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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications,U.S. (31 July 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0875427332
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875427331
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 450,946 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By N. S. Rushton on 14 May 2004
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This book is most valuable for the several sections that integrate Wiccan pathworking with faeries. Particularly useful is the guided meditation into Faerieland, which is quite an original piece of work. McCoy also blurs the distinction between meeting faeries on the Astral plane and in the physical world, which is probably pitched just about right. Faeries are ultimately remnants from our own collective subconscious (or whatever you'd like to call it) and are quite real when encountered in an altered state, but such altered states needn't be too far out of the physical world. The 'Working with Faery Beings' section is thus quite helpful, especially for Pagans following solitary paths. However, this only just makes the book worth its asking price. As another reviewer points out, there are some pretty awful factual errors in the text that are cringeworthy: apparently Yorkshire borders Scotland (p.29), James I was king of England from 1567-1625 (p.28), and best of all Chaucer was the author of Beowulf!!!! (p.323). Well maybe he was on the astral plane, but these kind of errors do not give the reader much confidence in some of McCoy's other pronouncements. The dictionary of faeries is useful for non-British/Irish elementals, but if you want to know about British faeries there is no better place to start than Katherine Briggs' Encyclopedia, which is more detailed and authoritative. Overall a useful addition to pagan faery literature, but only in parts.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By weatherwitch on 27 May 2002
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Whilst I found this to be an excellent book full of information about faery folk, it also had some very wrong information that the author stated as fact. I nearly fell off my chair when she said Yorkshire was the most northern county in England! Well lets just ignore the other counties inbetween Yorkshire and Scotland then shall we?!
I also believe that a well built site of enormous earthworks circles (I think in N. Ireland)that she refers to, is actually a Neolithic causewayed enclosure not a faery ring as she stated.
Elf shot arrows made of stone as well are usually of Paleolithic/Neolithic origin and not the former property of elves(again this is my personal feeling). Interestingly enough at the time of the Anglo Saxons, a sharp pain in the body or stitch in the side was thought to be caused by invisible arrows from the elves or 'devils helpers' as christianistion took over.
Enough of the lectures although wrong information that is easy to check and verify does let me worry about her other information and guidance. Is she certain that particular friendly faery is actually friendly? There's only one way to find out!
I'm Wiccan and a mature student studying archaeology. I did find the book a very good read despite the errors and I really value the fae folk dictionary at the back which I have not seen anywhere else. Interesting book.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Aug 2000
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I'm not a witch or even into wicca at all, but of the dozen or so faerie books I've read recently, this is probably the best. It actually amounts to two books in one. The first half of the book is full of useful and interesting info, and the second is a dictionary of faery creatures worldwide. Highly Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Nov 1997
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This book provides listings for faerie folk around the world, including entries under each being on what sort of ritual work or help one might gain from working with them, as well as corresponding herbs, stones, numbers, etc. that might draw the being to you. For those interested in working with the fae or the rest of the Little Folk, this book provides guidance and sample rituals and spells to demonstrate how one can fully utilize a relationship with them that will benefit both. For those who are not practitioners of an earth religion, it also provides wonderful descriptions and historical background on the beings in the book for those searching for everyday knowledge of them. Also, Edain McCoy has once again included an outline of ritual and spell setup for the forgetful to aid in your attempts to work with them. I highly recommend this book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Mar 1999
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my first book on witchcraft. I have always been interested in faeries, and that's what drew me to this book. Included in this book are spells and rituals for you and the faery folk, how and where to find faeries, a dictionary of various faeries from around the world, and other invaluable information about faeries no practicing witch should go without.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 July 1999
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This is an excellent book. I have always believed in fairies and now I believe in them even more. I am looking forward to adding them to my rituals and exploring a whole new world. The dictionary in the back of the book was a must it was my favorite part.
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I have been a practicing wiccan for quite a while, but I had always felt that something was lacking in my majik practice. When I found this book, I knew that working with the Wee Folk would add a new and amazing side to Wicca. This book gives all the important details one needs to know when working with the Faeries: everything from how to identify malevolent faeries to finding signs of the Faeries' rades. A triumph!
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This book was very well informative, and extremely well written. I found it to be useful on some levels, however, the lower points are attributed to the absolutes that are taught. I also thought that it went to far on some levels. It was an absolutely great history though with very down to earth writing. All in All I recommend it, and loved it even though it was a little 'fluffy bunny' about some issues.
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