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From the Back Cover
Enter the World of Folklore, Myth, and Magic
Discover binding spells and banishing spells, spells for love, luck, wealth, power, spiritual protection, physical healing, and enhanced fertility drawn from Earth's every corner and spanning 5,000 years of magical history.
About the Author
Judika Illes is an independent scholar, educator, and author of several books of folklore, folkways, and mythology. Judika is a graduate of Rutgers University and has a certification in therapeutic aromatherapy from the Australasian College of Herbal Studies. Her books include Encyclopedia of 5,000 Spells, Encyclopedia of Spirits, The Element Encyclopedia of Witchcraft, The Weiser Field Guide to Witches, and The Weiser Field Guide to the Paranormal (published under the name Judith Joyce).
- Item Weight : 5.05 pounds
- Hardcover : 1120 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0061711233
- ISBN-13 : 978-0061711237
- Dimensions : 7.78 x 2.28 x 9.88 inches
- Publisher : HarperOne; Illustrated edition (March 31, 2009)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #14,606 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Seriously awesome inspiration for those who like to write their own spells.
BUT! the binding is complete crap. Almost every single page fell out.
This is so cheaply made its sickening.
There is also the info in the intro that needs to be addressed.
1) Firstly heka is not the Egyptian word for the energy that permeates all living things. It's authoritive speech. Or speaking with power (willpower). Because the Egyptians believed that words held power by speaking with clear intentions and a correct set of words they could change their world. This is our equivalent to casting spells. Although heka can be applied to anything including training your dog or giving a report in class.
2) Illes says that all energy is benevolent when its not. It's neutral. Later on pg 7 she says just that. It's a bit contradictory but a forgivable mistake. She goes on to state that all magical people that have a substantial amount of Magical energy are always charismatic and those that lack this energy are not. Thats a huge blanket statement and just not true. We all are human and have a range of emotions on a daily basis. No one is more magical than the next because we are all comprised of the same living energy. There certainly can be a gap of knowledge in harnessing this energy but that doesn't make one more magical. Just more experienced. Now having said that, yes, there are those that are born with the natural talent for picking up on this energy and using it but it is up to that person to hone their skills or ignore it. This also doesn't make them more magical than one who studied hard to be able to detect and use this same energy.
3) She goes a bit fluffy when she says there is a general rule with magic that spells will come back 3, 6, or 9 fold. This may be accepted by most Wiccans but certainly not all of the pagan community.
At least that's my opinion.
It covers almost every subject that you would want a spell on and contains spells that are new, old, and even ancient. The spells come from all around the world, which makes it even cooler. I’m typically not a huge fan of doing spells others have created, as there’s always something impersonal feeling about it, but this book gives such a comprehensive array of ideas of how different spells look, the main ideas behind them, and common spell elements for common themes. The book is such a valuable resource, that it’s inspired so much of my own spell-crafting and is sure to inspire any one else’s.
It’s also great when you’re unsure how to solve a certain situation and want to see what others have done for that topic from a credible source. The fact that it’s sort of like a cookbook (reminiscent of the Joy of Cooking) makes it such an easy to use and browse reference book. The book is so much more than just a huge compilation of spells though, it’s also a really good guide on how to cast spells, using magickal tools, ritual techniques, magickal theory to ensure that you have a strong understanding of how to effectively cast a spell. The formulary near the end of the book for oils, incense, waters, colognes, and inks would be worth buying the book alone for – as there’s some formulas that I’ve never seen in any other book.
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I was disappointed it’s not a hardback, even though it’s advertised as so. Popping really thin cardboard in the cover does not count as hardback. This flexiback description is nonsense.
Also the pages are not cut properly so many pages are stuck together. I’m having to cut it with a pair of scissors.
Came as a real hard back great condition its just im lost for words.
All in all, I highly recommend this book. It's jam packed with great stuff!