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By Claude Lecouteux

ISBN-10: 1594774633

ISBN-13: 9781594774638

A finished dictionary of sacred and magical gem lore that pulls at the rarest resource texts of Antiquity and the center a while

• finds the therapeutic and magical virtues of standard gems, resembling amethyst, emerald, and diamond, in addition to the lore surrounding unique stones reminiscent of astrios, a stone celebrated by means of historical magicians

• Examines bezoars (stones shaped in animals’ our bodies) and “magnets” that allure fabrics except steel

• in accordance with historical Arabic, Greek, Jewish, and eu resources, starting from the observations of Pliny the Elder to super infrequent texts reminiscent of the Picatrix and Damigeron’s Virtue of Stones

Our ancestors believed stones have been domestic to sacred beings of strength, entities that if effectively understood and cultivated may provide humans security from in poor health fortune, envy, and witchcraft; supply invisibility and different magical powers; increase reminiscence; and heal the in poor health from a large choice of illnesses. those advantages can be bought through donning the stone on a hoop, bracelet, or pendant; via therapeutic massage remedies with the stone; or via decreasing the gem right into a powder and ingesting it combined with water or wine.

Drawing from a wealth of historical Arabic, Greek, Jewish, and eu sources--from the observations of Pliny the Elder to super infrequent texts equivalent to the Picatrix and Damigeron’s Virtue of Stones--Claude Lecouteux presents a synthesis of all identified lore for greater than 800 stones. He comprises such universal examples because the emerald, which while engraved with the determine of a harpy keeping a lamprey in its claws will banish panic and nightmares, and beryl, which while safely carved can summon water spirits or win its proprietor excessive renown, in addition to extra unique stones resembling astrios, a stone celebrated by means of historic magicians and whose heart glows like a celeb. Lecouteux additionally examines bezoars--stones shaped in animals’ bodies--as good as “magnets” that allure fabrics except iron, reminiscent of gold, flesh, cotton, or scorpions.

This finished dictionary of sacred and magical gem lore, drawn from the rarest assets of Antiquity and the center a long time, represents a special source for gem fanatics and magical practitioners alike.

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