This article is a review of Ishtar Publishing s Secret Jinn Report.
Sep 8, 2012
Secret Jinn Report Review
This article is a review of Ishtar Publishing s Secret Jinn Report.
As many of you know, I share a special bond of work and friendship with the people over at Ishtar Publishing. This bond came second to my fascination of their books and my services as an illustrator were offered at the beginning of our collaboration as an attempt for a less then well-paid illustrator to get the books he dreamt of and could never afford.
The efforts were successful and ever since, I ve been part of the Ishtar Publishing team I like to think, enjoying their trust and friendship and occasionally getting to constructively criticize or add good ideas that might help. I am in no way on their payroll and this way I can keep my honesty sharp and my opinions objective. If something of theirs is good and trustworthy, I will back it up, and if something seems fishy or out of place, I either keep my mouth shut in order to not offend, or if it seems wrong, I will openly object to it.
So far, I haven t had the chance to test the second version, a thing that eases my mind a bit.
The document I am reviewing now is a wonderful piece of esoteric work. In the old days, books on magic would be passed down from hand to hand and some even flooded the market, such as the Marvelous secrets of little Albert or the Book of Honorius. These books, much like modern paperbacks on magic, magick, magickq, witchcraft and wishcraft, are by no means scarce, quite the contrary. Yet still some works were kept in manuscript form, passed to a select few or sold for huge amounts of money. We can read the very rare and secret Triangular Book of Saint Germain of which we have but two copies and in the Faustian literature we read how the author, said to be Faust, purchased the secrets of such and such talismans for good amounts of gold, from Holland or other countries.
This document falls in the middle. It s not published as a regular book, to be circulate widely and the unsold pieces be tossed in the 5$ bin at major bookstores, but kept strictly for people soliciting it. It s also not as expensive as one might think, for in Muslim countries their price is sky high, as the very possession of such documents would earn you death by law. This is in no way a farfetched claim, and the reader can check for himself the legislation in Arabic speaking countries of magic and possession of magical literature.
The Secret Jinn Report is part of a series of documents put up by Nineveh Shadrach in which some missing pieces from other grimoires are granted to the reader. As we might suspect, and is the case with all grimoires, no one book contains all the theoretical structures, preparatory works, prayers, invocations, seals, sigils, signs, banishments and amulets necessary to the practitioner. No such book exists. Some are of the beginning level, like the Picatrix or the Fourth Book of Occult Philosophy, some are theoretical treatises, and others are filled with practical secrets.
If the first category can be safely distributed to any one, the second is likely to be subject to careful examination. To cite a single example, the Book of Honorius of Thebes was kept a secret by every magician who possessed it, and only a few disciples could copy it faithfully or bury it upon the masters demise, it was not published widely and advocated as a book of secrets like other opuscules. The document we have here responds to the need felt by many readers to have a beginning base in jinn magic, with things not contained in any other published work.
As far as I know, the efforts of brother Shadrach to make Arabic magic available in the West are unprecedented. Besides the Picatrix, in a few rare and expensive editions, and some articles in a number of academic journals, the West lacks any information of Arabic magic, a tradition richer than ours in many respects.
If we take into account that almost all our grimoires and magical tomes stem in some way or another from the translations made in Spain of the Great Sages and of Arabic magic books, we can have a slight idea of the vastity of the subject. Only a small portion of the available magical literature was translated then, and that small portion became the wellspring of Western magic. From astrology, astronomy, divination by lots, necromancy, nigromancy, geomancy and summoning, to alchemy, medicine and poetry, the Arabic tradition loaned us quite a number of pearls which we have held in veneration for centuries, knowing little of the richness of the necklace from whence they were separated.
He Secret Jinn Report is not the Secret of Secrets coveted by magicians, nor is it the answer to any question of the would be sorcerer, but it is far more useful than any book on magic I could order and buy. It s quite succinct and to the point, and it s content is not only rare and translated for the first time, but it s also accurate.
I believe a great deal of manuscripts are always consulted by brother Nineveh before bringing us a single version of one rite or another, as the book of the Berhatyah Oath will prove to it s readers, and I am assured that this is also the case.
What does it contain? I believe I will not cause any distress if I would disclose that.
The first secret is the Jinn King of the Sun. As any reader of Arabic magic might know, the Jinn king presiding over the planetary jinns of the Sun is called Al-Madhab. But is this enough to contact him? Of course not. Here we have not only his true name and rank, but also his true seal, his genealogy and his nickname, along with precise information of how to gain his cooperation, a true treasure in and of itself.
The second secret are 15 names of Asaf bin Berechiah. These are not contained in the Grand Key and are not translated in any work. Each name has a specific purpose, each one has a magical square, and the use of only a third of these names could bring more to the practitioner than any other grimoire out there, granted he would be willing to put effort into it. From the treatment of one s illnesses and those of others to the perceptions of the jinn and stoping vehicles in their paths, the names have a multitude of uses.
Secret three consists of a wonderful method of detecting black magic and jinn where there is doubt of the cause.
Secret four is related to Iblis, the equivalent of Lucifer in the Muslim tradition. It s the first time when I can find a comprehensive list of his descent (genealogy) and of his children. Yes, he does have offspring. Some of the most powerful jinn are said to be his descendants or direct children, one of the most powerful being Danhash.
Secrets five and six deal directly with jinn evocation, perhaps one of the most direct approaches I ve ever read.
Secret seven deals with the release of the resident jinn, a thing never taught in Western magic, but often cited in Arabic grimoires. Most evocations fail because the resident jinn of a place, be it deserted cave or one s home, has not been dismissed and sent away temporarily, and he can often cause the evocation to fail. If somebody invites someone in your own house, wouldn't you try to keep them out?
And finally, the eighth secret deals with the magical ink needed in the writing of the talisman and figures, something that has always concerned me and now I can say I am thankful of finding.
I would deeply encourage anyone who is interested in at least one of these secrets to purchase it. I would not encourage you to buy it if it seems unfit for you, if you're only interested in modern spell magic and visualization, in obtaining results with lighting scented candles and saying a rhyming diddy or with pseudo-magical workings. This is the real thing. If conducting a ritual top to bottom without worrying and whining that it s too hard or it takes to long seems something impossible for you, do not buy it.
However, if you are indeed interested in true magic, the one that channels the power and effort you put in it to achieve your goals and the kind that takes time to learn, to practice and to realize, this is for you.
You can buy this and start learning the real thing, or with the same amount of money, you can buy a book on pseudo-magic that tells you that every thought you utter is magical and little to no effort is necessary to do magic. The only difference is that the first choice is honest and trusted, and the other is a money making scheme based on flattering the ego of a weak student in magic that above anything wishes to be called a master or a sorcerer.