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Saturday, 27 November 2010

The Enchanted Stone of Eros


And Dardanos instructed the magos to take a breathing magnetic stone and upon engrave Aphrodite sitting astride Psyche and the barbarous name of ΑΧΜΑΓΕ ΡΑΡΠΕΠΣΕΙ. Below the magos engraved the icon of Eros standing majestically on the vault of heaven holding a blazing torch and burning Psyche and the barbarous names of ΑΧΑΠΑ ΑΔΩΝΑΙΕ ΒΑΣΜΑ ΧΑΡΑΚΩ ΙΑΩ Η ΦΑΡΦΑΡΗΙ. On the other side he engraved Psyche and Eros embracing one another and beneath Eros’ feet the mystic letters, ΣΣΣΣΣΣΣΣ, and beneath Psyche’s feet, ΗΗΗΗΗΗΗΗ.

The magos then sacrificed burning aromatics and sang the praises of Eros, I call upon you, great Eros, the source of sweet delight, holy and pure, and charming to the sight; darting, and winged, impetuous fierce desire, with gods and mortals playing, wandering fire : agile and twofold, keeper of the keys of heaven and earth, the air, and spreading seas; of all that earth’s fertile realms contains, by which the all parent goddess life sustains, or dismal Tartaros is doomed to keep, widely extended, or the sounding deep; for you all nature’s various realms obey, who rules alone, with universal sway. Come, blessed power, regard these mystic fires, and far avert unlawful mad desires.

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