Apotropaic Magic

Alison Chicosky of Practical Occult sat down with Alonzo Gaskill in this installment of “Religion Behind the Scenes” to discuss apotropaic magic (magic that wards off or turns away evil) on Patheos.com, the world’s largest English-Language Religion website. https://www.patheos.com/religion-behind-the-scenes/what-is-apotropaic-magic-and-who-practices-it

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What is Apotropaic Magic and Who Practices it?

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Alison Chicosky
Author: Alison Chicosky

Alison Chicosky is a scholar and practitioner of a variety of forms of thaumaturgy with a focus on results-based magic. While especially interested in both Solomonic magic and the Graeco-Egyptian magic of the Greek Magical Papyri, she is also well versed in soul-flight and psychic magic of various kinds. The founder and force behind Practical Occult (www.practicaloccult.com), she strives to provide pentacles and other enchanted items drawn from a broad background of rigorously studied ancient arts, leveraging the systems of the past for practical modern use.