By Claude Lecouteux
• offers an in-depth examine the medieval and Renaissance use of amulets and talismans, together with the paintings of Agrippa, Albertus Magnus, and Athanasius Kircher
• offers a whole precis of the paranormal wisdom required to make an amulet or talisman, together with the invocations required to turn on their powers
• experiences other forms of amulets and talismans, from historical jewellery and magical gadgets to the trendy rabbit’s foot or fortunate horseshoe
The use of talismans and amulets stretches again approximately to the sunrise of guy, from daily goods magically ready, similar to horns or cash, to elaborate and gorgeous jewellery imbued with protecting powers.
Drawing on his inner most number of medieval manuscripts in addition to his privileged entry to the infrequent publication data of significant ecu universities, Claude Lecouteux offers a accomplished heritage of using talismans and amulets for cover, therapeutic, and divine effect. He explores their use within the Western secret culture in addition to jap and heart japanese ideals approximately those magical items and their incorporation--despite Church anathema--into the Christian culture of Medieval Europe. Reviewing many alternative varieties of amulets and talismans used during the a long time, comparable to a rabbit’s foot, horseshoe, gris-gris bag, or an inscribed parchment charged via ritual, he info the rules and symbology in the back of every one item and indicates that their use continues to be as frequent at the present time as any time long ago.
Lecouteux explains the excessive magic in the back of the airtight artwork of crafting amulets and talismans: the chains of sympathy, astrological geography, and the invocations required to turn on their powers. He explores the paintings of adepts reminiscent of Agrippa, Albertus Magnus, and Athanasius Kircher, together with an in-depth examine Kircher’s paintings on planetary seals in his Oedipus Aegyptiacus.
Illustrated all through with interval paintings depicting magical symbols, seals, and a big selection of talismans and amulets, this finished research offers a pragmatic advisor to the old improvement and step by step production of magical objects.