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De Laurence Starter Set (see also Arcane Archive)

--- In HyattSpells@yahoogroups.com, RedWill0w@a... wrote:
>
> Vol.2,pp.1296-7
>  
> A HAND FOR PROTECTION
>  
> FIRST, BATHE YOURSELF,
> USING LODESTONES, MAGNETIC SAND, AND MYRRH.
>  
> NEXT, PUT LODESTONES, MAGNETIC SAND AND MYRRH
> INTO FLANNEL, ALONG WITH 'STAY WITH ME POPPA' PERFUME,
> AND ROLL THE ENTIRE THING IN QUICKSILVER.
>  
> GET IN TOUCH WITH A SPIRIT OF PROTECTION*
> WHICH WILL HELP YOU.
>  
> TAKE YOUR WRAPPED BUNDLE TO THE ROAD AT NIGHT,
> AND PLACE IT ALL UNDER A WHITE CANDLE FOR SUCCESS.
>  
> AFTERWARDS, BIND AND SEW IT INTO LEATHER.
>  
> NEXT, PLACE THE LEATHER HAND UNDER A GREEN LIGHT,
> FOR SUCCESS AND PROSPERITY.
>  
> AFTER THAT, SOAK IT IN FRANKINCENSE AND MYRRH.
>  
> AND FINALLY, WEAR IT UNDER YOUR LEFT ARM,
> OR BOUND TO YOUR FOREHEAD.
>  
>  
> A HAND FOR PROTECTION
>  
>      Now, if you find a person is 
> trying to  harm you - you ought to protect 
> yourself.  Some people talk about the 'vine  
> [divine], but I ain't looking at 
> the divine - I'm looking at what is the  
> material side of life.  Let a man of 
> a traveling image, what is called  Appos.
>      (What?)
>      Appos.
>      (What is that?)
>      That's the spiritual life -  Appos.
>      (Spiritual life?)
>      Yes.  It's the material spirit -  
>      immaterial spirit - Appos.
>      [Appos will be mentioned again.]
>  
>      You must take and bathe yourself with  
> lodestone, steel dust, murritch.
>      (Myrrh?)
>      Murritch.
>      (What is that?)
>      That is a kind of thing they buys out  
> in the regions of Africa.  
> Murritch grows on a murritch tree.
>      (Myrrh?)
>      Myrrh, yea - like John the Conquer  root.
>      (I see.  All right.)

Myrrh is often pronounced Myrrah by people from the South-East, just 
as the letter "R" is often pronounced "Arrah."  

>      You get those things, you see.  
>      And keep what you call Stay With Me  
> Poppa Perfume and engrave them in a 
> piece of flannel cloth and roll them in  
> quicksilver.  
>  
>      And see if you kin get the degrees of  
> appos with your 159 points.  Get 
> the degrees with certain - I don't bring  
> him in - see if you kin get in touch 
> with what look like a mystery that you  
> gotta set out for your protection.  

"You get those things, you see" and "See if you can get" seem to be to a recommendation that Hyatt send for the De Laurence catalogue -- this informant seems to be refering to a degree system or some such -- later there s reference to the Order of Doctor and also to several items sold by De Laurence. 

>      And get them together at the road and  
> it out there at night and put it 
> over - under a white light - for success, which  
> represent the seven spirits, 

Presumeably the seven planetary spirits of Classical belief. 

> and take it from that white light and 
> put it then into a piece of leather 
> which is called leather pell.
>      (Leather what?)
>      Tellman.
>      (Tellman?)
>      Tellman caseman.
>      (Talisman, all right.)

The informant is saying "talisman case" -- these were sold by the L. W. De Laurence Co. in Chicago from circa 1915 onward. If you ordered a printed "talisman set" of seals from "The 6th and 7th Books of Moses" or "The Greater Key of Solomon," or a copy of De Laurence's "Great Book of Mgical Art, Hindoo  Magic, and East Indian Occultism" you got a free "genuine leather talisman case" to keep them in -- and the talisman cases were also sold separately. The talisman case was essentially a leather envelope, with a curved flap:

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>      Yeah, and bound it and sew it -  
> you don't wear it yet.  You put it back 
> den under a green light for the  green 
> carpet of the earth - your success and 
> prosperity.
>      (The green carpet of the earth.)
>      Yeah.  And then you let it be  
> there and let it be. 
>  
>      You take it up from there and you take  
> frankincense and myrrh and soak 
> it and take it and either wear it under your  
> left arm or bound to your 
> forehead, which is a sign they used to
> use way back in ancient days.

The informant is identifying the De Laurence leather talisman case with a Jewish phylacteries (teffilin), leather cases containing portions of scripture which are bound to the left arm (shel roah) and to the forehead (shel yad) while reciting prayers.

The informant is familiar with the Biblical authority for the binding on of teffilin, for he calls it "a sign they used to use way back in ancient days" -- and the term "a sign" derives from the Biblical instruction itself: "And you shall bind them as a sign on your arm, and they shall be as frontlets on your head between your eyes" (Deuteronomy 6:8.). "Back in ancient days" is probably a Christian's way of referring to "Old Testament times." The custom is, of course, still observed by Jews to this day. The informant also knows that the teffilin for the arm (shel yad) is worn on the left arm, which is not expressely stated in the Bible. 

See a picture of teffillin bound on the left arm and forehead here: 
http://www.hanefesh.com/edu/tefil.gif

If you want a full course of insruction in how to bind on teffilin, read the entire page at
http://www.hanefesh.com/edu/Tefillin.htm
-- it is quite complete and gives all the information you will need. 

I am surprised that Harry Hyatt, an Anglican minister, did not pick up on this reference to Jewish religious customs -- but i am reminded that in collecting his massive "Folklore from Adams County, Illinois," he specifically stated in the preface that he had excluded from the published book any folklore that he had collected from Jews -- for reasons he declined to explain. So perhaps he had a negative attitude toward Judaism and preferred not to note this instance of a Jewish reference in hoodoo, which stands out quite clearly to anyone who, like me, is Jewish. 

>  Only one man uses it now - the man in 
>  Chicago, named Doctor DeLong.
>      (Yes, I've heard of him - Doctor DeLong.)

The informant apparently does not know any Jews personally, but has read about the binding on of teffilin cases somehwere in the voluminous writings of Dr. De Laurence of 179 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago. De Laurence wrote quite a bit about the Kabala, deriving his ideas from the writings of the British occultist S. L. McGregor Mathers, whose works he pirated.  Hyatt was being cloth-eared and agreeable -- there was no Dr. De Long -- it is De Laurence.   
  
>      And there's no harm - there's no harm 
>  wearing it, regardless where it come.  
>      It - yeah, I was [at something?] of a  
> placed called [something?] 
> [where] you'll get what's the Order of Doctor, like  
> I'm getting now.  

Perhaps the informant is going to get a certificate ("the Order of Doctor") from Dr. De Laurence, who taught courses in occultism to students and who claimed in his catalogue to be in contct with "The Eastern Order of Sacred Mysteries." See also the interview with Myrtle Collins of Memphis, Tennessee, who hd received a certificate and a robe from the Roscicrucian Order (AMORC) of San Jose, California. 

>      Yeah, that take control of you, you  
> find 'em out - you'll be able to 
> read 'em with your own nature.  You know  
> them with a spiritual sight.  They 
> can't do you nothing in the whole life,  
> regardless of what they do.  All hell 
> can't goes up against them [but you  can].
>  
>      (I see.  That will protect  me?)
>      That will protect you.
>      (I see.)
>      I've tried it myself.
>      
> [New Orleans, LA; Informant #863; A568-A574 = 1379-1385]
>  
> * (Moderator comment:  this is the best I can do with this paragraph,  
> but please decide for yourselves.)
>




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