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About the Author

Judika Illes has been a student of the magical arts since childhood. Her interests include tarot, runes, and other forms of divination, astrology, spell-casting, traditional healing and spirituality, Kabbalah, the Egyptian Mysteries, mythology, folklore, and fairy tales. Judika is the author of Pure Magic, Magic When You Need It, The Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells, and The Element Encyclopedia of Witchcraft.
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Product Details

  • Series: Weiser Field Guides
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Weiser Books (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578634792
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578634798
  • Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,279,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Dusty White VINE VOICE on October 26, 2010
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Reminiscent of Barbara Walker's classic Women's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets, Weiser has created a field guide relating specifically to witches and all things witchy. Far from an exhaustive compilation of known facts about the supernatural in myth and fact, this is more of a who's who in sorcery and magic. The text is academic but fun to read and easily digested by even the most casual observer but at no times pandering. Each entry, whether a famous magician (e.g. Crowley, Merlin, Agrippa), tool of the trade (broom, cauldron, candle), or deity is presented in a succinct synopsis that has been meticulously researched by the author. Inside these pages you will learn a great deal about the phenomenon of witchcraft: who witches really are, where they come from, and what they do generally. You will not learn how to do these things, and you will not be able to conjure up flying monkeys with this book, but you will walk away with a much better understanding of fact versus superstition and myth that has always surrounded witches. I say with all certainty that Judika Illes knows her stuff. Her examination of deities, magical heroes, and villains from all corners of the the world is a wonderful brochure to the worlds of magic that lie inside us all and simultaneously just outside our front doors, for every civilization has its magical traditions. The format of the book is a series of 1 to 2 page entries on each item or entity examined and contains just enough distilled facts to give you a rudimentary understanding of what you might find in the world around you and whet your appetite to do your own research on any that interest you. Judika has done her homework. As a lifelong student of metaphysics I can recommend this book with certainty.Read more ›
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Judika Illes has done it again! The Weiser Field Guide to Witches is not only fun to read, it's well-researched. Judika covers not just the better-known witches, goddesses, etc., of the Western world but enlightens us about those lesser-known from Africa, Asia and Mexico.

The travel section covers not only Salem, Massachusetts but some rather interesting places I'd love to visit in Europe. Even if I didn't already know I was a witch, the "test" at the end would seal the deal for me.

Highly, highly recommended.

~DJ Martin, aka Herby Lady, Author of Herbs: Medicinal, Magical, Marvelous!
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In my opion,this is a little reference book. A high light and stright to the point of the subject of witches threw history of time.
A guide if you will,to what at one time was the most forbidon taboo to speek of. So much, that the ones who dare to still pratius the caft,had to create there own langage code.If you've ever just wanted to know the lore of witches real and made up,then this is your book.What it doesnt tell you,shows you were theres other options to find info on the subject.Like the tytale says
Weiser FIELD GUIDE TO WITCHES
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I've been looking for a book on witchcraft that isn't half spells, but it's been hard. I'm interested in metaphysics, but I'm not looking to practice, and it seems like every book on witchcraft is geared only toward practitioners or would-be practitioners. This book is an exception! It's not in-depth at all, but it's a fun overview on all things witchy, both factual and fictional, and gives you just enough information so that if something piques your interest, you know what to look for elsewhere. Even Dr. Orpheus from The Venture Bros. makes it into the pages. Love it!
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Few writers can combine meticulous research with a lively writing style, but Judika Illes succeeds on both counts. In this field guide she covers everything from famous real-life witches such as Sybil Leek to witches in literature, film, TV, and even comic books (and let's face it, what guide to witches would be complete without an entry on Samantha Stevens?) Each of the entries is a gem of fascinating information, including stuff I didn't know before. A super fun read, especially during this witchy time of year.
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Witches. Say that magic word, I'm compelled to follow. Judika Illes has compiled a thoughtful, stimulating guide to move that compulsion forward cover to cover. This woman has a real knack, at the oddest moments, of showing the ultimate essence of what she presents, whether it be a tool, a tradition, or just part of a working. There's plenty of useful information here, some I've never seen before. I truly believe she actually did her own research. I enjoyed a fresh romp through this material. Her writing held my attention. I've learned some new things though I've been here before.
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