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Irish Cures, Mystic Charms, and Superstitions

Irish Cures, Mystic Charms, & Superstitions

4 stars
Lady Francesca Speranza Wilde (1887; Sterling reprint, 1991)

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Enchanting, authentic, archaic folklore, magic, omens, prophecies, and proverbs compiled by the mother of author-wit Oscar Wilde.

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Three Books of Occult Philosophy

Three Books Of Occult Philosophy

5 stars
Henry Cornelius Agrippa von Nettesheim (written 1509-10; tr. by James Freake, 1651; ed. by Donald Tyson, Llewellyn Publications, 2005)

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Illustrated, archaic, authentic, essential: De Occulta Philosophia (Three Books of Occult Philosophy) is the most influential book on magic ever written. Agrippa was a Renaissance German knight, theologian, feminist philosopher, and defender of witches who wandered the courts of Europe learning about and advocating for magic as the true synthesis of religion and science. His celebrated and persecuted grimoire and textbook on magic was an inspiration for The Goodly Spellbook. Editor Tyson’s well-researched explanatory notes and illustrations more than make up for Freake’s awkward 17th-century translation from the original Latin, which unfortunately remains the only available version in English of all three volumes.

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Greek Magical Papyri

The Greek Magical Papyri in Translation, Including the Demotic Spells, Volume 1

4 stars
2nd edition, trans. by Hans Dieter Betz (University of Chicago Press, 1996)

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The title word “Demotic” isn’t a typo of demonic: That material is Coptic. The illustrated main corpus is a collection of 2nd-century B.C.E. to 5th-century C.E. Egypto-Greco-Roman magical spells, rituals, and invocations from ancient papyrus spellbooks, many of them found in the tomb of a magic man in Thebes. Also known as the Papyri Graecae Magicae, or PGM.

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Witchcraft Today

Witchcraft Today

5 stars
Gerald B. Gardner (Citadel Press, anniv. edit., 2004)

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An expanded edition of the 1954 classic by the father of the modern Witch renaissance. Covers myriad magical topics, including Picts, pixies, Pagan persecution, cauldrons, and Kabbalah, and includes a biography of Gardner and contributions from some Wiccan elders regarding the Olde Religion’s past, present, and future.

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Meaning of Witchcraft

The Meaning Of Witchcraft

5 stars
Gerald B. Gardner (1959, Red Wheel/Weiser, 2004)

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Authentic beliefs, customs, history, practices, and theology of followers of the Olde Religion; written by a public, trained High Priest who ran the Witch Museum on the Isle of Man and is responsible for the Craft’s popularity today.

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Goodly Spellbook, The

The Goodly Spellbook: Olde Spells for Modern Problems

5 stars
Lady Passion (Dixie Deerman) & *Diuvei (Steven Rasmussen) (Sterling Publishing, 2nd edition, 2014)

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Illustrated, definitive, fascinating guide to Witchcraft that explains how everyone can use common ingredients to work effective magic to help themselves, others, and the planet; written by trained, experienced Gardnerians.

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