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A grimoire, also known as a “Book Of Spells” or a “Spellbook” is a textbook of magic, typically including instructions on how to create magical objects like talismans and amulets, how to perform magical spells, charms and divination, and how to summon or invoke supernatural entities such as angels, spirits, deities, and demons. In many cases, the books themselves are believed to be imbued with magical powers, although in many cultures, other sacred texts that are not grimoires, such as the Bible, have been believed to have supernatural properties intrinsically. The only contents found in a grimoire would be information on spells, rituals, the preparation of magical tools, and lists of ingredients and their magical correspondences. In this manner, while all books on magic could be thought of as grimoires, not all magical books should be thought of as grimoires.
A Grimoire is, appropriately enough, a description of a set of magical symbols and how to combine them properly. Most of the texts linked below are descriptions of traditional European ritual magic, which is based on Judeo-Christianity. Even though this must not be confused with Neo-Paganism, many of the Neo-Pagan traditions use similar rituals and techniques, albeit with a different, usually Celtic, vocabulary. True grimoires contain elaborate rituals, many of which are echoed in modern Witchcraft rites. Sources for the information in the various Grimoires include Greek and Egyptian magical texts from 100-400 A.D. and Hebrew and Latin sources. Grimoires were used much more by sorcerers, wizards, and witches.
This likely had an influence upon books of magic, with the trend on known incantations switching from simple health and protection charms to more specific things his figure was associated with writing and magic and, therefore, of books on magic. This was often incorporated into the popular magic of the average people and, in particular who were professionally involved in magic:
- Relationships and love
- Prosperity and money
- Serenity and protection
- Means to avoid various inconveniences
- Cooking recipes
- Recipes for daily life, such as “a soap for faces”
- Means to improve agricultural efficiency
Languages Spoken and Written: English, French and Spanish.
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