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Practical Magic for Beginners: Techniques & Rituals to Focus Magical Energy (For Beginners (Llewellyn's)) Paperback – January 8, 2005
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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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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.
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!
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.
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!!!
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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By "for beginners", I would say in this case that means this author is one that truly understands how to reduce information and explain it to their ENTIRE audience. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Alibi
I 'm still reading it from time to time. but in all it's informative .Published 17 months ago by sharon knight
So I'm a skeptic when it comes to this stuff. I gave it to my ex girlfriend, and she clearly understood the material and already did some of this stuff without ever hearing about... Read morePublished on February 1, 2014 by Wayne
the book was in great condition i just wish that there had been more information on it because it isn't what i thought it would be.Published on June 6, 2013 by krista
Totally loved this book it was all that I was thinking about, the book was insightful, and full of learming expereincecPublished on February 11, 2013 by Amazon Customer
This book I would recomend for beginners in the wiccan craft. It was very well written and easy to understand. Good Read!Published on February 8, 2013 by flowerchild