For centuries they have cast a spell over our collective imagination, luring children into ovens and kings to their doom. They peek whimsically from greeting cards and advertisements. They cast shadows over a dark and shameful history. They plant herbs, broom through the stars, stir hissing cauldrons and drive hybrid cars!
A compendium of practitioners from early history to modern movie magicians, The Weiser Field Guide to Witches (Weiser Books, October 2010) explores who and what a witch really is. Featuring such historical legends as Aleister Crowley and Marie Laveau, along with popular literary figures like Harry Potter and The Wicked Witch of the West, author Judika Illes offers the full, fearsome and fabulous range of witches through history.
So ring the bell, light the candle, and open The Weiser Field Guide to Witches.
Judika Illes has been a student of the magical arts since childhood. Her interests include tarot, runes, and other forms of divination, astrology, spell-casting, traditional healing and spirituality, Kabbalah, the Egyptian Mysteries, mythology, folklore, and fairy tales. Judika is the author of Pure Magic, Magic When You Need It, The Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells, and The Element Encyclopedia of Witchcraft.