The first thing you notice about this book is its size. The pages are about 8 inches by 10 inches and there are over 500 of them. It’s a paperback, sadly. It’s the kind of book that would be a tome if it were hardcover. It starts with an introduction, which is fewer than 10 pages, and the entire rest of the book is just what it sounds like: tables of correspondences.
The first section is sorted by issues, intentions and powers. So here’s where you’d look if you wanted to do a prosperity spell or a creativity spell.
The other sections are organized by Plant Kingdom (trees, herbs, garden plants and shrubs, miscellaneous plants), Mineral Kingdom (gemstone and minerals, metals and alloys, from the sea), Animal Kingdom (animals, birds, marine life, reptiles, insects and miscellaneous, mythical creatures), Deities and Other Beings (goddesses, gods, magical beings and spirits, angels), Astrological and Time Reckoning (the zodiac, the solar system, moon phases, the full moons, the seasons, the days of the week, the times of day, celebrations, the ogham and Celtic tree calendar, the runes and runic half-months) and Miscellaneous (the elements, the directions, colors, energy: yin and yang, the chakras, numbers, and the tarot).
There is an appendix (guide to plants) and an extensive index.
In a book this size, you’re bound to find a few things here and there that you disagree with. That’s actually good, because it means you’re forming your own correspondences. This book has plenty of room to write in the margins and it also has about ten blank pages in the back that you could use for your own notes.
The author admits in the introduction that her bias is toward Pagan and Wiccan correspondences because that’s what she knows best, so it might be less useful for ceremonial magicians, and she explains that Afro-Caribbean traditions are out of her area of expertise. She also delves into her ideas on why we use correspondences, and that she doesn’t think of them merely as tables but as webs of connection, “where the correspondences we use are not only associated with an intention but also with each other.”
Although we tend to reach for our favorite correspondences again and again, she says:
When it comes to magical correspondences, I found that using different ones from time to time provides a way to fine-tune rituals and especially spells. While it is true that power is built up over time by repeated use of something, stepping off the beaten path to explore different approaches is when magic really happens.p. 1
This is a book that I owned for a few years as an ebook but eventually ended up buying the paperback. I works better as a paperback. It’s a reference book you’ll want on your shelf if you’re writing your own spells.
5 out of 5 stars
Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Correspondences: A Comprehensive & Cross-Referenced Resource for Pagans & Wiccans
Llewellyn Publications, 2019 (originally published in 2013)