By Claude Lecouteux
• finds the therapeutic and magical virtues of accepted gem stones, resembling amethyst, emerald, and diamond, in addition to the lore surrounding unique stones akin to astrios, a stone celebrated via old magicians
• Examines bezoars (stones shaped in animals’ our bodies) and “magnets” that allure fabrics except steel
• in line with historical Arabic, Greek, Jewish, and ecu resources, starting from the observations of Pliny the Elder to tremendous 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 in poor health fortune, envy, and witchcraft; supply invisibility and different magical powers; enhance reminiscence; and heal the ill from a wide selection of illnesses. those merits may be got by means of donning the stone on a hoop, bracelet, or pendant; via therapeutic massage remedies with the stone; or by means of decreasing the gem right into a powder and ingesting it combined with water or wine.
Drawing from a wealth of historic Arabic, Greek, Jewish, and ecu sources--from the observations of Pliny the Elder to tremendous infrequent texts similar 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 while engraved with the determine of a harpy retaining a lamprey in its claws will banish panic and nightmares, and beryl, which whilst properly carved can summon water spirits or win its proprietor excessive renown, in addition to extra unique stones corresponding to astrios, a stone celebrated via 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, similar to gold, flesh, cotton, or scorpions.
This accomplished dictionary of sacred and magical gem lore, drawn from the rarest resources of Antiquity and the center a long time, represents a distinctive 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