It is my pleasure to let the list know that Brandy Williams, a very
active member of the Greater Puget Sound Pagan community, has
authored a new book titled Practical Magic for Beginners.
Of special interest to Tacoma folks, she will be doing a book
signing at Fran�s Feb 11th.
The details of the signing and some tidbits about the book follow
below. I hope you will stop in to meet her, perhaps purchase a
signed copy of the book and to support local area talent.
Subject: Practical Magic for Beginners book signing Tacoma February
What: Book signing for new book, Practical Magic for Beginners
Who: author Brandy Williams
Date: Friday, February 11, 2005
Time: 2-6 p.m.
Place: Fran's Magical Garden, 2407 6th Ave., Tacoma
Learn more about Brandy at http://www.speakeasy.org/~bwilliam/
"The key to magic is not talking or reading about it, but actually
putting it into practice. In Practical Magic for Beginners, Brandy
Williams presents the techniques and methods to do rituals and
spells without focusing on any particular magical tradition,
philosophy, or spiritual path. This makes Williams's book an ideal
introduction to all of the basic concepts used in magic, including
energy work, divination, and psychic development. "
-Donald Michael Kraig, author of Modern Magick
From Publishers Weekly
Williams accurately assesses a clear strength in this addition to
Llewellyn's for Beginners series (Astrology, Chakras, Divination,
Healing Alternatives, Magick, etc.) by calling her book "short on
theory and long on practice." Her other fortes in this sound primer
are clarity, simplicity and open-ended spiritual affiliation. Her
emphasis on innate powers and abilities could invite believers of
many stripes who want specific exercises to enhance their personal
awareness. From the first simple experiment of holding palms close
to each other to create perception of the unseen, Williams devotes
two-thirds of her useful book to offering such concrete
explorations of the invisible through sight, sound, feeling,
movement, objects, planets and timing. She also lists the most
basic tools for performing magic rituals and prefers dedicated,
mundane household objects (clean broom, blue bowl, etc.),
underscoring her belief that "everyone can develop enough psychic
skill to... do effective ritual magic." The final third lists
specific rituals for life events: e.g., finding a home or a job,
getting money or taking a trip. Williams's only shortcoming is a
lack of emphasis to "harm none," frequently found in other primers.
Easy to follow, this useful volume will aid anyone who wants to
master the basics of practical magic.
Copyright Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier
Inc. All rights reserved.
In depth description (from www.llewellyn.com):
Practical Magic for Beginners: Techniques & Rituals to Focus
This straightforward training course in magical processes and
skills is not just for beginners (although it's a wonderful
introduction for those new to magic). These are the techniques
magicians use day- to- day: grounding, centering, shielding, and
performing rites for friendship and love and prosperity.
These are fundamental skills not because we learn them and forget
about them, or learn them and go on to bigger and better things,
but because they are the skills that we use over and over, every
day of our magical lives. This book includes twenty rites that
focus on immediately practical results in areas from finding a job
to improving health to attracting a lover.