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I use incantations myself, as this good brotherhood are aware -- but only on occasions of moment.
As to his religious notions-- why, as Voltaire said, incantations will destroy a flock of sheep if administered with a certain quantity of arsenic.
Thereupon the sorceries and incantations commenced; the "rain-makers," who pretend to have control over the clouds, invoked the storms and the "stone-showers," as the blacks call hail, to their aid.
His sunken eyes glittered and his wrinkled lips moved over toothless gums as he mumbled weird incantations to the demons of his cult.
It is nothing new, these vital lies men tell themselves, muttering and mumbling them like charms and incantations against the powers of Night.
And mendicant prophets go to rich men's doors and persuade them that they have a power committed to them by the gods of making an atonement for a man's own or his ancestor's sins by sacrifices or charms, with rejoicings and feasts; and they promise to harm an enemy, whether just or unjust, at a small cost; with magic arts and incantations binding heaven, as they say, to execute their will.
The raising of ghosts or devils was a promise liberally accorded by my favourite authors, the fulfillment of which I most eagerly sought; and if my incantations were always unsuccessful, I attributed the failure rather to my own inexperience and mistake than to a want of skill or fidelity in my instructors.
Two or three individuals hinted that the man of skill, during his Indian captivity, had enlarged his medical attainments by joining in the incantations of the savage priests, who were universally acknowledged to be powerful enchanters, often performing seemingly miraculous cures by their skill in the black art.
After the morning's incantations Colin sometimes gave them Magic lectures.
Do you think the worlds of religious and political climates are any riper for inspiration now compared to 25 years ago when Incantation started?
Among the topics are a first-century Jewish recycling economy, rabbis in incantation bowls, the material world of Babylonia as seen from Roman Palestine, substance and fruit in the Sasanian law of property and the Babylonian Talmud, and loanwords in Jewish Babylonian Aramaic.
The Witch's Oracle provides a 45-card oracle deck with each card including a magical incantation to provide energy and support the card's underlying message, and is a recommended deck for any new age tarot reader or oracle user.