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    1. The Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells: The Ultimate Reference Book for the Magical Arts
    by Judika Illes
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    Asin: 0007164653
    Catlog: Book (2004-02-01)
    Publisher: Element Books
    Sales Rank: 12790
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars True Folk Magic - At Last!
    Finally a book of spells that focuses on traditional and ethnic sources, rather than neo-wiccan candle magic.

    If you are interested in learning about real folk magic and working with spells and recipes that have been tried and tested by generations of witches, voodoo practicioners, cunning folk, magus', shamans and witch doctors this is the book for you. Most of the spells in this book are traditional, some have never appeared in print before.

    The theory section is not quite as impressive and far more neo-pagan in its outlook, that said I have seen far worse theory and the rest of the book certainly makes up for it. If you can ignore the authors frequent references to pop-fiction works you may enjoy her Spellcraft section thoroughly as well.

    Be warned though, this book is very multi-cultural in its approach. There are spells that work with pagan, vodoun, christian and hermetic spirits. If you prefer to work with only one cultural strain of magic you may find only a few of these spells will agree with you. For the culturally eclectic - this book is a gold mine.

    All in all I give it 4 1/2 stars. I would give the Spells section which is the majority of the book 5 but the introductiory theory failed to impress me. I am quite satisfied with Judika Illes collection and would recommend it heartily.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Highly Recomended Book of Spells. The Ultimate!!!
    Destined to be a classic. The Only Book on Spells You Will Ever Need.

    This Book is not a Book on "Wiccan Magick" , although Wiccans who are not fluff bunnies, and are more open mided to learning could use it, and benefit greatly from this Book. It is a book on Folk Magic, from Brujeria, Santeria, Espiritismo, From Latin America, To Egypt, and other ancient cultures, from around the world. Many of these Earth-Magico Cultures do not believe in the concept of "Karma" so many of these Spells would be shunned by Wiccans. With that said.. I Love this Book. I hope the Author does a similar book on Magical Ceremonies and Rites and Passages.

    There are little books of spells, cheap book of spells, and so so book of spells, well this is the Ultimate Huge Tome of Spells. An Encyclopedia of Magical Spells from around the world, this book defiantly belongs in every Witches bookshelf. Over 1000 pages of spells, baths, infusions, the spells range from everything from Santeria, Strega, Vodou, Spiritism, Brujeria, Shamanism, and traditional Witchcraft. Unlike other spell books, this will defiantly be of great usage to its owner. One of the best Book of Shadows ever printed. The Tome, because it is Huge has everything from Banishing, Cleansings, Baths, Protection Spells. Everything from Seances, to calling on Spirits of Nature, from White Magic, to Black Magic, and everything in between. Here is a preview of the table of context.
    Spell casting, - Ritual and Tools, - Animal Spells - Banishing Spells - Business Success Spells - Cleansing Spells, - Court case, Legal, Justice Spells - Death Spells (Yes there is much on Black Magic, for those weak of heart) Ghost, Necromancy, and Vampire Spells. - Divination Spells - Domination, Influence Spells - Dream, Astral, Nightmare Spells- The Evil Eye - Fertility Spells - Safety Spells - Gamblers Spells, and Charms - Happy Home Spells - Healing Spells - Hexes and Curses - Invisibility, and Transformation spells - Love and Seduction Spells - Luck Spells - Marriage and Divorcee Spells, - Money, Wealth, Prosperity and financial spells - Children Spells - Protection Spells - Psychic powers - Summoning Spirits - unblocking spells - weather spells, and trust me, so much more...
    A person would have to spend allot of money, on many books and still would not get half of what this book has to offer.
    I have to give much praise to Judika Illes; this book will defiantly be one I will use for many years. This is my first book by this author, and know I have to purchase her other works. But I can not recommend this TOME enough, it is defiantly a must have for all Witches, and brujos. For all that you get in this huge book, the price is excellent, and very affordable. The Spells are simple and traditional spells that were used by our ancestors and are still effective today. No where will you get a book like this. If I could give this book 10 stars, I would.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Author Not Nice
    This book is ok for information on past history, but many of the spells could never be used, let alone make sense. She has some mistakes in the book to. Like the word magic/magick, which she doesn't use correctly. Also I emailed her to ask why and tell her my opinion of this book, like/nolike, and she wrote back with a nasty comment. She says "I wrote a threatening letter, which is certainly not the Wiccan Way. That it breaks the Wiccan Rede, the Rule of Three. If you are not familiar with the Rule of Three, write me back and I will be happy to recommend some good easy basic Wiccan books to show you." Me threatening please, she wrote to me with a rude state of mind, doing the same thing she says I did, yet did not really do. I take that as being a not very nice, I love my fans not the money, person.The author should be proud of her work and stand by it no matter what. Taking the good and bad opinions without snaping back at someone for no reason. So I would have to say the book is really not worth the time and money. That is my opinion though. You have the freedom to make ur own. TU. BB.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful and intelligent!
    This encyclopedia has really impressed me! It's a far cry from lots of other spellbooks that come off as unreliable or just plain hokey. Ms. Illes has definitely done her research correctly, which shows especially in the introductory parts about the "science" of magic, ritual items, the history of magic, and so on. If you're looking for a good general spellbook with samplings of varied traditions and methods of magic, this is probably the one for you. Enjoy!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wow.
    The amount of work Ms Illes put into her encyclopedia is amazing and a wonderful addition to anyone's library! I am very impressed and inspired and I can easily reccomend this book! ... Read more


    2. Animal-Speak: The Spiritual & Magical Powers of Creatures Great & Small
    by Ted Andrews
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    Asin: 0875420281
    Catlog: Book (1993-10-01)
    Publisher: Llewellyn Publications
    Sales Rank: 2679
    Average Customer Review: 4.74 out of 5 stars
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    Want to learn how to speak the language of critters, large and small? Easy-to-read and understand, Ted Andrews's bestselling Animal Speak shows readers how to identify his or her animal totem and learn how to invoke its energy and use it for personal growth and inner discovery. Nature lovers will love this insightful compendium, chock-full of touching stories about animals, natural history, and animal folklore. Readers will also learn magical animal rites and how to read omens. Animal Speak includes a dictionary of bird, animal, reptile, and insect totems, which describe each creature's meaning. For example, if a person's totem is dragonfly, he or she was most likely excessively emotional and passionate in early years, learning with age to balance it with mental clarity and control. If a dragonfly suddenly shows up in your life, it means you may need to gain a new perspective or make a change. --P. Randall Cohan ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Books About Totems Available
    In the last few months, I have discovered my animal totems in meditations I do. I first came across this book in a local book store and would rush over there to look up an animal I saw and its meaning every time I saw a new totems. I finally broke down and bought the book and consider it money well spent. It's nice to have it to refer to when a new totem appears before me. But besides being a very comprehensive dictionary of totems, there's also the philosophy behind them and how man needs to work more with nature to truly understand its power in our lives.

    I've come to be aware of and am thankful for the totems in my life that are helping me through my life's journeys. I feel this book would be very helpful to those (who don't already have it) that are interested in learning more about how animals speak to us, both symbolically and in nature, as well as shamanism and Native American culture. One recent morning I dreamt about a racoon that rushed by me and then that night saw one running through my back yard. His expression seemed to indicate he had something to tell me. Without having read this book, I might have shrugged it off but it to me is a perfect example of what animals can teach us. The message? Most likely to be a little more guarded in my dealings with others.

    I liked too how the author compared the "country" with the city, pointing out that even in a city environment you can still find parts of nature around us. It truly is everywhere, whether we acknowledge it or not.

    5-0 out of 5 stars How animals can help you learn about yourself
    In this book, you will discover how much the "animal world" and the "human world" intersect. Much more than making us feel good about being surrounded by nature, animals have much to tell us about ourselves and our relationship to the earth and to other living things. Andrews has divided the book into 4 parts - 'Symbols in the Natural World' (including chapters on the roles of nature, spirit totems, predators and prey, omens in nature, and the meaning of landscapes); 'Winged Enchantment' (bird totems and bird medicine); 'Understanding Animal Medicine' (animal rites and totems); and 'The Exotic Language of Insects and Reptiles' (totems). Each animal or bird or insect or reptile included in this vast inventory is described thoroughly - it's behavioral patterns and natural habitat, its mythological characteristics, AND its symbolic importance to humans. I have used this book repeatedly to help me interpret dreams in which animals were central, and to investigate why a certain animal or insect, etc. showed up in my life on a particular day. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is open to non-traditional but very ancient beliefs about animals and their magical and mysterious powers.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down
    If you are into animals and nature, or want to learn more about them on a spiritual level, this is the book for you. I couldn't put it down from the moment I began reading it. And it's not a small book by any means!
    You really begin to look for the animals around you more closely and attentively. Especially when going hiking or camping, you become aware and note down what animals you saw and under what circumstances, and then look it up later in the book. It is surprisingly accurate, and fun on top of it!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great "how to" book on animal guides
    Loved this book. It covers so many animals, you'll be hard pressed not to find your familiar, guide, etc. described in these pages. The book gives you the quick reference in it's "keynote" which is in bold at the top of each animal description. For example, the bear says "Keynote: Awakening the power of the unconscious", and then proceeds to give a page or so description of each of the animals symbolism and power points as well as what the animal may be trying to tell you about yourself.

    There is of course a section on finding your familiar (animal guide) as well. I have performed this "ritual" slightly tweeked to my own style, and it worked incredibly well for me. My familiar at that time was a Blue Jay and believe me, when I say this is to find your familiar, there is no mistaking it when this mystery animal comes to call. That Blue Jay, on several occasions flew right down in front of me and chirped it's head off a mere five feet away - maybe that far - to get my attention. FYI, my use of the word "ritual" is for lack of a better word. This is not a complicated endevor. Andrews style is straight forward and easy to use "magick".

    I strongly recommend this book for anyone wanting to connect with animal guides or is curious about some animal who seems to be showing up in their lives in an unusual manner - maybe they are trying to tell you something!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Love this book
    This book is packed full of information. The only thing i dislike about it, is how it is written. I wished Ted Andrews handn't have written this book in such a boring manner. It makes my eyes heavy... ... Read more


    3. Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner
    by Scott Cunningham
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    Asin: 0875421180
    Catlog: Book (1988-12-01)
    Publisher: Llewellyn Publications
    Sales Rank: 3978
    Average Customer Review: 4.55 out of 5 stars
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    Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner is the essential primer from one of the best known authors on Wicca. Focusing on the importance of individualism in your spiritual path, Cunningham explains the very basics of Sabbats (holy days), ceremonies, altars, and other nuts and bolts of Wicca that a solitary practitioner may have trouble finding elsewhere. While Wicca shouldn't be your solepoint of reference when considering Wicca as your way of life, it is one of thebest starting points. --Brian Patterson ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Starting Point
    I have to admit that, when I started my exploration of the Wiccan Way, this book wasn't the first on my list. I went through several other beginner's guides before finally ending up with Cunningham's work, and I definitely wish I'd come across it sooner.

    Scott Cunningham makes an excellent portrayal of the core philosophy of Wicca, although accentuated with his own shamanistic bent. Cunningham's clear, crisp writing style makes reading his book seem like there's a teacher in the room with you. Truly, if you have any questions about the religion and practice of Wicca, it won't take you long to find your answers in "Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner."

    Possibly the greatest aspect of Cunningham's book, however, is that over half of it teaches through demonstration. After detailing Wiccan theories and common practices, Cunningham delves right into his own Book of Shadows, giving you a real-life example of the spirituality. This, if nothing else, makes the book a unique and essential part of any neopagan bookshelf.

    For those of you with no real knowledge of Wicca, I would suggest another book, such as Amber K's "True Magick" or Silver Ravenwolf's "To Ride a Silver Broomstick." However, if you've just started on the Wiccan Way, I highly recommend this book to round out your beginner's training and start you towards greater wisdom.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Introduction
    A friend recommended this book to me as an excellent introduction to this religion, and she was right. The author's gentle, relaxed and even at times jovial approach to explaining Wiccan concepts made it easy to read and to learn more about this ancient religion. I found myself nodding silently at some of the things he said. He also takes great pains to explain that what he says in this book is not the "be all" of wicca, just that as the book calls itself, a guide for those folk who practice wicca in a solitary manner. You are free to design your own rituals and practice them in whatever way feels most comfortable to you.

    The book is divided into three major sections: theory, practice and the standing book of shadows, all well done. Wicca at times from the way the author describes it can be a joyful experience. Interesting how a lot of the so-called "Christian holidays" actually evolved from Pagan ones. Various Sabbats and of course the celebrating of the various equinoxes are traditional Wiccan holidays, and most correspond to modern day holidays, Imbolc for example falling on the same day as Groundhog Day.

    My friend refers to this book as her "Wiccan bible." While some may call this comparison sacrilegious or heresy, I say the only way to judge for yourself is to read this book for yourself.

    5-0 out of 5 stars excelent for begginers
    I agree that this book is slightly watered down and PC but I also think it is an excellent begginer book. It avoides all the fluffy bunny pitfalls and actually says that this is ONE way of following Wicca but not the only way. It was the best book that I read as a begginer and I would recommend it as the first book to read for anyone. It provides a great basis for other information. It does lean toward the Traditional way but I don't view that as bad because it is good to have a traditional basis before trying out more non-Traditional ways of doing things.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An Absolute Classic on Les Mysteries
    Cunningham's work is an absolute classic in its field, similar to 'Memetic Magic' by Kirk Packwood. I am very glad I bought this one, it has taught me so much about witchcraft.
    I am a solo practioner of the arts, and this book seemed to be tailor written to my needs. I cannot recommend it highly enough!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Eh...
    It's pretty basic. I would only recommend this book to those who have no idea what witch craft is. Better yet, the information in this book you can easily find on websites throughout the internet. Still, a good book. Not great. Good. ... Read more


    4. The Book of Shadows : The Unofficial Charmed Companion
    by NGAIRE E. GENGE
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    Asin: 0609806521
    Catlog: Book (2000-10-10)
    Publisher: Three Rivers Press
    Sales Rank: 3777
    Average Customer Review: 3.68 out of 5 stars
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    The ultimate guide to the hit program Charmed, this is both a book of spells and a key to the mysteries of the show. The Book of Shadows celebrates the best of Charmed, from its roots in the ancient tradition of Wicca to insider information on the show's stars.N.E. Genge not only provides fascinating background details for the show's Wiccan elements, but also guides readers in performing their own magic. Fans with a witchy bent will learn about the tools of magic and divination and the casting of spells. Recipes and rituals -- from those that beckon love or bless a new business venture to those that bequeath strength or bestow fortune -- are all included.The Book of Shadows is a sassy celebration of witches, sisterhood, and magic.

    This book has not been prepared, approved, licensed, endorsed, or in any way authorized by any entity that created or produced Charmed.
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    3-0 out of 5 stars The Book of Shadows: The Unofficial Charmed Companian
    Like many other reviewers here when I first opened this book I expected to find reviews on each episode and stuff like that. Instead I found spells and other magic things. Reading this inspired me to become a Wiccan, however when I researched on the web I found that most of the information in this book doesn't actually follow any Wiccan laws. It also doesn't touch at all on the religion that is involved whenever you become a Pagan.

    1-0 out of 5 stars A Gimmicky book with SOME good info.
    I thumbed through this book at a bookstore. While it does have SOME relevant information on the religion of Witchcraft, overall I found it to be ridiculous. Charmed is a television show; it does not represent the REALITY of the life of a practicing witch. Anyone who seeks this book out as a guide to "true" Wicca of witchcraft is kidding themselves. There are no hard and fast rules in these religions. Also, the reader needs to keep in mind that these religous paths are very serious, and the practice therein is not to be taken lightly. You cannot be a witch just by reading a book. Especially one about a fantasy television show. However, the author does attempt to explain the differences between Wicca, traditional witchcraft, and the show. But I'm afraid that many readers will assume that this book holds much spiritual truth and will use it as a guidebook to an entire religious movement that they do not understand.

    3-0 out of 5 stars The Book of Shadows : The Unofficial Charmed Companion
    I expected more information pertaining to the TV series, Charmed. This book is interesting, yet not entirely consistent with the TV series, as I had hoped. I find the show entertaining - as it claims on the commercials, takes you away for an hour. Although I believe to some degree that witchcraft is a viable practice, I was interested in the entertainment value of a book that strictly adhered to the series use of it.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Big Disappointment
    I purchased this book thinking that it was at least a decent guide to Charmed. True, there are no other Charmed guides, but this one isn't even updated; there are about 5 seasons missing. In the first section of the book, the author attempts to explain Wicca. It's o.k. if one has no prior knowledge of the religion. My main complaint is the childish manner in which it was written. I expected more depth and intelligence. It was poorly written. Hopefully someone else will write a better guide to Charmed. Don't waste your money on this one.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Pretty dissapointed!!!
    Well, I thought overall this book was okay but it was definitly not what I expected it to be. I expected this book to have a lot of information on charmed, behind the scenes stuff, and to have all the spells that they said in each of the episodes. There was some behind the scene type stuff and like 5 spells. It was more for a beginner in witchcraft explaining what certain ingredients are for and where and when to do witchcraft which I didn't expect so much of. I also didn't expect it to be so old, it only features 2 seasons of the charmed show. Now there are 7 seasons, I thought it would have been more updated, it doesn't even have Paige in it! All in all I was pretty dissapointed in it and I wouldn't recommend this book to charmed lovers, maybe to beginners of witchcraft. But that's just what I think, hope you found this review helpful! ... Read more


    5. The Sacred Circle Tarot: A Celtic Pagan Journey
    by Anna Franklin, Paul Mason
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    Asin: 156718457X
    Catlog: Book (1998-11-01)
    Publisher: Llewellyn Publications
    Sales Rank: 218577
    Average Customer Review: 4.51 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Deck - a must have for the Celtic Pagan!
    A beautiful deck using Druid/Celtic/Pagan/Wiccan themes. First time I've ever seen the death card done so beautifully as an older/mature wise woman robed in grey, than the traditional, grim reaper/skeleton look. The magician changes to the Shaman so will appeal to the Druid/Celt Pagans, as the theme of this deck was designed for. All the art is done using the computer and gives the cards real depth, giving the feeling that you can simply step into another world. The Minor Arcana suits are beautifully bordered with their corresponding elements - air, fire, water, earth. Excellent for meditation purposes or use as focus in magick or the altar using some of the cards to represent your elements in circle. I wouldn't suggest this deck to beginners as many of the cards of the minor arcana I find are not very intuitive at all and the major arcana are slightly different than the traditional Rider Waite system, which may frustrate a first timer to the Tarot. However, this deck may call the beginner to pick it up, if they are Celtic Pagan and if they have not seen any other deck like Rider Waite before. But, it really does help to have many symbols on the cards rather than a couple to gain greater insight to the meanings. The meanings are printed on tops of the cards, but personally, I do not feels this helps, as it can disturb the inner voice when trying to read the cards, which has happened to me. I'm an empathic reader and I found the meanings in plain view disruptive. Tarot cards can mean many different things in a spread to different readers, which is why the meanings printed on the cards can confuse. However, the reviewer with the idea of blackening out the words is a wonderful idea! If you love tarot with a Druid/Celtic slant I think this deck is worth having, if for the artwork alone! Comes with a fantastic book with every card explained in detail which is a nice extra.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This is a lovely deck and the guide is fantastic
    The Sacred Circle tarot set is a great set for beginners who want to learn the art of tarot reading. The cards are beautiful, complete with pictures of real people in mystical scenes. I believe many of them are taken in Ireland. They allow the reader to get a feel for the cards and the book is one that allows you to understand the major and minor arcana and learn the tarot quickly and easily. Has good examples of different spreads and explains the information in depth.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This is "my" deck!
    I agree with what Lady Eire said in her review about this deck. It is for the "studied Celt." If you are of Celtic ancestry and have already researched Celtic history, myth, legend, and the Old Religion, this deck will make perfect sense to you. I'm a relative beginner to the Tarot and I've had no trouble understanding this deck and picking up on the layers of meaning under each card's images; in fact I inderstand this deck better than a "traditional" Tarot deck.

    If you prefer all hand-drawn decks, you probably won't care for this one much - which doesn't make it a "good" or a "bad" deck - it's just not your preference. I, for one, love vibrant colors and lots of different details on each card, and Sacred Circle has it. I like a deck from which I can pull the same card many times, and each time notice a different detail that pertains to my question.

    Bravo, Anna and Paul - this is one Celt who appreciates Sacred Circle. :)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful- but not for everyone!
    I was slightly disappointed when I got this deck. While it is fantastic the way they blended digital art, photos, and hand drawing, I think they could have done a better job. Several of the people cards seemed awkward because of the expression or lack thereof on the person's face and the fact that they didn't seem to be standing in natural poses. The cards were very sterile in their presentation so those who enjoy digital art will love them. If you're like me and like more of a hand drawn look, definitely look at this deck in person before you buy. The deck is unquestionably beautiful, it's just a matter of what style you are drawn to.
    On the positive side, I like the Pagan reworking of the Major Arcana. For example, I've found many people are much more comfortable with an Underworld card than with a Devil card. The substitute cards are a twist, though, and it takes a little getting used to. Also, the Minor Arcana are true Pips. For these reasons I wouldn't recommend this deck for beginners.
    If you love digital imaging and Pagan lore, I highly recommend this deck and book (which has a lot of Celtic Pagan lore, but is not necessarily geared toward beginners, either). For everyone else, try before you buy if possible.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and earthy
    I want to say that it is a beautiful deck with one problem I found.

    The pictures were NOT what I expected. They are scanned pictures of real people in costume merged over an artistic background. I would have preferred all art and not real people pictures.

    I would suggest looking at the deck in person if you can before you decide to own a set, just to make sure you are getting what you want. ... Read more


    6. Celtic Daily Prayer: Prayers and Readings From the Northumbria Community
    by Northumbria Community
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    Asin: 0060013249
    Catlog: Book (2002-03-01)
    Publisher: HarperSanFrancisco
    Sales Rank: 20489
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    More than a prayer book, Celtic Daily Prayer is a gift from the Northumbria Community of northeastern England. This devout religious community, with members scattered around the world, is joined together by the teachings of traditional Celtic Christianity dating back to the sixth century. In assembling this collection of prayers, they offer Christians ancient Celtic devotional writing as well as contemporary sources of wisdom, such as Anne Morrow Lindbergh, T.S. Eliot, and even Peter Yarrow from Peter, Paul, and Mary. The focal point for this prayer book is the daily office, although the book also includes additional meditations and daily readings. It offers two complete years of reading, so it should last a while (the publisher also promises follow-up books). Although many of these prayers come from the ancient monastic tradition, they easily speak to Christians contending with everyday things like jobs, childcare, dinners, and house cleaning. In his introduction Richard J. Foster (Celebration of Discipline) claims that this prayer book is most often found "in kitchens with bread baking and tea brewing or in living rooms crammed full of that cozy lived-in feel." --Gail Hudson ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Daily Prayer in the Family
    I've just started praying "Celtic Daily Prayer" this year, several times a week and find this prayer guide a lovely way to deepen my intimacy with God and connect with my Celtic heritage. The book includes daily prayer services, daily readings and prayers for set times of the year, as well as prayers/devotions based in the life of Celtic saints. Even people who hail from a different ethnic heritage will find that Celtic Daily Prayer offers community wisdom and a down to earth guide to daily prayer in the family. The Northumbria Community also offers these daily prayer services and prayers on a CD by the same title, though I found the CD less appealing or helpful than the book. For two other books on Family Prayer, look at THE FAMILY CLOISTER: BENEDICTINE WISDOM FOR THE HOME (Crossroad, 2000), and THE CHRISTIAN FAMILY TOOLBOX: 52 BENEDICTINE ACTIVITIES FOR THE HOME (Crossroad, 2001).

    5-0 out of 5 stars Superior insights in breadth & depth!
    When I first came on this incredible collection, my heart was deeply stirred and thoroughly warmed. My heart and head felt connected in a deep, holistic manner. I want to share these readings with all who would listen to their hearts. To use "focusing" language a la the "focusing method," the connection was made on a deep physical/spiritual/emotional/intellectual level that transcends human verbiage. In the words of some of the ancient Roman writers, "Mirabile dictu!" (A wonder to behold!) Try this one out for your spiritual growth and insights... I don't think you will be disappointed.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A real treasure of spirituality
    For a blending of the ancient and the modern, this book of prayers and daily devotionals fits the bill better than anything else available today. Besides the liturgies of morning, midday, and evening prayer, with accompanying scripture readings, there are prayers for special situations and events, not to mention two entire years of daily devotional readings. The interest in Celtic Christianity that has taken root in recent years may seem almost faddish, yet there is a depth of spirituality here that is refreshing and rewarding. This is one of the best tools available to strengthen one's inner life with God. ... Read more


    7. The Structure of Magic: A Book About Communication and Change (Book 2)
    by John Grinder, Richard Bandler
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    Asin: 0831400498
    Catlog: Book (1975-08-01)
    Publisher: Science and Behavior Books
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    8. The New Orleans Voodoo Tarot/Book and Card Set
    by Louis Martinie, Sallie Ann Glassman
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    Asin: 0892813636
    Catlog: Book (1992-08-01)
    Publisher: Destiny Books
    Sales Rank: 205955
    Average Customer Review: 4.79 out of 5 stars
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    The product of African, West Indian, and Catholic influences, Voodoo is a polytheistic religion usually associated with magical and ecstatic rites. With a firm  foundation in the classical Tarot, the authors have drawn strong and workable parallels among the Waite and Thoth Tarots, the Voodoo tradition as it is practiced in New Orleans, and the Qabalistic Tree of Life. Glassman's distinctive and evocative images mirror the face of New Orleans Voodoo that has emerged from the Dahomey tradition of West Africa, as well as from the Creole and South American cultures.

    This book and 79-card deck comprise the first Tarot to celebrate an African-American culture in both spirit and imagery. 

    Explains many of the rituals of the Voodoo religion in the context of a variety of Tarot spreads and readings, adding a completely new dimension to this very ancient tradition of divination and meditation. 

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Very Powerful Deck, and Somewhat Well Written Book
    As a voodoo initiate, I found this book and card set to be worthwhile. There's nothing dangerous about this deck at all.

    Just know that there is a "true" invisible force inside the world of voodoo, and that any rituals that you decide to partake in, you should handle it with care, caution, and grace.

    Already, being part of this religion, I can say that the book describes voodoo very well. He talks about the root of it, as well to the present. The only thing is he could of explained the meanings of the cards more. He describes the pictorial part of the cards well, but is very brief with the meanings, which can be alittle confusing, being that there is not another companion book to this deck.
    However, I've had these cards for a month now, so I haven't gotten into "Birthing the deck yet", so maybe once done the cards will give me a better insight. But overall, if you are interested in this religion, and into the tarot, this book and card set is not a bad start.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous cards! Decent book.
    I wish I could have the images from this deck enlarged, framed, and hung all over the walls of my home. I like to imagine the smells, sounds, tastes and textures of pictures, and the deck gives me plenty to work with. The plants seem ready to grow out of the edges of the cards, and the people *look* at you. Reading with these cards is a very satisfying visual experience.

    The book is nowhere near as satisfying. I know a little about tarot and nothing about voodoo or the Qabala, so I do have plenty to learn from the book. The information about voodoo, especially the descriptions of the characters portrayed on each card, is very useful. However, I find the divinations for each card unpleasantly limited and shallow, especially for the Court cards.

    When reading with these cards I find I'm better off using general tarot knowledge and the character descriptions to enhance my understanding of the images rather than the divinations offered by the book.

    Obviously I still enjoy the deck enough to give it a five, so the book isn't really a drawback. I'm starting to like the fact that its scanty divinations force me to turn to the cards themselves for interpretation. The images are more than rich enough to make up for the book's deficiencies.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Powerful deck!
    Beautiful deck! Great artistry! Do be careful about the voodoo rituals, as in any other time you may think to call the spirits. There is no doubt - they are there.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Smart deck!
    I just wanted to say that this deck is my favorite of all. I have had other decks, but this one has a pull. It also has, over time, become very intune with me. I can now tell someone I'm reading for the stop shuffling - I don't even have to touch the cards to know where the top card should be. Two nights ago I did a reading after not having picked up the deck in months. I did not have to shuffle. It's like the deck knew what my next question would be and it was prepared in advance. Very accurate deck, very interesting, and makes me feel like I know the spirits well. Also, if you have this deck wrap it in a cloth like it suggests. That's when my deck got really good. P.S. be careful what cloth. My deck hated white!

    5-0 out of 5 stars It really amazes me
    to note the superstitious gullibility that some people have! The deck is not evil nor is there any spirit residing in it. That reeks of the 70s and 80s tales of the Simon Necronomicon book. Or the morons who think they hear a Ouija board scream when it is tossed into a fire. (Actually it's their wallet screaming that they spent $20 for a Ouija board set and then burned it becuase some superstitious moron said it was evil! Hah!)

    The cards are amazing! I have used the various cards for my workings with and without the root. The cards don't speak to me rather they allow me to put myself into a trance setting and enter the realm of the loa after I salute Papa LEGBA of course!

    Lou is a noted Kabbala and Thelemic practitioner so if you look at how he's laid the foundation of the book, it follows the Hermetic scheme of the Tree of Life. The Simbi - masters of sorcery and magic - are alloted to the 8th cards which is the realm of Hod or Mercury. This is no accident and a very accurate placement in my opinion.

    The book offers some insight into the loa and the realms of Voudou. I have made use of the veves for minor talismanic work along in my conjures. Hoodoo workings are 'not' the same as Voudou and we are much more free form. In fact, my Hoodoo teacher was very infatuated with the modern Chaos Sorcery paradigm to the point even that he began to implement the use of servitors in his Hoodoo workings.

    Well worth the time and effort to use both. Though I do not use the cards for divination only because I tend to use a different form of divination all together. ... Read more


    9. Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft (Llewellyn's Practical Magick)
    by Raymond Buckland, Ray Buckland
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    Asin: 0875420508
    Catlog: Book (1986-12-01)
    Publisher: Llewellyn Publications
    Sales Rank: 8115
    Average Customer Review: 3.67 out of 5 stars
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    This 1986 classic is not only an excellent introduction to the Wiccan religion and earth-based religions in general, it's also a workbook that can take the serious student to the equivalent level of third-degree Gardnerian. Though Raymond Buckland was a student of the late great Gerald Gardner, this manual does not adhere to a specific branch or denomination of witchcraft, but rather seeks to teach the elements and philosophies common to all, whether Celtic, Saxon, Finnish, or what have you. Buckland is credited with bringing the "old religion" to the U.S., and covens and solitary witches practicing the craft in the U.S. today have him to thank for getting it out of the closet. While Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft is a must-have for any serious Wiccan practitioner, it is full of down-to-earth spiritual wisdom, which makes it a wonderful addition to the library of any broadminded seeker on the path toward the One. --P. Randall Cohan ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A wealth of knowledge for neophyte to seasoned Witch.
    Buckland's "Blue Bible" as it is commonly known among many Witches does indeed offer the perspective from one stance of Witchcraft; however, he does not limit the readers in how they may interpret, and encourages free thought and analysis of ritual and deity. The rituals he gives are clear, concise, and beautifully crafted, and Sabbat ritual and information, coupled with magickal alphabets, divination, and deity concepts make this book a welcome addition to any Witch's bookshelf.

    While admittedly, there are procedures and rituals which "eclectic" Witches or Wiccans may find illogical or even inappropriate, they are nonetheless a valuable source for traditional Witchcraft and for eclectic seeking to get "back to the basics". As a further bonus, he does not (like some other pagan writers) simply give a ritual or procedure, but explains the need and meaning of it, and leaves no room for questions in the "how-to's".

    I've been practicing Witchcraft for years now, and in all my studies Buckland's Blue Bible is undoubtedly one of my favorite (and most valuable) resources. He is to tradition what Cunningham is to eclectic, not only a source of information but a source of *personable* information.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Don't let the "wanna-be" paperback critics get to you!
    I honestly thought that this book was excently, from a beginner's point of view. This was the first book that I read and it was EXTREMELY informative. I will say that alot of Buckland's views and teachings were a bit one-sided, however, as with everything else in the Goddess's beautiful realm, you have to take things for face value and focus on the "big picture." This book added about eighty pagaes to my Book of Shadows. This book along with "Riding a Silver Broomstick" (Silver Ravenwolf) and "Wicca" (Scott Cunningham) will give a broad spectrum and a fine guideline to get beginner's going in the right direction. These books will each go into detail about very important aspects of the Craft. Buckland focuses on hands-on and ritualistic things, Silver Ravenwolf does the same giving a more personal touch to the lesson, and Cunningham focuses on the Wiccan lifestyle. Good starting material for beginners.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A must-have for Traditionalists
    Some of these reviews make me shake my head. Buckland is an elder of a tradition that is hierarchical and lineaged, and as such deserves to be read with serious intent and respect, despite personal opinion (much as you would listen to your boss at work or your sergeant in the Army). If you do not understand this, you do not truly understand Wicca.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Classic Text
    This has been around so long and used as a reference so many times it has earned the nickname: "Uncle Bucky's Big Blue Book". Ray Buckland is responsible for almost single-handedly introducing Wicca to the U.S., and this book played a big part in its introduction. This one belongs on every serious Witches' bookshelf.

    5-0 out of 5 stars How could you rate it any lower?
    This book is practically the centerpiece for any practicing Witch of these days. Most Wiccans I know have only bits of historical knowledge, and anyone that rates this book lower than 5 stars needs to consider the fact that they probably did not go through the book properly. Compared to any other authors of today, Buckland is singlehandedly the most accomplished and experienced. Thanks, everyone, for slapping him in the face by not giving his work the rating it deserves. If it wasn't for Buckland, you probably would not be Pagan, or know anything other than the lies that have been a current for centuries. ... Read more


    10. Breaking Open the Head : A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism
    by DANIEL PINCHBECK
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    Publisher: Broadway
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    Average Customer Review: 4.48 out of 5 stars
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    A dazzling work of personal travelogue and cultural criticism that ranges from the primitive to the postmodern in a quest for the promise and meaning of the psychedelic experience.

    While psychedelics of all sorts are demonized in America today, the visionary compounds found in plants are the spiritual sacraments of tribal cultures around the world. From the iboga of the Bwiti in Gabon, to the Mazatecs of Mexico, these plants are sacred because they awaken the mind to other levels of awareness--to a holographic vision of the universe.

    Breaking Open the Head is a passionate, multilayered, and sometimes rashly personal inquiry into this deep division.On one level, Daniel Pinchbeck tells the story of the encounters between the modern consciousness of the West and these sacramental substances, including such thinkers as Allen Ginsberg, Antonin Artaud, Walter Benjamin, and Terence McKenna, and a new underground of present-day ethnobotanists, chemists, psychonauts, and philosophers. It is also a scrupulous recording of the author's wide-ranging investigation with these outlaw compounds, including a thirty-hour tribal initiation in West Africa; an all-night encounter with the master shamans of the South American rain forest; and a report from a psychedelic utopia in the Black Rock Desert that is the Burning Man Festival.

    Breaking Open the Head is brave participatory journalism at its best, a vivid account of psychic and intellectual experiences that opened doors in the wall of Western rationalism and completed Daniel Pinchbeck's personal transformation from a jaded Manhattan journalist to shamanic initiate and grateful citizen of the cosmos.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Like a Good School Trip: Fun and Educational!
    Mr. Pinchbeck has written a book that is factual and well researched but at the same time is full of his own interesting insight and slant on things going on. I think this is a book that should be read by everyone. Perhaps then people could see how silly the war on things you choose to put into your OWN body really is. I didnt want the book to end. That to me is the best sign of a book well written. Kudos.

    michael stanton

    5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely essential reading on many levels.......
    If you've found the writing of Terence McKenna interesting and thought-provoking, then you should consider this book an immediate must-read. However, Pinchbeck's book deserves to be read (and hopefully WILL be read) by a much wider cross-section of society than McKenna's. One of the problems inherent to writing about psychedelic experiences is that the nature of the experience itself makes describing it through the written word extremely difficult. I think Pinchbeck has done an incredible job of bridging this gap (to the extent that is indeed possible) and relating his experiences in a way that even someone who has never touched a psychedelic substance can begin to understand.

    While that in itself is an important achievement, I think the real value of this book lies in the moral and ethical issues it ultimately poses for the reader...and this includes both those who've used these types of drugs, as well as those who've never even had a beer. The issues of corporate greed, ecosystem destruction, and blatant consumerism have never been more relevant to our society; the author addresses these issues with thought-provoking insight, and offers some extremely interesting and somewhat frightening ideas about the future of the human race....ideas that seem to have been catalyzed, but NOT created, by his use of psychedelics.

    In my opinion, that's where the real value of this book lies, and the reason it should be a rewarding and worthwhile read for anyone who considers himself a concerned, active, thinking member of society and the human race. It would be a tragedy if potential readers overlook this and skip the book based on a preconceived notion about the subject matter.

    2-0 out of 5 stars interesting but not well written
    definately an interesting subject, however, i didn't enjoy it much. the author, a self described neurotic, seems to be empty and searching for something, and the book seems to be more of a justification for him doing psychotropic drugs than a look at the role of the drugs in modern shamanism. the book is quite well researched but is sluggish and at times overbearing or pretentious. at one point he turns into a green peace rain forest advocate, which i don't see as having anything to do with shaman practice. if the subject is of interest to you, and this isn't the first book you have on the subject, there probably isn't anything new here for you. if you want to hear about his personal experiences, then buy the book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars To Put It Simple
    This book, like all good books, expanded my consciouness without the use of any psychedelics- psychonauts please think on these words.
    Anyway, I found that the most important idea explored in this book to cover in my review is that human beings have many, perhaps infinite doors into different states of consciousness within the human mind. Whether or not we choose to deny these completely different worlds, we must understand that current "rational" theories about the world, and about consciousness in general could never be true or complete without exploring these worlds; if you see them you know that many are just as true as "rational" reality. Those doors are there for a reason, or they simply wouldn't be there. Interestingly enough, not only are the doors there after millions of years of evolution, but many keys to open these doors are naturally occuring in thousands of diverse life-forms all over the world (Some of which Mr. Pinchbeck describes wonderfully). Considering psychoactives, I find it particularly interesting that (for example) although the brain has a receptor for THC found in the soft drug marijuana which kills 0 people a year (themselves from use), alcohol- the legal alternative- poisons the brain to intoxication and kills countless brain cells, users and non-users a year. It is also important to note that in general natural psychelics cause no physical addiction or damage (quite the opposite), as the brain is wired specifically for their use. I don't necessarily support the habitual use of drugs, as I find that the mind can be explored to a great extent without them, but they are tools on this earth which we are obviously meant to use- if you don't agree, read this book, as I found it very convincing.
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    4-0 out of 5 stars visionary
    comprehensive, informative, surprising and endlessly entertaining. Makes for a welcome addition to other like-minded works in my library.

    At first I was put off by the author's apparent condemnation of Timothy Leary; but he makes up for this flaw by delivering one of the most comprehensive and well-written works on psychedelia I have ever read (and I've read a few!)

    This work takes the reader on a wonderful journey filled with intrigue and enlightenment. The author boldly explores some very interesting realms and comes out of it all with some very delectable and addictive theories about how to save the planet and save this race.

    I'll recommend this one to many friends. ... Read more


    11. Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs (Llewellyn's Sourcebook Series)
    by Scott Cunningham
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    Asin: 0875421229
    Catlog: Book (1984-10-01)
    Publisher: Llewellyn Publications
    Sales Rank: 8857
    Average Customer Review: 4.61 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars FACT and FUN....
    This is a fun book. I don't know if the spells work because I haven't tried any yet, but I told my husband if he crossed my path I was going to turn him into a frog, to which he replied "Ribbet."

    Okay, okay, Mr. Cunningham doesn't recommend using magic in that way, but I can see from reading the various concoctions and spells that many of these things work because they work. And, just in case, I do have prophylactic holly trees and bushes planted around my house, and I swear the catnip I planted for my cat has helped us form a psychic bond, and "The Scarlet Pimpernel" well that's a whole story unto itself.

    If you write or read magical realism, want to learn more about magical practices, or are just curious, you will enjoy this book. Cunningham's entries are illustrated with very accurate pen drawings of the herbs. The book includes an annotated bibliography which is relatively comprehensive. Many works by respected social scientists are included.

    I disagree with Cunningham's assessment of Robert Groves' "White Goddess" or his take on Sir James Frazier's "Golden Bough" but I agree that a good way to learn about the old ways is to read material written by churchmen who pointed out in great detail the nefarious ways of sin. The best book on Cunningham's list for this purpose is Phillip Schmidt's "Superstition and Magic." Schmidt was a Jesuit who attemted to show the horrors of the occult and included much detail on herbal lore in his book.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Tons of useful information
    This book contains at least two or three hundred magical herb listings shown with illustrations of the herb, deity correspondences, elemental correspondences, folk names of herbs, ritual use, and other historical information designed to give clues as to how these herbs are best used towards magical purposes (Devil's Shoestring, for example, is best carried in the pocket to bring luck in employment matters, so from reading this book you would know not to make an incense with the herb but to carry it). The detailed appendices full of correspondence tables are great time-savers. However, this is not a recipe book, in fact it doesn't contain a single recipe. Also, Cunningham doesn't really comment on which herbs are known to be MOST powerful in workings towards certain ends, so some additional self-research is required. This book pre-assumes a basic knowledge of herbs and doesn't offer anything in the way of general instruction, so this should be considered a reference book and not an instrument of instruction. In any case, I have found it a valuable reference, and recommend it.

    If you want a REALLY thorough herb reference and this doesn't sound like enough, I would try Paul Beyerl's Master Book of Herbalism

    5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome Book
    What a cool book!! The title says it all because it really is an encyclopedia. Very informative. The only thing I would have added would be: what type of climate they survive in. (dry, moist, full sun, shade, etc) But then again this is not a "how to plant book". Aside from that I love this book!!! A must have (whether you are magickal or not!!)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great Refrence Book!!!
    I find myself looking at this book constantly when working with herbs. It gives a huge list of practically every herb imaginable. Most herbs are pictured, and contain its herb lore and other corresponding elements. A great book if your into herbalism, and or magick herbalism. Another great book by scott cunningham!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely a Must
    This is one of my favorite authors. Great for beginners. His stuff is good and so easy to use. He doesn't overpower you with mountains of information. "Just the facts, Sir" Great reference book. ... Read more


    12. The Complete Book of Incense, Oils & Brews (Llewellyn's Practical Magick)
    by Scott, Cunningham
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    Asin: 0875421288
    Catlog: Book (1989-06-01)
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    Sales Rank: 14357
    Average Customer Review: 4.38 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A must-have reference book!
    This is one of my favorite books by Scott Cunningham. He explores so many different methods of magickal creation that there is something for everyone and more. If you want to learn more about making your own incense, brews, potions, powders, inks, soaps, tinctures, oils, herbal baths,etc., YOU MUST BUY THIS BOOK. Each section is informative and full of recipies, explanations, suggestions, and warnings. The chapter on substitution is excellent and the charts and appendixes are helpful as well. The book's tone is more instructional rather than spiritual, especially compared to Cunningham's other books. If you are looking for in-depth information about magical herbs and oils, I highly recommend reading Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs and The Magic of Aromatherapy in addition to The Complete Book of Incense, Oils, and Brews.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fantabulous!
    The more books I read from Scott Cunningham, the more I like them, and this one's no exception!

    Cunningham presents us here with a recipe book for more than the title implies. Besides showing us how to create our own inceses, oils, and brews, he also explains how to make tinctures, powders, bath salts, soaps, sachets, and inks. There are tons of different recipes available, especially for incenses, for all sorts of magickal purposes.

    Substitutions are also treated. Several pages are broken down by plants, purposes, planets, and astrological signs which are very, very useful is you have a particular goal in mind. For me, these are the best parts of the book. If I need to know which oils to use or herbs to burn for a healing spell, they're all right there. If I need to attract some more lunar energy in an esbat ritual, I can very quickly find that I can use lemon oil on my candles if there's no myrrh or jasmine around.

    Overall, it's a great book and Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs is the perfect companion for it. I highly recommend it!

    5-0 out of 5 stars love it!
    This book is fabulous. I just adore Scott Cunningham's work. There's so much great info in here, and it gave me huge motivation to come up with my own recipes. Fabulous. Hope you like it too. Blessed be.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Tons of Witchy Recipies!!!!
    I love this book. It gives tons of herbal recipies to use around the house. Whether you need that nice soothing bath, tea, or nice scented insence, this is the book where you can know how to make it all! It gives simple intructions that anyone can use, and make. Another great book by cunningham!!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Have For Every Wiccan Library
    This is the first book I read about Wicca and of Scott Cunningham. He is thorough with his explainations on each recipe - the substitution list alone is worth the price of the book. If you are new to wicca, exploring wicca or have been practicing for many years, this book is a constant you will return to again and again. The references contain good information to assist you in further exploration. I especially appreciate his openness. He is not at all pretentious as I have read in other books. Scott encourages you to be creative, free thinking and not to be constantly worrying about "getting it right". A very down to earth writer who knows his subject well and communicates it in such a way to get your "magical kitchen" started. May all who read this book find the "magic" in everyday things! ... Read more


    13. Living Wicca: A Further Guide for the Solitary Practitioner (Llewellyn's Practical Magick)
    by Scott Cunningham
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    Asin: 0875421849
    Catlog: Book (1993-12-01)
    Publisher: Llewellyn Publications
    Sales Rank: 10859
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    Living Wicca is the perfect companion to Cunningham's Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner, containing the same concise and comprehendible style that makes the first book so enjoyable. With Living Wicca, Cunningham goes beyond the mechanics of the faith and emphasizes the importance of making Wicca a part of your everyday life. Focusing on the solitary practitioner, Cunningham encourages you to make your own path within the Wiccan tradition, and offers simple suggestions, from recycling to visiting the park, that heighten your spiritual awareness of the mundane world. --Brian Patterson ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Good information for newcommers on way of life of Wicca.
    If you enjoyed Cunningham's "Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner", you'll love "Living Wicca", a guide for solitaries which further brings Wicca into our everyday lives and experiences.

    Cunningham further delves into the topics of learning (tools, secrecy, self-initiation, Mysteries, and everyday Wiccan spirituality) and practicing (prayers and chants, offerings, rites, magic, deities) Wicca and to establishing your own traditions (from ritual design, to the Book of Shadows, adopting beliefs and rules). This book, like the first, is really for beginners like myself and reflects the "newer" Wicca and not the Old Ways or any particular modern Wiccan path. This allows the solitary practitioner to be more eclectic while still holding onto basic Wiccan traditions, albeit not strictly

    Still not a end all on the craft but this book with referances in back are nice for those who are new to craft

    I found this book was good to read and give people new to craft more on wicca way of life still is one of better books, I have seen and I think for your money this book is worth it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Essential to Solitary Wiccans..........
    ........if you enjoyed Cunningham's "Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner", you'll love "Living Wicca", a guide for solitaries which further brings Wicca into our everyday lives and experience.

    Cunningham further delves into the topics of learning (tools, secrecy, self-initiation, Mysteries, and everyday Wiccan spirituality) and practicing (prayers and chants, offerings, rites, magic, deities) Wicca and to establishing your own traditions (from ritual design, to the Book of Shadows, adopting beliefs and rules). This book, like the first, is really for beginners like myself and reflects the "newer" Wicca and not the Old Ways or any particular modern Wiccan path. This allows the solitary practitioner to be more eclectic while still holding onto basic Wiccan traditions, albeit not strictly.

    I particularly enjoyed Cunningham's ideas for bringing Wicca into my daily life.........those long stretches that occur between the esbats and sabbats. His ideas for daily prayers make Wiccan expression a regular, daily experience. I also like his practical ideas for enhancing spirituality: gardening, volunteering time, meditating, etc. Cunningham shows us how to add to our rituals with our own ideas that are meaningful to us, making Wicca a more personal experience. He also shows us how to better write our Book of Shadows, by adding in basic beliefs and rules as well as our own rituals and magic.

    This book is also one that I can see drawing beginners into Wicca, helping them love their new religion (as has happened to me) and thus compelling them to delve much further into it, be it by exploring more about more modernized versions of Wicca, by seeking out the Old Ways and our origins, by searching for a coven and a teacher or all of the above. I highly recommend this book to eager beginners who are just learning about Wicca and just starting to practice.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Cunning profit making
    Cunningham is one of the better known of Neo-wiccan authors - I do stress 'Neo-wiccan' not Wiccan - he is usually relied upon by a large number of Pagans starting out on their path and a source for some valuable information, however I feel like a lot of his work he comes across as arrogant as well as disrespectful to Wiccan religion.

    Cunningham goes for an eclectic 'wiccan' approach to his teachings, at the start of this book he emphasizes the importance of what 'feels right', if it feels good it's Wicca?
    However one not only has to call into question this idea of doing 'what feels right' in general but also how 'what feels right' fits in when talking about Wicca, a highly structured religion which if only working on 'what feels right' is no longer a religion of any sorts, least of all Wiccan.
    Furthermore this idea of 'what feels right' is contradicted when Cunningham goes on to mention a line from the rede or as he calls it 'the Wiccan law', to one moment support a new age approach of Wicca and an approach of ignoring Wiccan practice in praise of doing what 'feels right' to then lay down a 'law' of not harming.
    As well as contradictory it is putting the Wiccan rede out of context as a littoral 'an if it harms none, do as thou wilt' rather than a matter of cause and effect - which seems to be a very common occurrence in this book. Cunningham seems to effectively miss out not only the rede as is take literally with only giving a law of Wicca as 'Harm none', but also misses out any underlying meanings of the rede as a Wiccan ethical/moral stand point, or any other Wiccan moral/ethical approach. He carries this on in chapter seven with Karma and law of return, but with difficulty fully explaining either in context and effectively carrying out religious theft.

    Cunningham effectively dismisses Wicca in praise of his doing what 'feels right' which from here seems to mean 'ignore all practices of Wicca, as long as it feels right then you are Wiccan' which is the equivalent of telling readers to take tradition out of which simply does not make you Wiccan no matter how hard Cunningham would like to make it into a meaningless term. Cunningham seems to pass off Wicca throughout this book, the start alone (p5-p6) seems to effectively make out that Wicca isn't Wicca, that the traditions and practices, or even the religions origins are worthless of even thinking about let alone respecting, studying or following.
    He later discusses 'self-initiation' (Contradictions again), that you can initiate yourself into this initiate only oath bound religion, by the same logic I could well go and initiate myself as a Catholic priest and ignore anyone who dares to call me anything but a Catholic priest. He fails to see the difference between initiating yourself into your own spirituality and initiating yourself into a specific religion, which insists on someone initiating you into the religion.
    He seems to nicely bypass any question of 'How do you grow comfortable with a system of Wicca if you just made it up yourself?' or 'How would you feel if someone stole something of yours which you had created, altered it to their liking and proclaimed it theirs?' or 'Do you now think you are special?' again adding to his disrespect to Wicca and it's followers which leads one to wonder - Has he even heard of Gardner?

    Cunningham fits into chapter two a lot about victim mentality, 'self-proclaimed Christians' labeling Wicca as Satanic, which not only calls into question his tolerance/acceptance of Christianity but also begs the question - If Christians can't call themselves Christians, what on earth makes him think that after picking up one book his readers can suddenly proclaim themselves as Wicca, a religion dependant on initiation?

    To keep this little review brief (I am sure you understand my point by now) Cunningham is a fluffy writer with a lot of arrogance who seems to have no ethical obligation of totally carving up Wiccan religion in praise of his ideas and a few extra coins in his pocket.
    Although there is useful information I would recommend if interested in Wicca then look elsewhere rather than this, if you are interested in Neo-wicca then I would recommend to you that although this book might be useful it's arrogance is hardly helpful.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Living Wicca: a further guide for the solitary practioner
    fantastic book!!!!!! i read the entire book in just a day, I couldn't put it down! Excellent reading for someone just beginning their Wiccan Path..I highly recommend this book!

    1-0 out of 5 stars Bah.
    It's just regurgitating what it said from the first book. Who cares? ... Read more


    14. Soul Retrieval: Mending the Fragmented Self Through Shamanic Practice
    by Sandra Ingerman
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    2-0 out of 5 stars A WASTE OF MONEY
    I really disliked this book; it was a great disappointment. The author warns you not to attempt any soul retrieval on your own, and then she proceeds to tell you step-by-step how she performs a soul retrieval. She then (of course) gives the address for only one shamanic training workshop: the one she is involved with. This books only objective seems to be advertising.

    She goes on and on about how wonderful she is and how many people she's helped...She gives a few "excercises" that are totally useless. There is absolutely no practical information in this book at all. The title should have been, "Why I Am the Greatest Shaman".

    I honestly can't imagine why this book was written. There are MUCH better books out there that not only give you a great introduction to shamanism, but actually have some great meditations and journeying work you can safely do on your own.

    Basically this author sold an advertisement for her shamanism workshop in the guise of a book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A great introduction and possible salvation
    This book found its way into my hands. I had no previous information concerning Shamanism or the practices there of. Upon reading this book I felt a new understanding of my own life and wanted to learn more. I found a Shaman who performed a soul retrieval for me. What Sandra Ingerman had written in this book prepared me for the experiences.
    As it happened, this book was the catapult into a new "knowing". I've since loaned this book to others, and still have a list of those yet to borrow it. My excitement about this book is comparable to "salvation"! :)
    But, I would also interject here that this was my first introduction to Shamanism. Those already familiar with the practices might find this book trivial. If so, please keep in mind the usefulness it holds for "beginners" and that everyone must find their own doorway.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Good overview but ...
    This is a very good overview on the general/traditional technique of Soul Retrieval. There are a bit too many examples of client studies and perhaps not enough analysis of the spiritual things which occurred. What is most disturbing is that in the preface the author says something completely contradictory to the rest of the book regarding how to restore the soul part once retrieved.

    Perhaps this book demonstrates most clearly the current tension and change in the area of soul retrieval. In general, the formal patterns of shamanism, including the use of drumming being necessary to achieve trance states, are under question and being challenged. Many people today are able to enter shamanic states of consciousness through concentration alone. As more people become capable of shamanic techniques the older assumptions will be modified and fall away.

    This book is a good representative of the more formal ideas about soul retrieval how they were understood perhaps ten or twenty years ago. If you read this just remember that it is your awareness and attention that are the real keys to opening to shamanic experiences, not being constrained to specific static techniques.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing
    I didn't know what to expect with this book. I didn't think much when it said shamanic journey and personally I think that a lot of the rators are getting stuck into comparing this book by what those words mean to them then the amazing content of this book if they read it.
    This book was an excellent tool for introspection. It has safe and wonderful easy EASY practices that allow you to work gentally at becoming whole. There are explanations to change the way you deal with your emotional and spiritual bodies to heal and become more connected. This book is not for those that want to achieve power but rather impowerment. It is a book that is based on the idea to heal the childhood and the innerchild.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Informative and professional
    I loved this book, and I would recommend that anyone at all that is the least bit interested in learning anything at all about the work of a Shamanic Practitioner to read this book. You will follow this author exactly as she takes you on each of her journeys. Facinating. Sandra presents her book factually, and understandably so that we the reader understands fully the scope of this practice. You may also write to the author, which was an added plus. Sandra also teaches through Michael Harner's Foundation of Shamianic Studies. ... Read more


    15. Shapeshifter Tarot
    by D. J. Conway, Sirona Knight, Lisa Hunt
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    A pleasure to behold! Hunt has imbued this deck with a tangible energy. Her images of humans discovering the power of the animal world evoke emotions ranging the spectrum from loneliness to joy. The expressiveness of the illustrations makes this one of the most powerful decks commercially available, well suited for use in spellcraft. Conway and Knight pool their considerable talents in the companion book, giving their lucid and vivid interpretations of the cards' literal and figurative meanings. The cards and book work together as a synergistic whole, a testament to the prowess of the authors and the illustrator.The Shapeshifter Tarot is analogous to the traditional tarot, save for the addition of three cards, "The Double," "The Journey," and "The Dreamer," which reflect the Celtic shamanic tradition on which this deck is based, a tradition that will teach you to access and direct animal energies to fulfill your own needs and at the same time bridge the chasm between humankind and nature. --Brian Patterson ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars PHENOMENAL! DEFINITELY A DECK WORTH OWNING AND GROWING WITH
    "The Shapeshifter Tarot is very impressive. The images on the cards are so ethereal, magically rendered from the realm of Camelot and the land of fairies. The book is a magical catalyst. Sirona Knight and D.J. Conway are a dynamic duo of writers whose styles and visions synthesize gloriously. "The Shapeshifter Tarot" stretched my magical vision beyond its limits. I predict that this will establish these authors as leaders in the spiritual writing field. There is a wonderful feeling of spiring and of nature's unexpected potential in this deck...Michael Peter Langevin, Publisher, Magical Blend Magazine.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This is most amazing tarot deck I have ever used.
    DEFFINITELY THE BEST TAROT DECK OUT THERE! After buying the deck, I sat down and did some readings for some of my friends, and we were all amazed at how right on the cards were. The images are splendid, and the book very informative although the cards are so easy to use that I found myself not having to refer to the book. This deck is for people who are looking for something more than just a traditional deck. The idea of shapeshifting and using power animals is great, and I'm looking forward to other books on this subject. I highly recommend this deck to all who use tarot to do readings for themselves and others. The cards are very accurate.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A bit disappointed
    I am a very major fan of Ms Conway's work. Her insights and writings have inspired me for years. The art work & visions are superb BUT the companion book has a landmine. Constantly I am told how important it is to balance the male & female energy in EVERYTHING. Those of us on the Goddess path will simply have to do extra work to find our way.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Less Than So-So
    Goes to show you that you must be able to see a deck for yourself before buying...Based on the (mostly) positive reviews I found for this deck, I bought it. I found that I was one of the minority of people who didn't like this deck. I honestly think it's a very average deck; the cards are nothing special. In fact, the best card of all is the one on the cover! Some of the other cards look so similar in appearance that I keep confusing them!
    All in all, I don't really like this deck, but as I said, YOU CAN'T GO BY REVIEWS! If you can look at a friend's copy, then you can see for yourself if YOU like it! There's no accounting for taste!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Lovely Deck, Interesting to Work With
    I had received this deck quite a while ago to review. I am a diehard Capricorn and change is not something I take to lightly. I have worked with the Rider-Waite deck all my adult life and a new deck that was different did not appeal to me. So, I left this deck to someone else, as usual, and moved on.

    What happened was it came back to me. While visiting my house, a friend pulled out the deck and she began looking at it. She loved the imagery, really liked the changes to the deck and she was working with it before the end of the day.

    I then had to reconsidered the deck. My friend went out and bought herself this deck and was working with it and is very pleased with how it was handling and with the correspondences so, I took the deck out and began to really look at it.

    First of all, the illustrations by Lisa Hunt make this deck. They are beautiful images that speak to you. I can see the attraction here. I had to find the book and look up the correspondences because many had changed and I was at a loss. The Chariot becomes Power. The Hierophant becomes Knowledge. Justice becomes Nature. The Hanged Man becomes the Shapeshifter. Some are obvious. The Emperor is the Father. The Empress is the Mother. Some are cleaver. Death becomes Rebirth. The Wheel of Fortune becomes the Circle.

    The lesser cards were confusing to me at first. But each card is labeled with its correspondence written right on the card. Each of the suits is labeled to its elemental correspondence and its suit. Cups to water, pentacles to earth, swords to fire and air to wands. The number of the suit is marked on the bottom, and a *Key Word* is written on the bottom. While D. J. Conway and Sirona Knight have changed some of the meanings, they are not that far off from the original card meanings. They also appear to be a bit *softer* in expression to me, but then again, all things are left open to interpretation. While the Ace of Cups is now The Well, the meaning as interpreted by Conway and Knight can be modified, as in all cards, to what you associate with most. The suggestion of the images is probably the way most of us interpret the cards, along with intuition and gifted insight.

    The *Court Cards* are changed a bit too. The Page becomes the Seeker. The Knight becomes the Warrior and the Queen is God and the King is Goddess. While this is totally different from the traditional decks, it can be worked around. The associations of Gods and Goddesses to the suits of the decks may also present a problem with more traditional readers, as these things are always left open to personal interpretation. You may agree, you may disagree, but I do believe if you take what speaks to you, you may find this deck a bit easier to work with rather than relying solely on the meanings as defined by Conway and Knight.

    A deck of cards should speak to you personally. They should attract your attention and grasp your imagination. When you work with the deck, it should work with you. If you find you can not identify with the images, or the images are not to your liking, then maybe you should find another deck.

    There are so many decks now because there are so many different kinds of readers. Where once I thought having so many different kinds of decks was not necessarily useful, now I see how people relate to different images and how they speak to each of us on a different level. We are not all the same, we do not all travel the same path, and the deck we choose to work with can be a useful tool if it speaks to us directly. Days of bumbling around with decks that have so many mystical and unseen meanings are gone, and it's good to see plain English and variations on the themes. ... Read more


    16. The Way of the Shaman : Tenth Anniversary Edition
    by Michael Harner
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    The phenomenal bestseller, with more than 500,000 copies sold worldwide, now with a new epilogue from the author--The Chalice and the Blade has inspired a generation of women and men to envision a truly egalitarian society by exploring the legacy of the peaceful, goddess-worshipping cultures from our prehistoric past.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Whatever it takes
    There will be people who are thrilled to read this book and other people who will be disappointed that Mr. Harner does not present shamanism is it traditional form and does not expect us to endure the training of traditional shamans. Fair enough. I would just like to point out that teachers of every tradition or lineage that has either come from The East or is trying to be revived in current Western society has had to accomodate itself to the lack of a context that enables people to follow the traditional training. Whether it's Tibetan Buddhism, Zen Buddhism, Hindu, or Sufi lineages, or even Christian monastic practice, all have had to adjust to the fact that our scientific, materialistic rationalism makes it very difficult to
    find support for individuals, especially those with families, or who are not independently wealthy to pursue "the Old Ways." I'm just not as fussy as I used to be. That purity business was just my own fantasy. I applaud anyone with the persistence of Michael Harner to keep plugging away and just planting seeds into the minds of people of the reality of other forms of consciousness. Why don't we wait until we grow up as a culture before we insist on "purity" which is too often just another way of saying "my way is the best."

    2-0 out of 5 stars Harnerism not Shamanism
    This book is commercialized shamanism. Although interesting and well written it is one of the many tools Harner has used to make a name for himself at the expense of others. He has studied different forms of Shamanism extensively, but he takes their "core" and fits it into a nice neat package with an artistic cover. Taking Shamanism out of context is degrading to the cultures for whom Shamanism is an integral part of their life. Harner has taken the opportunity to put someone elses spirituality up for sale. I suggest readers of this book to read Paul C. Johnson's article "Shamanism from Ecuador to Chicago: A Case Study in New Age Ritual Appropriation." It can be found in the journal Religion (April 1995).

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Classic in all Respects
    I just can't say enough good things about Way of the Shaman, it is simply the best book of shamanism I have read. Harner dared to venture into territory which other main stream academics in the United States were too afraid to touch. This is a great book in all respects, though I wish Harner had mentioned a little more about the potential negative effects of Shamanism -- its not all positive. But, I still say unequivicably if you want to learn about real shamanism this is the place to go. Buy this one.
    Recently I finished another shamanic book entitled 'Memetic Magic' by Kirk Packwood. While comparable to Harner's text, it actually breaks new ground and discusses shamanic techniques which no one has yet dared to discuss. MM is another good one to check out if you are not afraid of the darker aspects of shamanism.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The first and the best.
    As far as I can tell, Michael Harner is responsible for creating the new age phenomenon of Neo-Shamanism. This book was the first of its kind, and although many books on the subject litter the bookstore shelves these days, Harner's is by far the best of the ones I've read and perused.

    Most of the complaints by reviewers here are concerned with Harner "stealing" the traditions from other cultures and/or "corrupting" these traditions. Ignoring the obvious flaw in thinking regarding "theft" of cultural or spiritual traditions, I think this is exactly where Harner excels over the others. Rather than turning out some new-age fluff that pretends to adhere painstakingly to any particular tradition, Harner cuts to the viscera of the real phenomenon of Shamanism.

    Although there are specific exercises and methods in this book, the fact that they don't rigidly conform to any one tradition is what makes it great. It is rather like the approach of Chaos Magick, which doesn't rely on precise traditional incantations, sigils, etc, to perform magick. Instead, the idea is that this power is latent within us, and is basically archetypal within the framework of the psyche.

    In cultures with Shamanism, every once in a while a shaman is born; they are discovered to be "special" (in a way specific to that culture) and/or predisposed to this sort of thing. Even though the modern Western world doesn't have any significant "place" for these sorts of individuals, they are still are born into our society. I like to call them (us) the weirdoes. These are latent shamans or mystics. Books like Harner's just might be a key to helping us "weirdoes" find our "place".

    5-0 out of 5 stars If you're looking for application, this is it
    This book is application and technique. It shares some of Harner's personal experiences but it's also a workbook. Harner takes common elements of shamanism from around the world and presents them in a solid format that's useful, consise and easy to understand. ... Read more


    17. The Celtic Way of Evangelism: How Christianity Can Reach the West...Again
    by George G. Hunter
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    Celtic Christianity: the form of Christian faith that flourished among the people of Ireland during the Middle Ages has gained a great deal of attention lately. George G. Hunter III points out that, while the attention paid to the Celtic Christians is well deserved, much of it fails to recognize the true genius of this ancient form of Christianity. What many contemporary Christians do not realize is that Celtic Christianity was one of the most successfully evangelistic branches of the church in history. The Celtic church converted Ireland from paganism to Christianity in a remarkably short period, and then proceeded to send missionaries throughout Europe. North America is today in the same situation as the environment in which the early Celtic preachers found their mission fields: unfamiliar with the Christian message, yet spiritually seeking, and open to a vibrant new faith. If we are to spread the gospel in this culture of secular seekers, we would do well to learn from the Celts. Their ability to work with the beliefs of those they evangelized, to adapt worship and church life to the indigenous patterns they encountered, remains unparalleled in Christian history. If we are to succeed in reaching the West . . . again,then we must begin by learning from these powerful witnesses to the saving love of Jesus Christ. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Great intro, need more practical suggestions?
    This is a powerful little book. Hunter describes the ministry of Patrick in Ireland and outlines some of the principles that made his, and his followers', ministries so powerfully effective. Essentially, Patrick entered a foreign culture (he was not Irish, in fact he first went to Ireland as captive of pirates!) and managed to capture some of the local culture while keeping his focus on reaching out with the gospel. In fact, people seemed not to even know they were being evangelized. They were welcomed into the Christian community and some time later "realized they'd become Christians." Hunter makes a decent historical case that Patrick's pattern was successful in Ireland and transferable to Britain, but then was squelched by Rome. I'd want to see more historical evidence, though. This is a compact book and doesn't give a lot of detail. Maybe the most fascinating aspect of the book is its insight into Celtic spirituality, as well as the reminder that we shouldn't insist people match up to our standards before they become part of our community.
    I'd like to see more of an outline as to how this can be translated to the modern church. Hunter refers to his colleague Christine Pohl's work on Christian hospitality, so maybe he didn't mean this book to be a blueprint. He definitely stirs thought and great discussion! It's such an important topic, I applaud Hunter's effort to make us think more deeply about how we live out the gospel.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Good insights on a new/old way of evangelism
    This book is part history and part "how-to." There is a lot of good historical information in a very short space on Patrick and some of those he influenced. If, like me, all you knew about Patrick was that he had something to do with the Irish people, wearing green and shamrocks, then this book will introduce you to the real reasons for Patrick's fame - his bold missionary ministry to the Irish.
    As far as the how-to's go I think the gist of the book can be summed up in a little summmary table that Hunter gives contrasting what he believes is the Celtic Way vs. the Roman Way. The Roman way said that a person has to believe before they can belong. The Celtic way said that a person must belong in order to believe. Therefore, the Roman process of evangelism was 1 - Preach the Christian messsage, 2 - Call to a decision for Christ, 3 - Invite into the fellowship of the church. In contrast, Hunter says that the Celtic was is to 1 - Invite the unbeliever into the community, 2 - Engage them in ministry and conversation - a kind of conversational evangelism focusing on answering the questions of the unbeliever rather than pushing them along a predetermined path or presentation, and 3) Invitation to commitment to Christ and the ministry of the community. Hunter says that, in the Celtic community, "seekers" often came to Christ in a matter of days or weeks as a result of participating in the life of the Christian community.
    Hunter suggests that our evangelistic methodology today looks more like the Roman way and that we would be well advised to adopt the Celtic way. As evidence he cites some of his own research showing that most people who do come to Christ come to Christ along a more "Celtic" path - i.e., being welcomed into a group where they can hear and see the gospel lived out over time, and gradually embracing this gospel. Hunter says the Celtic way affirms that the Christian faith is more caught than taught.
    If we were to take Hunter's insights seriously, many churches would have to seriously re-evaluate how they do "evangelism." If Hunter is correct, the standard confrontational approaches of evangelism, where we give the whole gospel presentation at one time and call for a decision right then and there, would need to be modified to allow some time and breathing room for the "seeker" to "catch" the gospel.
    If you read this book in conjunction with Richard Peace's book "Conversion in the New Testament," you will find that such a "Celtic" methodology dovetails nicely with the way Jesus evangelized the disciples. Peace demonstrates that the book of Mark is the story of the conversion of the disciples, which took place in the context of a group, over a long period of time. This is what Hunter is advocating as the "Celtic" way of evangelism.
    There are a few places I wondered about in this book. In talking about the way the Celts presented the gospel, Hunter takes principles from Aristotle and Kierkegaard and reads them back into the Celtic way of evangelism. This seems a little artificial to me, although there is some food for thought there. Also, especially troubling, and this seemed to be troubling to Hunter to, is that the Celts seemed to portray Christ as one who brings fulfillment rather than the savior of sinners. This is espcially troubling because if there is no sin, there is no need for a savior. The essence of the gospel always has been and always will be that Christ is the savior of sinners. Finally, in their prudent zeal to contextualize the gospel to the Irish and find common ground, the Celts may have bluured the lines between contextualization and accomodation.
    Overall, a tremendous book, a few things need to be theologically filtered, but as far as evangelistic methodology goes there is much to learn from here.

    2-0 out of 5 stars not exactly celtic
    I would have given this book a higher rating had it not claimed to be the "celtic" way of evangelism. Hunter presents excellent concepts for evangelism but his study of the celtic church is unimpressive. He argues that there was a contrasting view of Roman vs. Celtic ways of doing things yet many of his examples of how "Celtic" monastaries would have done things are drawn from the very "Roman" rule of Benedict.
    He also accuses the "Roman" wing of the church imposing her liturgy on the Celtic churches around the 5th Century. Sure, the tonsure and dating of Easter were brought in but this was quite a while before a standard liturgy was imposed throughout Europe. Check out the Gallican Liturgy and Stowe Missal. I get the impression that the author drew examples from some stories about St. Patrick and ideas of modern authors to back up his own ideas of evangelism. I appreciate his understanding of theories and theology of evangelis, I just don't see how it is based on solid study of the Celtic church.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Revisioning evangelism through the eyes of the Celtic Church
    Finally, a book that takes the interest in "celtic Christianity" that seems to be such the rave now and applies it to the modern church in a life-changing way. This book re-visions evangelism in a way that will reach out to people who haven't grown up in a church setting. Through his study of celtic Christianity, George Hunter saw an evangelism that does not expect people to live by the "rules" of Christianity before they are even accepted into the doors of a church. Looking at a group of Christians who reached out to the world around them and asked them to be "christian" and not "civilized" is true inspiration for us today when our churches seem to want people to know how to act before we are willing to even let them in the doors. This book is well worth the read for anyone interested in bringing Christ to their world.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Pub-based faith
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    In The Celtic Way of Evangelism, George G. Hunter III explores the spiritual landscape which made Patrick's Ireland (and my local pub) a ready recipient of God's grace. Hunter, dean of the E. Stanley Jones School of World Mission at Asbury Theological Seminary, developed his view of relational evangelism in an environment not unlike my own. He learned that "stained-glass jargon" doesn't play well on the sands and surfboards of muscle beach. ...Perhaps that is why Hunter's perspective of Celtic Christianity resonates so strongly.

    Hunter's retelling of the story of Patrick the Precedent Postmodern provides an able framework for understanding the possibilities and priority of mission. Patrick's own spiritual quest, including rejection of his father's religion and discovery of truth in the midst of brokenness, is of foremost and foundational importance. A Briton, Patrick was captured as a teenager by pirates and enslaved in Ireland. During his time as a cattle-herder near the turn of the fifth century, Patrick experienced three transformations which would equip him in his calling. First, he experienced the truth of an intimate relationship with Jesus. Second, he learned who the Irish people were, of their customs and culture. Third, he grew to have genuine love for his captor-brothers. These experiences reflect the three conditions for dynamic and convincing communication found in Aristotle's Rhetoric. Patrick's personal conversion gave him ethos, his understanding of the Celtic people provided pathos, and his love for his captors was his logos.

    Patrick was freed from his seminary of servitude after six years, but returned as a missionary nearly three decades later still with this passion within. His Irish pagan hosts were receptive to this message because many aspects of their tribal druidic religions could find relative comparisons in true Christianity. An appreciation for paradox, an acceptance of the complexities of deity, an awareness of nature, the power of tale and fable, common virtues and values, a love for the riddling rhetorical triads and even fascination with the number three were all relatable ways Patrick could immediately and extensively explain the Christ-story.

    Patrick's Celtic Christianity also provides a model for community. The first of five distinctives in this model is intentional solitude, drawing away from the clan for time alone with the Creator. Second, this community called for each believer to have a companion in the journey, a anamchara (or "soul friend") who would be not a spiritual superior but a friend and peer who could nurture a safe place for transparency, vulnerability, accountability, support and challenge. From the one, to the two, to the three: the third element of this community was a mentor-led small group of fellow believers who would join in study and service. Fourth, the experience expanded to common life: meals, labor, Biblical teaching, prayer and worship. Finally, the impacts of these four aspects combined to compel each member of the community to interact with pre-Christians who had not yet understood the promise of the Gospel. While this fifth aspect of community may seem at first similar to contemporary expressions, an essential difference must be noticed. Modern methods of evangelism begin with a presentation of the Gospel story to those who may be no more than casual contacts. If successful, this effort leads to a decision for conversion. Upon conversion, the new believer is invited to community and fellowship. Hunter contends the Celtic approach is actually and appropriately an inversion of this conversion protocol. In the Celtic approach, the potential believer is first offered fellowship and hospitality, which lead to opportunity for service, ministry and authentic conversation. After this connection and commitment are built and trusted, the prospective Christian may choose belief and conversion based on the reality of relationship, leading to full inclusion in community. Certainly, Jesus' own practice was to call those who would be excluded from most modern Christian communities, never to be given an opportunity to discover His open invitation. (Luke 5:27-32).

    Hunter is insistent that readers find within these ancient methods innovative avenues for reaching the "New Barbarians," those whose lifestyles seem unacceptable and unconventional, considered beyond reach by religious institutions tied to structure, tradition and presumed authority

    Certainly, this reader agrees with the assessment Hunter discovered within the Australian Jesus Movement: the challenge is to see God's Kingdom "as a party -- where the doors are thrown open like an Irish pub to anyone who would come in." This "pub church" would be one where Patrick could be quite comfortable -- a church "festive, music, participatory." ... Read more


    18. Shaman, Healer, Sage : How to Heal Yourself and Others with the Energy Medicine of the Americas
    by ALBERTO PHD VILLOLDO
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    Catlog: Book (2000-12-19)
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    Alberto Villoldo, a classically trained medical anthropologist, has studied shamanic healing techniques among the descendants of the ancient Inkas for more than twenty years. In Shaman, Healer, Sage, he draws on his vast body of knowledge to create a practical and revolutionary program based on the traditional healing methods used by these shamans -- methods that, until now, have been inaccessible to most of the world.

    Villoldo explains that central to shamanic healing is the concept of the Luminous Energy Field that is believed to surround our material bodies. His book teaches us to see and influence the imprints that disease leaves on this field and thereby to heal ourselves and others, as well as prevent illness.

    Villoldo weaves wonderful teaching stories throughout about the healing power of the energy medicine of the Americas. In one story, Villoldo comes down with pneumonia while in Peru. When antibiotics fail to control the infection, his mentor, the shaman Don Antonio, uses the process of Illumination to remove the toxins that had invaded Villoldo's body. These same shamanic techniques later allowed Villoldo to remove stagnant energy from a young woman whose marriage was suffering due to her past experience with abandonment. With the aid of shamanic work, the woman regained her trust in others, and her marriage was revitalized.

    This book is rich with ancient wisdom and contemporary techniques we can use to help ourselves and others, as well as with the more advanced methods of master shamans, which are being brought to a wide audience for the first time.
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    4-0 out of 5 stars worthwhile
    In this book Villoldo provides us with a glimpse into Andean healing practices. Each chapter begins with an excerpt from Villoldo's Journal written during his training sesions with the teachers from the Q'ero nation, and with the healers he encountered in the Peruvian and Brazilian rainforest. Villoldo then goes on to describe the foundations of energy medicine and ends most chapters with simple exercises to give us the taste of what he is writing about. Myself i am interested in parallels between various shamanic practices and energy training in martial arts and SHS provided several useful tips. However, the practical usefulness of this book is probably limited, because even the simplest exercises need verification and support by a qualified teacher.

    I find the information in this book to be (to the best of my knowledge) accurate, provided by a competent and well-trained specialist. The stories about the Q'ero shamans and their training are especially interesting. These people have a sophisticated understanding of consciousness and of the issues related to death and dying. As all indigenous shamans, they are intimately connected to nature and show amazing skills taping forces residing within the majestic landscape of the Cordilleras. i think it is high time we start to look at the Q'ero with new respect.

    In my view this is probably one of the best books available on Peruvian shamanism and its applicability to the Western practice of "integrative medicine". i recommend it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars SHAMAN, HEALER, SAGE by Alberto Villoldo
    In SHAMAN, HEALER, SAGE, Alberto Villoldo spells out practices for personal and collective transformation of consciousness. The techniques elaborated are his own synthesis and interpretation of ancient healing practices. He strongly emphasizes that they must be employed with the highest code of ethics and integrity. What can heal can also hurt. Therefore, much of shamanic training is dedicated to developing ethics and values grounded upon a deep reverence for all life. To Villoldo's mind, energy healing from someone with inadequate training is basically black magic, regardless of one's good intentions.

    Shamanic energy healing is not about rules or ideas. It is about vision and spirit - about realizing our luminous nature in infinity. It is about being caretakers of the Earth - speaking with thundering rivers, whispering mountains, and hearing the voice of God in the wind. In the world of the shaman, there are no divisions between mind, spirit, and matter. There is nothing to transcend and nothing in need of yoking. Said his teacher, Don Antonio, "We are luminous beings on a journey to the stars."

    As Villoldo portrays it, the Illumination Process of the shaman is a direct interaction with the forces of Spirit. It allows us to taste infinity and renew ourselves from the source that animates and informs all life. In experiencing infinity, the illusions of old age, disease, and death are shattered. Every cell in our body is informed and renewed. Our immune system is unfettered, healing is accelerated, miracles and spontaneous remissions become common occurrences.

    According to Villoldo, The Luminous Energy Field contains an archive of our personal and ancestral memories. That informs the chakras which organize our physical and emotional world. Erasing negative imprints in the Luminous Field enable the immune system to efficiently eradicate an illness. Amazon shamans believe that when all the chakras are cleared, one acquires a "rainbow body." One can visit the spirit world and die consciously because one knows the way home. One is not stalked by death, but claimed by life.

    In the shamanic view, the four survival instincts - fear, feeding, fighting, and sex - are mirrored in the first two chakras. An unbalanced first chakra manifests as feelings of scarcity. When cleared, we know with every cell of our body that we are cared for and sustained by the universe. The second chakra has the capacity to digest negative emotions and expel them as waste. The tool of the third chakra is visualization. Balancing the third chakra improves the surrounding world since, according to the shaman, we dream our world into being. The nature of the fourth chakra, the heart, is impersonal love. The fifth chakra, the throat, gives voice to the feelings of the heart. In the sixth, seventh, eighth, and ninth chakras, development becomes transpersonal as we explore ever more subtle domains. We master death, time, invisibility, and the ability to keep a secret. It is said that all the desires of one with an awakened third eye come true. Therefore, a number of healers holding the same vision can manifest its truth for the planet.

    To develop the shaman's way of seeing, we need to see with the eyes of the mind and the heart. Villoldo gives visualization meditations as to how to develop and strengthen those connections. The result is primary, direct, immediate, multisensory perception (synesthesia). The seer learns to track the origin of illness across time by finding the wounded "face" of the patient. Once it appears, it will reveal its story.

    Before healing, the shaman summons the organizing principles of the Universe and aligns himself with them. He invokes a sacred space for healing and maintains it through the purity of his intent. That protects him from absorbing negative energies. After completing his work, he closes the sacred space so that it will not become contaminated. Otherwise, the forces of nature would no longer respond to his call. Villoldo says that he has seen healers who neglected to close their own sacred space absorb toxic energies from their client and become ill themselves.

    Villoldo gives detailed steps for the Illumination Process of energy healing. It works by combusting and digesting toxic wastes that obstruct chakras and fuel imprints. Clear light is employed to overwrite information contained in the blueprint to prevent reorganization of the disease. Thus, the Illumination Process integrates and transforms emotional wounds into sources of knowledge and wisdom.

    According to Villoldo, every form of energy has consciousness and frequency of vibration. Just as the brain has receptor sites for specific chemicals, we have receptor sites for specific energies. Villoldo cautions his students that negative energies are attracted to those with whom they share an affinity. Students may be drawn to work with those having similar psychological issues. In that case, an afflicted energy might change hosts -- passing from the patient to the healer.

    According to Inka prophecy, we are now in a period of great chaos and upheaval. It will last until the year 2012, when "the paradigm of looting and pillaging the Earth brought by European civilization will end and the ways of the Earth peoples will make a comeback. The conquistador will perish by his own blade." The Inkas speak about a new human, Homo Luminous, being born - a being connected by luminous threads spanning across time, anchored in infinity. Says Villoldo, "We are that new human. Our question no longer is can we make a quantum leap into who we are becoming, but rather dare we do so."

    In that dynamic, courageous vision, SHAMAN, HEALER, SAGE offers great hope and promise for our world -- for the individual and collective transformation of consciousness necessary to heal our planet. It inspires and encourages us to realize our luminous nature in infinity -- in the birth of a new humanity in harmony with the forces of nature, at one with all life, and at peace with the world.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful and life changing book....
    This book literaly fell into my hands in a bookstore when I wasn't even looking. My husband is from Peru and we will be going there next year. My sister in-law has been studying with a shamen for awhile now and as this book lets you know, it is life changing. Though in a great way. We are all ready to relearn the ways of old, since the new ways are not working.

    Alberto tells his story in a format that is easy to understand. I think you will enjoy this book emensely and learn much from Alberto who studied with the shamens for over 20 years.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Truly awful exploitation of the gullible
    Villoldo has been a disgrace within his profession for decades, an example of the worst forms of exploitation of white fantasies, misconceptions, and wishful thinking about Native people, and with a long and ignoble history of deceiving the poor unfortunates who actually think this nonsense has ANYTHING to do with what Natives in South America do or practice.

    NOTHING in this book is practiced anywhere by ANY Native people. Silliness like "lightworking" is strictly from the New Age movement. This book is only for people who delude themselves into thinking a book can make them a "shaman." Sorry, Villoldo has sold you a load of snake oil.

    Any help one receives from Villoldo's books or workshops is purely coincidental, just the Placebo Effect at work.

    Even worse, some people are harmed (and even die) because they turned to Villoldo instead of people who could actually help them.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Well written, inspiring, and highly useful . . .
    One of the other reviewers glibly offers an inaccurate comment regarding "Dr. Villoldo's lack of detail and other concerns regarding truthfulness in contemporary shamanism". If you read the entire article ["The Selling of the Shaman and the Problem of Legitimacy"] the author [Donald Joralemon] doesn't end up unbraiding Villoldo, though it may seem that way at the outset when he is hypothesizing, i.e. stating certain thoughts to begin his argument/query. To the contrary, in one of his footnotes Joralemon makes it seem like he respects Villoldo.

    The article is a fascinating look at the way an anthropologist tries to come to terms with his craft, and the way it alters and possibly threatens the ways of life that he is studying. Villoldo is only an ancillary figure in the story Joralemon is telling, the principal character being Don Eduardo Calderon, a Peruvian jungle shaman/entrepreneur. The author is generally quite honest in the way he lays out his thoughts.

    Note also that the full title of the periodical is 'Journal of Anthropological Research'. [One might have a very difficult time searching libraries for the journal 'Anthropological Research' since it doesn't really exist.]

    The aforementioned reviewer is probably one of those folks who attempts to forge a reputation based on slandering others, then thumping his/her chest about what a great person he/she is for seeing through the foibles of those whom he/she has unjustly depicted as villains.

    Villoldo has suffered many times at the hands of students who have become furious and slanderous because he doesn't fall into the trap of trying to depict himself as perfect. Some of these silly folks are looking to project upon him the archetypal "guru" role, e.g. expecting him to look and act and think like one of their previous 'Eastern' gurus. Others criticize his teachings for blending in techniques that they cannot verify as being from South America. In actuality, he is only using such methods to help [Westerners] access the spirit of the Andean seers/shamans/healers, by effectively moving aside their/our occidental prejudices and ways of being/seeing. The rites of passage which his students undergo under his guidance are arguably genuine and life-transforming.

    Still other former students/critics don't like the fact that he is making a good living doing what he loves the best. Too bad for them, I guess. There was even a certain married couple who for years pulled all sorts of shenanigans behind his back, whose real motive was probably to take over his foundation/organization, rather than sweating to build up their own.

    Anyway, please buy/read this book--it's a really good one. Read in combination with Joan Parisi Wilcox's 'Keepers of the Ancient Knowledge: The Mystical World of the Q'ero Indians of Peru' and Elisabeth B. Jenkins' 'Initiation : A Woman's Spiritual Adventure in the Heart of the Andes', you'll get a phenomenal tutelage from three excellent writers, all whom have studied/journeyed in Peru under the guidance of some of the same medicine people. And two of Villoldo's earlier works, which tell the story of his own journeys into Inca shamanism, are definitely worth checking out as well. They are 'Dance of the Four Winds' and 'Island of the Sun'. ... Read more


    19. The Woman in the Shaman's Body : Reclaiming the Feminine in Religion and Medicine
    by Barbara Tedlock
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    Asin: 0553108530
    Catlog: Book (2005-03-29)
    Publisher: Bantam
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Myth-Shattering Exploration of the Female Roots of Shamanism
    In this book a woman anthropologist and initiated shaman challenges the historical hegemony of the masculine shamanic tradition, restores women to their essential place in the history of spirituality, and celebrates their ongoing role in the worldwide resurgence of shamanism today. She probes the practices that distinguish female shamanism from the much-better-known male traditions and reveals the key role of body wisdom and women's eroticism in shamanic trance and ecstasy. She explores feminine forms of "dream witnessing" and vision questing as well as the use of hallucinogenic plants.

    There is much that is absolutely new here, especially in terms of Mayan and Mongolian shamanism. The book also delves into shamanic midwifery, perhaps the first book to ever do so!

    Her knowledge is both experiential, i.e. she is a trained practicing shaman, and scholarly she has read virtually everything ever written on shamanism worldwide and has undertaken first-hand research in Asia, Africa, and the Americas. In her worldwide coverage of the topic she is similar to Mircea Eliade but both her gender and her training in shamanism makes her very different from Eliade.

    The last chapter explores various forms of shamanic practice today: Wicca, Goddess Spirituality, Druidry, Heathenry, Seidr and many more. She points out that we are at the beginning of a worldwide spiritual movement in which women and men trained in feminine shamanic traditions insist on their right to openly practice ancient religious rituals as well as complementary and alternative medicine. A must read!

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    20. The Love Spell: An Erotic Memoir Of Spiritual Awakening
    by Phyllis Curott
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    Asin: 1592400973
    Catlog: Book (2004-12-29)
    Publisher: Gotham
    Sales Rank: 43368
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    In the highly anticipated sequel to her acclaimed memoir, Book of Shadows, PhyllisCurott explores the power of magic to manifest love in a captivating mix of love story, spirituality,Wiccan spell book, and erotica.

    This is the story of a love spell that worked. Ivy League lawyer and Wiccan priestess PhyllisCurott has a supercharged career in law and filmmaking, but one thing is missing: love.Shecasts a sexy spell, and her dream lover soon arrives. But he’s not who he appears to be andthere are unforeseen consequences. In this hip, compelling tale of spiritual and sexualawakening, she must seek the aid of an otherworldly suitor, a daemon, to discover howmodern relationships and their problems are paths to the greatest magic of all—true love. Thiswise and erotic memoir is rich with spells, potions, and rituals for love. The author sharesaccessible techniques of sexual magic for the accomplishment of personal goals and growth,revealing how sexual ecstasy can lead to the discovery of our innate divinity and an empoweredlife. ... Read more


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