Books by Judika Illes

The Encyclopedia of Mystics, Saints, and Sages

Throughout history, people of all countries, cultures, and spiritual and religious traditions have looked beyond the grave for help in facing life’s problems. Here, bestselling author Judika Illes pulls together the stories, myths, and legends about the mystics, saints, and sages who people have called upon for help. Including saints from many traditions—Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, Pagan, Sufi, and more—this is the essential guide for all who are interested in folklore, mythology, and history, and will help seekers identify which holy being to approach for assistance with any situation. The Encyclopedia of Mystics, Saints, and Sages features saints deriving from every inhabited continent. Continue reading

The Weiser Field Guide to Witches

Witches call to us from thresholds, crossroads, seashores, swamps, and mountain tops. Fairy-tale witches beckon from within wild forests. Urban witches mingle in stores stocked with candles, crystals, statues, and books. Witches fly through the air and dig twisted roots from the ground.

Beautiful witches dance beneath the stars. Robed magicians chant in arcane tongues. Alluring witches ensorcell with the power of potions. Cadaverous hags stir steaming cauldrons. Flower- and pentacle-bedecked witches celebrate the seasons. Hideous witches lurk in horror films, working their wiles and definitely up to no good.

A compendium of witches through the ages, from earliest prehistory to some of the most significant modern practitioners, The Weiser Field Guide to Witches explores who and what is a witch. Appropriate for readers of all ages, this book serves as an excellent and entertaining introduction for those fascinated by the topic.

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The Encyclopedia of Spirits

The Encyclopedia of Spiritsis a comprehensive and entertaining A to Z of spirits from around this world and the next. The spirits in this encyclopedia represent every inhabited continent, deriving from many cultures, eras, and spiritual traditions. Some, like the goddesses Kwan Yin and Ma Zu, currently possess millions of devotees while others are barely remembered. Within this book, you’ll find individual spirits of varying degrees of power as well as type (genres) of spirits from all over Earth.

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Magic When You Need It

Magic remains Earth’s oldest existing system of crisis management. No magic is as consistently effective as the magic born of necessity. No spell works as well as an emergency spell. Thousands of years of human experimentation in the face of desperation has produced a repertoire of heavy-hitting, take-no-prisoners spells.

Even if you have never practiced magic, even if nothing you have ever tried has ever worked, it’s more than likely that an emergency spell will work for you, especially if you’re genuinely in the midst of a crisis. The magic of desperation is unfortunately an excellent opportunity to truly taste and flex your own personal power. In fact, the ultimate goal of an experienced psychic worker is to possess the ability to summon up the clarity of focus, desire and vision that real emergency inspires without actually suffering the emergency.

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Pure Magic

A comprehensive course in practical magic contained in one single book. No jargon, no agenda: Pure Magic simply presents and explains the various components of spellcasting in plain, simple language. It walks you through the spell process, from beginning to conclusion, detailing all aspects and facets. All the information required to be a functional and successful spellcaster is included. Read the book and get ready to spell. Simple enough for novices to use and understand, Pure Magic also contains sophisticated information to satisfy adepts and to maintain relevance past the beginner’s stage.

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The Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells

The Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells, a comprehensive guide to the magical arts, features five thousand spells spanning five thousand years of magical history drawn from Earth’s every inhabited corner, from ancient to modern Egypt, from old Mesopotamia to today’s African Diaspora. There are spells from Celtic, Chinese, Italian, Jewish, Romani, Slavic and Tibetan traditions plus many more. There’s practical magic, high ritual magic, spells that demand careful planning and spells to be cast spontaneously, spells one might wish to cast daily as well as spells that should perhaps never be performed, spells whose components include precious resins and priceless gems and spells whose every ingredient is free: ocean water, moonbeams, dirt.

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The Weiser Field Guide to the Paranormal

Can everything be explained? That is the question that ultimately lies at the heart of paranormal mysteries.

The paranormal is defined as events, experiences, beings, or things for which there is no scientific evidence, or explanation—at least, not yet. Among the topics classified as paranormal are ghosts, psychic abilities, extraterrestrials, and unidentified creatures. The paranormal encompasses the most profound mysteries of the universe:

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