One of the things I enjoy about writing paranormal romances is the research. Historical authors research the past; as a paranormal author I get to research the past, current AND the future. Even better, my research isn’t always limited to things that happened, or could have happened. I love history so that’s not a bad thing but for me, part of the reason I love to write paranormal is the things I discover. Like the legends behind King Solomon. Most of us know him as a great King, favored by God. According to the tales, he was more than that. So, for your reading pleasure, I’m including some background on King Solomon and magic.
King Solomon and the Lemegeton Clavicula Salomonis (The Lesser Key of Solomon)
During the research for Relic Defender: Key of Solomon, I came across references to King Solomon and legends of him being a magic user and having been given a gift from God of a magic ring that gave King Solomon power of over demons. The more I researched, the more I discovered a whole realm of stories about King Solomon, his magic ring and a special grimoire (book of magic).
The legends basically go that he used the magic ring and the grimoire, the Clavicula Salomonis, or Key of Solomon to summon and control a host of powerful and dangerous demons. The legends go that this is how he was able to build his temple and amass his great wealth. Of course, this led to his downfall as well.
The Key of Solomon, is the book of magic I base my story on. The true book is actually an anonymous 17th century grimoire and is the most popular books of demonology. The book Lesser Key of Solomon contains detailed descriptions of spirits and the conjurations needed to evoke and oblige them to do the will of the conjurer (also known as the exorcist).
It details the protective signs and specific rituals to be performed, the actions necessary to prevent the spirits from gaining control, the preparations prior to the invocations, and instructions on how to make the necessary instruments for the execution of these rituals. As in most medieval grimoires, all magical operations are ostensibly performed through the power of God, to whom all the invocations are addressed.
There’s a section in Relic Defender: Key of Solomon where Lexi’s ancestor is watching King Solomon perform the ritual to seal the spirits in the bronze jar. I had originally written it from his POV as a prologue but eventually, threw it out and wove it in later from the Relic Defender’s POV. I posted the excerpt – you can find it from the main page or click here.
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