Tuesday, September 2

The Wisdom Of The Greek Magical Papyri And More Earthy Things

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It's sometimes said that when someone is on a spiritual path or journey a Teacher or Master will appear when the time is right. The Greek Magical Papyri (Papyri Graecae Magicae) has a slightly differing slant on this:

"Open your eyes and you will see that the door has been opened and the world of the gods lies within; and your spirit, rejoicing in this vision, will find itself drawn onwards and upwards. Now pause awhile and draw the divine essence into yourself, your eyes fixed upon the light. And when you are ready, say 'Approach Lord'. With these words, the light will shine on you and as you gaze into its centre, you will behold a god, very young and exquisitely formed. His hair will be like the sun and his tunic as white as snow."

In other words, to quote David Conway, "That god is within yourself. To discover him is to know that you are not - and never have been - completely alone."

The materials in the papyri date from the 2nd century BC to the 5th century AD and they offer many spells and magical instructions, not all as lofty as discovering a Teacher. Some are quite earthy, for want of a better word. For example, there is a love spell:

Love Spell
"Aphrodite's Name, which becomes known to No One quickly, is NEPHERIE'RI - this is the name. If you wish to win a woman who is beautiful, be pure for 3 days, make an offering of frankincense, and call this Name over it. You approach the woman and say it seven times in your Soul as you gaze at her, and in this way it will succeed. But do this for 7 days."

After the woman has been 'enchanted' the papyri goes on to tell (the man) how to copulate a lot:

"Grind up fifty tiny Pinecones with 2 ozs. of Sweet Wine and two Pepper Grains and drink it."

And if you (the man again) want to ensure you are fit for purpose, so to speak, you should should:

"... Grind up a Pepper with some Honey and coat your Thing."

I'd better leave it there, but if you should want to read more of the Papyri Graecae Magicae there is a 159 page pdf available for free here.

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1 comment:

  1. Interesting! That love spell had me laughing!