The author of this book is eclectic and so is the book, which truly delighted me. Even though this book provides sample spells you could use, which are dedicated to Hecate, the book was truly intended for experienced witches / magicians and it is recommended that you either write your own spells or use spells and visualizations that are part of traditions you have been actually immersed in. The author appropriately points out that being eclectic is all and well, but that you should know the energies you are calling and choose to work with inside and out to avoid any mishaps.
The author shares many examples throughout the book - both from his personal experience and from experiences of other people - of what you may expect to happen when you engage in different kinds of practices. He also shares stories that span across wide range of traditions. He points out that causes of experiencing the effects of negative energies / attacks / bad luck may range from accidentally offending nature spirits or infringing upon places where great power has been raised to breaking vows one has made at some point or actually being attacked by someone else.
He then shares suggestions for identifying the problem. Incidentally, when it comes to identifying possible attacks, the culprits are not only individual people or energies but also big organizations - after all we are all constantly being influenced and we are influencing each other in different ways - through the use of thoughts, skillful use of words, technology, media, advertisements and so on - though instead of becoming paranoid, it is recommended that we take care of and cleanse our minds, hearts and environments regularly and to be vigilant of our own thoughts - because our thoughts do create our reality.Lire la suite ›
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A Breath of Fresh Air2 juillet 2006
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Finally, a book that's not only aimed at Wiccans but witches as well! (If you don't know the difference, you might be part of the problem.) It's so nice to read a book that actually equates witchcraft to a *craft* and not a religion.
Anyway, now that that's out of the way, I'll talk about the actual content of the book. This book is exactly what it says it is: a defense manual. While it doesn't go into full-blown cursing, it does present some very interesting techniques of counter-magic. I'll do a chapter by chapter summary now. There are nine chapters in this book, but I'll ignore chapter nine since it's just an epilogue and does not really present any info. Chapter one is titled "Recognizing Attack" and talks about possible sources and symptoms of psychic/magical attack. Chapter two, "Daily Practices," discusses some practices that the author considers to be important, like: meditation, banishing rituals, and offerings (to spirits, etc.). There are techniques offered for each of these if the reader is interested. Chapter three "Personal Protection" and chapter four "Protection for the Home" go hand in hand. The first discusses things such as personal shields and cleansing baths while the latter focuses on protecting the home via wards, amulets, and spirit traps. Chapter five, "Exorcism," talks about "possession" and "obsession" and how to deal with each. It also discusses the dangers of inexperienced (and even experienced) practitioners performing such rituals. Chapter six, "Spirit Guardians and Servitors" talks about working with various spirits and even creating your own (my favorite magical topic!). Chapter seven, "Reversals and Counter-Magick," is the chapter with the most "meat." It shows you what to do when everything else fails. And lastly, chapter eight ("Healing and Recovery") shows you what to do *after* the attack has been successfully averted and how to repair any damage that might have been done.
Another interesting thing about this book is that the focus of its rituals is the goddess Hekate. I've been interested in this goddess for a couple of years now and it was nice to finally see a book with practices focused around her. "Appendix B: Hekate" is excellent and it dispels the myth that Hekate is always viewed as a "crone" goddess. Besides its focus on Hekate, I also like how the book used different traditions/practices throughout, including the always fascinating practice of hoodoo (baths, washes, powders, etc.).
Overall, I think that this might be the most interesting meta/magic book I've read so far (and believe me, I've read *A LOT*!). It's obvious throughout the book that the author actually practices what he preaches, unlike many books on the market today that just repeat the same old info over and over again.
I'm looking forward to this author's next work.
Even if you're not very interested in the topic of protection magic (I wasn't) you will still find this book of great interest and value.
A breath of fresh air, indeed!
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Good book but major problems!8 juillet 2008
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This is an excellent book with tremendous information. The one problem I have with this book is there are no phonetic pronunciations for the words used in the rituals. In fact, just about every ritual or spell is loaded with all types of words that one cannot pronounce. In fact, you are calling on spirits to aid your spell work without any background information on the spirits used. You are also left to sometimes guess how to pronounce long incantations without any pronunciation guide at all.
I find it surprising that NOT one review of this book mentions the lack of a pronunciation guide. The rituals seem to use incantations from Latin, Greek, Voodoo, and a variety of other languages. To be honest, if I had known this in advance I would have never purchased this book.
Why did I give the book 3 stars?
The author put a lot of work into this book- it will be obvious the moment you start reading. The book is loaded with excellent tips, and it really does give you something to think about. However, if you can not pronounce the spells your in trouble and here lies the problem.
I just wanted other readers to be aware of the high and low point of this book. Now you have the facts, you can decide for yourself.
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A well thought out and easy to use guide to magickal protection1 août 2006
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Jason Miller's Protection & Reversal Magick: A Witch's Defense Manual, is a fine book that I could recommend, without reservation, to anyone with an interest in magick and witchcraft that goes beyond the typical Wicca 101 books so prevalent in every chain bookstore in America. It dives head first into a topic that is almost never mentioned in so many books on witchcraft, and that is that there is some risk associated with magickal practice.
It's an all too common problem with many books on witchcraft to completely gloss over or sugar coat the idea that magick is real and can effect you negatively as well as positively in order to appeal to a wider audience.
This book does not strip down or sugar coat its contents to appeal to the dabbling magician. That being said, it does book provides a practical, easy to understand, step by step guide to magical protection that can be put into use really by anyone with a desire to try. In other words it delivers exactly what it promises, the information you need to help you protect yourself from outside forces as well as conditions brought on by your own actions. It draws from a variety of sources without the all too common pit fall of "being eclectic for eclectic's sake". It also provides many new spells and ideas straight from the author's practice. Not only does this give you a great starting point from which to begin working from but also gives you a head start from which to do your own further research into the topics presented if you wanted to. In addition to being grounded in tried and true methods, this book is able to appeal to all readers by not being grounded in one tradition or religion and instead focusing on the craft and techniques of magick.
An amazing book that I can only hope will be followed up by more from this author.
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Protection11 janvier 2007
Edward T. Hamilton
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This book is an excellent guide to using protection magic. It helped me to obtain peace in my life. I always felt that hiddent forces were influencing me, making me angry and belligerent. Since I began using the practices outlined in the book I have become much more calm and relaxed. I recommend Protection and Reversal Magick to anyone dabbling in the magical realm.
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A "Must-Read" for Those Hoping to do More Advanced Work11 avril 2007
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We don't assume that our "good intentions" will protect us if we run a red light or if we grab a live wire. We don't think that "perfect love and perfect trust" will save us from injury if we jump off a cliff. And yet many modern-day magicians think that the spirit world is utterly safe and exists only for our benefit, aggrandizement and ultimate Enlightenment.
Jason Miller knows better. His *Protection and Reversal Magick* gives the reader real protection against real threats ranging from spiritual nasties to vengeful exes. If you're going to practice magic seriously (and if you aren't, you shouldn't practice at all), you will need to know how to protect yourself when things go wrong. Reading Miller's book can save you the pain of learning spiritual warfare in the trenches.
Miller's approach owes a great deal to his work in Hoodoo, his relationship with the Goddess Hekate, and his training in ceremonial magic(k). This may raise some hackles among some who favor a more "Love and Light" centered approach. But it's fitting for a book which is designed to teach you how to avoid getting psychically (or physically) injured by the nastier denizens of the spirit world. (Miller also avoids becoming dogmatic: while he concentrates on Hekate, his methods can easily be adapted to working with other pantheons or deities).
There are lots of Pagan books published every year: this one is a keeper. Recommended to anyone who practices magic.