3 - How To Hex Books
One of the most famous and most durable of the books on Witchcraft is John George Hohman's Pow-Wows or Long Lost Friend, usually called by the latter, the ending of the Preface stating "Given at Rosenthal, near Reading, Berks County. Penn., on the 31st day of July, in the year of our Lord, 1819, John George Hohman, Author and original publisher of this book."
There are nearly two hundred "Arts and Remedies" listed on the index Page. Both the Frontispiece and the last page contain this pronouncement: "Whoever carries this book with him, is safe from all his enemies, visible or invisible; and whoever has this book with him cannot die without the holy corpse of Jesus Christ, nor drowned in any water, nor bum up in any fire, nor can any unjust sentence be passed upon him. So help me." This is followed by one large cross with two smaller ones along each side of it.
Among some of the Arts and Remedies are:
A good remedy for hysterics
A good remedy for worms
To attach a dog to a person
To make a wand for searching for iron and water
How to obtain things which are desired
To destroy warts
How to walk and step securely in all places
How to make cattle return to the same place
Heliptrope, a means to prevent calumniation
How to cause thieves to stand still
A good remedy for those who cannot keep their water
To prevent witches from bewitching cattle, etc.
Against evil spirits and all manner of witchcraft
A peculiar sign to keep back men and animals
Protection of one's house and hearth
To charm enemies, robbers, murders
A charm against firearms
Protection against all kinds of weapons
To prevent being cheated
A charm to gain advantage of a man
A benediction against enemies
To compel a thief to return stolen goods
At the time of this writing there was published a book simply called HEX which details the use of witchcraft today in many parts of Pennsylvania. It is a complete account of a famous court case and murder trial based on witchcraft. The court forbade the admission of this into the trial. The crux of the case was suppressed. Yet the murder itself was that of a witch who had hexed her murderer. One of the things the author discovered was the popularity of the book Long Lost Friend by many people in Pennsylvania, including Pennsylvania Dutch, various sects and individuals, who revere it as some kind of black magic bible.
Following are some of the Arts & Remedies listed covering all phases of life:
For Gaining A Lawful Suit
It reads, if anyone has to settle any just claim by way of a law suit let him take some of the largest kind of sage and write the name of the twelve apostles on the leaves and put them in his shoes before entering the courthouse, and he shall certainly gain the suit.
Protection Of One's House And Hearth
Beneath my guardianship I am safe against all tempests and all enemies, J. J. J. These three I's signify Jesus three times.
This must be written on paper and the cattle made to swallow it in their feed.
A Good Remedy Against Slander
If you are calumniated or slandered to your very skin, to your very flesh, to your very bones, cast it back upon the false tongues.
Take off your shirt, and turn it wrong side out, and then run your thumbs along your body, close under the ribs, starting at the pit of the heart down to the thighs.
To Attach A Dog To A Person, Provided Nothing Else Was Used Before To Effect It
Try to draw some of your blood, and let the dog eat it along with his food, and he will stay with you. Or scrape the four comers of your table while you are eating, and continue to eat with the same knife after having scraped the corners of the table. Let the dog eat those scrapings, and he will stay with you.
A Precaution Against Injuries
Whoever carries the right eye of a wolf fastened inside his right sleeve, remains free from all injuries.
To Compel A Thief To Return Stolen Goods
Walk out early in the morning before sunrise to a juniper tree, and bend it with the left hand toward the rising sun, while you are saying: "Juniper tree, I shall bend and squeeze thee, until the thief has returned."
Another popular long lasting book in the same vein, from which most such books are either based upon or copied, is Albertus Magnus, (Being the Approved, Verified, Sympathetic and Natural EGYPTIAN SECRETS or WHITE AND BLACK ART FOR MAN AND BEAST, Revealing the Forbidden Knowledge and Mysteries of Ancient Philosophers.")
Albertus Magnus was born in 1205 at Larvingen, on the Danube. It is believed that his real name was de Groot, Magnus being its Latinized version. At least twenty-one books or folios are credited to him. He became the Bishop of Ratisbon, resigning after a short time to devote himself to his researches in science, alchemy and the mystic arts. He supposedly discovered the Philosopher's Stone, and gave the secret to his pupil St. Thomas Aquinas, just before his death. The latter believing it to be the "work of the devil" destroyed it.
A sorcerer removes a precious gem from the head of a toad. The eternal quest for "gold buried beneath filth and honor" is shown by this symbol.
The style and even some of the "Arts and Remedies" in other books, including The Long Lost Friend are identical to Albertus Magnus, which has been reprinted in countless editions. One popular one selling for about a dollar is in three parts and has 208 pages. A great many of these remedies deal with livestock since in those days farm animals were vital to existence. In modern language livestock represents "capital, assets, or money in the bank." Following are some of the "prescriptions" from Albertus Magnus:
To Cause The Return Of Stolen Goods
Write upon two pieces of paper, the following words, and lay one over the door, and the other under the threshold, and the thief will return on the third day and bring back the stolen articles, vig.: Abraham - bound it, Isaac - redeemed and found it, Jacob - carried it home; it is bound as tightly as steel and irons, chains and fetters.
To Wean A Tippler From Drinking Wine
Take an apple, put it into the hand of a dying man, and let the apple remain there till the person dies. If you desire the tippler to drink only half the quantity he usually takes, give him one-half of the apple to eat; but if you wish him to abstain totally from strong drinks give him the entire apple to eat. But the drunkard must not be aware of your designs.
To Make A Person Dislike Gambling
Speak to an executioner, give me some wood of a whip wherewith you have beaten criminals, and flog the gambler with this upon his naked body, and never more thereafter will he gamble.
To Burn A Witch So She Receives Pock Marks Over Her Entire Body
Take butter from the household larder, render it down in an iron pan until it broils, then take ivy or wintergreen, and fry it; take three nails off a coffin and stick them in that sauce; carry the mass to a place where neither sun nor moon shines into it, and the witch will be sick for half of a year.
To Cause A Witch To Die Within One Minute
First, try to obtain a piece of the heart of the cattle which had been attacked, then take a little butter and fry the piece therein, as if prepared for eating, then take three nails from the coffin of a corpse, and with them pierce the heart through and through. Piercing the heart and killing the witch, are facts of the same moment. All will be correct at once. Good and approved.
To Cite A Witch
Take an earthen pot, not glazed, yarn spun by a girl not yet seven years old. Put the water of the bewitched animal into the pot, then take the egg of a black hen and some of the yarn and move the latter three tunes round the egg, and ejaculate in the three devil's names; after this put the egg into the water of the pot, seal the lid of the vessel tightly so that no fumes may ooze therefrom, but observe that the head of the lid is below. While setting the pot upon the fire, pronounce the following: Lucifer, devil summon the sorcerer before the witch or me, in the three devils' name.
City dwellers would find most of the Arts and Remedies impracticable, and the items required almost impossible to obtain. However, there are many stores in large cities specialising in religious relics, occult and mystic books, candles, incense, herbs, roots, charms, amulets, powders and what not. The Chinese colonies in major cities are a good source of supplies for budding witches. Zolar in New York carries a full line of all these items, and issues a catalogue with this notice: "Customer in making any purchases must construe all statements recited herein as being either the legendary or superstition and not as any representation of ours."
Zolar's and many other similar catalogues advertise the following: Chinese Wash, Fast Luck Brand Incense, Astral, Devotional, Birth Month Candles, Crucifix Candles, Seals and Talismans, Roots From the Days of Old including Devil's Shoe String, Five Finger Grass, Adam & Eve Root, Little John to Chew, Southern John the Conqueror Root, Sampson Snake Root, High John the Conqueror Root, Lucky Hand Root, Genuine Myrrh, Genuine Live Lodestone, Lady Luck Perfume, Zodiac Coins, Chinese Good Luck Ring, 16 Highest Quality Dressing & Anointing Oils. Sweetheart's Desire Outfit, 7 Holy Spirit Brand Baths, 6th and 7th Book of Moses, Sensational Lucky Package, Special Purpose Incense, Money Drawing Combination, Lady Dale's so-called Success Bath Salt, Good Luck Combination, Lucky Hand Brand Curio Outfit "Some feel that so-called HELPING HANDS DRAW LUCK, GET JOBS, BRING BACK A SWEETHEART, HELP WIN IN GAMES OF ALL TYPES or almost anything else desired. This big Brother John bag is filled with everything pictured and WANTED. No claims made.
Sold only as a curio: Now only $3.98." If you have the interest or the patience to pursue the study of witchcraft in its more esoteric forms there are two large beautifully illustrated books recently republished by University Books, New Hyde Park, N.Y. They are A Pictorial Anthology of Witchcraft, Magic & Alchemy by Emile Grillot De Grivy and The Book Of Ceremonial Magic: A complete Grimoire by Arthur Edward Waite. One of the classics in the field is Transcendental Magic by Eliphas Levi, first published in 1896.
Among some of the many chapters in the latter work are: The Triangle of Solomon, The Tetragram, The Pentagram, Initiation, The Kabalah, Necromancy, Transmutations, Black Magic Bewitchments, Astrology Charms and Philtres, The Stone of Philosophers Elagabalus, Universal Medicine, Divination, The Sabbath of the Sorceres, Witchcraft and Spells etc.
In the old book Discovery of Witchcraft by Reginald Scot, he gives the following incantation .by which you may rid yourself of nightmares:
St. George, St. George, our lady's knight,
He walked by day so did he by night:
Until such times as he her found,
He her beat and he her bound,
Until her troth to him plight,
He would not come to her that night."
Scot goes on to say "hang a stone over the afflicted person's bed, which stone hath naturally such a hole in it, as wherein a string may be put through it, and so be hanged over the diseased or bewitched party, be it man, woman, or horse."
In Shakespeare's King Lear he has Edgar, as the Mad Tom, say:
"Saint Withold footed thrice the Wold;
He met the night-mare and her ninefold
Bid her alight,
And troth plight
And anoint thee, witch, anoint thee."
Nightmare is made up of the Old English night and mara, a spectre, thus the word means "spectre of the night." While in semantics the word assassin comes from Hasan bin Sabah's terror organization, the Assassins, the name derived from Arabic the hasnshashin, means those addicted to the hashish hemp. The word thug comes from the Hindo thag, meaning a rogue or dishonest. This was a religious fanatical brotherhood in Northern India, in which murder was part of the religious ritual.
It's interesting to note that in Franconia a nightmare is called die drud or das druddructen, derived from the Druids or Weird Women. A rhyme used to both chase it away and conjure it up is:
So will I borrow
The Grimoire is a Black Magie textbook. Three of the best known are The Grand Grimoire, Grimorium Verum, and the Grimoire of Pope Honorius. The trouble with most of them is that they are not only useless, especially those written or compiled by over-imaginative and deluded Catholic chroniclers, but also in that the secrets of the Grimoire are rarely ever published, but handed down by word of mouth, from generation to generation.
This "fig gesture" was used by magicians in order to rid themselves of a spell Its origin was in an order given by Barbarossa to the people of Milan to remove a fig in the anus of his mule with their teeth.
Simple logic would dictate though that anyone interested in black magic or sorcery need merely reverse all the Christian symbolisms: Upside down crucifixes, making the sign of the cross in reverse, blaspheming instead of worshipping sacred idols and images, praying to the devil instead of God, despoiling holy water, defecating on the Bible etc.
Modern witches find the old Grimoires not only dull reading but absurd. They're preoccupied with the calling
up of spirits and getting rid of evil ones, through complicated rituals and ceremonies. They employ the use of magical talismans, seals, amulets, secret codes and incantations that would try the patience of the Devil himself!
How to Hex books, both old and new, are available and are constantly being reprinted so there must be a demand. Unfortunately, many of the simple-minded who buy them in hopes of achieving the miraculous are doomed to disappointment. The only thing miraculous about such books is their continued sale. One famous one, The Black Pullet, is one of the better ones in that it deals with a series of talismanic rings with symbols well known to occultists. Without being pretentious as most of these books, this one has also been published under the titles of Treasure of the Old Man of the Pyramids and the Black Screech Owl.
Advanced atomic-age witches use sympathetic magic, dolls, wax images, candles and other implements merely as focal points of concentration ... including palms, cards, astrology and numerology, ... but they do not believe that the objects themselves have power but rather act as catalysts for releasing their own. This same principle is found in many religions, psychotherapies, hypnotism and in "Positive Thinking." The Power of Thought ... The Power of the Mind ... the full understanding and use of Suggestion.
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