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Metaphysical Dictionary

The dictionary posted here is a sampling of an over 4,700 word compilation of many years research about metaphysical terms from Pagan, Wiccan, Druid, Occult and other related terms.

These works are to be published in book format and all of the contents are copyrighted (c) 2005-2009 by Magickal Winds. This book will be available in our online store soon.

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Definition of Abracadabra

a-bra-ca-da-bra. (1) Is a mystical word said to possess magickal powers used to invoke benevolent spirits for protection against disease or illness, misfortune and demons. Sometimes, as a mean of protection, it was worn written on parchment hanging from the neck by a linen thread. The expression has been uttered by both ancient magicians and healers and modern magicians to invoke paranormal or supernatural powers to aid in their intentions. (2) In Aramaic, it is part of a sentence by ABRA/CAD/ABRA. "It will pass when it will pass" (When it's time for it to pass). Its root stems from the name of the Gnostic deity Abraxas, meaning “hurt me not”. The word 'abraxas', has been found on many amulets during the last years of the Roman Empire and is thought to have originated with the Gnostics. Abracadabra can be is found in the Jewish mystical tradition of Kabbala where the phrase "avrah ke dibrah" translates roughly into "it happened as it was said". Abracadabra is also considered a Kabbalistic charm and a magical word, used in certain Gnostic writings, possibly derived from the initials of the Hebraic words Ab, Ben and ruach a Cadesch ('Father, Son and Holy Ghost'). It could also be related to the Greek word abraxas. It often appeared on amulets, and it was first mentioned by the 3rd-century physician Quintus Severus Sammondicus. The word is often used by magicians and conjurors during the performance and culmination of tricks, and by conjuretors to invoke and banish certain spirits. If written, it was usually seen in a diminishing triangle configuration It was widely believed that demons and certain evils would diminish, lessen and finally vanish in the same manner the word did. Abracadabra is also believed to be associated with the name for the supreme deity of the Assyrians, Abraxas. - RCA


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