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The Wicca Spellbook: A Witch's Collection of Wiccan Spells, Potions, and Recipes Paperback – August 1, 2000

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Citadel Press Book. (August 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806514760
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806514765
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #402,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gerina Dunwich (b. December 27, 1959, Illinois, United States) is a professional astrologer, occult historian, and New Age author, best known for her books on Wicca and various occult subjects. She is also involved in paranormal research and is the founder of the Paranormal Animal Research Group, which investigates cases of alleged hauntings by animal spirits.

Her first newspaper article (co-written with her cousin, Barbara Williams) was published in October 1976. It was an interview with singer/songwriter Jim Peterik from the local Chicago band, the Ides of March (and later, Survivor). By the spring of 1980 Dunwich was publishing a small press literary journal called Golden Isis, a one-woman operation that specialized in Goddess-inspired poetry and off-beat fiction.

In December 1993 she moved to Fort Covington, Franklin County, New York, where she opened a small shop on High Street called "The Country Witch" (later renamed "The Calico Cat Whatnot Shop"), which sold antiques, curios and various occult supplies. She officially established Coven Mandragora on Candlemas 1996 and served as its High Priestess. That same year she established the Wheel of Wisdom School (an educational organization offering correspondence courses on the sabbats) and the Pagan Poets Society (a literary circle for writers and publishers of Pagan poetry), along with a local networking organization known as North Country Wicca. In February of 1998 she received a ministerial license from the Universal Life Church. Dunwich is also the founder of the Bast-Wicca tradition.

A respected spokesperson for the Wiccan/Pagan community, Dunwich has been a guest on numerous radio talk shows throughout the United States and Canada. She has lectured and presented workshops at festivals and gatherings across the country, such as the CraftWise Pagan Gathering (Waterbury, Connecticut), the Real Witches' Ball (Columbus, Ohio), and Panpipes' Pagan Day Festival (West Hollywood, California).

A member of the Fellowship of Isis, Circle, the Pagan Poets Society, the Authors Guild, and the Authors League of America, Dunwich's biography is listed in a number of reference works, such as Who's Who in the East, Personalities of America, The Wicca Source Book, The Modern Witch's Complete Sourcebook, and Crossroads: Who's Who of the Magickal Community (published by The Witching Well Education and Research Center, 1988). She is also mentioned in Anne Carson's Goddesses and Wise Women (The Crossing Press, 1992) and other works. Her articles, poetry, and reviews have appeared in numerous publications, including Playgirl, American Woman, Magical Blend, Sage Woman, Circle Network News, and Pagan Free Press.

Gerina Dunwich lives in Western New York, where she owns and operates an antique shop. She is currently working on a new book.

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By a rose a raven on June 17, 2006
Format: Paperback
i am suprised at all the criticism this book got. i became wiccan 10 years ago and this was my first book, and "bible" so to speak. i wanted to come on here and let everyone know how truly great i thought this book was, even for a beginner. yes, there are some "darker" spells, but i just skipped over them and made due with what i could. i'm sure this book might have actually helped people find their path better, because it wasn't all fluff. there are great things in there like charms and what they represent. theres mojo bags, spells, potions, even dream meanings. a little something to make you want to explore the craft further. i found this book to be one of the most explorative when i first started, and it's still one of my favorites today.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 9, 2000
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I am a Witch and I would recommend this fine book to all Witches of the world. It is filled with excellent spells, recipes and information. I've read a number of spellbooks in my time, and this is one of the very best.
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94 of 112 people found the following review helpful By Desiree on May 27, 2003
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I bought this book in the early days of my interest in Wicca. At that point in time, I gobbled up anything with the mention of the word in the title, and in a small bookshop to my misfortune, this was it. I had quite a strong reaction to this book - and not a very positive one at that - and now I bet you are wondering what the heck it is about it that caused me to feel this way. I can sum it up in one word: hypocrisy. This is simply the most hypocritical "Wiccan" book I have ever discovered.

The book opens with an incredibly fluffy and feel-good description of Wicca in its introduction: "Wicca is respecting and living in harmony with all living things. Wicca is light. Wicca is love" (ix). Chapter One, entitled "Gerina's Grimoire," begins directly with the Wiccan Rede in italics, and she follows by explaining its implications,"It is imperative to bear in mind the Wiccan Rede before performing any magickal spells or rituals, especially those which may be considered unethical or of a manipulative nature. [. . .] If you deliberately harm or manipulate another person through black magic or any form of evil, you will pay for it by having the evil returned to you threefold" (1-2). Perhaps Ms. Dunwich should take her own advice since she apparently believes it is wrong to violate the free will of another, yet has no problems blatantly supplying spells that do just that.

This type of spellwork that Gerina has previously denounced is especially present in the section devoted to love magic. For example, one spell begins, "to gain the affections of [. . .]" (15).
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 20, 1998
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This was the first book I ever bought in my venture into the studying and practicing of the magickal arts. I found it to be very informative and it answered many of my questions, giving a detailed definition of Wicca, factual explanation of karma, many useful spells, rituals and sabbat ceremonies, and a glossary of many of the "tools" needed to practice such an involved religion. She also included a listing of shops and mail-order catalogs for places to find anything and everything the modern Wiccan could ever need! A very informative book for anyone, from the apprentice with a thirst for knowledge, to the seasoned witch simply wanting to add to his/her grimore.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By MzKitty421 on January 16, 2002
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As many reader's have said this book is definitely not for beginners. Even though I had gotten my copy when I was starting out, I never used any of the spells. There just were some things in the book that didn't sit well w/me, for example the way some spells didn't comply w/the Wiccan Rede of "harm none" and that the inverted pentacle was sometimes used for a higher degree witch. I do like the recipes and the "folksy" feel of the book. Unfortunately the examples given above made me leery of Ms. Dunwich for a while, but her other books have not disappointed me, so give her another chance! As for the reader that said this is dripping w/evil, witchcraft is about darkness and light, this book isn't as "light" as some and that's what makes it different. The author doesn't "fluff" it up.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By "charlies_an_angel" on June 4, 2001
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Depending on what you are looking for determines whether or not you'll find this useful. This was the first book i seriously read on wicca (i have always been interested in the occult since childhood, but im talking about when i discovered Wicca as a religion) but i definately dont recomend it for the beginner. I say this because it has virtually nothing on the religious side of the Craft,HOWEVER it is a great reference for finding the properties of herbs, gems, amulets etc., and has some quite good spells for everything from impotence to winning a court case. A good addition to a spellcasters shelf, but not for those looking for 'The Meaning of Life'!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By mina loy on January 3, 2002
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If you're just starting to learn about wicca, don't delve into this book. I don't agree with the title: "The Wicca Spellbook". "Wicca" shouldn't even be in it. Wicca does not condone love spells like the one Gerina Dunwich suggests (the Aphrodite one), as it manipulates another person's free will. Also, a lot of herbs, such as Lucky Hand root, are hard to find. Please, read some material on the ethics of magick before reading this one.
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