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A Victorian Grimoire: Romance - Enchantment - Magic Paperback – January 8, 1992


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About the Author

Trish Telesco is a professional author with more than 50 metaphysical titles on the market.

Trish considers herself a kitchen witch whose love of folkore (and a bit of Strega) flavor every spell and ritual. Her strongest beliefs lie in following personal vision, being tolerant of other traditions, making life an act of worship, and being the magic!

Trish travels minimally twice per month to give lectures and workshops around the country. She has appeared on several television segments and maintains a strong, visible presence in the public through journals like Circle Network News, and on the internet through popular sites like Witchvox.com, her home page, and her Yahoo! Clu
Club.

Her current pet projects include supporting pagan land funds and coordinating spiritually oriented tours to Europe.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications; 1st edition (January 8, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0875427847
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875427843
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 7.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #829,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Patricia Telesco aka Marian Singer is the mother of three, wife, chief human to 5 pets, and a full-time professional author with over 60 books on the market, each of which represents a different area of spiritual interest for her and her readers.
Trish travels minimally twice a month to give lectures and workshops around the country. She (or her writing) has appeared on several television segments including Sightings on muli-cultural divination systems and National Geographic Today ' Solstice Celebrations. Besides this, Trish maintains a strong, visible presence in the metaphysical community including having given over 300 radio interviews from coast to coast, writings on the internet through popular sites like: www.witchvox.com, her yahoo club: www.groups.yahoo.com/groups/folkmagicwithtrishtelesco, and various appearances on internet chats and bbs boards.
Trish considers herself a down-to-earth Kitchen & folk magician whose love of folklore and worldwide customs flavor every word she writes. Her strongest ethical guidelines are honor, respect, and gratitude in all things.

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4.5 out of 5 stars

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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 31, 2000
Format: Paperback
I picked up this book hoping that it offered some insights into the Occult Revival of the nineteenth century, or even some useful information about the origins of spiritualism or the Golden Dawn.
This isn't a book about the actual magic practiced by actual Victorians. This book is much more interested in Romance and Enchantment -- that is, in twentieth-century nostalgia for a vanished heyday of home and hearth.
This is kitchen witchery -- it's certainly simple, beautiful, and meaningful, but the only real "Victorian" aspects are some trappings and an emphasis on domesticity.
It's strongest when it discusses recipes and magical practices, and it's weakest when it overgeneralizes about "the Victorians", lumping American and Englishman, gentleman and laborer together. One gets the impression that the 19th century was peopled mostly by cryptoPagans practicing herbal spells for home and family -- so just who *were* the folks who raised enormous sums of money for missionary efforts to convert "heathens who bowed down to wood and stone"?
I've always been suspicious of books that include both ritual and history -- inevitably, one or the other suffers. This book is no exception. The magic is *beautiful* - but the history is much more Romanticism than fact.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By HeartofAvalon VINE VOICE on September 5, 2005
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This book is great for the magical Victoriana buff. I love my copy of Mrs. Sharp's Traditions:Reviving Victorian Family Celebrations of Comfort and Joy, but what it lacked was a magical, mystical component. This book evokes all the imagery of a Victorian lifestyle, but puts a magical spin on it. I DO lots of these things already, but with a magical focus, it makes it fit into my life that much more meaningfully. I wish it had more delightful Victorian images, but that is the only obvious downfall. If you love Victoria magazine, but have a magical heart inside, this book will appeal to you! You will be dreaming up the perfect life for yourself over a nice cup of tea!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By MissSpelled on October 29, 2005
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It's almost time for me to buy a new copy of this book. I've referred to it time and again, bookmarked, toted around, and used in the messy kitchen so often that it's about to fall apart.

And I'd hate to go without it. Great book. It really got me started with kitchen witchcraft. And I love the Victorian period and it's myriad of customs and superstitions.

The format was great in an unexpected way. I was expecting rituals and magical history but got ways to bring a little Victorian custom into my magic. Very nice.

Also, my cousins and nieces are all addicted to the American Girl books and love the recipes and crafts in this book as well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By FateDancer on July 14, 2006
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This Grimoire is very interesting indeed, the author mixes up american Victorian age uses, or at least it looks as if she does, (i am not an expert on Victorian age) with some work of her own. The grimoire is very vast, and so some arguments are not treated with the depth that maybe many would like, but the real goal of a commercial grimoire is in fact the one to inspire ideas, not to be an all comprehensive copycat guide. This Grimoire does exactly this, it gives you food for thought and creative ideas, like using umbrella's, fans, and it makes you want to learn more about many of it's contents. And personal research is a MUST for all pagans, inspiring that research and giving an overview on some parts of it is what a commercial grimoire is about. 5 stars for it's creativity and inspiring parts. My advice is to have it in your library.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By March on August 26, 2004
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Normally I detest Llewyllyn books but this one offers some wonderfull little practices that can enhance your daily life. I cant say much for the parts of this book which are wiccan but as for the folk traditions and alike this book deserves two thumbs up
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "berwynne" on June 17, 2001
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Patricia Telesco invites the reader to take a nostalgic walk through the magical past with her, as she explores the unique and creative ways of Victorian wisdom. From learning flower sybolism, to doing parlor divination, to learning how to create useful health and beauty products, this book is a must have for any witch who feels the need to connect with her magical roots. Lovely, evocative, romantic: I just can't say enough to praise this interesting and unique volume.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 5, 1997
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Although it can be said that this book is mainly for those whom are in search of knowledge pertaining to Magic and such, it can also be helpful in giving a person ideas on how to be spontaneous and romantic in an old fashion sort of way. This book should be read by anyone interested in Magic, Romance, and even History. The author has presented an insight in the Victorian Era unlike many other books a person will find. Truly there is not much to say about this book other than I would suggest that anyone that comes across this book, to read it. In some ways, I would even say that it might even give you some insights into yourself by making you think about the things within and around you
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By School Faery on August 16, 2000
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This book has wonderful enchanting ideas and recipes. It's definitely something different, and not meant to be a guide to "Wicca", so it is perfect for those looking for something different and beautifully feminine. It's a favorite from my collection of magick books, and has a nice section with ideas for each of the 8 Sabbats, as well as other unique beautiful treasures, even tea leaf reading info and poetry throughout. So much content, its hard to choose which to talk about! I've had the book since 1992 and I still use it all the time! Highly recommended for adding a little beauty to your withcraft.
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