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Ancient Magic: A Practitioner's Guide to the Supernatural in Greece and Rome

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An accessible historical exploration of the methods and motivations behind using magic in ancient Greece and Rome. In the ancient world, magic was everywhere. The supernatural abounded, turning flowers into fruit and caterpillars into butterflies. In a time before scientists studied weather patterns and figured out what caused the Earth’s most mysterious phenomena, it was magic that packed a cloud full of energy until it exploded with thunderbolts. It was everyday magic, but it was still magical. In Ancient Magic, author Philip Matyszak ushers readers into that world, showing how ancient Greeks and Romans concocted love potions and cast curses, how they talked to the dead and protected themselves from evil spirits. He takes readers to a world where gods interacted with humans and where people could not only talk to spirits and deities, but could themselves become divine. Ancient Magic presents us with a new understanding of the role of magic, combining a classical historiography with a practical how-to guide. Using a wide array of sources and lavish illustrations, this book offers an engaging and accessible way into the supernatural for all.

Dictionary of Ancient Magic Words and Spells

Dictionary of Ancient Magic Words and Spells Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Claude Lecouteux
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Dictionary of Ancient Magic Words and Spells by Claude Lecouteux Summary

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.

Ancient Magic and the Supernatural in the Modern Visual and Performing Arts

Ancient Magic and the Supernatural in the Modern Visual and Performing Arts Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Filippo Carlà-Uhink,Irene Berti
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Ancient Magic and the Supernatural in the Modern Visual and Performing Arts by Filippo Carlà-Uhink,Irene Berti Summary

To what extent did mythological figures such as Circe and Medea influence the representation of the powerful 'oriental' enchantress in modern Western art? What role did the ancient gods and heroes play in the construction of the imaginary worlds of the modern fantasy genre? What is the role of undead creatures like zombies and vampires in mythological films? Looking across the millennia, from the distrust of ancient magic and oriental cults, which threatened the new-born Christian religion, to the revival and adaptation of ancient myths and religion in the arts centuries later, this book offers an original analysis of the reception of ancient magic and the supernatural, across a wide variety of different media – from comics to film, from painting to opera. Working in a variety of fields across the globe, the authors of these essays deconstruct certain scholarly traditions by proposing original interdisciplinary approaches and collaborations, showing to what extent the visual and performing arts of different periods interlink and shape cultural and social identities.

Ancient Egyptian Magic: A Hands-On Guide

Ancient Egyptian Magic: A Hands-On Guide Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Christina Riggs
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Ancient Egyptian Magic: A Hands-On Guide by Christina Riggs Summary

An entertaining and informative introduction to how ancient Egyptians practiced magic in their daily lives. In the ancient world, if you needed a love charm, wanted to contact your dead wife, or needed the ability to fly like a bird, the magicians of Egypt were the ones who could make it happen. In Ancient Egyptian Magic, Christina Riggs explores how the Egyptians thought about magic, who performed it and why, and also helps readers understand why we’ve come to think of ancient Egypt in such a mystical way. Readers will learn how to cure scorpion bites, discover why you might want to break the legs off your stuffed hippopotamus toy, and uncover whether mummies really can come back to life. Readers can also learn how to save a fortune on pregnancy tests—urinating on barley grains will answer that question— as well as how to use the next street parade to predict the future or ensure that an annoying neighbor gets his comeuppance. Was magic harmless fun, heartfelt hope, or something darker? Featuring demons, dream interpreters, the Book of the Dead, and illustrations from tomb paintings and papyrus scrolls, Riggs breathes new life into ancient magic and uses early texts and images to illuminate the distinctions between magic, religion, and medicine.

Recovering the Ancient Magic

Recovering the Ancient Magic Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Max Freedom Long
Editor: Read Books Ltd
ISBN: 1447499271
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Recovering the Ancient Magic by Max Freedom Long Summary

This classic book takes an in-depth look at magic, including fire-walking, spiritualism, levitation, mid-reading, instant healing, and changes in physical material. This is also the fist book that mention. Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.

Drawing Down the Moon

Drawing Down the Moon Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Radcliffe G. Edmonds III
Editor: Princeton University Press
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Drawing Down the Moon by Radcliffe G. Edmonds III Summary

An unparalleled exploration of magic in the Greco-Roman world What did magic mean to the people of ancient Greece and Rome? How did Greeks and Romans not only imagine what magic could do, but also use it to try to influence the world around them? In Drawing Down the Moon, Radcliffe Edmonds, one of the foremost experts on magic, religion, and the occult in the ancient world, provides the most comprehensive account of the varieties of phenomena labeled as magic in classical antiquity. Exploring why certain practices, images, and ideas were labeled as “magic” and set apart from “normal” kinds of practices, Edmonds gives insight into the shifting ideas of religion and the divine in the ancient past and later Western tradition. Using fresh approaches to the history of religions and the social contexts in which magic was exercised, Edmonds delves into the archaeological record and classical literary traditions to examine images of witches, ghosts, and demons as well as the fantastic powers of metamorphosis, erotic attraction, and reversals of nature, such as the famous trick of drawing down the moon. From prayer and divination to astrology and alchemy, Edmonds journeys through all manner of ancient magical rituals and paraphernalia—ancient tablets, spell books, bindings and curses, love charms and healing potions, and amulets and talismans. He considers the ways in which the Greco-Roman discourse of magic was formed amid the cultures of the ancient Mediterranean, including Egypt and the Near East. An investigation of the mystical and marvelous, Drawing Down the Moon offers an unparalleled record of the origins, nature, and functions of ancient magic.

Magic in Ancient Greece and Rome

Magic in Ancient Greece and Rome Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Lindsay C. Watson
Editor: Bloomsbury Publishing
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Magic in Ancient Greece and Rome by Lindsay C. Watson Summary

Parting company with the trend in recent scholarship to treat the subject in abstract, highly theoretical terms, Magic in Ancient Greece and Rome proposes that the magic-working of antiquity was in reality a highly pragmatic business, with very clearly formulated aims - often of an exceedingly maligant kind. In seven chapters, each addressed to an important arm of Greco-Roman magic, the volume discusses the history of the rediscovery and publication of the so-called Greek Magical Papyri, a key source for our understanding of ancient magic; the startling violence of ancient erotic spells and the use of these by women as well as men; the alteration in the landscape of defixio (curse tablet) studies by major new finds and the confirmation these provide that the frequently lethal intent of such tablets must not be downplayed; the use of herbs in magic, considered from numerous perspectives but with an especial focus on the bizarre-seeming rituals and protocols attendant upon their collection; the employment of animals in magic, the factors determining the choice of animal, the uses to which they were put, and the procuring and storage of animal parts, conceivably in a sorcerer's workshop; the witch as a literary construct, the clear homologies between the magical procedures of fictional witches and those documented for real spells, the gendering of the witch-figure and the reductive presentation of sorceresses as old, risible and ineffectual; the issue of whether ancient magicians practised human sacrifice and the illuminating parallels between such accusations and late 20th century accounts of child-murder in the context of perverted Satanic rituals. By challenging a number of orthodoxies and opening up some underexamined aspects of the subject, this wide-ranging study stakes out important new territory in the field of magical studies.

Ancient Greek Love Magic

Ancient Greek Love Magic Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Christopher A. FARAONE,Christopher A Faraone
Editor: Harvard University Press
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Ancient Greek Love Magic by Christopher A. FARAONE,Christopher A Faraone Summary

The ancient Greeks commonly resorted to magic spells to attract and keep lovers. Surveying and analyzing various texts and artifacts, the author reveals that gender is the crucial factor in understanding love spells.

Daughters of Hecate

Daughters of Hecate Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Kimberly B. Stratton,Dayna S. Kalleres
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Daughters of Hecate by Kimberly B. Stratton,Dayna S. Kalleres Summary

Daughters of Hecate unites for the first time research on the problem of gender and magic in three ancient Mediterranean societies: early Judaism, Christianity, and Graeco-Roman culture. The book illuminates the gendering of ancient magic by approaching the topic from three distinct disciplinary perspectives: literary stereotyping, the social application of magic discourse, and material culture. The authors probe the foundations of, processes, and motivations behind gendered stereotypes, beginning with Western culture's earliest associations of women and magic in the Bible and Homer's Odyssey. Daughters of Hecate provides a nuanced exploration of the topic while avoiding reductive approaches. In fact, the essays in this volume uncover complexities and counter-discourses that challenge, rather than reaffirm, many gendered stereotypes taken for granted and reified by most modern scholarship. By combining critical theoretical methods with research into literary and material evidence, Daughters of Hecate interrogates a false association that has persisted from antiquity, to early modern witch hunts, to the present day.

Grimoires

Grimoires Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Owen Davies
Editor: OUP Oxford
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What is a grimoire? The word has a familiar ring to many people, particularly as a consequence of such popular television dramas as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Charmed. But few people are sure exactly what it means. Put simply, grimoires are books of spells that were first recorded in the Ancient Middle East and which have developed and spread across much of the Western Hemisphere and beyond over the ensuing millennia. At their most benign, they contain charms and remedies for natural and supernatural ailments and advice on contacting spirits to help find treasures and protect from evil. But at their most sinister they provide instructions on how to manipulate people for corrupt purposes and, worst of all, to call up and make a pact with the Devil. Both types have proven remarkably resilient and adaptable and retain much of their relevance and fascination to this day. But the grimoire represents much more than just magic. To understand the history of grimoires is to understand the spread of Christianity, the development of early science, the cultural influence of the print revolution, the growth of literacy, the impact of colonialism, and the expansion of western cultures across the oceans. As this book richly demonstrates, the history of grimoires illuminates many of the most important developments in European history over the last two thousand years.

The Little Book of Witchcraft

The Little Book of Witchcraft Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Kitty Guilsborough
Editor: Octopus Books
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The Little Book of Witchcraft by Kitty Guilsborough Summary

Discover the history of witches, experience the healing properties of crystals and learn simple daily incantation that will help you to shape your destiny. Witchcraft has existed since the days of Greek mythology and is now practiced as widely as other modern pagan religions. More than spells and incantations, witchcraft is a lifestyle that can help you relax, heal, and grow in confidence. With this guide, you'll learn the basics from assembling your own witch kit and getting to grips with tarot, to growing your own 'Witch Kitchen Garden'. Whether you want to learn more about rituals and magic, or if you just want to get in touch with your witchy side, The Little Book of Witchcraftwill show you the way. In this book, magic writer Kitty Guilsborough shows you how to harness your inner power by unlocking the ancient art of witchcraft.

Soul Magic

Soul Magic Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Arizona Bell,Morgan Garza
Editor: Castle Point Books
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Soul Magic by Arizona Bell,Morgan Garza Summary

Centuries of spiritual practice and self-care at your fingertips If you have ever hungered for a more meaningful or satisfying life journey, this comprehensive collection of all things spirit-nourishing is your soul’s true companion. Soul Magic is a treasure trove of centuries-old secrets and ancient wisdom to enrich your life, guide your choices, and heal your mind, body, and soul. Whether it’s aligning your career moves with the phases of the moon, dropping the baggage you’re carrying from a past life, programming a crystal to find love, or designating a meditation spot in your home, you’ll find plenty of empowering and pragmatic “now age” uses for age-old traditions. Guided by beautiful imagery and clear explanations from real experts in alternative practices, you will discover how to: • maximize the life-changing power of crystals, herbs, and essential oils • unblock your seven chakras and bring harmony to your whole self • use tarot cards to heighten your awareness and steer you toward your best future • observe a full day of rest and reflection no matter how busy your life may be • progress beyond traditional thinking to find true peace and satisfaction Anyone with a soul that’s yearning for some magic will find solace and answers in this comprehensive field guide to the human spirit.

The Sum of Ancient Magic

The Sum of Ancient Magic Pdf/ePub eBook Author: James Thomae
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The Sum of Ancient Magic by James Thomae Summary

This is the story of Damon, a galactic peace officer in the galaxy police force. A the settler of disputes between planets. He has at his disposal a space ship with terrible power, the power to blast a planet to dust. He is assisted by a cat named Kato and a man made girl named Alliia who can do magic. In his travels he picks up a hawk man and his woman as his crew. They take on planets trying to subdue the other planets around them. He uses his wits and Alliia's magic to solve many problems. One planet built a dooms day weapon and then turned it loose to destroy other planets. They must use all their devices to kill it and not get killed in the mean time. One problem they tackle is a crystal skull found on earth and displayed in a museum. A galactic arms dealer is trying to get it for its power. The commander uses all his wits to keep from getting killed and keeping the arms dealer from getting it. The hawk man's woman takes offence of any body asking if she can fly, and carries a gun to make her point.

Ancient Egyptian Magic

Ancient Egyptian Magic Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Eleanor L. Harris
Editor: Weiser Books
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Ancient Egyptian Magic by Eleanor L. Harris Summary

This new edition of Ancient Egyptian Magic takes you step-by step through Egyptian religions, magical philosophy, techniques of divination, and magical formulae thousands of years old. No previous experience with the subject is necessary—Harris explains the “hows” and “whys” of magical tools, amulets, words of power, divination, ceremony, and spells. Advanced practitioners will find especially useful instruction on actual Egyptian magical script as found in the ancient papyri such as The Leyden Papyrus, The Papyrus Ani (the Egyptian Book of the Dead), and other important works. Learn to: Invoke Egyptian gods and spirits for divination and magic Scry with fire, oil, and water Evoke messengers and spirits of the dead Have dream visions Sound the secret names of the deities Shape-shift into god forms Cast spells for love, protection and healing Create ritual clothing and magical tools Everything you need to start practicing ancient Egyptian techniques is here in your hands! Replaces older edition 9781609254162.

Magic in the Ancient Greek World

Magic in the Ancient Greek World Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Derek Collins
Editor: John Wiley & Sons
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Magic in the Ancient Greek World by Derek Collins Summary

Original and comprehensive, Magic in the Ancient Greek World takes the reader inside both the social imagination and the ritual reality that made magic possible in ancient Greece. Explores the widespread use of spells, drugs, curse tablets, and figurines, and the practitioners of magic in the ancient world Uncovers how magic worked. Was it down to mere superstition? Did the subject need to believe in order for it to have an effect? Focuses on detailed case studies of individual types of magic Examines the central role of magic in Greek life

Traditional Magic Spells for Protection and Healing

Traditional Magic Spells for Protection and Healing Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Claude Lecouteux
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Traditional Magic Spells for Protection and Healing by Claude Lecouteux Summary

An in-depth collection of ancient spells and magic practices drawn from rare and newly discovered texts • Presents more than 600 magical prescriptions for healing and protection from both pagan and Christian sources • Examines the practice of diagnosing illness through magic and explores ancient beliefs about curses and other evil spells and about devils, demons, and ghosts • Includes spells from the heavily guarded gypsy tradition of magic and healing, drawn from newly discovered materials Since the beginning of history, people have sought remedies for the many ills that have beset them, from illnesses afflicting the body to threats posed by evil and hostile individuals. In many folk healing and pagan traditions, it was believed that one must gain the assistance of the guardian spirit of a healing plant or substance through prayers or offerings before its chemical properties would be effective. The Church decried these spells and practices as pagan superstition but did not seek to exterminate these beliefs, instead transferring the responsibility for their healing powers to the apostles and saints. Drawing on his extensive knowledge of ancient texts, Claude Lecouteux presents more than 600 magical prescriptions from both pagan and Christian sources from the last 2,000 years, covering everything from abscesses and shingles to curses and healing animals. He examines the practice of diagnosing illness through magic and looks at the origins of disease according to the evolving beliefs of magic practitioners over the centuries. He explores ancient beliefs about curses and about devils, demons, and ghosts and provides an in-depth look at protection magic, including protection of health, animals, and cultivated land, protection against curses, witchcraft, bad weather, and beasts, protection of a home, and protection while traveling. He includes spells from the heavily guarded gypsy tradition of magic and healing, drawn from newly discovered materials collected by two Romanian ethnologists who lived and traveled with gypsies in Transylvania in the mid-19th century. The author also reproduces rare texts on magic healing from the 14th and 15th centuries. Revealing the vitality of these practices in the remoter areas of Eastern Europe, Lecouteux shows how the influence of this pagan worldview is still detectable in the work of modern folk healers in France and Scandinavia. He also shows how the condemnation of unorthodox methods of healing has not vanished from the contemporary world: the medieval legislation against healing by wizards and bonesetters is echoed in modern health codes that challenge the authority of naturopaths and faith healers.

Earth Magic

Earth Magic Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Steven D. Farmer, Ph.D
Editor: Hay House, Inc
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Earth Magic by Steven D. Farmer, Ph.D Summary

In Earth Magic, Steven Farmer offers a unique synthesis of ancient spiritual practices and philosophies that have proven over millennia to help heal the spiritual causes of physical and emotional illnesses, augment personal power, enhance manifestation abilities, and encourage a balanced and harmonious relationship with our Earth. Although the foundation for Earth Magic is universal shamanic wisdom, you don’t need to have an interest in shamanism to benefit from its contents, as it expands beyond this topic to incorporate processes that are useful for all those with the sincere intention to heal themselves, others, and our planet.

Ancient Egyptian Magic for Modern Witches

Ancient Egyptian Magic for Modern Witches Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Ellen Cannon Reed
Editor: Weiser Books
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Ancient Egyptian Magic for Modern Witches by Ellen Cannon Reed Summary

Rituals, prayers, and songs to bring the wisdom of the gods and goddesses of ancient Egypt to life. Based on Ellen Cannon Reed's twenty-five years of work with deities of ancient Egypt, this book brings an ancient tradition to modern pagan practice. With it, readers will have the tools to continue learning and developing their own methods of honoring the gods and goddesses of ancient Egypt. Over two dozen gods and goddesses are highlighted, including Osiris, Isis, Ra, Bast, Thoth, Sekhmet, and Tefnut. There is also a section devoted to glyphs. Finally, meditations and techniques bring these deities to life, enriching your spiritual path. The book provides a host of tools and techniques: Songs for the deities Rituals for ancient gods and goddesses Instructions for making your own magical tools Information about hieroglyphs Guides to making incense and oils Recipes for an ancient Egyptian feast Previously published as Circle of Isis.

The Book of Grimoires

The Book of Grimoires Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Claude Lecouteux
Editor: Simon and Schuster
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An extensive study of ancient books of magic and the magical practices preserved in the few surviving grimoires • Includes spells, talisman formulations, and secret magical alphabets reproduced from the author’s private collection of grimoires, with instructions for their use • Explains the basic principles of medieval magic, including the doctrine of names and the laws of sympathy and contagion • Offers an overview of magic in the Western Mystery tradition Grimoires began simply as quick-reference “grammar books” for sorcerers, magicians, and priests before evolving into comprehensive guides to magic, complete with spell-casting rituals, magical alphabets, and instructions to create amulets and talismans. With the advent of the printing press, some grimoires were mass produced, but many of the abbreviations were misinterpreted and magical words misspelled, rendering them ineffective. The most powerful grimoires remained not only secret but also heavily encoded, making them accessible only to the highest initiates of the magical traditions. Drawing on his own private collection of grimoires and magical manuscripts as well as his privileged access to the rare book archives of major European universities, Claude Lecouteux offers an extensive study of ancient books of magic and the ways the knowledge within them was kept secret for centuries through symbols, codes, secret alphabets, and Kabbalistic words. Touching on both white and black magical practices, he explains the basic principles of medieval magic, including the doctrine of names and signatures, mastery of the power of images, and the laws of sympathy and contagion. He gives an overview of magic in the Western Mystery tradition, emphasizing both lesser-known magicians such as Trithemus and Peter of Apono and famous ones like Albertus Magnus and Hermes Trismegistus. Creating a universal grimoire, Lecouteux provides exact reproductions of secret magical alphabets, symbols, and glyphs with instructions for their use as well as an illustrated collection of annotated spells, rituals, and talismans for numerous applications including amorous magic, healing magic, and protection rites. The author also examines the folk magic that resulted when the high magic of the medieval grimoires melded with the preexisting pagan magic of ancient Europe.

Magic in the Roman World

Magic in the Roman World Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Naomi Janowitz
Editor: Routledge
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Magic in the Roman World by Naomi Janowitz Summary

Using in-depth examples of 'magical' practice such as exorcisms, love rites, alchemy and the transformation of humans into divine beings, this lively volume demonstrates that the word 'magic' was used widely in late antique texts as part of polemics against enemies and sometimes merely as a term for other people's rituals. Naomi Janowitz shows that 'magical' activities were integral to late antique religious practice, and that they must be understood from the perspective of those who employed them.

Ancient Celtic Symbols and Their Meanings

Ancient Celtic Symbols and Their Meanings Pdf/ePub eBook Author: D Brewer
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Ancient Celtic Symbols and Their Meanings by D Brewer Summary

Celtic symbols were created by the Celts, a race of tribes, who lived in settlements across Europe, from Ireland to Turkey, notably during the Iron Age. Evidence of their culture reaches back further than 1200 BC. These people were thought to have a common language and shared systems of belief, despite living far and wide and they are believed to have been both traders and warriors. While they did not initially have a written language, they did create metal and stone work with patterns that are recognisable today as Celtic symbols. These shapes and patterns have been influenced by different religions, beliefs and cultures ever since, such as Druids and Christians. As a result, when we look at the symbols, there are often more than one variation of the same symbol, and similarly, often more than one meaning attached to it. This book is perfect for people new to the subject of Celtic symbology, with illustrations, relevant meanings and descriptions of the many myths and legends attached to them.

Strix Craft

Strix Craft Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Oracle Hekataios
Editor: Llewellyn Worldwide
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Strix Craft by Oracle Hekataios Summary

Bring the magic of ancient Greece into the modern world with this powerful book full of Strix, Hellenic Polytheist, and Iatromantis practices. Featuring wisdom that used to be only available to scholars, Strix Craft presents Greek magic in a concise format with contemporary ideas and hands-on practices. Oracle guides you through the many compelling facets of the Strix, from its relationship with Greece and Thessaly to how it approaches herbal, healing, and erotic magic. Meet the deities and spirits of Greek magic. Explore how to commune with the dead. Discover the mythology, tools, and festivals of the Strix. This engaging book shows you how to apply ancient magical traditions to everyday life, from performing rituals to working at an altar.

The Sword of Moses, an Ancient Book of Magic

The Sword of Moses, an Ancient Book of Magic Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Moses Gaster
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The Sword of Moses, an Ancient Book of Magic by Moses Gaster Summary

They have... books with these terrible, awe-inspiring Names... they know that the use of these mysterious Names, without due and careful preparation, brings with it calamity and premature death. -from the introduction How much ancient wisdom was lost in the medieval years! here laments Moses Gaster, one of the most prominent Jewish theologians and folklorists of the late 19th century. In 1896, he translated a fragmentary relic of Gnostic literature, a manuscript concerned with the many secret names of God believed by Kabbalists to wield enormous magical power, but in the discussion that here precedes the translation, Gaster acknowledges that this document only hints at the texts that may be lost forever. It remains a tantalizing peek into archaic occult mysteries. Jewish scholar MOSES GASTER (1856-1939) was born in Romania but emigrated to England, where he lectured at Oxford University. His wrote numerous books of theology, folklore, history, and literature, including History of Rumanian Popular Literature (1883) and five-volume Sephardic prayer book (1901-6).

Through a Glass Darkly

Through a Glass Darkly Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Kasia Szpakowska
Editor: ISD LLC
ISBN: 1910589527
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Through a Glass Darkly by Kasia Szpakowska Summary

Magic, dreams and prophecy played important roles in ancient Egypt, as in other Mediterranean societies. Scholars are now approaching the whole topic of divination in antiquity with greatly enhanced attention. In this volume eminent international specialists come together to explore the practice, logic and psychology of divination among ancient Egyptians.

Magic in the Ancient Greek World

Magic in the Ancient Greek World Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Derek Collins
Editor: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0470695722
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Magic in the Ancient Greek World by Derek Collins Summary

Original and comprehensive, Magic in the Ancient Greek World takes the reader inside both the social imagination and the ritual reality that made magic possible in ancient Greece. Explores the widespread use of spells, drugs, curse tablets, and figurines, and the practitioners of magic in the ancient world Uncovers how magic worked. Was it down to mere superstition? Did the subject need to believe in order for it to have an effect? Focuses on detailed case studies of individual types of magic Examines the central role of magic in Greek life

Ancient Egyptian Magic for Modern Witches

Ancient Egyptian Magic for Modern Witches Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Ellen Cannon Reed
Editor: Weiser Books
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Ancient Egyptian Magic for Modern Witches by Ellen Cannon Reed Summary

Rituals, prayers, and songs to bring the wisdom of the gods and goddesses of ancient Egypt to life. Based on Ellen Cannon Reed's twenty-five years of work with deities of ancient Egypt, this book brings an ancient tradition to modern pagan practice. With it, readers will have the tools to continue learning and developing their own methods of honoring the gods and goddesses of ancient Egypt. Over two dozen gods and goddesses are highlighted, including Osiris, Isis, Ra, Bast, Thoth, Sekhmet, and Tefnut. There is also a section devoted to glyphs. Finally, meditations and techniques bring these deities to life, enriching your spiritual path. The book provides a host of tools and techniques: Songs for the deities Rituals for ancient gods and goddesses Instructions for making your own magical tools Information about hieroglyphs Guides to making incense and oils Recipes for an ancient Egyptian feast Previously published as Circle of Isis.

Magic in the Ancient Eastern Mediterranean

Magic in the Ancient Eastern Mediterranean Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Kirsi M.J. Valkama,Nina Nikki
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Magic in the Ancient Eastern Mediterranean by Kirsi M.J. Valkama,Nina Nikki Summary

Magic in the Ancient Eastern Mediterranean: Cognitive, Historical, and Material Perspectives brings together articles with the shared conviction that the category of magic remains useful in religious studies and provides new insights to biblical and related texts and artifacts. Historically, magic has been considered in both scholarly and popular discourse to be questionable, obscure, and potentially subversive. 19th century scholars of religion viewed magical beliefs and practices as primitive and inferior compared to Judeo-Christian forms of worship, which were considered true “religion”. More recently, the category has been defended especially by scholars of the cognitive science of religion, who find it useful for delineating a set of beliefs and practices fundamental to all forms of religion. The volume joins current scholarship in refraining from using the concept as an othering device and in arguing that it can still serve as a helpful analytical tool. In addition to analyzing the discourse on magic in both ancient literature and modern scholarship, the articles provide individual examples of how literary and material culture attest to the existence of magical beliefs and practices in sources from the Ancient Near East to the Byzantine Period. The book is divided into three parts. The contributions in the first part approach magic from the theoretical perspective of cognitive studies, ritual studies, and cultural evolution, while the rest of the book focuses on how magic and magicians are understood in ancient sources. The second part discusses a specific set of textual material dealing with blessings and curses. The third part of the volume discusses the world of various destructive celestial beings, from which one and one’s loved ones had to be defended, as well as the multitude of protective beings such as angels.

Jesus and Magic

Jesus and Magic Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Richard A Horsley
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It has become standard in modern interpretation to say that Jesus performed miracles, and even mainline scholarly interpreters classify Jesus's healings and exorcisms as miracles. Some highly regarded scholars have argued, more provocatively, that the healings and exorcisms were magic, and that Jesus was a magician. As Richard Horsley points out, if we make a critical comparison between modern interpretation of Jesus's healing and exorcism, on the one hand, and the Gospel stories and other ancient texts, on the other hand, it becomes clear that the miracle and magic are modern concepts, products of Enlightenment thinking. 'Jesus and Magic' asserts that Gospel stories do not have the concepts of miracle and magic. What scholars constructed as magic turns out to have been ritual practices such as songs (incantations), medicines (potions), and appeals to higher powers for protection. Horsley offers a critical reading of the healing and exorcism episodes in the Gospel stories. This reading reveals a dynamic relationship between Jesus the healer, the trust of those coming for healing, and their support networks in local communities. Horsley's reading of the Gospel stories gives little or no indication of divine intervention. Rather, the healing and exorcism stories portray healings and exorcisms.

Ancient Money Rituals:

Ancient Money Rituals: Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Timeka Willis
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Learn About African American Voodoo Tradition Rituals to Manifest Fast Cash in Your Life. These are Fast Working, Money Increasing Spells. These Powerful Spells Will Draw Money to You Like Flys. You Will Attract Women the Ways Bees Attract Honey. If You Need Immediate Cash or are Interesting in Having Financial Prosperity Then Follow the Steps in the Book to Help Make Your Life as Easy as Riding a Bike.

Magika Hiera

Magika Hiera Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Christopher A. Faraone,Dirk Obbink
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Magika Hiera by Christopher A. Faraone,Dirk Obbink Summary

This collection challenges the tendency among scholars of ancient Greece to see magical and religious ritual as mutually exclusive and to ignore "magical" practices in Greek religion. The contributors survey specific bodies of archaeological, epigraphical, and papyrological evidence for magical practices in the Greek world, and, in each case, determine whether the traditional dichotomy between magic and religion helps in any way to conceptualize the objective features of the evidence examined. Contributors include Christopher A. Faraone, J.H.M. Strubbe, H.S. Versnel, Roy Kotansky, John Scarborough, Samuel Eitrem, Fritz Graf, John J. Winkler, Hans Dieter Betz, and C.R. Phillips.

Real Magic

Real Magic Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Dean Radin PhD
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The chief scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) turns a critical eye toward such practices as telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition and psychokinesis. Are such powers really possible? Science says yes. According to noted scientist and bestselling author of The Conscious Universe, Dean Radin, magic is a natural aspect of reality, and each of us can tap into this power with diligent practice. But wait, aren't things like ESP and telepathy just wishful thinking and flights of the imagination? Not according to the author, who worked on the US government's top secret psychic espionage program known as Stargate. Radin has spent the last forty years conducting controlled experiments that demonstrate that thoughts are things, that we can sense others' emotions and intentions from a distance, that intuition is more powerful than we thought, and that we can tap into the power of intention (think The Secret, only on a more realistic and scientific level). These dormant powers can help us to lead more interesting and fulfilling lives. Beginning with a brief history of magic over the centuries (what was called magic two thousand years ago is turning out to be scientific fact today), a review of the scientific evidence for magic, a series of simple but effective magical techniques (the key is mental focus, something elite athletes know a lot about), Radin then offers a vision of a scientifically-informed magic and explains why magic will play a key role in frontiers of science.

Dictionary of Daily Life in Biblical & Post-Biblical Antiquity: Magic

Dictionary of Daily Life in Biblical & Post-Biblical Antiquity: Magic Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Edwin M. Yamauchi,Marvin R. Wilson
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Dictionary of Daily Life in Biblical & Post-Biblical Antiquity: Magic by Edwin M. Yamauchi,Marvin R. Wilson Summary

This unique reference article, excerpted from the larger work (Dictionary of Daily Life in Biblical and Post-Biblical Antiquity), provides background cultural and technical information on the world of the Hebrew Bible and New Testament from 2000 BC to approximately AD 600. Written and edited by a world-class historian and a highly respected biblical scholar, each article addresses cultural, technical, and/or sociological issues of interest to the study of the Scriptures. Contains a high level of scholarship. Information and concepts are explained in detail and are accompanied by bibliographic material for further exploration. Useful for scholars, pastors, teachers, and students—for biblical study, exegesis, or sermon preparation. Possible areas covered include details of domestic life, technology, culture, laws, or religious practices. Each article ranges from 5 to 20 pages in length. For the complete contents of Dictionary of Daily Life in Biblical and Post-Biblical Antiquity, see ISBN 9781619708617 (4-volume set) or ISBN 9781619701458 (complete in one volume).

The Spirits of Wintermist

The Spirits of Wintermist Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Francis D. Homer
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For three thousand years, Terrapin Xon was sealed from the rest of the world by the Thanatos Mountains. Lashtar maintains a watch over the only pass that winds through the range with the North Wall and the Outpost. The boredom is relived with fighting off the occasional Underdweller, bandits, or mad wizards. When Terrapin Xon flows from the pass, they roll over the Outpost and descend on the impregnable North Wall with fighters, mages, and creatures from legends. Lashtar’s defense is overwhelmed. Then, against all military wisdom, Terrapin Xon keeps only a small force at the conquered crossroads, leaving their flanks and rear vulnerable. They drive for the city of Wintermist and the Mage School. Only the young wizard Anton and Duncan of Pentock can save the people and the Spirits of Wintermist before the king of Terrapin Xon releases the wraiths. Before these young men can bring their respective forces together, they must overcome their own personal demons. The wizard and fighter must gather entities from differing generations, skills, and cultures. They must form a unity and defy the prophecy of the Northland. They must turn back the invading force of Terrapin Xon before a legion can be unleashed.

Material Approaches to Roman Magic

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This second volume in the new TRAC Themes in Roman Archaeology series seeks to push the research agendas of materiality and lived experience further into the study of Roman magic, a field that has, until recently, lacked object-focused analysis. Building on the pioneering studies in Boschung and Bremmer's (2015) Materiality of Magic, the editors of the present volume have collected contributions that showcase the value of richly-detailed, context-specific explorations of the magical practices of the Roman world. By concentrating primarily on the Imperial period and the western provinces, the various contributions demonstrate very clearly the exceptional range of influences and possibilities open to individuals who sought to use magical rituals to affect their lives in these specific contexts – something that would have been largely impossible in earlier periods of antiquity. Contributions are presented from a range of museum professionals, commercial archaeologists, university academics and postgraduate students, making a compelling case for strengthening lines of communication between these related areas of expertise.

The Devil's Art

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In early modern Germany, soothsayers known as wise women and men roamed the countryside. Fixtures of village life, they identified thieves and witches, read palms, and cast horoscopes. German villagers regularly consulted these fortune-tellers and practiced divination in their everyday lives. Jason Phillip Coy brings their enchanted world to life by examining theological discourse alongside archival records of prosecution for popular divination in Thuringia, a diverse region in central Germany divided into a patchwork of princely territories, imperial cities, small towns, and rural villages. Popular divination faced centuries of elite condemnation, as the Lutheran clergy attempted to suppress these practices in the wake of the Reformation and learned elites sought to eradicate them during the Enlightenment. As Coy finds, both of these reform efforts failed, and divination remained a prominent feature of rural life in Thuringia until well into the nineteenth century. The century after 1550 saw intense confessional conflict accompanied by widespread censure and disciplinary measures, with prominent Lutheran theologians and demonologists preaching that divination was a demonic threat to the Christian community and that soothsayers deserved the death penalty. Rulers, however, refused to treat divination as a capital crime, and the populace continued to embrace it alongside official Christianity in troubled times. The Devil’s Art highlights the limits of Reformation-era disciplinary efforts and demonstrates the extent to which reformers’ efforts to inculcate new cultural norms relied upon the support of secular authorities and the acquiescence of parishioners. Negotiation, accommodation, and local resistance blunted official reform efforts and ensured that occult activities persisted and even flourished in Germany into the modern era, surviving Reformation-era preaching and Enlightenment-era ridicule alike. Studies in Early Modern German History

Magic Awakened

Magic Awakened Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Elizabeth Kirke
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Clear waters, pristine beaches, and the bones of human sacrifices… Of all the places to be transported by magic against my will, a tropical island doesn’t seem too bad. Unfortunately it’s teeming with blood casters who want me dead. On the bright side, I’m not alone; my friends are here too and we’ve faced tougher odds together before. But the dangerous magic on this island isn’t like some of our other foes and there are places some of us can’t even go without triggering deadly blood magic spells. To make matters worse, the leader of the blood casters is here and she is a witch to be reckoned with. If the rumors are true, she has rediscovered arcanism – an ancient magic even more deadly than blood magic. If she really is an arcanist, she’s the most powerful magical being in the world and she has made it clear she’s willing to kill anyone who gets in her way. And of course, we are very much in her way. “Part fantasy, part mystery, all awesomeness!” – five-star review from award-winning book blog, 2 Girls and a Book Magic Awakened is Book Six in the Urban Fantasy series, More than Magic featuring dark witches, mermaids, werewolves, and more. If you like your paranormal a little dark and creepy, take a vacation with Magic Awakened today.

BERHATIAH

BERHATIAH Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Master Ahmed Al-Buni
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In the Arabic literature, there is the Barhatiah conjuration. The conjuration got its name from the first sacred name in its list of names. Their fame is where any similarity between them ends. The Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram (LBRP) ritual is a known quantity with a well defined and specific purpose, with a clear historical origin; it is easily translatable, contains mainstream religious names and symbolism, and is suited for beginners in Golden Dawn inspired occultism. The Barhatiah is a conjuration that is shrouded in myth, of unknown origin; it has a multitude of variations, has names that have yet to be properly translated over the span of 8oo years, and is useful for a multitude of purposes with promised great effectiveness.

Ancient Greek Divination

Ancient Greek Divination Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Sarah Iles Johnston
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The first English-language survey of ancient Greek divinatorymethods, Ancient Greek Divination offers a broad yetdetailed treatment of the earliest attempts by ancient Greeks toseek the counsel of the gods. Offers in-depth discussions of oracles, wandering diviners,do-it-yourself methods of foretelling the future, magicaldivinatory techniques, and much more Illustrates how the study of divination illuminates thementalities of ancient Greek religions and societies

Zarketh

Zarketh Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Matthew Boyle
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Fifty-five years of torment and suffering. Fifty-five years since the day that the great hero known as Dmitri Sergei Sion, killed almost everyone that he cared about, all to preserve peace in the universe. That day is known as the EX-Day, and it is the day where Dmitri Sergei Sion laid his sword, The Ark of Dreams, to rest vowing to never pick it up again. After Fifty-Five years of trying to find a cure for his pain, trying to find a way to fix everything that has been done, the hero is called back into the universe he left behind with one placed glance. Knowing that it is his destiny to continue fighting, he picked up his blade once again and returned to the universe, facing an enemy much different from the enemies he has faced over his life time. This new enemy is much more cunning and intelligent than he had anticipated, and the environment he faces them in, is much more chilling than one could think. Finding new and odd allies while reuniting with old faces, Dmitri finds himself in a position where he is forced to revive an old weapon he once destroyed, to use it against this new foe. Sadly even with this weapon, the hero knows that this new foe cannot be defeated with pure force. With the enemy closing in in mass numbers, Dmitri raises his sword, leading his Brotherhood into a new frozen age of war.

The Oxford Illustrated History of Witchcraft and Magic

The Oxford Illustrated History of Witchcraft and Magic Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Owen Davies
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The Oxford Illustrated History of Witchcraft and Magic by Owen Davies Summary

This richly illustrated history provides a readable and fresh approach to the extensive and complex story of witchcraft and magic. Telling the story from the dawn of writing in the ancient world to the globally successful Harry Potter films, the authors explore a wide range of magical beliefs and practices, the rise of the witch trials, and the depiction of the Devil-worshipping witch. The book also focuses on the more recent history of witchcraft and magic, from the Enlightenment to the present, exploring the rise of modern magic, the anthropology of magic around the globe, and finally the cinematic portrayal of witches and magicians, from The Wizard of Oz to Charmed and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

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