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The Hand of Glory

The left or right hand will do, but it must be taken from a gibbeted criminal, and wrapped about in a portion of his, or her, winding sheet, in which it is pressed to force out all the blood. Then the hand is pickled in an earthen pot for 15 days and heated, either by the Sun or in a furnace, to extract the fat.. Once the fat is extracted, mix it with virgin wax and sesame. From this make a candle. This taper is to be fixed in the grasp of the hand. All this must be done during the dog days, under the influence of Sirius. When the candle is lighted, a house can be robbed in relative security.