Agla in Kabbalistic magic traditions

AGLA is a Kabbalistic divine name formed the method of notariqon from the Hebrew sentence Ateh gibor le-olam Adonai, «Mighty are Thou forever, Lord.» It was prevalently used in ceremonial magic during medieval times as AGLA was a word thought to hold power over demons. In magic of the Golden Dawn the name governs the passive aspect of the spirit, and it is also used in the northern quarter in the Lesser Ritual of the Pentagram.

The word also was found in books of magic, notably the Enchiridion of Pope LeoA.G.H.


«AGLA» is an important term within Kabbalistic and ceremonial magic traditions, reflecting the rich history of mystical and esoteric practices in Jewish and Western occultism.


Kabbalistic Origins

  • Formation through Notariqon: AGLA is formed using the method of notariqon, a Kabbalistic technique for creating acronyms or abbreviations from phrases or sentences. In this case, AGLA is derived from the initial letters of the Hebrew sentence «Ateh Gibor Le-olam Adonai,» which translates to «Mighty are Thou forever, Lord.»
  • Divine Name: As a divine name, AGLA encapsulates a significant aspect of the divine nature, specifically highlighting the eternal might and lordship of God. This usage aligns with the Kabbalistic emphasis on the power and meaning embedded in names and words.


Use in Ceremonial Magic

  • Medieval Magic Practices: During medieval times, AGLA was believed to possess significant power, particularly in the context of ceremonial magic. It was thought to hold sway over demons, giving it a protective function in magical rituals and incantations.
  • Golden Dawn Tradition: In the magic of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, a late 19th to early 20th-century occult society, AGLA was associated with the passive aspect of the spirit. This reflects the Order’s intricate system of correspondences and symbolic associations.
  • Lesser Ritual of the Pentagram: AGLA is used in the northern quarter in the Lesser Ritual of the Pentagram, a foundational ritual in modern Western occultism, particularly within the Golden Dawn tradition. This ritual is designed for protection, purification, and the regulation of elemental forces.


Presence in Magical Texts:

  • Enchiridion of Pope Leo: The word AGLA also appears in various books of magic, including the Enchiridion of Pope Leo, a text purportedly written by Pope Leo III. This grimoire is known for its collection of charms, prayers, and magical practices.


Greer, John Michael. The New Encyclopedia of the Occult. St. Paul, MN, Llewellyn Worldwide. p. 8