A magical word said to be formed from the letters of the
abraxas, written thus:
A
AB
ABR
ABRA
ABRAC
ABRACA
ABRACAD
ABRACADA
ABRACADAB
ABRACADABR
ABRACADABRA
or the reverse way. The pronunciation of this word, according
to Julius Africanus, was equally efficacious either way. According
to Serenus Sammonicus, it was used as a spell to cure asthma.
Abracalan, or aracalan, another form of the word, is said to
have been regarded as the name of a god in Syria and as a magical
symbol by the Jews. It seems doubtful whether the abracadabra,
or its synonyms, was really the name of a deity.
Sources:
Lévi, Éliphas. Transcendental Magic. London: Rider, 1896.
Reprint, New York: Samuel Weiser, 1970.

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