Anyone is free to write to our authors in care of Llewellyn. After we published Earth Power, author Scott Cunningham was deluged with letters. Most people wanted more "advanced" material. Of course, this was basically impossible. The natural magic Scott wrote about was simple and direct. Scott couldn't write a more advanced version, but he could write more. And that's exactly what he did in Earth, Air, Fire & Water.
Even though the first book still sells well (150,000 people use it), we didn't want people to have to buy it in order to understand this book. Therefore, Scott made Earth, Air, Fire & Water complete in itself.
That means with this book you will learn all of the basics of magic, including what you need to know to make the magic really work for you. Then you'll learn the importance of the magical elements and rituals and techniques you can do that are based on this information. This is followed by information on nine different types of natural magic that you can do for any purpose.
But my favorite part of the book is the last section. Here you will learn how to combine the information on the elements with the information on the basics of magic to create your own rituals for any purpose you can imagine! He gives over forty examples so you can see just how easy it is to design a ritual.
Scott also covers how to determine the best time to perform the ritual; how to combine the words of power or rhyme for the spell; gives a list of magical symbols; a selection of mail-order suppliers so you can get all of your magical needs; a glossary of the specialized words used in the book; and an annotated bibliography so you can know what other books you can get to further your knowledge. This is an outstanding book, and one you should have.
With its focus on fun and frivolity, it's no wonder Beltane is one of the most festive Sabbats of the year for many modern Pagans. Held each year on or around May 1st, Beltane is a celebration of vitality, fertility, strength, and growth reflecting a blending of many traditions. It gets its name from the pre-Christian Celtic Bealtaine, which... read this article