by Dorothy Morrison
Llewellyn Publications, 2002 $9.95 US
Review by Daven
What do I mean by that? I think that Dorothy has done an exceptional job of staying on topic and having original information for the reader.
Of note in this book is a section that many practical magickians would be thrilled to see, a section on modern twists to old spells. One example of this is her tale of how she learned to use an automatic drip coffee maker as her tool for making infusions and tinctures of herbs. She has several suggestions that many books of this kind skip. Things like why you do different magicks at different moon phases, how the time of day effects magick, the day of the week and the best explanation as to why one would do their spells in rhyme. I’ll admit that I am somewhat resistant to doing rhyming couplets in my spells and chants, but Dorothy has convinced me that it can be a powerful addition to my spell.
There is a wealth of information of a thumbnail variety about things that the prospective magickian may have in their house, things like different cooking herbs that can be used in spells along with living plants.
She spends some time discussing properties of stones that one may have hanging around the house. I know I collected stones for a while. And while properties of living plants is not something one can go into in a book this size in depth, there is enough information to get one started.
Now to what I didn’t like. I take objection to 2/3 of the book being taken up with spells. They are very exceptional spells, useful in many different situations, I still do not like what is essentially a spellbook. I wish that more spellcasting in mundane environments had been covered, such as at the office.
There is also a tendancy to confuse Wicca with Magick, common in many books of this day and age. Hopefully this trend will change soon.
Now, that I have said my piece on this subject, these spells and charms are above average examples of their type. She also includes needed disciplines, such as practical exercises in how to ground, which few authors bother to go into. There is a wonderful set of spells and charms for the computer and amulets out of floppy disks. I found information provided to be of use and I plan to use much of the material in this book in my practice and in my class (with Dorothy’s permission of course).
I will say that this book is going to go on my “must read” list for magickians. I’m also giving this 4 1/2 stars out of 5. Personally I think that this kind of writing is Dorothy’s forte. I HIGHLY recommend this to anyone who is interested in the practical spell-casting side of life.