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Term: Burin


Burin: A tool similar to an awl having a handle with a metal rod sharpened to a point used to inscribe. Used by some Pagans to inscribe symbols and magickal words on amulets, etc.


A Witch tool consisting of a slim metal shaft with a handle. It is correctly known as an awl and is used to inscribe designs and words on candles.


Like any magical tool, it should be purified, in this case by fire, and then secret characters should be engraved on the handle by the Bolline. Then it may be consecrated with words such as the following: 

Asophiel, Asophiel, Asophiel! Pentagrammaton, Athanatos, Eheieh, Asher, Eheieh! Qadosch, Qadosch, Qadosch! O, God Eternal and my Father, bless this instrument prepared in Thine honor, so that it may serve only for good use and end, for Thy Glory, Amen. 

Carl Llewellyn Weschcke


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