Feb 4, 2012

The Iron Chafing Dish

My search within the Lemegeton magical paradigm continues.

The censer in the Abramelin operation is a bronze or brass vessel, the censers of the Clavicula Salomonis are in fact four earthen pots to be placed in the four quarter, but what about the first two books in the Lemegeton?

The Ars Theurgia Goetia, which I will work on, has the same practical implements that need  to operate the Ars Goetia. This one states:

The other materialls is [are] a sceptre or sword; a miter or cap, a long white Robe of Linnen, with shoes and other Clothes for ye purpose also a girdle of Lyons skin 3 Inches broad, with all the names about it as is about the uttermost round [part of the] Circle, & also perfumes and a chafin [chafing] dish of Charcoles kindled to put the fumes into; to smoke or perfume yee place appointed for action.
Quote:  Of The Arte Goetia, J. Peterson (Ed.)

Now The Ars Goetia and Ars Theurgia Goetia are not very close to the Key of Solomon in regards of ritual and materials, but rather to the Heptameron and the Fourth Book. It actually borrows most of its conjurations from the Heptameron, with very little modifications, if any.

The Heptameron, (J. Peterson ed.)  informs us that the vessel can be either earthen, or iron:

 THe fire which is to be used for suffumigations, is to be in a new vessel of earth or iron;

  He ought also to have holy water from a Priest, and a new earthen vessel with fire,

 I chose to go with the iron censer for this. Its perfect for the magician on the budget and it has other advantages as well. 

The idea of this kind of chafing dish came to my while I was constructing the Arabic pomegranate tripod, and it seemed appropriate to use the same principle.

For my test I bought two stainless steel bowls, quite cheap, from the marketplace:

Took out three metallic pipes from my ”I know I ll need this stuff later on so I won t throw it out” pile:

And used a metallic hoop from my weight-lifts to hold them in place.

 Spread the bars evenly in a triangular fashion, put some coals in and TADAAA:

 Shiny new Solomonic Chafing Dish! For the Grimoire purist o a budget!

The vessel  is light enough not to bend or break the legs of the tripod, it s not that heat sensible so it will not crack or break like the ceramic one, it will heat itself too from the coals so that any perfume dropped in that misses the coals will still catch fire and smoulder, and the legs are long enough to keep the canvas circle intact.

As for the burning duration of the coals, I ve lit those an hour ago and they still burn nicely, and the frankincense tears still burn very well and I don t even have to blow on them. I ll update this to tell you how long they stay lit, but an hour is enough for an evocation.

Update: the coals last about 3 hours. More than enough for the preliminary preparations, the conjurations, the evocation itself and questioning of the spirit and for putting on the expelling thimimiatae (banishing perfumes) after giving the license to depart. 


  1. Fantastic construction of a chafing dish tripod!!

  2. This is great.I also think metal has a great advantage as it also heats up easily, and that's also an advantage on freezing cold nights in remote locations.

  3. Awesome finish! New glittering chafing dish is very attractive with the tripod. Thanks for sharing!

  4. please could you kindly advise me on how to make a lamen/pentacle for spirit conjuration if the seal does not present one?

    Thanks a lot