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Earth, Air, Fire & Water: More Techniques of Natural Magic (Llewellyn's Practical Magick) Paperback – March 3, 2012
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Scott Cunningham was a greatly respected teacher and one of the most influential members of the modern Craft movement. A practitioner of elemental magic for twenty years, he wrote more than fifty books, including the seminal Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner.
With Earth, Air, Fire, and Water, discover the four elements as powerful magical tools. Using their energies, we can transform ourselves, our lives, and our world. This much-loved, classic guide offers more than seventy-five spells, rites, and simple rituals you can perform using the marvelous powers of the natural world.
From the Publisher
Anyone is free to write to our authors in care of Llewellyn. After we published Earth Power, author Scott Cunningham was deluged with letters. Most people wanted more "advanced" material. Of course, this was basically impossible. The natural magic Scott wrote about was simple and direct. Scott couldn't write a more advanced version, but he could write more. And that's exactly what he did in Earth, Air, Fire & Water.
Even though the first book still sells well (150,000 people use it), we didn't want people to have to buy it in order to understand this book. Therefore, Scott made Earth, Air, Fire & Water complete in itself.
That means with this book you will learn all of the basics of magic, including what you need to know to make the magic really work for you. Then you'll learn the importance of the magical elements and rituals and techniques you can do that are based on this information. This is followed by information on nine different types of natural magic that you can do for any purpose.
But my favorite part of the book is the last section. Here you will learn how to combine the information on the elements with the information on the basics of magic to create your own rituals for any purpose you can imagine! He gives over forty examples so you can see just how easy it is to design a ritual.
Scott also covers how to determine the best time to perform the ritual; how to combine the words of power or rhyme for the spell; gives a list of magical symbols; a selection of mail-order suppliers so you can get all of your magical needs; a glossary of the specialized words used in the book; and an annotated bibliography so you can know what other books you can get to further your knowledge. This is an outstanding book, and one you should have.
About the Author
Scott Cunningham practiced magic actively for over twenty years. He was the author of more than fifty books covering both fiction and non-fiction subject matter; sixteen of his titles are published by Llewellyn Publications. Scott's books reflect a broad range of interests within the New Age sphere, where he was very highly regarded. He passed from this life on March 28, 1993, after a long illness.
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HOWEVER this printing does NOT come with any of the illustrations the original one had, it's a very smaller size and cheaper material It's disappointing! Not to blame Scott (of course!!!) nor Amazon, but Llewllyn really tried to SAVE in this printing. Thumbs down to Lllewellyn for doing this. The original printing was carefully worked by Scott, and the drawings are part of the atmosphere of reading it, they are inspirational. Here, all that is lost. Too bad.
Update 4/13/16: I am on my second reading of this book. I am a beginner and I am really enjoying the clarity and accessibility of his writing style. Also, I'm not a Wicca (I follow a different spiritual path), so I was extra pleased to never see the Wicca throughout the entire book. He focuses purely on Earth Magic, without embellishment.
I learned a lot during my first read, gathered some materials, and picked up his guide on magical herbs. I'm reading it again to fully embrace the rituals and spells he describes.
I love how simply he teaches his philosophies and the organization of the book in general. The book is organized by elements, with special magic (ocean, for example) added in their own categories after the behest of readers of his first elemental work. Part of what makes Cunningham accessible is how easy to understand his instructions are even for beginners and how easily applied each spell is to various pagans and witches no matter what tradition (or lack thereof) they follow. For example, a simple Earth spell for financial prosperity that involves a green candle is one that I've adapted and used for 5 years now.
In short, this Cunningham work is an essential to own for witchcraft users.
This is one of my very favorite of his books.
If you are interested in natural magic, or the spirituality inherent in the world around you, you will love this book.
There is nothing "dark" or negative in any of Scott Cunningham's books, nor does he tell you exactly what you "should" do. Indeed, he provides a lot of information in a completely organized way, and then encourages your own intuition and knowledge.
It's set up well for beginners, but just about everyone would benefit from his books. I don't care for the books written in his name after his death very much, but this, and several others are simply gems. It's well organized as well, with useful ideas.
I would also recommend this, and other Cunningham books, for parents who want to encourage their curious teens into the positive side of "magic" where "do no harm" is explained WELL, and negative actions are shown to be just what they are, as harmful to the one acting, as the one acted upon.