To Find or Buy Anything, or to Have Good
The man or woman who, when about
to go forth into the town, would fain be free from danger or risk of an accident,
or to have good fortune in buying, as, for instance, if a scholar hopes that
he may find some rare old book or manuscript for sale very cheaply, or if
any one wishes to buy anything very desirable or to find bargains or rarities.
This scongiurazione serves for good health, cheerfulness of heart, and absence
of evil or the overcoming enmity. These are words of gold unto the believer.
|'Tis Tuesday now, and at an
I fain would turn good fortune to myself,
Firstly at home and then when I go forth,
And with the aid of beautiful Diana
I pray for luck ere I do leave this house!
First with three drops of oil
I do remove
All evil influence, and I humbly pray,
O beautiful Diana, unto thee
That thou wilt take it all away from me,
And send it all to my worst enemy!
When the evil fortune
Is taken from me,
I'll cast it out to the middle of the street
And if thou wilt grant me this favour,
O beautiful Diana,
Every bell in my house shall merrily ring!
Then well contented
I will go forth to roam,
Because I shall be sure that with thy aid
I shall discover ere I return
Some fine and ancient books,
And at a moderate price.
And thou shalt find the man,
The one who owns the book,
And thou thyself wilt go
And put it in his mind,
Inspiring him to know
What 'tis that thou would'st find
And move him into doing
All that thou dost require.
Or if a manuscript
Written in ancient days,
Thou'lt gain it all the same,
It shall come in thy way,
And thus at little cost.
Thou shalt buy what thou wilt
By great Diana's aid.
The foregoing was obtained, after some delay, in reply to a query as to what
conjuration would be required before going forth, to make sure that one should
find for sale some rare book, or other object desired, at a very moderate
price. Therefore the invocation has been so worded as to make it applicable
to literary finds; but those who wish to buy anything whatever on equally
favorable terms, have but to vary the request, retaining the introduction,
in which the magic virtue consists. I cannot, however, resist the conviction
that this is most applicable to, and will succeed best with, researches for
objects of antiquity, scholarship, and art, and it should accordingly be
deeply impressed on the memory of every bric-a-brac hunter and bibliographer.
It should be observed, and that earnestly, that the prayer, far from being
answered, will turn to the contrary or misfortune, unless the one who repeats
it does so in fullest faith, and this cannot be acquired by merely saying
to oneself, "I believe." For to acquire real faith in anything requires long
and serious mental discipline, there being, in fact, no subject which is
so generally spoken of and so little understood. Here indeed, I am speaking
seriously, for the man who can train his faith to actually believe in and
cultivate or develop his will can really work what the world by common consent
regards as miracles. A time will come when this principle will form not only
the basis of all education, but also that of all moral and social culture.
I have, I trust, fully set it forth in a work entitled "Have you a Strong
Will? or how to Develop it or any other Faculty or Attribute of the Mind,
and render it Habitual," &c. London: George Redway.
The reader, however, who has
devout faith, can, as the witches declare, apply this spell daily before
going forth to procuring or obtaining any kind of bargains at shops, to picking
up or discovering lost objects, or, in fact, to finds of any kind. If he
incline to beauty in female form, he will meet with bonnes fortunes; if a
man of business, bargains will be his. The botanist who repeats it before
going into the fields will probably discover some new plant, and the astronomer
by night be almost certain to run against a brand new planet, or at least
an asteroid. It should be repeated before going to the races, to visit friends,
places of amusement, to buy or sell, to make speeches, and specially before
hunting or any nocturnal goings-forth, since Diana is the goddess of the
chase and of night. But woe to him who does it for a jest!
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