Greco-Egyptian Magical Papyrus (PGM) 1.29-36

Submitted by Phainolis on Mon, 02/13/2017 - 13:11

"Come to me, O holy Orion, you who lie in the north, who cause the currents of the Nile to roll down and mingle with the sea, transforming them with life as it does man's seed in sexual intercourse, you who have established the world on an indestructible foundation, who are young in the morning and old in the evening, who journey through the subterranean sphere and rise, breathing fire, you who have parted the seas in the first month, who continually ejaculate seeds into the sacred fig tree of Heliopolis. This is your authoritative name: ARBATH ARBAOTH BAKKHABRE."

Planetary Incenses in the Greco-Egyptian Magical Papyri

Submitted by drtao on Thu, 01/26/2017 - 23:41

There are seven planetary incenses (ἐπιθύματα) specified in PGM 13.15-20. The papyrus dates from the 3rd century CE but probably preserves much older information. The incenses specified are:

Saturn (Κρόνος) = styrax (στύραξ): storax, Styrax officinalis

Jupiter (Ζεύς) = malabathron (μαλάβαθρον): leaf of Cinnamomum tamala or albiflorum

Mars (Ἄρης) = kostos (κόστος): Saussurea lappa

Sol (Ἥλιος) = frankincense (λίβανος)

Venus (Ἀφροδίτη) = Indian nard (νάρδος Ἰνδικός): spikenard, Nardostachys jatamansi