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Golden Bough, The

The Golden Bough: The Classic Study In Magic

4 stars
Sir James G. Frazier (1890 et seq.; this reprint by Papermac, 1990)

Review:

Magical myths, folklore, customs, and practices of cultures worldwide compiled by a Scottish anthropologist. While its material is sometimes scattered or specious, it remains a valuable resource. (Actual book cover not shown.)

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Folklore of the Scottish Highlands

Folklore of the Scottish Highlands

4 stars
Dr. Anne Ross (Tempus, 2nd ed., 2000)

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Mystical, revealing details of ancient and olde Scottish Highland Pagans written in a balanced sympathetic and objective manner by a Gaelic-speaking archaeologist and magical practitioner.

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Folklore and Odysseys of Food and Medicinal Plants

Folklore and Odysseys of Food and Medicinal Plants [Illustrated Edition]

4 stars
Ernst and Johanna Lehner (Farrar Straus Giroux, 1973)

Review:

Pen-and-ink illustrations of ancient Pagan glyphs and plants decorate this exploration of ancient, medicinal herbal lore and the magical uses of food.

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Aradia Gospel of the Witches

Aradia: or, Gospel of the Witches

5 stars
Charles Godfrey Leland (1890, repr. Lost Library)

Review:

Authentic 19th-century Stregheria (Italian Witchcraft) liturgy, mythos, spells, and traditions descended from a medieval-era, roaming female Witch named Aradia, who taught the oppressed how to use magic to protect themselves from their rich overlords. Leland, a British folklore researcher, acquired the information in this book from a Strega known as Maddalena. In the 20th century, Doreen Valiente adapted and popularized the “Charge of the Goddess” from this book.

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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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Witch Book

The Witch Book

4 stars
Raymond Buckland (Visible Ink Press, 2002)

Review:

Alphabetized, oft-illustrated information about magical practices, fads and traditions, and some ancient and modern occultists; written by a trained Gardnerian Witch elder who’d given our The Goodly Spellbook a rave review.

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