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In ancient Egypt, special knowledge of the properties of powerful elements--
the sun,
the earth,
water
and fearsome animals--

the snake,
the crocodile,
the scorpion,
and therapeutic essences--

the poppy,
the acacia,
and honey,
was the province of magicians.

Magic was part and parcel of the ancient religion. Egyptian magic was not to display psychic powers or perform fantastic feats, but rather, it had a practical purpose in the civilization. Magic was the way by which one extended and eased life, relieved physical and emotional pain and, generally, advanced individual well-being and benefitted society.

Egyptologists have unearthed thousands of scrolls and texts, documenting innumerable, healing prayers and spells against evil. The ancients saw magic as a creative force that bound spirit and matter together. Magicians sought the thread of spirit, that connected to any actual object (or in the case of illness, a condition), then addressed intervening energies to that connection.


PRINCIPALS OF THE ANCIENT MAGICK

Magicians

Purification

From the Book of the Heavenly Cow

To pronounce this spell in the right way (one) must be drenched in oil and ointments, with a censer filed with incense in hand; he must have natron of one quality behind his ears,and natron of another quality in his mouth; he must be clothed in two new vestments, having washed in flood water, be shod in white sandals and have a picture of the goddess Ma'at painted in fresh ink on his tongue.
This spell must be read when one is in a state of purity and without blemish and has not eaten small animals or fish and has not had carnal relations.

THE TOOLS OF MAGICK

Amulets

An item, worn, hung from a chain or cord or bound to the body, thought to enhance positive forces and ward off evil influences. (the djed pillar (Osiris), scarab (Khephre), Isis knot, see the pectoral, left)

Gold and Precious stones

Gold was thought to be the skin of the gods, silver represented the bones of the gods and precious stones, such as lapis lazuli, was the hair of the gods. In general, things of beauty, were considered to be pleasing to the gods.

Knots and Numbers

A magic knot is the convergence of the forces of the earth and the divine. A number is considered to be an abstraction of a knot. In the Leyden Magical Papyrus seven is the number that has a particularly compelling power.

The Substitute Body

Wooden models of humans, who would be entombed with royalty and nobles to perform duties for the dead in the next t world. These are shabtis or those who answers.
Waxen figures would be used as the objects of hatred and anger.

Letters to the Dead

These are communications from the living to their deceased relatives, asking them for forgiveness, help and assistance and guidance.

The Lamp

A special light used to divine the existence of good or evil forces.