Grimoire for sale
Looks like everyone is blogging on this already, but I’d be remiss not to include it. A 400 year old handwritten grimoire is up for auction at Sotheby’s, projected to go for 12,000 pounds which comes to a hair over $24,000. Everyone is agog about a spell involving a frog and some ants — and the weird thing is I know this spell. I remember it. I don’t remember where I read it, but somewhere, in some book or another, I remember a spell involving a toad, an anthill, and looking through the bones of the toad’s head for a special bone or stone. But I’m pretty sure it was a toad, I don’t remember if it was a love spell, and the floating against the current thing I don’t recall either. Maybe there’s a whole genre of these.
Symbolically, the frog to these people would be a symbol of generation from nothing, since they didn’t really understand tadpoles. It’d also be a symbol of water giving forth life. The tongue might give them some notion of potency or constancy, and the bone flowing against the current ties it all back to water again. The ants are easy — it’s a simple way to deflesh an animal without introducing fire. It also invokes the chthonic powers.
Dude, I so want this book.