A Leaf From An Oak Treea Wildflowerwater From A Sparkling Streamdirt From A Cool Dark Cavethese Are The Ageold Tools Of Natural Magic Born Of The Earth, Possessing Inherent Power, They Await Only Our Touch And Intention To Bring Their Magical Qualities To Life
The Four Elements Are Powerful Magical Tools Using Their Energies, We Can Transform Ourselves, Our Lives, And Our World This Muchloved, Classic Guide Offers More Than Seventyfive Spells, Rites, And Simple Rituals You Can Perform Using The Marvelous Powers Of The Natural World
Scott Cunningham Was A Greatly Respected Teacher And One Of The Most Influential Members Of The Modern Craft Movement A Practitioner Of Elemental Magic For Twenty Years, He Wrote More Than Fifty Books, Including The Seminal Wicca: A Guide For The Solitary Practitioner Earth, Air, Fire, and Water was an unintentional reread. It was in my toread pile. Then I realised halfway into this book that I already read it. Shows how well I remembered this book. I forgot that I first read Earth, Air, Fire, and Water when I was 10. I was trying to learn everything I could about Wicca. This was definitely a trip down memory lane. Now as an adult I have a brand new appreciation.
The beginning and the back discusses the basics of magic. What is energy, what tools to use, what the elements are, and how to write a spell. I skimmed through these parts, but as always it's a great refresher. I relearned some information that I forgot. For example air is fire's twin. That's cool. All these spells are simple enough that anybody could do them. Furthermore, the spells are easy to remember. Cunningham includes not just the four elements, but other kinds of magic such as: stone, candle, mirror, ice and snow magic. I never thought of actually using snow or ice for a spell or ritual.
One thing I really could do without though is all the freaking love spells. I'm no longer 10yearsold so I could care less about who I will marry or about love spells. One is better off putting all that energy into something beneficial for oneself. I have no idea why people are so afraid of being alone or desperate to be in a relationship. Or perhaps maybe use the love spells to create selflove. This book is amazing if you wanna do nonreligious oriented magick with the sense of the earth elements embedded into it. Its a amazing book i finished withing almost one day and it teaches you everything you need too start and every little question you have is awnsered in it.
It has everything from magnet magick too sea magick. I guarantee that if you read this and your into metaphysical subjects you wont be disspointed! If anyone wants to start witchcraft and has no idea what book to read I always show them Scott Cunningham. Truly a gem and a shame he’s not here. If you are interested in witchcraft—even if you’re not interested in joining wicca, this book is perfect. Good start on working with your elements... This was a pretty decent book and I enjoyed reading it for the most part. Scott Cunningham as always writes beautifully and descriptively while including a lot of very useful information. The layout of the book is simple, clean, and concise which I really appreciate in a spell book. Some of the spells included in this book, about half I'd say, were very good I thought and are actually spells I would try myself. But the other half felt sort of restrictive to me or weren't useful to my practice. I felt like a lot of the time the spells required things that aren't very easy to obtain like a horseshoe shaped lodestone or smooth stones from desert, mountain, ocean, and forest for instance. While I'm sure I could substitute these things I don't like when a book tells me in such simple terms I NEED these things to get a particular outcome. However for someone that is into natural/elemental magic I would highly recommend this book because it does have a wide selection of spells and very useful information for practitioners of all ages and experience levels! Some redundancy from other Cunningham books, but stands alone well. A good book that is easy to read and good basic techniques. This is a great little book with plenty of ideas for your magickal workings. Well written, down to earth (pun intended) and easy to understand. Not restricted to any particular dogma. The meat and potatoes of European folk magic, the actual craft the witches of old used to practice. This is pure spellcraft at it's finest. The book is backed by years of research and experimentation. This book continues where his first book ,Earth Power, left off. This book is a must.
Natural magic uses the four elements of the planet: Earth, Air, Fire and Water to perform your spell. There are no fancy complicated rituals or tools. Natural magic is all about combining your personal power with the power of the element to achieve your result. Natural magic does not require any ornate tools or altar and most of the spell can be performed any where. This is outdoor magic. Magic is using your will to influence reality in a way that you desire.
The rituals are relatively simple which is what I like. To perform your ritual you will need to gather your tools. Again they are not complex. They will be simple things like herbs, stones, candle etc. Things you can easily obtain or may be lying around your house. once your materials are gathered you will have to take a few moments and relax. While doing your ritual think only of soultions or desired outcomes. Your next step is to visualize your outcome and charge up your tools. Ussually when doing a spell, but not all the time, there is a rhyme or chant that you say over and over again. You will then build up your energy by usually tightening up all the muscles in your body chanting or rapid breathing. While doing this hold on to your elemental tool (stone, herb, water etc) with your receptive or non writing hand. This combines your personal energy with the elemental energy. Once the ergy is built up and you can no longer contain it then you push it through your projecctive or writing hand in to an object. This releases the energy so it can do it's work. The spell can be done as many times as needed.
This great little book of folk magic is just that folk magic and not Wicca. In the following chapters Scott Cunningham list spells forr each of the four elements. There are also chapters on star magic, candle magic, ice magic, magnet magic etc. There is a spell for just about every need , everything from breaking addictions to money and love. The books closes off with a teaching on how to design your own spell. Contained with in the chapter are symbols associated with different goals along with colors, elements and herbs. Word to the wise do not use magic for negative purposes such as to harm people our influence their will. If you want to heal someone you have ton nask their permission.
At the end the of the book there is bibliography if you are intersted in researching more on spellcraft and natural magic. Highly reccomend this book.