Papal Magic: Occult Practices Within the Catholic Church Kindle Edition

by Simon (Author) Format: Kindle Edition




It is acknowledged Church doctrine that sorcery is the specific domain of the Devil. Yet occult tales are liberally sprinkled throughout the Old and New Testaments, from the spirit-invoking Witch of Endor to the story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. Throughout its 2,000 year history, the Church has spawned numerous mystical religious orders, like the Knights Templar, that may have been engaged in supernatural pursuits, while no fewer than three popes were believed to be involved in occult practices.

Christian scriptures tell us that the occult is real, while Catholic priests are thought to have spiritual power over ghosts and evil entities. But if a priest can cast out demons during the rites of exorcism, does it not imply he has the ability to summon them as well?

In this eye-opening, provocative work, leading occult scholar Simon examines the Church’s unspoken relationship with forbidden magic by exploring the infamous seventeenth-century document considered by some to be the most demonic of all occult texts—the Grimoire of Pope Honorius III—and illuminates the Vatican’s darkest hidden corners.

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About the Author

Simon is a student of magic, occultism, and religion since the mid-1960s and the editor of the Necronomicon, Simon was a frequent lecturer for the famed Warlock Shop in Brooklyn and the Magickal Childe Bookstore in Manhattan for more than ten years before his sudden disappearance in 1984, speaking on topics as diverse as religion and politics, occultism and fascism, ceremonial magic, demonolatry, the Tarot, the Qabala, and Asian occult systems. He also conducted private classes for the New York City OTO during this period, with a focus on Enochian magic, “Owandering bishops,” and Afro-Caribbean occult beliefs. An ordained priest of an Eastern Orthodox church, Simon has appeared on television and radio discussing such topics as exorcism, satanism, and Nazism. The media events he organized in the 1970s and 1980s — with rock bands, ritual performances, and celebrity appearances — helped to promote the “occult renaissance” in New York City. After decades of study in European, Asian, and Latin American cult centers, this book marks his first public appearance in more than twenty years.

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File Size : 662 KB

Publication Date : March 17, 2009

Print Length : 224 pages Word Wise : Enabled ASIN : B000QCQ9QG

Language: : English

Publisher : HarperCollins e-books (March 17, 2009)

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Not what I thought it was Reviewed in the United States on June 23, 2009 Verified Purchase

When I got the book I thought this could actually be something about the underground clerical mages of the past. But all I got was Conspiracy stuff that does not belong in a book that makes itself to be some kind of serious occult literature. Either way it is a horrible book that goes into the catholic church, freemasons, and all that conspiracy stuff that makes good novels and movies but not about magick.

I was hoping to see something with meat on the bone but all I found was garbage that has no Read more

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 Christopher Buczek

How the “Smoke of Satan” entered the sanctuary of the Vatican

Reviewed in the United States on July 18, 2009

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Fascinating and completely believable history of the practice of magic within the Catholic Church. Readers of Malachi Martin’s Windswept House will find here validation of his description of the

desecration of St Paul’s in Vatican City, and why it was so powerful. Others will at least be surprised at

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the extent that Catholic clergy used its sacramental powers for secular and evil ends.

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Reviewed in the United States on January 1, 2009


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It is well known that several pagan practices have been incorporated into various Christian rituals. As a matter of fact there is a very large body of work on the subject, starting with Alexander Hislop’s (extremely controversial) ‘the Two Babylons’. Now Simon has written a book about “sorcery” in the Catholic church. Simon is the author affiliated with the popular Necronomicon paperback.

The book is made up of two sections. The first is Simon’s fragmented account of dark Catholic history while the next section is a translation of the “Grimoire of Pope Honorius III”. This is a book allegedly written or used by Pope Honorius III in order to educate bishops on how to understand and control demonic forces. It should be pointed out that Honorius was Pope in the 13th century and the gimoire wasn’t published until 1670. The grimoire is the centerpiece and is worth a look because it is the only widely available english translation of the text. It is quite scarce otherwise, and definitely a bizarre find

regardless of its authenticity. I do not personally believe that it was written by the Pope, but I don’t

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 Linus Nestor

Could have been so much better.

Reviewed in the United States on August 15, 2008

The reason I give this book 3 stars is because it has a decent translation of the Grimoire of Pope Honorius. That part is interesting and it also rather hard to get a copy of that text.

The Grimoire is only half of the book though and the first half is not that interesting. Mostly some well known facts mixed with “what if” scenarios. Any person with some knowledge of the occult already will know about all of the material in the first part.

Even the translation of the Grimoire of Pope Honorius could have been much better since it has no Read more

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 Dan Harms

Good Grimoire, Poor Presentation

Reviewed in the United States on May 6, 2007

It appears that this book was originally intended to be a fairly straight translation of the 1670 edition of the Grimoire of Honorius. This section seems to be fairly accurate, though someone better at French than I should look over it.

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The remainder of the book appears to have been poorly researched and quickly dashed off. The basic point about the use of magic by Catholic clergy is well-established, but Simon seems not to be familiar with such fundamental works as Magic in the Middle Ages (Canto) or Forbidden Rites: A Necromancer’s Manual of the Fifteenth Century (Magic in History) . To fill out even the small number of pages allotted here, Simon must conflate legends about Catholic magicians, politically-motivated sorcery prosecutions, and cases where the practice of magic can actually be demonstrated. He very clearly wants to date the Grimoire to the same period as its supposed papal author, even though it contains material that obviously originates from centuries later.

If you want to see the Grimoire of Honorius, this will serve as a cheap translation. If you want to know about magic in the Catholic Church in the Middle Ages, the first book mentioned above will be more to

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 M. Appleton

Buy for the translation

Reviewed in the United States on May 5, 2009

Unfortunately, Simon has tainted his reputation dramatically by publishing his “translation” of the necronomicon. Long story short: The necronomicon was invented by H.P. Lovecraft. If it ever existed beyond his imagination, we have no proof.

Therefore, with Simon publishing this Grimoire of Honorius, we should be skeptical. I would not be able to tell if the translation is genuine, as proper copies of the grimoire itself sell for roughly $1,300.00! So, even if Simon’s translation is not reliable, it’s worth the chance for such a less expensive alternative.

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That being said, its worth a look but I wouldn’t take it seriously as an occultist.

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Wow. A really bad book.

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