Dictionary of Ancient Magic Words and Spells

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  • Category : Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Author : Claude Lecouteux
  • ISBN : 1620553759
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Number of Pages : 448
  • Readers : 4441

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: A comprehensive handbook of more than 1,000 magical words, phrases, symbols, and secret alphabets • Explains the origins, derivatives, and practical usage of each word, phrase, and spell as well as how they can be combined for custom spells • Based on the magical traditions of Europe, Greece, and Egypt and recently discovered one-of-a-kind grimoires from Scandinavia, France, and Germany • Includes an in-depth exploration of secret magical alphabets, including those based on Hebrew letters, Kabbalistic symbols, astrological signs, and runes From Abracadabra to the now famous spells of the Harry Potter series, magic words are no longer confined to the practices of pagans, alchemists, witches, and occultists. They have become part of the popular imagination of the Western world. Passed down from ancient Babylon, Egypt, and Greece, these words and the rituals surrounding them have survived through the millennia because they work. And as scholar Claude Lecouteux reveals, often the more impenetrable they seem, the more effective they are. Analyzing more than 7,000 spells from the magical traditions of Europe as well as the magical papyri of the Greeks and recently discovered one-of-a-kind grimoires from Scandinavia, France, and Germany, Lecouteux has compiled a comprehensive dictionary of ancient magic words, phrases, and spells along with an in-depth exploration--the first in English--of secret magical alphabets, including those based on Hebrew letters, Kabbalistic symbols, astrological signs, and runes. Drawing upon thousands of medieval accounts and famous manuscripts such as the Heptameron of Peter Abano, the author examines the origins of each word or spell, offering detailed instructions on their successful use, whether for protection, love, wealth, or healing. He charts their evolution and derivations through the centuries, showing, for example, how spells that were once intended to put out fires evolved to protect people from witchcraft. He reveals the inherent versatility of magic words and how each sorcerer or witch had a set of stock phrases they would combine to build a custom spell for the magical need at hand. Presenting a wealth of material on magical words, signs, and charms, both common and obscure, Lecouteux also explores the magical words and spells of ancient Scandinavia, the Hispano-Arabic magic of Spain before the Reconquista, the traditions passed down from ancient Egypt, and those that have stayed in use until the present day.

Ancient Egyptian Magic: A Hands-On Guide

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  • Category : History
  • Author : Christina Riggs
  • ISBN : 0500775761
  • Publisher : Thames & Hudson
  • Number of Pages : 224
  • Readers : 9102

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: An entertaining and informative introduction to how ancient Egyptians practiced magic in their daily lives. In the ancient world, if you needed a love charm, wanted to contact your dead wife, or needed the ability to fly like a bird, the magicians of Egypt were the ones who could make it happen. In Ancient Egyptian Magic, Christina Riggs explores how the Egyptians thought about magic, who performed it and why, and also helps readers understand why we’ve come to think of ancient Egypt in such a mystical way. Readers will learn how to cure scorpion bites, discover why you might want to break the legs off your stuffed hippopotamus toy, and uncover whether mummies really can come back to life. Readers can also learn how to save a fortune on pregnancy tests—urinating on barley grains will answer that question— as well as how to use the next street parade to predict the future or ensure that an annoying neighbor gets his comeuppance. Was magic harmless fun, heartfelt hope, or something darker? Featuring demons, dream interpreters, the Book of the Dead, and illustrations from tomb paintings and papyrus scrolls, Riggs breathes new life into ancient magic and uses early texts and images to illuminate the distinctions between magic, religion, and medicine.

The Magic of Thinking Big

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  • Category : Self-Help
  • Author : David J. Schwartz
  • ISBN : 0698198581
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Number of Pages : 256
  • Readers : 2241

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: The timeless and practical advice in The Magic of Thinking Big clearly demonstrates how you can: Sell more Manage better Lead fearlessly Earn more Enjoy a happier, more fulfilling life With applicable and easy-to-implement insights, you’ll discover: Why believing you can succeed is essential How to quit making excuses The means to overcoming fear and finding confidence How to develop and use creative thinking and dreaming Why making (and getting) the most of your attitudes is critical How to think right towards others The best ways to make “action” a habit How to find victory in defeat Goals for growth, and How to think like a leader "Believe Big,” says Schwartz. “The size of your success is determined by the size of your belief. Think little goals and expect little achievements. Think big goals and win big success. Remember this, too! Big ideas and big plans are often easier -- certainly no more difficult - than small ideas and small plans."

Qabbalistic Magic

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  • Category : Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Author : Salomo Baal-Shem
  • ISBN : 1594777543
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Number of Pages : 480
  • Readers : 9584

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: A comprehensive guide to practicing the magic of the Qabbalah • Spells for everyday problems related to health, love, prosperity, and protection • Rituals for advanced high-level magic, such as invocation of angelic powers or spiritual vision • Explains how to make and design talismans, amulets, and magic bowls, including harnessing the power of Hebrew letters in their designs • Details the magical uses of 150 psalms The Qabbalah--the Jewish esoteric tradition--is richly woven with magical practices, from amulets and magic bowls to invocations and magical use of psalms. In this comprehensive and practical guide to Qabbalistic magic, Salomo Baal-Shem explains how to authentically perform rituals from the Qabbalistic tradition. The spells and rituals included range from basic “everyday” magic for health, prosperity, love, protection, and prophetic dreams to advanced high-level magic such as invoking the highest angelic powers or creating an astral life-form, or Golem. Revealing the occult teachings of the 4th-century Book of the Mysteries, the magical uses of 150 psalms, and how to harness the power of Hebrew letters in talisman designs, the author also shows you how to contact the Maggid, or Divine inner teacher, or attain the spiritual vision of the Merkabah. A thoroughly accessible guide to the magic of the Qabbalah, this book also covers the underlying spiritual principles and history of these powerful magical practices.

The Magic

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  • Category : Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Author : Rhonda Byrne
  • ISBN : 1451673450
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Number of Pages : 272
  • Readers : 1693

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: One word changes everything...No matter who you are or where you are, no matter what your current circumstances, The Magic is going to change your entire life! For more than twenty centuries, words within a sacred text have mystified, confused, and been misunderstood by almost all who read them. Only a very few people through history have realized that the words are a riddle, and that once you solve the riddle—once you uncover the mystery—a new world will appear before your eyes. In The Magic, Rhonda Byrne reveals this life-changing knowledge to the world. Then, on an incredible 28-day journey, she teaches you how to apply this knowledge in your everyday life.

The White-Magic Book

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  • Category : Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Author : John Le Breton
  • ISBN : 147335191X
  • Publisher : Read Books Ltd
  • Number of Pages : 126
  • Readers : 9834

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.

The History of Magic

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  • Category : Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Author : Eliphas Levi
  • ISBN : 1609254015
  • Publisher : Weiser Books
  • Number of Pages : 384
  • Readers : 3408

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: First published in 1913, this classic text is an invaluable source book on the history and practice of magic and occultism. The contents include: Magic of the Magi, Magic in Ancient Greece, the Kabalah, Primitive Symbolism, Mysticism, Oracles, Magical Monuments, Magic and Christianity, Pagan Magic, Kabalistic Paintings and Sacred Emblems, Sorcerers, Magic and Freemasonry, the Illuminati, and more. Illustrated.

The Mystic Test Book of the Hindu Occult Chambers

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  • Category : Religion
  • Author : L. W. de Laurence
  • ISBN : 1602066590
  • Publisher : Cosimo, Inc.
  • Number of Pages : 188
  • Readers : 4479

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: Contents: The Magic and Occultism of India; Hindu and Egyptian Crystal Gazing; The Hindu Magic Mirror; Astral and Spirit Sight; Clairvoyance; Inner Sight; Interior Focalization of the Mind; State of Introspection; Interior Concentration; Astral Auras; Reading in the Astral Light; Telepathy.

Big Book of Magic Tricks

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  • Category : Games & Activities
  • Author : Karl Fulves
  • ISBN : 0486170772
  • Publisher : Courier Corporation
  • Number of Pages : 208
  • Readers : 1921

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: Learn to do astounding tricks with cards, coins, rope; also, comedy magic, mental dexterity, more. Few props and little sleight of hand needed. "The best book yet on easy-to-do magic." — Martin Gardner. 247 illustrations.

Half Magic

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  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Author : Edward Eager
  • ISBN : 0547540167
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Number of Pages : 224
  • Readers : 9546

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: It all begins with a strange coin on a sun-warmed sidewalk. Jane finds the coin, and because she and her siblings are having the worst, most dreadfully boring summer ever, she idly wishes something exciting would happen. And something does: Her wish is granted. Or not quite. Only half of her wish comes true. It turns out the coin grants wishes—but only by half, so that you must wish for twice as much as you want. Wishing for two times some things is a cinch, but other doubled wishes only cause twice as much trouble. What is half of twice a talking cat? Or to be half-again twice not-here? And how do you double your most heartfelt wish, the one you care about so much it has to be perfect?

Transcendental Magic

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  • Category : Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Author : Eliphas Levi
  • ISBN : 1609253914
  • Publisher : Weiser Books
  • Number of Pages : 480
  • Readers : 4079

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: This is Eliphas Levi's (1810-1875) best-known book. This work arguably made Levi THE most influential writer on magic since the Renaissance. Originally issued in French, the English translator is A.E. Waite and it is doubtful that anyone else could have better captured the essence of Levi's work. The book is divided in two parts; the first is theoretical, the second practical. This is a fascinating and often debated work involving a discussion that covers almost the entire realm of Ritual and High Magic.

The Book of Ceremonial Magic

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  • Category : Young Adult Fiction
  • Author : Arthur Edward Waite
  • ISBN : 3986472169
  • Publisher : Phoemixx Classics Ebooks
  • Number of Pages : 977
  • Readers : 6561

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: The Book of Ceremonial Magic Arthur Edward Waite - The Book of Ceremonial Magic by Arthur Edward Waite was originally called The Book of Black Magic and of Pacts. It was first published in a limited run in 1898, and distributed more widely under the title The Book of Ceremonial Magic in 1910. It is an attempt to document various famous grimoires, explain the history behind them (refuting many of the legends surrounding them), discuss the theology contained therein (e.g. raising the question why good angels would be summoned to kill an enemy), and to synthesize many famous grimoires into one system.Readers reviews:This is essentially a compilation and distillation of various medieval grimoires, with snarky commentary by Waite, the ubiquitous wet blanket of occultism. While his scholarship is impressive and the historical context of these writings instructive, Waite's obvious contempt for his subject matter puts a somewhat of a damper on things. Additionally, he has made deliberate alterations or omissions from most of the included rituals with the aim of making them unusable (a puzzling practice, since he steadfastly claims not to believe in any of them.)In its day, this must have been quite a valuable resource, but since most of these grimoires are now readily available in English translation, it has become somewhat redundant. Still, it's a handy reference work, although by no means essential.This book combines several works from the middle ages, all of them based around spells, invocations, experiments, black and white magic. what makes this book so interesting is the commentary from Waite. He is very critical and in my opinion thus ahead of his time. he first of all shows how the distinction between black and white magic is often stretched.. calling on a demon to do a good deed is still black magic? calling on an angel to do some mischief is still white magic? also Waite seems to not believe in any of the invocations and compiled them out of historical interest and interest in the occult. this book thus is exactly what i'd like to read, with more modern commentary, also thoughts on the origin and how most books are younger than what clerics tried to sell them for. there must have been a lot foul play in it, too. i was most amused by some spells in the grimoire, when there is an exact copy of the reply the demon will make. yeah, right, whatever demon i call upon will answer in the same fashion :D there is a lot ridiculous stuff, but then again it's from the middle ages.

Witchcraft

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  • Category : Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Author : Anastasia Greywolf
  • ISBN : 1627889566
  • Publisher : Wellfleet Press
  • Number of Pages : 274
  • Readers : 1652

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: Tap into the magic all around you with Witchcraft, an illustrated guide to ancient potions, spells, chants, rituals, and incantations from around the world. Learn how to form a spirit circle with coven members, what instruments you need for your craft, special conjurations for each day of the week, and hundreds of crafty spells and potions that will allow you to: Banish headaches Keep your home safe Envision your future spouse Win riches Communicate with animals Conceive a child Summon the dead Make it snow Separate lovers Know your future And more! Spells are conveniently organized by purpose: safekeeping spells, healing spells and potions, spells against enemies, counter-spells, luck and fortune spells, love and matchmaking spells, weather and earth spells, spells to cast on animals, power spells, and communing with the dead. With stunning linoleum-cut illustrations by artist Melissa West that bring the magic of the past to life, this comprehensive compendium is also a delightful page-turner that's full of unexpected treasures. Place it in a sacred place in your home—and make sure no enemies find it to access its inestimable powers! The Mystical Handbook series from Wellfleet takes you on a magical journey through the wonderful world of spellcraft and spellcasting. Explore a new practice with each volume and learn how to incorporate spells, rituals, blessings, and cleansings into your daily routine. These portable companions feature beautiful foil-detail covers and color-saturated interiors on a premium paper blend. Other titles in the series include: Love Spells, Moon Magic, Knot Magic, Superstitions, and House Magic.

Magika Hiera

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  • Category : History
  • Author : Christopher A. Faraone,Dirk Obbink
  • ISBN : 019028319X
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Number of Pages : 312
  • Readers : 7872

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: This collection challenges the tendency among scholars of ancient Greece to see magical and religious ritual as mutually exclusive and to ignore "magical" practices in Greek religion. The contributors survey specific bodies of archaeological, epigraphical, and papyrological evidence for magical practices in the Greek world, and, in each case, determine whether the traditional dichotomy between magic and religion helps in any way to conceptualize the objective features of the evidence examined. Contributors include Christopher A. Faraone, J.H.M. Strubbe, H.S. Versnel, Roy Kotansky, John Scarborough, Samuel Eitrem, Fritz Graf, John J. Winkler, Hans Dieter Betz, and C.R. Phillips.

A History of Magic, Witchcraft and the Occult

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  • Category : Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Author : DK
  • ISBN : 074403342X
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Number of Pages : 320
  • Readers : 3817

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: See the history of witchcraft, magic and superstition come to life with this spectacular supernatural book! From alchemy and modern Wicca to paganism and shamanism, this enchanting book takes you on a mystical journey that will leave you spellbound. This is the perfect introduction to magic and the occult! This reference book about magic is packed with: - Informative, engaging and accessible text and lavish illustrations - Special features on aspects of magic, such as oracle bones of ancient China, the Knights Templar and magic at the movies, and "plants and potions" like mandrake and belladonna examine topics in great detail - Quick-fact panels that explore magic origins, key figures, key deities, use in spells, structures of religions and more This indispensable witchcraft book explores the common human fascination with spells, superstition and the supernatural. It provides you with a balanced and unbiased account of everything from Japanese folklore and Indian witchcraft to the differences between black and white magic and dispelling myths such as those surrounding the voodoo doll and Ouija. Expect the unexpected with A History Of Magic, Witchcraft and the Occult. It will open your eyes to other worlds. Discover forms of divination from astrology and palmistry to the Tarot and runestones. Explore the presence of witchcraft in literature from Shakespeare's Macbeth to the Harry Potter series, and the ways in which magic has interacted with religion. Whether you're a believer or a skeptic, this richly illustrated history book provides a fresh approach to the extensive and complex story of witchcraft, magic and the occult.

Oriental Magic

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  • Category : Books
  • Author : Idries Shah
  • ISBN : 1784790443
  • Publisher : eBook Partnership
  • Number of Pages : 324
  • Readers : 4285

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: Oriental Magic is recognized as a brilliant study of how, what and why people think, in territories extending from North Africa to Japan.Profusely illustrated, the book is the product of years of research and field-work in a dozen different cultural regions.Its scholarly accuracy and genuine contribution to cultural understanding have made it a key text for anyone interested in informal beliefs, and esoteric practices.The work includes material on Indian alchemy, the Arabian Abjad system, on divination and talismanic charms, and it even contains an ancient Brahmin spell for immortality.

War Magic

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  • Category : Social Science
  • Author : Douglas Farrer
  • ISBN : 1785333305
  • Publisher : Berghahn Books
  • Number of Pages : 180
  • Readers : 6527

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: This compelling volume explores how war magic and warrior religion unleash the power of the gods, demons, ghosts, and the dead. Documenting war magic and warrior religion as they are performed in diverse cultures and across historical time periods, this volume foregrounds embodiment, practice, and performance in anthropological approaches to magic, sorcery, shamanism, and religion. The authors go beyond what magic ‘represents’ to consider what magic does. From Chinese exorcists, Javanese spirit siblings, and black magic in Sumatra to Tamil Tiger suicide bombers, Chamorro spiritual re-enchantment, tantric Buddhist war magic, and Yanomami dark shamans, religion and magic are re-evaluated not just from the practitioner’s perspective but through the victim’s lived experience. These original investigations reveal a nuanced approach to understanding social action, innovation, and the revitalization of tradition in colonial and post-colonial societies undergoing rapid social transformation.

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

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  • Category : Fiction
  • Author : C.S. Lewis
  • ISBN : Not Available
  • Publisher : Wyatt North Publishing, LLC
  • Number of Pages : 101
  • Readers : 2671

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: C. S. Lewis was a British author, lay theologian, and contemporary of J.R.R. Tolkien. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is the first book in The Chronicles of Narnia.

Buddhist Magic

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  • Category : Religion
  • Author : Sam van Schaik
  • ISBN : 0834842815
  • Publisher : Shambhala Publications
  • Number of Pages : 240
  • Readers : 4877

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: A fascinating exploration of the role that magic has played in the history of Buddhism As far back as we can see in the historical record, Buddhist monks and nuns have offered services including healing, divination, rain making, aggressive magic, and love magic to local clients. Studying this history, scholar Sam van Schaik concludes that magic and healing have played a key role in Buddhism's flourishing, yet they have rarely been studied in academic circles or by Western practitioners. The exclusion of magical practices and powers from most discussions of Buddhism in the modern era can be seen as part of the appropriation of Buddhism by Westerners, as well as an effect of modernization movements within Asian Buddhism. However, if we are to understand the way Buddhism has worked in the past, the way it still works now in many societies, and the way it can work in the future, we need to examine these overlooked aspects of Buddhist practice. In Buddhist Magic, van Schaik takes a book of spells and rituals--one of the earliest that has survived--from the Silk Road site of Dunhuang as the key reference point for discussing Buddhist magic in Tibet and beyond. After situating Buddhist magic within a cross-cultural history of world magic, he discusses sources of magic in Buddhist scripture, early Buddhist rituals of protection, medicine and the spread of Buddhism, and magic users. Including material from across the vast array of Buddhist traditions, van Schaik offers readers a fascinating, nuanced view of a topic that has too long been ignored.

Magic By The Lake

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  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Author : Edward Eager
  • ISBN : 054789242X
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Number of Pages : 224
  • Readers : 2465

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: When wishing for magic, it's hard not to wish for too much. If Jane, Mark, Katharine, and Martha had stopped to think—oh, if they had only stopped to think!—they would have ordered magic by the pound, or by the day, or even by the halves as they had in Half Magic. But no, they asked for magic by the lake—and now they have to deal with a whole lakeful of enchantment! Soon the children are awash in magic. They find themselves cavorting with mermaids, outwitting pirates, and—with the help of a cranky old turtle—granting a little magical help to the one person who needs it most.

The Magic

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  • Category : Games & Activities
  • Author : Dan Rhodes
  • ISBN : 1472294750
  • Publisher : Headline
  • Number of Pages : 316
  • Readers : 6675

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: Dan Rhodes is one of the most successful and beloved YouTuber and TikTok influencers in the world with more than 5 billion views on YouTube and the most viewed personal post ever - over 300 million views - on TikTok. In this, his debut book, Dan brings together the love and joy he has continually derived from magic - from the very first moment he received a magic kit from his parents when he was six years old setting him on his journey from amateur magician to global TikTok and YouTube star - and the book also gives tips and insights into how you could become a social media inspiration too. With striking illustrations throughout and clear 'trick guides' to help young magicians get started - along with some really impressive sleights of hand for the more experienced illusionist - Dan's book also contains a fascinating history of the craft of the magician, highlighting the skill and dedication it takes to become a true master.

Just Add Magic

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  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Author : Cindy Callaghan
  • ISBN : 1442402695
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Number of Pages : 244
  • Readers : 6457

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: Take three friends. Add an old cookbook. Combine with cute boys and a pinch of magic…and see what kind of chaos ensues! When Kelly Quinn and her two BFFs discover a dusty old cookbook while cleaning out the attic, the girls decide to try a few of the mysterious and supposedly magical recipes that are inside. To their surprise, the Keep ’Em Quiet Cobbler actually silences Kelly’s pesky little brother and the Hexberry Tart puts a curse on mean girl Charlotte. Is it possible that the recipes really are magic? Who wrote them and where did they come from? And most importantly of all, when boys get involved, what kind of trouble are the girls stirring up for themselves?

The Magical Book

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  • Category : Fiction
  • Author : Sai Chander Akula
  • ISBN : 1946204145
  • Publisher : Notion Press
  • Number of Pages : 98
  • Readers : 5700

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: Chamaradweep, the most naturally beautiful place, is the ultimate heaven. Robert Cruise sets out on his evil journey to acquire Chamaradweep, so that he can conquer the world. But John and his magical book pose as an obstacle during his journey. John, only a boy, overcomes the challenges put forth by Robert Cruise and finds out the secret about his birth with the help of his magical book. He practices magical tricks engraved in the book and acquires traits of the divine. Will John and his magical book suffice in stopping the evil Robert Cruise?

Make Your Own Magic: Secrets, Stories and Tricks from My World

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  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Author : Joel M
  • ISBN : 0008497079
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Number of Pages : 176
  • Readers : 5435

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: My name is Joel Mawhinney, though I go by the name Joel M. You might know me from TikTok as @joelmagician.

Magic in Ancient Greece and Rome

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  • Category : History
  • Author : Lindsay C. Watson
  • ISBN : 1350108952
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Number of Pages : 264
  • Readers : 1026

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: Parting company with the trend in recent scholarship to treat the subject in abstract, highly theoretical terms, Magic in Ancient Greece and Rome proposes that the magic-working of antiquity was in reality a highly pragmatic business, with very clearly formulated aims - often of an exceedingly maligant kind. In seven chapters, each addressed to an important arm of Greco-Roman magic, the volume discusses the history of the rediscovery and publication of the so-called Greek Magical Papyri, a key source for our understanding of ancient magic; the startling violence of ancient erotic spells and the use of these by women as well as men; the alteration in the landscape of defixio (curse tablet) studies by major new finds and the confirmation these provide that the frequently lethal intent of such tablets must not be downplayed; the use of herbs in magic, considered from numerous perspectives but with an especial focus on the bizarre-seeming rituals and protocols attendant upon their collection; the employment of animals in magic, the factors determining the choice of animal, the uses to which they were put, and the procuring and storage of animal parts, conceivably in a sorcerer's workshop; the witch as a literary construct, the clear homologies between the magical procedures of fictional witches and those documented for real spells, the gendering of the witch-figure and the reductive presentation of sorceresses as old, risible and ineffectual; the issue of whether ancient magicians practised human sacrifice and the illuminating parallels between such accusations and late 20th century accounts of child-murder in the context of perverted Satanic rituals. By challenging a number of orthodoxies and opening up some underexamined aspects of the subject, this wide-ranging study stakes out important new territory in the field of magical studies.

Slavic Witchcraft

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  • Category : Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Author : Natasha Helvin
  • ISBN : 1620558432
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Number of Pages : 224
  • Readers : 6170

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: A practical guide to the ancient magical tradition of Russian sorcery and Eastern Slavic magical rites • Offers step-by-step instructions for more than 300 spells, incantations, charms, amulets, and practical rituals for love, career success, protection, healing, divination, communicating with spirits and ancestors, and other challenges and situations • Reveals specific places of magical power in the natural world as well as the profound power of graveyards and churches for casting spells • Explores the folk history of this ancient magical tradition, including how the pagan gods gained new life as Eastern Orthodox saints, and shares folktales of magical beings, including sorceresses shapeshifting into animals and household objects Passed down through generations, the Slavic practice of magic, witchcraft, and sorcery is still alive and well in Russia, the Ukraine, and Belarus, as well as the Balkans and the Baltic states. There are still witches who whisper upon tied knots to curse or heal, sorceresses who shapeshift into animals or household objects, magicians who cast spells for love or good fortune, and common folk who seek their aid for daily problems big and small. Sharing the extensive knowledge she inherited from her mother and grandmother, including spells of the “Old Believers” previously unknown to outsiders, Natasha Helvin explores in detail the folk history and practice of Russian sorcery and Eastern Slavic magical rites, offering a rich compendium of more than 300 spells, incantations, charms, and practical rituals for love, relationships, career success, protection, healing, divination, averting the evil eye, communicating with spirits and ancestors, and a host of other life challenges and daily situations, with complete step-by-step instructions to ensure your magical goals are realized. She explains how this tradition has only a thin Christian veneer over its pagan origins and how the Slavic pagan gods and goddesses acquired new lives as the saints of the Eastern Orthodox Church. She details how the magical energy for these spells and rituals is drawn from the forces of nature, revealing specific places of power in the natural world as well as the profound power of graveyards and churches for casting spells. She explores the creation of amulets and talismans, the importance of icons, and the proper recital of magical language and actions during spells, as well as how one becomes a witch or sorceress. Offering a close examination of these two-thousand-year-old occult practices, Helvin also includes Slavic folk advice, adapted for the modern era. Revealing what it means to be a Slavic witch or sorceress, and how this vocation pervades all aspects of life, she shows that each of us has magic within that we can use to take control of our own destiny.

Original Magic

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  • Category : Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Author : Stephen E. Flowers
  • ISBN : 1620556456
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Number of Pages : 192
  • Readers : 8711

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: A complete guide to the theory, practice, and history of Mazdan magic, the first organized system of magic • Provides a complete curriculum of magical study and initiation centered on exercises keyed to the sacred Zoroastrian calendar • Details advanced magical rituals and practices based on archaic Persian formulas, including fire rituals and divine invocations • Explores the history and lore of Persian magic, explaining how the author reconstructed the original Mazdan system of magic Stephen Flowers explores the history, theory, practice, rituals, and initiations of the Mazdan magical system practiced by the Magi of ancient Persia, who were so skilled and famed for their effectiveness that their name came to mean what we today call “magic.” The prestige and reputation of the Magian priests of Mazda is perhaps most iconically recorded in the Christian story of the Three Wise Men who visited newborn Jesus. The author explains how the religious branch of the Mazdan magical system, founded by the Prophet Zarathustra, is known in the West under the name Zoroastrianism. He reveals how the Zoroastrian religion, which acts as a matrix for the symbols and formulas of the original form of magic, has existed for almost four thousand years with roots going back even deeper into the Indo-European past. The author reveals how all other known systems of magic have borrowed from this tradition, providing the clues that enabled him to reformulate the original Mazdan system. He reviews what the Greeks, Romans, Hebrews, Christians, and Chinese said about the Iranian-Persian tradition of the Mazdans and their invention of a magical technology. He explains how the ultimate aim of the original form of magic was not only individual wisdom, self-development, and empowerment, but also the overall betterment of the world. Outlining the theoretical principles of this method, which can be applied in practical ways to deepen the effectiveness of these magical operations, the author details a complete curriculum of magical study and initiation based on a series of graded exercises keyed to the sacred Zoroastrian calendar. He then offers a series of more advanced magical rituals and practices based on archaic Persian formulas, including fire rituals and divine invocations. Providing a manual for the original magical system used by the members of the Great Fellowship, this book guides you toward the comprehensive practice of the Mazdan philosophy, the ultimate outcome of which is ushta: Happiness.

A Gift of Magic

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  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Author : Lois Duncan
  • ISBN : 031620210X
  • Publisher : Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Number of Pages : 208
  • Readers : 2346

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: When the old woman died, she left her grandchild Nancy with the extraordinary gift of magic. Nancy can read people's minds, know their thoughts, and make them do what she wants. Will she use her gift for good, or satisfy her own selfish desire? Lois Duncan presents a paranormal rollercoaster ride with goosebumps at every turn. This edition features updated text and an exclusive Q&A with author Lois Duncan!

Magic Without Apparatus - A Treatise on the Principles, Old and New, Of Sleight-Of-Hand With Cards, Coins, Billiard Balls, And Thimbles

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  • Category : History
  • Author : Camille Gaultier
  • ISBN : 1473383838
  • Publisher : Read Books Ltd
  • Number of Pages : 540
  • Readers : 8104

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: This vintage text comprises a complete treatise on the principle of sleight-of-hand tricks using a variety of objects including cards, coins, billiard balls, thimbles, and much more. This step-by-step guide will appeal to both amateur magicians and those with more experience looking to expand their repertoire - constituting a great addition to collections of related literature. Complete with simple, clear illustrations and a wealth of handy tips and useful information, no magician's library would be complete without a copy of this text. We are republishing this book now in an affordable, modern edition, complete with a specially commissioned new introduction.

The Magic of Reality

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  • Category : Social Science
  • Author : Richard Dawkins
  • ISBN : 1451690134
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Number of Pages : 272
  • Readers : 2392

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: An elegant, text-only paperback edition of the New York Times bestseller that’s been hailed as the definitive authority on…everything. Richard Dawkins, bestselling author and the world’s most celebrated evolutionary biologist, has spent his career elucidating the many wonders of science. Here, he takes a broader approach and uses his unrivaled explanatory powers to illuminate the ways in which the world really works. Filled with clever thought experiments and jaw-dropping facts, The Magic of Reality explains a stunningly wide range of natural phenomena: How old is the universe? Why do the continents look like disconnected pieces of a jigsaw puzzle? What causes tsunamis? Why are there so many kinds of plants and animals? Who was the first man, or woman? Starting with the magical, mythical explanations for the wonders of nature, Dawkins reveals the exhilarating scientific truths behind these occurrences. This is a page-turning detective story that not only mines all the sciences for its clues but primes the reader to think like a scientist as well.

Freya and the Magic Jewel

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  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Author : Joan Holub,Suzanne Williams
  • ISBN : 1481496417
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Number of Pages : 272
  • Readers : 8225

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: From the authors of the Goddess Girls series comes the first book in a brand-new series steeped in Norse mythology, magic, adventure, and friendship. “Gold and Gullveig I cannot see. But here is a vision that comes to me; Adventure for you is about to start. Near Asgard you must find the heart. A Secret world there hides away, which holds the power to stop doomsday!” When eleven-year-old Freya hears that prophecy from her magical jewel, she isn’t sure what to make of it. Doomsday? She will find the key? Mere seconds after that prediction, she receives a mysterious invitation to Asgard Academy from the powerful Odin, who commands her to “bring her magic” to Asgard. With encouragement from her twin, Frey, Freya reluctantly heads out on their new adventure. And Freya’s first challenge begins before she even steps foot in Asgard. While trying to navigate the treacherous Bifrost Bridge, she drops her magical jewel off the bridge, and a sneaky pair of dwarves take her jewel down to the world of Midgard! Without that jewel, Freya thinks she is powerless. But with the help of her pod-mates at Asgard, Freya discovers a world that is bigger and more mysterious that she ever imagined! There, she learns the true terror that Ragnarok—the doomsday her jewel warned her about—could mean for Asgard Academy if she and her new friends, the Thunder Girls, don’t stop it!

The Book of Spells

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  • Category : Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Author : Jamie Della
  • ISBN : 1984857037
  • Publisher : Ten Speed Press
  • Number of Pages : 224
  • Readers : 5429

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: Complete with over 50 spells and information on the magickal tools and traditions of witchcraft, The Book of Spells is the ultimate guide to healing, manifesting your desires, and diving confidently into the mysteries of magick. Calling upon ancient powers and the ways of the Witch, The Book of Spells contains rituals and visualizations for releasing negativity, increasing bliss, healing a broken heart, finding your Spirit guides, embarking on the adventure of astral flight, and more. With the help of timeless myths and fables, as well as author Jamie Della's personal anecdotes, each spell offers empowering insight to help you uncover your innate Divine essence. This beautifully gilded compendium includes need-to-know information on Sabbats and ancient traditions, Gods and Goddesses, and tools of the Craft such as herbs, crystals, tarot archetypes, moon phases, and runes. The Book of Spells is the perfect beginner's guide to following the Path, practicing the Craft, and incorporating magick into your daily life. Advance praise for The Book of Spells “This book opens the door to a life of magic and inspiration. The most wonderful thing about it is that Jamie actually lives by the book. She’s the real deal! The Book of Spells is personal, engaging, and empowering. Her information about the Craft is heartfelt, user-friendly, and a treasure trove of witchy wisdom. You’ll love this book whether you are a novice or an expert. Enjoy!”—Victoria Bearden, nationally renowned astrologer and psychic “What a sweet book this is. Spells and a lot more for people new to the Craft written by an experienced Witch who practices what she preaches.”—Barbara Ardinger, author of Goddess Meditations and Finding New Goddesses “Creative, ethical, and respectful of tradition but modern in focus, these spells are focused on self-healing, rather than forcing your will on others.”—Anna Korn, Adocentyn Research Library “Young and old alike find a rainbow of solutions in Jamie Della’s self-empowering Book of Spells. Simultaneously bold and inviting, Della’s unswerving devotion to self-love, self-awareness, and growth shines through on every page of this gem of a soul’s companion guidebook.”—Tania Pryputniewicz, author of November Butterfly

A Far Wilder Magic

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  • Category : Young Adult Fiction
  • Author : Allison Saft
  • ISBN : 1250623669
  • Publisher : Wednesday Books
  • Number of Pages : 394
  • Readers : 3040

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER AN INSTANT INDIE BESTSELLER ONE OF 2022'S MOST ANTICIPATED READS: * BUZZFEED * EPIC READS * GOODREADS * THE NERD DAILY * UNITED BY POP * "An utterly transportive read, unfolding into a world of crumbling manors and ancient forests. Allison Saft crafts a deliberate, intricate romance that will have you as unmoored as the characters." —Chloe Gong, New York Times bestselling author of These Violent Delights A romantic YA fantasy perfect for fans of Erin A. Craig and Margaret Rogerson, about two people who find themselves competing for glory—and each other's hearts—in a magical fox hunt. When Margaret Welty spots the legendary hala, the last living mythical creature, she knows the Halfmoon Hunt will soon follow. Whoever is able to kill the hala will earn fame and riches, and unlock an ancient magical secret. While Margaret is the best sharpshooter in town, only teams of two can register, and she needs an alchemist. Weston Winters isn’t an alchemist—yet. He's been fired from every apprenticeship he's landed, and his last chance hinges on Master Welty taking him in. But when Wes arrives at Welty Manor, he finds only Margaret. She begrudgingly allows him to stay, but on one condition: he must join the hunt with her. Although they make an unlikely team, they soon find themselves drawn to each other. As the hunt looms closer and tensions rise, Margaret and Wes uncover dark magic that could be the key to winning the hunt—if they survive that long. In A Far Wilder Magic, Allison Saft has written an achingly tender love story set against a deadly hunt in an atmospheric, rich fantasy world that will sweep you away. "Innovative, romantic, and intoxicating. A Far Wilder Magic is a diamond of the YA fantasy genre, with a fresh and artfully layered world and extraordinary characters to match." —Amanda Foody, author of Ace of Shades

Storyland Adventure.pdf

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  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Author : Kenrick Lam
  • ISBN : 9814254088
  • Publisher : Experiences & Experiments Books Pte Ltd
  • Number of Pages : Not Available
  • Readers : 5949

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: Do you read rhymes? Fairytales? No? Then, this is the book for you! It is about books, books and more books! Mr Readalot and Archimedes (his owl) fall through a portal into storyland. Together, they battle the forces of evil to save Storybook characters from eternal doom. Mr Readalot’s big brain un-sticks him from the sticky situations. Want to find out how Mr Readalot helps Humpty Dumpty? Just read on and enjoy!

Shadow Magic: Dream Magic

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  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Author : Joshua Khan
  • ISBN : 1407180525
  • Publisher : Scholastic UK
  • Number of Pages : 336
  • Readers : 1751

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: Lileth Shadow, princess of darkness, is struggling with her growing powers. Castle Gloom is filling with ghosts and zombies roam the country. Then Lily is attacked by a mysterious sorcerer known as Dreamweaver and his army of jewel-spiders. Can Thorn and his giant bat save Lily from the realm of sleep and help her overcome the evil Dreamweaver?

The Magic Thief Complete Collection

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  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Author : Sarah Prineas
  • ISBN : 0062373226
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Number of Pages : 1681
  • Readers : 6807

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: In a city that runs on a dwindling supply of magic, a young boy is drawn into a life of wizardry and adventure. Author Sarah Prineas works her own spells as she transports us to an extraordinary world where cities are run on living magic and even a thief can become a wizard's apprentice. Diana Wynne Jones, author of Howl's Moving Castle, praised this middle grade fantasy series filled with magic and wonder, saying of the first, "I couldn't put it down. Wonderful, exciting stuff." This collection contains all four novels in the series, plus the digital original novella The Magic Thief: A Proper Wizard. The Magic Thief: Conn should have dropped dead the day he picked Nevery's pocket and touched the wizard's locus magicalicus, a stone used to focus magic and work spells. But for some reason he did not. Nevery finds that interesting, and he takes Conn as his apprentice on the provision that the boy find a locus stone of his own. But Conn has little time to search for his stone between wizard lessons and helping Nevery discover who—or what—is stealing the city of Wellmet's magic. The Magic Thief: Lost: Conn may only be a wizard's apprentice, but even he knows it's dangerous to play with fire . . . especially around magic. But Conn is drawn to the murmurs he hears every time he sets off an explosion—something is trying to talk to him, to warn him. When none of the wizards listen, Conn takes matters into his own hands. His quest to protect everything he loves brings him face-to-face with a powerful sorcerer-king and a treachery beyond even his vivid imagination. The Magic Thief: Found: Sneaking out of prison isn't easy, unless you are a thief, or a wizard. Luckily, Conn is both! Trouble is, once he's out, where does he go? His home is a pile of rubble since he blew it up doing magic. His master, the wizard Nevery, is not happy with him. Worst of all, Conn's been exiled, and staying in the city will mean his death. The Magic Thief: A Proper Wizard: When Verent, a young apprentice from neighboring Danivelle, comes to Wellmet to ask for Conn's help with his city's magical problems, he is less than impressed with Conn. Will Verent be able to overcome his misgivings about Conn in order to help his town? And with Conn's help, will Verent become a proper wizard? The Magic Thief: Home: Duchess Rowan has promoted Conn to ducal magister, but the other wizards see him only as a thief. But something sinister is brewing, as magicians' locus stones are being stolen and magical spells are going awry. As Conn faces old enemies and powerful magical forces, is he strong enough to save the city he calls home?

The Golden Bough

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  • Category : Religion
  • Author : James George Frazer
  • ISBN : 1605209368
  • Publisher : Cosimo, Inc.
  • Number of Pages : 732
  • Readers : 9295

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: In 1890, James George Frazer began publishing The Golden Bough, his monumental study of myth, ritual, and religion, which would, by 1936, run to 13 volumes and establish him as a pioneer in the study of religion as an aspect of culture. This abridged edition, assembled in 1922, condenses this fundamental work to one readable volume that is still a source for modern anthropology, thanks to its expansive discussions ancient cultish practices and their connections to the rites of modern Christianity. In eloquent prose, Frazer discusses legends of the woods, sympathetic magic, magicians as kings, the worship of trees, the concept of the sacred marriage, the links between priestly and royal power, ritual royal sacrifices, the concept of "eating the god," the myths of Osiris, Adonis, Isis, and other ancient deities, and much more. Lovers of mythology will be enraptured by this book, which draws all of human belief under one unifying umbrella, celebrating myth and ritual as part of the basis of all human culture. Scottish anthropologist SIR JAMES GEORGE FRAZER (1854-1941) also wrote the classic The Golden Bough (1890), *Man, God, and Immortality* (1927), and Creation and Evolution in Primitive Cosmogonies (1935).

Pagan Portals - Isis

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  • Category : Religion
  • Author : Olivia Church
  • ISBN : 1789042992
  • Publisher : John Hunt Publishing
  • Number of Pages : 112
  • Readers : 2763

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: Isis has a history spanning millennia and an influence stretching across land and sea. She is a Goddess who transcends time and geography, remaining one of the most popular Goddesses from the ancient world to this day. The book explores Isis' mythic journey and how she became the Goddess we recognise today. Striking a balance between the old and the new, Pagan Portals - Isis provides an historical account of her mythology and worship alongside modern Pagan perspectives and offers the reader tools for Isis' contemporary veneration.

Floriography

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  • Category : Nature
  • Author : Sally Coulthard
  • ISBN : 1787136310
  • Publisher : Hardie Grant Publishing
  • Number of Pages : 144
  • Readers : 3082

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: Flowers can talk. Red roses say ‘I love you’, white lilies offer condolence and poppies invite us to remember. For thousands of years, humans have used flowers as a language, a short-hand for emotions and meanings. In her new book, Sally Coulthard, takes a fascinating look at floriography and shows how we still use this secret language across the world. She delves into the meanings of flowers and where they came from, whether it’s ancient mythology or hedgerow folklore. Covering 50 well-loved flowers and plants, from peonies to sweetpeas, ivy to irises, Floriography is a beautifully illustrated guide that will take the reader on an intriguing journey through the history, legend, anthropology and literature of flowers, showing how modern-day society still relies on the meaning of flowers. From the Chinese lotus flower to the Celtic bluebell, the myth, magic and language of flowers is still blossoming today.

The Well-Wishers

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  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Author : Edward Eager
  • ISBN : 0547546467
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Number of Pages : 240
  • Readers : 8054

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: The wishing well is all used up, its magic drained, its enchantment gone dry. Or has it? In a reckless moment, Gordy threatens the old well, telling it to get going with its magic or else! and suddenly he and his friends are plunged into just the sort of adventures they’d longed for. But is it really the well’s magic that transforms troublemaker Dicky LeBaron from ne’er-do-well to hero? Or keeps Appledore’s orchard in bloom? Or sends James on a daring rescue of a damsel in distress? Does it matter? Sometimes the best kind of magic is the kind that isn’t so magical at all . . .