The Interesting Origins Of The Word “Abracadabra”


The word that’s synonymous with magic actually has an interesting origin, finding its roots back in the 2nd century AD. While the exact origins of the word are still up for debate, one of the oldest records found comes from a Roman sage named Serenus Sommonicus. 

Sommonicus was the physician to the Roman emperor Caracalla and would prescribe malaria sufferers to wear amulets containing the word “abracadabra” written in the form of a triangle (see below), as it was his belief that the power of the amulet could make lethal diseases go away. According to Wikipedia, other Roman emperors, including Geta and Alexander Severus, were followers of Sommonicus and may have used the “Abracadabra”.

Abrahadabra is a word that first publicly appeared in The Book of the Law, the central sacred text of Thelema. Its author, Aleister Crowley, described it as “the Word of the Aeon, which signifieth The Great Work accomplished.”[1] This is in reference to his belief that the writing of Liber Legis (another name for “The Book of the Law”) heralded a new Aeon for mankind that was ruled by the god Ra-Hoor-Khuit (a form of Horus). Abrahadabra is, therefore, the “magical formula” of this new age. It is not to be confused with the Word of the Law of the Aeon, which is Thelema, meaning “Will.”

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The Haunted Forest of Hoia Baciu

Most people associate Transylvania with Dracula but far stranger things are out there. Just outside the city of Cluj-Napoca lies the Hoia Baciu forest, a place so strange people have begun calling it the Romanian Bermuda Triangle.

The forest became famous in the late 1960’s after biologist Alexandru Sift captured several photos of a flying disk-shaped object while documenting the forest wildlife. During the 1970’s, the area was a considered a UFO hotspot and multiple sightings were reported. Since then, the area has attracted skeptics and believers alike, in their search to either prove or disprove the strange phenomena going on in this haunted forest.

To the locals, the Hoia Baciu forest has always been a place of fear and mysterious otherworldly events. It is named after a shepherd that disappeared in the forest, along with his herd of 200 sheep. The local people avoid going into the forest due to the many strange apparitions. They have seen strange and unexplained lights dancing in the dark and heard disembodied voices deep inside the woods. It is said that sometimes people became obsessed with the voices and visions and once the forest got hold of them, they were never seen again.

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