It’s been a while since I wrote a review of a witchy book/product and I feel this book deserves a special mention. Not because it is the best book that has ever existed, not at all. There is a myriad of amazing books out there filled with an arsenal of information and spells. However, the reason why I always consult this book and why I consider it a goldmine in one’s book collection of spells is that it allows room for self-development, critical and creative thinking (when it comes to spells) and is versatile enough to fit all paths.
Being a traditional witch myself, and the traditional path being massively misconstrued, I rarely find books that I stick around with, only because most profess they are traditional, but rarely hold true to their words. Instead, they present a one-sided idea of what it is to the author, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, and the reader – due to not having much of available information on the subject – takes what is written as rules and follows them as if that is the only way to practice the path.
The reality of the situation is that, as mentioned before, traditional witchcraft if a very versatile path that allows a significant amount of eclecticism, and The Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells by Judika Illes offers exactly that.
I will not mention the intro of the author – that is a section all books include – however, I would like to mention the first part of the book. I was fascinated to read about various paths of witchcraft, and for once not read only about the new-age paths. Again, not bashing on new-age witchcraft, but we do have enough information out there and we should strive to make room for other paths to share the platform. Back to the information about various paths explained in the book, they may not be as accurate as to how the practice really is, but it does capture enough information to bring awareness. In particular, my favorite parts were about Santeria and the Afro-Brazilian practice of Macumba (which I would love to learn but there is literally no information available in English).
Part 2 is when things get interesting, though. Chapter after chapter is filled with spells – literally thousands of spells, from various paths and parts of the world. There are ancient Greek spells, ancient Egyptian spells, Santeria spells, Hoodoo and Voodoo spells, traditional spells, new-age spells. Literally everything.
The format of each spell is very short and concise, providing some background information when necessary, allowing the reader to take various spells and mix them together to make up their own. Which is great!!!
When getting the book on your hands, don’t forget to check the last chapters of the book filled with formula recipes (and of course background information) and lots and lots of correspondences.
This book, throughout my years of practice, has been a book I always consulted when I hit a brick wall and wasn’t sure where to go from there. It acted like a friend giving me great ideas to mix and match to perform my spells. There isn’t a book I don’t recommend before this one and hence why I am writing about it.
If you wish to purchase this 1100-page book full of information, you can find it available on Amazon for just £19. For a book that can act like such an amazing resource for the solitary traditional witch, it sure is a bargain.