The Key of Solomon is a series of glyphs or designs (mandalas)
which date back to the 14th or 15th century Italian Renaissance.
There are no actual claims as to who constructed the text
and there are no references to the book by King Solomon himself.
Most historians consider
the Greater key of Solomon was created
between the 14th and the 17th century
with very strong influences from the High Medieval Period.
this is a series of various glyphs,
seals and signants
(more often referred to as “Pentacles”)
which correspond to the Planetary qualities
(remember this is Renaissance times,
the moon and sun are included,
while the outer planets are not).
Each pentacle is attributed to a planet and holds an aspect,
yet not all of the qualities ascribed there to.
As in most medieval grimoires,
magical operations are performed
through the power of (the Christian or Hebrew) God,
to whom all the invocations are addressed.
Before any of these operations are performed,
the operator must confess his sins and purge himself of evil,
It is interesting to note here,
the acknowledgment of celestial beings
other than Jesus.
The saints and angelic beings,
even the pentacles themselves
(although attributed to the “planets”)
and hold the names of the Old God(dess)s.
Over the years I have created many of these seals,
one of which I produce regularly in my line of Jewelry:
the Second Seal of Jupiter.
To quote directly from the manuscripts:
“The Second Pentacle of Jupiter. – This is proper for acquiring
glory, honors, dignities, riches, and all kinds of good, together with great tranquility
of mind; also to discover Treasures and chase away the Spirits who preside over them.
It should be written upon Virgin Parchment, with the pen of the swallow and the
blood of the screech-owl.
**Editor’s Note.– In the center of the Hexagram are the letters of the Name AHIH,
Eheieh; in the upper and lower angles of the same, those of the Name AB, the Father;
in the remaining angles those of the Name IHVH. I believe the letters outside the
Hexagram in the reentering angles to be intended for those of the first two words of
the Versicle, which is taken from Psalm cxii. 3:– “Wealth and Riches are in his house,
and his righteousness endureth for ever.”
This is for those who are “seeking Hidden Treasures”,
primarily the way I have interpreted this is the process of seeking hidden
inner qualities of One’s Own Self.
In my re-creation
I carved the seal as a disk:
the circle and star are “cut” into the disk
and the lettering is embossed (raised) from the surface of the amulet.
I have included a jump ring from which to hang the piece.
More pentacles my be viewed at Merlin’s Pentacle Page