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Jafar: What will force Alice to make her first wish? [...]
Red Queen: I think I've found something.
Jafar and the Red Queen src

Jafar's Creature Book is a book featured on ABC's Once Upon a Time in Wonderland. It appears in the third episode of the spin-off.


After First Curse

In Jafar's tower, the Red Queen and Jafar are dining at a table, with Alice's lover Cyrus as their prisoner. The queen and Jafar intend to force Alice to make one of her wishes and ask Jafar's henchman Orang to bring them the book. Orang brings the large, old book over to the dinner table and the queen starts looking through it, while Cyrus worries about what they're going to do to Alice. The queen flips through the book and begins to read out loud names of various creatures to send after Alice so she will be forced to make a wish. First she suggests the Mome Rath, which is said to have a mouth so full of fangs that it's like being pressed together by two beds of nails; however, Jafar reminds her that they don't want to kill Alice. The Red Queen believes that fear of losing Cyrus is the only thing that will make Alice make a wish. She then suggests the sarlacc, a creature capable of digesting a person over a millennia ("plenty of time to make a wish"), but Jafar asks her to keep going. Finally, the queen suggests the Bandersnatch, a fearsome creature which almost killed Alice when she was a child. Seeing Cyrus' expression twists into worry at the mention of the beast, the two of them settle for the Bandersnatch. ("Forget Me Not")


On-Screen Notes


Lesser Key of Solomon

  • One of the pages[1] contains an upside-down version of the seal of Sitri, an illustration from the Lesser Key of Solomon, a spell book on demonology published in the 17th century. Sitri is a demon described in the book as a Great Prince of Hell, who reigns over sixty legions of demons.
    • Underneath the seal,[1] there is a Latin excerpt from Ars grammatica by Aelius Donatus, a fourth century Roman grammarian and teacher of rhetoric. It says: "Vt docte; conparativi, ut doctius; superlativi, ut doctissime. Magis doctius et tam doctissime non dicimus, quia magis et tam positivo gradui tantum iungitur, licet veteres dixerint tam magis et quam magis. Figurae adverbiorum quot sunt?"[2]
    • The opposite page contains a Transmutation Circle,[3] which is believed to help an alchemist focus their energy to change one item into another, such as lead into gold.[4]
  • Another page shows the Tree of Life from Kabbalah (note that the page is upside-down).[5] This symbol represents, as a series of divine emanations, God's creation, the nature of revealed divinity, the human soul, and the spiritual path of ascent by man.
    • The headline says, "Artemisia absinthium"[5] – the name of a plant species, also known as wormwood. This plant is said to have a number of magical properties, and according to magic lore, it can be used for spell casting, to induce visions, aid in astral projection and divination, and much more.[6]
    • The characters on the Tree of Life[5] are symbols for alchemical processes, including Abstraction, Putrefication, Digestion 1, Purification 1, Pulverise 1, Purification 2, Reverberation 2 and Coagulation 1. A coupe of alchemical symbols (Fixation and Ebullitio Boiling) can be spotted next to the Tree.[7]
  • Two pages (the one opposite the picture of the Mome Rath,[8] and the one where the Tree of Life (upside-down) is pictured[5]) contain symbols for alchemical processes.
    • Tree of Life: Abstraction, Putrefication, Digestion 1, Purification 1, Pulverise 1, Purification 2, Pulverise 2, Reverberation 2, Coagulation 1 and Reverberation 1.[7]
    • Mome rath: Purification 1, Digestion 1, Reverberation 2, Purification 2, Pulverise 1, Coagulation 1, Fire of Reverberation, Pulverise 2 and Reverberation 1.[7]
  • Several pages[1][8][9] contain characters from the reconstruction of the mysterious Emerald Tablet,[10] which is one of the pillars of Western alchemy. It has been translated by many people over the centuries, and is said to be inscribed with the secrets of the universe. One interpretation suggests that the text describes seven stages of alchemical transformation—calcination, dissolution, separation, conjunction, fermentation, distillation and coagulation.[11]
  • In a book passage,[1][8] part of the Latin poem "Estuans Intrinsecus" (also known as the "Confession") by the 12th century Latin poet Archipoeta, is transcribed. The poem is number 191 in Carmina Burana ("Songs from Beuern"), a medieval manuscript of poems and dramatic texts. In this satirical poem, the author confesses his love for drinking, gambling and women. The book contains stanza 5 and 6, and an excerpt from stanza 4. The original text reads thus (note that the show's rendering contains a few alternate spellings, and some of the words are repeated):[12]

    History of Monsters


A Description of the Northern Peoples




  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 File:W103BookOfMagic.png
  2. DE PARTIBUS ORATIONIS ARS MINOR. Logos. Retrieved on February 26, 2019.
  3. Image:Draw a Transmutation Circle Intro.jpg. wikiHow. Retrieved on February 26, 2019.
  4. Buckland, Della R (September 29, 2017). What Is a Transmutation Circle?. eHow.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 File:W103KeepGoingFlipped.png (flipped image)
    File:W103KeepGoing.png (original image)
  6. Wormwood. Witchipedia. Retrieved on February 26, 2019.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Alchemical symbolism fonts. Alchemy Web Site. Retrieved on February 26, 2019.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 File:W103AliceIsABraveGirl.png
  9. File:W103MyLargeEaredFriend.png
  10. Photograph of the reconstructed tablet
  11. The Legendary Emerald Tablet. Ancient Origins (August 10, 2014).
  12. The Archpoet (The Oxford Book of Medieval Latin Verse, F.J.E. Raby, ed., 1959). Prof. Rand Johnson, Western Michigan University. Retrieved on February 26, 2019.

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