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Williams accurately assesses a clear strength in this addition to Llewellyn's for Beginners series (Astrology, Chakras, Divination, Healing Alternatives, Magick, etc.) by calling her book "short on theory and long on practice." Her other fortes in this sound primer are clarity, simplicity and open-ended spiritual affiliation. Her emphasis on innate powers and abilities could invite believers of many stripes who want specific exercises to enhance their personal awareness. From the first simple experiment of holding palms close to each other to create perception of the unseen, Williams devotes two-thirds of her useful book to offering such concrete explorations of the invisible through sight, sound, feeling, movement, objects, planets and timing. She also lists the most basic tools for performing magic rituals and prefers dedicated, mundane household objects (clean broom, blue bowl, etc.), underscoring her belief that "everyone can develop enough psychic skill to... do effective ritual magic." The final third lists specific rituals for life events: e.g., finding a home or a job, getting money or taking a trip. Williams's only shortcoming is a lack of emphasis to "harm none," frequently found in other primers. Easy to follow, this useful volume will aid anyone who wants to master the basics of practical magic.
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About the Author

Brandy Williams (Washington) is a Wiccan high priestess and ceremonial magician who has been practicing and teaching magic for over 25 years.

In 1997, Williams founded the Seattle Pagan Scholars, and she has served as director ever since. She also is involved with numerous organizations including Ordo Templi Orientis, and the Temple of Light and Darkness, a Ceremonial group based on the Open Source Order of the Golden Dawn. She served as President of Covenant of the Goddess in 1990 and 1991.

Williams has conducted many lectures and workshops on the subject of practical magic, including the School of Night, an intensive non-denominational course with six other teachers. She also gave a presentation entitled "Wiccan Devotionals" to the Parliament of World Religions in 1993. Williams has made numerous festival appearances and continues to present lectures and workshops about her work.

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Product Details

  • Series: For Beginners (Llewellyn's)
  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (January 8, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738706612
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738706610
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #661,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It does not go into wide discussions on origins of wicca, it does not go on and on about wicca/witchcraft as religious system and its incorporability into your own religious belief (if different).
It goes on to explain about the way of the witch, giving plenty of exercises and sound advice on posture, meditation, grounding and centering, feeling your centre, energy work, directing energy, seeing the aura, finding your magical voice, magic circle, moon-phases, chakras etc, on to the ritual itself.
No mumbo-jumbo, no religious overtones, no silly songs praising this or that goddess (if i want a book on that, I'm sure there are many available) just sound practical advice for beginners on how to enhance your capabilities and how to use your own skill in making things manifest for you.
The author draws from many sources, from wicca and ceremonial magic, to buddhism and martial arts - actually from most systems which acknowlledge the Energy the witch uses to manifest.
The book is very well organized, goes from basics on to more complicated stuff and does not skip a step.
I wish I had known of this book years ago!
Not a word in this book is wasted.
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Since you are already seeking books on magic(k), psychic abilities, and the like, then I don't feel the least bit strange about telling you this.

I was in a relationship not too long ago. The thing we both had deeply in common was a love of the occult and magic(k)al studies. We were at a book store shopping for her first ceremonial/Wicca text, and this one (no joke) fell off the bookshelf at our feet. She ended up buying it that day, and I ended up sneaking off with it when I could to practice some of the exercises to enhance my Ceremonial Magic techniques.

This book bridges the gap between Llwelyn's dime-a-dozen Wicca books and the great work (Magnum Opus) of Franz Bardon. In his "Initiation into Hermetics", he spends the first half of the book getting his readers to undergo (more or less) all of the things that Brandy Williams will have you do in this book. The difference is that in Brandy's work, you don't need to have 5-6 hours a day to devote to magical study and mental mastery.

Introspection, meditation, energy, sense mastery and enhancement (individually and collectively), journal keeping, and forming better habits in general are the order of the day for all True Magi. These are the proper stones upon which you build your own temple. If you want to know more about yourself and your role in this world (and others, potentially), you owe it to yourself to buy this book!
Good Luck, and Blessed Be!
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Brandy Williams does a fantastic job of allowing a seeker to both experience and understand Magic. She doesn't spend a lot of time on the theories - and as is noted by other reviewers and Brandy herself, the only way to understand magic is to actually practice it.

Her techniques are easy to learn, not at all complex, and will provide both the beginner as well as the experienced practitioner a good foundation.

The book itself is well balanced, with some elements of theory - particularly around elemental and planetary forces. However, the theories are not beaten to death, but gently explained so that there is some level of understanding of the correspondences.

I certainly feel that Brandy's methods are both simple and powerful, and you will be practicing with proper intention and a focused will in no time at all. A great gateway book.
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I absolutely LOVE this book! I bought it years ago for a basic foundation, but it is so packed full with exercises and energy working basics, I continually come back to it. As thoroughly as I have read it, it has so much fabulous information that I still find new things to focus on each time I pick it up. It does not follow any tradition or religion, but rather is a very technical book on energy movement and focus.

If I need to cast a spell I ALWAYS consult this book. I once used one of the healing spells as a basis for writing a healing ritual for an extremely ill family member, and within the year she ended up having an outcome that was much better than we had hoped for! Every single person who is interested in working magic should have this book on their shelf and consult it often!!!
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So you've become intrigued by Wicca, or Paganism, or have been enthralled by the Moon Goddess, and you want to learn more, `Practical Magic For Beginners' is indeed the best place to start. For those who are experienced this may be boring, but to us initiates, it skims over just about everything you'll need to know to start you on your path. Astrology and the influence of planets, Moon cycles and the best moon-time for spells, the four elements, how to `ground' yourself and the importance of it, casting a circle and why you do it, and lastly some easy ritual walk-throughs for simple spells such as protection, healing, emotional healing, travel, money, and others.

This is a true beginners book, and a great start to your new path. This book is mainly for the ritualistic witch rather than the green witch (or nature based witch) but should be read before choosing the path of the green witch so you'll better understand the craft. There are many paths to take for Wicca, Paganism, Green Witch, Chriso-Pagan, Herbalist, Nature based craft, ritualistic witch, joining a coven, Gardenarian or Alexandrian craft, etc; and while this book doesn't go into the different paths, its an excellent start for whatever path you choose later.

Read this book first, along with `Wicca For Beginners: Fundamentals Of Philosophy And Practice' by Thea Sabin. Then you're ready to explore your chosen path through the many available books on each subject. I highly recommend this book. Enjoy!
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