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  1. says:

    The key to advancement in magic is experimentation p213Is in my opinion everything you need to know about magic The history is an excellent subject to learn Reading about the methods of others past and present can only help to improve what one already knows Interacting with a knowledgeable community bolsters and supports one through the tougher times and gives one an outlet for the joys and failures always share the latter it's the only way to learn and teach Overall I continue to recommend this book as a solid basic introductory manual even though I do not agree with everything she says or how she does things; it clearly works for her Modern practices have shifted greatly since this was published If one passes it on the library shelf one could do worse for a start yet if one leaves what doesn't work for them and takes what does it serves its purporseShe brushes large topics knowing full well there is far too much information to cover in her work She gives nods to animism polytheism world mythology NLP astrology elementals circle casting and ritual construction to offer a select list Each of these topics is the subject of several books that themselves cannot cover the depth in a single volume The recommended reading list is well worth the time to pick up this book Certainly the books are older yet they still contain worthy fruit to taste It has only been a few years since I last read this yet considering how my practice has expanded so very much since I read it I wanted to check this once Particularly as this was written in 1996; twenty years certainly brings change in perspective particularly in magical circles Magical Theory is especially an area that interests me than ever The author's presentation of Jungian psychology and how it can apply magically is one solid example of how the movement of the 20th century differs from all before it Like Neo Platonism before it the influence is melded so seamlessly into the practices and explanations of phenomena that one simply cannot imagine the concepts segregated from it The Psychological model gained traction in magical and religious contexts for many Following the idea that it is the unconscious that does the work inspired by Dion Fortune early in the text she offers a brief temperament test so that one might be able to best seek the methods that work for one's own personality This is not a one size fits all magic; it is as individual as each of us is Along the lines of the Jungian types thinking feeling sensate and intuitive She emphasizes repeatedly as others have before her the need and help that psycho analysis brings to oneself and therefore one's practice I am struck this time by the use of the term 'archetypes' when she is clearly treating them as gods and goddesses True the term 'archetype' from a Jungian standpoint can certainly mean an actual being not one only as a mental construct This marks the dating of the book for me as polytheism is much stronger now in the general magic community along with animism These are ideas which would have been deeply rejected in the 90s or earlier in the 20th centuryI also missed that when she mentions Celtic deities she is including characters of Arthurian legendA sound broad and clearly written primer for anyone wishing to explore modern spell craft and ritual practice rooted in the Western Mystery Tradition She consistently uotes the the movers and shakers of the English speaking occult world as her solid sources and guides These include Dion Fortune William G Gray and Israel Regardie; all considered highly effective and knowledgeable in their areaHer sound and practical advice rooted in decades of experience and work shine through in humble honest and direct exposition of the trials of effort reuired to achieve positive and lasting results that is anchored in reality Many times she emphasizes the benefits of self exploration through analysis to develop into a rounded individual and thereby a effective magicianI read this work when it was first published I wanted to see what gems I might find reading it again second read Sept Oct 2013


  2. says:

    I've absolutely loved this bookNancy Watson acheived her prowess in magic the hard way by working endlessly from an outdated old book alone typing out huge passages trying to make them work and finally finding the right teacher for her Murry Hope English Wiccan High Priestess and magician Because of this I suspect her writing is uniue I didn't find myself recognising long screeds from other books on magicThis book is essentially a primer in basic magic By basic I mean that if you work through it all and actually do it I reckon you'll have a good basis from which to proceed and you'll be working safely tooBe aware that Nancy Watson's focus is on the Western Mystery Tradition and not in Wicca However the techniues dilemmas and attitudes described are I think a good primer whichever way you eventually takeThere are chapters on attitude spell craft the four planes elemental magic divination and timing and tides I loved the way her own practice shone through all of the work Couldn't put it down and intend to use all sorts of tips from it in my personal practice


  3. says:

    Trigger Warnings This book features ableism mental illness discrimination fatphobia sexism and exclusion of trans and nonbinary gendersI can't remember if it was on a blog or in a book I've read but Practical Solitary Magic by Nancy B Watson was recommended for those who were practicing alone and didn't have anyone to give guidance This is me so I bought it thinking it would be extremely helpful It was anything butPractical Solitary Magic is written like an academic book It's very easy to understand but it's cold and detached in a way no other book I've read has been It felt like reading a textbook and was very off putting However the book started off well talking about what I consider the science of magic; while other books explain correspondences and affirmations etc they don't go into how or why these things work but Practical Solitary Magic at first did I found it so interesting so despite really not liking how it was written I carried on readingBut it became very obvious soon afterwards that this book wasn't for me With previous books even if I wasn't fully on board with the author's own beliefs there were still things in them I found interesting or helpful so I kept reading this one but really there was pretty much nothing in this book that would help meIt's probably because it's over 20 years old and magick may have moved on since then but this book makes magick out to be something really complicated and difficult There's a heavy focus on psychology Watson actually recommends all readers get themselves a psychotherapist and magick is very regimented There are numerous steps to go through and you can't deviate We're talking several hours worth of work each and every time which is nothing like what I've read in other books While the books mentions witches following their own path Watson doesn't give much wiggle room The reader must do this they must believe in that And you must become perfectly whole psychologically speaking in order to get anywhere really and this can take years It also talks about following the solar cycle and ignoring the lunar cycle which contradicts everything else I've read  For me where I'm at and what I believe in this book is absolutely not for me and was so unhelpfulIt's also kind of sexist too As anyone who has read other witchcraft books know colours have correspondences and this is helpful in candle magic But when it comes to affairs of the heart or sex men and women are to use completely different coloured candles Why? Why is a candle in a certain colour going to work better for a man than a woman? This of course excludes those who aren't cis gendered It's also fatphobic implying people would want to be sylph like And my god the number of times she was insulting to those with mental illness She talks about madness being a punishment from the gods and talks about street crazies psychopath criminals when they're just awful people and talks about a lunatic This also goes hand in hand with her belief that disease is your body's way of telling you that your life is lacking something important and the benefit of the disease is that you get what you need the example she gave for herself was that she needed time to lie around reading so she ended up with a slipped disk And this goes for all disease As someone who has very recently found out two members of my family have very serious incurable health problems the idea that they're supposed to be benefitting from the hell they are and will go through and need to make changes to their life had me raging It's probably very much of it's time as I've said before when views and opinions were different and certain things weren't as understood or as talked about as today But I don't think that really excuses itSo what with this book being really unhelpful too regimented and forceful in regards to what we should believe and do and all kinds of offensive I really didn't enjoy this book To be honest I felt it was a waste of my time


  4. says:

    This is a book I would highly recommend to any 101 or 202 Craft practitioners This book is straight forward and easy to read; it is chopped full of exercises visualizations and really good info on the Elements etc One of my favorite things about it and why I gave it 5 stars is the fact that it actually explains how and why magick works from a psychological stand point It is the first i have ever known to bring up the archetypes affirmations and the bringing together of the higher middle and lower self though I can't remember if the author called it that or something different Though not necessarily a book on magic in a spiritual sense it is an essential read on how to preform magick and why magick works or doesn't


  5. says:

    I wanted to know about this practice and she explained it very well What I used to think was secretive unavailable and possibly just something delusional was made clear Her writing is easy to read and follow Her book the only one she wrote I know of led me to investigate further into the subject of magic written by those she referred to in her book I tried a couple of the exercises that she placed by Murry Hope and it worked I'm at times rather skeptical about what may be experienced and this took me by complete surprise


  6. says:

    Even if you know nothing about spell making this book is a fascinating view of simply harnessing the power of your thoughts to bring about change in your life


  7. says:

    I had to read this book as part of my studies in one of the traditions I was a part ofI tried to like it I tried to engage with it I wondered what was wrong with me because the others raved about it and I wasn't getting itIn short it bored me to tears It read like a textbook Which is fine if that is what you are looking for but I found that it was far too dry and sleepy to enjoy or to really get anything out of it It reminded me of the extremely well written researched and intellectual books I had to read for University courses that also put me to sleepIf you read my review of To Ride a Silver Broomstick by Silver Ravenwolfthis book has the opposite problem It's accurate to a fault excellent info well laid out and researched but about as entertaining as eating dry toast I didn't get a sense of who this woman was why she was doing magick and why we should care In my personal opinion it was too ceremonialist for my taste but that's purely preferenceReference book? Great Book to read for enjoyment? Bad I learned a lot from my textbooks but also fell asleep in a puddle of drool trying to read them This book was similar Lots of meat and potatoes no spice and the flavour has been boiled out


  8. says:

    Certainly not all of these views resonated with me I found it to be spiritual and literal in its interpretations of the symbols rituals and effects of magic That being said I did find it a useful and beautiful perspective with lots of exercises on meditation that I look forward to incorporating into my practice


  9. says:

    This is one of the few 101 books out there I actually recommend to people The author does a very good job of explaining the nuts and bolts of magical practice and has a number of very useful exercises to work through so that the reader can gain practical experience rather than just theoryMy one nitpick with the book is the second chapter where Watson discusses Ethics In it she presents things as black and while with using magic to harm another always being wrong If I was being mugged you can bet your ass I'd smash the attacker's knee for a start and yes I WOULD be causing harm to them but they attacked me sonot morally wrong in my book People have a right to protect themselves and those they love Magic is just one tool to do just that The same as a restraining order or pepper sprayIf you follow her dictates about ethics the reader will likely never do ANYTHING since almost any magic will be affecting SOMEONE'S free will Watson is also rather confusing as she says on one hand not to do things against another's will but on the other hand asks people to put the shoe on the other foot and think how they would feel if someone gave them magical assistance So while I like this book a lot and have literally handed it to people that say they want to learn but have no idea where to start I tell folks to take the ethics with a HUGE grain of salt and remember that part of one's path is figuring out what the ididivual's own moral code is and what is ethically permissible for themselves in their own practice


  10. says:

    I love this book perhaps because it makes the elementals guides to your life and partners in your magick It also has sound magickal theory and practice to back it up It is one of my favorite books to reread


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Ation on affirmations visualization spiritual practices folk magic and ritual Safety measures and ethical considerations are stressed throughout. This is one of the few 101 books out there I actually recommend to people The author does a very good job of explaining the nuts and bolts of magical practice and has a number of very useful exercises to work through so that the reader can gain practical experience rather than just theoryMy one nitpick with the book is the second chapter where Watson discusses Ethics In it she presents things as black and while with using magic to harm another always being wrong If I was being mugged you can bet your ass I'd smash the attacker's knee for a start and yes I WOULD be causing harm to them but they attacked me sonot morally wrong in my book People have a right to protect themselves and those they love Magic is just one tool to do just that The same as a restraining order or pepper sprayIf you follow her dictates about ethics the reader will likely never do ANYTHING since almost any magic will be affecting SOMEONE'S free will Watson is also rather confusing as she says on one hand not to do things against another's will but on the other hand asks people to put the shoe on the other foot and think how they would feel if someone gave them magical assistance So while I like this book a lot and have literally handed it to people that say they want to learn but have no idea where to start I tell folks to take the ethics with a HUGE grain of salt and remember that part of one's path is figuring out what the ididivual's own moral code is and what is ethically permissible for themselves in their own practice