Names hold power. All one must do to find evidence of such a fact is to refer to the Egyptian god Ptah whose thoughts as words became real, that which he named was created or the Abrahamic god in the Old Testament of the Bible, existence in the book of Genesis starts with the power of the word and naming of the animals in the Garden of Eden.
Abracadabra can be translated from the Aramaic to mean “I create what I speak”. Not only does naming create something from nothing (taking an abstract idea from the astral realm and making it materialize in the physical realm) it also grants control over that thing. Knowing the true name of something grants you power over that thing. This isn’t a new concept; it can be found in numerous places:
- Egyptian mythology with the legend of Ra and Isis where Isis tricks Ra into revealing to her his true name thus granting her his power.
- The Germany fairytale Rumpelstiltskin where the Miller’s daughter can only escape from captivity if she discovers the imp’s true name.
- The Hobbit where there is power in learning the names of the Elven swords found in the Troll hoard for Thorin and Gandalf. Bilbo also slips and reveals the name Baggins to Gollum who then is able to track him, though he later hides his name from Smaug.