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About the Author

Ellen Dugan, the "Garden Witch," is an award-winning author, a psychic-clairvoyant and a regular contributor to Llewellyn's almanacs, datebooks, and calendars. A practicing Witch for over twenty-nine years, she is also a certified Master Gardener.
Ellen has written over a dozen books, including Garden Witchery, Elements of Witchcraft: Natural Magick for Teens, 7 Days of Magic, Cottage Witchery, Autumn Equinox, The Enchanted Cat, Herb Magic for Beginners, Natural Witchery, and How to Enchant a Man, Garden Witch's Herbal,Book of Witchery, Practical Protection Magick, Seasons of Witchery and Witches Tarot.
When not keeping up with her family, Ellen unwinds by working in her perennial gardens at home with her husband. She wholeheartedly encourages everyone to personalize their green spellcraft by getting their hands dirty, discovering the wonder and magic of the natural world, and connecting with the spiritual side of nature. To find out more, visit her website at ellendugan.com or check out her blog at ellendugan.blogspot.com/.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (March 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738721689
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738721682
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #398,803 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By S. Rasco on April 27, 2011
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This book is ok. It's a really good starting place for most people, and it's something I would recommend if Jane Doe asked me what to do about protection and defense. This sort of book is desperately needed. I'm glad it's out there. The author did some great things, and she fell woefully short in a few key areas. I'll break it down:

The Good
1. She starts with a quiz to inventory your psychic proclivities, then helps you work throughout the book to understand how they make you strong and vulnerable against different challenges. Different kinds of attack are broken down into what kinds of warning bells you might get and how to handle them. Good stuff.

2. The emphasis on the bulk of what we all encounter being unintentional or not necessarily malicious is important. We all have the urge to strike out when threatened. Giving readers practical mundane things to do and gracious yet firm ways to handle situations is excellent. You will read it and go, "Oh THAT'S how to handle the guy who creeps me out at work." And you will feel better about it having smooth, simple ways to deal with it.

3. There are some things people at every level of experience can learn. No matter what path you follow, you won't have to worry about karmic repercussions from using her methods. It's mostly defensive work.

The Not So Good:
1. Sections on specific kinds of attack, like psychic vampires, are very repetitive, yet they present an incomplete picture of the sort of attack and a very limited number of ways to deal with it. I would have loved to have seen explanations of different shielding techniques and ways to visualize them. I don't have to work to avoid touches from people if I've made my aura spiky at them and kept them at a distance in the first place.

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While Psychic Self-Defense was an excellent book, I believe that Practical Protection Magick is a fantastic alternative who would find Fortune's work hard to stomach - which is why I would recommend this book first.

As always, Ellen's tone is down-to-earth, and she makes what can be an oh-so-serious subject fun, and she keeps the mood light-hearted - otherwise everything is very matter-of-fact, and she doesn't try to scare the reader. She covers everything from psychic awareness, to recognizing a psychic attack, hauntings; how to recognize emotional and psychic vampires, along with both simple (and more complex) rituals as well all kinds of brilliant ideas for effective protection magic. I also like the fact that she included chapters on physical health, and how that ties into your spiritual health and how it affects your spell-casting as well as defend yourself from negative energy.
I really love how this book progresses, starting out with the basics and slowly adding on, which is helpful when building a solid foundation in Witchcraft, especially when dealing with something like psychic self-defense and protection magic.

The book is broken down like this:

The author starts out by talking about psychic awareness, and how to recognize your own psychic gifts. There are four quizzes for each area, for areas such as clairaudience, clairvoyance, empathy, and intuition - the quizzes aren't long and detailed, but short and sweet and give you a fairly good idea where you're at psychically. She then goes on to lists not only the strengths of each ability, but she also talks about the weakness of each ability. At the end of this chapter she includes a simple spell to enhance your abilities.
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This is the first book I've read by Ms. Dugan, and although I enjoyed the entertaining stories, and bits of practical advice, I have to say I was disappointed.
This book presents itself (for the most part) presents itself as a handbook for protection magick...
HOWEVER when it comes to the actual "protection" part, it seems to be lacking...
Instead of providing all the information in one book, she sends you to one of her other books for hex signs and any more home protection spells than the scant few suggestions she places in this book.
And as for spells to protect pets or children, there are none.
It felt very much like I was being "punished" in a way for not buying more of her books.
I enjoy Ms. Dugan's relaxed style of magick, and she seems very relatable.
I'll be keeping the book, as it has a some useful spells (should I ever need them), but as I am looking for ways to protect not just me but my family and animals, I will continue my search elsewhere.
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This review originally appeared on The Magical Buffet website on 3/24/11.

Maybe the universe is trying to tell me something. I was recently sent not one, but two different books about protecting yourself against evil or malicious entities or magic users to feature on The Magical Buffet. This has always been an area of research that interests me, and my bookshelves are a testament to that fact. Still, two books in one month. I can't help but wonder if the universe is onto something that I haven't figured out yet.

Hopefully I'll be sharing an interview with the author of the other book I received, so I won't be discussing it here. Today I'm going to talk about "Practical Protection Magick: Guarding & Reclaiming Your Power" by Ellen Dugan. Readers may remember that I interviewed Ellen Dugan back in 2009 when she was promoting "Book of Witchery". Although straight forward and hopefully informative, the interview doesn't do justice to Dugan's casual, witty writing style. That's a "my bad" on my part. That part of Dugan's personality is polished to a shine in "Practical Protection Magick".

Unlike many books I own that discuss protecting yourself from magical or psychic effects, Dugan focuses more on you than what's going on outside of you. Through some simple to take quizzes you determine your psychic specialties, and then learn what that means in terms of your strengths and weaknesses when confronted with magical or psychic attacks. Dugan focuses on self-esteem, physical fitness, and awareness. The more confident you are, the less likely you are to become prey to an attack. The concept of knowing, claiming, or reclaiming your own power is a big part of the work Dugan suggests.
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