A complete guide of greater than 1,000 magical phrases, words, symbols, and mystery alphabets
• Explains the origins, derivatives, and useful utilization of every notice, word, and spell in addition to how they are often mixed for customized spells
• in accordance with the paranormal traditions of Europe, Greece, and Egypt and lately came across exclusive grimoires from Scandinavia, France, and Germany
• comprises an in-depth exploration of mystery magical alphabets, together with these according to Hebrew letters, Kabbalistic symbols, astrological indicators, and runes
From Abracadabra to the now recognized spells of the Harry Potter sequence, magic phrases aren't any longer constrained 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 global. handed down from old Babylon, Egypt, and Greece, those phrases and the rituals surrounding them have survived during 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 mystical papyri of the Greeks and lately came across exceptional grimoires from Scandinavia, France, and Germany, Lecouteux has compiled a finished 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 hundreds of thousands of medieval debts and recognized manuscripts similar to the Heptameron of Peter Abano, the writer examines the origins of every be aware or spell, delivering designated directions on their profitable use, no matter 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 finds the inherent versatility of magic phrases and the way every one sorcerer or witch had a suite of inventory words they'd mix to construct a customized spell for the paranormal want to hand.
Presenting a wealth of fabric on magical phrases, symptoms, and charms, either universal and imprecise, Lecouteux additionally explores the mystical phrases and spells of historical Scandinavia, the Hispano-Arabic magic of Spain prior to the Reconquista, the traditions handed down from old Egypt, and those who have stayed in use till the current day.