Seal of Solomon
The signet ring of the legendary King Solomon
From Sir Arthur Conroy’s Treatise On the Revolving Spheres:
Herein, I will relate the curious tale of King Solomon’s Ring. The legend that Solomon possessed a seal ring on which the name of God was engraved and by means of which he controlled the demons is related at length in Talmudic literature, and the early Gnostic texts of Alexandria. This legend is especially developed by Arabic writers, who declare that the ring, on which was engraved “the Most Great Name of God,” and which was given to Solomon from heaven, was partly brass and partly iron. With the brass part of the ring Solomon signed his written commands to the good genii, and with the iron part he signed his commands to the evil genii, or devils. The Arabic writers declare also that Solomon received four jewels from four different angels, and that he set them in one ring, so that he could control the four elements. The legend of a magic ring by means of which the possessor could exorcise demons was current in the first century, as is shown by Josephus’ statement that one Eleazar exorcised demons in the presence of Vespasian by means of a ring, using incantations composed by Solomon.
In alchemy, the combination of the fire and water symbols (up and down triangles) is known as the Seal of Solomon. The symbol is representative of the combination of opposites and transmutation. By combining the alchemical symbols for fire (upwards triangle) and water (downwards triangle), the alchemical symbols for earth and air are also created. The downwards facing triangle is divided along the center by the base line of the opposite triangle. This is the alchemical symbol for earth. Conversely, the upwards triangle divided by the base line of the downwards triangle is the alchemical symbol for air. The Seal of Solomon is all that is unified in perfect balance; the Spirit Wheel.
Whether the Seal of Solomon actually existed is a mystery which has plagued Spiritualism for centuries. Many suggest that if the ring does exist, it is no doubt in the hands of a powerful group of men such as the Freemasons or Perfectibilists. There have been many rumored sightings of the Seal of Solomon, but none have been confirmed by reliable sources. For now, it remains lost – and perhaps it should!