Encyclopedia of 5,000 Spells

Encyclopedia of 5,000 Spells

by Judika Illes


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Encyclopedia of 5,000 Spells by Judika Illes

Enter the world of folklore, myth, and magic.


Discover binding spells and banishing spells, spells for love, luck, wealth, power, spiritual protection, physical healing, and enhanced fertility drawn from Earth’s every corner and spanning 5,000 years og magical history.


In The Encyclopedia Of 5,000 Spells: The Ultimate Reference Book for the Magical Arts, independent scholar, educator and author of several books of folklore, folkways, and mythology Judika Illes enables the reader to enter the world of folklore, myth and magic with binding spells and banishing spells, spells for love, luck, wealth, and power, as well as spells for spiritual protection, physical healing, and enhanced fertility drawn from Earth's every corner and spanning 5,000 years of magical history.

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ISBN-13: 9780061711237
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/31/2009
Pages: 1120
Sales rank: 98,498
Product dimensions: 7.88(w) x 9.75(h) x (d)

About the Author

Judika Illes is an independent scholar, educator, and author of several books of folklore, folkways, and mythology. Judika is a graduate of Rutgers University and has a certification in therapeutic aromatherapy from the Australasian College of Herbal Studies. Her books include Encyclopedia of 5,000 Spells, Encyclopedia of Spirits, The Element Encyclopedia of Witchcraft, The Weiser Field Guide to Witches, and The Weiser Field Guide to the Paranormal (published under the name Judith Joyce).

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Encyclopedia of 5,000 Spells

Chapter One

Elements of Magic Spells

How do you cast a magic spell? Do you shout abracadabra, turn around three times on one foot and shoot sparks from your wand? Or do you stand within a circle of lit candles, magic sword at the ready, attempting to read unknown, unpronounceable words from a dusty grimoire? Will you tuck one single crumb of bread, one single grain of salt, and some burned-out charcoal into a scrap of red fabric, and then make knots in the cloth as if your very life depended upon it? Perhaps you will stand at the crossroads and just . . . stand? Magic spells come in virtually unlimited form, some dramatic, some shocking, and some perhaps surprisingly mundane. Definitions of exactly what constitutes a magic spell depend a lot upon one's personal history and experience, the stories you were or weren't told as a child, and cultural expectations. What separates a magic spell from just any random series of actions is you, your intent, goals and desires.

A magic spell is a conscious formalized attempt to manipulate magic power and energy (heka) in order to achieve your own personal goal.

There are many styles of spells, featuring all sorts of ingredients. If one style of spell doesn't suit you, there are others. Afraid of fire? Cast your spell by creating enchanted baths. Don't have a tub? Brew potions or tie magical knots. If one ingredient is unobtainable, there are substitutes. If you can't afford precious gems and resins, there are plenty of powerful magical materials masquerading as common kitchen ingredients. Magical energy is irrepressible; magic spells are the controlled conduit fordirecting this magical energy. There is only one component of every magic spell that you cast that cannot be replaced and that is YOU. Yours is the unique binding energy that provides the spark of life which transforms actions, words and thoughts into magic spells.

Everyone's secret desire, of course, is to possess enchanted words or objects that achieve our goals for us without even our slightest effort. Just say "hocus pocus!" and poof! Your boring date is instantly transformed into Mr. Right. There is a grain of truth in this fantasy: the most magically charged objects will perform a lot of the work for us, although magic spells are never completely effortless. Some naturally occurring items inherently possess this type of magic power (iron, menstrual blood, salt, certain botanical plants); in other cases, some extremely intensive spell-casting is required in order to craft a tool of requisite intense magical power (a magic wand, sword, or mirror).

Magic spells take many forms, avail themselves of many powers, and depend upon various elements, tools, and components. Some of these elements, tools and components occur naturally on Earth, whilst others are crafted by people. Sometimes these elements and components can be categorized neatly into categories and sometimes, magic being the unruly, disobedient force that it is, they overlap and merge in a surreal dream-like manner.

Some spells are object-driven; others are dependent upon the power of words. Some require dozens of unusual plants and minerals, while other spells, which rank among the most difficult to cast because you must do all the energy transformation independently, require nothing more than the force of your personal will. Some spells walk a razor's edge between religion and magic on the one hand, and traditional healing and magic on the other. Partly this is because of magic's tendency to appropriate any object, system or method that demonstrates potential for power, and partly this is because, once upon a time, distinctions between various arts and sciences weren't drawn as rigidly as they are today. Awareness of magic power and the desire to use it for one's own benefit is the primordial human art and science. Religion, traditional medicine, astrology, alchemy, aromatherapy, perfumery, music, dance, visual art, and more are all rooted in magic and shamanism.

Before any spell is cast, the initial requirement is that you have a personal goal. What do you want to achieve? What do you wish to prevent? What are your secret desires, your deepest fears? Magic spells are always cast for a purpose, even if it's a generic one like "personal happiness," the proverbial "peace on Earth," or obtaining vague "good fortune." The more specific your desire, the more clearly articulated your vision, the deeper your passion, the more likely it is that your spell will work. There is not one type of spell that is inherently more powerful than another; there are only spells and styles of spell-casting that are more effective for a specific individual. Part of the fun and challenge of spell-casting is finding the spells that best suit you.

In this section we will examine various styles of spell-casting, the various elements of magic, and the tools and ingredients required to cast spells.

Encyclopedia of 5,000 Spells. Copyright (c) by Judika Illes . Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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HPTM More than 1 year ago
The way this book was arranged makes it an easy and informative collection to any library. You can easily research any spell topic and find many different ones to better suit your need. The information and classifications are terrific and everything is very clearly written and easy to understand.
Buzymom5 More than 1 year ago
This book is everything you need to which ever spell you are looking for. I highly recommend this book, It's easy to understand and the spells are easy to use and work, you cannot go wrong with this book permanent added to my library but would recommend you not leave it out for coffee table viewing, you don't want everyone else to know your secrets!!!
Ashareem More than 1 year ago
I've heard of Judika Illes books for the past few years, and as I am loathe to purchase "dead-tree" editions of anything since acquiring my Nook, I was delighted to find two of hers available in eBook format! for the past few years, The Witches' Almanc has posted a weekly spell taken from this book; these are short, fun things that take a minimum of preparation - and are excellent for either jump starting a spell of your own composition or using "straight from the book". Highly recommended, and if you are on Facebook, you can also find Illes there as well, just search for her name.
CopyofLA More than 1 year ago
As a practicing pagan for more than 10 yrs, this book is perfect for use as a reference to hundreds of cultures and thier spells. I use this book whenever I'm needing that hard to find spell or a just a little something extra. Invaluable book for the serious pagan or witch. I highly reccomend having this book amoung your collection next to Buckland, Cunningham and Cayce.
UlaLibra More than 1 year ago
As a practicing non-wiccan this book is a great resource. The spells come from lots of areas of the craft and list lots of ideas on forming your own spells. Great reference for any spell crafter.
Fate_Destiny More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I bought one for myself and for a relative who just loved it. I have purchased books in this category before but this one, thus far, has been the best. Loved it!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well worth the investment. It contains several spells that are easy and well known from the centuries and even other countries. Has some folklore involved with it but by no means overbearing. Covers every subject from love spells, death spells, protection, healing and others. Very enjoyable!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. Love MYSTIC by R.E also It has a great focus on a diversity of topics
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have it on my nook and as a paperback. A well organized book so you can find what you want fast..
hmv5460 More than 1 year ago
I have barely made a dent in this huge book! Referred by a friend, i am glad i went with her advice. The beginning is actually interesting and not the run of the mill same old info as would be in other books on this subject. I wanted to skip the mumbo jumbo history and instead got some interesting scientific point of views. Certain parts i even read to my husband and we discussed it. I am so far suprised by the book...its going to take a good while to get through it...but i love it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good
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love this book helps with things that bother you
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good. I have enjoyed reading this book. I have learned some new things and hope that other will enjoy this book.
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I hope my grandad buys this book for me
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Great book!! Spells for Everything:)
Demetria_Earthchild More than 1 year ago
Book was exactly what I expected and came in a timely manor.Thank you so much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I tryed one of the spells and It worked! I was amased!!!!!!!!!
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Could you perform these spells and do they work
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