Dictionary of Ancient Magic Words and Spells: From Abraxas to Zoar
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A comprehensive handbook of more than 1,000 magical words, phrases, symbols, and secret alphabets
• Explains the origins, derivatives, and practical usage of each word, phrase, and spell as well as how they can be combined for custom spells
• Based on the magical traditions of Europe, Greece, and Egypt and recently discovered one-of-a-kind grimoires from Scandinavia, France, and Germany
• Includes an in-depth exploration of secret magical alphabets, including those based on Hebrew letters, Kabbalistic symbols, astrological signs, and runes
From Abracadabra to the now famous spells of the Harry Potter series, magic words are no longer confined to the practices of pagans, alchemists, witches, and occultists. They have become part of the popular imagination of the Western world. Passed down from ancient Babylon, Egypt, and Greece, these words and the rituals surrounding them have survived through the millennia because they work. And as scholar Claude Lecouteux reveals, often the more impenetrable they seem, the more effective they are.
Analyzing more than 7,000 spells from the magical traditions of Europe as well as the magical papyri of the Greeks and recently discovered one-of-a-kind grimoires from Scandinavia, France, and Germany, Lecouteux has compiled a comprehensive dictionary of ancient magic words, phrases, and spells along with an in-depth exploration--the first in English--of secret magical alphabets, including those based on Hebrew letters, Kabbalistic symbols, astrological signs, and runes. Drawing upon thousands of medieval accounts and famous manuscripts such as the Heptameron of Peter Abano, the author examines the origins of each word or spell, offering detailed instructions on their successful use, whether for protection, love, wealth, or healing. He charts their evolution and derivations through the centuries, showing, for example, how spells that were once intended to put out fires evolved to protect people from witchcraft. He reveals the inherent versatility of magic words and how each sorcerer or witch had a set of stock phrases they would combine to build a custom spell for the magical need at hand.
Presenting a wealth of material on magical words, signs, and charms, both common and obscure, Lecouteux also explores the magical words and spells of ancient Scandinavia, the Hispano-Arabic magic of Spain before the Reconquista, the traditions passed down from ancient Egypt, and those that have stayed in use until the present day.
(anno 1663), 166. TENTA SORTEM OVIS: To win the love of a woman, it is necessary to take the yolk from an egg laid on Holy Friday and three drops of blood from your left little finger, place this on red-hot ash, crush it into powder, and give it to her to eat or drink while saying this spell three times. Secrets magiques pour l’amour, no. XXXI. † TEN THURAN, TEN APHRODITEN: This spell is attached to the door to provide protection to a house and its inhabitants. It opens with: “The door,
Vaitkevičienė , no. 1633 (spell from Poland). X M Г: A Greek abbreviation used in childbirth charms. These are the initials for the words of the phrase, “Mary gave birth to Jesus,” CMG in Latin. A very beautiful Greek spell uses it for another purpose, and it provides us with a splendid illustration of how Christianity and paganism were often blended together. X M Г Or Or phor phor Iao Sabaoth Adonai Eloe Salaman Tarchei demon. I bind you, scorpion of Artemis, 315 times. Protect this
Ares, and Athena are all called upon! *9. This word appears frequently in Greek charms, for example in the Greek Magical Papyri (PGM IV, 88–93). †10. A large number of charms are based on Biblical and hagiographical elements, such as the Charms of Saint Peter, Saint Agatha, Saint Anne, Longinus, the Jordan, Saint Suzanne, Saint Apollonia, and so forth. *11. Johann Weyer writes: “Another washes his hands with the patient during the rise of the fever and at its onset, he whispers the psalm,
whose purpose is to compel a witch to come forth. † Amaritudine † fulgur † Ador ††† queso † fulgur † fulgoris † Amen. The Latin words (meaning “bitterness,” “lightning,” and “request”) make no sense. Van Haver, no. 1006. AMICO CAPDINOPO ΦIΦPON IΔPACACIMO: This phrase is accompanied by a threefold appeal for Christ’s aid (Christus adjuva) and another to Beronice or Veronica. It combines Greek and Latin letters, and it seeks to halt bleeding. Storms, no. 59. AMISTA ASTERIT: To
HEly, Scemath, Amazaz, Hemel; Sathusteon hheli Tamazam. Ars notoria. Liber iuratus, chap. 45; Ars notoria, 7, 115. HENDEB HENDEB: This spell forms part of a complex ritual that takes place when the moon is in Leo, and it must be repeated four times. It is accompanied by the sacrifice of a rooster and suffumigations. The purpose is to cause the appearance of “a human form” who will grant the wish that has been asked of it. In the Arabic source, the Gâyat al-Hakîm, the spell is “‘Andab