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A remarkable, unprecedented account of the role of magic in cultures both ancient and modern -- from the first known horoscope to the power of tattoos. 'Fascinating, original, excellent' Simon Sebag Montefiore ______________________ Three great strands of practice and belief run through human history: science, religion and magic. But magic - the idea that we have a connection with the universe - has developed a bad reputation. It has been with us for millennia - from the curses and charms of ancient Greek, Roman and Jewish magic, to the shamanistic traditions of Eurasia, indigenous America and Africa, and even quantum physics today. Even today seventy-five per cent of the Western world holds some belief in magic, whether snapping wishbones, buying lottery tickets or giving names to inanimate objects. Drawing on his decades of research, with incredible breadth and authority, Professor Chris Gosden provides a timely history of human thought and the role it has played in shaping civilization, and how we might use magic to rethink our understanding of the world. ______________________ 'This is an extraordinary work of learning, written with an exhilarating lightness of touch . . . It is essential reading.' Francis Pryor, author of Britain BC, Britain AD and The Fens 'Without an unfascinating page' Scotsman 'Chris Gosden shows how magic explores the connections between human beings and the universe in ways different from religion or science, yet deserving of respect' Professor John Barton, author of A History of The Bible
Turn your kitchen into a pagan power centre using herbs, crystals and spells for health, wealth, love and happiness. Are you seeking more contentment in your daily life? Could you use more money to improve home and hearth? Are you looking for ways to spice up your love life? This gorgeously illustrated gift book will greatly enhance your every day life with secrets, spells and witchy wisdom, passed down through many generations and collected in one place by bestselling author Cerridwen Greenleaf.
Simple, accessible spells and rituals for the modern woman who wants to stop wishing for a better life and start magically manifesting it - right now. Have you ever blown out the candles on a birthday cake and made a wish? Or tossed a coin into a fountain and crossed your fingers? You probably didn't know it, but you were practicing WishCraft. Within this book, you'll find spells, rituals and recipes to make all of your dreams come true, including to attract more money, boost your luck, deflect negativity, heal an illness or ailment, bring harmony and balance, draw down the power of the Moon, cleanse the energy around you, increase your psychic awareness, recall your dreams, pass an exam or test, reignite your passion, attract love, heal your heart, bring health and happiness... and more! Deep down in your heart you've always known that there's magick inside you... we all do! WishCraft will show you how to start manifesting amazing changes in your life with a little help from the Cosmos.
Herbal magic keeps witches in touch with the powers of the Earth--and this guide by bestselling Wiccan author Lisa Chamberlain gives beginners the tools to cultivate a rewarding practice of their own. Since the beginning of human history, healers and shamans have understood the nutritional, medicinal, and magical properties of herbs. Whether you're well versed in magic but are just discovering herbs, or are new to Wicca altogether, this handy guide by popular author Lisa Chamberlain covers all the basics, from creating your own magical garden to gathering, harvesting, drying, and storing the herbs. She centers the spells around 13 herbs, most easy to find and inexpensive: basil, bay laurel, chamomile, cinnamon, dandelion, elecampane, hibiscus, lavender, mugwort, nutmeg, rosemary, sage, and thyme. Because they're primarily culinary and/or medicinal herbs too, you'll have plenty of options for using the leftovers from your spellwork. The spells include magical teas, baths, and oils to smudging, blessing, and healing rituals.
Explore the magical powers of crystal and stone with bestselling Wiccan author Lisa Chamberlain. This entry in the Mystic Library series is perfect for anyone who wants to learn how to use these gifts of the earth for spells, elixirs, and charms. How do you begin collecting crystals--even on a budget? How do you clean, clear, and charge them? And which crystals are the best and most versatile?Wicca Crystal Magic explores these gifts of the earth, providing an overview of 13 popular crystals and stones in contemporary witchcraft, along with a comprehensive look at their practical applications in everyday spellwork. Since the spells themselves use only the stones featured in the guide--amethyst, bloodstone, carnelian, citrine, hematite, jet, moonstone, jade, lapis lazuli, malachite, quartz, rose quartz, and tiger's eye--this is perfect for beginners. The wide variety of elixirs, candle spells, and charms includes a Citrine Empowerment Elixir, Blessing for a New Home, Crystal Money Spell, Bad Habit Banishing Spell, Quartz Crystal Clarity Bath, and Spiritual Energy Amethyst Elixir.
Wish you could cast a spell to change your life's path? This beautiful oracle invites you to connect with your inner witch and work with nature to magically manifest your desires. Spellcasting has been used by witches since the birth of magic and now that power lies in your hands. Each card of this deck connects you to the magical forces required for spellwork, to harness and manipulate the energies needed to bring about your desires. Discover how to work with moon phases, specific weekdays and candle magic, in conjunction with unwavering focus and intent, though invocation and incantations. Each spell offers empowerment and freedom, through the spellbinding act of transcendence, as you harness natural magic to positively enhance your life. Are you ready to work your magic?
The Goetia is the most famous grimoire after the Key of Solomon. The owner of this handbook of sorcery was Dr. Thomas Rudd, the most important scholar-magician of the early seventeenth century, and a magical successor to Dr. John Dee.
The Goetia of Dr. Rudd explains how the 72 angels of the Shemhamphorash are used to evoke and safely bind demons--material that has not been made available in any previous edition. This rare volume contains a transcription of a hitherto unpublished manuscript of the Lemegeton and includes illustrations drawn from rare manuscripts held in the British Library.
Return to the magic of Hoarder Hill in this spellbinding sequel! Exploring the mysterious tunnels under their grandfather's house on Hoarder Hill, Hedy and Spencer discover the Fantastikhana, an underground tournament of magic. Here they find a group of powerful magicians called the Sleight and a mysterious living map, which tattoos itself onto Hedy's skin and seems to be directing her further underground. And so an extraordinary treasure hunt begins ... Praise for THE HOUSE ON HOARDER HILL: 'A ghostly mystery that keeps you on the edge of your seat.' BOOKTRUST 'This is a book full of magic and suspense ... exciting, a bit scary, sad, poignant, funny and also full of love.' JUNO
"THE POWERS OF NIGHT
Every plant has its own distinct spiritual energy or its own deva. Devas are the radiant light of the Universal Divine which permeates all things.Since the earliest times people were aware that all of Nature is divine. Great and wondrous myths were told which explained the presence of divine energy as it exists in thunder, in trees and in sunlight. Some of this lore was the foundation of religions. But the simpler stories such as those of a plant's energy explored day-to-day matters like health and love. This understanding of the world has been preserved in folklore through poems, chants, ditties and spells.From researching the history of folklore from cultures around the world, patterns emerge which enable us to approach the true nature of plants' devas. This compendium presents the lore and the corresponding usage for 330 magickal herbes. Great care was taken only to include folklore that was documented as being authentic.You will meet many new herbes in this text and explore fascinating magickal and religi uses. But most of all we hope you come to respect the divine that surrounds your everyday life.
Melissa Cynova, bestselling author of Kitchen Table Tarot, provides a magic starter kit that is perfect for beginners. In her straightforward and witty style, Melissa shows how to use magic in dozens of different ways to help make positive improvements in your life. You will discover how to set intentions and goals, how to safely work with magical energies, and how to work magic for love, luck, prosperity, protection, blessings, and much more. Magic has been used by people from many different spiritual backgrounds for thousands of years. This book shares tips and techniques for simple prayers, spells, and rituals that can make a major difference in your world.
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