By Claude Lecouteux

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

• finds the therapeutic and magical virtues of popular gems, equivalent to amethyst, emerald, and diamond, in addition to the lore surrounding unique stones comparable to astrios, a stone celebrated through historical magicians

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

• in response to old Arabic, Greek, Jewish, and ecu resources, starting from the observations of Pliny the Elder to super infrequent texts resembling the Picatrix and Damigeron’s Virtue of Stones

Our ancestors believed stones have been domestic to sacred beings of strength, entities that if thoroughly understood and cultivated may supply humans safety from in poor health fortune, envy, and witchcraft; provide invisibility and different magical powers; increase reminiscence; and heal the ill from a wide selection of illnesses. those merits will be bought by way of donning the stone on a hoop, bracelet, or pendant; via therapeutic massage remedies with the stone; or by way of decreasing 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 reminiscent of the Picatrix and Damigeron’s Virtue of Stones--Claude Lecouteux offers a synthesis of all recognized lore for greater than 800 stones. He contains such universal examples because the emerald, which while engraved with the determine of a harpy preserving a lamprey in its claws will banish panic and nightmares, and beryl, which whilst safely carved can summon water spirits or win its proprietor excessive renown, in addition to extra unique stones corresponding to astrios, a stone celebrated via historical magicians and whose middle glows like a celeb. Lecouteux additionally examines bezoars--stones shaped in animals’ bodies--as good as “magnets” that allure fabrics except iron, corresponding to gold, flesh, cotton, or scorpions.

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

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