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by Lon Milo Duquette
Many of us are familiar with the term, “Holy Guardian Angel.” It entered the popular vocabulary of western occultists in 1888 when Golden Dawn hierophant, S.L. MacGregor Mathers, translated and published fragments of a rather unique 15th century magical grimoire, The Sacred Magic of Abra-Melin the Mage.
While most medieval texts were recipe books, filled with spells to conjure and trap dangerous spirits from the infernal regions to serve as the magician’s slaves, the Sacred Magic was very different. In fact, the text posited that in order to exercise godlike powers the magician must first actually be “God-like,” and that true magical power can only be wisely and effectively employed if the magician has first attained a significant level of spiritual illumination.
The full article can be found on page 35 of The Witches' Almanac Spring 2019-2020 Animals: Friends & Familiars