Tag Archives: Magic

1799: Nine Family Heads

In the late 18th century, a physician from northern Africa named Saidi Saeed Abdoul Naim assembled this book of practices for dealing with physical, mental, and spiritual ailments. It also includes sections on secret alphabets, divination by sand, magic, and … Continue reading

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1886: Methods

The following list of terms used to express diverse modes of divination, with explanations, will be found unusually complete and may interest students of occult science. The expressions have been gathered from various sources : Aeromancy, by appearances in the … Continue reading

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206 BC: The Jade Suit of Liu Sheng

The jade burial suit of Liu Sheng, son of the emperor Jing Di who ruled over the principality of Zhongshan during the Han Dynasty (206 BC- 24 AD), was constructed in the belief that the stone’s magical connection to eternal life … Continue reading

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1890: Oak and Mistletoe

George Henry and E. A. Hornel: Druids Bringing In The Mistletoe (1890) The painting follows the description of Pliny the Elder (1st century AD) in describing the ritual of oak and mistletoe: HISTORICAL FACTS CONNECTED WITH THE MISTLETOE The Druids—for … Continue reading

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3,000 BC: Map

This etched stone, found in 2016 with nine others at a 5,000-year-old sacred site in Denmark, may be a map. Archaeologists believe it is a symbolic representation of a local area, showing fields, fences and plants, and that it may … Continue reading

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1900: The Magician Entertains the Queen

Henry Gillard Glindoni: John Dee Performing an Experiment before Elizabeth I (c. 1900) (source) The enigmatic John Dee was one of the most learned men of the Elizabethan period. Having amassed one of the largest libraries in England, he was … Continue reading

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