“The Magical Art of Crafting Charm Bags: 100 Mystical Formulas for Success, Love, Wealth, and Wellbeing”
by Elohim Leafar
Published by Weiser Books
We all have them – stones, botanicals, charms, claws and other objects that we consider precious and that we protect. Our ancestors in all cultures and magical traditions the world over had them, too.
These talismans go by many names: charm bag, mojo bag, medicine bag, conjure hand, gris-gris bag, trick bag. They come in all shapes and sizes, can be used for almost any purpose, are fairly easy to make and offer powerful magic.
Elohim Leafar – a shaman, diviner and traditional magician who lives in New York City – is descended from a Venezuelan family of spiritual and magical practitioners. His book goes into great depth about this practical magic that other books may cover in a few pages or perhaps a chapter.
The first portion of the book introduces readers to the basics of creating a magic circle in which to create talismans for specific purposes. The most important one you’ll make is to represent yourself, Leafar says. He then talks about how to charge, recharge and cancel a talisman’s powers.
Part two describes charm bags, how to make them and how to consecrate them. Many of the energies that can contribute to the power of these bags are presented, including phases of the moon, colors, plants and herbs, oils and essences, and gems and crystals from agate to zoisite. This information allows the user to gather up energies from multiple sources when crafting a custom bag. More information, including the magic of each weekday and incense magic, is given in the appendix.
Leafar states in his book, “Charm bags derive their power from the spells that are stored in them. All their energies are channeled through their different components.”
I’ve long made mojo bags both to use and to give. There’s something special about a little pouch full of intent and energy. This book gives me more ideas on how to use them in daily life.
There’s nothing supernatural about charm bags, Leafar writes, explaining, “You work directly with the forces of Nature to crate an entirely natural effect that arises from the combination of various elements, aspects, and moments linked fully with certain forces of Nature.”
The third part of the book gives 100 magical recipes for abundance, attraction, success, health, love, protection, power and more.
Magic exists everywhere around us, and Leafar draws on many cultures and traditions when showing how to tap into it. This manual can take readers from novice to expert. It provides references that can be used with any forms of the magical arts.
Leafar is also a palm reader and a dowser; he is dedicated to teaching the principles of spirituality and practical magic.
About the Author:
Lynn Woike was 50 – divorced and living on her own for the first time – before she consciously began practicing as a self taught solitary witch. She draws on an eclectic mix of old ways she has studied – from her Sicilian and Germanic heritage to Zen and astrology, the fae, Buddhism, Celtic, the Kabbalah, Norse and Native American – pulling from each as she is guided. She practices yoga, reads Tarot and uses Reiki. From the time she was little, she has loved stories, making her job as the editor of two monthly newspapers seem less than the work it is because of the stories she gets to tell. She lives with her large white cat, Pyewacket, in central Connecticut. You can follow her boards on Pinterest, and write to her at woikelynn at gmail dot com.