From The Book of Forbidden Knowledge
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HOW TO MAKE ONE’S SELF AGREEABLE TO ALL
Carry a whoop’s eye on your person. If you carry it in front of your breast, all your enemies will become kind to you, and If you carry it in your purse you make a good bargain on all what you sell.
TO FASTEN A PERSON THAT HE MAY NOT ESCAPE
Take a needle wherewith the gown from a corpse had been sewed and put this needle into the foot prints of the person you seek to fasten. And never will that person, so treated, be able to get away.
TO HAVE GOOD LUCK IN PLAYING, AND HOW TO MAKE YOURSELF LIKED BY PEOPLE
Take the right thumb in your hand, and put the hand in your right hand pocket whenever a delinquent is executed, and thus you will secure good luck in playing and be liked by your fellow-men.
TO TRY IF A PERSON IS CHASTE
Sap of raddish squeezed into the hand will prove what you wish to know. If they do not fumble or grabble they are all right.
HOW TO CAUSE YOUR INTENDED WIFE TO LOVE YOU
Take feathers from a rooster’s tail, press them three times into her hand. Probatum. Or: Take a turtle dove tongue into your mouth, talk to your friend agreeably, kiss her and she will love you so clearly that she cannot love another.
WHEN YOU WISH THAT YOUR SWEETHEART SHALL NOT DENY YOU
Take the turtle dove tongue into your mouth again and kiss her, and she will accept your suit.
Or: Take salt, cheese and flour, mix it together, put it into her room, and she will have no rest until she sees you.
Steal the eggs of a raven, boil them hard, lay them again into the nest and the raven will fly across the sea and bring a stone from abroad and lay it over the eggs and they will become at once soft again. If such a stone is wrapped up into a bay leaf and is given to a prisoner, that prisoner will be liberated at once. Whoever touches a door with such a stone, to him the door will be opened, and he who puts
that stone into his mouth will understand the song of every bird.
WHEN AN ANIMAL IS STUPID
When an animal is stupid, when it runs around as if it had the rams, or when it carries the head upon one side, which signifies a sort of woe or pain, it may arise from heat and superfluous blood; hence it would be good to bleed such a beast three or four times, especially on a Friday. In all cases, however, an animal should suffer from such an ailment, pronounce the following grace three times over it, the first time stand upon the right side of the animal; the second time on its left side; the third time again upon the right side, and while saying the grace move constantly your hand over the back of the animal.
TO MAKE ONE’S SELF SHOT-PROOF
According to this formula, on the day of Peter and Paul, at vesper tide, there spring open waywort roots, of which hunters and men of the forest believe that he who carries them on his person cannot be hit or shot.