10 Mysterious Books That Claim To Have Magical Powers


10. The Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage

The Book of Abramelin the Mage was written in the 15th century. It is one of the most popular mystical grimoires of kabbalistic knowledge ever produced. The fellow who wrote it was named Abraham von Worms, and he was a Jewish traveler who supposedly encountered an eccentric magician named Abramelin during a trip to Egypt.

9. The Sworn Book of Honorius

The Sworn Book of Honorius is another ancient grimoire, this one coming to us from the medieval period. This book is supposedly filled with all kinds of ritual magic, and is rumored to have been made by someone named Honorius of Thebes, an extremely mysterious figure who has never been positively identified.


8. The Greek Magical Papyri

The Greek Magical Papyri is extremely old. It comes from the 2nd century BC, and is a list of spells, rituals, and divinations. Included within the list are detailed instructions for how to summon your own personal headless demon, how to burst open the doors to the underworld, and how to protect yourself in the case of an attack from a wild beast.


7. Lesser Key of Solomon

The Lesser Key of Solomon is an anonymous grimoire from the 17th century, but was published in English in 1904 by Aleister Crowley, who you might remember as being kind of a crazy person. Crowley tried to start his own religion, he participated in some of the most profane acts a person can, and it’s even believed that he committed murder.


6.The Black Pullet

The Black Pullet is a little different. Instead of coming from ancient Greece or ancient Egypt, this book dates back to France in the early 18th century. The book focuses on the study of magical talismans, which are believed to be special objects engraved with words of power that can protect and strengthen the person who wears them.

5. The Satanic Bible

It’s a little funny that the Satanic Bible is such a new book. It was written only 50 years ago by Anton Szandor LaVey, from the United States. Anton was an author and musician, and through his writing he managed to create his own religion that still exists today.

4. The Galdrabok

The Galdrabok is an Icelandic grimoire from the 16th century that contains a collection of 47 spells collected by a variety of magicians. The spells inside the book rely heavily on staves, which were extremely popular in Icelandic magic at that time. Staves are basically runes; they come equipped with magical properties and can give the wearer special powers.

3. The False Hierarchy of Demons

The Pseudomonarchia Daemonum is better known as The False Hierarchy of Demons, and it’s probably the most extensive catalog of demons ever created. It was written by a famous demonologist named Johann Weyer in the 16th century.

2. The Voynich Manuscript

The Voynich Manuscript is one of the most mysterious books ever found. Its origins are absolutely baffling. The book was first discovered in 1912 but it was originally written in the 15th century. This book is full of handwriting in a language that not a single person has ever been able to decode or understand.

1. Picatrix

Our final magical grimoire is Picatrix, and it dates back to the 11th century. This is probably the biggest book on the list. It was originally written in Arabic and has 400 pages dedicated to astrological magic and astrological theory. There are spells and incantations designed to channel the energies of the planets and the stars to grant the wielder ultimate power and enlightenment.

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