The Barnes & Noble Review
Glinda had a groovy frock, but we’d still rather be Wicked Witches. The Wicked Witch flies with a chevron of monkeys. She sees faraway faces in a crystal ball. And when she trips up that prissy little Dorothy, she gets to laugh and laugh and laugh. It just goes to show you: Wicked Witchery is cool. And according to Trish Telesco, there’s no need to feel guilty about witchiness. “The philosophy that How to Be a Wicked Witch advocates is one of preparedness...being ready for the fires when they come so you don’t get burned, and knowing how to put them out afterward!” Noted pagan author Telesco shows us all the smart, self-protective tricks of the witching trade, from protective amulets to curses to love potions. With her help, we can get what we want with a sting of dark magic.
Telesco’s primer begins with a guide to magical ingredients and accessories. She then explains how to handle the basics of Wicked Witching: fortune telling, curses, amulets, and potions. And once you learn the tricks of the trade, you’re ready to take control. “When you’re sad, depressed or downright irate, there really is a magical answer to your situation,” the author promises. “The metaphysical techniques presented throughout this book use imaginative, meaningful components that allow you to take back the reigns of control in your life.” With Telesco’s help, we can all find weird new ways of focusing our powers. We just have to stay away from water buckets.
Let's admit it: We all have a little good witch and bad witch in us. Veteran practitioner Trish Telesco has composed a spellbinding primer to both magical practices. Her guide offers witchy lessons on increasing your sexual potency and passion; improving your luck; attracting prosperity; resolving feuds; luring a love; and, if all else fails, exacting revenge.
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Keep cool and you command everybody.
-- St. Just
Magic is in the air. All around the world right now people just like you are casting spells, making charms, concocting potions, fortune-telling and generally getting witchy! Why? Well, the reasons vary. Most seek some metaphysical help in meeting common human needs like finding a companion, opening the way for better jobs, increasing finances, spicing up their love lives, toning down tension and promoting a little extra luck when the mundane methods fail. For these individuals, witchcraft has become a personalized, meaningful way of bringing spiritual vision and power into everyday life and transforming it for the better, and it can be the same for you.
But what happens to the same well-meaning witches and weavers of spells when they get frustrated, depressed, irate, jealous or otherwise offended -- what happens when life's apple cart gets overturned by an adversary or rival? Do they simply sit back, smile and take it nonchalantly on the cheek? Or do they decide to wield magic like a weapon, beating back the tide of proverbial manure that life often dishes out?
This question lies at the heart and soul of what every magical practitioner faces every day. There are two basic rules that most witches follow religiously: 1. Harm no one, including yourself; 2. Don't manipulate anyone's free will unless you want to experience the three-fold law firsthand (i.e., whatever you send out comes back three times). These rules don't leave us a lot of room for biting back or getting even because no one wants thatnegativity boomeranging!
So the question becomes: How can witches use spiritual, metaphysical aptitudes as a coping mechanism for life's bumps and bruises without overstepping the boundaries of sensible, positive magic? One good hint about this comes to us from a Chinese proverb that says "the fire you kindle for your enemy often burns yourself more than him." Wicked witchery recognizes this truth. The philosophy that How to Be a Wicked Witch advocates is one of preparedness...being ready for the fires when they come so you don't get burned, and knowing how to put them out afterward!
Preparedness is where this book begins -- learning to talk the talk, walk the walk and know your art inside and out. We'll look at basic rules for wicked witchery, adding a healthy dose of humor to keep things in perspective. Even when life seems miserable, laughter is still a terrific medicine and a potent magic whose potential shouldn't be underestimated -- but we're certainly not going to stop there!
How to Be a Wicked Witch then goes on to provide creative, clever, tactful and effective magical methods for handling many of life's hot situations, frustrations, disappointments and shortcomings. The next time you get downsized, dumped on by a friend or family member, jilted by a lover or just want to make the best of a bad situation, turn to How to Be a Wicked Witch and see what tidbits of advice you can find. Taking action in itself will improve your demeanor, and the activities suggested are neatly designed to keep your spiritual dignity intact.
When you're sad, depressed or downright irate, there really is a magical answer to your situation. The metaphysical techniques presented throughout this book use imaginative, meaningful components that allow you to take back the reigns of control in your life. In the process, if you follow my lead, you won't blow your karmic bank account either.
So when life's road is dotted with potholes, fill them with witchery! It won't solve all the problems we face, but it will make you feel better and help you smile again, which wins half the battle. Once you realize that you can make a difference in your life, you can! Start right now by pulling out your broomstick and flying to the nearest cozy chair where you can read more. Join me in making some proactive, life-affirming magic today!
Copyright © 2001 by Trish Telesco