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5.0 out of 5 stars Modern Herbal Spellbook
I will recommend this book to family and friends of same interest. I rated this book four stars. I love it.
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Anna Riva is considered special in that her books discuss the "Black Arts", include these great little pictures of naughty or ominous things, and contained spellworkings that anyone could do.

She also included bits that were - not quite right. This book dates from the mid 1970s, so we see some early attempts to "validate" the material by including bits of this...
Published on 17 May 2006 by Margaret A. Foster


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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and Useful, 17 May 2006
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Margaret A. Foster (Quakertown, PA) - See all my reviews
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Anna Riva is considered special in that her books discuss the "Black Arts", include these great little pictures of naughty or ominous things, and contained spellworkings that anyone could do.

She also included bits that were - not quite right. This book dates from the mid 1970s, so we see some early attempts to "validate" the material by including bits of this and smatterings of that, some of which look and sound ridicules by today's wisdoms, but it made for interesting reading back then.

But much of it is real. It is taken from various practices - like folk magic, voudon, witchcraft, root workers, ceremonial magic and even Christian spirituality. This book containes spells calling upon God, Gods and Goddesses, Saints and sinners.

The book is laid out by topics, like Black Magic, Good Luck or Protection. The herbs are then listed alphabetically under each section, and each herb has it's properties listed. There are instructions on how to use the herb and a spell or working or purpose for each herb.

The explanations are not long. This is not a big book, only 64 pages. So the material is short, sweet and to the point.

Finally, from the book: "The folklore of plants is as old as the written word itself, and the legends related are given as curiosa only." Well, you can decide that for yourself. boudica
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5.0 out of 5 stars Modern Herbal Spellbook, 7 May 2013
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