Originally titled Ghāyat al-Ḥakīm or The Goal of the Wise in Arabic, The Picatrix is a book of magic and astrology attributed by some to the pen of Hermes Trismegistus, and thought to represent the practices of the Sabian Magi. They were a sect of seemingly monotheistic pagans mentioned in The Koran as being “People of the Book,” whom Muslims were ordered to treat equitably along with Jews and Christians. Along with some rather interesting essays explaining the philosophy behind the magic, here are some of the more ridiculous “pearls of wisdom” contained therein:
Every man who suffers from nightmares should be washed with water of feces, and he will be healed.
Great. Now I’m going to have nightmares about being washed with “water of feces.” Also about the next one:
Take the skin of a woman’s vulva all the way around, so that it retains its opening; if you look at someone through it, it is the sign of death. This is a thing of great sacredness.
Gee, I wonder how you go about obtaining something like that?
Take the leaves of a garden onion, and fold them up one inside another. Give them to whatever chicken you wish for three days in a row—that is, for three times a day; and you ought to begin this working on a Wednesday. Thereafter the chicken will esteem you and follow you.
That’s great, if your goal in life is to have a chicken follow you around.
We talk a bit about The Picatrix, and a lot about Hermes Trismegistus, in the new book Baphomet: The Temple Mystery Unveiled, by Tracy R. Twyman and Alexander Rivera.
“Can ye drink of the cup that I drink of? And be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?”
For seven centuries, the enigma of Baphomet has mystified both scholars and the general public. Did the Knights Templar really worship a demonic idol of that name? If so, what does the word mean? What is the origin of this figure? What was the nature of the rituals that the Templars performed in secret? What were their covert beliefs? And why, if the Templars initially described their idol as a mummified severed head, is this figure now represented as a hermaphrodite human with the head of a goat?
Authors Tracy R. Twyman and Alexander Rivera have dived head-first into the bottomless abyss of mystery and returned with some astounding wisdom to share. Here for the first time they reveal the genesis of these symbols, showing how they relate to the Witches’ Sabbath, traditions of Sufi Islam, alchemy, Gnosticism, cabalism, the teachings of Hermes Trismegistus, and so much more.
Learn why the Templars and their beloved severed head are frequently associated with John the Baptist, and how this connects to his student, Simon Magus. Discover the known facts about things like the Chinon Parchment, the Book of the Baptism of Fire, the Templar Abraxas seals, and newly-found documents which claim that the Templars discovered the real Temple of Solomon during a secret trip to Mecca.
Join Twyman and Rivera on this exciting adventure into the unknown. Immerse yourself in this knowledge, if your heart has the strength. It is certain that your mind will never be the same.