Mandrakes Tethered

Jacob’s eldest son Reuben, was out harvesting in the field one day, when his beast got tethered to some mandrakes and they became uprooted from the ground.  It was common knowledge that this love plant could be used to help barren women conceive a child, so he brought them to his mother Leah, who had stopped bearing children.  Rachel saw that her sister had mandrakes, and she knew that this medicinal herb, which looked similar to the body of a baby had reproductive power, which could lead to conception in barren women, if it was consumed in very small amounts, or cut into an amulet to wear on the body, or put beneath the bed, or under a pillow.  Rachel begged her older sister Leah, ‘Please give me some of your son’s mandrakes.’  Leah replied,  ‘You have taken away my husband and now you want to take away my son’s mandrakes also.’  Rachel was desperate, she needed a child to validate herself as a woman, so she was willing to do just about anything, to get possession of the mandrakes.  Rachel replied, ‘I will have Jacob lie with you tonight, if you give me some of your son’s mandrakes.’  Leah was overjoyed and she ran out to the field to meet Jacob and said, ‘You must come into me, for I have surely hired you with my son’s mandrakes.’  Leah placed a mandrake under her pillow that night in hope that the magic root would bring her more success in conceiving again.

All parts of the mandrake plant are poisonous.  The plant grows natively in southern and central Europe and in lands around the Mediterranean Sea, as well as on Corsica.  By pinching and tying Mandrake roots as they grow, they can grow to look like human forms.

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11 thoughts on “Mandrakes Tethered

      1. Joseph a son of Jacob had the ability to interpret dreams and the Pharaoh had some magicians in the story of Moses. There is a story about a magician named Balaam who had a talking donkey and it is thought that King Solomon did incantations and called up spirits. The three wise men that appeared at the birth of Jesus could be considered to be magicians of sorts.

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      2. It is strange but many Semitic religions theologians believe that magic is a fallacy taught by fallen angels to deceive people and led them astray from the single source of power….The God..himself

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      3. Before the time of Noah, two hundred fallen angels descended from heaven to earth because they were smitten by the beauty of human women, and they wanted to have sex with them. The offspring of these encounters were called Nephilim and the males became giants while their daughters became sirens. The fallen angels taught their wives and children a variety of new technological skills, magical knowledge and occult wisdom. This became the origin of fairies, witches and wizards. In the Book of Enoch the women were taught the art of making jewelry and they also learned how to ‘beautify their eyelids’ and some other cosmetic tricks to attract and seduce the opposite sex. From these practices the men and women started committing fornication, and when God saw how corrupt man had become, He created the flood.

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      4. It is normal to think that after the world was destroyed by the flood that only the good humans would be left on earth. Although God did destroy the corrupt people, I don’t think that He destroyed any of these fallen angels. God allowed them to exist and they enjoyed tempting humans. God let the fallen angels or demons interfere with humans, but only when the person gave them specific permission to enter into them, they could not force their way into a soul.

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      5. Before the time of Noah, two hundred fallen angels descended from heaven to earth because they were smitten by the beauty of human women, and they wanted to have sex with them. The offspring of these encounters were called Nephilim and the males became giants while their daughters became sirens. The fallen angels taught their wives and children a variety of new technological skills, magical knowledge and occult wisdom. This became the origin of fairies, witches and wizards. In the Book of Enoch the women were taught the art of making jewelry and they also learned how to ‘beautify their eyelids’ and some other cosmetic tricks to attract and seduce the opposite sex. From these practices the men and women started committing fornication, and when God saw how corrupt man had become, He created the flood.

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