The story of the mysterious word Abracadabra

Abracadabra is one of the mystical words often used in magic. The word has a symbolic meaning either by itself or even by the way it is used.


The word began to be used somewhere in the Middle Ages, by witches we know today from stories in their magical incantations or even by doctors in healing rituals. The origins of the word can be found in the Hebrew language, Abreq Anunt Habra "which, in free translation, means lightning to death".

The first mention of the word was found in the second century in a medical book bearing the name Liber Medicinalis, signed by Quintus Serenus Sammonicus, the physicist of Emperor Caracalla, who suffering from malaria wore an amulet around his neck with the inscription of the magic word.

Abracadabra, citation, and use

Historical studies have shown that the expression "Abracadabra" was used for the first time in a text from the 2nd century BC, called Liber Medicinalis, a treatise also known as De Medicina Praecepta Saluberrima, a paper written by the Roman scholar Quintus Sammonicus Serenus. Serenus's book contained a number of popular healing techniques that had been taken from Pliny the Elder, including the magic formula Abracadabra, which was inscribed by doctors on the amulets used to cure diseases.

The word magic has also been used in medieval Europe to reduce fever. When a sick person was shivering, an amulet with magical inscriptions was applied to his body to heal him. As the fever level dropped, a letter was removed from the mystical word until the patient was fully healed. Also, Abracadabra was also used during the plague in England in 1660.

Magicians claim that by the correct handling of the word magicAbracadabra ”they can control love, even discover hidden treasures or summon spirits to communicate with. The word is also used to invoke peace or to produce war, to cure serious illness or to induce poverty or prosperity.

The word is also found in Persian mythology, in the form of Abracax, and represents divinity, being characterized in 365 different virtues that govern every day of the year. In fact, it is one of the names of the Sun-god Mithras, from the period when Hindus and Persians formed a single people.

Nowadays, the word Abracadabra has become more a legend of ancient times, no longer being used for magical purposes.

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