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Formula Books

To: alt.wicca,alt.religion.wicca,alt.pagan.magick,alt.magick.tyagi
Subject: Re: Formula Books
Date: Tue, 05 Oct 1999 19:25:13 GMT

> anybody can make a recipe or copy it from older books. where does
> Slater *get* his recipes?

A lot of Slater is copied from Anna Riva's works (which are, in the
main, urban hoodoo).

> from what social tradition do they come?

As aforesaid.

> why should we believe that these recipes he provides are valuable?

Collecting and collating are useful services to preserve traditional
material which the hands-on practitioner can then put to the test.
A lot of this stuff is traditional "sold-as-curio-only" modern hoodoo,
and so represents a living vein of folk magick - doubtless with a lot of
chaff in among the wheat.

> we know that Cunningham is Wiccan, at least (though he doesn't
> give his sources either, if memory serves).

Rarely, and while less wide-ranging in his interest then Herman, still a

> # The Tarotstar book has maybe 14 recipes for incense, but well over
> # 100 recipes for different oils.  Other chapters are devoted to
> # bath salts, floor washes, powders, inks, charm bags, etc. with a
> # few recipes in each.  The last part of the book deals with actual
> # spells, including "black" ones. (98 pages, softcover, illustrations
> # by the author)
> who is the author? what is their background?

Tarostar is the author's pen name - also goes with his columns in the
Neopagan press...did some Green Egg, and also(if I recall aright)

Maintains that he is a witch, I forget if he qualifies that with a
Wiccan affiliation, but seem to recall he does not. Notable for
curmudgeonly articles and correspondence in aforesaid magazines. Widely
read, but no way to tell from what he writes whether he really works the
hands on with this stuff, or just talks a good fight.

> (blackman9)

Geez...didn't notice the signature ere now...thought you'd know some of
these connections tyagi.


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