Not sure how it is with you, but I can tell when something is magically Significant (with a capital 'S') when it makes me vibrate like a tuning fork -the world's most out-of-tune tuning fork.
And so it is with this little discovery.
Honestly, there's something to this armchair magic thing. In my earlier days it was a label that you were terrified might stick to you if weren't out rattling the bones every night. (Or so it seemed.)
But that little bone rattler (teeheehee) grew up, majored in cultural studies, spent the better part of a decade in factual media and emigrated to Europe. The armchair is strong with this one. Might as well own it.
In fact, if you're reading this within a few hours of it being posted then I may as well tell you that this is an autopost because I'm at the British Museum Members Evening, wandering through a private showing of the Book of The Dead exhibit and drinking low/mid-priced sparkling wine. (Hopefully I haven't caused a scene. I'm coming straight from my work Christmas lunch.)
Anyway, it turns out Denmark's grimoire tradition was heavily influenced by post-Faustian Germany, with the Southern European Renaissance/Arabic influences being refracted through this. Two seconds looking at a map of Europe will explain why.
Consequently, their svarteboken (black books) have a lot more of the 'summony/banishy' stuff and less of the 'stars/moon' stuff. And one of them -possibly the first domestically printed grimoire- called the Syprianus P.P.P (From 'Cyprian') contained the following protection charm:
K A L E M A R I S
It was a tuning fork moment. I love the sound of the word. Hadn't heard or seen it before. (Which isn't to say it's not extremely common. This isn't more core area.)
Kalemaris is your standard written protection charm. So it can be
- Written and carried about your person or given to someone else.
- Engraved and shown to recalcitrant spirits.
- Used in domestic protection charms. (Such as pasting it above your front door on the inside.)
- Incorporated into any of your own protection spells.
More on that last point: Kalemaris is a continuation of a Graeco-Roman magical practice of writing repeated/diminishing words on lead tablets, by way of Alexandria, by way of Al-Andalus, by way of Renaissance Italy, by way of Prussia and then into Denmark.
In some form or another it's been bouncing all over Europe for almost three thousand years. You aren't trespassing. Use it however you like.
That was fun! Anyone else got any others that we may not have encountered before? Or that they just happen to like?