By Claude Lecouteux
• Explains the origins, derivatives, and functional utilization of every be aware, word, and spell in addition to how they are often mixed for customized spells
• in keeping with the paranormal traditions of Europe, Greece, and Egypt and lately came upon extraordinary grimoires from Scandinavia, France, and Germany
• comprises an in-depth exploration of mystery magical alphabets, together with these in keeping 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 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 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 paranormal papyri of the Greeks and lately came upon different grimoires from Scandinavia, France, and Germany, Lecouteux has compiled a accomplished 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 line with Hebrew letters, Kabbalistic symbols, astrological indicators, and runes. Drawing upon millions of medieval debts and well-known manuscripts akin to the Heptameron of Peter Abano, the writer examines the origins of every be aware or spell, providing unique directions on their profitable use, no matter if for defense, love, wealth, or therapeutic. He charts their evolution and derivations in the course of the centuries, displaying, for instance, how spells that have been as soon as meant to place out fires advanced to guard humans from witchcraft. He finds the inherent versatility of magic phrases and the way every one sorcerer or witch had a suite of inventory words they might mix to construct a customized spell for the mystical desire handy.
Presenting a wealth of fabric on magical phrases, indicators, and charms, either universal and imprecise, Lecouteux additionally explores the paranormal phrases and spells of old Scandinavia, the Hispano-Arabic magic of Spain prior to the Reconquista, the traditions handed down from historical Egypt, and those who have stayed in use until eventually the current day.
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