By Claude Lecouteux
• unearths the therapeutic and magical virtues of known gem stones, equivalent to amethyst, emerald, and diamond, in addition to the lore surrounding unique stones resembling astrios, a stone celebrated by means of old magicians
• Examines bezoars (stones shaped in animals’ our bodies) and “magnets” that allure fabrics except steel
• according to historical Arabic, Greek, Jewish, and eu resources, starting from the observations of Pliny the Elder to super infrequent texts corresponding to the Picatrix and Damigeron’s Virtue of Stones
Our ancestors believed stones have been domestic to sacred beings of energy, entities that if accurately understood and cultivated may supply humans safeguard from ailing fortune, envy, and witchcraft; provide invisibility and different magical powers; increase reminiscence; and heal the unwell from a wide selection of illnesses. those advantages will be bought via donning the stone on a hoop, bracelet, or pendant; via therapeutic massage remedies with the stone; or by means of lowering 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 resembling the Picatrix and Damigeron’s Virtue of Stones--Claude Lecouteux offers a synthesis of all recognized lore for greater than 800 stones. He comprises such universal examples because the emerald, which whilst engraved with the determine of a harpy protecting a lamprey in its claws will banish panic and nightmares, and beryl, which while accurately carved can summon water spirits or win its proprietor excessive renown, in addition to extra unique stones resembling astrios, a stone celebrated through historical magicians and whose middle glows like a celebrity. Lecouteux additionally examines bezoars--stones shaped in animals’ bodies--as good as “magnets” that allure fabrics except iron, resembling gold, flesh, cotton, or scorpions.
This entire dictionary of sacred and magical gem lore, drawn from the rarest resources of Antiquity and the center a while, represents a one of a kind source for gem fanatics and magical practitioners alike.
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A Lapidary of Sacred Stones: Their Magical and Medicinal Powers Based on the Earliest Sources by Claude Lecouteux