Goe, and catche a falling starre, Get with child a mandrake root, Tell me, where all past yeares are, Or who cleft the Divels foot.
- John Donne
The term magic, has through the ages, acquired such varied connotations, by means of accretions and undertones of implications and extensions of reference and adaptations that a summary definition is elusive.
African Law against Witchcraft: Jail imprisonment for six months is now imposed in Nigeria on any person who represents himself to be a witch or have the power of witchcraft. - Nigerian Law.
A complete guide to the magical arts of witchcraft furnishes information on occult practices; spells, charms, and invocations; herbal lore; demonology; voodoo; and much more, all highlighted by more than one hundred black-and-white illustrations. This source book of the magic arts traces man's attempts to achieve divinity from earliest times to the present, from ancient Babylonia to modern America. It offers a comprehensive examination of witchcraft in its diverse forms, including divination and astrology, lycanthropy and necromancy, and all the varieties of thaumaturgical practice.