A accomplished guide of greater than 1,000 magical phrases, words, symbols, and mystery alphabets
• Explains the origins, derivatives, and useful 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 came across distinct grimoires from Scandinavia, France, and Germany
• comprises an in-depth exploration of mystery magical alphabets, together with these in response to Hebrew letters, Kabbalistic symbols, astrological symptoms, and runes
From Abracadabra to the now recognized spells of the Harry Potter sequence, magic phrases aren't any longer restricted 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 global. 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, frequently the extra impenetrable they appear, the greater 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 extraordinary grimoires from Scandinavia, France, and Germany, Lecouteux has compiled a accomplished dictionary of old magic phrases, words, and spells besides an in-depth exploration--the first in English--of mystery magical alphabets, together with these in accordance with Hebrew letters, Kabbalistic symbols, astrological symptoms, and runes. Drawing upon millions of medieval money owed and recognized manuscripts corresponding to the Heptameron of Peter Abano, the writer examines the origins of every observe or spell, supplying particular directions on their profitable use, even if for cover, love, wealth, or therapeutic. He charts their evolution and derivations in the course of 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 mystical desire handy.
Presenting a wealth of fabric on magical phrases, symptoms, and charms, either universal and vague, Lecouteux additionally explores the paranormal phrases and spells of old Scandinavia, the Hispano-Arabic magic of Spain sooner than the Reconquista, the traditions handed down from old Egypt, and those who have stayed in use till the current day.