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The High Magic of Talismans and Amulets: Tradition and Craft


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A comprehensive study of the use of talismans and amulets in the Western Mystery Tradition andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andbull; Provides an in-depth look at the medieval and Renaissance use of amulets and talismans, including the work of Agrippa, Albertus Magnus, and Athanasius Kircher andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andbull; Provides a full summary of the magical knowledge required to make an amulet or talisman, including the invocations required to activate their powers andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andbull; Reviews different kinds of amulets and talismans, from ancient jewelry and magical objects to the modern rabbitandrsquo;s foot or lucky horseshoe andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;The use of talismans and amulets stretches back nearly to the dawn of man, from everyday items magically prepared, such as horns or coins, to intricate and beautiful jewelry imbued with protective powers. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Drawing on his private collection of medieval manuscripts as well as his privileged access to the rare book archives of major European universities, Claude Lecouteux provides a comprehensive history of the use of talismans and amulets for protection, healing, and divine influence. He explores their use in the Western Mystery Tradition as well as Eastern and Middle Eastern beliefs about these magical objects and their incorporation--despite Church anathema--into the Christian tradition of Medieval Europe. Reviewing many different kinds of amulets and talismans used throughout the ages, such as a rabbitandrsquo;s foot, horseshoe, gris-gris bag, or an inscribed parchment charged through ritual, he details the principles and symbology behind each object and shows that their use is still as widespread today as any time in the past. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Lecouteux explains the high magic behind the hermetic art of crafting amulets and talismans: the chains of sympathy, astrological geography, and the invocations required to activate their powers. He explores the work of adepts such as Agrippa, Albertus Magnus, and Athanasius Kircher, including an in-depth look at Kircherandrsquo;s work on planetary seals in his andlt;Iandgt;Oedipus Aegyptiacusandlt;/Iandgt;. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Illustrated throughout with period art depicting magical symbols, seals, and a wide array of talismans and amulets, this comprehensive study provides a practical guide to the historical development and step-by-step creation of magical objects.

About the Author

Claude Lecouteux is a former professor of medieval literature and civilization at the Sorbonne. He is the author of numerous books on medieval and pagan beliefs and magic, including andlt;Iandgt;The Book of Grimoiresandlt;/Iandgt;, andlt;Iandgt;The Tradition of Household Spiritsandlt;/Iandgt;, andlt;Iandgt;A Lapidary of Sacred Stonesandlt;/Iandgt;, and andlt;Iandgt;The Secret History of Poltergeists and Haunted Housesandlt;/Iandgt;. He lives in Paris.

Table of Contents

andlt;bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Acknowledgments andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Introduction: To Guard against Adversity, Misfortune, Illness, and Deathandlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Part Oneandlt;BRandgt;A Scarcely Catholic Tradition andlt;/bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;bandgt;1andlt;/bandgt;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp; On the Words and#8220;Talismanand#8221; and and#8220;Amuletand#8221; and Some Definitions andlt;BRandgt;andlt;bandgt;2andlt;/bandgt;andnbsp; andnbsp; Amulets and Talismans in Medieval Culture andlt;BRandgt;andlt;bandgt;3andlt;/bandgt;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp; Some Christian Amulets and Talismans andlt;BRandgt;andlt;bandgt;4andlt;/bandgt;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp; The Medicine of Amulets and Talismans andlt;BRandgt;andlt;bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Part Twoandlt;BRandgt;The Use of Amulets and the Making of Talismans andlt;/bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;bandgt;5andlt;/bandgt;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp; Amulets andlt;BRandgt;andlt;bandgt;6andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp; andlt;/bandgt;The Crafting of Talismans andlt;BRandgt;andlt;bandgt;7andlt;/bandgt;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp; The Use of Amulets and Talismansandlt;BRandgt;andlt;bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Appendix I: The Seals Representing the Planets andlt;BRandgt;Appendix II : The Talismans of Dom Jean Albert Belin andlt;BRandgt;Appendix III : Seals of the Planets and the Paranatellons andlt;BRandgt;Appendix IV: Creating and Consecrating Magical Objects andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Notes andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Bibliography andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Index andlt;/bandgt;

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Lecouteux, Claude
Inner Traditions International
Magick Studies
Metaphysics-Magic Witchcraft and Paganism
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228.6 x 152.4 mm

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