[b]Enchantment of Talismans
According to the Key of Solomon[/b]

The famous Key of Solomon, formed of more than a hundred different manuscripts and put together over a period of several centuries, represents some of the ideas imported to Europe during the period when Jews and Muslims were suppressed by Christian nations. There were few who had any appreciable degree of scholarship in those days, and so much of what we have as a relic of that period appears confused, internally inconsistent, and difficult to grasp even at the best of times. This basic outline should shed some light on the “secret order of operations” implied by the Key in its most recognizable form.

This ritual is performed over a sequence of nine days. Nothing obtained before the Immersion on the first day should be used at all for any of the steps mentioned; but these may be kept and used again provided that they are stored within the silk cloth and not used for any other thing.

I write this for those who would like to explore the Key without so much distracting filler in the way.

The Key lays a curse on those who attempt the work without the requisite skills. Make sure you can actually do these things (sewing, pottery, engraving, writing, etc...) before you try. Learn the skills first, then apply them to the Art once you have some ability to employ them.

Are there other ways to do this? Can you use substitutions? Can you omit steps? Of course. This is the Full Monty. I present this for those who want to see what the entire elaborate ritual involves. Next time someone tells you it's all about picking up the nearest pencil and saying six words over a piece of scrap paper with a candle burning, remember this complete method and compare what you get with one vs. what you get with the other.

[b]Day One[/b]

Immersion – Water is blessed, and entered from head to foot.

Fasting – A manner of fasting is decided upon, and begins with a prayer to be said every day at waking and retiring.

Earthenware: Basin, Brazier, Mortar, and Inkwell – Earth is collected, moulded, and fired into shape. Find some running water like a creek. Get near to the edge and dig downwards a few feet. You should hit clay before too long. This is your base material.

Water – Water and salt are blessed and set aside for the consecration of the tools.

Incense – Incense is compounded in the mortar. Like the water, this supply may be replenished at need.

Brazier – The brazier is glazed and fired, made ready to use in the consecration of the instruments.

[b]Day Two[/b]

Needle - A needle is consecrated to the work. Several may be used.

Aspergillum – Nine herbs are mentioned in the Key. These are begun as fresh-cut herbs in a bundle, and this is used to consecrate the Burin and other Iron Tools. Once consecrated, these are used to produce the Aspergillum.

Cloth – The needle is used to embroider a set of symbols on a silk cloth of any color other than black, brown, or grey. After each tool has been purified by water and salt, and consecrated by fire and incense, they are set aside in the silk cloth for storage.

[b]Day Three[/b]

Pen – A set of pens will be used to produce the Book and some of the other symbols. These are specifically the third primary feathers taken from geese or crows, but they may be any pen so long as it is consecrated according to the precepts of art.

Blood – The Burin is decorated with a drop of blood, drawn by the consecrated needle from a creature which is released afterwards. Bats, owls, moles, and other creatures of darkness are typically used for this step.

Burin – A sharp graver fixed to a wooden handle is used to engrave the other tools.

Tools – These may be any metal tools required for the Art. For obvious reasons, these will be non-powered hand tools. A scimitar or machete for clearing the ritual space, a sickle for cutting the herbs, a poniard or awl for making holes, a lancet or razor for cutting, a saw for cutting handles for the tools, and a file for sharpening the blades, are all good choices. Others may be added as needed.

[b]Day Four[/b]

Inkstand – In olden days, an ink writing set could be an elaborate affair. A simple form of inkstand is merely a depression within an earthenware disk, used to crush ink and mix with water.

Lamps – The candles are made from wicks and beeswax, either dipped or poured to shape. Pre-made candles are acceptable, if decorated with the symbols and the incantations said over them.

Sword – The sword is not to be manufactured, but purchased from someone who makes swords as a profession, or who has such skills. A sword is intended only for the killing of humans, it is not a tool or hunting implement. It is kept for defense against all enemies visible and invisible.

Knives – If a sword cannot be obtained, the Circle may be produced with a set of knives. One is white-handled, the other is black-handled. These may be made from scratch or obtained as blades, heated three times, and fitted to handles.

Rod – The Magical Rod is used to enchant the talismans, cut in a single stroke using the sword. It is made from a nut-bearing tree, usually hazel or elder, but it may also be a staff of cane or almond-wood.

Robe – The robe is linen or silk, of a formal style. The sigils of the Magus are sewn onto the breast in scarlet silk.

Shoes – Slippers or boots are worn for the ceremony, and made especially for it.

Crown – A hat, kippah, crown, or some other appropriate headgear is worn by the Magus.

[b]Day Five[/b]

Trumpet – A wooden trumpet or game-caller is used to alert the cardinal points of the intention to begin the ceremony. This can be produced with a reed and hollow wooden tube, or through some other device. An alternative to this can be made in the form of a bell or some other type of noise-making instrument.

Book – The prayers, ceremony, and the talismans, are all compiled into a book written by the hand of the Magus. This is blessed and consecrated over the course of a full day.

[b]Days Six, Seven, and Eight[/b]
Prayers – A specific prayer is made once at dawn, twice before noon, three times after noon, four times in the evening, and five times before sleep.

[b]The Ceremony[/b]

Washing of the Body – The initial purification bath follows the waking prayer.

Benediction of the Salt – When the hour of the ceremony draws near, another bath is made.

Induing of the Vestments – On exiting the bath, the vestments are blessed.

Journey of the Magi – From the place of the vesting to the place of the ceremony, the lamp is carried and a prayer is made at leaving.

Summoning of the Quarters – Upon arriving, the area is cleared away of all debris and the Trumpet is used to begin, sounding it to the four cardinal points.

Confession of the Exorcist – The degree to which the spirits respond to the conjuration is in direct proportion to the depth and sincerity of the confession. The will must be pure, unburdened by hesitation, guilt, and remorse.

Unveiling of the Instruments – The instruments are unfolded from the silk cloth and blessed for use.

The Circle of Magic– The circle is made by standing and turning with the sword, or cut into the soil with the daggers using a center-point for reference.

Consecration of the Pentacles – The talismans are consecrated with incense appropriate to the planet. They may be made in metals, sewn with colored silk, or painted. They should be durable, precious, and as well-constructed as possible.

The Tower of Strength – Once everything is in place, the assistants are given instructions, and the Book of Art is opened along.

Invocation of the Powers – A litany of names calls upon the forces intended to operate in the work. There are numerous detailed conjurations, many quite different from each other. Each Magus will have some form of the recitation which suits his own needs.

Enchantment of the Talisman – The spirits are instructed in their tasks, directed by the word of the Magus, and the talismans are then placed in their silk cloth.