Ancient Inscription with magic and spells

The Ancient Art of Magic, Curses and Supernatural Spells

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Cursing Tablets were one way the people of the ancient Greco-Roman society attempted to harness malevolent spirits and the wrath of powerful gods to damn their foes. Binding spells would be scratched into the surface of thin, lead tablets. The tablets would then be rolled up, nails were driven into them, and they were placed underground. They ended up at the bottom of wells, nailed to temple walls, or buried with the dead. Sometimes tablets appealed to underworld gods, Pluto, Hekate, or Persephone, while other times the text simply named the victim and the misfortune or death that was to befall them. One tablet found in London reads: “I curse Tretia Maria and her life and mind and memory and liver and lungs mixed up together, and her words, thoughts and memory; thus may she be unable to speak what things are concealed, nor be able.”

Cursed tablet found in London with inscription

Cursed tablet found in London with inscription. (Wikipedia)

1600 year old tablet curses were found in Italy and recently translated. LiveScience reports that the malevolent words and frightening images were meant to spell the end for both a Roman senator and a veterinarian named Porcello. A drawing of the Greek goddess Hekate was scratched into the lead plate, with snakes writhing on her head. The curse read: "Destroy, crush, kill, strangle Porcello and wife Maurilla. Their soul, heart, buttocks, liver ..."

Tablet depicting deity with snakes coming out of its head

Tablet depicting deity with snakes coming out of its head (via LiveScience)

The practice of magic, or witchcraft is often associated with cursing and evil hexes. Historically in Europe it was assumed that if crops suffered blight, or food spoiled unexpectedly, that a curse was behind it. Other ‘evidence’ of cursing were horses going lame, or milk cows going dry. Accusations of witchcraft were a product of the tension created by such occurrences, and innocent people were frequently killed as a result of witch trials. With the death of the accused ‘witch’, it was believed the curse was broken.

The Evil Eye

The Evil Eye is a very ancient curse known around the world. It dates back to the upper Palaeolithic period, and it is still warded against today in many cultures, especially the Middle East, Latin America, Africa, Central America, Asia, Europe, and the Mediterranean. This malevolent glare, or evil look, is the cause of back luck or injury, and is a curse sometimes believed to be caused by feeling jealousy, possessing certain eye colors, or being over-complimentary or covetous.

Because belief in the power of the evil eye is so pervasive around the world, in many countries talismans or amulets designed to ward off the curse can be found readily.

This Ruby Eye Pendant

This Ruby Eye Pendant from an ancient Mesopotamia was used as a warding amulet to protect against the evil eye curse (Danieliness, Creative Commons )

While curses and magic might seem to be the superstition of the ancients, there are many today who still arm themselves with amulets or wards of protection against the affects of curses. Our rational, scientific world now scoffs at the idea of curses being a danger to anyone, and yet medical science can show that the Nocebo Effect – an adverse psychogenic reaction to a perception or expectation - remains a powerful psychological and physiological phenomenon. If you truly believe you’re cursed, and that belief is powerful enough, you may succumb to the curse whether it exists in reality or not.

In this way, perhaps curses from ancient times remain powerful to this very day.

Featured image: Ancient Egyptian Curse Inscription ( Image Source )

By Liz Leafloor     

References

Black Magic Revealed in Two Ancient Curses– LiveScience

Curse – Wikipedia

Curse Tablet – Wikipedia

Book Curse - Wikipedia

What does the Bible Say – Got Questions?

Evil Eye - Wikipedia

Comments

Believe it or not Black Witches still exist in the world today and are still binding people in consciousness, casting spells etc. I am a shaman and I have had many dealings with a black witches in this life. Spirit or the divine source works through my consciousness to undo spells, hexes and curses and what has been bound in consciousness through hidden means. I don't get paid for doing this work, spirit simply works through me, to undo damage that has been done by black witches. It is all rather fascinating. Spirit couldn't undo a binding or a curse or spell through my consciousness if I had not participated in black witch craft in other life times, which I did. In this life I had black witch craft cleansed and purified from my consciousness, so that I can work with love and understanding and compassion to transform the damage done by black witches. You have to remember that black witches are no different to someone that seeks human power and control through manipulation or any other means, Black witches generally have an extremely wounded inner child that has never been healed, they are damaged people.
If your involved in any form of politics or seeing oneself as an expert,or you seek power over others in any size shape or form then your playing the human power game. 85% of people on the planet are involved in playing the human power game on some level. So before you judge others look at your own shadow self to what you need to transform and heal in order not to play human power games..

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Would you be willing to attempt to reverse a curse that has been placed on me by an ex boyfriend? He has definitely been practicing dark magic and has sent multiple curses my way. Please help if you're willing! In gratitude. . .

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This article provided me new information about curses throughout history and reveals how doing so probably was the only way some were able to let go of their resentments, perhaps an ancient form of therapy for them. I had not heard of the "evil eye" or protection pendants to prevent the evil eye curse.

I love coming across new articles about ancient magic, however I would like to point out that one should do ones own research and practice. The desire for wisdom and power is only a desire manifest when one faces the truth. The truth can only be found when the dark and light of oneself is known and accepted and when the dark and light of everything else is too. Blessed Be, Morgana xxx

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