Magickware\’s Pagan Book Reviews

May 18, 2003

Magickal Arts

Filed under: Book Reviews — magickware @ 7:39 pm

Magickal Arts By Sally Morningstar and Laura J. Watts Magickal Arts
By Sally Morningstar and Laura J. Watts; Lorenz Books (Anness Publishing LTD)

This book is absolutely spellbinding in its appearance. The hard cover volume is stocked full with beautiful, full color photography and artwork. If you are looking for a coffee table book, then this is the one for you.

If on the other hand you are looking for a book with a little bit more substance skip over this one. While the pictures are breathtakingly done and the book design is masterful there is little more than your standard spells and charms and other such stuff in the first half of the book. The meditations are a little better than the spells but they all focus on preparation for love charms. The charms themselves are quaint little crafts, and if you have nothing better to do one afternoon, they may prove to be entertaining.

If you choose to use the spells in the book be prepared to open your purse strings. Each spell comes with a list of necessary ingredients. You will also be calling on the gods by their Hebrew names. If you are not calling on the Gods, then you will call out for the angels. There are quotes from the bible and sidebars with interesting bits of old superstitions like horseshoes. There is even a painting of St. Christopher.

The authors repeat some of the otherwise harmful misconceptions of witchcraft, among them the inclusion of the phrase “to the higher good of all” at the end of the spell weavings. I found the somewhat one sided out look of goodness and light to be much sugarcoated silliness.

If you want a book to look at the pictures, this one is perfect. If, on the other hand, you are looking for a book to bring you further along your spiritual path. this one falls very short of the mark. There are many better beginner books available.


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