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Oberon; King of Faery

Oberon, Oberion, Oberyon, Auberon.. As Mogarip (Libellus Veneri Nigro Sacer), Oberion has mesmerize me.. Investigating about him, i've found several valuable informations.. 

From Wikipedia: 

Oberon (also spelled Auberon) is a king of the fairies in medieval and Renaissance literature. He is best known as a character in William Shakespeare's play, A Midsummer Night's Dream, in which he is Consort to Titania, Queen of the Fairies.

Oberon was a popular name for fairy familiars in 15th- and 16th-century England.

Many sources relates this spirit. Its name is given in the Appendix Two of Hockley's 'A Book of the Office of Spirits, The Occult Virtue of Plants and Some Rare Magical Charms & Spells' (1864).

(The Teitan Press - 2011) P.75 ones read: Names off sprits... treasure (A full list of spirits names is given here) ... Oberion (!)

In Hockley's 'Experimentum, Potens Magna in Occult Philosophy' (Dan Harms - 2012), one read on P.27 The Invocation of the Spirit Oberion.

This Mighty Spirit is chiefly under the dominion of the sun and moon. He appears in great pomp and terror, generally in the form of a scaly monster, the face of a woman, and a royal crown upon his head, attented by innunerable and countless legions. The Theurgist who would raise or invocate this powerfull spirit must, in the first place, draw out his Seal and character, and the differen offices subservient to him, in the first Monday after the full moon, and in the house of the Moon, Mars, Mercury, or Saturn and when these are made, he must repeat the following ceremonial words:

'O ye angels of the Sun and Moon, I now conjure and may you, and exorcise you, that by the virtue and power of the most holy high God, Alpha and Omega, and by the name that is marvellous El and by him that made and formed you, and by these signs that be here, so drawn forth in these resemblances, and now in the might and virtue of your Creator and in the name of him the most shining God, and by the virtue of the Holy Ghost, that now, or whensoever that I shall call upon Oberion, whose image here pictured, made, or fashioned, and his name taht its here written, and his signs here all drawn and graven, written or maden that Oberion be complelled now to obey me, and here appear openly before me, and fulfil my request'.

Hockley's representation of the Spirit Oberion.

From Phil Legard - The Mirror of Elicona, P.5:

'A couple of years ago I was researching a number of English manuscripts of magic, amongst them British Library Additional MS. 36674. I had become fascinated by the brief and eminently practical lists of spirits that often appeared in one of the articles – a compilation of conjuring material in English and Latin. Usually marked contra felonem and p ro amore they catalogued the daemonic agencies behind the stock-in-trade of the practising magician of the 17th century, namely protecting or recovering goods and the procurement of love' - P.L.

                               For theft to bring againe
                                          Raguell & Uriel
                               Pro amore
                                          Almazim & Elicona
                               Alazel, Rathan, Oberion

                               Aosel giver of treasure
                               Acozas giver of gold and silver
                               Almazim & Elicona

'My initial attraction to these lists was due to the inclusion of Oberion, along with a number of spirits that were well established in the 16 and 17th centuries as aids to the magically inclined treasure-hunter: Andromalcus, Seer, Dandragabon and  Usagon. In the famous Goetia of Solomon these spirits would later be appended to Reginald Scot’s translation of Weyer ’s Pseudomonarchia Daemonium in order to bring that notorious list of demons to the magic number seventy-two' - P.L.

Ms: Plut 89 supp 035.

From David Rankine's The Grimoire of Arthur Gauntlet (Avalonia 2011) is also a copy of a seventeenth century manuscript, in this case a published version of Sloane 3851. Rankine notes that:

"[The] conjuration of Oberion at fo.115v-116 is clearly derived from material found in Folger Vb. 26. As well as having very similar conjurations, Vb.26 has two images of Oberion (at fo.185 and fo.186) with the sun and moon on his right and left sides and the names of his four counselors around him (with their seals), Scorax, Carmelion, Severion, and Cabereon.These are the names subsequently used in the conjuration provided by Arthur Gauntlet in Sloane MS 3851." - D.R

Figure of Oberon from MSS Folger V.b.26 - Book of Magic, with Instructions for Invoking Spirits - ca. (1577-1583)

MSS Folger V.b.26

Rankine, who has in the past been chided for not being aware of other manuscripts and making arguments that could be disproven had he looked for more information, in this case had the good sense to try to go back to the Folger manuscript and try to read the description of the Fairy King. He says:

"Reading the description of Oberion given in Vb.26 it is easy to see why a cunning-man would seek the assistance of the King of the Fairies: 'He appeareth like a king with a crown on his head, he is under the government of the (sun) and (moon), he teacheth a man knowledge in physick, and he showeth the nature of stones, herbs, and trees and of all metal. He is a great and mighty king, and he is king of the fairies...' - D.R


Frederick Hockley - A Book of the Office of Spirits, The Occult Virtue of Plants and Some Rare Magical Charms & Spells' (1864)
MSS Folger V.b.26 - Book of Magic, with Instructions for Invoking Spirits - ca. (1577-1583)