The Book of the Moon or Liber Lunae is transcribed from a sixteenth-century English manuscript (Sloane 3826), annotated, edited, and supplemented by modernised English versions of 'The Hours of the Day and Night', 'The Figures of the Planets', and, combining both Liber Lunae and Sepher ha-Levanah: • The Mansions of the Moon, describing the magical operations of the 28 constellations of the lunar zodiac, their magical virtues and their names. • The Hours of the Day and Night, describing the magical operations of the 12 hours of the day and the 12 hours of the night, their names, virtues, talismanic images, and angels to invoke. • The Figures of the Planets, describing each planet's magic square, virtue, suffumigation, magical procedure, and inscription. Transcriptions of related material on talismanic images and on the virtues of different hours and their names from other sections of Sloane MS 3826 are also included. The full introduction places the material contained in Liber Lunae into the general scheme of magical literature. This volume also features a facsimile of A. W. Greenup's 1912 edition of Sepher ha-Levanah, a Hebrew version of Liber Lunae material. A full English translation of Sepher ha-Levanah prepared by Calanit Nachshon is included.
Don Karr (RISD: BFA 1974; Cornell: MFA 1976) is the author of numerous articles on Jewish mysticism and its influence on the Western esoteric tradition; prominent among these is a series of bibliographic essays covering merkabah mysticism and hekhalot literature, Sefer Yetzirah, early kabbalah, the Zohar, later kabbalah including Lurianic kabbalah, and Christian kabbalah. Other works include “Knots and Spirals: Notes on the Emergence of Christian Cabala,” “Approaching the Kabbalah of Maat: Altered Trees and the Procession of the Aeons” and “The Methods of Maat: Sources for the Kabbalah of a Future Aeon.” Karr has also transcribed and edited several key works, making them available to the general public for the first time: Morton Smith’s translation of Hekhalot Rabbati, British Library Sloane MS 3826, selected writings of Franciscus Mercurius van Helmont, and the Maatian writings of Ordo Adeptorum Invisiblum and 416.
Don Karr and Stephen Skinner also co-edited Sepher Raziel – Liber Salomonis: A 1564 English Grimoire from Sloane MS 3826 (Singapore: Golden Hoard Press, 2010) Calanit Nachshon was born in Israel. She was educated at Haifa University with a major in Human Services and Sociology. During her studies, she took classes in academic English and on the Christian element in literature. Her interests include Hebrew and English literature, and traveling.
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