Solomon, Mirror of
Popular name given to a ‘‘magic mirror’’ used for divination.
Various magical signs and devices have been attributed to
the biblical Solomon, but they were derived from folk legends
rather than any statements in the Hebrew Bible. The Mirror of
Solomon is constructed from a shining and well-polished plate
of fine steel, slightly concave. The blood of a white pigeon is inscribed
at the four corners with the names ‘‘Jehovah,’’ ‘‘Eloym,’’
‘‘Metatron,’’ and ‘‘Adonay.’’
The newly constructed mirror is placed in a clean and white
cloth. Its owner, when beholding a new moon during the first
hour after sunset, would repeat a prayer that the angel Anaël
might command and ordain his companions to act as they are
instructed, that is, to assist the operator in divining from the
mirror. He or she would then cast a suitable perfume upon
burning coals, at the same time uttering a prayer.
After repeating this process three times, the person breathes
on the mirror and evokes the angel Anaël. The sign of the cross
is then made upon the operator and upon the mirror for 45
days in succession, at the end of which period, if all goes as
planned, Anaël appears in the form of a beautiful child to accomplish
the operator’s wishes. Sometimes he appears on the
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fourteenth day, according to the devotion and fervor of the operator.
The perfume used in evoking him is saffron.
For another method of constructing a magic mirror that
does not involve the sacrifice of a white pigeon, see the appendix
to The Philosophy of Natural Magic by Henry C. Agrippa
(University Books, 1974).