By Claude Lecouteux
• Explains the origins, derivatives, and sensible utilization of every notice, word, and spell in addition to how they are often mixed for customized spells
• in keeping with the mystical traditions of Europe, Greece, and Egypt and lately found distinctive grimoires from Scandinavia, France, and Germany
• contains an in-depth exploration of mystery magical alphabets, together with these in accordance with Hebrew letters, Kabbalistic symbols, astrological symptoms, and runes
From Abracadabra to the now recognized spells of the Harry Potter sequence, magic phrases are not any longer restrained to the practices of pagans, alchemists, witches, and occultists. they've got develop into a part of the preferred mind's eye of the Western international. handed down from historic Babylon, Egypt, and Greece, those phrases and the rituals surrounding them have survived throughout the millennia simply because they paintings. And as pupil Claude Lecouteux unearths, usually the extra impenetrable they appear, the more desirable they're.
Analyzing greater than 7,000 spells from the mystical traditions of Europe in addition to the paranormal papyri of the Greeks and lately came across distinct grimoires from Scandinavia, France, and Germany, Lecouteux has compiled a complete dictionary of old magic phrases, words, and spells in addition to an in-depth exploration--the first in English--of mystery magical alphabets, together with these in keeping with Hebrew letters, Kabbalistic symbols, astrological indicators, and runes. Drawing upon hundreds of thousands of medieval debts and well-known manuscripts equivalent to the Heptameron of Peter Abano, the writer examines the origins of every be aware or spell, supplying specified directions on their winning use, no matter if for cover, love, wealth, or therapeutic. He charts their evolution and derivations during the centuries, exhibiting, for instance, how spells that have been as soon as meant to place out fires advanced to guard humans from witchcraft. He unearths the inherent versatility of magic phrases and the way each one sorcerer or witch had a suite of inventory words they'd mix to construct a customized spell for the paranormal desire to hand.
Presenting a wealth of fabric on magical phrases, indicators, and charms, either universal and imprecise, Lecouteux additionally explores the paranormal phrases and spells of historic Scandinavia, the Hispano-Arabic magic of Spain sooner than the Reconquista, the traditions handed down from historic Egypt, and people who have stayed in use until eventually the current day.
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Dictionary of Ancient Magic Words and Spells: From Abraxas to Zoar by Claude Lecouteux