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The Complete Book of Incense, Oils and Brews (Llewellyn's Practical Magick)
The Complete Book of Incense, Oils and Brews (Llewellyn's Practical Magick)
by Scott Cunningham
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.13
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Would of given it 5 stars, but..., December 27, 2000
The reason why I feel that this book doesn't deserve five stars is because some of the recipes are too weird. Some of the recipes are supposedly ancient, and I quote...
(Scott Cunningham)>>>
SPIRIT INCENSE # 2 (caution!)
root of the weedy herb Sagapen(?), juice of the Hemlock*, juice of the Henbane*, Tapsus barbatus(?), Red sandalwood, Black Poppy seed,
Fume to make spirits and strange shapes appear. To make them flee, add parsley to this mixture, as this chases away all spirits and destroys all visions (which seems to contradict Spirit Incense #1 above!) This 50O-year-old formula is virtually impossible to compound. I included this recipe as an example of an authentic, ancient herbal incense. Most of these are as difficult to make as this one. What is the "weedy herb Sagapen"? I haven't the slightest idea!
He puts stupid recipes such as this one in his book to make Wicca look 'mysterious' and 'ancient.' The practices in Wicca are natural and don't call for 'ancient' herbs such as the weedy herb Sagapen (which I am pretty sure never existed). Most of the tools in Wicca can be found in your backyard. Don't get me wrong here. This book is full of *terrific* recipes. But don't be fooled by some of the 'ancient' herbal recipes that he included in this book.
In Part 1, this book tells you the Basics...
* On Magick * On Proportions * Empowering Rites * Ingredients * Creating Your Own Recipes
In Part 2, it gets into the actual Recipes for...
* Incense * Oils * Ointments * Inks * Tinctures * Herb Baths * Bath Salts * Brews * Ritual Soaps * Sachets or Herbal Charms * Powders * A Miscellany of Recipes
In Part 3, they have Substitutions...
* Specific Substitutions * Magickal Goals * Planetary Substitutions * Elemental Substitutions * Astrological Substitutions
Buy this book! It's pretty good =)
--Blessed Be
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Living Wicca: A Further Guide for the Solitary Practitioner (Llewellyn's Practical Magick Series)
Living Wicca: A Further Guide for the Solitary Practitioner (Llewellyn's Practical Magick Series)
by Scott Cunningham
Edition: Paperback
Price: $9.84
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The first one was better..., December 27, 2000
This is a sequel to the marvelous 'Wicca- A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner.' This book does have some interesting things in it, but most of the stuff Scott Cunningham tells you in this book is already said in the first book 'Solitary Practitioner.' The book isn't totally repeated. He does have some new information in it that wasn't mentioned before, like there's this one chapter and it has different prayers you can say to the God and Goddess, but I would think a serious Wiccan could make up their own spells/prayers since there's more feeling to it.
I'm not saying this book is bad. I enjoyed reading it, but if you consider buying this book, make sure you read 'Solitary Practitioner' first.
--Blessed Be


Encyclopedia of Wicca & Witchcraft
Encyclopedia of Wicca & Witchcraft
by Raven Grimassi
Edition: Paperback
Price: $22.89
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just got it the other night and..., December 27, 2000
This book is very useful to have near by and I recommend it to anyone who is interested in Wicca/Witchcraft. Like how the person below me said (aqua illusion), this book should go right along with Rosemary Ellen Guilley's 'Encyclopedia of Witches and Witchcraft.' Both books have their strengths and weaknesses, but together, they can give you a pretty good idea on what the Craft is about.
I also recommend Gerina Dunwich's 'Wicca A-Z.' This book is more like a dictionary of Wiccan terms, opposed to the encyclopedias that I mentioned above. The encyclopedias have biographies and stuff like that, but 'Wicca A-Z' has words like athame and handfasting and gives you a pretty good defintion afterwards.


Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner
Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner
by Scott Cunningham
Edition: Paperback
Price: $7.68
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book!, December 27, 2000
This was the first book I bought on the Craft and it remains one of my favorites. Scott Cunningham writes a lot of useful info for the solitary practitioner. He talks about Wicca & Shamanism in Chapter One and moves on to talk about the Wiccan deities (the Lord and the Lady) in Chapter Two. He tells us about the different forms of magick and how to adapt it in our daily lives and use it successfully. He speaks about the main tools that Wiccans handle and it tells how they are used in modern day Witchcraft. He talks about the 'spiral of rebirth' (reincarnation) and tells us about the Wiccan 'days of power' (the esbats which are full moon rites when you pay homage to the Goddess and it also talks about the eight Wiccan festivals which follows the life cycle of the Horned God). Overall, this book was great and I'm glad how Cunningham focuses on the spiritual part of Wicca instead of the whole spell-casting stuff.
--Blessed Be


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