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Encyclopedia of 5,000 Spells Hardcover – Black & White, March 31, 2009
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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).
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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.
anyone could do, using simple herbs from their kitchen.
all the other spells require a bunch of obscure ingredients that, let's face it - most people are not going to seek out - not even me.
there are traditional spells (passed down from centuries) which are interesting. and you learn about all the gods/goddesses to invoke for what, where and when. fab.
personally, i like to do spells that require a mix of rituals and using chanting/dialogue. (your word is your wand kinda thing),
but i'd say, over 90% of these spells involve no chanting/dialogue.
lot's of very simple spells that are almost... similar to just superstitions. ie: throw salt over your shoulder, kinda thing.
best thing, is to get the basics from this book, and then elaborate/make it your own.