How To Be A Wicked Witch: Good Spells, Charms, Potions and Notions for Bad Days

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Are You a Good Witch or a Bad Witch?
Or perhaps you are a witch who simply wants to make some dramatic, positive changes. The next time you are downsized, dumped on, or jilted, or feel like a drudge, turn to this light-hearted but learned primer on the art of spellcraft. This witty combination of traditional rituals for finding health, wealth, and happiness will also show you clever ways to use magic for exacting just retribution, balancing karmic bank accounts, chastising a ...

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Overview

Are You a Good Witch or a Bad Witch?
Or perhaps you are a witch who simply wants to make some dramatic, positive changes. The next time you are downsized, dumped on, or jilted, or feel like a drudge, turn to this light-hearted but learned primer on the art of spellcraft. This witty combination of traditional rituals for finding health, wealth, and happiness will also show you clever ways to use magic for exacting just retribution, balancing karmic bank accounts, chastising a wayward lover, improving your personal image, or effectively dealing with a meddlesome mother. With incantations drawn from a variety of magickal traditions (as well as suggestions on how to customize them) and simple rituals that require nothing more than willpower and ingredients found in any household, Patricia Telesco explains transformational methods for handling both the big crises and the little annoyances of everyday life, including how to:
Increase sexual potency and passion • Improve your luck • Lure a lover • Resolve a family feud • Increase personal charisma • Attract prosperity
Filled with sane advice and sassy examples, How to Be a Wicked Witch will help you release the witch within.

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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. (Jesse Gale)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780684860046
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • Publication date: 9/4/2001
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 742,582
  • Product dimensions: 5.55 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 1.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Patricia Telesco is the author of over fifty metaphysical books. She regularly gives lectures and workshops on neo-Pagan traditions throughout the country. In addition to being a witch, she is also a wife, mother of three, and chief human to seven pets. She lives in western New York.

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Introduction

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 that negativity 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

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Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction

* Chapter One *
Follow the Yellow Brick Road: Prep Work

Step One: Bearing and Alertness
The Fearless Glamoury

Waking Up and Staying Awake

What Ticks You Off?

Clothed in Magic
Color Correspondences for Wicked Witchery

Witchy Aromatherapy
Aromatic Correspondence List

Life's Little Rule Book

* Chapter Two *
Alchemy : Mixin' Up the Magic

The Alchemy of Wicked Witchery

Tools of the Trade
Crystal, Metal and Mineral Correspondence List

Flower, Tree and Herb Correspondence List

Processes

Augmenting Processes
Moon Phases
Weekdays
Months

Personalizing Your Art

* Chapter Three *
Witchy Vision: Fortune-telling Made Easy

Personal and Environmental Arrangements

The Right Tool for the Right Job

Windows into Time
Card Systems

Cast and Drawn Systems

Metaphorical Systems

Pendulums

Practice Makes Perfect

Don't Overdo It

* Chapter Four *
Curses, Foiled Again

Spells and Curses in History

For Boon or Bane?

Spellcraft Fundamentals
Creating and Adapting Spells

Ten Steps for Effective Spellcraft

Casting Spells Effectively

A Wicked Witch's Book of Shadows

Addendum

* Chapter Five *
The Wicked Witch's Knapsack (Portable Magic)

The Advantages of Magical Tokens

Clarifying Terms

Applying the Art
Numeric Correspondences

* Chapter Six *
Bubble, Bubble, Toil and Trouble (Food and Beverage Magic)

The Crafty Kitchen

Beverages
Ingredient Correspondences for Wicked Potions

Potion Components and Magical Correspondences

Recipes

Foods
Ingredient Correspondences for Wicked Foods

dFood Components and Magical Correspondences

Recipes

Afterword

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Introduction

Introduction

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 that negativity 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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2003

    Be your own guide

    Finaly some one telles it like it is. you can do magic with out following someone elses rules.

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    Posted June 5, 2002

    Wonderful, Witty and Good Magick

    What a clever book that wasn't afraid to tackle adult, difficult subjects in a real world way. Perhaps the best book yet from Telesco.

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    Posted February 2, 2002

    Terrible

    This book has not taught me nothing compared to the hundreds of other books about spells and witches that I have read.

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