Thursday, February 22, 2018

John Childermass's Spells

Chauntlucet: an ancient spell which encourages the moon to sing. The song is said to be very beautiful and can cure leprosy or madness in anyone who hears it.

Daldalus’s Rose: a complicated procedure used to preserve emotions, vices, and virtues in amber, honey, or beeswax. The Daldalus’s Rose also had a huge number of other applications: it could be used to disperse courage to oneself or to inflict cowardice on one’s enemies. It could also provoke love, lust, nobility of purpose, anger, jealously, ambition, and self-sacrifice.

Unrobed Ladies: it is not what you might expect. Unrobed Ladies are a woodland flower used in a spell to bind a fairy’s spell.

Stokesey Vitrification: used to turn objects and people into glass.”

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, Susanna Clarke

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