Llewellyn's Complete Book Of Correspondences
The first question you may have about this book is: Why another one on magical correspondences? After all, there are already a number of such books, plus many others that contain lists and tables, so why this one? First of all, I wanted to correlate as much information as possible and present it in a way that is well organized, straightforward, and easy to use. Second, my aim is to move away from the idea of rote tables and into the concept of a web where the correspondences we use are not only associated with an intention but also with each other. I will go into detail about these later in this introduction.
Llewellyn's Complete Book of Correspondences
Because there were only smatterings of magical correspondences here and there in books at that time, I began to compile my own findings. I would not go so far as to call it a grimoire, but it became a repository of ideas. These scribblings were the beginning of the book you hold in your hands. In addition to my own findings, I gathered material from the books listed in the bibliography. This thought brings me to the word complete, and some ideas about for whom this book is intended.
This book is intended as a companion to the many others on ritual and magic work. It is also intended to encourage individual exploration. Become familiar with the deities, plants, and other things that interest you, such as the Tarot or Celtic ogham, and you will find many reasons behind the interrelationship of correspondences. You will probably also forge new ones that hold special meaning for you.
In addition to magic and ritual, correspondences can be woven through our lives with simple everyday choices from the jewelry or colors we wear to our plants and other household objects. In this way we can keep our intentions strong and our magic ever present. I hope this book will encourage you to explore, experiment, and discover unique ways to combine correspondences to empower and support your magic as well as enhance your life.
The first section of this book is an encyclopedic listing of issues, intentions, and powers along with their correspondences. The subsequent sections are cross-references according to plants, minerals, animals, deities, astrological information, and miscellaneous. This kind of cross-referencing provides flexibility for whichever way you prefer to work. While we may most often start with an intent or issue for spellwork, there are times when we begin from a different angle. For example, a house I once lived in had a wonderful old willow tree in the front yard, and I wanted to base some of my energy work and rituals around this type of tree. We may also find that using a web of associated correspondences may help us create a richer tapestry for manifesting our intentions, as in the example of the goldfinch. In this way we can weave unique and powerful magic.
Llewellyn's Complete Book of Correspondences is a clear, straightforward companion to the many books on Wiccan and Pagan ritual and spellwork. Entries are cross-referenced and indexed, and organized by categories and subcategories, making it quick and easy to find what you need. This comprehensive reference provides a fascinating look at why correspondences are more than objects to focus intent, but are fundamental to how we think. Using correspondences weaves together our ideas, beliefs, and energy, and gives deeper meaning to our rituals and spellwork as we unite our individuality with a larger purpose. Packed with content yet easy to use, this book covers traditional correspondences and also encourages you to forge new ones that hold special meaning for you. 041b061a72