Before You Cast A Spell: Understanding the Power of Magic

Before You Cast A Spell: Understanding the Power of Magic

by Carl McColman


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This book explains the universal laws and principles that form the foundation of magical practice and will help you find the confidence and skill essential not only to writing and casting your own spells, but to applying magic to every area of your life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781564147165
Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser
Publication date: 09/10/2003
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Carl McColman writes about the spiritual life. His books published since 2010 express his love for contemplative, monastic and mystical Christianity. His older books, published before 2005, explored a variety of topics including paganism and goddess spirituality. Carl's work is characterized by an optimistic, expansive understanding of spirituality, rooted in Christianity while embracing the wisdom of the world's contemplative traditions. In his own words, "I am passionate about helping people to embody creative, joyful lives of love and service, formed by prayer, silence, and the wisdom of the saints and mystics." Carl McColman learned the practice of contemplative prayer at the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation. He is a professed Lay Cistercian -- a layperson under the guidance of Trappist monks. He regularly speaks, teaches and conducts retreats on contemplative Christian practice, and blogs at

Table of Contents

Author's Note9
Chapter 1Before You Cast a Spell11
Chapter 2Thirteen Myths of Magic41
Chapter 3Thirteen Laws of Magic59
Chapter 4The Ethics of Magic75
Chapter 5The Goddess and the God: The Heart of Real Magic97
Chapter 6Beyond Love and Money117
Chapter 7Power and Happiness127
Appendix AHints for Further Study145
Appendix BA Magical Glossary163
About the Author189

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