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Term: ring

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Ring: The final essential instrument that I mean to mention here is the ring. This fits over the index finger of the right hand, and acts as a sort of magical magnetic coil, magnifying the force of the will that passes along the index finger. It also serves as a miniature representation of the magic circle, and protects its wearer from harm. Perhaps the best form of the ring is a plain gold or silver band, a bit broader than usual. By it the Magus is wedded to the Art of magic. It is customary to inscribe the ring with names of power such as the Hebrew YHVH, the divine Tetragrammaton.

Several different rings may be made for specific purposes. For example, an individual spirit can be made to reside in a ring, and its power utilized when the ring is put on. The ancient Greek magician Apollonius of Tyana possessed seven rings named after the seven planets, given to him as a gift by Iarchas, leader of the Brahmans of India. He wore each of these rings in rotation on the day of the week related to its planet. As is true of all the instruments, there is no exact pattern for the magic ring. The shape and choice of inscription depends on its use, and the personality of its maker.
source: Truth about Ritual Magic, Donald Tyson


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