Encyclopedia of 5,000 Spells
The Ultimate Reference Book for the Magical Arts
by Judika Illes
This Encyclopedia is 1108 pages long (not counting the table of contents, acknowledgements, and preface) and is broken down into sections and chapters. The 2 main sections are Part One: Elements of Magic Spells and Part Two: The Spells. I also count the index, appendices, and other information in the back as Part Three, though it is not labeled as such in the table of contents. Chapters in Part Two are categorized alphabetically and titled simply from Animal Spells to Youth, Beauty, and Longevity Spells. Not only is the book easily categorized but the 14 page index in the back leaves no room for confusion.
I only smiled and asked how the computer work was going, unwilling to go into this conversation with a stranger that had a hold of my most expensive piece of property at the time.
I don't usually buy spell books. Its not because I don't see their value but its like he said, they don't explain why this or that spell actually works (if it works at all). These are like books of recipes. Spell books tell you the tools you need (kitchen tools and ingredients), the words to say (turn you oven on 450), how to use the tools and dispose of the spell after (mixing, baking, how long, and clean up). They don't usually explain that the reason you are using citrine and cinnamon in your better business spell is because citrine is a strong manifestation stone and cinnamon draws in clients and money just like a recipe won't go into detail about why baking powder helps your cakes become fluffy and that the reason to use butter instead of margarine is flavor as well as moistness.
Even though every spell might not go in depth as to the why-fores and where-bys, there is an explanation to be found for the reason the author recommends goats milk for beauty and Galangal root for gambling spells. If the current spell you are reading doesn't have the explanation, a quick check in the index and the other spells or listings in that category will quickly point you to an explanation.
Favorite Spells from the Encyclopedia include:
Born in New York City, Judika Illes's interest in the metaphysical began in childhood. A lifetime pursuing and researching that interest ensued: astrology, mythology, herbalism, and divination as well as spiritual, magical, folkloric, and healing traditions from all over Earth. Illes, an independent scholar and teacher, is a graduate of Rutgers College and The Australaisian College of Herbal Studies. She is the author of the Encyclopedia of Spirits, Encyclopedia of Witchcraft, and Pure Magic.
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