Felix Castro has made some excellent comments lately that I’d like to highlight. I’d especially like to respond:
I had some idea years ago about put all the books of st. cyprian together with all their charms, but by now I didn’t decided to do it, the problem is the bad use of them, as in Latinamerica people stills believes in the magical power of the book, and they use the book for magic really.
During the last years many persons have contacted with me via e-mail asking for Books of St. Cyprian, Satan pupils wanting to do a pact with me, they put their knowledge and I lend my books…, invitations for finding treasures, including elementals, dwarfs that had the treasure, etc. etc.
I’ve found myself in the same situation, as my pages on the Sixth and Seventh Books of Moses will attest.
So, why publish grimoires, or about grimoires? Well, first I think there’s a significance to the study of such works for the furthering of history, psychology, anthropology, and other areas. Nonetheless, that’s a purpose for a small audience, with the vast majority of people interested in books of magic seeking them out for their purported power.
A believer in magic needs no convincing as to the value of this information. An individual should have the power, he or she would likely claim, to change matters for the better, to ward off ill luck, or to fight off attacks by hostile magicians. Yet if we do not accept this view, is not magic fraud, and should we be passing on information that leads to error?
I would say yes. Lack of information on a topic is likely to lead to situations in which some people can exploit others. The Web has transformed the world If you need a copy of the Key of Solomon, and I claim I can help you with its secrets for $200, then it places me in a position of power over you. If you can get a copy of the Key from Joe Peterson’s site or the local bookstore, as well as reading views ranging from high praise to condemnation on that work, you can make an informed decision about whether my help is really worth $200. If one sees magic as fraud, then this might increase the chance that one defrauds oneself, but it is a choice to do so. Also, it is difficult to find the profit motive when defrauding oneself.
This doesn’t mean that this is universal, however. In favor of Mr. Castro’s position, for instance, is that Galicia has only about 50% of its population online, in comparison to almost 80% in the United States. Lack of ready access to information on a broad scale could change the equation here somewhat.