Heartaches 9: Magic Lesson

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What does that spell mean?? Google Translate has it as being Latin, meaning “Open the add table succor shield”

Somehow I don’t think that’s right.


Terra is Earth the planet or earth the ground, Ianus is the same as Janus (the two-headed god of the new year) because the Latin I was pronounced as a J, (so I don’t know how he’s being criticized for saying a J instead of an I…) and as for the rest I can only speculate. Perhaps since aperito is like aperture (Let’s see, Google, what does aperture mean when it’s not on a camera? Oh, a slit or a hole) it might mean something about opening… so aperito terra could mean “I open the earth”(as in an earthquake, I’d wager). Adaugeo sounds like adage, which is a saying… maybe “I speak of Janus”? Contego could be context… or setting… and traba is almost definitely work because it looks just like the Spanish word trabajo. I… set work? Set at work? Set the scene for work?

Sooo…

I open the earth
I speak of Janus
I prepare to work


Using Google Translate word for word, a bit of thinking and reasoning with what happens after, I’d settle more for something like “Open the land, add a secret passage and cover it with wood”. That’s since “ianus” can also mean “secret passage”, “adaugio” would be add, and “traba” could be board, table, or ship, so it may be loosely used as wood. My biggest problem is with “contego”, which means something like cover, shield, restrain, or reinforce, and must refer to the covering the tunnel gets so it doesn’t collapse, but I don’t know how to fit it better in the sentence.


No, actually, in Latin, i was pronounced i. i and j were the same letter, which could be a vowel OR a consonant, and made the same sounds that ‘y’ generally does now. (as in: reallY, Yuck.) The differentiation came about to indicate whether it was being used as a consonant or a vowel.

Then English came along and decided that i should make the sounds ‘ih’ and ‘eye’ and screwed everything up.

tl;dr: Incantation is “ah-daw-geh-oh ya-noos.”


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