Element Encyclopedia of Witchcraft

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Stories of witches and the power of magic have enthralled us since humanity first walked the earth. The words "witchcraft" and "witch," or their equivalents, are rooted in perceptions of the magical arts, primordial spiritual traditions, or women's primal power. But what is the true definition of a witch, and what do we really know about the world of magic?

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Overview

Stories of witches and the power of magic have enthralled us since humanity first walked the earth. The words "witchcraft" and "witch," or their equivalents, are rooted in perceptions of the magical arts, primordial spiritual traditions, or women's primal power. But what is the true definition of a witch, and what do we really know about the world of magic?

The Element Encyclopedia of Witchcraftis a comprehensive celebration of all facets of witchcraft. From fairy tales to familiars, hags to healers, from Ancient Egypt to modern Wicca and Neo-Paganism, this definitive reference book reveals the many faces and traditions of thousands of years of witchcraft.

Here is a feast of facts and curiosities, including recipes from the witch's cauldron, auspicious dates from the witch's sacred calendar, and different methods of witches' flight. Discover how witches have inspired fine art and mass entertainment, from Shakespeare to Harry Potter, and how witchcraft has been depicted in various ways, from veneration to defamation. Learn about witches and worship, with those special deities most identified with witchcraft; and take a journey to the Burning Times, those terrible centuries when witches suffered persecution and death.

Packed full of legends, lore, magic spells, potions, recipes, and rituals, The Element Encyclopedia of Witchcraft is a delightful mixture of instruction, entertainment, and the downright bizarre; it is the ultimate reference work for both the dedicated follower and casual consumer of all things magical.

Judika Illes fell in love with the magical arts during childhood. She is a spell-collector, tarot-card reader, aromatherapist, and multi-cultural studies teacher. The author of three previous books of magic spells, including the companion volume to this book, The Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780007192939
  • Publisher: Thorsons/Element
  • Publication date: 6/8/2005
  • Pages: 887
  • Sales rank: 1,035,813
  • Product dimensions: 7.72 (w) x 10.06 (h) x 2.13 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2005

    The only book about witchcraft you'll ever need

    I read Illes's companion book 'The Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells' first. Together, these are the only books about spells and witchcraft you'll ever need. Presented as much as a study of the history of witchcraft as a tutorial, this book spans centuries and nations to do something other writers of the genre often fail to do: Compare, contrast and combine the various topics to describe their evolution. One could imagine students of witchcraft and wizardry learning from this book. Amazing.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2010

    By hardcover so you will never have to replace it! :}

    05/3/2010
    This book is only of the most influential reads of my life time. It is the the "Huckleberry Fin" of it genre. IT IS A MUST HAVE! Any person has a books of magic collection needs this master piece along with its compainion spellbook: The Encyclopedia of 5,000 Spells.
    -A New Age Mage

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2008

    excellent

    i have all four of her books and love them all. this book exsplains the history of witchcraft and how it got its negative and positive lights brought opon the general public.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2007

    more fun than a cauldron of toads.

    This book has everything you would ever need (or want) to know about magic, from it's beginings to modren practioner pointer, its both fun and informitive to read. not for those looking for a few fluffy spells but for those seeking a true background of the magical arts. Unassuming, progressive and entertaing.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2006

    Not for the teenagers

    Ok most people who are just interested in doing little spells that are just fun and silly and not interested in the history of witch craft, then this book would not be for you. However if you are like me a seeker of knowledge and truth then this book is definately a good resource.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2006

    Disappointing!

    I was very disappointed with this book. It has stories about witches... Like in stories of Dorothy and the Wizzard of Oz, Hanzel & Gretel & other childrens stories. I didn't want to read about stories I wanted to know how to do spells and magic. I was also dissapointed with the 5000 Spells! It asks for different things to use in your spells, like warewolfs blood! What is that!..//???? Where can it be found?

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2012

    Sucked

    Do not buy this crap

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