Tuesday, February 3, 2015

PGM - Greek Magical Papyri - III





"PHORBA PHORBA BRIMO AZZIEBYA". Take bran of first quality and sandal-wood and vinegar of the sharpest sort and mold a cake. And write the name of so-and-so upon it, and inscribe it in such a way that you speak over it into the light the name of Hecate, and this: "Take away his sleep from such-and-such a person", and he will be sleepless and worried.
Against fear and to dissolve spells: Speak through [two] knives [sounding loudly] this formula: but [against] evil animals it does not work [compellingly], for [- - -]



Hecate is often called upon or associated with curses.  In modern times, most people associate curses with dark magic or dark spell work and in turn lean towards a night or dark goddess for that work.

First let me state that I do not believe magic has a light or dark, a left hand path or a right hand path.  Magic is energy and energy encompasses all.  We cannot know one without the other.  They are one source, one energy, one magic.

In 2012 a curse was found and published in Live Science calling upon Hecate to curse.  The curse was written in Latin and depicted a snake haired goddess on a lead tablet.    With all of her attributes it makes sense why they would choose her as a source of power for a curse.  

I have worked with Hecate in warding spells and in spells to protect my property.  The papyri above reference a spell to keep someone awake and worried.  Have you used Hecate in curses?  Would you?  Why or why not?