OF THE WATER, AND OF THE HYSSOP
IF it be necessary to sprinkle with water anything required in the Art it should
be clone with a Sprinkler.
Prepare a Censer in the day and hour of Mercury, with the odoriferous Spices of
the Art. After this thou shalt take a vessel of brass, of lead varnished within
and without, or of earth, which thou shalt fill with most clear spring water,
and thou shalt have salt, and say these words over the salt:--
TZABAOTHI MESSIACH, EMANUEL, ELOHIM GIBOR, YOD HE VAU HE; O God, Who art the
Truth and the Life, deign to bless and sanctify this Creature of Salt, to serve
unto us for help, protection, and assistance in this Art, experiment, and
operation, and may it be a succour unto us.
After this cast the salt into the vessel wherein is the Water, and say the
following Psalms: cii.; liv.; vi.; lxvii.
Thou shalt then make unto thyself a Sprinkler of vervain, fennel, lavender,
sage, valerian, mint, garden-basil, rosemary, and hyssop, gathered in the day
and hour of Mercury, the moon being in her increase. Bind together these herbs
with a thread spun by a young maiden, and engrave upon the handle on the one
side the characters shown in Figure 82, and on the other side those given in
After this thou wayest use the Water, using the Sprinkler whenever it is
necessary; and know that wheresoever thou shalt sprinkle this Water, it will
chase away all Phantoms, and they shall be unable to hinder or annoy any. With
this same Water thou shalt make all the preparations of the Art.