Alphabet of the Magi

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The Alphabet of the Magi was an alphabet invented by Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim (known as Paracelsus) for the purpose of engraving angelic names upon talismans. It was probably influenced by the various undefined alphabets from older Grimoires of the time.

The English printed title that the talismans are printed in is the "Paracelsus. Of the supreme mysteries of nature", which is numerously subtitled with " Of [brace] the spirits of the planets. Occult philosophy. The magical, sympathetical, and antipathetical cure of wounds and diseases. The mysteries of the twelve signs of the zodiac." The publication appeared in 1655-56. Translated into English by R. Turner, philomathes. Printed in London by J.C. for N. Brook and J. Harison; with added detail on the fronts page that the books "are to be sold at their shops at the Angel in Cornhil, and the holy Lamb neer the east-end of Pauls." A copy of this text is available in the British Library.

As R. Turner was also the translator of the questionable book of "Henry Cornelius Agrippa his fourth book of occult philosophy" in 1665, so doubt surrounds the authenticity of this Paracelsus Text.


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