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The Conjure Cookbook: Making Magic with Oils, Incense, Powders and Baths Paperback – February 23, 2010
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Contains recipes and formulas that include the following: 7 Herb Bath, 9 Herb Bath, Abramelin Incense and Oil, Chinese Wash, Four Thieves Vinegar, Goofer Dust, Jinx Removing Salt, Kyphi Incense, Notre Dame and Peace Waters, Special Oil No. 20, War Water, 7 Holy Spirits, Ancient Wisdom, Angel, Attraction, Banishing, Beauty, Bend Over, Beneficial Dream, Better Business, Black Cat, Blessing, Block Buster, Breakup, Buddha, Calming, Can't Stay Away, Candle, Cast Off Evil, Cleansing, Clearance, Cleo May, Come To Me, Commanding, Communication, Confusion, Conjure, Controlling, Convince, Courage, Court Case, Crown of Success, Cut and Clear, D.U.M.E., Dark Arts, Divine, Dixie Love, Double-Action, Drawing, Earth, Easy Life, Exorcism, Fantasy, Fast Luck, Fiery Command, Fiery Wall of Protection, Fire of Love, Follow Me Boy/Girl, Fortune Teller, French Love, Friendship, Gambler's, Glow of Attraction, Gold and Silver, Good Luck, Goona Goona, Happy Home, Has No Hanna, Healing, Helping Hand, High Altar, Holy, Hot Foot, Hummingbird, I Dominate My Man/Woman, Irresistable, Jinx Killer, Jockey Club, John the Conqueror, Keep Away Evil, King Solomon, Kiss Me Quick, Lady Luck, Lodestone, Look Me Over, Love, Love Breaker, Lucky Profit, Marriage, Master, Mind Bender, Miracle, Money Drawing, Money Stay With Me, Most Powerful, Mystic Rites, New Life, No One But Me, Peace, Please Me Always, Positive Energy, Power, Prosperity, Psychic Vision, Quick Money, Reconciliation, Restless, Return To Me, Reversing, Road Opener, Run Devil Run, Safe Travel, Separation, Sex Bomb, Showers of Gold, Stay With Me, Steady Work, Tranquility, Uncrossing, Understanding, Victory, Wealthy Way, Witch's, Zodiac, and many others.
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I liked most of the formulas, though some of them did puzzle me somewhat. As some are drawing from a wider botanical catalog than you generally see in rootwork, some ingredients were a bit of a head-scratcher. This is where I wish there had been a little bit more information. While most blends did make sense to me, some were a little strange, and I would have very much liked to have known what magical associations some herbs were bringing to a blend. If a plant were bringing something new to the table other than the associations that are most commonly recognized, I would like to know about it! But this problem was not epidemic, and so can be overlooked for the most part.
I would also have been curious to see what proportions she was using in her blends, as this did not provide them but just provided the list of oils/herbs to use in a specific blend. While I realize this varies greatly from practitioner to practitioner and that there is always room for personalization when blending, it would be nice to have a reference point to start from on some of them. But again, this is just a nit-picky critique. If you know your stuff when it comes to handblending magical oils, not having proportions is no big deal. But it would be nice to provide a guideline for those just trying their hand at the art. And to be fair she does have a few pages discussing why she choose not to include proportions, but that's not all that helpful to new crafters.
It's a great source of inspiration. I've made several blends that used the recipe in this formulary as a jumping off point, and have really loved them. It's definitely a fun book to have around if you handcraft your magical supplies!
I can understand the complaint.
This book works for me because I use spiritwork and divination to figure out the amounts I need respective to each working I perform.
However, for people who are not used to managing their own conjure recipes, this book may be too much of a big step for them.
If you are just beginning to make your own products I think this book would serve you well as a starting point, as you can follow these as written. If you've been at it for awhile and already have your own formulas you will still likely find some useful ideas here. I long ago gave up the search for the "one true formula" for most of these recipes (because even the "published ones" are open for review as this book shows in the Fast Luck discussion). Personally, I am always tweaking my formulas and I transfered extensive notes from this book into my own formula book. I may have half a dozen or more formulas for many things, like Crown of Success or Love Me, but I'm always open to more. I'd be surprised if even the most experienced conjures didn't find something useful here.
Almost all of the formulas use available ingredients, but for those occasions when substitution is warranted there are about 15 pages listing well-considered substitutions for a couple of hundred ingredients. If you think about substitutions as more about different ways to achieve a goal then these make sense. The substitution by function section also mentions the primary use for many herbs.
The attributions are refreshing - the author honestly says she invented many of these as well as provides the sources for many others. In addition there is an extensive bibliography, which will point the interested reader to additional references.
As for what is not included: there are very few recipes that list the relative quantities of ingredients. Anyone who mixes scents knows how crucial that is. There is only basic instructions on making things, but my advice is go slow and let your nose (and intuition) be your guide. Also, usage of the formulas is not covered in any detail -generally just one sentence that describes the main function of the formula (although many are self-explanatory from the names). A good companion book describing the methods of making incenses, oil and powders, such as one of Cunningham's books, will be helpful for the beginner.