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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1120 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; 3.1.2009 edition (March 31, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061711233
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061711237
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Enter the World of Folklore, Myth, and Magic

Discover binding spells and banishing spells, spells for love, luck, wealth, power, spiritual protection, physical healing, and enhanced fertility drawn from Earth's every corner and spanning 5,000 years of magical history.

About the Author

Judika Illes is an independent scholar, educator, and author of several books of folklore, folkways, and mythology. Judika is a graduate of Rutgers University and has a certification in therapeutic aromatherapy from the Australasian College of Herbal Studies. Her books include Encyclopedia of 5,000 Spells, Encyclopedia of Spirits, The Element Encyclopedia of Witchcraft, The Weiser Field Guide to Witches, and The Weiser Field Guide to the Paranormal (published under the name Judith Joyce).


More About the Author

When I was six, my older sister brought home a deck of tarot cards. I took one look at them and fell in love. Around the same time, I heard (and loved) the Rolling Stones' version of Benny Spellman's song "Fortune Teller." Either or both of those experiences may have been what started my career. I have been a student of metaphysics and the magical arts ever since.



Customer Reviews

This is a very informative book and is a nice read.
pbduck
A definite must have book for anyone's personal witch's library has a reference.
Gene
I will tell you that this is the only spell book you will ever need!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

158 of 169 people found the following review helpful By a fellow seer on May 22, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Just a helpful tip to whoever originated this page for the author. Perhaps I didn't see this in the reviews for this particular book (nor did I see this while reading the description for this particular book) that this is actually a DUPLICATE of the ELEMENT ENCYCLOPEDIA OF 5,000 SPELLS. Both have the same author listed, have different covers. Please be careful to make it clear going forward, because simply having a review that talks of the Element book under the 'plain' 5,000 spells title is not really all that crystal clear. It is not cool to have two copies of the same book, people don't have that kind of money to spend. Now I now have both copies of the same book. Luckily it's a book I use and the first one was falling apart, so I will not send this second one back. Please be careful with your advertising and be clear.

Here's the link to the original: http://www.amazon.com/Element-Encyclopedia-5000-Spells-Reference/dp/0007164653/ref=pd_sim_b_29
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78 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Janet Boyer HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on May 5, 2009
Format: Hardcover
"Magic is concerned with the immediate needs and desires of the practitioner in the here and now, or at least in the immediately foreseeable future. It is not about `pie in the sky'. The average magician doesn't want to wait for the possible rewards of the sweet hereafter. Magic is not for the passive..." - From the book

What is magic? Is it evil? What are spells? Where do magic spells come from? Author Judika Illes addresses these questions and more in the book The Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells. Comprehensive and engaging, this tome spans 1,108 pages and explains the nature of spell-casting as well as key concepts and techniques. Covering magical spells from a multitude of eras, traditions, and places, this exhaustive reference book also includes some spells using deadly poisonous botanicals that are provided for historical reference. (In other words, don't reproduce these spells and keep the book out of the hands of children.)

So what is magic and spell-casting? According to The Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells:

*Magic is the manipulation of Earth's naturally occurring powers in an attempt to provide the spell-caster with the success and happiness she or he desires

*Magic spells are deliberate, specific attempts to harness and manipulate this energy, following some sort of formula or direction

*Magic power is inherent on Earth: people didn't create it, imagine it or make it up. By various means, they learned how to use it: magic spells are the result

*Every magic spell was created by at least one person and probably refined and improved by a thousand more

The spells in this book are arranged by theme, making it easy to locate the appropriate information you need.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By M. Peterson on April 28, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is such an amazing book!!! It leaves no stone unturned when it comes to presenting information about the "how to's" for each spell. I wish I would have had this book earlier in my practice.

This is a must have book!!!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By E. Watson on May 29, 2012
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This book is exactly what I was looking for - a book of spells. As a non-wiccan witch, it's nice to have a book of spells from various traditions that don't all start with opening a circle and calling on the God and Goddess (although, you could easily add that to any spell in the book). There's a good mix of REALLY simple spells with easy-to-find ingredients, and more complicated spells (some with hard-to-find ingredients). It's worth noting that just because a spell is simple (and the ingredient list short) doesn't mean it won't work. Some of the most successful spells I've done used no more than a piece of paper and my intentions. One reviewer mentioned that you could find all of these spells online for free. It's true, you probably could. You could probably find everything you've ever wanted to know about witchcraft online. But I don't have that kind of time, and I like to have a beautifully bound book in my hands to quickly reference instead of spending an hour online trying to find a spell. It just feels more...magical.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Daniel E. Cureton on February 19, 2010
Format: Hardcover
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Must have book for every person of the craft or magic goer!!! The Ultimate source ever written! This isn't your average book of spells. This is the all encompassing book of white, black, baneful, historical, funny, practical, senseless and all the spells in between. I have used this book on a number of occasions with great success.

The author makes it fun though too. For example when you flip to the curses and love spells she has a page that says "Admit it, you flipped here first!" It's not just a boring tom full of lists of spells. There are explanations given when needed, especially around some of the more historical ones that say such things as "standing under the moon next to a pine tree for three days will turn you into a werewolf." Seeing the spells and ingredients helps expand, at least my own knowledge of how to create similar spells for my own practice.

While it is impossible to have every spell out there, Ms. Illes does do a fantastic job with structuring the information in a way that it's easy to find, with a table of contents, index, headings and other categories. I'd recommend this book to any spell crafter not just for use, but as an idea book and reference.
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