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Many students don't want to be tied to a particular group or spiritual tradition, but prefer to search, experiment, and grow on their own; this book is perfect for these people. Watson discusses the principles that underlie magical practice in a veryeasy-to-understand manner. She includes information on affirmations, visualization, spiritual practices, folk magic, and rituMany students don't want to be tied to a particular group or spiritual tradition, but prefer to search, experiment, and grow on their own; this book is perfect for these people. Watson discusses the principles that underlie magical practice in a veryeasy-to-understand manner. She includes information on affirmations, visualization, spiritual practices, folk magic, and ritual. Safety measures and ethical considerations are stressed throughout....

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ISBN : 9780877288749
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Number of Pages : 288 Pages
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Practical Solitary Magic Reviews

  • Jennifer Pittam
    2019-06-10 14:52

    I've absolutely loved this book.Nancy Watson acheived her prowess in magic the hard way - by working endlessly from an outdated old book alone, typing out huge passages, trying to make them work and finally finding the right teacher for her (Murry Hope, English Wiccan High Priestess and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 unique - I didn't find myself recognising long screeds from other books on magic.This 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 too.Be aware that Nancy Watson's focus is on the Western Mystery Tradition and not in Wicca. However, the techniques, dilemmas and attitudes described are, I think, a good primer whichever way you eventually take.There 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.

  • Carlee
    2019-06-08 15:06

    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.

  • Karen
    2019-06-15 08:01

    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.

  • Min
    2019-05-26 11:09

    "The key to advancement in magic is experimentation." p.213Is, in my less than humble 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. She 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 more. 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 more 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 century.I, also, missed, that when she mentions Celtic deities, she is including characters of Arthurian legend.***************A 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 quotes 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 area.Her sound and practical advice, rooted in decades of experience and work shine through in humble, honest and direct exposition of the trials of effort required 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 more rounded individual and thereby, a more effective magician.I 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]

  • Aiyokysama
    2019-06-17 09:08

    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 theory.My 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 so...not morally wrong in my book. People have a right to protect themselves and those they love. Magic is just one more tool to do just that. The same as a restraining order or pepper spray.If 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.

  • Owlstar
    2019-06-13 12:12

    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.

  • Lisa James
    2019-06-25 12:12

    A really GOOD book with every day applications for those of us who choose to practice outside of a coven.

  • Matt
    2019-06-12 12:04

    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.

  • Holly
    2019-05-30 13:06

    Brillant! Loved it. Use it to teach solitaries.

  • Terri Neuzerling
    2019-05-27 15:02

    Very useful reference book.

  • Jaina Bee
    2019-05-29 07:15

    This is the clearest, simplest, most useful book on the subject I've ever read. 'nuff said.