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Jafar: When are you going to let me study the spells inside that book?
Amara: When you're ready. Which, as of now, you're not.
Jafar and Amara src

The Genie Wisdom Book[1] is a book featured on ABC's Once Upon a Time in Wonderland. It first appears in the second episode of the spin-off.


History

Before First Curse

A feared sorceress named Amara takes Jafar under her wing. One day, she is sitting on a coach in her house, reading a book. Jafar comes over to her to take a look inside it, but she won't let him and closes the book. He asks her when she's going to let him study the spells inside it. She replies that she will let him when he's ready, "Which, as of now, you're not." ("The Serpent")

After years of learning from Amara, Jafar is finally allowed to look through the pages of the book, which contains all the world's wisdom about genies. The book contains a spell capable of changing the laws of magic, which will make Amara and Jafar the most powerful sorcerers in the world. However, Jafar tricks his master and transforms her into a serpent staff, as he wishes to be the only most powerful sorcerer once the laws of magic are changed. Sometime after this, he takes Amara's book for himself. ("The Serpent")

After First Curse

In his Wonderland tower, Jafar uses magic to retrieve Amara's old spell book[2] from a cabinet and make it float toward him. Using his powers, he turn the pages without touching them, and proceeds to read the book. ("Trust Me")

Later, Jafar is going through Amara's old book when Tweedledee suddenly appears in a mirror next to him. ("The Serpent")

Having succeeded in locating the genie bottles he needs for the Spell of the Three Genies, Jafar places all three bottles together on a table in the Red Queen's throne room, along with the spell book. Ready to finally start his plan, he opens it. ("Dirty Little Secrets")

As the Jabberwocky watches, Jafar reads through the book and locates the right spell. He attempt to cast it, but unfortunately, the spell to break the laws of magic fails repeatedly. ("Heart of the Matter")

Shortly afterward, a frustrated Jafar continues flicking through the spell book while the Jabberwocky tries to distract him with small talk, to take the Vorpal Blade from him. ("To Catch a Thief")

Trivia

On-Screen Notes

  • When Jafar uses witchcraft to retrieve and read the book in his tower, the window in the door behind him has the same design as the book cover.[3] ("Trust Me")
GenieWisdomBookPietroDAbano

From Heptameron, or Magical Elements

GenieWisdomBookKeyOfSolomonFullVersion

From Key of Salomon

  • One page[4] contains an illustration from Heptameron, or Magical Elements (1496), a grimoire by the thirteenth century Italian philosopher Pietro d'Abano. It is "The figure of a Circle for the first hour of the Lords day, in Spring-time". ("The Serpent")
    • Another page[5] contains a table filled with symbols from a page in Key of Solomon, an old grimoire incorrectly attributed to King Solomon. This particular page is from one of the earliest manuscript of the grimoire, entitled The Clavicle of Solomon, revealed by Ptolomy the Grecian, dated 1572. (The three symbols used in Jafar's book can be seen in the lower right hand corner of the grimoire page.) ("The Serpent")
      • Below the table,[6] there are characters from the reconstruction of the mysterious Emerald Tablet,[7] which is one of the pillars of Western alchemy. It has been translated by many people over the centuries, and is said to be inscribed with the secrets of the universe. One interpretation suggests that the text describes seven stages of alchemical transformation—calcination, dissolution, separation, conjunction, fermentation, distillation and coagulation.[8] Curiously, many of the character's in Jafar's book are mirror-inverted. ("Dirty Little Secrets")
      • Below these characters[6] there is a Latin excerpt from Ars grammatica by Aelius Donatus, a fourth century Roman grammarian and teacher of rhetoric. It says: "Vt docte; conparativi, ut doctius; superlativi, ut doctissime. Magis doctius et tam doctissime non dicimus, quia magis et tam positivo gradui tantum iungitur, licet veteres dixerint tam magis et quam magis. Figurae adverbiorum quot sunt?"[9] ("Dirty Little Secrets")
      • Note that this page appears in two different episodes, with two different pages opposite it; once in "The Serpent"[5] and once in "Dirty Little Secrets".[6]
  • Another page contains a long text consisting of more excerpts from Ars grammatica.[10] The excerpts are from the first Ars grammatica, known as Ars Minor, which is a brief overview of the eight parts of speech. The text in the spell book is from the section De praepositione,[11] "about preposition". The following is a comparison of the original excerpt and the adapted version. Some sentences have been moved around for the show (these are highlighted), while others are used twice (these are set in bold): ("Heart of the Matter")
ORIGINAL VERSION
SHOW VERSION[12]
DE PRAEPOSITIONE

Praepositio quid est? Pars orationis quae
praeposita aliis partibus orationis
significationem earum aut conplet aut
mutat aut minuit. Praepositioni quot
accidunt? Vnum. Quid? Casus tantum

N/A
Quot? Duo. Qui? Accusativus et ablativus. Da

praepositiones casus accusativi. Ad apud
ante adversum cis citra circum circa contra
erga extra inter intra infra iuxta ob pone
per prope secundum post trans ultra
praeter propter supra usque penes. Quo
modo? Dicimus enim ad patrem, apud villam, ante
aedes, adversum inimicos, cis Renum, citra
forum, circum vicinos, circa templum,
contra hostem
erga propinquos, extra terminos,
inter naves, intra moenia infra tectum,
iuxta macellum, ob augurium, pone
tribunal, per parietem, prope fenestram,
secundum fores, post tergum, trans ripam,
ultra fines, praeter officium, propter rem,
supra caelum usque Oceanum, penes arbi-
tros. Da praepositiones casus ablativi A ab
abs cum coram clam de e ex pro prae palam

sine absque tenus. Quo
modo? Dicimus enim a domo, ab homine, abs
quolibet, cum exer!tu, coram testibus, clam
custodibus, de foro, e iure, ex
praefectura, pro clientibus, prae timore,
palam omnibus, sine labore, absque iniuria,
tenus pube, quod nos dicimus pube tenus.
Da utriusque casus praepositiones.

Quot? Duo. Qui? Accusativus et ablativus. Da

praepositiones casus accusativi. Ad apud
ante adversum cis citra circum circa contra
erga extra inter intra infra iuxta ob pone
per prope secundum post trans ultra
praeter propter supra usque penes. Quo
modo? erga propinquos, extra terminos,
inter naves, intra moenia infra tectum,
iuxta macellum, ob augurium, pone
tribunal, per parietem, prope fenestram,
secundum fores, post tergum, trans ripam,
ultra fines, praeter officium, propter rem,
supra caelum usque Oceanum, penes arbi-
tros. Da praepositiones casus ablativi A ab
abs cum coram clam de e ex pro prae palam

Dicimus enim ad patrem, apud villam, ante
aedes, adversum inimicos, cis Renum, citra
forum, circum vicinos, circa templum,
contra hostem
sine absque tenus. Quo
modo? Dicimus enim a domo, ab homine, abs
quolibet, cum exer!tu, coram testibus, clam
custodibus, de foro, e iure, ex
praefectura, pro clientibus, prae timore,
palam omnibus, sine labore, absque iniuria,
tenus pube, quod nos dicimus pube tenus.
Da utriusque casus praepositiones.

N/A
forum, circum vicinos, circa templum,

contra hostem sine absque tenus. Quo
modo? Dicimus enim a domo, ab homine, abs
quolibet, cum exertu, coram testibus, clam
custodibus, de foro, e iure, ex
praefectura, pro clientibus, prae timore,
palam omnibus, sine labore, absque iniuria,
tenus pube, quod nos dicimus pube tenus.
Da utriusque casus praepositiones.

In sub super subter. In et sub quando
accusativo casui iunguntur? Quando vel nos
vel quoslibet in locum ire isse ituros esse
significamus. Quando ablativo? Quando vel nos
vel quoslibet in loco esse fuisse futuros
esse significamus. in accusativi casus, "itur
in antiquam silvam"; in ablativi casus,
"stans celsa in puppi": sub accusativi casus,
"postesque subipsos Nituntur gradibus"; sub
ablativi casus, "arma sub adversa posuit
radiantia quercu". Super quam vim habet? Vbi
locum significat, magis accusativo casui
servit quam ablativo; ubi mentionem alicuius
facimus, ablativo tantum, ut "multa super
Priamo rogitans". In quam vim habet? Etiam
tum accusativo casui servit, cum significat
contra, ut in adulterum, in desertorem.
Subter quam vim habet? Eandem quam superiores
ad locum et in loco significantes. Quae
praepositiones sunt quae dictionibus serviunt
et separari non possunt? Di dis re se am con.
Quo modo? Dicimus enim diduco distraho recipio
secubo amplector congredior. Quae sunt quae
coniungi non possunt? Apud et penes. Quae
coniunguntur et separantur? Reliquae ornnes.

N/A
GenieWisdomBookKeyOfSolomonCutVersion

Detail from Key of Solomon

GenieWisdomBookUlisseAndrovandiMonstrumCornotum

From History of Monsters

  • The book also contains an upside-down version of an illustration[13] from Key of Solomon, which is also from the early manuscript called The Clavicle of Solomon, revealed by Ptolomy the Grecian. The text "Jesus Salvator" (Jesus the Savior) connects the eight-pointed cross with Jesus Christ.
  • As Jafar turns the pages, he stops at an incantation:[15]


Incipio
Tres genies in utres
Ego te coniungere
Da mihi virtutem

Magicae res tres
Vult totam

Ego [illegible]
[illegible]
Which is Latin for:[16]
Begin

Three genies* in bottles
Give me power

Three magic things
He wants all

I [illegible]


*Note that the word "genie" is plain English
  • This is the same incantation that Jafar uses to take control of the Genie Bottles, However, he does not say the last stanza.
  • On the opposite page,[15] characters from the Emerald Tablet can be seen on the right side of the page. Note that many of them are upside-down and/or mirror-inverted.
  • Another page[17] shows the Tree of Life from Kabbalah. This symbol represents, as a series of divine emanations, God's creation, the nature of revealed divinity, the human soul, and the spiritual path of ascent by man.
GenieWisdomBookUlisseAndrovandiMonstrumTetrachiron

Another illustration from History of Monsters

  • The characters on the page[17] are symbols for alchemical processes, inclduing Abstraction, Putrefication, Digestion 1, Purification 1 and Reverberation 2. The symbol for Fixation is printed on the opposite page.[18]

Appearances

References

  1. Amara: “This book contains all the world's wisdom about genies.”
    The Serpent”, Once Upon a Time, ABC
  2. File:W102OnlyThingWorse.png
  3. File:W102LeaveWonderland2.png
    File:W102OnlyThingWorse.png
  4. External screenshot from "The Serpent"
  5. 5.0 5.1 External screenshot from "The Serpent" #2
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 File:W110OpensBook.png
  7. 7.0 7.1 Image of the tablet
  8. The Legendary Emerald Tablet. Ancient Origins (August 10, 2014).
  9. DE PARTIBUS ORATIONIS ARS MINOR. Logos. Retrieved on January 12, 2019.
  10. File:W111BookOfSpells.png
  11. Donatus, de partibus orationis ars minor. Georgetown University. Retrieved on January 12, 2019. “DE PRAEPOSITIONE”
  12. External screenshot from "Heart of the Matter"
    External screenshot from "Heart of the Matter" 2
  13. 13.0 13.1 File:W111TurnThePage.png
  14. File:W111TurnThePage2.png
  15. 15.0 15.1 File:W111TheRightPage.png
  16. Incipio. Google Translate. Retrieved on January 12, 2019.
    tres. Google Translate. Retrieved on January 12, 2019.
    in. Google Translate. Retrieved on January 12, 2019.
    utres. Google Translate. Retrieved on January 12, 2019.
    Da mihi. Google Translate. Retrieved on January 12, 2019.
    virtutem. Google Translate. Retrieved on January 12, 2019.
    Magicae. Google Translate. Retrieved on January 12, 2019.
    res tres. Google Translate. Retrieved on January 12, 2019.
    What is the meaning of the Latin word vult?. WordHippo. Retrieved on January 12, 2019.
    totam (Latin). WordSense. Retrieved on January 12, 2019.
  17. 17.0 17.1 File:W111AndRightNow.png
  18. Alchemical symbolism fonts. Alchemy Web Site. Retrieved on September 9, 2018.
  19. File:W112SpellBook.png

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