Sator Square

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Rosarium Blends is pleased to offer you this beautifully embossed SATOR SQUARE charms.
The SATOR Square is a well known magical palindrome used for centuries in often used as a protective charm to ward off various forms of evil. The oldest datable representation of the Sator Square was found in the ruins of Pompeii.

“In this Magic Square the words read the same backwards and forwards, horizontally and vertically. It was used for protection and for overcoming danger and difficulties.
The words are Latin, and the earliest examples are from 1st century Pompeii. It was often scratched on the walls of houses, or written out on paper as a charm by cunning folk for their clients.

The exact meaning of the words is debated, but is probably something like, ‘The Creator, to whom I appeal for help, controls all our endeavours and all the changes of fortune that befall us.'” — Museum of Witchcraft

(from wikipedia)
The Sator Square is a four-times palindrome, and some people have attributed magical properties to it, considering it one of the broadest magical formulas in the West. An article on the square from The Saint Louis Medical and Surgical Journal, vol. 76, reports that palindromes were viewed as being immune to tampering by the devil, who would become confused by the repetition of the letters, and hence their popularity in magical use. The same principle, alongside the above “Paternoster cross”, is also present in the Greek magical palindrome: ΑΒΛΑΝΑΘΑΝΑΛΒΑ, which probably derives from the Hebrew or Aramaic אב לן את, meaning “Thou art our father”.

The square has reportedly been used in folk magic for various purposes, including putting out fires (the spell is “TO EXTINGUISH FIRE WITHOUT WATER” in John George Hohman’s Long Lost Friend), removing jinxes and fevers, to protect cattle from witchcraft, and against fatigue when traveling. It is sometimes claimed it must be written upon a certain material, or else with a certain type of ink to achieve its magical effect. It is often placed on houses and barns for protection. The Sator Square is used in Pennsylvania Dutch communities as part of their powwow medicine and in Russian Orthodox Old Believer communities.

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