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Dictionary of Ancient Magic Words and Spells

Author: Claude Lecouteux

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781620553756

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 448

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A comprehensive handbook of more than 1,000 magical words, phrases, symbols, and secret alphabets • Explains the origins, derivatives, and practical usage of each word, phrase, and spell as well as how they can be combined for custom spells • Based on the magical traditions of Europe, Greece, and Egypt and recently discovered one-of-a-kind grimoires from Scandinavia, France, and Germany • Includes an in-depth exploration of secret magical alphabets, including those based on Hebrew letters, Kabbalistic symbols, astrological signs, and runes From Abracadabra to the now famous spells of the Harry Potter series, magic words are no longer confined to the practices of pagans, alchemists, witches, and occultists. They have become part of the popular imagination of the Western world. Passed down from ancient Babylon, Egypt, and Greece, these words and the rituals surrounding them have survived through the millennia because they work. And as scholar Claude Lecouteux reveals, often the more impenetrable they seem, the more effective they are. Analyzing more than 7,000 spells from the magical traditions of Europe as well as the magical papyri of the Greeks and recently discovered one-of-a-kind grimoires from Scandinavia, France, and Germany, Lecouteux has compiled a comprehensive dictionary of ancient magic words, phrases, and spells along with an in-depth exploration--the first in English--of secret magical alphabets, including those based on Hebrew letters, Kabbalistic symbols, astrological signs, and runes. Drawing upon thousands of medieval accounts and famous manuscripts such as the Heptameron of Peter Abano, the author examines the origins of each word or spell, offering detailed instructions on their successful use, whether for protection, love, wealth, or healing. He charts their evolution and derivations through the centuries, showing, for example, how spells that were once intended to put out fires evolved to protect people from witchcraft. He reveals the inherent versatility of magic words and how each sorcerer or witch had a set of stock phrases they would combine to build a custom spell for the magical need at hand. Presenting a wealth of material on magical words, signs, and charms, both common and obscure, Lecouteux also explores the magical words and spells of ancient Scandinavia, the Hispano-Arabic magic of Spain before the Reconquista, the traditions passed down from ancient Egypt, and those that have stayed in use until the present day.
Dictionary of Magic
Language: en
Pages: 207
Authors: Harry E. Wedeck
Categories: Reference
Type: BOOK - Published: 2019-12-17 - Publisher: Open Road Media

A comprehensive reference guide to all things occult, covering a broad range of magic tradition from Babylonian times to the present day. This authoritative reference text by linguist and occult expert Harry E. Wedeck offers a broad understanding of witchcraft, necromancy, paganism, the occult, and many of magic’s other manifestations.
Dictionary of Ancient Magic Words and Spells
Language: en
Pages: 448
Authors: Claude Lecouteux
Categories: Body, Mind & Spirit
Type: BOOK - Published: 2015-10-15 - Publisher: Simon and Schuster

A comprehensive handbook of more than 1,000 magical words, phrases, symbols, and secret alphabets • Explains the origins, derivatives, and practical usage of each word, phrase, and spell as well as how they can be combined for custom spells • Based on the magical traditions of Europe, Greece, and Egypt
The Watkins Dictionary of Magic
Language: en
Pages: 320
Authors: Nevill Drury
Categories: Body, Mind & Spirit
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012-01-01 - Publisher: Watkins Media Limited

Over 3000 authoritative, cross-referenced entries, covering magical traditions from all around the world.
The Watkins Dictionary of Magic
Language: en
Pages: 328
Authors: Nevill Drury
Categories: Body, Mind & Spirit
Type: BOOK - Published: 2005 - Publisher: Watkins Publishing

This second volume in the popular Watkins Dictionary series is filled with fascinating explanations for all things magical, from spells and secret rituals to mythical creatures. More than just handy reference, the many definitions and articles here—including pieces on Kabbalah, Tarot, and Gnosticism—provide a great introduction for neophyte occultists interested
Magic Words
Language: en
Pages: 360
Authors: Craig Conley
Categories: Body, Mind & Spirit
Type: BOOK - Published: 2008-10-01 - Publisher: Weiser Books

Magic Words: A Dictionary is a oneofakind resource for armchair linguists, popculture enthusiasts, Pagans, Wiccans, magicians, and trivia nuts alike. Brimming with the most intriguing magic words and phrases from around the world and illustrated throughout with magical symbols and icons, Magic Words is a dictionary like no other. More