In Reference to the political climate of late many want to say Abracadabra in the hopes that those Republican tea party enthusiasts magically disappear. But, before we conjure up the rational that it is solely the Republican party acting independently from their own constituents in their obsession with the Affordable Health Care Act or any other policies of the Obama Administration we should actually trace the word Abracadabra to it's origins. Today, abracadabra is an incantation used my many in the performance of magic tricks. In History though the word was believed to have healing powers when abracadabra was inscribe on an amulet. Many consider that the word Abracadabra is actually a Hebrew phrase meaning I create.
Interesting that that meaning I create in the conation of Abracadabra when so many today still have images of a "Wizard" performing a magic trick and utters Abracadabra right before he pulls a rabbit out of a hat. With the current political posturing in Washington today many are so frustrated that elected officials continue to assault the laws that they themselves passed. An obsession with policies that our current President ushered in continues to be an affront to too many Republicans. Consequently we have a governess of which keeps on holding the American public hostage until they get their way.
Going back to the third century AD we find the first mention of the word Abracadabra in a book titled "Liber Medicinalis" by Quintus Serenus Sammonicus. Quintus Sammonious at that time was the physician to the Roman Emperor Caracalla who among other remedies prescribed that malaria sufferers wear an amulet with the word Abracadabra written in the form of a triangle.
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It is the power of the amulet with the triangular shape wording of Abracadabra that makes lethal diseases go away. Other Roman emperors, including Geta and Severus were followers of the medical teachings of Serenus Sammonicus and may have used the incantation as well. Latter on the Gnostics used abracadabra as a magical formula in invoking the aid of beneficent spirits against disease and misfortune. During the Great Plague of London abracadabra was posted on doorways to ward off the dreaded Black Death. Through-out history their have been many who regard that when the word abracadabra is used whether in written form or spoken possesses great healing power. But it is in today's culture that we characterize the meaning of abracadabra in the culmination of magic tricks.
With an impending shutdown and a continued loggerjam in Washington where in the past few years really nothing has been passed that has had a monumental impact on the lives and livelihoods of the majority of Americans we would all like to say abracadabra in the hopes that the tea party and supportive Republicans would just disappear. To paraphrase Abracadabra in I create where the American people aren't subjected to the impasse that two political parties continue to harbor create a congress that actually strives to work together instead of my way or the highway thinking that has dominated our political landscape for far too long.