Pure Magic: A Complete Course in Spellcasting

Judika Illes, Author Red Wheel/Weiser $16.95 (288p) ISBN 978-1-57863-391-3

While millions have been drawn into the magical worlds of Harry Potter, Charmed, and Sabrina, how many have realized that the art of spellcasting should not be considered out of reach? Enter Illes (The Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells ) who provides an elegantly written introduction to the magical arts. In recent years there have been scores of Wicca and witchcraft books published for “beginners,” but Illes distinguishes hers by summoning a broad spectrum of traditions rather than restricting it to one culture, such as Celtic, or one instrument, as in candle magic. Illes sees magic as the birthright of every daughter and son of Earth. She writes, “Magic in its purest form consists of a dialogue between Earth and yourself... whereby you are able to express your desires, receive and recognize a response and are then able to make your wishes and desires come true.” The first half of the book imparts an overview of the magical arts, with a particular focus on how animals, spirits, dreams and the four elements are harnessed. The second half offers dozens of spells, many quite simple, to help achieve various practical goals. Many will find this new book to be a fine place to start their magical journey. (Aug.)

Reviewed on: 05/28/2007
Release date: 08/01/2007
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