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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
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
Embark on this enchanted journey to one of the oldest spiritual traditions known to humankind, providing an accessible introduction and how-to guide to all aspects of the Craft. Discover the roots of witchcraft and the meaning of what it is to be a witch, as well as the seasonal cycles, rituals, spells and practical magic. Learn how to tap into magic, re-empower yourself, connect with the natural world and realize your dreams through ancient knowledge.
Giving you a clear understanding of how to live your life following the principles of honouring the Earth, yourself and others, The Way of the Witch explains many Wiccan practices and beliefs, including magical tools, the arrangement of an altar and how to perform rituals and ceremonies. Learn how to develop and embody the powers of nature within your own being.
During the Christianization of Europe in the Middle Ages, many books of magic were lost as the ancient pagan traditions were suppressed. But in Iceland the practice of recording magical spells in books continued in secret for centuries, on a scale not seen elsewhere. Now housed in the National Library in Reykjavik, these surviving grimoires, which represent only a hundredth of what was lost, reveal a rich magical tradition that continued to evolve into the 20th century. Drawing directly from the actual surviving Icelandic books of magic, Stephen Flowers presents a complete system of magic based on Icelandic lore and magical practices from the 16th century onward. He explores the history of magic in Iceland in pagan and early Christian times and reveals specific practical techniques and ritual templates that readers can adapt to their unique purposes. Flowers also presents an extensive catalog of actual spells and magical workings from the historical Icelandic books of magic. These examples provide ready-made forms for practical experimentation as well as an exemplary guide on how to create signs and symbols for more personalized magical work. The author also includes guidance on creating unique magical signs from the 100 mythic names of Odin, which he translates and interprets magically, and from Icelandic magical alphabets, symbols that connect Icelandic magic to the ancient runic tradition.
A .guide to the magical practices of contemporary women which gathers together all the disciplines of European witchcraft.
The power of magical names, spells, and talismans was of utmost importance to the ancient Egyptians and their religion. Here, in another classic by the foremost Egyptian scholar of the Victorian era, E. A. Wallis Budge describes and explains the magical practices in Egypt, many of which predate the belief in gods and goddesses. Illustrated with twenty line drawings, this volume is one more key needed to unlock the secrets of this great ancient civilization.
The second book in Cornelia Funke's internationally celebrated trilogy - magical, thrilling and mesmerising. 'I don't think I've ever read anything that conveys so well the joys, terrors and pitfalls of reading' Diana Wynne Jones on Inkheart Although a year has passed, not a day goes by without Meggie thinking of the extraordinary events of Inkheart, and the story whose characters strode out of the pages, and changed her life for ever. But for Dustfinger, the fire-eater, torn from his world of words, the need to return has become desperate. When he finds a crooked storyteller with the magical ability to read him back, he sets in motion a dangerous reversal that sees the characters of Inkheart transported to a charmed Inkworld, about to be fought over by rival rebels and princes.
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.
Guaranteed: if a youngster's not chatting on their mobile, they're typing in the latest emoticons or sending an email. And if not that, they're probably watching Sabrina the Teenage Witch or devouring a Harry Potter novel. Aimed at 13-22 year-olds, e-m@gic updates the traditional spell formulae with modern methods. Out go scripts, scrolls and exotic ingredients and in come everyday, easily available items and totally accessible methods - but still with a mystical approach. Even better, text messaging and email ensure that every spell or charm goes directly to the heart of the matter by instantly reaching its intended recipient. The basic tips and principles of good magic-making are explained and brief meanings of various colours, numbers and crystals are given. Then follows 50 spells and rituals, each of which relates to one of the gamut of teenage preoccupations - school, college, exams, love, friends and family - and none of which are offensive, frightening or dangerous. Each spell is clearly set out, with a list of ingredients and an easy-to-follow step-by-step process. In addition to modern technology, the spells make use of inexpensive and readily available props and accessories, such as candles, crystals, power bracelets, friendship bracelets, hair ornaments, nail polish, fast food and essential oils. Like no other spell book, e-m@gic speaks the language of its intended audience and communicates with them in a way that is immediately understood. Essential reading for modern witches everywhere!
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.
Discover where faeries and other mythical creatures are hiding in our modern, urban environment with this beautifully illustrated guide to uncovering magical beings. From the musty corners of libraries to the darkest depths of urban sewers, faeries, boggarts, redcaps, and other fantastical species can be found all around us-but only if we know where to look. And like every other being in the modern world, these wonderous creatures have been forced to adapt to the climate, industrial, and cultural changes of the modern era. Many formerly common creatures from akeki to cave trolls have been driven out by the urban sprawl, technological advancements, and climate change while others, including ether sprites and brownies, have been able to thrive in abundance, creating homes within electrical hotbeds and massive landfills. Featuring descriptions of magical creatures from around the globe, this encyclopedic collection details the history and adaptability of more than fifty different species of fae. Describing little-known and fascinating creatures such as the Luck Pigeon of Baltimore, the akaname of Eastern Asia, and the konderong of South Africa, this book will expose readers to fantastical species from a variety of cultures and communities. Combining scholarship with modern lore and environmentalism, and featuring stunning hand-drawn illustrations, Finding Faeries is a captivating look at the fantastical beings that inhabit our world today.
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