Within the pages of Encyclopedia of Witchcraft , you will meet mythic witches, modern witches, goddess witches, even demon witches, male and female witches, witches from all over the globe. Encyclopedia of Witchcraft is a comprehensive celebration of all facets of the ancient art of witchery. From fairy tales to familiars, from hags to healers, from ancient Egypt to modern Wicca and Neo-Paganism, from William Shakespeare to Harry Potter, this definitive reference book reveals the many faces of thousands of years of witchcraft. Author Judika Illes leads you on a journey through witchcraft's history, mythology, and folklore. Discover magic spells, rituals, potions, recipes, celebrations, traditions, and much more in Encyclopedia of Witchcraft. Trick or treat?

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Judika Illes is an independent scholar and an eclectic solitary practitioner. Her work focuses on Witches, Witchcraft and the magical arts including divination, folklore, and esoteric fiction, as well as Goddess devotion, fertility, and traditional methods of healing. As of , Judika has published eight books. Her most popular work is the best-selling Encyclopedia of Spells HarperCollins, As with so many other authors, Judika has a complex publishing history.

Two of her books were previously published under different titles, although not all editions are identical. Born in New York City, Judika fell in love with the magical arts as a child and has been studying them ever since. Her interests include tarot and other forms of divination, astrology, spell-casting, witchcraft, amulets, traditional healing and spirituality, Kabbalah, Egyptian Mysteries, runes, magical oils and perfumes, mythology, folklore, and fairy tales.

Magical formula oils—their use and creation—are featured in several of her books. She is a certified therapeutic aromatherapist and has worked as a professional tarot card reader and spiritual counselor for over two decades. Judika lectures and leads workshops in the United States and internationally. She also serves as a consultant and editor for Weiser Books.

A second anthology was published in , once again featuring an introduction written by Judika. Sheridan Le Fanu. Judika's website can be found here.


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Judika Illes is an American author of esoteric non-fiction books, aromatherapist and tarot reader. Her background is Hungarian and she attributes a childhood spent in the culturally diverse Queens borough of New York City as a significant influence on her writing career. During her teen years, Illes frequented New York bookstores such as Magickal Childe and Samuel Weiser's, known for their metaphysical and occult collections, and Latin botanicas [4] Her love for esoteric books led to her interest in astrology, which began with Zolar's It's All in the Stars. Illes worked as a "telephone psychic" for Psychic Friends Network from to She went on to become a prolific author of reference books and contributed magazine articles in the ancient non-traditional arts.


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