Abracadabra - What the Heck Does it Mean?
Also spelled abrakadabra and abrahadabra, it is a word that has many ties to the ancient occult.
While the actual origin of the word is unknown, some believe that is was derived from the initials of the Hebraic words Ab, Ben, and ruach a Cadesch which translates as "Father, Son, and Holy Ghost." Others believe that it was the name of the supreme deity of the Assyrians.
Ephraim Goodman, the world-renowned linguist, declares that the term comes from the Aramaic phrase, Avra Kedavra which translates into "I shall create - as that which i say"
The first written record of the word comes from the third-century physician, Quintus Severus Sammonicus. He was a Gnostic physician to Roman Emperor, Septimius Severus and used the word to treat tertian fever, asthma, and agues.
When written, it is usually seen as:
The above configuration is used in banishing.
The above configuration is used in invoking.
It is used by conjurers to invoke or banish certain spirits.
It is widely believe that certain evils, including demons would diminish in the same manner as the configuration until if finally vanishes.
As a means of protection, the banishing configuration was written on a small piece of parchment and was worn, hanging from the neck on linen thread as an amulet. In the same aspect, this configuration was found on abraxas stones which were also worn as amulets.
Now days, the term is mostly associated with stage magicians when performing.