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Saturday, July 09, 2005

The Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells: The Ultimate Reference Book for the Magical Arts

The Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells: The Ultimate Reference Book for the Magical Arts (Hardcover)
by Judika Illes



> Hardcover: 1100 pages
> Publisher: Element Books (February 1, 2004)
> Language: English

What Do Others Think About The Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells: The Ultimate Reference Book for the Magical Arts by Judika Illes



Highly Recomended Book of Spells. The Ultimate!!!, June 20, 2004
Reviewer: Voodoo Shaman "Witch Doktor" (Lowell, Ma)


Destined to be a classic. The Only Book on Spells You Will Ever Need.The Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells: The Ultimate Reference Book for the Magical ArtsThe Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells: The Ultimate Reference Book for the Magical Arts

This Book is not a Book on "Wiccan Magick" , although Wiccans who are not fluff bunnies, and are more open mided to learning could use it, and benefit greatly from this Book. It is a book on Folk Magic, from Brujeria, Santeria, Espiritismo, From Latin America, To Egypt, and other ancient cultures, from around the world. Many of these Earth-Magico Cultures do not believe in the concept of "Karma" so many of these Spells would be shunned by Wiccans. With that said..I Love this Book. I hope the Author does a similar book on Magical Ceremonies and Rites and Passages.

There are little books of spells, cheap book of spells, and so so book of spells, well this is the Ultimate Huge Tome of Spells. An Encyclopedia of Magical Spells from around the world, this book defiantly belongs in every Witches bookshelf. Over 1000 pages of spells, baths, infusions, the spells range from everything from Santeria, Strega, Vodou, Spiritism, Brujeria, Shamanism, and traditional Witchcraft. Unlike other spell books, this will defiantly be of great usage to its owner. One of the best Book of Shadows ever printed. The Tome, because it is Huge has everything from Banishing, Cleansings, Baths, Protection Spells. Everything from Seances, to calling on Spirits of Nature, from White Magic, to Black Magic, and everything in between. Here is a preview of the table of context.
Spell casting, - Ritual and Tools, - Animal Spells - Banishing Spells - Business Success Spells - Cleansing Spells, - Court case, Legal, Justice Spells - Death Spells (Yes there is much on Black Magic, for those weak of heart) Ghost, Necromancy, and Vampire Spells. - Divination Spells - Domination, Influence Spells - Dream, Astral, Nightmare Spells- The Evil Eye - Fertility Spells - Safety Spells - Gamblers Spells, and Charms - Happy Home Spells - Healing Spells - Hexes and Curses - Invisibility, and Transformation spells - Love and Seduction Spells - Luck Spells - Marriage and Divorcee Spells, - Money, Wealth, Prosperity and financial spells - Children Spells - Protection Spells - Psychic powers - Summoning Spirits - unblocking spells - weather spells, and trust me, so much more...
A person would have to spend allot of money, on many books and still would not get half of what this book has to offer.
I have to give much praise to Judika Illes; this book will defiantly be one I will use for many years. This is my first book by this author, and know I have to purchase her other works. But I can not recommend this TOME enough, it is defiantly a must have for all Witches, and brujos. For all that you get in this huge book, the price is excellent, and very affordable. The Spells are simple and traditional spells that were used by our ancestors and are still effective today. No where will you get a book like this. If I could give this book 10 stars, I would.

Excellent Work. Well met!, August 19, 2004
Reviewer: J. Hauck (Allentown, Pennsylvania USA)


"The Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells" is truly a wonderful compilation of traditional Witchcraft remedies designed to enhance the particular practitioner's Magickal spellcraft abilities.

Although some of the listed spell components are antiquated, and some of the semantics seem lacking in depth, the body of the work is overwhelmingly right and proper. Illes provides the reader with a good historical grasp of spell lineage and use.

"5000 Spells" is a good value for the money spent. I heartily recommend this tome for every library.

The Mother of All Spellbooks, July 7, 2005
Reviewer: Charles Harrington (Calif, USA)


I am picky about spellbooks so when I saw this one on the shelf I was sure that it had to be terrible. A collection of 5,000 spells was just too much for me to believe that there was any real value to the book. I was sure that at very least it would just list a bunch of spells with no real information about how to work with them. I opened the book at random and came to the chapter on working with herbs. I was very surprised to read a detailed account of creating herbal infusions that matched up with an herb class I had recently taken. Upon further inspection I found that there was a plethora of supplemental information for nearly every section in the book.

One great aspect of the book is the way the spells are organized. Most (smaller) books will have a section labeled "Protection" and list a handful of spells on the topic most of which the reader will never (for various reasons) implement. In this book under Justice spells it begins with the most accessible, least involved spells "(Burn brown and purple candles) and then steadily increases the level of involvement (here's an oil you can make to anoint those candles). Many spells have a handful of various versions to try out. The famed "beef tongue" justice spell has 8 different versions including one for vegetarians.

There is a wonderful mix of traditional customs, vodoun, ancient formulas, herbal, candle, oil, sympathetic, entity summoning, and just about everything you can think of. Now, obviously I would imagine that Ms. Illes has not personally cast all 5,000 of these spells but I got the impression that she had a nice level of familiarity with the material.

And on a purely aesthetic level it feels very nice to pull a gigantic spellbook off the shelf and start flipping through its pages. After owning this one for about a month I bought copies for each member of my coven.

Buy this book and you'll need no other, June 24, 2005
Reviewer: Goddess Salimah "born into it" (va)


I have recently purchased this tome of spells and I am definitely recommending it for practicioners of ALL forms of magickal work, not just as a "working grimoire", but as a great reference book on the history and origin of spellcrafts of all peoples.

The Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells: The Ultimate Reference Book for the Magical ArtsThe Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells: The Ultimate Reference Book for the Magical Arts

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Robert Thurman on Buddhism

Robert Thurman on Buddhism (1999)

"Take refuge in the three jewels, the three precious gems," begins Robert A.F. Thurman's introduction to Buddhism: "the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha." Each of these is the focus of one tape in Thurman's three-part lecture series On Buddhism, an extremely thorough introduction to the philosophy, theology, and history of Buddhism. Thurman is well-known as a professor of Indo-Tibetan studies at Columbia University, having also translated The Tibetan Book of the Dead into English. In these lectures, Thurman patiently takes apart each jewel of Buddhism: the Buddha as the teacher of enlightenment, the Dharma as the teaching, or enlightenment itself, and the Sangha as the historical and current community of learners seeking to become Buddhas. The videotapes themselves do not have elaborate production values: these are essentially college lectures, and they are not for newcomers to Buddhism. For people who have done some reading or have some personal experience with Buddhism and want to gain greater insight and understanding from a leading scholar, however, these lectures are an excellent foray into the intellectual, philosophical, and spiritual underpinnings of Buddhism. --Erik MackiRobert Thurman on BuddhismRobert Thurman on Buddhism

> Starring: Robert Thurman
> Encoding: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
> Format: Color
> Rated: NR
> Studio: Wellspring
> DVD Release Date: July 2, 2002
> Run Time: 220

What Do Others Think About Robert Thurman on Buddhism

Very informative, easy to follow, February 21, 2000
Reviewer: A viewer


This was essential to learing the real thoughts regarding buddism. Books I had read in the past were difficult to comprehend the actual meaning of the teachings of the buddah. Thurman is a great teacher and makes it easy and enjoyable to learn about this way of life. Also makes reading other books on the subject much easier.

A good explanation, March 15, 2002
Reviewer: Jeffrey Leeper "kem2070" (Seattle, WA USA)


This series consists of three videotapes that cover three aspects of Buddhism: the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha. Each tape is a lecture given by Robert A. F. Thurman at the Tibet House in New York. Excepting the occasional shot of the audience, each video is 70 minutes of his lecturing.

This is not necessarily a bad thing. Thurman is an entertaining speaker and does a great job in explaining some of the mystical aspects and philosophy. He is very good at relating to the audience. After viewing them, I do feel that I have a better grasp of main tenets.

This does not appear to be scripted. For instance, in tape two, he mentions that he will discuss the Four Noble Truths, the three wheels, and the three vehicles. He goes in depth on the truths and the first two wheels, but then seems to realize that he is running out of time so rushes through the last four. There is still good information, but I wished that these last ideas had the same kind of detailed explanation.

Thurman presents lectures on the "Three Jewels", October 11, 2000
Reviewer: Michael Schelb (Boca Raton, FL United States)


Robert Thurman, the renowned professor of Indo-Tibetan studies from Columbia presents popular lectures on the basic concepts of "The Three Jewels" of Buddhism - The Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha. Thurman's style of teaching is light, sometimes humorous and entertaining enough to capture interest in the before mentioned topics. The video quality and sound are adequate - the lectures were recorded at Tibet House, New York, and the set of tapes provides a good introduction to Buddhist thought - great for the inquiring newcomer and a nice refresher for those who have studied this philosophy.

Robert Thurman on BuddhismRobert Thurman on Buddhism

Sunday, July 03, 2005

3 Free Magic Spells To Cast On Your Friends

Have you ever considered trying to use real magic or magick? If you could cast a spell what would it be?

Let's pretend for a minute that you have the power to transform every thought, every wish and every dream into reality - RIGHT NOW..

What would you do? What would you create? What would you wish for..Money? Love? Happiness? Friends? Health? Protection? Revenge? POWER?

Learn How to get these things and more without selling your soul or sacrificing your own blood.

Heres 3 Free Spells For Money, Love And Good Luck

Friday, July 01, 2005

The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying: The Spiritual Classic & International Bestseller; Revised and Updated Edition
by Sogyal Rinpoche, Patrick D. Gaffney, Andrew Harvey

In 1927, Walter Evans-Wentz published his translation of an obscure Tibetan Nyingma text and called it the Tibetan Book of the Dead. Popular Tibetan teacher Sogyal Rinpoche has transformed that ancient text, conveying a perennial philosophy that is at once religious, scientific, and practical. Through extraordinary anecdotes and stories from religious traditions East and West, Rinpoche introduces the reader to the fundamentals of Tibetan Buddhism, moving gradually to the topics of death and dying. Death turns out to be less of a crisis and more of an opportunity. Concepts such as reincarnation, karma, and bardo and practices such as meditation, tonglen, and phowa teach us how to face death constructively. As a result, life becomes much richer. Like Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, Sogyal Rinpoche opens the door to a full experience of death. It is up to the reader to walk through. --Brian BruyaThe Tibetan Book of Living and DyingThe Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

From Publishers Weekly
This modern interpretation of the Tibetan Book of the Dead outlines a path for spiritual growth.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

> Paperback: 425 pages
> Publisher: HarperSanFrancisco; Reprint edition (April 22, 1994)
> Language: English

What Do Others Think About The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

Mindful revelations, December 19, 2004
Reviewer: fantasykosmiceye


This is one of the best books I have read since reading the black and red book on The tibetan book of the dead in the 60's. Insightful and up there with sorting out what is this from what is that. Not for the timid, nor someone who is out of touch with Tibetian ethics in my opinion. I have studied for some years and had a little trouble,but it came around when I seriously dug in. I myself am in the midst of suffering a deadly disease(a lone buddhist at that in this town) that I must say this book has lifted my spirits and set straight the path I was taking in a better light. I especially like the part about how we can create duality ourselves or not. Finally an in- depth book on recognizing exactly when thoughts and emotions arise,how to avoid creating duality, and about accepting thoughts or rejecting them and why. I feel it is one of the more important books out there for the dying or those who tend to the dying(wish more Drs would read this),or suffering. Insightful, has become permanent part of my library.thank you Sogyal Rinpoche and all enlightened beings.

Extremely Useful., September 19, 2002
Reviewer: harendra desai (Bombay, India)


Whenever I read a book, I generally use highlighter and underliner to mark the sentences and words that convey the true meaning and essence of what the author wants to say. While reading The Tibetan Book of Living And Dying, I had to stop using the highlighter after a few pages only as the most of the words on each page were worthy of being highlighted. Indeed, the author has said so much precious on every page that a reader must read and re-read the book and with every reading she/he gets more and more knowing.The subject of death has been most puzzling and perplexing to humankind since the time immemorial. The Eastern way of looking at the death as only a 'transition' is explained by the author in a profoundly simple manner. The book certainly helps one to understand the true meaning of the phenomena called death. This understanding helps one to reduce the irrational fear of death. From the lives of the great men and women we know that those who 'lived' a life can only meet the 'death' with equnimity. Thus the author has first taught the art of 'living'. It is only through right type of living that we can 'live' the death also.
I suggest that this book be read by all the Buddhist as well as by non buddhists also. Every one who reads it will find something for him/her.
I salute Sogyal Rinpoche for giving us a wonderful gift of THE TIBETAN BOOK OF LIVING AND DYING.

Entering a new realm..., January 17, 2005
Reviewer: Nothing new "biased_perspective" (United States)


I consider this book a new awakening. What you know is changed by the books you read and this book is that essence. To consider the afterlife is one step, and to accept what others note about the afterlife is part of the second step. To provide the depth that Sogyal does is rewarding to the reader. I felt as if I was going through the stages Sogyal mentions. Although long, I felt as if the reading engaged me and led to me wanting to know what was next. Recommended...

My Favorite Book, January 6, 2005
Reviewer: Richard L. Weissman (FL United States)


This is the best book on Tibetan Buddhism I have ever read. It introduces the Western reader to all of the foundational tenets in Tibetan Buddhism - impermanence, compassion, karma, etc.
Having subsequently read numerous Tibetan Buddhist texts, I still recommend this book first to anyone interested in the topic.
It is traditionally authentic and simultaneously oriented specifically to the Western reader - this is due to the fact that Rinpoche is a Tibetan master that started out as a Tibetan-English translator for the great masters of the 1970s and 1980's and he has lived in the West and taught Buddhism to Westerners for decades.

A necessary read for seekers..., October 23, 2000
Reviewer: Dale A. Blanchard "Friendly Spirit" (Ohio USA)


My bookshelves are filled with books on many topics, including death and dying and spirituality -- this book might be the only book I really need.

For years I have thought I must read the Tibetan Book of the Dead -- but whenever I tried, it was much too complicated for me to understand.

Sogyal Rinpoche has written this book so that it is easily understood by anyone, even us Westerners, without compromising any of the Buddhist teachings it offers.

In essence, we begin to die the moment we are born. We spend this life preparing to die well. Nothing is permanent, but we spend much of our lives filling our time with activities and pursuits that help us elude ourselves into thinking that what we see and touch is all that matters.

Sogyal Rinpoche says, "To follow the path of wisdom has never been more urgent or more difficult. Our society is dedicated almost entirely to the celebration of ego, with all its sad fantasies about success and power, and it celebrates those very forces of greed and ignorance that are destroying the planet. It has never been more difficult to hear the unflattering voice of the truth, and never more difficult, once having heard it, to follow it: because there is nothing in the world around us that supports our choice, and the entire society in which we live seems to negate every idea of sacredness or eternal meaning. So at the time of our most acute danger, when our very future is in doubt, we as human beings find ourselves at our most bewildered, and trapped in a nightmare of our own creation."

He writes about the importance of realizing the interconnectedness of all living beings (including nature), of meditation (and gives instructions and advice), of finding and being devoted to a good master (something very difficult for Westerners to accept -- he acknowledges that there are fraudulent ones about), of learning to live and learning to die, of letting go of egos and becoming egolessness. Throughout the book, he tells of female masters as well as males, something female readers may greatly appreciate.

Sogyal Rinpoche is from Tibet, and speaks of the cruelty of the Chinese to the Tibetan Buddhists (very similar to the persecution of the early christians, and later the Jews by the Nazis -- when will we ever learn, but then that's the point of this book!)

In the last section of the book, he speaks of "The Universal Process" which is about spirituality, living and dying of all humans, regardless of race, spiritual beliefs, gender or national origin. There are in the back two mantras with explanations and he shares photographs of his beloved masters. Throughout the book are inspiring poems from such poets as Rumi and St. Francis of Assisi, as well as Buddhists. In the very back he gives suggested readings, and offers phone numbers and addresses of Rigpa National Office, where those who are interested can find referrals to cources and study groups in the US, Canada and around the world.

This book is a very good place for the seeker to begin. For those curious about Buddhism, or seriously interested in becoming a Buddha or a Buddhist, or just looking for more thoughts and information on death and dying, this book is excellent, easy to understand, thought-provoking.

The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying: The Spiritual Classic & International Bestseller; Revised and Updated EditionThe Tibetan Book of Living and Dying