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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)

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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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Great Mother, The

The Great Mother: An Analysis of the Archetype

4 stars
Erich Neumann, trans. Ralph Manheim (Princeton/Bollingen, 1991)

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Illustrated seminal classic on ancient Goddesses’ lore, powers, guises, attributes, affinities, invocations, hymns, oracles, and spells.

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Necronomicon

Necronomicon

1 stars
"Abdul Alhazred" (numerous editions by various authors)

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Marketed as real but utterly fake, the Necronomicon (“Book of Dead Names”) existed only in H.P. Lovecraft’s horror fiction, and even there only by allusion to its eldritch-sounding title. But if you’re a Lovecraft fan like *Diuvei, you’ll want to have it on your bookshelf just for its own sake — and to observe who does or doesn’t recognize it for what it is.

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Long Lost Friend

The Long Lost Friend: A 19th Century American Grimoire

4 stars
Johann George Hohman; ed. Daniel Harms (1820; Llewellyn Publications, 2012)

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A goodly scholarly treatment and reprinting of the most famous American book on spells and herbal remedies — the authentic, early 19th-century Pennsylvania Dutch grimoire The Long Lost Friend. Edited with added spells from alternative versions by anthropologist Daniel Harms, and a foreword by Esoteric Archives curator Joseph H. Peterson.

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Ask-A-Priestess

Ask-A-Priestess: Magic Answers and Spells From a Real Witch by Lady Passion of Coven Oldenwilde

Ask-A-Priestess: Magic Answers & Spells From a Real Witch

5 stars
Dixie Deerman (Lady Passion) (Smashwords e-book, 2010)

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Wish you had a wise woman on-call for spells, spirituality & solutions to stresses? Lady Passion answers magic questions from folks worldwide — empowering all to work Witchcraft to help themselves and the planet thrive. From jobs to Jesus, fairies to flying ointments, and pets to persecution, no topic is taboo for this R.N. Witch counselor!

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Etruscan Roman Remains

Etruscan Roman Remains

5 stars
Charles Godfrey Leland (Cosimo Classics, 2007)

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A facsimile copy of the folklorist’s authentic 1892 masterwork revealing the beliefs, customs, deities, formulas, recipes, rites, and spells practiced and prized by 19th-century Witches in Tuscany. Written by the President of the Gypsy-Lore Society, this classic is the only book to list names of pesky daimons that plague lonely men and women, etc.

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Key of Solomon

The Key of Solomon the King (Clavicula Solomonis)

4 stars
ed. S. Liddell MacGregor Mathers (Samuel Weiser, Inc., 1972)

Review:

Illustrated ceremonial magic spells and techniques.

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Buckland’s Complete Book of Witchcraft

Buckland’s Complete Book Of Witchcraft

4 stars
Raymond Buckland (Llewellyn, 1990, 2002)

Review:

The famous “blue book” features illustrated, authentically traditional magic authored by the first Gardner-trained Third Degree Witch to publish such material in America. However it cannot, as promised, impart the reader “the equivalent of Third Degree.”

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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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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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Witches Bible

A Witches Bible: The Complete Witches Handbook

2 stars
Janet and Stewart Farrar (Magickal Childe, 1984)

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Illustrated with nude photographs, this book features modern British Alexandrian magic with an Irish emphasis; objectionable because: Its title is ungrammatical and contains an Xtian term, the term “complete” is arrogant, and the authors broke vows by including Gardnerian material forbidden to be printed.

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