The Bible as Grimorie

It is often overlooked in our modern times, that ALL magickal traditions in Europe (and countless other traditions worldwide) have been impacted by Christianity. Regardless of your personal beliefs or feelings about the Bible, Christianity, or its adherents; it is absolutely impossible to deny that the Bible has been one of the most influential books in human history. The tenets, beliefs, and symbols of the Bible are inextricably interwoven into the fabric of our society, whether we like it or not.

Over the last thousand years, the vast majority of European magick workers, sorcerers, conjurers, and cunning folk were Christians. The same holds true in America.

Practitioners of folk magick, alchemy, rootwork, hoodoo, conjure, powwow, hexcraft, Appalachian granny magick, Ozark Mountain magick, spiritualism and mysticism have been overwhelmingly Christian since the days of the Puritans. Even the renowned and beloved Voodoo Queen of New Orleans, Marie Laveau, was a devout Catholic who attended Mass daily.

While every one of these traditions has also preserved remnants of pre-Christian beliefs and practices from their respective countries of origin, over the last 1000 years, elements of Christianity have also been uniquely preserved and incorporated into the various practices as a whole.

As practitioners of magick, many of us are eager to connect with our pre-Christian roots, often completely overlooking a wealth of information that our most recent predecessors considered essential.

The Bible has been used as talisman, divination tool, and spell sourcebook for generations. The book of Psalms has served as an ancient magic formulary in countless magick traditions. The power of the words, psalms, and prayers in the Bible, as well as its sacred holiness as an object, made it the most widely used magickal resource across the social and cultural spectrum for the past 1000 years.

Some observations on the Psalms:

1.There is something about how they’re written, the word choice and tone that makes them
A.) Powerful and charged with the right emotions
B.) Evocative of the correct neurolinguistic concepts, thus tapping into the desired archetypal energies, thus very precise and deliberate in their effect, and acting as any good spell should as a direct code of language, energy and intention
2. The bible is written in a language that not only meets the above criteria but is distinct enough from contemporary speech to render it unique, and thus has written into it a psychological separation acting as a neurolinguistic anchor to the state desired
3. The bible and it’s concepts and thought forms have the energy of the bulk of the population feeding them energy, which is largely untapped , ripe to be hijacked via syncretic integration into more holistic and driven beleif systems
4. The bible is one of the most common books on the face of the planet, making it easily the most accessible book of spells on earth.

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