"Thee I invoke, the Bornless one."
—excerpt from the epigraph of the Lesser Key of Solomon, or Lemegeton
The Seals of the Lesser Key pins combine a lustrous white enamel with charcoal-grey nickel line-work to make stylish and subtle accessories to any ensemble. This set will also feature double pin posts for superior stability. They will be shipped to you on a backing card bearing the Strix Publishing logo, appropriate for gift giving.
Few occult grimoires carry the notoriety of the Lesser Key of Solomon. This demonology manual was compiled by an anonymous author in the 17th century and purports to contain the names and seals of the seventy-two demons summoned and bound by the biblical King Solomon. The Lesser Key's first section, the Ars Goetia, took hold of the public's imagination nearly half a millenia ago and continues to inspire occultists, horror writers, and aficianados of the Weird.
Several additional pins including Seals from the Lesser Key and new alchemical symbols may also be unlocked as stretch goals over the course of this campaign. Six stretch goals, the Seal of Belial, the Squared Circle, the Seal of Stolas, the Mark of Copper, and the Seal of Buer, and the Monas Hieroglyphica have been unlocked and are now available.
We begin our Work with the Seal of the demon ASTAROTH.
The Twenty-ninth Spirit is Astaroth. He is a Mighty, Strong Duke, and appeareth in the Form of an hurtful Angel riding on an Infernal Beast like a Dragon, and carrying in his right hand a Viper. Thou must in no wise let him approach too near unto thee, lest he do thee damage by his Noisome Breath. Wherefore the Magician must hold the Magical Ring near his face, and that will defend him. He giveth true answers of things Past, Present, and to Come, and can discover all Secrets. He will declare wittingly how the Spirits fell, if desired, and the reason of his own fall. He can make men wonderfully knowing in all Liberal Sciences. He ruleth 40 Legions of Spirits. His Seal is this, which wear thou as a Lamen before thee, or else he will not appear nor yet obey thee, etc.
Due to high demand and their complementary nature, we are also taking this opportunity to reprint our best-selling Leviathan Cross symbol pin. This soft enamel pin is the form of the sulfur symbol of classical alchemy. Due to its Satanic significance, it is also known as the Leviathan Cross.
Our work continues with the Seal of the Demon BELIAL.
The Sixty-eighth Spirit is Belial. He is a Mighty and a Powerful King, and was created next after LUCIFER. He appeareth in the Form of Two Beautiful Angels sitting in a Chariot of Fire. He speaketh with a Comely Voice, and declareth that he fell first from among the worthier sort, that were before Michael, and other Heavenly Angels. His Office is to distribute Presentations and Senatorships, etc.; and to cause favour of Friends and of Foes. He giveth excellent Familiars, and governeth 50 Legions of Spirits. Note well that this King Belial must have Offerings, Sacrifices and Gifts presented unto him by the Exorcist, or else he will not give True Answers unto his Demands. But then he tarrieth not one hour in the Truth, unless he be constrained by Divine Power. And his Seal is this, which is to be worn as aforesaid, etc.
A potent symbol of medieval alchemy and occultism, the Squared Circle represents the harmonising of the four elements into a whole that is greater, and different, than the sum of its parts. To square the circle was originally a mathematical problem proposed by the geometers of antiquity but has come to represent the pursuit of an impossible perfection. Wear it in pursuit of your most unattainable goals.
STOLAS, or STOLOS. - The Thirty-sixth Spirit is Stolas, or Stolos. He is a Great and Powerful Prince, appearing in the Shape of a Mighty Raven at first before the Exorcist; but after he taketh the image of a Man. He teacheth the Art of Astronomy, and the Virtues of Herbs and Precious Stones. He governeth 26 Legions of Spirits; and his Seal is this, which is, etc.
Copper is one of the planetary metals of classical alchemy and is associated with the goddess Venus/Aphrodite. As such, it carries with it meanings of love, lust, and is associated with feminine power, artistic creativity, and balance. Wear it in purity or sin.
The Tenth Spirit is Buer, a Great President. He appeareth in Sagittary, and that is his shape when the Sun is there. He teaches Philosophy, both Moral and Natural, and the Logic Art, and also the Virtues of all Herbs and Plants. He healeth all distempers in man, and giveth good Familiars. He governeth 50 Legions of Spirits, and his Character of obedience is this, which thou must wear when thou callest him forth unto appearance.
Created by the notorious alchemist, John Dee, the Monas Hieroglyphica is a mysterious symbol of alchemy. It is believed that Dee utilized the symbol as an embodiment of his vision of the unity of the Cosmos, and is a composite of several standard alchemical symbols. Dee's notes on the Hieroglyphic are obtuse and poorly understood. Wear it in the spirit of the unknowable vastness of the universe.
All of our pins are available for $10 per pin through this Kickstarter, a savings of $2 against the $12 price at which we generally make them available for retail sale.
Our previously produced pins are currently available for sale now. All orders through the Strix Publishing web shop are 10% off through the end of this campaign on March 17th in thanks for your support of Seals of the Lesser Key.
Risks and challenges
There is always the possibility of delay when ordering from overseas manufacturers. Sea freight can be delayed by weather or inspection. We are working with a US based office, in Oregon who have been in the business for many years, have excellent relations with their factories, and produced our previous set of pins to our great satisfaction. The designs for the pins are finished, quotes have been obtained, and we will be able to place our orders the day the Kickstarter funds are made available to us.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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