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Pure Magic: A Complete Course in Spellcasting

4.16 of 5 stars 4.16  ·  rating details  ·  91 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Pure Magic is a practical crash course for anyone who's ever envied TV witches. Or women who always seem to get the job, apartment, or date they want. Or people who can make their dreams come true. Judika Illes has written a spellcasting primer in down-to-earth language. "I consciously set out to write a book that would be different from any other on the market," Illes wri...more
Paperback, 290 pages
Published August 1st 2007 by Weiser Books
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Just as title says, spellcasting and rootworking (Hodoo or Santeria, can't say).

Probably good, but no use for me: requires a lot of odd supplies, for the tasks I don't need. There are easier ways, with less supplies, for wider range of tasks, solved at completely different level. I have a feeling that this one is more related to youthful skin and beauty (beauty and pregnancy, botanical baths and washes), small changes here and there, involving too strong supernatural forces than I would agree to...more
Dana Wright
May 10, 2013 Dana Wright rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all who are interested in learning more about metaphysical practices.
This book was a lovely read! I was thrilled to receive a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

When I was a little girl, I would find myself endlessly searching the television for movies like Bednobs and Broomsticks, or shows like Bewitched. Those are the moments that plucked at my imagination and made my heart race. Was magic something real? In my writer brain and in my childhood imaginings, I so wanted it to be true.

Pure Magic rests in the place that magic is part of the web...more
From the author of the best-selling Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells (and the Element Encyclopedia of Witchcraft), Judika Illes offers a plethora of spells for everyday life, complete advice on how and where to practice magic, to rightly use words of power, and to cleanse, protect, and enhance your magic self.

This is a comprehensive and practical course for anyone who’s ever wanted to hone their spellcasting skills. This book is not bogged down with fancy words or jargon and most of the infor...more
It was ok, lots of fluff however and a few instances of appropriation. Not sure if I'll use any of the spells or washes but I'm going to keep the book for a while.
Nikki Ashendorf
This book came to me at exactly the right time. I really enjoyed it. I recommend it to all my brothers and sisters. Learn to commune with Gaia and feel her energies!
May 02, 2008 Tara marked it as to-read
I expect nothing less than wonderful from Judika Illes. I love her style and believe this will be just as fabulous as her other books.
Kate E.A.
This book is an odd mixture of Santeria and other magical forms... I wasn't expecting that at all. Still, it has some nice material in it.
Opens up a whole new world of the seen and the unseen. Could possibly set a magical tone to your every day existence.
Aug 26, 2007 Missy is currently reading it
So far, very cool... It's basically herbalism with...intention and candles. V. neat.
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Born in New York City, my metaphysical career began early: My first encounter with tarot cards at age six was also my first experience of love at first sight! That passion still burns true. Although I do practice other forms of divination, tarot remains the foundation of my practice.

A lifelong pursuit of metaphysical wisdom followed and continues: astrology, mythology, Kabbalah, the Egyptian myst...more
More about Judika Illes...
The Element Encyclopedia of Witchcraft Encyclopedia of Spirits: The Ultimate Guide to the Magic of Fairies, Genies, Demons, Ghosts, Gods & Goddesses The Element Encyclopedia of 1000 Spells The Weiser Field Guide to Witches: From Hexes to Hermione Granger, from Salem to the Land of Oz The Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells: The Ultimate Reference Book for the Magical Arts

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