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The Old Girls' Book of Spells


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I picked this up a couple of months ago at Borders after browsing for a while. The writer, Cal Garrison, is a self-described crone, tells us she is Wiccan and refers to the Rede and the Three Fold Law, but then says that she really isn't into ceremony or rites. From her biography at the beginning, she seems to have educated herself, then later joined with others into a casual coven that espouses Wicca, but sounds more Traditional with a New Age coating. She says she always casts a circle, but some of these spells are so simple I find that hard to believe.


Anyway, to the meat of it. The book is supposed to be pointed toward "crones," post-menopausal women, although most of the spells could be used by any adult, male or female. The titles of the spells are sometimes a bit twee, but fun. She uses all sorts of ingredients in her spells, making for some interesting mixes. She does include correspondences, best and worst days, moon phases, etc.


I haven't tried any of the spells, but I create my own spells, adapting and borrowing until they feel right. But I really like this book. It also received some excellent reviews on Amazon.


If you're interested, here's the link on the publisher's site:



The book is published by Red Wheel. I went to their site: http://www.redwheelweiser.com/index.jsp to see what other books were listed. Under the unfortunately spelled "Magick" section, were reprints of several old magic books. They are definitely a new age publisher, but there are some gems in there.

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