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New PDF release: A Lapidary of Sacred Stones: Their Magical and Medicinal

By Claude Lecouteux

ISBN-10: 1594774633

ISBN-13: 9781594774638

A accomplished dictionary of sacred and magical gem lore that attracts at the rarest resource texts of Antiquity and the center a long time

• finds the therapeutic and magical virtues of customary gem stones, equivalent to amethyst, emerald, and diamond, in addition to the lore surrounding unique stones akin to astrios, a stone celebrated by means of historic magicians

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

• according to historical Arabic, Greek, Jewish, and eu assets, 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 thoroughly understood and cultivated may supply humans safeguard from unwell fortune, envy, and witchcraft; furnish invisibility and different magical powers; increase reminiscence; and heal the ailing from a wide selection of illnesses. those merits can be acquired through donning the stone on a hoop, bracelet, or pendant; via therapeutic massage remedies with the stone; or via lowering the gem right into a powder and consuming 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 tremendous 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 whilst engraved with the determine of a harpy keeping a lamprey in its claws will banish panic and nightmares, and beryl, which while properly carved can summon water spirits or win its proprietor excessive renown, in addition to extra unique stones akin to astrios, a stone celebrated via historic 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, similar to gold, flesh, cotton, or scorpions.

This complete dictionary of sacred and magical gem lore, drawn from the rarest resources of Antiquity and the center a while, represents a extraordinary source for gem fans and magical practitioners alike.

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