A entire guide of greater than 1,000 magical phrases, words, symbols, and mystery alphabets
• Explains the origins, derivatives, and sensible utilization of every observe, word, and spell in addition to how they are often mixed for customized spells
• in line with the paranormal traditions of Europe, Greece, and Egypt and lately chanced on unique grimoires from Scandinavia, France, and Germany
• contains an in-depth exploration of mystery magical alphabets, together with these in line 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 restricted to the practices of pagans, alchemists, witches, and occultists. they've got turn into a part of the preferred mind's eye of the Western international. handed down from historical Babylon, Egypt, and Greece, those phrases and the rituals surrounding them have survived during the millennia simply because they paintings. And as student Claude Lecouteux finds, usually the extra impenetrable they appear, the more suitable they're.
Analyzing greater than 7,000 spells from the mystical traditions of Europe in addition to the mystical papyri of the Greeks and lately came across special grimoires from Scandinavia, France, and Germany, Lecouteux has compiled a entire 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 according to Hebrew letters, Kabbalistic symbols, astrological symptoms, and runes. Drawing upon millions of medieval money owed and well-known manuscripts reminiscent of the Heptameron of Peter Abano, the writer examines the origins of every observe or spell, supplying designated directions on their profitable use, no matter if for cover, love, wealth, or therapeutic. He charts their evolution and derivations throughout the centuries, exhibiting, for instance, how spells that have been as soon as meant to place out fires developed to guard humans from witchcraft. He finds 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 mystical want handy.
Presenting a wealth of fabric on magical phrases, symptoms, and charms, either universal and imprecise, Lecouteux additionally explores the mystical phrases and spells of old Scandinavia, the Hispano-Arabic magic of Spain ahead of the Reconquista, the traditions handed down from historic Egypt, and people who have stayed in use till the current day.