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Friday, May 06, 2005

The Complete Book of Incense, Oils & Brews (Llewellyn's Practical Magick)

The Complete Book of Incense, Oils & Brews (Llewellyn's Practical Magick)book of incense

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Magic is a byproduct of the oldest science - far older than astronomy, chemistry or biology. This "science" constituted the earliest investigations into nature. What caused the seasons to turn, the sea to rise and fall, the birth and death of all living things?

Magic - the use of natural energies to bring about needed change - arose when those early humans discovered invisible forces around them. Humans were aware of the effects of gravity, electricity and magnetism long before such terms were coined. Nuts fell to the ground. Lightning blasted trees. Animal fur created sparks when stroked on dry days, metallic rocks strangely attracted bits of iron...

> Author: Scott Cunningham
> Paperback: 288 pages
> Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (June 1, 1989)
> Average Customer Review: 4 1/2 out of 5 stars

customer reviews

Fantabulous!, November 10, 2000
Reviewer: "son-of-jove" (Portland, OR USA)
The more books I read from Scott Cunningham, the more I like them, and this one's no exception!

Cunningham presents us here with a recipe book for more than the title implies. Besides showing us how to create our own inceses, oils, and brews, he also explains how to make tinctures, powders, bath salts, soaps, sachets, and inks. There are tons of different recipes available, especially for incenses, for all sorts of magickal purposes.

Substitutions are also treated. Several pages are broken down by plants, purposes, planets, and astrological signs which are very, very useful is you have a particular goal in mind. For me, these are the best parts of the book. If I need to know which oils to use or herbs to burn for a healing spell, they're all right there. If I need to attract some more lunar energy in an esbat ritual, I can very quickly find that I can use lemon oil on my candles if there's no myrrh or jasmine around.

Overall, it's a great book and Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs is the perfect companion for it. I highly recommend it!

PERFECT, April 30, 2005
Reviewer: Son of Obatala (Riverside, CA.)

As soon as I started reading this book I realized that it is perfect. It is simple and easy to follow his instructions. I read a few books similar to this one and none of them come close to compare to it. After reading each section I couldn't wait to try it for myself. I learned so much from this book, it is definitely a book that should be in every ones libary. I can't wait to read more books by this author.

"Complete" is the Best Description, April 8, 2005
Reviewer: Elizabeth Clements "author and artist" (New Hampshire, USA)

This book, a revised edition of the original, is an essential work for those seeking to learn the uses of incense and other mediums of scent used in performing spells, rituals, and other magics. It is further proof that the late Cunningham had a passion for magic, as he provides in great detail the many processes a magician may utilize in order to create their own incense, oils, salves, tinctures, brews, and more from fresh, natural ingredients. In that respect, this book is a tremendous resource for anyone looking for recipes for creating magical blends but also creating them from scratch.

Although I lean more towards the classical or traditional side of spellcraft (where substituting ingredients is not so well-embraced), this book is thorough in providing nearly all substitutions imaginable, for when you cannot find a certain ingredient anywhere or unsure whether or not what you're looking for even exists in the modern age. Also, if you're trying to gather ingredients from a recipe written a few hundred years ago, the name of this or that herb has most likely changed. Cunningham will most likely have covered these in this book.

It is not every day that you can recommend a single book on a subject and consider it the only one needed in a library concerning the subject matter, but I feel confident that I will never need to invest in another book of a similar nature. The Complete Book of Incense, Oils & Brews is exactly what it says it is, a complete resource- a virtual one stop shop of knowledge for the herb-crafter magician.

The Complete Book of Incense, Oils & Brews (Llewellyn's Practical Magick)


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