The Black Pullet is a grimoire that proposes to teach the "science of magical talismans and rings", including the art of necromancy and Kabbalah. It is believed to have been written in the late 18th century, and according to the text, written by an anonymous French officer who served in Napoleon's army. According to the text (which is written as a narrative), the story centres around this French officer during Napoleon's (Napoleon is referred to here as the "genius") Egyptian expedition when his unit are suddenly attacked by Arab soldiers (Bedouins). The French officer manages to survive the attack, being the sole survivor. When an old Turkish man who appears suddenly from the pyramids takes the French officer into a secret apartment within one of the pyramids and nurses him back to health whilst sharing with him the magical teachings from ancient manuscripts that escaped the "burning of Ptolemy's library".
The book itself contains information regarding the creation of certain magical properties, such as talismanic rings, amulets and the Black Pullet itself. The book also teaches the reader how to master the extraordinary powers from these magical properties. Perhaps the most interesting magical property is the power to produce the Black Pullet, otherwise known as the Hen that lays Golden Eggs. The person who understands and attains the power to instruct the Black Pullet will gain unlimited wealth. The notion of such a lucrative possession has been reflected throughout history in fables, fairy tales and folklore.
This text has often been associated to two other texts, known as the Red Dragon (or The Grand Grimoire) and the Black Screech Owl (also known as The Black Pullet or Treasure of the Old Man of the Pyramids). Each of the above are examples of grimoires that possess the science of ancient magic.
- The Book of the Sacred Magic of Abra-Melin the Mage
- The Sworn Book of Honorius
- The Greater Key of Solomon
- The Grand Grimoire
- PaganPath.com (http://www.paganpath.com/witch/topic-3-29-310-0.html) - another definition
- Grimoires & Spellbooks (http://www.library.usyd.edu.au/libraries/rare/witchcraft/spellbooks.html) - more information regarding associated grimoires
- Online book locations
Download: The Black Pullet (http://www.hermetics.org/pdf/theblackpullett.pdf)
- Wikipedia (2005). Black Pullet (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Pullet). Retrieved Nov 19, 2005