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opinions of the following titles and or authors :
« on: January 15, 2012, 02:12:36 am »
Moon Spells: How to Use the Phases of the Moon to Get What You Want
by Diane Ahlquist


Rootwork: using the folk magick of Black America for love, money, and success*by Tayannah Lee McQuillar

pure magic by judith ilkes.

also any other suggested books or recommended authors for the same topics,but nothing Wicca related thanks.
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« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2012, 04:17:30 pm »
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Moon Spells: How to Use the Phases of the Moon to Get What You Want
by Diane Ahlquist


Rootwork: using the folk magick of Black America for love, money, and success*by Tayannah Lee McQuillar

pure magic by judith ilkes.

also any other suggested books or recommended authors for the same topics,but nothing Wicca related thanks.

 
Are you interested in anything more specific? Some quidance would help, in other words are you looking for Folk Magic in particular? Certain aspects of Moon Magic? Perhaps a title that is a good survey of different systems or practices?

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« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2012, 06:35:43 pm »
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Moon Spells: How to Use the Phases of the Moon to Get What You Want
by Diane Ahlquist


Rootwork: using the folk magick of Black America for love, money, and success*by Tayannah Lee McQuillar

pure magic by judith ilkes.

also any other suggested books or recommended authors for the same topics,but nothing Wicca related thanks.

I read "Pure Magic" and, to be honest, I wasn't particularly impressed. Sorry. It is just like every other magic book you read--her theory and then spells. I'll be honest and say the spells are a bit different...never have used any, though.
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« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2012, 07:54:37 pm »
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Are you interested in anything more specific? Some quidance would help, in other words are you looking for Folk Magic in particular? Certain aspects of Moon Magic? Perhaps a title that is a good survey of different systems or practices?

 
well,I'm interested in folk type magic,hoodoo....the like.
I do appreciate the use of the moon phases etc in doing magic.
I'm a fan of magic that doesn't require deitys or full ritual to perform.
I like the idea of being able to use what's on hand and say the right things and think the right thinks and have the Ingredients thus work for me as I hoped.
I'm not a fan of ceremonial magic with alot of big words,big ceremony,big robes and calling on of big names....

I'm not interested in Wicca related religion mixed into the spell work.
I am a fan of others spells....if its proven to work for others then why mess with a good thing right?
but I have had my own luck doing up my own spell work/combinations of the right bits and peices and thought forms/intentions.
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« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2012, 07:56:04 pm »
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I read "Pure Magic" and, to be honest, I wasn't particularly impressed. Sorry. It is just like every other magic book you read--her theory and then spells. I'll be honest and say the spells are a bit different...never have used any, though.

 
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« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2012, 09:08:51 pm »
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well,I'm interested in folk type magic,hoodoo....the like.

 
Anything by catherine yronwode is usually highly recommended on hoodoo. Lucky Mojo even has an online rootworking book that you can check out.

If you haven't already, search the forums (old and new) because Catja has recommended quite a few.
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« Reply #6 on: January 15, 2012, 10:48:43 pm »
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Anything by catherine yronwode is usually highly recommended on hoodoo. Lucky Mojo even has an online rootworking book that you can check out.

If you haven't already, search the forums (old and new) because Catja has recommended quite a few.

 
been there done that with the lucky mojo...lol,but thanks. it is a good one.
I do have a list and own a few,just wanted opinions on the three above and any suggestions becuz why not,before I purchase them.
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« Reply #7 on: January 16, 2012, 02:09:25 pm »
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I read "Pure Magic" and, to be honest, I wasn't particularly impressed. Sorry. It is just like every other magic book you read--her theory and then spells. I'll be honest and say the spells are a bit different...never have used any, though.

 
She also claims that all magic is governed by the neo-Wiccan, watered-down Rede.  It's a pretty silly, fluffy book.

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« Reply #8 on: January 16, 2012, 06:33:14 pm »
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She also claims that all magic is governed by the neo-Wiccan, watered-down Rede.  It's a pretty silly, fluffy book.

Brina

 
Yeah, I didn't like it either.  I file Iles under the same heading as Cunningham:  great collector/collator of information, but simplistic/dodgy on philosophy.

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« Reply #9 on: January 16, 2012, 10:16:16 pm »
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Yeah, I didn't like it either.  I file Iles under the same heading as Cunningham:  great collector/collator of information, but simplistic/dodgy on philosophy.


Cunningham probably has more cred, if only chronologically.
 
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« Reply #10 on: January 16, 2012, 11:24:11 pm »
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Cunningham probably has more cred, if only chronologically.
 
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so Cunningham herb books are ok?

I have some of ilkes other ebooks,I think I will skip this one.
I'm not one for the fluff,unless it looks n talks like a wookie.
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« Reply #11 on: January 16, 2012, 11:35:44 pm »
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so Cunningham herb books are ok?

I have some of ilkes other ebooks,I think I will skip this one.
I'm not one for the fluff,unless it looks n talks like a wookie.


Most Trad Wiccans consider Cunningham "Wicca Lite".  He gives rough outlines of the religion (while softening its more controversial aspects).  But as I'm not Wiccan, I'll let someone who is explain it further.

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Re: opinions of the following titles and or authors :
« Reply #12 on: January 17, 2012, 07:14:37 am »
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so Cunningham herb books are ok?


Depends what you're looking for.

Magically, useful (except for his complete lack of citation, which makes digging deeper a pain in the neck.)

Herbally (by which in this case, I mean herbal safety issues, more than anything) - much more iffy, partly due to the fact he was a) not an herbalist, and b) we've learned a bunch more about safety issues since the books were written.

The second edition (and I believe the third) both had herbalists check them over, but it's definitely a "double check any relevant safety info about anything you're breathing (incense), applying to your skin, or consuming in a more recent reliable source before use."
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« Reply #13 on: January 17, 2012, 11:32:02 am »
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Depends what you're looking for.

Magically, useful (except for his complete lack of citation, which makes digging deeper a pain in the neck.)

Herbally (by which in this case, I mean herbal safety issues, more than anything) - much more iffy, partly due to the fact he was a) not an herbalist, and b) we've learned a bunch more about safety issues since the books were written.

The second edition (and I believe the third) both had herbalists check them over, but it's definitely a "double check any relevant safety info about anything you're breathing (incense), applying to your skin, or consuming in a more recent reliable source before use."

 
oh....*face scrunch*....well neither of those sound very hopeful. sounds like Llewelyn buffet style.
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« Reply #14 on: January 17, 2012, 02:40:00 pm »
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Cunningham probably has more cred, if only chronologically.
 
Brina


Yeah, I think so.  Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs is a great reference, as is Iles's 5000 Spells, but if you get them too far outside their comfort zones as compilers of information from other sources, their writing can be problematic.  Cunningham had an excuse as he was writing much earlier, and was deliberately being very simple and beginner-friendly (also before the work on the history of Wicca was widely known).

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