The devil’s trap is a mystical symbol used to immobilize and control demons. It is similar to a circle of salt but more powerful and persistent as it is usually etched or painted in place, and can't simply be brushed or blown away. If a demon walks inside the outer circle of a devil's trap, it cannot physically leave it, and is trapped. Devil's traps also inhibit the use of some demonic powers. Devil's traps have been used not only to detain a demon, but are also drawn at entrances as a deterrent to prevent access to a building, room, or container. The devil’s traps seen in Supernatural all originate from The Lesser Key of Solomon, which is a grimoire, or magical text, written in the 17th century. It contains rituals and spells for invoking and controlling both demons and angels.
Following first symbol that scorpion in center circle is The Fifth Pentacle of Mars.Write thou this Pentacle upon Virgin Parchment, because it is terrible unto the Demons, and at its sight and aspect they will obey thee, for they cannot resist its presence Around the figure of the Scorpion is the word HVL. The versicle is from Psalm xci. "Thou shalt go upon the lion and added, the young lion and the dragon shalt thou tread under thy feet." The heptagon and the star is grand pentacla that imprison for demon. The outer circle where hebrews letter is written archangel names. These names are those of Deity Angels and Archangels allotted by the Qabalists to each of the 9 first Sephiroth or Divine Emanations.Purpose of the circle is preserve human from the stinking sulphurous fumes and flaming breath of the Evil Spirits.
THE MAGICAL CIRCLE.
This is the Form of the Magical Circle of King Solomon, the which he made that he might preserve himself therein from the malice of these Evil Spirits This Magical Circle is to be made 9 feet across, and the Divine Names are to be written around it, beginning at EHYEH, and ending at LEVANAH, Luna.
(Colours. - The space between the outer and inner circles, where the serpent28 is coiled, with the Hebrew names written along his body, is bright deep yellow. The square in the centre of the circle, where the word “Master” is written, is filled in with red. All names and letters are in black. In the Hexagrams the outer triangles where the letters A, D, O, N, A, I, appear are filled in with bright yellow, the centres, where
the T-shaped crosses are, blue or green. In the Pentagrams outside the circle, the outer triangles where “Te, tra, gram, ma, ton,” is written, are filled in bright yellow, and the centres with the T crosses written therein are red.”)
The Construction Of The Circle.
Take thou the Knife, the Sickle, or the Sword of Magical Art consecrated after the manner and order which we shall deliver unto thee in the Second Book. With this Knife or with the Sickle of Art thou shalt describe, beyond the inner Circle which thou shalt have already formed, a Second Circle, encompassing the other at the distance of one foot therefrom and having the same centre. Within this space of a foot in breadth
between the first and the second circumferential line, thou shalt trace towards the Four Quarters of the Earth, the Sacred and Venerable Symbols of the holy letter Tau. And between the first and the second Circle which thou shalt thyself have drawn with the Instrument of Magical Art, thou shalt make four hexagonal pentacles, and between these thou shalt write four terrible and tremendous Names of God, viz.:
Between the East and the South the Supreme Name IHVH, Tetragrammaton;
Between the South and the West the Essential Tetragrammatic Name AHIH,
Between the West and the North the Name of Power ALIVN, Elion;
And between the North and the East the Great Name ALH, Eloah;
Which Names are of supreme importance in the list of the Sephiroth, and their Sovereign Equivalents.
Furthermore, thou shalt circumscribe about these Circles two Squares, the Angles of which shall be turned towards the Four Quarters of the Earth; and the space between the Lines of the Outer and Inner Square shall be half-a-foot. The extreme Angles of the Outer Square shall be made the Centres of four Circles, the measure or diameter of which shall be one foot. All these are to be drawn with the Knife or consecrated
Instrument of Art. And within these Four Circles thou must write these four Names of God the Most Holy One, in this order:
At the East, AL, El;
At the West, IH, Yah;
At the South, AGLA, Agla;
And at the North ADNI, Adonai.
Between the two Squares the Name Tetragrammaton is to be written in the same way as is shown in the plate.
While constructing the Circle, the Master should recite the following Psalms:
Psalm ii; Psalm liv; Psalm cxiii; Psalm lxvii; Psalm xlvii; Psalm lxviii.
Or he may as well recite them before tracing the Circle.
The which being finished, and the fumigations being performed, as is described in the chapter on Fumigations in the Second Book, the Master should reassemble his Disciples, encourage them, reassure them, fortify them, and conduct them into the parts of the Circle of Art, where he must place them in the four quarters of the earth, encourage them, and exhort them to fear nothing, and to keep in the places assigned to them. Also, the Disciple who is placed towards the East should have a pen, ink, paper, silk, and white cotton, all clean and suitable for the work. Furthermore, each of the Companions should have a new Sword drawn in his hand (besides the consecrated Magical Sword of Art), and he should keep his hand resting upon the hilt thereof, and he should on no pretext quit the place assigned to him, nor move therefrom. After this the Master should quit the Circle, light the fuel in the earthen pots, and place upon them the Censers, in the Four Quarters of the Earth; and he should have in his hand the consecrated taper of wax, and he should light it and place it in a hidden and secret place prepared for it. Let him after this re-enter and close the Circle.The Master should afresh exhort his Disciples, and explain to them all that they have to do and to observe; the which commands they should promise and vow to execute. Let the Master then repeat this Prayer:
When we enter herein with all humility, let God the Almighty One enter into this Circle, by the entrance of an eternal happiness, of a Divine prosperity, of a perfect joy, of an abundant charity, and of an eternal salutation. Let all the demons fly from this place, especially those who are opposed unto this work, and let the Angels of Peace assist and protect this Circle, from which let discord and strife fly and depart. Magnify
and extend upon us, O Lord, Thy most Holy Name, and bless our conversation and our assembly. Sanctify, O Lord our God, our humble entry herein, Thou the Blessed and Holy One of the Eternal Ages! Amen.
After this, let the Master say upon his knees, as follows: O Lord God, All Powerful and All Merciful, Thou who desirest not the death of a sinner, but rather that he may turn from his wickedness and live; give and grant unto us thy grace, by blessing and consecrating this earth and this Circle, which is here
marked out with the most powerful and holy Names of God. And thee, I conjure, O
Earth, by the Most Holy Name of ASHER EHIEH entering within this Circle, composed
and made with mine hand. And may God, even ADONAI, bless this place with
all the virtues of Heaven, so that no obscene or unclean spirit may have the power to
enter into this Circle, or to annoy any person who is therein; though the Lord God
ADONAI, Who liveth eternally unto the Ages of the Ages. Amen.
I beseech Thee, O Lord God, the All Powerful and the All Merciful, that Thou wilt
deign to bless this Circle, and all this place, and all those who are therein, and thatThou wilt grant unto us, who serve Thee, and rehearse nothing but the wonders of
Thy law, a good Angel for our Guardian; remove from us every adverse power; preserve
us from evil and from trouble; grant, O Lord, that we may rest in this place in all
safety, through Thee, O Lord, Who livest and reignest unto the Ages of the Ages.
Let the Master now arise and place upon his head a Crown made of paper (or any
other appropriate substance), on the which there must be written (with the Colours
and other necessary things which we shall describe hereafter), these four Names
AGLA, AGLAI, AGLATA, AGLATAI. The which Names are to be placed in the front,
behind, and on either side of the head.
Furthermore, the Master ought to have with him in the Circle, those Pentacles or
Medals which are necessary to his purpose, which are described hereinafter, and
which should be constructed according to the rules given in the Chapter on Pentacles.
They should be described on virgin paper with a pen; and ink, blood, or colours, prepared
according to the manner which we shall hereafter show in the Chapters on these
subjects. It will be sufficient to take only those Pentacles which are actually required,
they should be sewed to the front of the linen robe, on the chest, with the consecrated
needle of the Art, and with a thread which has been woven by a young girl.
After this, let the Master turn himself towards the Eastern Quarter (unless
directed to the contrary, or unless he should be wishing to call Spirits which belong to
another quarter of the Universe), and pronounce with a loud voice the Conjuration
contained in this Chapter. And if the Spirits be disobedient and do not then make
their appearance, he must arise and take the exorcised Knife of Art wherewith he hath
constructed the Circle, and raise it towards the sky as if he wished to beat or strike the
Air, and conjure the Spirits. Let him then lay his right hand and the Knife upon the
Pentacles or Medals, constructed of, and described upon virgin paper, which are fastened
to or sewn upon his breast, and let him repeat the following Conjuration upon his knees:
O Lord, hear my prayer, and let my cry come unto Thee. O Lord God Almighty,
who has reigned before the beginning of the Ages, and Who by Thine Infinite Wisdom,
hast created the heavens, the earth, and the sea, and all that in them is, all that is
visible, and all that is invisible by a single word; I praise Thee, I bless Thee, I adore
Thee, I glorify Thee, and I pray Thee now at the present time to be merciful unto me,
a miserable sinner, for I am the work of Thine hands. Save me, and direct me by Thy
Holy Name, Thou to Whom nothing is difficult, nothing is impossible; and deliver me
from the night of mine ignorance, and enable me to go forth therefrom. Enlighten me
with a spark of Thine Infinite Wisdom. Take away from my senses the desire of covetousness,
and the iniquity of mine idle words. Give unto me, Thy servant, a wise
understanding, penetrating and subtle heart, to acquire and comprehend all Sciences
and Arts; give unto me capacity to hear, and strength of memory to retain them, so
that I may be able to accomplish my desires, and understand and learn all difficult and
desirable Sciences; and also that I may be able to comprehend the hidden secrets of the Holy Writings. Give me the virtue to conceive them, so that I may be able to bring
forth and pronounce my words with patience and humility, for the instruction of others,
as Thou hast ordered me.
O God, the Father, All Powerful and All Merciful, who hast created all things, who
knowest and conceivest them universally, and to Whom nothing is hidden, nothing is
impossible; I entreat Thy Grace for me and for Thy servants, because Thou seest and
knowest well that we perform not this work to tempt Thy Strength and Thy Power as
if in doubt thereof, hut rather that we may know and understand the truth of all hidden
things. I beseech Thee to have the kindness to be favorable unto us; by Thy
Splendour, Thy Magnificence, and Thy Holiness, and by Thy Holy, Terrible, and Ineffable
Name IAH, at which the whole world doth tremble, and by the Fear with which
all creatures obey Thee. Grant, O Lord, that we may become responsive unto Thy
Grace, so that through it we may have a full confidence in and knowledge of Thee,
and that the Spirits may discover themselves here in our presence, and that those
which are gentle and peaceable may come unto us, so that they may be obedient unto
Thy commands, through Thee, O Most Holy ADONAI, Whose Kingdom is an everlasting
Kingdom, and whose Empire endureth unto the Ages of the Ages. Amen.
After having said all these words devoutly, let the Master arise, and place his
hands upon the Pentacles, and let one of the Companions hold the Book open before
the Master, who, raising his eyes to heaven, and turning unto the Four Quarters of the
Universe, shall say:
O Lord, be Thou unto me a Tower of Strength against the appearance and assault
of the Evil Spirits.
After this, turning towards the Four Quarters of the Universe, he shall say the following
These be the Symbols and the Names of the Creator, which can bring Terror and
Fear unto you. Obey me then, by the power of these Holy Names, and by these Mysterious
Symbols of the Secret of Secrets.
The which being said and done, thou shalt see them draw near and approach
from all parts. But if they be hindered, detained, or occupied in some way, and so that
they cannot come, or if they are unwilling to come, then, the Suffumigations and
Censings being performed anew, and (the Disciples) having anew, by especial order,
touched their Swords, and the Master having encouraged his Disciples, he shall
reform the Circle with the Knife of Art, and, raising the said Knife towards the Sky, he
shall as it were strike the air therewith. After this he shall lay his hand upon the Pentacles,
and having bent his knees before the Most High, he shall repeat with humility the
following Confession; the which his Disciples shall also do, and they shall recite it in a
low and humble voice, so that they can scarcely be heard.