By Claude Lecouteux
• unearths the therapeutic and magical virtues of standard gem stones, resembling amethyst, emerald, and diamond, in addition to the lore surrounding unique stones equivalent 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 historic Arabic, Greek, Jewish, and eu assets, starting from the observations of Pliny the Elder to tremendous infrequent texts akin to the Picatrix and Damigeron’s Virtue of Stones
Our ancestors believed stones have been domestic to sacred beings of energy, entities that if adequately understood and cultivated may supply humans safety from unwell fortune, envy, and witchcraft; provide invisibility and different magical powers; enhance reminiscence; and heal the unwell from a large choice of illnesses. those merits can be got through 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 consuming it combined with water or wine.
Drawing from a wealth of historic 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 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 protecting 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 comparable to astrios, a stone celebrated by means of 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, reminiscent of 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 long time, represents a special source for gem lovers 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