Series: Llewellyn's Practical Magick
Paperback: 216 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (September 8, 2002)
Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.6 x 8.9 inches
Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
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Since early times, crafts have been intimately linked with spirituality. When a woman carefully shaped a water jar from the clay she'd gathered from a river bank, she was performing a spiritual practice. When crafts were used to create objects intended for ritual or that symbolized the Divine, the connection between the craftsperson and divinity grew more intense. Today, handcrafts can still be more than a pastime-they can be rites of power and honor; a religious ritual. After all, hands were our first magical tools.Experience spell crafting as a spiritually evolving process that creates both physical and non-physical changeImbue your crafts with specific energies: love, wealth, protection, enhanced spirituality, inner peace, psychic awarenessLearn the 9 steps to empower any type of craftUse the table of magical correspondences for inventing your own spell craftsCreate and use all of the following: magical simmering potpourris...a beaded psychic mandala for psychic awareness...clay pentacles, plaques and runic dice...a shaman's arrow("pray messenger")...sand paintings...corn mother...tapers of power(candles)...a magical spell broom...protective hex sign...spell banners...Witch Bottles...flower garlands...wood or ceramic prosperity trivet...spell potpourris...magic mirror...spell boxes...wheat weaving Spell Crafts is a modern guide to creating physical objects for the attainment of specific magical goals.Whatever your craft, you will experience the natural process of moving energy from within yourself(or within natural objects) to create positive change!
Scott Cunningham is, for the most part, one of the best writers for the beginners of Wicca. In this book, he shows through diagram and text just how to make items that can be of use for spell work. He does say in this book that "all properly designed spells will work if they're properly performed." Those who feel his spell work and crafts are useless may not be properly designing OR performing the spells included! I would recommend this, and all of his other books, by Scott Cunningham.
If you are a crafty person there's always some joy to be found in other crafter's ideas. I bought this book because of the great instructions for making corn dollies and found that the brief chapter on wheat is really useful. There are several nice potpourri recipes in here. I enjoyed the short and thoughtful essay on the true meaning of craft. Some of it may seem way too simplistic such as the chapter on making flower garlands...basically you get some thread and a needle and some flowers and you string the flowers...uh...okay. There are directions for sand painting, hex signs, making an ojo or "god's eye" weaving, and some other Campfire Girl-type stuff that would be fun to share with kids. Like all of Scott Cunningham's books this is very basic and geared toward the beginner. It has good direction that can lead to a better understanding for the beginner of the mindfulness and intent that makes putzing with stuff into a Craft that is magically satisfying, useful and fun.
Ignore people who says "don't read this book" about any book in the world. Absolutely every book on the planet has some knowledge to be gained from. Even if the book doesn't have something you will use, it still taught you what you should and shoudlnt' be looking for, and what you personally believe to be true. Also, not all book's meanings are simple and straightforward...sometimes you have to look deeper....
This book is a great catalog of rituals. More than that, it has been a useful basis for rituals of my own creations. I've long used the magic box craft, in fact it's become a favorite ritual of mine. I've created a couple of rituals of my own based upon the information I've taken from the magic box chapter. One thread that permeates Scott Cunningham's books is that everyday magic is a must for your growth. One way you can begin weaving your magic into a daily practice is by working on a spell craft. Pick up a copy and you'll see what I mean.
It's been a long time since I used this book, but I thought I'd say that I made the money and love candles when I was at a low point in college. Very soon a relative I never spoke to showed up with a no-strings-attached check for $3000. The love candle had its effect, to. :)
This book is solid Cunningham. Practical, creative, and clever, it offers wonderful ideas for decorating the home with functioning Magickal items. I have returned again and again to this for craft ideas.
I wasn't always a fan of Scott Cunningham's but now I am! Very delightful book in so many ways! It really helps one with appreciating their own Magical Creative nature with a lot of wonderful inspiring ideas!
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