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The Element Encyclopedia of Witchcraft (Element Encyclopedia)

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A comprehensive reference work exploring all facets of witchcraft, and the companion volume to The Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells.
Hardcover, 887 pages
Published June 1st 2005 by Thorsons
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This "review"'s going to deviate from my standard reviews a bit. Back to your regularly scheduled reviewing next time.

A commenter on my other blog and I were having a little conversation about book buying in the comments of one of my posts there. I don’t know about you, but right now I need more books like I need a double lobotomy. Like I told him in my comment, when I went to pre-order Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side, I just had to pick up Why We Suck by Dr. Denis Leary. The man is m...more

Not a complete waste of time. Interesting historical notations lead to further study.
Tracey-anne Mccartney
Full of information, a comprehensive volume.
C.J. Moseley
A reasonable summation of Neo-pagan belief systems. Very useful for any author who intends to write paranormal fiction with spells, but there are better resources available.
Lori Schiele
A 886 page book that covers everything related to witchcraft including animals, botany, fairies, the Horned One and how he relates (or doesn't) to the Christian Devil, magickal places and things, Women's Mysteries and even the "Witchcraft Hall of Fame". A must-read for anyone interested in witchcraft.
Good reference especially if your reading a story about witchcraft...covens...potions... spells. Also have a good historical information. It's almost like the Wikipedia of witchcraft but more comprehensive and you don't have to go from one screen to a different screen...
As I stated before, Judika Illes is a fabulous writer. Her research is factual and informative. I highly recommend tis book as a companion to The Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells.
Olivia Gourlay
It is a very infromative book. Perfect for Neopagans. The goddess is centre of many neopagan religions. To learn more about the goddess go to
I like it. The section on witch trials is interesting, and it has a lot of titbits of intriguing information
Nawal Al Hosani Scorpion DOADA
Its a reference as the title sugguests.... & Really detailed and informative and some what inspiring....
Nikki Ashendorf
This is a great book of info and hystory of witchcraft, a great reference companion for any witch/pagan.
Jul 15, 2011 Gwnhwyfer marked it as looks-interesting
From the bibliography of Ellen Dugan's Green Witch's Herbal (2009).
Everything you ever wanted to know about witchcraft.
Carol Dobson
A wonderful and comprehensive account of witchcraft
Eileen Fikes
Apr 16, 2009 Eileen Fikes rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants to know
Full of information....Love it!!!
Eileen Fikes
Apr 16, 2009 Eileen Fikes rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: To anyone who wants to know
Loved this book....Great information
Lyn Mckenzie
so much information!!!!!!
Jan 07, 2008 Mary rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Mary by: Tessa
THE Staple. 'nuff said.
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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
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