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Spell Crafts – Creating
Magical Objects
by Scott Cunningham
and David Harrington




This is a reprint of the original book published in 1993.  As Scott wrote then: “We freely admit that this is an unusual book.  It challenges the reader to take part in the entire magical process, from crafting the tools to utilizing them in ritual.  It harkens back to the days when everything was handmade, when stores were few and people had to be self-reliant.”

The book is broken down into two major sections.  The first “beginnings” contains chapters of information about magical tools, laying on of hands, 'the true meaning of craft’, ‘what is magic?’, goal of magic, and ‘empowering your crafts’.

The second major section is “the ways”.  This is the section on working the spells, and is divided up into chapters by topic, such as ‘sand painting’, ‘a pentacle, protective plaque, runic dice’, ‘a magic mirror’, ‘spell boxes’ and many, many more.

There is a third section ‘the tables’, which gives tables of correspondences for colors, herbs, shells, stones and more.

The book was written with David Harrington, a long time friend and co-author who also put together the biography of Scott Cunningham with deTraci Regula.

The book is reflective of Scott’s style of simple and easy to understand step by step instructions, personal insights, and the respect Scott had for working with magical energy.  The first chapter “The Magic of Hands” is a wonderful essay on the evolution of hands and mind as magical tools from the first gestures to the final thought.  It is worth the book alone for this chapter.

But Scott and David include many other gems that make the whole book a worthwhile addition to your library.  

They give expert advice on how to make your crafts and how to make them count, how to use them in your spellwork and what to expect when you do work spells with your crafts.

If you are the ‘do it yourselfer’ type of hands-on Witch who loves to get their fingers into their work and feels, as most of us do, that if you make it yourself it can only enhance your work, this is a good book for ideas to expand what you already practice.   

For the beginner, who Scott always wrote for, this book explains how to get started, what basics you need to know and what to do with it once you get underway.  

Reviewed by Boudica