By Claude Lecouteux
• unearths the therapeutic and magical virtues of standard gems, corresponding to amethyst, emerald, and diamond, in addition to the lore surrounding unique stones similar 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
• in accordance with historical Arabic, Greek, Jewish, and ecu assets, 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 effectively understood and cultivated may provide humans security from unwell fortune, envy, and witchcraft; provide invisibility and different magical powers; enhance reminiscence; and heal the ill from a large choice of ailments. those advantages can be received 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 ingesting it combined with water or wine.
Drawing from a wealth of historical Arabic, Greek, Jewish, and ecu sources--from the observations of Pliny the Elder to tremendous infrequent texts resembling the Picatrix and Damigeron’s Virtue of Stones--Claude Lecouteux offers 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 conserving a lamprey in its claws will banish panic and nightmares, and beryl, which whilst thoroughly carved can summon water spirits or win its proprietor excessive renown, in addition to extra unique stones resembling astrios, a stone celebrated through old 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, equivalent to gold, flesh, cotton, or scorpions.
This entire dictionary of sacred and magical gem lore, drawn from the rarest assets of Antiquity and the center a long time, represents a different source for gem fans 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