By David Rankine pages, available in both paperback and hardback editions. Cunning-folk were practitioners of magic and herbal medicine who dealt with problems in their local communities. Arthur Gauntlet worked with a female skryer called Sarah Skelhorn, and drew on numerous preceding sources for his craft, including the Arbatel, the Heptameron, Folger Vb. John Dee, as well as other London Cunning-folk.
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The only known published literary reference to Arthur Gauntlet was by the famous astrologer William Lilly in his autobiography, written around This Sarah had a perfect sight, and indeed the best eyes for that purpose I ever yet did see. This Sarah lived a long time, even until her death, with one Mrs. Stockman in the Isle of Purbeck, and died about fifteen years since. There are some clues in the text which suggest that Arthur Gauntlet was a very capable practitioner, who did not just rely on material from earlier sources, or had access to someone else who was.
The magic circles found in this work have some very interesting features which are not seen in other grimoires, and which would seem to be the result of experience being applied. It is also significant that in light of his conjurations being largely of angels; Gauntlet uses a second smaller circle for the crystal to be positioned in, and for angelic manifestation.
However a circle would make sense for angels as a perfect shape representing the divine and not seeking to dominate them as one would need to do for demons. Another interesting feature of this manuscript is that the one magical tool emphasised is the wand. There is a consecration of a wand given, as well as charms which require the use of a wand. Considering the emphasis on the sword in many grimoires, this suggests a more practical and simplified approach with a more transportable and inconspicuous tool.
The Grimoire of Arthur Gauntlet
Cunning-folk were practitioners of magic and herbal medicine who dealt with problems in their local communities. Arthur Gauntlet worked with a female skryer called Sarah Skelhorn, and drew on numerous preceding sources for his craft, including the Arbatel, the Heptameron, Folger Vb. John Dee, as well as other London Cunning-folk. In his introduction, the author provides fresh insights into the hidden world of seventeenth century magical London, exploring the web of connections between astrologers, cunning-folk and magicians, playwrights, authors and church figures.
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