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Lapidary of Sacred Stones: Their Magical and Medic
by Claude Lecouteux

ISBN: 9781594774638
PUBLISHER: Inner Traditions Bear and Company
FORMAT: Hardback
PAGES: 360
PUBLICATION DATE: 30.11.2012
DIMENSIONS: 229mmX152mmX30mm 700grams

DESCRIPTION:
* Reveals the healing and magical virtues of familiar gemstones, such as amethysts, emeralds and diamonds, as well as the lore surrounding exotic stones such as astrios, a stone celebrated by ancient magicians * Examines bezoars (stones formed in animals' bodies) and magnets that attract materials other than metal * Based on ancient Arabic, Greek, Jewish and European sources, ranging from the observations of Pliny the Elder to extremely rare texts such as the Picatrix and Damigeron's Virtue of Stones Our ancestors believed stones were home to sacred beings of power, entities that if properly understood and cultivated could provide people protection from ill fortune, envy and witchcraft; grant invisibility and other magical powers; improve memory and heal the sick from a wide variety of diseases. These benefits could be obtained by wearing the stone on a ring, bracelet or pendant; through massage treatments with the stone or by reducing the gem into a powder and drinking it mixed with water or wine. Drawing from a wealth of ancient Arabic, Greek, Jewish and European sources - from the observations of Pliny the Elder to extremely rare texts such as the Picatrix and Damigeron's Virtue of Stones - Claude Lecouteux provides a synthesis of all known lore for more than 1,000 stones. He includes such common examples as the emerald, which ,when engraved with the figure of a harpy holding a

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