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Reconstruction of the Veneris pentacle


The main source of Pentacles in Western Tradition - books, known collectively as a "Key of Solomon".
The modern reader who is familiar with Western magic, texts "Clavicules" known mostly from the works of
Papus and McGregor Mathers. The latter belongs to, it seems, the first compilatory edition of "Greater Key
of Solomon", for which he used several manuscripts. Mathers also to be commended not only for the
publication of books, but also for trying to understand the many distortions in the inscriptions, formulas
and images of Pentacles.
But there are those, of which he wrote that does not know and does not understand what is depicted
there. And as you know, that's incomprehensible is usually the most interesting and effective.
One of these relates to the pentacles of Venus (Figure 43 in this volume), and the description is able to
arouse love in any particular: "When it is only showed unto any person soever, it inciteth and exciteth
wonderfully unto Love."

Mathers comments: Around the central Square are the Names Elohim, El Gebil, and two other Names
which I cannot decipher, and have, therefore, given them as they stand. The characters are those of the
"Passing of the River." The surrounding Versicle is from Psalm xxii. 14: "My heart is like wax, it is melted in
the midst of my bowels."
So great Mathers could not decipher these names, but we will make an attempt to reconstruct the
talisman, because, in our disposal there is a greater number of available manuscripts and images.

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1. Text in a circle, or words of power


It would seem text is clear:



Or without diacritic signs:


However, in most of the manuscripts it is written in Latin:
inflammatum est cor meum, et renes mei commutati sunt (Thus my heart was grieved, and I was pricked in
my reins.)
And this is a quote from another Psalm 72, 21: Quia inflammatum est cor meum, et renes mei commutati
sunt.
Others contain a lengthy quote from the same psalm (often distorted):
inflammatum est cor meum et renes mei commutati sunt
et ego ad nihilum redactus sum
Translation:
Thus my heart was grieved, and I was pricked in my reins. So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast
before thee (Ps.73, 21-22 of KJB).
This is clearly more suitable quote for words that define love with those feelings, which are supposed to be
transferred to the object of love, as opposed to text Ps.21.15.
Incidentally, with regard to the text of the words of power, according to the traditions of the Middle and
Dark Ages quotations from the Vulgate (Latin Codex of Bible) are more preferable, because it is the sacred
language used in the worship of the Western Church, whose priests were fathers of grimoires their selves.

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2. Symbol in the center


The central character is a seal of Venus, which is composed with a kamea of Venus in manner not usually
described from contemporary authors.
Seal is drawn by vertical and horizontal lines between the five points (the principle of the pentagram, and
the secondary number of Planet relates to the human world, microcosm of cause).
The sum of these five numbers should result into a secondary number of Planet.
In our example we have:

The Sum that gives the sigil of this form is equal to 13, ie Venus secondary number corresponding to the
words of Ahaba - Love.
This number is typical for one of the spelling of a name in Hebrew Venus (Nogah).
33 = 05 = 0 + 3 + 05 =

Two other names too distorted, so in this version of talisman they can not be read.

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3. Words around the Seal and the formula of the pentacle


Names that are arranged around the Seal in this kind of Pentacles formed based on certain rules, which are
based on the numerical equivalent of the name (the number of the name).
Firstly, the number of the Name should not be greater than the number of Seal.
Secondly, the number of Names must form an equivalent or a spiral structure.
Equivalent structure implies that the number of each word to one or less coincides with the number of
Seal.
Example:

Spiral structure implies that the numbers go counterclockwise from the smallest to largest, leading to the
center of the whole structure - the number of Seal.
Example:

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Inscriptions around our pentacle written with alphabet, which Agrippa called Transitus Fluvii (passing the
river).

Handwritten variant of this alphabet are quite diverse. Therefore, for comparison (from the manuscript
Magia Criptographica):

Thus, the two Names around the square, which Mathers was able to read, in Hebrew: and
El Gebil (bottom) - Aramaic origin. means something that is mixed, collected together. Meaning of the
verb - collect, rake, purify, clean. El Gebil - a "God unites [by purification]." However, I have not find this
Name nowhere else. At least, it is not known to us.
Elohim (top) in this context is not the Name of God but the rank of angels corresponding to Sephira
Netzach.
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The number of names


Elohim: 86 = 14 (in the alphabet "passin the river" there is no final Mem, so the name is not the sum of
646, but 86)
ElGebil: 76 = 13
This, of course, does not fit into the scheme of drawing before for this kind of Pentacles. It is possible that
the author of this grimoire experimented with "reverse spiral."

Other names in this example cannot be deciphered or restored, since there is an obvious combination of
alphabets, possibly, the subsequent distortion of copyists.
In the next example, characters and the names are similar, but the right word has been replaced by the
Elohim.

Figure from Sl. 3091, fol. 65v


And the left word some authors indicate as Adonai. But in this case the numbers of the names are
distributed not quite correctly:
14
11

14
13

In contrast to the above instances, "Clavicules" which stored in the library of Leipzig, have images that are
more readable.

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Reconstruction # 1
Talisman is taken from a manuscript: Clavicula del Salomone re dEbrei Spiegata dallEbreo in Volgare per
Rabbi Colorno per ordine di. Sua A. S. il Duca di Mantova in Anno 1453.

Word Above:
33 = 065 =

Anagram verse of Deuteronomy (Devarim) 33.4:


"Moses commanded us a law, even the inheritance of the congregation of Jacob.."
Full anagram ( )used by Kabbalists for the acquisition of masculinity.
MlVT
The word at the bottom:
31 = 85 =

Anagram verse of Psalm 116.9:


I will walk before the LORD in the land of the living.
= 1413=9

HBYLA

The word on the left:


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33 = 60 =

God's name, translated as "Lord" (literally, Lords of mine).


YnDA
This makes sense, especially if you remember that earlier in the manuscript at this point it occurred.
The word on the right:
Word written with symbols "Passing the river", but the penultimate letter is of the usual Hebrew - he.
Usually, the combination of alphabets alludes to deliberately wrong spelling, coding. This is typical for the
pentacles, which the author has decided to distort, because they seems to have a real effect. Familiar with
tradition to understand.
So we have something like

The sum of the word - 48 = 12


I do not know the meaning of the word. Maybe it's the name with permutation of letters Gedulah (second
designation Chesed):
HLEDG
But by the logic of the talisman, we have two acronym and one Name of God. The forth has to be some
divine name. If it is encrypted, the only thing that comes to mind is the name Gadiel. Vav and Heh (the
letter, which is written in Hebrew and indicates a simple point of distortion) have amount of 15, and if
replace them with a pair of Yod-Aleph, we get the same number 15. Name of an angel:
LAYDG
However, Gadiel - a great angel, who does not have a planetary correspondence. In Heptamron of Peter
dAbano the Great Angel of Friday is Dagiel. Only one transition of letters else:
LAYGD
And numerical values fit perfectly into a spiral shape of Pentacle:
11

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13
12

12

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Estimated reconstructed pentacle (with Gadiels name):

Estimated reconstructed pentacle (with Gadiel name):

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