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xvii. Fever Amulet


"O Tireless One, KOK KOUK KOUL, save Tais whom Taraus bore from every Shivering Fit, whether Tertian or Quartan or Quotidian Fever, or an Every-other-day Fever, or one by Night, or even a Mild Fever, because I am the ancestral, tireless God, KOK KOUK KOUL! Immediately, immediately! Quickly, quickly!" [PGM XXXIII.1-25]
xviii. Spell for Coughs

In Black Ink, write on Hyena Parchment: "THAPSATE STHRAITO'" - or as I found in another: "TEUTHRAIO' THRAITEU THRAITO' THABARBAO'RI [symbol: an X in a circle] LIKRALIRE'TA - deliver NN from the Cough that holds him fast." [PGM VII.203-5]

xix. Spell for Migraine Headache

Take Oil in your Hands and utter the Spell: "Zeus sowed a Grape Seed: it parts the Soil; He does not sow it; it does not sprout." [PGM VII.199-201]

xx. Spell for Scorpion Sting

"OR OR PHOR PHOR SABAO'TH ADO'NE SALAMA TARCHEI ABRASAX, I bind you, Scorpion of Artemisia, three-hundred and

fifteen times, on the fifteenth day of Pachon . . ." [PGM XXVIIIa.1-7]
xxi. A Contraceptive, the Only One in the World

Take as many Bittervetch Seeds as you want for the Number of Years you wish to remain Sterile. Steep them in the Menses of a Menstruating Woman. Let them steep in her own Genitals. And take a Frog that is alive and throw the Bittervetch Seeds into its Mouth so that the Frog swallows them, and release the Frog alive at the place where you captured him. And take a Seed of Henbane, steep it in Mare's Milk; and take the Nasal Mucus of a Cow, with Grains of Barley, put these into a Leather Skin made from a Fawn and on the outside bind it up with Mulehide Skin, and attach it as an Amulet during the Waning of the Moon in a Female Sign of the Zodiac on a Day of Kronos or Hermes [i.e., Saturn or Mercury]. Mix in also, with the Barley Grains, Cerumen from the Ear of a Mule. [PGM XXXVI.320-32]

xxii. A Prescription to Stop Blood

Juice of "Great-Nile" Plant together with Beer; you should make the Woman drink it at Dawn before she has eaten. It stops. [PDM xiv.953-5]

xxiii. The Way to Know it of a Woman Whether She will be Pregnant

You should make the Woman urinate on this Plant, above [i.e., "Great-Nile" plant], at Night. When Morning comes, if you find the Plant scorched, she will not conceive. If you find it green, she will conceive. [PDM xiv.956-60]

xxiv. Spell for Picking a Plant

Use it before Sunrise. The Spell to be spoken: "I am picking you, such and such a plant, with my Five-fingered Hand, I, NN, and I am bringing you home so that you may work for me for a Certain Purpose. I adjure you by the Undefiled Name of the God: if you pay no Heed to me, the Earth which produced you will no longer be watered as far as you are concerned - ever in Life again, if I fail in this Operation, MOUTHABAR NACH BARNACHO'CHA BRAEO' MENDA LAUBRAASSE PHASPHA BENDEO'; fulfil for me the Perfect Charm!" [PGM IV.286-95]

xxv. Procedure for Obtaining Herbs

Among the Egyptians Herbs are always obtained like this: the Herbalist first purifies his own Body, then sprinkles with Natron and fumigates the Herb with Resin from a Pine Tree after carrying it around the Place 3 times. Then, after burning Kyphi and pouring the Libation of Milk as he prays, he pulls up the Plant while invoking by Name the Daimon to whom the Herb is being dedicated and calling upon Him to be more effective for the Use for which it is being acquired.

The Invocation for him, which he speaks over any Herb, generally at the Moment of Picking, is as follows:

"You were sown by Kronos, you were conceived by Hera, you were maintained by Ammon, you were given birth by Isis, you were nourished by Zeus the God of Rain, you were given growth by Helios and Drosos [Dew]. You are the Dew of all the Gods, you are the Heart of Hermes, you are the Seed of the Primordial Gods, you are the Eye of Helios, you are the Light of Selene, you are the Zeal of Osiris, you are the Beauty and Glory of Ouranos, you are the Soul of Osiris' Daimon which revels in Every Place, you are the Spirit of Ammon. As you have exalted Osiris, so exalt yourself and rise just as Helios rises each day. Your size is equal to the Zenith of Helios, your Roots come from the Depths, but your Powers are in the Heart of Hermes, your Fibers are the Bones of Mnevis [i.e., Mr-wr, the holy bull of Heliopolis], and your Flowers are the Eye of Horus, your Seed is Pan's Seed. I am washing you in Resin as I also wash the Gods [i.e., the cult statues] even as I do this for my own Health. You also be cleaned by Prayer and give us Power as Ares and Athena do. I am Hermes! I am acquiring you with Good Fortune and Good Daimon both at a Propitious Hour and on a Propitious Day that is effective for all things."

After saying this, he rolls the Harvested Stalk in a Pure Linen Cloth (but into the place of its Roots they threw seven Seeds of Wheat and an equal number of Barley, after mixing them with Honey), and after pouring in the Ground which has been dug up, he departs. [PGM IV.2967-3006]
xxvi. Interpretations of Herbs and Other Ingredients

Which the Temple Scribes employed, from the Holy Writings, in translation. Because of the Curiosity of the Masses they [i.e., the scribes] inscribed the Names of the Herbs and Other Things which they employed on the Statues of the Gods, so that they [the masses], since they do not take Precaution, might not practice Magic, [being prevented] by the Consequence of their Misunderstanding. But we have collected the explanations from many Copies, all of them Secret.

Here they are:

A Snake's Head: a Leech.A Snake's Ball of Thread: this means Soapstone.Blood of a Snake: Hematite.A Bone of an Ibis: this is Buckthorn.Blood of a Hyrax: truly of a Hyrax [probably the rock hyrax, Procavia capensis].Tears [Sleep Sand] of a Hamadryas Baboon: Dill Juice.Crocodile Dung: Ethiopian Soil.Blood of a Hamadryas Baboon: Blood of a Spotted Gecko.Lion Semen: Human Semen.Blood of Hephaistos: Wormwood.Hairs of a Hamadryas Baboon: Dill Seed.Semen of Hermes: Dill.Blood of Ares: Purslane.Blood of an Eye: Tamarisk Gall.Blood from a Shoulder: Bear's Breach [probably Acanthus mollis L. or Helleborus foetidus L.].From the Loins: Camomile.A Man's Bile: Turnip Sap [probably Brassica napus L.].A Pig's Tail: Leopard's Bane [probably a variety of leopard's bane in the genus Boronicum, or one of the heliotropes].A Physician's Bone: Sandstone.Blood of Hestia: Camomile.An Eagle: Wild Garlic [Trigonella foenumgraecum, but the reading is doubtful].Blood of a Goose: A Mulberry Tree's Milk.Kronos' Spice: Piglet's Milk.A Lion's Hairs: Tongue of a Turnip [i.e., the leaves of the taproot].Kronos' Blood: . . . of Cedar.Semen of Helios: White Hellebore.Semen of Herakles: this is Mustard-rocket [probably Eruca sativa].A Titan's Blood: Wild Lettuce.Blood from a Head: Lupine.A Bull's Semen: Egg of a Blister Beetle.A Hawk's Heart: Heart of Wormwood.Semen of Hephaistos: This is Fleabane.Semen of Ammon: Houseleek.Semen of Ares: Clover.Fat from a Head: Spurge.From the Belly: Earth-apple.From the Foot: Houseleek.

[PGM XII.401-44]
[Similar lists can be found in De succedaneis transmitted among the works of Galen, Claudii Galeni Opera Omnia (Kuehn, ed.), vol. 19, 721-47; adapted version in Paul of Aegina, Paulus Aegineta, Corpus Medicorum Graecorum IX/2 (Heiberg, ed.), vol. II, 401-8; and in Dioscorides' Materia Medica.]

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