Agla – Part One

Story about Agla

Unlike Adonai, which meaning is certain, it is yet to be determined what AGLA actually means, but in spite of that, after centuries of usage, it has become one of the most favourite Divine names to many magicians.

This four letters word is likely the initials of four Hebrew word – Ata Gibor Leolam Adonay (Ateh Gibor Le-olam Adonai) – which form a phrase that means, “You are Mighty for Eternity Lord.” This phrase comes from a Jewish prayer, the Shemoneh esreh. However, after much searching, Sophie Page and Catherine Rider, the editors of The Routledge History of Medieval Magic have yet to find evidence of such an interpretation prior to the late fourteenth or fifteenth century, a couple centuries after AGLA begins appearing in magical writings. Ultimately, the origins and transmission of this divine name remain to be established. During the Middle Ages, Agla was used in Germany as an initialism for Allmächtiger Gott, Lösche Aus, “Almighty God, extinguish the conflagration”, and it was also used as a talisman against fire. In any form, AGLA is created from Notoriqons, which are words that are made by taking the first or last letter (sometimes both) of each word in a sentence. Notoriqons preserve the meaning of words, and its meditation practicing is like Ghana Yoga.

The Psalm 89 is important to understand AGLA. This psalm was supposedly written by Ethan, who was master of the brass symbols in David’s band of musicians. He was said to be the wisest man until Solomon. Some Cabalists tell that AGLA is the God of Ethan. His role was said to be very important in the time of David and Solomon, but he retired to his own solitude as he began to disprove of Solomon’s interactions with gentiles. Agla is also connected with a few other Biblical heroes. It occurs in the Lesser Key of Solomon second conjuration, as a name which Lot, a nephew of Abraham, heard and was saved with his family from the destruction of Sodom. The utterance of Agla called the angels who were then able to help them out of certain death. The Key of Solomon tells that Jacob heard Agla and saw the ladder touch the Heaven and that Joseph invoked this name and was delivered out of the hands of his brothers. God also spoke Agla, Josta, Caila and hundreds of other words to Moses.

Agla is one of the most favourite names of God in magic, occurring many times in magical grimioires. Agla is the ninth name of God in Ganell’s Summa Sacre Magice, and is also mentioned by Agrippa in his third book of Occult Philosophy, in Ars Notoriaas, as well as in Barett’s The MagusLemegeton refers to Agla as a “great and mighty” name of God. Agla was mentioned in a prayer from Liber Juratus as one of the 25 most holy names of God. This book explains that Agla is the light, the truth, the life, the way, merciful judge and the strength. It also adds that Agla helps with holy visions. Book of Three Souls, points out that this “wonderful word“ should be written in four separate letters, such as A.G.L.A. Agla is also the 38th God’s name according to Kircher and the 38th quantity key according to Bardon, linked to Haamiah. Kircher explains that Agla is “God, three in one”. According to Kircher, Agla is linked to the language of the Cabalists. Haamiah, as the main messenger of Agla, is a guardian of all wise people and one of the greatest guardians of wisdom in general. You may ask him for help to make you a wise person. He can be your teacher and guardian of wisdom to your whole family. Sincere and true believers who search for God and have spiritual aspirations are close to this angel’s heart. Besides, Haamiah spreads passion, hopes, optimism, health and satisfaction. If you feel sad and pessimistic about your life situation, ask Haamiah for help, and very soon you should start feeling better.

Agla is one of the most favourite names of God in ceremonial magic. It appears in the magical circle from Heptameron and in many versions of magical circles from different editions of The Key of Solomon. This book also tells that this name should be written on the magician’s paper crown. Ars Amadel instructs that Agla should be inscribed in the Amadel altar together with some other God’s names. Ambelain uses this name in the invocation during the the incense, lamp, sea salt, water and olive oil ceremony. According to the English occultist A. E. Waite, Agla is an important protection word invoked in the magical preparation of ritual instruments. He instructs that this name should be inscribed on the blade of the magician’s sword.

The magicians often name Agla in their evocation ceremonies. Archangel Uriel is especially closely connected with this name. For example, Solomonic magical tracts underline that Agla should be used in invocations of Uriel. Grimoire of Armadel presents the Character of Uriel, in which this name of God is written. Many other spirits are evoked by Agla as well. A Book of the Offices of Spirits instructs that Agla should be used in conjurations of any spirit of the earth or water or fire, and to make any spirit of any dead man appear and give answer. Agla appears in D. I. Faust, Citation of the Seven Great Princes. Barbuel and Aziel should be evoked by Agla with their seals especially arranged for that purpose.

Agla is also used in evocations of planetary spirits, especially those from Mars and Saturn. Ambelain tells that Agla is one of the God’s names for Geburah. This name is written in the Fourth Pentacle of Mars and in the Sixth Table of Saturn from The Sixth and Seventh Book of Moses.

Agla is such a powerful name that it is also one of the magicians’ favourite options when they purposely or accidentally deal with demons and malicious spirits The Key of Solomon instructs that Agla should be spoken in order to commend demons and also in the Exorcism of the water and in Needle rituals. Agla also appears as a God’s name in Black Dragon Grimoire, where it is used for conjurations and evocations of spirits. Agla is used in conjuration of Lucifer in Praxis Magica Faustiana. It is also mentioned in Universal conjuration of evil and accursed Serpent from Grimoire of Honorius, which instructs that it should be used in evocation of Lucifer and Bechard. Agla appears in the same book in Very powerful conjuration for treasures hidden by men or spirits.[

For the reason of its power, Agla is also used in exorcism and binding the spirit. For example, D. I. Faust, Citation of the Seven Great Princes tells that Agla should be mentioned if you want to bind a spirit. .Agla should be named in exorcism, according to  The True Petition of the Jesuits, which also states that the Infernal Abyss trembles with the mentioning of “this most sublime name.” Joshua Stopford tells in Pagano Papismus (1675) that Agla is used in exorcism of evil spirits.

Agla can be found in a variety of spells and is evoked in various magical rituals, usually for protection, evocations and healing. It brings also success, luck, victory and wisdom to the magician. It is also mentioned in the Qamea to ensure health. (Salomo Baal-Shem, Qabbalistic Magic). The Cabalists traditionally arranged the name AGLA seven times in the center of the Shield of David, and they also used it as a talisman to cure wounds, extinguish fires, and perform other wonders. Agla appears in the sigullah for the emergency call at any time or a difficult birth, Agla appears in the Charm of Saint Suzanne. The Charm of Job intends to kill worms. It saves against dangers according to a 15th century divination ritual cited by Jean-Baptist Thiers .It is also mentioned in a Dutch conjuration against the conflagrations. The Muslim magicians believe that Agla makes it possible to see the future and to find lost objects if it is spoken facing in the east.

In the Golden Dawn’s Lesser Ritual of the Pentagram, this name is associated with Earth and is vibrated to the North. In the Greater Ritual of the Pentagram, it is vibrated with the Water and Earth spirits to the West and North. Chic Cicero (Tarot Talismans) associates Elohim Sabaot with the Judgement in Tarot.

God’s names related to Agla or its variations are: Agla Hatyonadabazar, Agla Helene, Agal, Agiel, Agle, Aglacyel, Aglai, Aglanabrath, Aglaon, Aglata, Aglataon, Aglay, Aglon , Ogla and St. Agla.

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