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Product Details

  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Red Wheel / Weiser (May 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578632021
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578632022
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #713,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Many people interested in what they call "ceremonial magic" look at this book and or choose to use it. There is another facet of this book. This book is also used in Hoodoo and Conjure. As the lucky mojo site lists it...

Orig. pub. late 1700s; this is a 1972 English-language edition, reprinted in 2000.

A fabulous classic of talismanic and treasure-seeking spell-work, "The Black Pullet" has long been accepted by both Appalachian and African-American conjurers, and -- under the title "Gallina Negra" -- is also popular in Mexican brujeria and in Santeria.

Take a minute to look at this book and maybe youll decide it's something you can work with.
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I have a 1976 paperback edition, 80 pages, published by Weiser, which I found at a used book shop. It is set in an "Egyptian" square-serif font that almost looks like it was typed on a typewriter. The cover seems to be the same as the new edition: a rough-looking woodcut of the black hen with some eggs, a gleaming sun with rays that fill the sky and "LA POULE NOIRE" written inside it.

I'm very skeptical of this as a serious magickal resource. The text is in the form of a narrative, supposedly written by a French officer in Napoleon's army (though he never mentions Napoleon by name) during the Egyptian expedition. While surveying the Pyramids, his unit is attacked by Bedouins and all are killed except him. He is badly wounded, almost dead, when he is rescued by a little old man who comes out of a secret door on the side of the pyramid. Our hero convalesces in the old man's sumptuous pyramid apartment. The old fellow adopts him as his son and teaches him the secrets of ancient magic from documents rescued from "the burning of Ptolemy's library."

This story is fun to read and it was probably an influence for HP Lovecraft. The magical amulets, rings, and words of power all have the air of being completely made up by a clever and inventive writer.

Despite what the back-cover copy says, complete instructions for the manufacture of the Black Pullet, the wondrous gold-finding bird, are NOT included. Certain aspects of the bird's training are mentioned but not discussed. I would certainly not trust these instructions well enough to ever try them myself.
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I would say that the intent behind the book is more akin to a grimoire, and like any grimoire needs a background of study in the occult philosophy, theory, and practice. The idea behind the book is the creation and use of talisman, and with that idea expressed it makes for a great read. I say that you get what you give and giving your fullest attention and scrutiny in the hopes of finding something within this book will allow you to get just that. But to glance through and see it as a story and useless then it is so. I am of the chaos brand of occult practice and so belief is a most valuable tool. If this book is a useful tool, and metaphor, for practice then so it is. If not then it is just as so.
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I found it to be a Romanticized story of a man's first experience with magick. It has a way of making you want to take action on construction or purchase of such talismans and rings. Who wouldn't want 21 unique tools; paired with 1 ring each (to accomplish many types of goals?) I believe the true danger here is the initial initiation paired with the wrong intent. If the story is true, one could die if done improper. Furthermore, if constructed out of order, the operator can face consequences/warnings from spirits. This is why it is imperative for the operator to belong to some order or become an apprentice to a skilled practicioner (to avoid harm). Just uttering the words alone should make one ask, "which language was this? What other words should I know for troubleshooting; just in case? " The tools, words and intent are merely mentioned; with no real depth. Too many holes exist for an inexperienced person to "try" any of this. Study first and you may have better results. Radionics machines would probably intensify results here as well. Good luck out there.
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I purchased the Black pullet after several of my close friends recommended it to me. After reading it, which it is quite a short book. I find that the information about those talismans, even though some of the inscriptions are rather hard to read it still is a wonderful book.
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Being a book of magical talismans it is very different since it is written as a story. The main character goes thrue a journey to meat with many different angels to get the secrets to everything in forms of talismans and rings. In a way the journey is like a magical initiation much like the abramelin rite.

The reason why I only give it four stars instead of five is because its origin is very questionable. It is mentioned in other grimoires and parts of it is even published in other MSS that are quite old so perhaps it is a valid magical text. Either way it is an interesting story and I enjoyed it.
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This book is for those that are seriously into magic. I found myself hoping that the spells in it came true. It makes you dream on being the one being served. A very interesting book. I recommend it to those that want to know about ancient magic. I wish spell books translated other languages in the spells, it would help to know what you are saying in another language if it was translated into english. But many books have spells like that. As I said it is for the curious magician/witch. It is a small book but very interesting.
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