Agrippa, Heinrich Cornelius - The Philosophy of Natural Magic – On healing 01
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The Philosophy of Natural Magic, by Henry Cornelius Agrippa, L. W. de Laurence ed.
CHAPTER LXV. - How the Passions of the Mind can Work of Themselves Upon Another's Body.
The passions of the soul which follow the phantasy when they are most vehement, cannot only change their own body, but also can transcend so as to work upon another body; so that some wonderful impressions are thence produced in elements and extrinsical things, and they can thus take away or bring some disease of the mind or body.
For the passions of the soul are the chiefest cause of the temperament of its proper body. So the soul, being strongly elevated, and inflamed with a strong imagination, sends forth health or sickness, not only in its proper body, but also in other bodies.
So Avicen is of the opinion that a camel may fall by the imagination of any one. So he who is bitten with a mad dog presently falls into a madness, and there appear in his body the shapes of dogs.
So the longing of a woman with child doth act upon another's body when it signs the infant in the womb with the mark of the thing she longs for.