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« Topic Start: April 07, 2007, 03:28:44 pm »

I love spellbooks!  And I have quite a few, but my favorite is a very heavy tome called "The Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells."  It includes spells for anything you could think of, as well as spells from almost every Pagan faith.  Just an amazing resource.

What is your favorite spellbook?  I am always eager to learn of others to add to my collection.   Cheesy
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« Reply #1: April 07, 2007, 03:34:51 pm »

I love spellbooks!  And I have quite a few, but my favorite is a very heavy tome called "The Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells."  It includes spells for anything you could think of, as well as spells from almost every Pagan faith.  Just an amazing resource.

What is your favorite spellbook?  I am always eager to learn of others to add to my collection.   Cheesy

Not strictly speaking a spell book, but I like the Greater Key of Solomon.  I've found some of the seals useful in my aims.  Plus I don't think any spellbook is complete without something aimed at destroying one's enemies. Smiley
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« Reply #2: April 07, 2007, 04:58:21 pm »

What is your favorite spellbook?  I am always eager to learn of others to add to my collection.   Cheesy

I don't use a lot of spell books, (I don't do a lot of spells  Grin) but I really like this one:

The Goodly Spellbook
http://www.amazon.com/Goodly-Spellbook-Problems-Incantesimi-Risolvere/dp/1402700830

It's got a lot more than spells, many, many useful tables, list, notes and I found the information sound. As usual, I do not agree with everything the authors have to say but there is a ton of good info.


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« Reply #3: April 08, 2007, 11:13:31 pm »

Plus I don't think any spellbook is complete without something aimed at destroying one's enemies.

Agreed.

I used to giggle over the illustrated Goetia whenever I was in the bookshop. But actualy spellbooks? Hmm. I thought the 5000 Spells book looked pretty cool, but I never got around to buying a copy. I think the only 'spellbookl I own is that Crone's Book of Magical Words book, which I rather like. It reads like something from a movie about spooky old ladies living in big houses on the edge of the ocean, and since that's how I always figured I'd wind up....

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« Reply #4: April 08, 2007, 11:34:42 pm »

Plus I don't think any spellbook is complete without something aimed at destroying one's enemies.

Agreed.

I used to giggle over the illustrated Goetia whenever I was in the bookshop. But actualy spellbooks? Hmm. I thought the 5000 Spells book looked pretty cool, but I never got around to buying a copy. I think the only 'spellbookl I own is that Crone's Book of Magical Words book, which I rather like. It reads like something from a movie about spooky old ladies living in big houses on the edge of the ocean, and since that's how I always figured I'd wind up....

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The 5000 Spells book is cool -- I have it, and it's a great collection of straight-up folk magic, with only a few random tufts of fluffiness easily discernible to the informed.  (I wouldn't recommend it to a beginner -- it's too overwhelming.)  Quite a few people over on Barbelith, who seriously know their stuff, highly recommend it.
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« Reply #5: April 09, 2007, 12:24:00 pm »

Wicked. That sounds like the sort of thing my mother would totally love, so I think I'll buy her a copy. Thanks, Catja!

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« Reply #6: April 09, 2007, 07:19:37 pm »

Personally, I originally got it (5000 spells) to use in a HArry Potter roleplaying game that the gm was making us write spells for.

Not that I do much in the way of magic.
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« Reply #7: April 09, 2007, 07:35:08 pm »

I love spellbooks!  And I have quite a few, but my favorite is a very heavy tome called "The Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells."  It includes spells for anything you could think of, as well as spells from almost every Pagan faith.  Just an amazing resource.

What is your favorite spellbook?  I am always eager to learn of others to add to my collection.   Cheesy
OT: have I mentioned yet your icon is adorable? Well, it is.

On topic:

Hmm... I have this one spell book by Ravenwolf (five bucks, and at this point I don't care for it either way, always amusing) but my favourite isn't really a spell book. It's the Encyclopedia of Natural Magic by John Michael Greer. This book isn't really a spell book, although it has a few recipes. Most of the book is taken up with information on various herbs, with over a hundred herbs and their correspondences and uses. It's fairly accurate, and even gives you original uses. The back section is the Natural Magic Workbook and has a few recipes for potpourri, amulets, sachets, and potions. It also has a recipe for simple bread.

Definitely useful. I did look at getting 5000, but it was simply too expensive at the time if I remember correctly. (I had a gift card, it was the holidays. *Shrug*)
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« Reply #8: April 10, 2007, 01:11:01 am »

I love spellbooks!  And I have quite a few, but my favorite is a very heavy tome called "The Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells."  It includes spells for anything you could think of, as well as spells from almost every Pagan faith.  Just an amazing resource.

What is your favorite spellbook?  I am always eager to learn of others to add to my collection.   Cheesy

I have that one- but my favorite is a white binder filled with all manner of odds and ends that I've collected over the years.

It's mine.  My own personal spell book/cookbook/journal.  It is a useful resource, contains all the information I might need to cast any spell I might wish to cast, and the cover art is gorgeous, if I do say so myself.  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #9: April 10, 2007, 01:41:47 am »

What is your favorite spellbook?  I am always eager to learn of others to add to my collection.   Cheesy

My favorite is actually a children's book called Secret Spells and Curious Charms.  A lot of the spells are the wildly impractical eye-of-newt type stuff, but the rhymes and pictures in the book are just wonderful.  This book had somehow made it into my grandmother's collection of kids' books, and I used to read it obsessively at her house.   Smiley  It's out of print now, but there are used copies floating around Amazon.
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« Reply #10: April 10, 2007, 06:59:53 am »

OT: have I mentioned yet your icon is adorable? Well, it is.


Isn't it?  I just love it!!  It looks like my kitten Cherry, which is why I had to have it for my avatar.  Actually, Star helped me with that.  When I first joined this forum I was raving over the cat avatars, and she told me they are in the avatar section of this forum.  So I went there and immediately grabbed this one!   Cheesy
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« Reply #11: April 10, 2007, 01:39:11 pm »


It's mine.  My own personal spell book/cookbook/journal. 

*pokes Mattie - you said I should Wink )

Mine!

Seriously... I don't mean that in the way it sounds... it's just that since I no longer have any of the books I used to have, and I don't have the money to go out and get even a fraction of the ones I could wish for, and I always have had a fondness for cookbook type spellbooks no matter how bad they are... then any and all my favourite spells are in my spellbook.

They come from all kinds of different places, wherever I find them, and usually they're changed, altered and adjusted, sometimes because they just don't 'fit', sometimes because their correspondences and associations just don't make sense to me, and sometimes just because I'm usually working with whatever is to hand rather than going out in search of x and y because I need them.
Yeah, I practise substitution a lot lol
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« Reply #12: April 12, 2007, 03:09:30 am »

My favorite is actually a children's book called Secret Spells and Curious Charms

Thanks Beachglass, for the recommendation! The books looks so charming (oh, dear, no pun intended  Embarrassed) I have ordered a hardcover edition for when my own grandchildren come to visit.
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« Reply #13: April 12, 2007, 09:40:04 am »

*pokes Mattie - you said I should Wink )
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They come from all kinds of different places, wherever I find them, and usually they're changed, altered and adjusted, sometimes because they just don't 'fit', sometimes because their correspondences and associations just don't make sense to me, and sometimes just because I'm usually working with whatever is to hand rather than going out in search of x and y because I need them.
Yeah, I practise substitution a lot lol


Of course I did.  I'm that way, you know.  Poky, that is.  Cheesy

I have a rather large array of herbs and components in stock all the time, but I'm notorious for ending up standing at the stove picking out herbs and spices from my cooking collection rather than bothering with fishing through the magical herbs when I need a quick spell for something. 

That makes me think of something I'd like to discuss more...
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« Reply #14: April 12, 2007, 10:51:50 am »

Of course I did.  I'm that way, you know.  Poky, that is.  Cheesy

I have a rather large array of herbs and components in stock all the time, but I'm notorious for ending up standing at the stove picking out herbs and spices from my cooking collection rather than bothering with fishing through the magical herbs when I need a quick spell for something. 

That makes me think of something I'd like to discuss more...

You're nastily poky Wink
I'd like a larger collection, although it's growing slowly (yeah, yeah, like everything else I had to start again from absolutely nothing) - I'm not sure I have separate collections exactly - just a second spice rack that the guys in the house are told not to touch.
some of the things in it I use in cooking - some I don't Smiley
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