By Eileen Holland
New Page Books, 2005 $18.99
Review by Daven
Well, New Page likes me. They Really Really like me. They keep sending me books to read. Not just books, but good books.
This one is interesting. It’s not a book I would normally have picked up, and it’s not one that I’ll use too often, but it’s a good reference for those who will need it.
It is an encyclopedia of correspondences. That’s it. No spells, no rituals, no list of gods and their attributes, just a book of correspondences for you to use should you need to in a ritual. And they tend to be good.
The book is laid out according to intent, meaning that if you are doing a spell for artistic ability, instead of looking up malachite and seeing if it has a correspondence to artistic ability, you look up “Ability, Artistic” and look under that entry.
Under that entry you will find things like the God, the Goddess, direction, element, moon phase, plant, stone, potion, tool and many more to use for artistic ability. You can choose any or all of these to make a spell or a ritual that speaks to you and which will have meaning to you in this area.
The introduction and the foreword are short and almost non-existent. There is some advice as to the intent and as to what is and is not in here, but that’s all. There are no cautionary tales, no extensive author comments nor are there many pages of “how to” which is refreshing.
Now, to let you know, I don’t use correspondences like this since I believe that these kinds of things are intensely personal. However, the author, while making no note of those who don’t use correspondences, does not say that this is set in stone. She points out that these correspondences are what is normal in the lore that has been handed down. She talks about learning where these came from and her problem keeping track of it.
This is an encyclopedia, and should be used as such. What Cunningham failed to do with his books, she manages to do. She has assembled one of the most comprehensive books on correspondences I have ever seen.
This is a specialty book and as such is only going to be of interest to a limited number of people. However I feel that it will be invaluable to those who use it.
So, overall, I feel that this book rates a 3 1/2 stars out of 5, making it one of the texts that I think should be on the shelves of those who need it. I have a feeling that it will see a lot of use there. Heck, I may even use it occasionally.