Content warning: Misogynist Magic
Back on that Latin shit. I was translating a spell and one particular scribal abbreviation was giving me the business. It looks like “heat” with an arc over it. I couldn’t easily track it down on internets, was looking for second opinions. On the other hand, I think I’ve gotten a lot better at the transcription / de-abbreviation process than I was. Check me out…
Including any grammatical and spelling mistakes of the original writer and likely adding my own, here you go:
“…et per omnes virtutes celorum , ut in hoc speculo hanc virtutem venire faciatus : et infundatis : ut quecunque mulier ut virgo , ut vidua intuita fuerit , ut nullam requiem sui corporis he^at : neque sedendo , neque stando : neque dormiendo , neque vigillando , neque comedendo , neque bibendo , neque aliquid faciendo : donec meas omnem voluntatem impleat :- ”
This is a spell to dominate women, because Renaissance wizards were incels. Lacking any Latin skills, bouncing between wiktionary and google search and google translate, this is my rough interpretation of this part of the spell, slightly rearranged grammatically for ease of reading:
“…and by all the heavenly powers, as bound and established in this mirror: Whatsoever woman observed within, be she virgin or widow, shall not rest her body (he^at), shall not sit, not stand, not sleep, not see, not eat, not drink, not do a thing, until all satisfy my will.”
So what is the Latin “heat”? Based on the usual way these abbreviations go, “hemat,” but what would that mean here? This grimoire often reduces compound vowels from Latin to a single letter, for example turning ae into e, like in “celorum” from the first phrase. The closest word then that I could find was “hiemat,” which would turn the phrase into something clunky like “shall not rest her body though it be winter.” Also if this was a dip into Greek, it could be something to do with blood. “Shall not rest her body though it bleeds.”
What do you think?