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The Little Giant Encyclopedia of Spells & Magic Paperback – December 31, 1999
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Top Customer Reviews
Like the charms against evil eye and such. Where I live in Appalachia some of these are still in use, I even surprised my papaw with my new knowledge of some of the older myths.
Some of this book like the ways of become a witch were down right ridluious and in this part it could be more clear that those were foolish assumations of ignorant Burning Times Inqusitors.
But other things like Solomon's demons come straight from the Bible(which weather non-christians like it or not is still a pretty valid piece of historical reference). To really read this book I think you need to already have a bit of background in such things if only to be able to decern between fact and once believed ficiton
This book may have disgusted some people, but through other research I've done, those were actual recipes from the 15th-16th (more or less) centuries. The spells that include dead animals and other things considered taboo today were concocted by people who were hunted during the burning times.
The other part of this book was actually very informative. I do recommend this book if you are down to earth enough. 50% of this book are old spells and they tell you the ingredients which should be taken with a grain of salt if you are closedminded. The last 50% of this book is interesting and some of it works (such as the magick squares). I've yet to try summoning one of the 72 Spirits of Solomon.....so I'll leave that to a master pagan.
Overall, this book was interesting, captivating, humorous at times, and full of information not easy to come by.
When I scanned through the pages of this 512 paged "encyclopedia", I knew that some of its contents will be no more than commercial folklore hogwash. Why then did I buy it? Simply because despite being extremely true on what our 2 learned reviewers observed that the book portrays wiccans as ambassadors of Satan, this book does provide a varied spread of general information worthy of a quick reference guide for the novice. However, a more experienced practitioner will dissect the book to its bone and extract only the necessary information that are generally welcomed. Some of these include the sigils for invocation, the hierarchy of demons and angels and spells. The biggest weakness of this book is the misguided stereotype portrayal of the wiccan community found only in Halloween late nite reruns. It's plausible strength lies in compiling some practical rituals and forms found in the likes of the late AE Crowley; some useable self help white magic spells, and of course the black magic stuff,(ie, if you are into such stuff), sources probably dug up from some Satanic literature for shock value-God knows from where,....judging from the ingredients required...since who uses bat's blood and wings anymore- do you?..:E~~
A fair read if you want to have a quick guide on most wiccan categories of practice (please discount the yawn...history and self styled documentary on witches and their likes). The 512 highly flammeable pages should come in very handy in the living room fireplace during the energy crisis winter months!..how's that for functional magick?>>>>>.zap!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's an ok book. If you are new to spells and magic, it can educate you. But, it didn't tell me anything I don't know.Published 18 months ago by The Demon Malfaeus
As a non-Pagan, not even a neo-pagan, but a writer, I found this to be an invaluable resource. "True believers" may not actually do most of these things, but the... Read morePublished on January 11, 2004 by James K. Hoffman
I bought this book, without looking through it. Big mistake. Do NOT waste your money. I looked at a few spells, and almost threw up. Read morePublished on October 1, 2001 by Terri
This is ridiculous. Don't get this book, its all unsubstantiated, falsified crap. Sorry, but this was made to get a quick buck.Published on July 24, 2001