Practical Solitary Magic PDF/EPUB Ì Practical

Practical Solitary Magic PDF/EPUB Ì Practical

Practical Solitary Magic ❮PDF / Epub❯ ☆ Practical Solitary Magic Author Nancy B. Watson – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk Many students don t want to be tied to a particular group or spiritual tradition, but prefer to search, experiment, and grow on their own this book is perfect for these people Watson discusses the pri Many students don t want to be tied to a particular group or spiritual tradition, but prefer to search, experiment, and grow on their own this book is perfect for these people Watson discusses the principles that underlie magical practice in a veryeasytounderstand manner She includes information on affirmations, visualization, spiritual practices, folk magic, and ritual Safety measures and ethical considerations are stressed throughout.


10 thoughts on “Practical Solitary Magic

  1. Min Min says:

    The key to advancement in magic is experimentation p.213Is, in my opinion, everything you need to know about magic The history is an excellent subject to learn Reading about the methods of others, past and present can only help to improve what one already knows Interacting with a knowledgeable community bolsters, and supports one through the tougher times, and gives one an outlet for the joys, and failures always share the latter, it s the only way to learn, and teach Overall, I continu The key to advancement in magic is experimentation p.213Is, in my opinion, everything you need to know about magic The history is an excellent subject to learn Reading about the methods of others, past and present can only help to improve what one already knows Interacting with a knowledgeable community bolsters, and supports one through the tougher times, and gives one an outlet for the joys, and failures always share the latter, it s the only way to learn, and teach Overall, I continue to recommend this book as a solid, basic, introductory manual, even though I do not agree with everything she says, or how she does things it clearly works for her Modern practices have shifted greatly since this was published If one passes it on the library shelf, one could do worse for a start, yet, if one leaves what doesn t work for them, and takes what does, it serves its purporse.She brushes large topics knowing full well there is far too much information to cover in her work She gives nods to animism, polytheism, world mythology, NLP, astrology, elementals, circle casting and ritual construction, to offer a select list Each of these topics is the subject of several books, that, themselves, cannot cover the depth in a single volume The recommended reading list is well worth the time to pick up this book Certainly, the books are older, yet, they still contain worthy fruit to taste It has only been a few years since I last read this, yet, considering how my practice has expanded so very much since I read it, I wanted to check this onceParticularly, as this was written in 1996 twenty years certainly brings change in perspective, particularly in magical circles Magical Theory is especially an area that interests methan ever The author s presentation of Jungian psychology, and how it can apply magically, is one solid example of how the movement of the 20th century differs from all before it Like Neo Platonism before it, the influence is melded so seamlessly into the practices, and explanations of phenomena that one simply cannot imagine the concepts segregated from it The Psychological model gained traction in magical, and religious contexts for many Following the idea that it is the unconscious that does the work, inspired by Dion Fortune, early in the text she offers a brief temperament test so that one might be able to best seek the methods that work for one s own personality This is not a one size fits all magic it is as individual as each of us is Along the lines of the Jungian types thinking, feeling, sensate, and intuitive She emphasizes, repeatedly, as others have before her, the need, and help that psycho analysis brings to oneself, and, therefore, one s practice I am struck, this time, by the use of the term archetypes when she is clearly treating them as gods, and goddesses True, the term archetype , from a Jungian standpoint can certainly mean an actual being, not one only as a mental construct This marks the dating of the book for me, as polytheism is much stronger now in the general magic community, along with animism These are ideas which would have been deeply rejected in the 90s, or earlier in the 20th century.I, also, missed, that when she mentions Celtic deities, she is including characters of Arthurian legend A sound, broad and clearly written primer for anyone wishing to explore modern spell craft and ritual practice rooted in the Western Mystery Tradition She consistently quotes the the movers and shakers of the English speaking occult world as her solid sources and guides These include Dion Fortune, William G Gray, and Israel Regardie all considered highly effective and knowledgeable in their area.Her sound and practical advice, rooted in decades of experience and work shine through in humble, honest and direct exposition of the trials of effort required to achieve positive and lasting results that is anchored in reality Many times she emphasizes the benefits of self exploration through analysis to develop into arounded individual and thereby, aeffective magician.I read this work when it was first published I wanted to see what gems I might find reading it again second read Sept Oct 2013


  2. Jennifer Pittam Jennifer Pittam says:

    I ve absolutely loved this book.Nancy Watson acheived her prowess in magic the hard way by working endlessly from an outdated old book alone, typing out huge passages, trying to make them work and finally finding the right teacher for her Murry Hope, English Wiccan High Priestess and magician Because of this I suspect her writing is unique I didn t find myself recognising long screeds from other books on magic.This book is essentially a primer in basic magic By basic I mean that if you I ve absolutely loved this book.Nancy Watson acheived her prowess in magic the hard way by working endlessly from an outdated old book alone, typing out huge passages, trying to make them work and finally finding the right teacher for her Murry Hope, English Wiccan High Priestess and magician Because of this I suspect her writing is unique I didn t find myself recognising long screeds from other books on magic.This book is essentially a primer in basic magic By basic I mean that if you work through it all and actually do it, I reckon you ll have a good basis from which to proceed, and you ll be working safely too.Be aware that Nancy Watson s focus is on the Western Mystery Tradition and not in Wicca However, the techniques, dilemmas and attitudes described are, I think, a good primer whichever way you eventually take.There are chapters on attitude, spell craft, the four planes, elemental magic, divination and timing and tides I loved the way her own practice shone through all of the work Couldn t put it down, and intend to use all sorts of tips from it in my personal practice


  3. Joanne Joanne says:

    Trigger Warnings This book features ableism mental illness discrimination, fatphobia, sexism and exclusion of trans and nonbinary genders.I can t remember if it was on a blog or in a book I ve read, but Practical Solitary Magic by Nancy B Watson was recommended for those who were practicing alone, and didn t have anyone to give guidance This is me, so I bought it, thinking it would be extremely helpful It was anything but.Practical Solitary Magic is written like an academic book It s very Trigger Warnings This book features ableism mental illness discrimination, fatphobia, sexism and exclusion of trans and nonbinary genders.I can t remember if it was on a blog or in a book I ve read, but Practical Solitary Magic by Nancy B Watson was recommended for those who were practicing alone, and didn t have anyone to give guidance This is me, so I bought it, thinking it would be extremely helpful It was anything but.Practical Solitary Magic is written like an academic book It s very easy to understand, but it s cold and detached in a way no other book I ve read has been It felt like reading a textbook, and was very off putting However, the book started off well, talking about what I consider the science of magic while other books explain correspondences, and affirmations, etc., they don t go into how or why these things work, but Practical Solitary Magic, at first, did I found it so interesting, so despite really not liking how it was written, I carried on reading.But it became very obvious soon afterwards that this book wasn t for me With previous books, even if I wasn t fully on board with the author s own beliefs, there were still things in them I found interesting or helpful, so I kept reading this one, but really, there was pretty much nothing in this book that would help me.It s probably because it s over 20 years old, and magick may have moved on since then, but this book makes magick out to be something really complicated and difficult There s a heavy focus on psychology Watson actually recommends all readers get themselves a psychotherapist and magick is very regimented There are numerous steps to go through, and you can t deviate We re talking several hours worth of work each and every time, which is nothing like what I ve read in other books While the books mentions witches following their own path, Watson doesn t give much wiggle room The reader must do this, they must believe in that And you must become perfectly whole, psychologically speaking, in order to get anywhere, really and this can take years It also talks about following the solar cycle and ignoring the lunar cycle, which contradicts everything else I ve read For me, where I m at, and what I believe in, this book is absolutely not for me, and was so unhelpful.It s also kind of sexist, too As anyone who has read other witchcraft books know, colours have correspondences, and this is helpful in candle magic But when it comes to affairs of the heart or sex, men and women are to use completely different coloured candles Why Why is a candle in a certain colour going to work better for a man than a woman This, of course, excludes those who aren t cis gendered It s also fatphobic, implying people would want to besylph likeAnd my god, the number of times she was insulting to those with mental illness She talks about madness being a punishment from the gods, and talks about street crazies, psychopath criminals when they re just awful people, and talks about a lunatic This also goes hand in hand with her belief that disease is your body s way of telling you that your life is lacking something important, and the benefit of the disease is that you get what you need the example she gave for herself was that she neededtime to lie around reading, so she ended up with a slipped disk And this goes for all disease As someone who has very recently found out two members of my family have very serious, incurable health problems, the idea that they re supposed to be benefitting from the hell they are and will go through, and need to make changes to their life, had me raging It s probably very much of it s time, as I ve said before, when views and opinions were different, and certain things weren t as understood or as talked about as today But I don t think that really excuses it.So what with this book being really unhelpful, too regimented and forceful in regards to what we should believe and do, and all kinds of offensive, I really didn t enjoy this book To be honest, I felt it was a waste of my time


  4. Carlee Carlee says:

    This is a book I would highly recommend to any 101 or 202 Craft practitioners This book is straight forward, and easy to read it is chopped full of exercises, visualizations, and really good info on the Elements, etc One of my favorite things about it and why I gave it 5 stars is the fact that it actually explains how and why magick works from a psychological stand point It is the first i have ever known to bring up the archetypes, affirmations and the bringing together of the higher, middle This is a book I would highly recommend to any 101 or 202 Craft practitioners This book is straight forward, and easy to read it is chopped full of exercises, visualizations, and really good info on the Elements, etc One of my favorite things about it and why I gave it 5 stars is the fact that it actually explains how and why magick works from a psychological stand point It is the first i have ever known to bring up the archetypes, affirmations and the bringing together of the higher, middle, and lower self, though I can t remember if the author called it that or something different Though not necessarily a book on magic in a spiritual sense it is an essential read on how to preform magick and why magick works or doesn t


  5. Karen Karen says:

    I wanted to know about this practice and she explained it very well What I used to think was secretive, unavailable, and possibly just something delusional, was made clear Her writing is easy to read and follow Her book the only one she wrote I know of led me to investigate further into the subject of magic written by those she referred to in her book I tried a couple of the exercises that she placed by Murry Hope, and it worked I m, at times, rather skeptical about what may be experience I wanted to know about this practice and she explained it very well What I used to think was secretive, unavailable, and possibly just something delusional, was made clear Her writing is easy to read and follow Her book the only one she wrote I know of led me to investigate further into the subject of magic written by those she referred to in her book I tried a couple of the exercises that she placed by Murry Hope, and it worked I m, at times, rather skeptical about what may be experienced and this took me by complete surprise


  6. Matt Matt says:

    Even if you know nothing about spell making, this book is a fascinating view of simply harnessing the power of your thoughts to bring about change in your life.


  7. Rachel Rachel says:

    I had to read this book as part of my studies in one of the traditions I was a part of.I tried to like it I tried to engage with it I wondered what was wrong with me because the others raved about it and I wasn t getting it.In short, it bored me to tears It read like a textbook Which is fine, if that is what you are looking for, but I found that it was far too dry and sleepy to enjoy or to really get anything out of it It reminded me of the extremely well written, researched, and intellectu I had to read this book as part of my studies in one of the traditions I was a part of.I tried to like it I tried to engage with it I wondered what was wrong with me because the others raved about it and I wasn t getting it.In short, it bored me to tears It read like a textbook Which is fine, if that is what you are looking for, but I found that it was far too dry and sleepy to enjoy or to really get anything out of it It reminded me of the extremely well written, researched, and intellectual books I had to read for University courses that also put me to sleep.If you read my review of To Ride a Silver Broomstick by Silver Ravenwolf..this book has the opposite problem It s accurate to a fault, excellent info, well laid out and researched, but about as entertaining as eating dry toast I didn t get a sense of who this woman was, why she was doing magick, and why we should care In my personal opinion, it was too ceremonialist for my taste, but that s purely preference.Reference book Great Book to read for enjoyment Bad I learned a lot from my textbooks, but also fell asleep in a puddle of drool trying to read them This book was similar Lots of meat and potatoes, no spice, and the flavour has been boiled out


  8. Alexandra Alexandra says:

    Certainly not all of these views resonated with me I found it to bespiritual and literal in its interpretations of the symbols, rituals, and effects of magic That being said, I did find it a useful and beautiful perspective, with lots of exercises on meditation that I look forward to incorporating into my practice.


  9. Aiyokysama Aiyokysama says:

    This is one of the few 101 books out there I actually recommend to people The author does a very good job of explaining the nuts and bolts of magical practice and has a number of very useful exercises to work through so that the reader can gain practical experience rather than just theory.My one nitpick with the book is the second chapter where Watson discusses Ethics In it she presents things as black and while, with using magic to harm another always being wrong If I was being mugged, you This is one of the few 101 books out there I actually recommend to people The author does a very good job of explaining the nuts and bolts of magical practice and has a number of very useful exercises to work through so that the reader can gain practical experience rather than just theory.My one nitpick with the book is the second chapter where Watson discusses Ethics In it she presents things as black and while, with using magic to harm another always being wrong If I was being mugged, you can bet your ass I d smash the attacker s knee for a start and yes I WOULD be causing harm to them, but they attacked me sonot morally wrong in my book People have a right to protect themselves and those they love Magic is just onetool to do just that The same as a restraining order or pepper spray.If you follow her dictates about ethics the reader will likely never do ANYTHING since almost any magic will be affecting SOMEONE S free will Watson is also rather confusing as she says on one hand not to do things against another s will but on the other hand asks people to put the shoe on the other foot and think how they would feel if someone gave them magical assistance So while I like this book a lot and have literally handed it to people that say they want to learn but have no idea where to start, I tell folks to take the ethics with a HUGE grain of salt and remember that part of one s path is figuring out what the ididivual s own moral code is and what is ethically permissible for themselves in their own practice


  10. Owlstar Owlstar says:

    I love this book perhaps because it makes the elementals guides to your life and partners in your magick It also has sound magickal theory and practice to back it up It is one of my favorite books to reread.


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