The ancient science of transmuting base metals into gold and silver. The etymology of the word is uncertain but it may derive from the Arabic al kimiya, meaning "the magical craft of the Black Country", a reference to northern Egypt and the Nile Delta (southern Egypt, by way of contrast, had red, sandy soil). The ancient Egyptians were master metalworkers and believed that...
The Hebrew word for "the Lord" used when speaking, reading about, or referring to Jehovah, God of Israel. The awesome and mysterious Tetragrammaton - or name of God - was held in such respect that Jews avoided
= A magical chant or incantation. Quintus Serenus Sammonicus, the physician to Emperor Severus on the expedition to Britain in A.D. 208, used this formula to cure fevers and asthma. Rows of the word were written in a triangular formation on a piece of paper, which was then worn for 9 days and thrown into a stream. As the word shrank on the paper, the ailment was supposed to diminish. The word itself may derive from the Gnostic deity Abraxas.