The Ephesia Grammata are an ancient charm said to bring protection and victory. These words were carved into the sacred statue of Artemis at Ephesus. They were worn by wrestlers to ensure victory, King Croesus is said to have escaped a pyre by speaking them, and the Magi were reputed to exorcise demons with them.
Because there is mention in the historical records of ancient people carrying these charms in a leather bag, I offer a hand made leather case to store them in. It easily fits into a pocket, so you can carry them with you anywhere.
For aesthetic reasons I've decided to follow the old custom of abbreviating magical formula. I have burned the first three letters of each word into a set of six wooden slats. The full formula reads: "ASKION KATASKION LIX TETRAX DAMNAMENEUS AISIA".
According to Clement of Alexandria this means: "Darkness, Light, Earth, The Seasons, The Overpowering Sun, The True Voice". Dr. Stephen Skinner interprets them as, "I threaten and bind down the demon Lix Tetrax by the power of the auspicious goddess Damnameneus."
These charms are unpainted, as that is a task best reserved for their new owner.
This item can be customized! Please message me and I'd be happy to work with you. I can easily use a different magical script or include symbols on the back of each charm. Just let me know what you want.
Because these are custom handmade items, please allow 5-7 business days for me to complete your order. I will do my best to finish your charm as quickly as possible.
Natural Wood Stain
I don't use any chemical stains or finishes on the wooden tiles. I boil them with certain plants that give a nice color and rub them with mineral oil.
The finished charms and case may vary slightly from the pictures, I make them all by hand.