Cairo Genizah : Magical; astrology

Cairo Genizah

<p style='text-align: justify;'>The first quire of a thematically-arranged magical formulary. Begins with recipes in Judaeo-Arabic to manipulate and exorcise demons (including מימון and בורקאן ושמהורש), followed by recipes in Hebrew, to exorcise a demon, for safety on the road, against robbers (including one recipe attributed to Maimonides, one attributed to a R. Menaḥem, and one which is accompanied by a story of an old man in Palestine who used it successfully), a recipe for charm and grace (which is attributed to Elijah), and recipes to heal different types of נעלבים / demoniacs (the עורפן-demoniacs, who gesture with their hands; the בלזר-d, who prophesy; the פרפר-d, who cry and then seem to be dead; the רית-d, who cry and laugh, and the טורוס-d, who are aggressive). This is followed by a horologion specifying the name of each hour of the day and the night, and what magical practices it is good for, a list of the angels in charge of each planet, the correlations between planets and zodiac signs, the angels in charge of each sign, the angels in charge of each month, and instructions to mention the names of the angels in charge of each tequfa (whose names are not provided). Then come the seals and planets of each angel, and in which hour and which zodiac sign they should be written, followed by the beginning of a Judaeo-Arabic recipe to manipulate demons, which must have continued into the next quire. </p>


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