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- n. The burning of substances to produce fumes as part of some magical rituals.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The operation of suffumigating.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of fumigating, literally from below; fumigation.
- n. The act of burning perfumes: one of the ceremonies in incantation.
- n. A fume; especially, a preparation used in fumigating.
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Donsterswivel, with much talk of planetary influences, and spirits, and "suffumigation," presently set fire to a little pile of chips, and when the flame was at the highest flung in a handful of perfumes, which produced a strong and pungent odour.
But 'after some time of invocation, Evans was taken out of the room, and carried into the fields near Battersea causeway, close to the Thames:' taken by the spirits, because the magician 'had not at the time of invocation made any suffumigation;' for spirits must always be treated gingerly.
"Only a simple suffumigation," said the Baronet, "accompanied by availing ourselves of a suitable planetary hour."
Lilly writes that one Evans, having raised a spirit, at the request of Lord Bothwell and Sir K. Digby, and forgotten a suffumigation, the spirit, enraged, snatched him out from his circle, and carried him from his house in the Minories into a field near Battersea.
Here was the suffumigation; here was the muttering wizard; here was the desert place to which Aladdin was decoyed by the false uncle.
You see I would draw a pentagon within a circle, which is no trouble at all, and make my suffumigation within it, and dere we would be like in one strong castle, and you would hold de sword while I did say de needful worts.
I do not say dere is not de spirit in it, because of de suffumigation; but, if you are not afraid, he shall not be invisible.
Simple suffumigation? simple nonsensification --- planetary hour? planetary fiddlestick!
"Only a simple suffumigation," said the Baronet, "accompanied by availing ourselves of the suitable planetary hour."
Lilly received this story from Evans; and, having asked him how such an event came to attend on the experiment, was answered that, in practising the invocation, he had heedlessly omitted the necessary suffumigation, at which omission the spirit had taken offence.
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