Magick Made Easy: Charms, Spells, Potions and Power

Magick Made Easy: Charms, Spells, Potions and Power

by Patricia Telesco


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Magick Made Easy: Charms, Spells, Potions and Power by Patricia Telesco

The latest addition to the popular Made Easy series, 'Magick Made Easy 'gives aspiring witches everything they need to master the art of magic. Clear, easy-to-follow instructions walk readers through spells and potions incorporating more than 300 every

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062516305
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/08/1999
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 1,110,135
Product dimensions: 7.37(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.72(d)

About the Author

Patricia Telesco is a practicing herbalist, metaphysical lecturer, and author of Goddess in My Pocket, 365 Goddess, and other books on dreams, divination, magick, and Wicca.

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Common QuestionsAbout Magick

The visible is, for us,the proportional measure of the invisible.OLD MAGICKAL CREED

Although science seeks to unravel the mysteries of the universe, magick practitioners revel in them. We perceive these gaps in concrete data as the perfect opening through which spiritual truths can sneak and touch our reality. The world of the modern metaphysician is, after all, like Oz to our mundane Kansas—a place filled to overflowing with wonders, potential, and possibilities. One of them is the very viable possibility that humans are much more than simple flesh and blood, that we are, instead, beings of soul, and power, and magick!

Some people think such talk is nothing more than superstitious prattle. Others regard the human soul and magick as part of the supernatural world, and as such seemingly separate, inaccessible, and incomprehensible to most humans. I, and thousands of other people in the world today, disagree with both of these outlooks wholeheartedly. We see both the soul and its inherent magick as a birthright and as an important part of humankind's makeup. Magick Made Easy builds on this premise, recognizing that this birthright affects different. people in very different ways. Exactly how it transforms each individual's present into a more fulfilling and empowering future depends a lot on personal vision and how he or she perceives this enigmatic thing called "magick."

For those of you who have already been exposed to the world of magick, some of the information in this chapter may be a review. I suggest you scan it anyway. I think you'll find some fresh perspectives in here thatwill augment or facilitate your continuing studies.

For the newcomers reading this who might be anxious to dive in headfirst and get started on spellcraft or other processes, I'm a great advocate of testing the waters. Consequently, this chapter focuses on the "abouts" rather than the "how-tos" of magick. In the following pages you can get your astral feet wet by examining the answers I've given to the most common questions people ask about magick and how the whole thing works.

As you read, please know that my vision of magick and spirituality is not the only way to approach this topic successfully— it's just the way that works for me and one that seems to have helped my students over the years. To embark on this adventure with me as a teacher, however, you must first be willing to follow some rules I give to all my students:

Auntie Trish's First Rule of Magick

A true magician is his or her own priest,priestess, guru, psychic, or shaman.

Don't let anyone or anything else take over this important job in your life.

Wait a minute. Don't go getting all nervous on me now. You already fulfill this role every day simply by making choices. You sort out good from bad, action from inaction. Now you're just going to take it one step farther into your spiritual life. Right here and now I want you to start trusting your instincts about what's wholly right for you—don't just take my word for anything—then act accordingly. After all, I can only share with you what I've experienced. Ultimately, it will be up to you to decide if the glimmers of "truth" I've gathered over the years can be successfully adapted and applied to your life and reality.

What Is Magick?

I must confess that I've always hated the "M" word. This is because the first thing that comes to most people's minds is a stage magician pulling a bunny out of a hat or Mickey Mouse as the sorcerer's apprentice with a rainbow of sparks flying out of his wand. Unfortunately, I don't have a better word to work with, so bear with me.

Real magick is not a stage illusion, and it's nothing like what the media has portrayed it as. Though I might wish I could reach into a hat and pull out whatever I need, twitch my nose and have a clean house, or hop on a handy broom to travel abroad (I hear brooms get great mileage), this is not modern magick as we know it. And, unfortunately, these portraits do little to help us clarify what constitutes magick as a mystical, spiritual procedure that makes sense in the workaday world around us.

So to define magick, let's first try looking to the dictionary. Here we discover that the root word for magick, magi was a title given to priests in Persia who were skilled in sorcery. Consequently, the term magick implies occult competence, but don't let the word occult scare you off This term originally meant a natural science that sought to uncover the secret mysteries of the mind and the world in which we live and then endeavored to apply that knowledge effectively. That pretty well describes what most modern practitioners of magick try to do!

Beyond this, we also know that the magi were considered learned, wise people who had the ability to produce amazing effects through the careful and responsible use of power. This, too, describes the modern magick practitioner. Even so, it leaves us with two unanswered questions: Where does this power come from? How does it produce such effects?

To answer those questions, we have to look at a secondary characteristic of magick, which is to bend and change. Through various techniques, discussed in this book, the magick user willfully gathers energy from the world around him or her, and sometimes from the expanse ofthe universe or the god/dess (the Sacred Parent/Devine Power behind all creation), and binds it into a strand of power.

Table of Contents

Part 1Off To "OZ"
Chapter 1Common Questions About Magick3
What Is Magick?
Can Anyone Work Magick?
Is Magick Harmful?
What Are the Principles of Folk Magick?
Does Folk Magick Have a Religious Element?
Does Folk Magick Have a Psychic Element?
Say What? Defining Our Terms
Can I Create My Own Spells and Other Magickal Methods?
How Important Is Timing Really?
What Should I Expect from Magick?
Are There Any Other Rules I Should Follow?
Chapter 2Getting Started25
Helpful Tactics
Meditation 101
Sacred Space
Spellcraft Secrets
Successful Spell Constructs
Details Count
Tools of the Trade
Choosing Your Components and Tools
By Earth, Air, Fire, and Water
Extra Dimensions
Chapter 3Folk Magick Fundamentals48
It's a Kind of Magick
Candle Magick
Color Magick
Green Magick
Food and Beverage Magick
Knot Magick
Moon Magick
Number Magick
Poppet Magick
Potion Magick
Stone Magick
Wish Magick
Word Magick
Gauging Magickal Results
Creating a Personal Spellbook
Part 2The Components
Chapter 4Traditional Components75
Chapter 5Modern Components225
Appendix of Themes and Correspondences253
Selected Bibliography267
Final Words269

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Magick Made Easy: Charms, Spells, Potions, and Power 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Will try things like potions if nessary
Mikial Millard More than 1 year ago
Info is broken down to the basic level for entry practictioners. This is a geeat book for people who are beginners.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is my favrote book! Me and my mom loved it. We both thought it was very very good. It tells about how magic is used. I recomend this book to someone that want's to know how magic really work's.
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