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Discover the World of Mystics, Saints, and Sages

Throughout history, people of all countries, cultures, and religious traditions have looked beyond the grave for help in facing life’s problems. Here, bestselling author Judika Illes pulls together the stories, myths, and legends about the mystics, saints, and sages who people have called upon for help. Including saints from all traditions—Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, Pagan, Sufi, and more—this is the essential guide for all who are interested in folklore, mythology, and history, and will help seekers identify who to approach for assistance with any situation.

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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 736 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; First Edition edition (December 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062009575
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062009579
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #411,795 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Judika hit a home run...again!

This book is detailed enough for experienced followers of saintly intervention, yet simple enough to understand that any beginner can apply the information provided.

Alone, each section of the book is a treasure chest of knowledge, but packed together gives you a whole paradigm to use in working with the Saints.

I must recommend this for everyone, of any experience, to have available on their shelves!
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I enjoy having this book as a reference, but I find it more intellectually than spiritually useful: it provides much valuable information but is not especially helpful in guiding the reader toward contacting the saint in question. For this purpose, I prefer Doreen Virtue's "Archangels and Ascended Masters" and Susan Gregg's "The Complete Encyclopedia of Angels." Still, this book is a valuable addition to any spiritual library in that it includes information about some rather obscure Christian, Jewish, and Islamic saints not easily found elsewhere.
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The book is great for looking up information on official and nonofficail saints. It does NOT however have rituals or spells for each saint. There are a few here and there, but with this book you can find what saint is the patron of what, get familiar with thier life, you will though need other sources on how to work with them, especially for beginners.
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Everything you could want to know about asking saints for assistance, including what to offer, symbolism associated with each and days that are important. Only thing I would have asked for was "more," [i.e., more saints]. But the author got most of the main ones, a few of the rare ones. Possibly could have added more archangels (or maybe will come out with a book just about them/angels in general?) But all in all excellent. There aren't enough books that mesh magick with Christianity, which I think is becoming more popular and definitely a niche that needs attention. This book is a good one for that. But this book could probably be used by traditional Catholics as well, looking for information on saints and their associated history and symbolism, if they aren't too uptight about comparative religious ideas, which are mentioned within many of the entries. A good reference I now use frequently.
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Judika Illes is one of my favorite Authors, i own every book she has written. They are all well written top-notch with great detail and care as to getting her message across to the reader. This book The Encyclopedia of Mystics, Saints and Sages is an incredible work. It is good for the seasoned, or a beginner. Judika explains to us everything imaginable about each Saint, who they are, their feast days, sacred sites etc. She even helps you choose which one is right for you, whether you are just looking for someone to call upon in your hour of need, or you are sick and need help,there is a Saint for you. Even in your professional life, yes there is a Saint that can help. Saints are for everyone. Judika's explains this in her book. I highly recommend this book. It was written with lots of love on the subject. It is a magnificent work. Please stop by Unearthly Encounters Radio, and listen to Judika's in depth interview on this book. She is amazing.

Reviewed by Mackenzie Knight- Author- Host of Unearthly Encounters Radio (Paranormal At Its Best) on Blog Talk Radio.
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Judika is an amazing author! Prolific, talented, well researched, WELL written, and easy to read... This woman is a boon to our community! Anyone can read her, scholar to student, and she writes in a fascinating, enjoyable way. I love this woman! She is a treasure, whatEVER she writes is GOLD! I have everything she has written, and they are an invaluable resource. She is great for both fun and research, ALSO... Her books are esthetically pleasing. So, they even LOOK pretty!! I love HER, her books, and her energy! She is a wonderful asset. I am thank ful she is as prolific a writer as she is! We are ALL blessed by her works!
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Never has a book of this magnitude been published that so painstakingly detailed in working with the saints and other holy people of the world religions and folk religions in a spiritual context. If you are a practitioner of a folk tradition such as Hoodoo/Conjure then this will be an invaluable companion to you as you develop a working relationship with the spirits. Illes is so generous with the detail, even giving their favored offerings, colors, and people that are particularly dear for these spirits to work with. It is a really excellent body of work that is money well spent.
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this is a pretty good reference book on mystics saints and sages. it includes many popular saints and mystics. however in doesnt include some of the popular saints it should include as well such as saint brendan the navigator. but not to bad for reference. would be better if it was updated again. author is great and good price
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