of Mephisto: Left Hand Path Grimoire of the Faustian Tradition
Dear Friend, Imagine… A man in a black robe draws a circle on the ground and adds planetary characters with Hebrew inscriptions, as described in the books of Black Arts in his forbidden library. He raises the magic wand and exclaims the words of hellish incantation. Alone in the chamber, suddenly a black figure appears in the circle, forming the shape of a monstrous dragon. The man exclaims another incantation. In fact, black magic flourished across Europe in the 15th and the 16th centuries. No other period was so infused with such a wide interest in magic and the occult.