The Ghâyat al-Hakîm fi'l-sihr, or Picatrix, because it is understood within the West, is a crucial Arabic magical textual content. it truly is probably the most important and such a lot complete of the grimoires, or handbooks of magic. The attribution to the Andalusian mathematician al-Majriti (or al-Madjriti) (d. ca. 1004-7) is taken into account pseudo-epigraphic. The Latin translation dates to 1256 and the courtroom of Alphonso the clever, king of Castille, and exerted a substantial impression on Western magic thereafter. it's stated that a lot of Ficino's astrological magic derives from the Picatrix (see I.P.Couliano, Eros and Magic within the Renaissance, college of Chicao Press, 1987, p. 118). The Picatrix is pointed out by means of Johannes Trithemius in ebook 2 of his infamous Steganographia (1500) and in his Antipalus Maleficiorum (c. 1500). One reproduction (British Library, Sloane manuscript 3679) handed down from Simon Forman (d. 1611) to Richard Napier (d. 1634) to Elias Ashmole (d. 1692) to William Lilly (d. 1681).
E.M. Butler wrongly affiliates it with Gio. Peccatrix, (no doubt a pseudonym) who edited an Italian model of the major of Solomon (British Library, Sloane manuscript 1307). Misled through a few reviews by way of Mathers and others, Dr. Butler incorrectly concluded that the Picatrix was once "an Italian variation of the Clavicle, strongly impregnated with black elements" (Ritual Magic, 1949, p. 135.)