Construction of the Magical Circle

Take thou the knife or craft knife, consecrated after the manner and order which we shall deliver unto thee in the Second Book. With this knife or quill knife thou shalt describe, beyond the inner circle which thou shalt have already formed, a second circle, encompassing the other at the distance of one foot therefrom and having the same centre. Within this space of a foot in breadth between the first and the second circumferential line, thou shalt trace towards the four quarters of the Earth, the sacred and venerable symbols of the holy letter Tau. And between the first and the second circle, which thou shalt thyself have drawn with the instrument of magical art, thou shalt make four hexagonal pentacles, and between these thou shalt write four terrible and tremendous names of God.

Below you can see an example of how the magical circle is to be constructed:

While constructing the circle, the master should recite the following Psalms:—16

  • (Ps2=KJV2) Quare fremuerunt gentes (Why do the heathen rage….)
  • (Ps53=KJV54) Deus in nomine tuo salvum (Save me, O God, by thy name….)
  • (Ps112=KJV113) Laudate pueri Dominum (Praise ye the Lord. Praise, O ye servants of the Lord)
  • (Ps66=KJV67) Deus misereatur nostri (God be merciful unto us….)
  • (Ps46=KJV47) Omnes gentes plaudite manibus (O clap your hands, all ye people)
  • (Ps67=KJV68) Exsurgat Deus et dissipentur (Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered….)
  • [(Ps50=KJV51] Miserere mei Deus secundum magnam (Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness)]17