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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice book on Spell Crafting, 17 Nov 2005
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Margaret A. Foster (Quakertown, PA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Power Spellcraft for Life: The Art of Crafting and Casting for Positive Change: The Art of Crafting and Casting for a Positive Change (Paperback)
This book is all about spell working - from how to do it, why to do it - to the spells themselves. After reading Ms. Murphy-Hiscock first book on Solitary Wicca and enjoying that one, I decided to read this one.
It is a basic "cook book" of spells. All the usual material is here, from tables of correspondences to actual spells.
The material presented here can be worked by the solitary and it is very Wiccan in nature. Discussions on ethics include the Wiccan Rede, and there is a nice healthy discussion on ethics included. I found it refreshing that Ms. Murphy-Hiscock did not preach but rather discussed common sense and included some practical advice (via Sybil Leek) for making sure your spells come out right.
This is what Ms. Murphy-Hiscock continues from her first book. Not just spells and ingredients, but also the "how" and the "why" for spell casting and why I found myself enjoying this book as well.
The book itself is attention-grabbing. This is the first time I've seen a "trade paper" book with a "deckled" edge. It makes an interesting visual when you open the book. Not every page has a deckled edge, which when you go to leaf through the book will skip the shorter straight edged pages. Good for visual, bad for leafing through the book. Visually interesting none the less.
But the content is what makes this book. Ms. Murphy-Hiscock covers much material here. From the history, to the timing, to the substitution for missing ingredients we have a very well thought out and put together book with a very simple yet elegant approach.
Spell workings also includes amulets and talisman. Small rituals are included to present your spells, as well as additions to assure you "Harm None" and even a little "call back a spell" working. There are the usual spells for wealth, health, guidance and more. And the group working section also includes group dynamics and strategy.
There is a section on analysis of your methods and troubleshooting why it went astray or didn't work at all. Nicely added, and nicely discussed in plain, down to earth language.
Ms. Murphy-Hiscock brings some interesting topics to the table for you to contemplate as well as discuss in groups. I like her overall approach to the art of spell casting, and she covers a lot of material the beginner may have questions about, or the advanced spell worker may find intriguing. You not only have her spells, you learn to "craft" your own.
If you are looking for a really good first spell crafting book, this is it. If you are looking to augment your current trusty cookbook, this book will add to your knowledge base and cover some material you will not find in "old faithful". This is a nice addition to any library. boudica
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read! Unputdownable, 9 April 2009
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She's so amazing! I got her Solitary Wiccan for Life, so I had rather high expectations on this book. I thought that the previous book needed no follow ups and was one of the absolutely best reads I've had after 15 years of practising the craft. I wasn't disappointed.

She's incredibly accourate and thorough, non patronising and always gives you alternatives so it's up to you to decide on how you want to go about things. As Wicca is a religion which can differ so much from each individual, this is truly invaluable.

It brings up everything I needed and even more so, taking me from the basics to the truly advanced bits, making it a must have for both the beginner and the "expert". It's easy to look through and a very easy read all in all.

A true jewel in the book case that I keep coming back too and it's also become my favourite book to give away to friends. I won't know anyone that doesn't have this book soon! lol

A friend of mine said after receiving it for her birthday that it was the only magical book she's had that she wasn't able to put down. I can't wait until Christmas when I get a good excuse for giving her the other book I have from the same author, Solitary Wiccan for Life. Only had the most amazing feedbacks from my friends after giving them these books.

Truly amazing read. A true must have.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Satisfying for the more experienced witch, 1 July 2011
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Jay-Jay (Leigh, Lancashire) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Power Spellcraft for Life: The Art of Crafting and Casting for Positive Change: The Art of Crafting and Casting for a Positive Change (Paperback)
This is the first "intermediate" witchcraft book I've ever read that really is intermediate. You really do have to have a basic knowledge of the Craft - Arin Murphy Hiscock is not writing for beginners here. However, even us more experienced witches have areas where our knowledge is sketchy, and I found this book filled in some of those gaps very well. Explaining planetary hours, for example: I'd never quite understood how that worked, but now I do. The other thing I like about this author is that she isn't patronising or dictatorial: her take is that you do it the way it works for you, and if your intent is strong, then the spells will work. Yes, there are certain "recipes" for spellwork, but at the end of the day, all you really need is your intent, the rest is just icing on the cake. Brilliantly written and well presented.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars making real magic, 23 Dec 2010
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This book is excellent! It is not a simple recipe book full of spells, you have to take the time to read it, but you will create your own spells which are personal to you, with all the right ingredients and considerations that are more likely to work. I would recommend this to anyone who has a spiritual interest in magic.
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4.0 out of 5 stars power spellcraft for life, 18 Aug 2013
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very interesting read if you are new to the wicca world. Delivery was in good time would recommend as its an easy read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. Easy to read and very informative, 20 Aug 2014
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Great book. Easy to read and very informative.
Delivered quickly.
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