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Furry or Fluffy?
on 28 July 2003
Hocus Pocus is another one of Titania's pretty coloured velvet books, which although has elements of Pagan witchcraft, is especially non-tradition specific - which, like her other books, is it's strength and it's downfall in that it does mean that it is easy for all to approach it is lacking any basis for why the magic works - i.e. beliefs/theories.
She does include some elements that are tradition specific, more precisely Wiccan witchcraft or Earth-based Pagan witchcraft specific. Examples of this are 'Harnessing the elements' where she explains very briefly taking into consideration the moon phase and weather when spell casting, which does tend to be more of a Wiccan or Earth-based Pagan witchcraft idea. There is also 'Tools of the trade' which mentions Wiccan or Earth-based Pagan witchcraft specific tool ideas.
So although this book is not specific to Wiccan or Earth-based Pagan witchcraft there are still elements of those ideas within this book - however she is careful not to include the religious beliefs behind Pagan based witchcraft.
A lot of the spells are based on what I would call 'common sense magic', magic working with superstition and folk lore, working with ideas which are probably implanted in your mind to begin with such as burying items from a past relationship to put said relationship behind you.
The book starts off with a short introduction and an explanation into the 'tools of the trade' - which is ironic because although she points out that you do not need specific tools, many of her spells, although because are non-tradition specific don't need say for example Wiccan witchcraft tools such as a cauldron, do need tools or ingredients which are occasionally hard to get a hold of or expensive for the audience she attracts to buy.
This book seems to concentrate on love spells, and spells for the family, which seems t suggest that this is another book aimed at a certain market, in this case it seems to be aimed at housewife's with an interest in new age or spell work.
This is certainly not a spell book for established witches, religious witches, or anyone really 'into' witchcraft at all, nor is this really a book for teens.
First chapter is on finding love, this includes simple love spells to attract a lover, spells for healing those love wounds, and 'glamour' spells, finishing with some little divination ideas and folklore type min-spells.
The second chapter is all love and passion spells, this includes Aphrodite's oil - Please note, Titania does not include warnings about essential oils, always make sure you know how to use the oils, they can be a danger to your health if used incorrectly.
The third chapter is for healing love lost, to deal with bad relationships with magic instead of dealing with them in other ways. This includes spells to help heal a relationship or to put a relationship behind you.
Chapter four is family matters, diet ideas, spells for babies - for a girl or a boy and pregnancy oldwife tales and protection spells.
Five is for family members, dealing with difficult family members (including binding without need of those pesky ethics) and a pet spell.
Chapter six is more 'glamour' spells, more diet ideas, health spells, and 'glamour' spell with poppet, finishing with witch beauty tips.
Seven consists of success spells, money charms and spells for better success at work.
Chapter eight is good luck, to chase away bad and welcome good.
The book ends with a very small appendix which consists of lists of - Goddess/Gods, tree/moon calendar, lucky symbols, lucky colours, numbers, star signs and a note on anointing candles - but like the rest of the book there is VERY LITTLE INFORMATION on anything mentioned.
In conclusion this book is the same as all the rest, very little information given, no information to back up why spells or magic works, a little bit of superstition and folklore and superficial spells. This book may look pretty but it is a waste of money, without the knowledge of why magic works it simply won't work, this book will maybe be used once before either you get bored of the book, the spell doesn't work so you don't bother with this book anymore or you run out of money after buying the supplies she sometimes asks for - on top of what you spent on the book itself.