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From: tyagi@houseofkaos.abyss.com (nagasiva)
Subject: Magick Words (was Re: mantras & words of power)
Date: 18 Jun 1997 14:01:29 -0700

49970618 aa2  Hail Satan!  (first post to alt.magic, followup set properly)

SaberTooth :
>Seeking magickal mantras & words of power for any 
>and all purposes.  Please post any sources.  Thanks a lot.

I thought about starting a REF of these before.  if we get enough of them
then I'll compile it for just that purpose.

those of which I am aware that are used for magical purposes (I will
intentionally exclude the names of divinities, which have been used
since the dawn of time; also excluded will be 'Words of Aeons', which
have been adequately covered in other threads/venues):

abracadabra
 origin?  I don't remember.

hokus pokus
 a twisting of a Latin Catholic expression

mekkalekkahi mekkahineeho
 the magic words used by PeeWee Herman's djinni

sator
 part of the 'sator square'

others?

tyagi@houseofkaos.abyss.com
nagasiva
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49970619 aa2 Hail Satan!  LUNatix!
	
SaberTooth :
>Let me clarify what I meant, I am seeking magickal words &
>phrases and thier meanings from ancient and medieval
>civilizations. Thanks to those who post meaningfull responses.

oh I know another one (from 'Excaliber'):
	
	To: alt.religion.druid
	From: cathbad@netimation.com
	Date: Tue, 20 May 1997 23:02:42 -0600
	Subject: Re: Charm of Making
	
	In article ,
	  kjeremy@aol.com (KJEREMY) wrote:
	>
	> does anyone know the translation of the Welsh Charm of Making in 21
	> Lessons of Merlyn?
	>
	> KJEREMY@aol.com
	>
	> P.S. I hope at least that THAT section of the book is acurate
	
	Well, actually that one is close... but a little off.
	
	Here's the correct spelling along with the translation...
	
	Anail Nathrach
	Uatha Bha'is Bith
	Thonn Du'iseacnt
	Le De'anamh E!
	
	Translated as...
	
	Serpent's breath
	Death's Cave and
	Waves of Being
	Awaken with making!
	
	Cathbad
	Order of the Golden Branch
	http://www.geocities.com/RainForest/1669
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From: lee@crl11.crl.com (Lee Thompson-Herbert)
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>nagasiva  wrote in article
><5o9ib9$1mp@kudo20.kudonet.com>...
>> 49970618 aa2  Hail Satan!  (first post to alt.magic, followup set
>properly)
>> 
>> 
>> abracadabra
>>  origin?  I don't remember.
>> 
>> hokus pokus
>>  a twisting of a Latin Catholic expression
>> 
>> mekkalekkahi mekkahineeho
>>  the magic words used by PeeWee Herman's djinni
>> 
>> sator
>>  part of the 'sator square'

mistilvil
The Craft of the Little Mist, the runes that Odhinn used to 
transcend death.  A relative to mistletoe, a plant of magical significance.
There are many "nonsense" combinations in old runic inscriptions.  If
you untangle them, they sometimes have meaning.  Part of the problem
is that runes can be read as a phenome or as an idiograph.  

-- 
Lee M.Thompson-Herbert        KD6WUR                  lee@crl.com
Member, Knights of Xenu (1995).  Chaos Monger and Jill of All Trades.
"There are some people who will argue whether the flames are blue
or green, when the real question is that their arse is on fire."

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From: catherine yronwode 
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Subject: Re: Magick Words (was Re: mantras & words of power)
Date: Wed, 18 Jun 1997 18:32:20 -0800
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nagasiva wrote:
> 
> SaberTooth  wrote:
>
> >Seeking magickal mantras & words of power for any
> >and all purposes.  Please post any sources.  Thanks a lot.
> 
> I thought about starting a REF of these before.  if we get enough of 
> them then I'll compile it for just that purpose.
> 
> those of which I am aware that are used for magical purposes (I will
> intentionally exclude the names of divinities, which have been used
> since the dawn of time; also excluded will be 'Words of Aeons', which
> have been adequately covered in other threads/venues):
> 
> abracadabra
>  origin?  I don't remember.

Here is an excerpt from my illustrated Abracadabra web page at
http://www.luckymojo.com/Willss13Abracadabra.html -- this portion of the
text is by an anonymous British author of the 1920s:

THE ABRACADABRA

One of the most famous of all talismans, and used as a magical formula
by the Gnostics in Rome for invoking the aid of beneficent spirits
against disease, misfortune and death. Sammonicus, the celebrated
Gnostic physician, instructed that the letters of this magical triangle
which he used for curing agues and fevers, were to be written on paper,
folded into the shape of a cross, worn for nine days suspended from the
neck, and, before sunrise, cast behind the patient into a stream running
eastward. It was also a most popular charm in the Middle Ages. During
the Great Plague, 1665, great numbers of these amulets were worn as
supposed safeguards against infection.

> hokus pokus
>  a twisting of a Latin Catholic expression
> 
> mekkalekkahi mekkahineeho
>  the magic words used by PeeWee Herman's djinni
> 
> sator
> part of the 'sator square'
> 
> others?

I would like to add that the recitation of the Psalms (or certain
specific ones of them) while burning incense is an important part of the
the African-American folk-magic tradition. In this context, i think one
can safely say the words are not so much an invocation to deity as a
recipe for magical performance. Two examples should suffice: The 23rd
Psalm ("The Lord is my shepherd, i shall not want") is used to
consecrate gambling charms and mojo bags, and the 37th Psalm ("Fret not
thyself because of evildoers") is used in candle rituals and bathing
ceremonies for uncrossing or jinx-breaking. A book on this subject,
"Secrets of the Psalms" was quite popular among root doctors and conjure
workers during the 1930s-40s -- and is still in print. It can be ordered
from the Lucky Mojo Curio Company's hoodoo catalogue at the URL below.

catherine yronwode

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From: catherine yronwode 
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Subject: Re: Magick Words (was Re: mantras & words of power)
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nagasiva wrote:
> 
> SaberTooth  wrote:
>
> >Seeking magickal mantras & words of power for any
> >and all purposes.  Please post any sources.  Thanks a lot.
> 
> I thought about starting a REF of these before.  if we get enough of 
> them then I'll compile it for just that purpose.
> 
> those of which I am aware that are used for magical purposes (I will
> intentionally exclude the names of divinities, which have been used
> since the dawn of time; also excluded will be 'Words of Aeons', which
> have been adequately covered in other threads/venues):
> 
> abracadabra
>  origin?  I don't remember.

Here is an excerpt from my illustrated Abracadabra web page at
http://www.luckymojo.com/Willss13Abracadabra.html -- this portion of the
text is by an anonymous British author of the 1920s:

THE ABRACADABRA

One of the most famous of all talismans, and used as a magical formula
by the Gnostics in Rome for invoking the aid of beneficent spirits
against disease, misfortune and death. Sammonicus, the celebrated
Gnostic physician, instructed that the letters of this magical triangle
which he used for curing agues and fevers, were to be written on paper,
folded into the shape of a cross, worn for nine days suspended from the
neck, and, before sunrise, cast behind the patient into a stream running
eastward. It was also a most popular charm in the Middle Ages. During
the Great Plague, 1665, great numbers of these amulets were worn as
supposed safeguards against infection.

> hokus pokus
>  a twisting of a Latin Catholic expression
> 
> mekkalekkahi mekkahineeho
>  the magic words used by PeeWee Herman's djinni
> 
> sator
> part of the 'sator square'
> 
> others?

I would like to add that the recitation of the Psalms (or certain
specific ones of them) while burning incense is an important part of the
the African-American folk-magic tradition. In this context, i think one
can safely say the words are not so much an invocation to deity as a
recipe for magical performance. Two examples should suffice: The 23rd
Psalm ("The Lord is my shepherd, i shall not want") is used to
consecrate gambling charms and mojo bags, and the 37th Psalm ("Fret not
thyself because of evildoers") is used in candle rituals and bathing
ceremonies for uncrossing or jinx-breaking. A book on this subject,
"Secrets of the Psalms" was quite popular among root doctors and conjure
workers during the 1930s-40s -- and is still in print. It can be ordered
from the Lucky Mojo Curio Company's hoodoo catalogue at the URL below.

catherine yronwode

The Lucky W Amulet Archive: http://www.luckymojo.com/LuckyW.html  
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From: neurotic@labyrinth.net.au (Neurotic)
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On 18 Jun 1997 14:01:29 -0700, tyagi@houseofkaos.abyss.com (nagasiva)
wrote:

>49970618 aa2  Hail Satan!  (first post to alt.magic, followup set properly)
>
>SaberTooth :
>>Seeking magickal mantras & words of power for any 
>>and all purposes.  Please post any sources.  Thanks a lot.
>
>I thought about starting a REF of these before.  if we get enough of them
>then I'll compile it for just that purpose.
>
>those of which I am aware that are used for magical purposes (I will
>intentionally exclude the names of divinities, which have been used
>since the dawn of time; also excluded will be 'Words of Aeons', which
>have been adequately covered in other threads/venues):
>
>abracadabra
> origin?  I don't remember.


Abracadabra is actually  Quabalic in origin, probably derived from the
initials of the Hebraic words: *Ab*, *Ben* and *ruach a Cadesch*,
meaning Father, Son and Holy Ghost.  

No of course, having written that...I must wonder at the validity of
that statement, due to the fact that Jewdasim has only one G-d...and
therefore the "Father son and Holy Ghost" sounds awefully Xtian.
Hmmmnnn.... must ponder on that one...any answers for me while we're
at it? :)

Neurotic
"Everyone wants to be on top, that's all right.
 Everybody needs a little time, that's natural.
 Everbody wants to be assured, that's human.
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From: drastic@rhf.bradley.edu (Gary Achenbach)
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taliesin@mail.utexas.edu (George Leake) writes:

>abracadabra
> origin?  I don't remember.

Aryeh Kaplan (somewhere in the preface of his treatment of the Sefer
Yezirah), states it comes from Hebrew.  ABRA K'ADaBRA, "I will create as I
speak."

What I'm curious about is this:  the ubiquitous Crowley said 'abraHadabra'
was the 'true word of the New Aeon', the other being a vulgarization.  What
was his 'reasoning'?  I suspect gematria contortions, but I guess it could
be as simple as that being how Aiwass, messenger-boy to the Powers That Be,
pronounced it.
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From: catherine yronwode 
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Subject: Re: Magick Words (was Re: mantras & words of power)
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Fathom wrote:
> 
> Gary Achenbach wrote:
> 
> > Aryeh Kaplan (somewhere in the preface of his treatment of the Sefer
> > Yezirah), states it comes from Hebrew.  ABRA K'ADaBRA, "I will 
> > create as I speak."
> >
> > What I'm curious about is this:  the ubiquitous Crowley said 
> > 'abraHadabra' was the 'true word of the New Aeon', the other being a 
> > vulgarization.  What was his 'reasoning'?
> 
> Just a speculation-- perhaps the original Hebrew sound was the 
> guttural *ch* -- which is often represented by K in some 
> transliterations, or by H in others. Anybody know Hebrew?

I don't know Hebrew, but that is a good call, i think. Ch/H/K/C as in
(C)hannukah. 

However, this still leaves me with a question: how did a phrase that
means "I will create as I speak" come to be used as a specific formula
for curing people of fevers? I understand ho the reduction of the
incantation by one letter per day came to be associated with the
reduction of fever, but "I will create as I speak" doesn;t immediately
leap out and say, "fever cure!" to me -- yet that was the only use of
the abracadabra formula for many centuries and, Crowley aside, may have
been its ONLY use until the 19th/20th centuries. 

catherine yronwode
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In article <33B55232.37D1@luckymojo.com>, catherine yronwode
 wrote:

> However, this still leaves me with a question: how did a phrase that
> means "I will create as I speak" come to be used as a specific formula

In my view, the wording (if this translation is correct) explains itself
very well: it's semantically equivalent to "So mote it be." It can't be
the whole spell.

-- 
    Fathom     >8-)>
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From: Paul Rydeen 
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catherine yronwode wrote:

> However, this still leaves me with a question: how did a phrase that
> means "I will create as I speak" come to be used as a specific formula
>
> for curing people of fevers? I understand ho the reduction of the
> incantation by one letter per day came to be associated with the
> reduction of fever, but "I will create as I speak" doesn;t immediately
>
> leap out and say, "fever cure!" to me -- yet that was the only use of
> the abracadabra formula for many centuries and, Crowley aside, may
> have
> been its ONLY use until the 19th/20th centuries.

 There have been several attempts to derive "abracadabra" from Hebrew,
none of which are that appealing to me.  The best-seeming explanation to
me is that it is a near-palindrome derived from the name Abrasax, who
figures prominently in Egyptian spells.  This was a common practice with
other Coptic words of power, as was the fever-reducing arrangements.
Thus it is probably derived from an earlier Egyptian word, rather than a
Hebrew one.  A good source for this is the fairly recent "Ancient
Christian Magic", which is only anbout half Christian.  The rest of the
spells are Egyptian, and a few are even Islamic.

--
Paul



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Southern Spirits: 19th and 20th century accounts of hoodoo, including slave narratives & interviews
Hoodoo in Theory and Practice by cat yronwode: an introduction to African-American rootwork
Lucky W Amulet Archive by cat yronwode: an online museum of worldwide talismans and charms
Sacred Sex: essays and articles on tantra yoga, neo-tantra, karezza, sex magic, and sex worship
Sacred Landscape: essays and articles on archaeoastronomy, sacred architecture, and sacred geometry
Lucky Mojo Forum: practitioners answer queries on conjure; sponsored by the Lucky Mojo Curio Co.
Herb Magic: illustrated descriptions of magic herbs with free spells, recipes, and an ordering option
Association of Independent Readers and Rootworkers: ethical diviners and hoodoo spell-casters
Freemasonry for Women by cat yronwode: a history of mixed-gender Freemasonic lodges
Missionary Independent Spiritual Church: spirit-led, inter-faith, the Smallest Church in the World
Satan Service Org: an archive presenting the theory, practice, and history of Satanism and Satanists
Gospel of Satan: the story of Jesus and the angels, from the perspective of the God of this World
Lucky Mojo Usenet FAQ Archive: FAQs and REFs for occult and magical usenet newsgroups
Candles and Curios: essays and articles on traditional African American conjure and folk magic
Aleister Crowley Text Archive: a multitude of texts by an early 20th century ceremonial occultist
Spiritual Spells: lessons in folk magic and spell casting from an eclectic Wiccan perspective
The Mystic Tea Room: divination by reading tea-leaves, with a museum of antique fortune telling cups
Yronwode Institution for the Preservation and Popularization of Indigenous Ethnomagicology
Yronwode Home: personal pages of catherine yronwode and nagasiva yronwode, magical archivists
Lucky Mojo Magic Spells Archives: love spells, money spells, luck spells, protection spells, etc.
      Free Love Spell Archive: love spells, attraction spells, sex magick, romance spells, and lust spells
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      Free Protection Spell Archive: protection spells against witchcraft, jinxes, hexes, and the evil eye
      Free Gambling Luck Spell Archive: lucky gambling spells for the lottery, casinos, and races