Torino: the city of magic
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This is a Student Travel Writer 2018 competition entry
Former Italian capital and currently most culturally growing city in Northern Italy, Torino is by far a place that’s go a lot to offer. It is the city of the Alps, the city the Mole, the first “vegan” city, the city of design, of tiramisu, and so many other things…
However, for the Student Travel Writer Competition 2016 I returned to my hometown with an eye of curiosity regarding elements I hadn’t previously cared about. For example, what I learned this time round, is that Torino is indeed the City of Magic, according to well established esoteric scholars and researchers of everything that’s hidden to the eye.
Torino is apparently one of three cities enchanted by White Magic, with Prague and Lion, and the third point of the Dark Magic Triangle, with London and San Francisco. Both magic powers in one! This is said to be due to its foundations being constructed upon the intersection of the river Po, representing the Sun, and the river Dora, representing the Moon. Strangely, Torino also hosts the Sacred Shroud, an impressive relic of Christianity, and was home to a very great, very mysterious magician of the 1930s, Gustavo Rol. It was also holiday stay for the feared Nostradamus. Coincidence? We don’t think so!
Indeed, esoteric scholars and associations claim that there are differing signs – under the form of architectural constructions - which supposedly serve as a representation of these energies passing through the city, or visual proof of their existence and tokens of their power.
Specifically, the east side of the city is associated with White Magic energies, as this used to be the “higher” neighborhood of Torino when it was founded as Augusta Taurinorum in 28 B.C. by the Roman Emperor Augusto, and it is the side of the city where the sun rose upon the buildings first.
Five major points of white magic can be identified.
One of the most majestic churches in Torino, the iconic Gran Madre, is said to be a very powerful point of white magic. Between the river and the hills, the church boasts two symbolic statues at its entrance, one representing Faith and the other representing Religion, as they point towards the Holy Grail. One of the two statues holds a chalice, whilst the other signals towards the path to find the Grail.
Piazza Castello, similarly, especially the Royal Palace with the Triton fountain, is the epicenter of positivity. This is the border between white magic and black magic in the city, with the gate of the palace and the two statues known as “Dioscuri”, “Dark Gods”, indicating the part of the city where the dead used to be buried and the condemned used to be crucified in ancient Rome.
The famous Egyptian Museum, recently renewed and since long world-renowned for its unprecedented collection of valuable pieces, is the location with the most both positive and negative energy in the city. Most of the positive energy in the museum comes from the pharaoh Thutmosi III, master of esoteric disciplines reigning over Egypt during the era of the construction of Torino itself.
The Angelic Fountain in Piazza Solferino is also a notable piece of esoteric power. Inspired from masonic forces, the fountain represents Spring and Summer with two elegant female figures and their counterparts as Winter and Fall. Winter faces the sun, great collection of positive energy, and the other statues pour water as a sign of wisdom and knowledge of humanity.
Last but not least, the iconic Torino symbol, the Mole Antonelliana, is thought to be a massive antenna pointing towards the sky and irradiating the entire city with positive energy seeping from the underground positive energy forces. This is technically also where the aforementioned Gran Madre Faith statue points as the direction of the Holy Grail, therefore hypothesising the Grail might be right in this building!
However, this voluptuous vortex of White Magic is equally counteracted by an underlying negative force, which I personally find more intriguing and honestly a bit more coincidental and creepy.
The Dark Magic side of the city is the western end, where in Roman times atrocities of violence and poverty took place and where dead bodies were abandoned to decay under the shadows of the sunset. Accordingly, five main spots of dark magic can be identified.
Piazza Statuto is the dark heart of the city, counteracting the heart of benign magic in Piazza Castello. This portion of the city in fact used to be the Val Occisorum, also known as the ancient necropolis, where bodies were massacred and buried. Similarly, the statue atop of the Monument of Frejus is thought to represent Lucifer, as the evil angel points towards east and guides the forces of negativity to fight against the orient, made of light and sunshine. There’s an obelisk of suspicious meaning in the centre of the square too, known as an indicator of the darkness in the city. Close to this location is also the Rondò della Forca, official town executioner’s block till 1863. This is also the area where Nostradamus came to stay, leaving an eerie incision “Nostradamus was here, where there’s Paradise, Hell and Purgatory.”
Torino also boasts a palace known as the Palace of the Devil, and I’d say the name says it all. It is often recounted that the palace’s door, a massive art piece with a depiction of the devil’s face and a knocking ring made of two intertwining evil serpents, was placed here by the devil himself. It is told that a sorcerer apprentice attempted to call upon the Devil in vain and the latter, impatient about having been called for no valid reason, locked the sorcerer within the palace by erecting this large door and never letting him out again. The legends regarding this door are actually numerous, telling stories of women mysteriously assassinated and then returning to haunt the inhabitants, or this being a Tarot factory in the 1600s at number 15 of the street, also the number representing the Devil’s tarot card.
Similarly, in Via Lascaris there’s a palace that used to be known as a masonic congregation location, and it is characterized by eerie slits in the floor, now known as the eyes of the devil.
Lastly, as previously mentioned, the Egyptian Museum is a very powerful centre of energy in the city, and although it represents a stronger positive force, it also holds some quite worrying negative symbols. For example, the Museum is home to the relics of the pharaoh Tutankhamun, and the mummified head of the malefic Seth, Osiride’s brother and murderer, divinity of the dead and the afterlife.
Whether this is a publicity stunt carefully crafted with the passing of time in the attempt to attract larger tourism, or whether the studies are simply not yet being taken seriously enough so to become common knowledge… now that you know these details, I doubt you’ll walk around those Torino streets without taken the theories into consideration, even if only at the back of your mind.
Who knows, maybe some dark powerful demon will suck you through the grates of Via Roma while you nip into a shop, spindly hands reaching out through the sewers et all.
In order to provide no entrant with an unfair advantage, Student Travel Writer 2018 competition entries are edited for grammar only - stylistic choices and headlines are solely the work of the writer in question and not of The National Student's editorial staff.