Magick Monday: Reviews of Manifestation Magic by Elhoim Leafar & Practical Alchemy by Brian Cotnoir

Happy Máni’s Day, Sleuths. Today I have for you, not one, but two reviews of recent releases from Weiser Books. Let’s have a brief look, shall we?

Released July 1, Practical Alchemy: A Guide to the Great Work by Brian Cotnoir is a reprinting of 2006’s The Weiser Concise Guide to Alchemy. If that edition slipped through your fingers, this edition, while still a trade paperback, is wrapped in a more attractive cover. Edited and introduced by the late James Wasserman, it also includes a foreword by Robert Allen Bartlett.

I read the original version in 2006, and from memory, I did not notice any changes, but I found this revisit more valuable. It is dense, but if you have an interest in dipping your toes into alchemical waters, this is a great place to begin your journey.

Also released on the 1st of July we have Manifestation Magic: 21 Rituals, Spells, and Amulets for Abundance, Prosperity, and Wealth by Elhoim Leafar. This is one I was really excited to explore, and while it’s not exactly my horn of mead, it is a lovely book by a talented author and I love the way it is presented.

Leafar takes his “Magick in Theory & Practice” to heart by doing just that with this work, dividing into two section that first delves into magical theory, then into the actual practice of the techniques and themes explored in the first part.

I love what Weiser did with the book. The paper is dull so as not to glare, the font is easy on the eyes and varied, and the illustrations and layout are lovely. Really, high marks to the entire design team on this.

As for the content itself, as I said, I am not exactly the target audience for this type of book, but I found myself swept along by the author’s enthusiasm. It’s an eclectic mix of Law of Attraction/modern paganism which will appeal to a broad audience. All the work inside feels natural and inspired, and while I didn’t delve too deeply into the actual practice and application, I do not doubt that if this is in your sphere, you’ll be thrilled beyond measure to be involved in what Leafar is presenting.

Both books are priced reasonably, $16.95 for Practical Alchemy and $18.95 for Manifestation Magic, and well worth the what is being asked for them, and then some. I highly recommend both. You can find them wherever books are sold, but I generally recommend, if you have the means, to purchase directly from the publisher, Red Wheel/Weiser. This ensures more books of this nature keep coming our way.

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