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Reclaim the power of the witch : making magic make sense
Plaisance, Monte.
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Boston, MA : Weiser Books, [2001]

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ix, 211 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
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BF1566 .P53 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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In an effort to bring witchcraft back to its roots, Monte Plaisance presents a straightforward look into the world of the witch. Plaisance tackles one of the most often misinterpreted aspects of witchcraft: the elements of magic. This is not a book of magical recipes or spells, but rather a serious look at what goes into making magic work: will and intent. Writing from years of experience, he demystifies the growing religion of Wicca and dispels popular myths created by TV and movies. This book offers a sweeping survey of the sources and influences of witchcraft from many cultures, showing that much of modern magick has its roots in Greek and Roman Mythology. Including chapters on divination, ritual, dreams and dreamwork, practical magical tools, and more, this book invites each reader to reclaim the power of the witch.

Table of Contents

Thessalonian Witch's Prayerp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Chapter 1 Witchcraft in Ancient Greece and Romep. 5
Hekate and the Witches of Thessalyp. 9
Chapter 2 Witchcraft and the Art Thereofp. 13
Concerning Witchcraft and Christianityp. 14
Concerning the Practicing of Magickp. 16
Concerning the Tenets of the Craftp. 19
Concerning the Thirteen Spiritual Lawsp. 20
Chapter 3 The Witch's Worldp. 25
Concerning Coven Structure and Practicesp. 25
Concerning Reincarnation and Karmap. 29
Concerning the Triple Division of the Worldp. 32
Concerning the Five Elements of Creationp. 33
Chapter 4 The Eight Ways of Making Magickp. 39
Method 1 Concentrationp. 39
Method 2 Invocations, Spells and Chantsp. 43
Method 3 Astral Projectionp. 50
Method 4 Potionsp. 50
Method 5 Dancingp. 53
Method 6 Cord Magickp. 53
Method 7 The Scourgep. 54
Method 8 The Great Ritep. 56
Chapter 5 The Witch's Symbols: The Pentagram and Circlep. 59
Concerning the Pentagramp. 59
Concerning the Uses of the Pentagramp. 61
Concerning the Magick Circlep. 66
Chapter 6 The Witch's Toolsp. 71
Concerning Magical Cordsp. 71
Concerning the Athamep. 80
Concerning the Magical Wandp. 81
Concerning the Chalice and the Pentaclep. 84
Concerning the Book of Shadowsp. 84
Concerning the Witch's Bottlep. 89
Concerning Candlesp. 93
Concerning the Use of Statues for Worshipp. 97
Chapter 7 Spiritual Bathsp. 105
Concerning the Preparation of the Bathp. 105
Concerning Bath Teasp. 106
Chapter 8 Herbs and Their Usesp. 115
Concerning the Use of Herbs for Health and Healingp. 115
Concerning the Use of Herbs for Magickp. 124
Concerning the Green Bloodp. 132
Concerning Incense and Fumigationsp. 137
Concerning Magical Protectionp. 142
Chapter 9 Dreams and Sleepp. 149
The Science of Sleepp. 150
The Stages of Sleepp. 151
How to Charge and Use a Magical Dream Stonep. 158
How to Make and Use a Tea to Enhance Your Dreamsp. 160
Chapter 10 Divination: Consulting the Deitiesp. 163
Witch's Coin Divinationp. 164
Concerning Whether to Work Magick for Othersp. 168
Chapter 11 Gods, Goddesses, and Other Spiritsp. 171
Concerning Patron Deitiesp. 172
Deities Associated with the Coin Patternsp. 176
Concerning Offerings and Sacrificesp. 179
The Deities and Their Offeringsp. 181
Concerning the Watchersp. 184
Chapter 12 Invocation: Summoning Spirits and Deitiesp. 191
A Rite to Summon an Elemental Spirit Familiarp. 192
A Rite to Summon a Discarnate Spirit Familiarp. 198
Summoning an Animal Spirit Familiarp. 202
The Great Ritep. 203
Appendix Colors and Their Magical Propertiesp. 211