Fascination is a bewitchment that enables a magician or a witch to affect the behavior or life of another person. Henry Cornelius Agrippa defined fascination as a “binding.” fascination is accomplished through the eyes. The magician or witch projects a spell through the eyes of the victim . It enters the heart and takes effect. Making direct eye contact with a bewitcher enables fascination to occur. Agrippa said that the instrument of fascination is the spirit, “generated of the purer blood, by the heat of the heart,” which is sent forth in rays through the eyes. In fascination, a corrupted blood is involved, which makes the eyes of the bewitcher appear red. In magic, fascination is especially used to procure love, but it also can be used to cause a person to suffer misfortunes and illness. Dr. Edward Berridge, a homeopathic physician who was a member of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, counseled people who believed they were under a spell of fascination. One of his cases involved a wom an who said she was under the unnatural fascination of a man. She did not like him but could not stop thinking about him . Berridge discovered that the m an was knowledgeable about voodoo magic. He then perform ed a ritual to break the spell: I imagined they stood facing each other and that he had thrown out currents of odic fluid [universal life force], which had entangled her in their meshes. Then I imagined a sword in m y hand with which I severed them , and then with a torch burnt up the ends of the filaments still floating around her. According to berridge, several months later the fascination came to an end. See also Evil Eye.


  • King, Francis (ed.). Ritual Magic of the Golden Dawn. Rochester, Vt.: Destiny Books, 1997.


The Encyclopedia of Magic and Alchemy Written by Rosemary Ellen Guiley Copyright © 2006 by Visionary Living, Inc.