- Hardcover: 1120 pages
- Publisher: HarperOne; 3.1.2009 edition (March 31, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061711233
- ISBN-13: 978-0061711237
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 2.5 x 10 inches
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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.
A very good book and enough information to keep even an experienced magical practitioner busy and happy for a long time.
1. It's great as a reference. I really like having all the oil recipes in one place and there are some useful tips for certain uses of herbs.
2. Great organization. The book is easy to navigate with the way she organized the spells. Whatever you want, you can find it. (that said, I have the Kindle version so the search feature makes it nice hahaha)
3. Straightforward information. I don't think she beats around the bushes when she's presenting the spells and their purposes... on the other hand, this does bleed into the bad -- I'll explain further.
4. I really like the little boxes of tips and random information. The book is littered with information and should not be used as anything other than a reference.. however, there are small tips regarding certain things to remember when casting certain spells (time, date, color, etc) that are incredibly useful for someone like myself who doesn't write things down a lot.
5. It has a great variety. As others have noted, there's a wide variety of cultures listed here. There are spells working with saints, other deities, hoodoo, candles, herbal, etc. It's good to approach things from different angles and this book gives you a good perspective on that.
Now.. the bad..
1. Some of the spells... aren't really spells. I know that there can be arguments in what is regarded as a spell, but I honestly don't feel as though carrying a certain herb in your pocket is a spell. There's recipes for making mojo hands and that's great but there are some that basically tells you to carry something with you and then you'll find such and such and I think that there's a bit more that goes into that such as cleansing.
2. To add to my first point, this book isn't for beginners. Again, I repeat that it's a reference and forgive me if she has already noted it somewhere, but I think if beginners do end up picking up her books, she should add a section JUST for that. I really like the section she had on casting the spell and ritual tools and I'm aware that she has written another book solely for spell casting so I think it would be good to include a reference from that or an excerpt.
3. To add to my second point, I want to say that I do recognize some of the spells.. such as the St. Martha spell regarding love. She has a very short description telling the reader what to do in petitioning the saint, but there IS a specific prayer that goes to that. Usually spells and prayers are tailored for the caster, but it's nice to have a reference rather than just to say that someone is unable to sleep until he or she is back with the caster. This is kind of an add on to my point about her information being really concise. The info's nice when it's concise but sometimes it's TOO much that you end up losing the effect. The room she gives for flexibility doesn't help newbies who are just navigating around the sections.
So not as many bad points as good. I went back and forth a lot while trying to figure out if I should have gotten this. I know that most of the information, I could find it online -- having seen it from a friend's copy -- but I do like to have a go-to reference when I just don't want to search or don't know what to search. So this is a good place to start, in a way. Also, some of the information's interesting too, particularly the one about the summoning spirits, which I must admit is WAY too short. There is many grimoires dedicated to explaining the intricacies of rituals that involve summoning a spirit and I honestly am not sure if you can simply leave it at: burn a candle, draw sigil, and ask for what you want.
Anyway, that is just me. I'm comparing all of these information against what I've read in the past. This book is a good book. For what it's supposed to be.. an encyclopedia, it's great, but there's kind of an imbalance of information per section that I feel could be balanced out because it's not like there's not enough information.
i did get a non hard back and it is very hard to keep clean and very hard to keep open because the cover is very flimsy due to not being a hard cover back.
this book is great it had many different types of topic it covers from love to wealth and is very simple.
I would recommend getting this book in you collection because there is a stunning amount of spells in this book