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a few starting definitions

To: alt.magick
From: catherine yronwode 
Subject: Re: a few starting definitions
Date: Thu, 21 Jun 2001 00:19:38 GMT wrote:
> doctrine of signatures (aka doctrine of correspondences):  the
>   attributes (shape, color, actions, stubstance, etc) of a thing
>   give clues to it's purposes.  usually applied to plants.
>   e.g. red or hot/spicy plants are good for fevers and bleeding
>   because red and/or spiciness are associated with heat and/or
>   blood.  also seen in asian cultures where gifts wrapped
>   in white are inauspicious because white is associated with
>   death.  a variant of the magick theory "law of similarity".

Most colour symbolism (except red = blood) is arbitrary and varies by
culture. I prefer botanical and zoological examples when explaining the
doctine of signatures: John the Connqueror root looks like a human male
scrotum, hence carrying a John the Connqueror root in the pants pocket
makes a man more virile. Violet leaves are shaped like a heart, so if
you write the name of someone you love on a violet leaf and wear it in
your left shoe, that person will come to love you in return. Racoons
have a long bone in their penis, so if a woman hides a raccoon penis
bone under the marriage bed, her husband's penis will always be hard for
her (he will always "have a boner" in American slang). 

cat yronwode 

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