Weird Occult Books
Humans are obsessed with the idea of powerful objects and very curious about things we don’t understand. Some may say these occult books are bogus, and others swear they are the key to connecting with spirits from another world. From learning the basics of the Satanic code to instructions on how to make a pact with demons, these spell books and manuals are not for the faint of heart.
The Codex Gigas
This huge Latin manuscript was written by a 13th-century Benedictine monk in what is now the Czech Republic. The 620-page book contains everything from a complete copy of the Bible to instructions on how to perform an exorcism. In fact, it is rumored to contain all human knowledge. Even more amazing, the entire book appears to have been written by a single scribe, a task that may have taken as many as 30 years to finish. The book is sometimes called “The Devil’s Bible,” due in part to the giant drawing of the devil contained inside.
According to legend, a monk was awaiting execution for crimes he had committed. He asked his superiors to spare his life if he could produce a glorious work in a single night. The monks sold his soul to Satan in exchange for the devil’s help and produced the Codex Gigas before dawn, sealing the pact with the large illustration of the devil seen inside.
This large grimoire of Arabic magic (presumed to be from the 11th century) has long been considered obscene due to the graphic nature of its contents. Largely a scholarly work filled with philosophy, astrology, and medieval science, the Picatrix also includes recipes for concoctions mixing human and animal blood, brains, urine and other bodily fluids with opium and other dangerous substances to achieve various magical results.
For example, a charm “that you may appear in the form of any animal that you wish” starts by directing the reader to take the semen of a healthy man and put it in an eggshell together with the semen of the animal he wishes to appear as, then leave the egg buried in warm manure for three days.
The Voynich Manuscript
Drawings of naked ladies, bizarre symbols, and undecipherable wording: The Voynich Manuscript is strange because no one knows what it’s really about. This colorful and detailed manuscript is thought to be an occult book because of its references to everything from medicinal herbs to zodiac symbols, but other than a few words, no one can seem to figure out what the strange writings, symbols, and pictures really mean. The book is believed to have been written in Central Europe during the late 15th or early 16th century, but scholars don’t even know what language it’s written in, let alone who wrote it, exactly when, where, or why.
The Book of Soyga
Queen Elizabeth I’s advisor John Dee, a mathematician, and astronomer who was obsessed with the occult had mediums try to decipher this strange Latin treatise on magic, also called Aldaraia and sometimes, ”the book that kills”. The book disappeared after Dee’s death in the early 17th century, then showed up again in 1994, when two copies appeared, one in the British Library and one in the Bodleian Library.
Scholars are still trying to figure out its mysteries – but what they’ve found so far is a disturbingly complicated codex of demonology, magical incantations, and astrology. The Book of Soyga also contains the names and genealogies of angels. Most mysteriously, the final pages of the book consist of an indecipherable string of letters.
John Dee spent much of his life trying to contact angels and hoped this book would help him. Dee claimed that he asked the angel Uriel for help understanding the Book of Soyga was the told that the book could only be interpreted by the archangel, Michael.
The Munich Manual
Also known as The Necromancer’s Manual, this 15th-century Latin grimoire focused exclusively on demonology and necromancy. The eeriest thing about this book is that unlike other grimoires that detail angel folklore and “good,” white magic, this manuscript is solely centered around black magick.
The Munich Manual is divided into three sections. The first is about Illusionist magic, spells that trick people into seeing things that aren’t there. Psychological magic is meant to use emotion to gain power over others. emotional or political power over people. Divinatory spells are supposed to allow one to “see” into the past or the future.
One of the most famous sections includes instructions on how to make a Mirror of Lilith for the purposes of divination.