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Encyclopedia of 5,000 Spells Hardcover – Black & White, March 31, 2009
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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.
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This Book is not a Book on "Wiccan Magick" , although Wiccans who are not fluff bunnies, and are more open mided to learning could use it, and benefit greatly from this Book. It is a book on Folk Magic, from Brujeria, Santeria, Espiritismo, From Latin America, To Egypt, and other ancient cultures, from around the world. Many of these Earth-Magico Cultures do not believe in the concept of "Karma" so many of these Spells would be shunned by Wiccans. With that said.. I Love this Book. I hope the Author does a similar book on Magical Ceremonies and Rites and Passages.
There are little books of spells, cheap book of spells, and so so book of spells, well this is the Ultimate Huge Tome of Spells. An Encyclopedia of Magical Spells from around the world, this book defiantly belongs in every Witches bookshelf. Over 1000 pages of spells, baths, infusions, the spells range from everything from Santeria, Strega, Vodou, Spiritism, Brujeria, Shamanism, and traditional Witchcraft. Unlike other spell books, this will defiantly be of great usage to its owner. One of the best Book of Shadows ever printed. The Tome, because it is Huge has everything from Banishing, Cleansings, Baths, Protection Spells. Everything from Seances, to calling on Spirits of Nature, from White Magic, to Black Magic, and everything in between. Here is a preview of the table of context.
Spell casting, - Ritual and Tools, - Animal Spells - Banishing Spells - Business Success Spells - Cleansing Spells, - Court case, Legal, Justice Spells - Death Spells (Yes there is much on Black Magic, for those weak of heart) Ghost, Necromancy, and Vampire Spells.Read more ›
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I first came across this book while killing time in a mall bookstore. I was intrigued by the information listed on the cover and promptly came home to look up the author and the book. While Ms. Illes' website didn't contain as much information as I'd hoped for, it did give me enough insight into the author that I felt I could trust her work. The reviews I found online were also helpful. I returned to the bookstore and found a comfortable spot where I could sit and study the book in more detail.
The cost of this book, while not outrageous or unjustified, was high enough to make me cautious. When I purchase a book I do so with the long term in mind. I rarely get rid of books once I've bought them, so it's important that they be well worth keeping around. And this book is definitely worth keeping around. The majority of my books spend most of their time on the shelf, this book sits next to me at my desk. I reference it, use it, or just skim through it at least once a day.
The organization of the book is absolutely wonderful. If, for some reason, I can't figure out which section to go to from the Table Of Contents, I need merely flip to the index to find precisely what I need. Both Index and Table of Contents are very thorough and logically arranged. In particular the sub-heading feature of the Index makes finding things ever so much easier.
As the title of my review indicates, I found the book to be less a 'spell' book than a 'potion' book. Not that this is a bad thing. In fact, I was rather looking for just that. The included Formulary, that gives you the instructions for making War Water, Black Cat Oil, Graveyard Dust and so very much more, is utterly invaluable.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book is HUGEEE c: The only book you'd ever need. Sooo many great spells to choose from in each category. The book is about 5 inches thick or more.Published 4 days ago by Mynxx
This is an excellent book for basic explanation of the history of magic for beginners, as well as basic, and not so basic, spells that can easily be performed with the proper tools... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Emily Stewart
This encyclopedia is so much fun. I purchased this encyclopedia because I love having books Ina wide range of topics and I thought this would be very interesting. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
Love this book, didn't expect it to be as big as it was but that's fine. The opening has a lot of useful info and can benefit anyone lookin for a richer understanding of... Read morePublished 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
This book is fat! So many spells. Some are really wacky and this encyclopedia might feel all over the place, but it's a fun reference book nonetheless. I'm happy with my purchase.Published 28 days ago by Rannie ann M Teran
This book is massive, pretty much anything you can think of spell wise is here. Great reference book.Published 1 month ago by erinthedreamer