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The Element Encyclopedia of Witchcraft
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Following on from the hugely successful Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells, comes the next bumper encyclopedia celebrating all facets of witchcraft. This definite book is the most comprehensive, authoritative and entertaining guide you'll ever find on the mythology, folklore and traditions of magic. In this mammoth magical treasure trove, Judika Illes explores the history, folklore, spirituality, and mythology of witchcraft. A feast of facts and curiosities, rooted in magical and spiritual traditions, from all over the world, there are recipes from the witch's cauldron, magical sacred dates, and methods of witches' flights. Discover how witchcraft has inspired popular culture from Shakespeare to Harry Potter, and how witches have suffered persecution and death in centuries past. Packed full of amazing facts, bizarre information and fascinating stories, you will also be introduced to mythic witches, modern witches, sacred goddess witches, even demon witches, male and female witches, and witches from all over the globe. Ideal for both the dedicated follower and casual reader, as the ideal present for yourself or someone else to treasure, this definitive encyclopedia is essential reading for anyone interested in folklore, mythology and magic.
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Following on from the hugely successful Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells, comes the next bumper encyclopedia celebrating all facets of witchcraft. This definite book is the most comprehensive, authoritative and entertaining guide you'll ever find on the mythology, folklore and traditions of magic. Sales and Marketing: Stunning package, as a companion to The Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells - which has sold nearly 47,000 copies since publication. This formatted reference guide has been specifially created by Thorsons to appeal to the 'information junkies' in the market place. An amazing resource of information, it is also a tremendously readable and entertaining journey through the full scope of witchcraft traditions. No other witchcraft book has this breadth or focus, making it the definitive guide to the entire world of magic. Aimed to appeal to both the mainstream market and died-in-the-wool Wiccans, this is the perfect book to capture the current fascination with magic in its broadest sense, riding on the back of the Harry Potter and the Oscar winning Lord of the Rings films which have smashed box-office records. The publication will be supported by advertising and promotions with key press and websites such as Witchcraft & Wicca, Spirit & Destiny and Kindred Spirit. Competition: Encyclopedia of Wicca and Witchcraft (R. Gimassi, Llewelllyn, 2000); The Witch Book (Buckland, Visible Ink, 2002)

About the Author

Judika Illes' introduction to magic and mysticism was at 6 years old. She became a professional tarot card reader in 1988, became certified in aromatherapy in 1999. Judika was a tutor at the Australasian College of Herbal Studies, and has taught multi-cultural studies, world mythology, tarot and magic to children and adults. She lives in New Jersey.

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Previous publications: Earth Mother Magic: Ancient Spells for Modern Belles (Fair Winds Press, 2001) Emergency Magic! 150 Spells for Surviving the Worst-Case Scenario (Fair Winds Press, 2002) Spells: The Anthology (Seventh House Publications, 2002) Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells (Element, 2004)

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