This month I have received “Practical Astrology for Witches and Pagans” and “Ancient Egyptian Magic”. Both books are courtesy of the good folks at Weiser Books and I want to thank the folks at Weiser for the free review copies.
Practical Astrology for Witches and Pagans:
More often than not, people think of astrology as a tool for divination or the exploration of one’s personality. Astrology is considerably more than that. It is a sacred science, a highly descriptive symbolic language, and it is also a technology that can be applied to ritual, herbalism, the use of crystals, and much more.
But it can be daunting to take on the study of Astrology. After all, it’s a field so huge it would take several lifetimes to master it. And that’s why Ivo Dominguez, Jr., wrote this book–to provide practitioners of magick with a Pagan perspective on Astrology and the core concepts of Astrology that are most useful to building rituals and creating effective magick.
When we look at an astrological chart, what we are actually looking at is a map of the multiple planes of existence summarized and flattened into an understandable diagram–a kind of magickal cartogram. Now, what to do with this map? How can we best use it in our magickal work? That’s precisely what you’ll discover in the pages of this concise, focused, and expertly presented book.
Ancient Egyptian Magic:
This new edition of Ancient Egyptian Magic takes you step-by step through Egyptian religions, magical philosophy, techniques of divination, and magical formulae thousands of years old. No previous experience with the subject is necessary—Harris explains the “hows” and “whys” of magical tools, amulets, words of power, divination, ceremony, and spells. Advanced practitioners will find especially useful instruction on actual Egyptian magical script as found in the ancient papyri such as The Leyden Papyrus, The Papyrus Ani (the Egyptian Book of the Dead), and other important works. Learn to:
- Invoke Egyptian gods and spirits for divination and magic
- Scry with fire, oil, and water
- Evoke messengers and spirits of the dead
- Have dream visions
- Sound the secret names of the deities
- Shape-shift into god forms
- Cast spells for love, protection and healing
- Create ritual clothing and magical tools
Everything you need to start practicing ancient Egyptian techniques is here in your hands!
I want to wish everyone a wonderful and safe Christmas. As you can see by the empty shelves, I didn’t get my Christmas decorations put up this year. Maybe next year …
At any rate — Merry Christmas!