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The Element Encyclopedia of Witchcraft

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4.24  ·  Rating details ·  1,143 ratings  ·  28 reviews
This is the definitive celebration and exploration of all facets of witchcraft, serving as a complete reference book but also as a source of entertainment and general interest. Contents: * Judika Illes explores the history, folklore, spirituality, and mythology of witchcraft. Wicca will be discussed, but the focus will not to limited to Wicca. As with Element Encyclopedia ...more
Hardcover, 887 pages
Published June 1st 2005 by Thorsons
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Jul 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
An excellent, 850-page information book on everything relating to witchcraft - and how much of history, mythology, language, storytelling (fairy tales, literature and television), and so many other universal cultural aspects were influenced by paganism, ancient deities, nature, and women from the beginnings of human civilization. Correspondences, Sabbat and Esbat info, animal info, colour info, birth signs, real witches list, and spell casting included. The author, Judika Illes, is incredibly we ...more
Mar 02, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: pagan

Not a complete waste of time. Interesting historical notations lead to further study.
Apr 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Everything you ever wanted to know about witchcraft.
Tracey-anne McCartney
Jan 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Full of information, a comprehensive volume.
Jan 26, 2018 rated it liked it
This is an excellent reference and companion to The Element Encyclopedia of 5,000 spells. It is fairly comprehensive--I don't remember many instances where I went looking for something about witches and didn't find it here in some form or another. Unfortunately, I don't find myself needing the information in this book very often. ...more
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful, thorough, and fascinating information about witchcraft and magical traditions and folklore around the world. This is a must-read for anybody interested in knowing more about witchcraft and magic traditions, history, and lore.
Aug 18, 2019 rated it did not like it
I just finished it for the same week and i really enjoyed it. I loved how at first the storylines didn't seem to have anything to do with each other but slowly details were revealed to show how they are all connected. ...more
Wowzers! What a huge, comprehensive read! Plenty of information here to get you started on your magickal quest for further exploration. Take what you can from this book, there's plenty of information there to wet your whistle. ...more
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very well written, this is a great reference book and I reckon this is an essential part of any occult or magickal library.
Ronel Janse van Vuuren
Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An excellent manual for the how’s and why’s of different types of witchcraft with a bit of folklore. Another great book for the library of an author writing about witches.
Raven Black
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A very interesting book with a large amount of information about the Craft. I enjoyed it but I am a bibliomaniac!
Cathy Addley
A comprehensive guide of all things Witchy.
Need to be in the right frame of mind to read it.
I basically skimmed thru it, a lot of things I found to be of no interest
Frau Sorge (Yuki)
Jan 22, 2019 rated it liked it
It’s a long book, I mean look for the page count, and I took my time with it. I skimmed here and there, but it was interesting and written in easy going style, and I learned a little bit.
Mar 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, non-fiction
this series is a good starter pack. it contains brief information on a lot of different things, and is a good place to do beginner reference and expand further from there. i'm also a sucker for the format and style of the books - they just look good, and i can't help but think of how good they'd look together on my bookshelf. as a bibliophile, i really like this series.

obviously, don't consult these for in-depth research. but, again, they're a good place to start broad, wide-ranging consultation
That's one doorstopper of a book - and I especially love those! Judika Illes gives a quick introduction/ overview to nearly every topic/thing/whatever you could think of in relation to witchcraft, most pleasingly out of a broader, non-wiccan perspective. It's of course no scholarly work, but at least the bibliography in the back is quite impressive. Seriously, I was surprised by the relative lucidity oif hear introduction on the difficulties defining the term "witchcraft". Historically, not ever ...more
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". It also discusses how different countries dealt with witches during the Burning Times.
A must-read for anyone interested in witchcraft.
Jun 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
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... ...more
C.J. Moseley
Feb 16, 2014 rated it liked it
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.
Nawal Al Hosani Scorpion DOADA
Aug 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: i-own-it
Its a reference as the title sugguests.... & Really detailed and informative and some what inspiring....
Apr 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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.
Aug 09, 2008 rated it liked it
I like it. The section on witch trials is interesting, and it has a lot of titbits of intriguing information
Aug 31, 2015 rated it liked it
This book is like reading a dictionary. It would be a cool source book to have, but reading it straight is proving difficult, so I think I'll give up on it because I can't renew it any more. ...more
Eileen Fikes
Jul 25, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: To anyone who wants to know
Loved this book....Great information
Nikki Ashendorf
Oct 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book of info and hystory of witchcraft, a great reference companion for any witch/pagan.
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