Wednesday, 26 October 2016


This ancient cabalistic word was believed to ward off ague, which is a recurring fever accompanied by bouts of chills and sweating, and flux, which is the discharge of large amounts of a fluid from a cavity or surface of the body. Charming terms, both.
Abracadabra might be most welcome if it could bring any relief from such nasty conditions!

The power of the word was invoked when it was printed in this arrangement on paper and then worn around the neck. 

It's easy to see how such a word found its way into other examples of magic and magical thinking throughout the ages.

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