Curses, Hexes & Other Unsavory Notions
By Dorothy Morrison
I saw this book recommended on many websites and often as recommended book on Amazon when I was buying some of the more serious books I tend to spend my money on. I saw it time and time again, remembering it because it has such a different looking cover for a book on Witchcraft. It is memorable. Certainly it is that. The title is quite catchy too and as I am sitting waiting for my copy of John Canard’s forthcoming “Defences against the Witches Craft” (see Avalonia Books for details) I decided that I should probably start by reading what others are writing and reading when it comes to casting those curses in the first instance. Not that I would do such a thing, of course. Or, would I?
The list of credits on the back cover, by other authors who recommend and endorse this book is impressive. It reads like a who’s who of the American pop-magic scene – Raven Grimassi, Judika Illes and Stephanie Rose Bird all have good things to say about it.
So is this book worth spending the US$14.95 on of the cover price? (and that is not a lot with the weak $ to the £ at the moment).
Well, having had a proper read I think that it would be well worth the cover price if you are new to spell casting and need some direction, for the newcomers to spell casting this is going to be a book of biblical porportions, for the experienced this will be a fantastic book to read and enjoy for the sense of humour portrayed in it. Yes ok, this is not a nice book. No fluffy pink ribbons here smelling of roses to make you feel better about yourself. No way. Dorothy Morrison blatantly makes it clear from the outset that this is a book about getting revenge, getting even and that in her opinion there is nothing wrong with it either.
There is no ‘Wiccan Rede’ here and frankly that is a relief as I have had it up to my eyeballs in misinterpretations of the Wiccan Rede by people who have never actually stood naked in a Witches Circle and who haven’t got a clue about ethics anyway. (But of course think they do.)
The material presented is a blend of pagan magic with vodou and santeria potions and lotions, spells and charms from all kinds of different traditions come together in an eclectic mix which will provide inspiration for anyone interested in expanding their horizons and gaining inspiration for creating their own unique spells for uses diverse.
Enjoy. Learn. Open your mind.
Not for the fainthearted who think that magic is the domain of the wiccans alone.