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Llewellyn.com - Monthly e-Magazine - July 2011

Egyptian Prosperity Magic for Beginners
by Claudia R. Dillaire

Llewellyn.com - July 2011

The ancient Egyptians had a different spin on prosperity, and it requires a change in thinking. Prosperity was not individual, though they did have upper and lower classes. Prosperity was agriculturally-based, so if the crops thrived, everyone benefited; if they failed, it affected everyone. So, how can a modern practitioner approach Egyptian prosperity magic? Simply put, light a black candle.

Black, really? For the ancient Egyptians, black symbolized fertility and abundance. It was the color of the earth laid down by the annual inundation. Fertile soil meant abundant harvests; in ancient Egypt, that meant prosperity. Other colors appropriate for Egyptian prosperity: green and white. Green symbolized the lush vegetation that grew around the river and in the Delta. White was the skin of Osiris, god of the Underworld, and he was associated with rebirth and regeneration.

Items of great value to a desert people were water, wood, and tree resins. The Nile aided in trade and moving materials and people. Ebony and cedarwood were treasures few could afford. And, even the Bible attests to the value of tree resins; frankincense and myrrh were two of the gifts brought to the Christ child. What about gold? Gold was plentiful, as evidenced by the many artifacts found that were crafted in gold, though silver was a more scarce commodity.

Prosperity had nothing to do with money in ancient Egypt, since it had not yet been invented. The Greeks introduced coinage to the Egyptians during their occupation of the land. So, a wealthy man in Egypt did not possess caches of gold and silver, but he might show off his wealth with beautifully crafted jewelry and furniture of imported wood.

So, what does this have to do with prosperity today? If one wishes to practice Egyptian magic, one must understand where their spells came from. Approaching Egyptian magic is not like other traditional paths; Egyptian magic is more forceful, filled with threats and curses to the gods, and definitely, the spells are written from a great need.

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Llewellyn.com - Author Interview - March 2011

An Interview with Author Claudia R. Dillaire, Author of Egyptian Prosperity Magic
by Llewellyn

1. Your new book is titled Egyptian Prosperity Magic. What made you decide to focus specifically on Egyptian magical traditions? Egyptian Prosperity Magic, by Claudia Dillaire

Many of the New Age books on the market do not touch on Egyptian magic. Yet, the Sumerians and Egyptians were "practicing" magic throughout their entire histories; it was a part of everyday life for them. Modern Wicca and Paganism  are direct descendants of those magical practices, so I wanted to make Egyptian magic a viable option for practice today. Plus, the ancient Egyptians left behind a wealth of written works, while many other Pagan cultures have left us with only speculation on how they practiced their rituals.

2. How would you describe your magical background? Have you always focused on Egyptian traditions, or have you studied others as well?

I dabbled a bit with "The Occult," as it was called, when I was in my teens. I feel I was drawn to magic, having been born on Halloween. When I approached magic again, I looked at a number of traditions and paths, but none really touched me. Instead, I started focusing on mythology, which is how I discovered Egyptian magic. Their beliefs and traditions make sense to me, even though their needs were quite different from mine. Now, I am studying other ancient civilizations, Hittites, Sumerians, Babylonians, even the ancient Hebrews, who were pagans in the beginning.

3. You’ve written other books about Egyptian magic, including revenge spells and love spells. What differentiates Egyptian spells from more modern spells, or those from other ancient traditions?

The spells I write, while staying true to the essence of the ancients, are in many ways quite tame. The ancient Egyptian spells were often written as threats and curses to the gods, which many practitioners may find disconcerting. Additionally, ancient magical practices did not shy away from destructive and coercive magic. It was as much a part of everyday life as constructive magic. Having written a book on revenge magic, I myself do not shy away from the darker aspects, because dark magic is not to be feared; it can be harnessed and used for many intentions, especially protection. I know that Wicca stresses "Harm none," and "The Law of Threefold Return," possibly in an effort to make pagan beliefs seem less threatening. But, all ancient cultures practiced dark magic, fully expecting to find peace in the afterlife. The practice of dark magic would not prevent them from joining with their gods after death.


4. During our current economic times (and at all times, really), most of us would like a little more prosperity. How do you define prosperity? Is it simply along financial lines?


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Llewellyn.com - Llewellyn Journal - July 2011

Crystal Ball Reading for Beginners: Have No Fears
by Alexandra Chauran

Many people gush excitedly that they love fortune tellers, scrying and divination, but feel that they could never do it themselves. Why is this, when these individuals are obviously open to the psychic arts? Are they afraid of what they might see, or that they might see nothing at all? Alexandra Chauran, author of Crystal Ball Reading for Beginners, allays the fears of those new to scrying with a crystal ball.

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Magick Wands: The Ultimate Magical Tools
by Alferian Gwydion MacLir

The stories of Tolkien and Rowling (and the subsequent movies based upon them) have enchanted the idea of a magic wand for many of us. But exactly how does one make a magical wand, imbuing it with the proper energy? Alferian Gwydion MacLir, author of Wandlore: The Art of Crafting the Ultimate Magical Tool, discusses the art of crafting a powerful magical wand.

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Creating Ceremony
by Katalin Koda

For thousands of years, human beings have honored our connection to the earth, seasons, and major life transitions through ceremony, ritual, and storytelling. These practices are the sacred technology of indigenous people and are an inherent part of our past and ancestral wisdom. In these current times of disconnection, feelings of lack and poverty, and polluted air and waters, the importance of creating ceremony is becoming more apparent. Katalin Koda, author of Fire of the Goddess and Sacred Path of Reiki, provides easy ways to create your own ceremony so that we too can reconnect with the earth, empower ourselves, heal, and transform into more balanced humans.

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