The Amulet Manual:
A Guide to Understanding and Making Your Own Amulets
by Kim Farnell
O Books, 2007
Most Pagans, once they have some experience, prefer to create their own magical objects. The Amulet Manual is a guidebook to making amulets, magical objects aimed at drawing a particular sort of energy, influence, or entity.
The first part of the book deals with the history of amulets in various cultures, and gives brief overviews of amulets found everywhere from South America to ancient Egypt. The author also explains the difference between an amulet and a talisman, and provides a basic ritual for creating and charging your newly created amulet.
The bulk of the book is dedicated to magical correspondences that may come in handy when making amulets. The usual suspects — herbs, stones and planetary energies — are covered, though Farnell also covers sigilization (classic and Chaos magic). Her research is good and there’s a fair bit of information in these pages. If you already have several books of magical correspondences, though, you may find much of the material redundant. The best audience for this book is the reader who has the basics down and wants to test the waters of amulet magic, but doesn’t have the money for a lot of books. I wish the author cited her sources, or at least provided a bibliography. (There’s information quite clearly taken from third-party sources, and she doesn’t give credit for any of them.) It would also be nice to know the source of her historical information.
If you’re a beginner and want an introduction to the theory of amulet creation, this is a good start.
RATING: 4 Broomsticks
» Originally appeared in newWitch #17
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