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Rare spell books sell for $13,865 but beware of the curse

Just days before All Hallow’s Eve, two handwritten, spiral-bound books of spells have sold on AbeBooks.com for $13,865, but the buyer risks being cursed if they are not a believer in witchcraft.  The opening page of the first of the two grimoires (that’s a magical textbook) is inscribed with the haunting warning:

To those not of the craft – the reading of this book is forbidden!  Proceed no further or justice will exact a swift and terrible retribution – and you will surely suffer at the hand of the craft.” 

The same warning is then inscribed again in Theban, an ancient alphabet used in modern Wicca to hide magical text from those who do not believe in witchcraft.  The author, a witch, has signed the page using the Theban alphabet.  Let’s hope the buyer is a real-life Hermione and not a Muggle.

Grimoire Warning

According to Wiccan traditions, a witch’s Book of Shadows, or grimoire, should be burned after the witch’s death to keep their magical identity a secret.  This ritual makes grimoires very scarce and a sale of this nature is highly unusual.

The grimoires were handwritten in the 1960s by a high priestess of Wicca called Persephone Adrastea Eirene, an American witch of Swedish and English ancestry who led her own coven.  The first of the two books is a reworking of Persephone’s mother’s grimoire and contains hundreds of years of Wicca knowledge passed through generations of high priestesses in 250 pages of spells, incantations, curses and enchantments.  The book includes information on gems, planets, rites, potions, and even exorcisms. The second book includes alchemy, chemistry recipes, cures, ceremonial perfumes and balms, as well as recipes for nerve tonics, liqueurs and even hairspray.

The Laws


Before eventually finding their way to M Benjamin Katz Fine Books & Rare Manuscripts in Toronto, the grimoires belonged to Alice Monseratt, the wife of Israel Regardie.  Regardie moved to the UK in the 1920s to work with occult writer Aleister Crowley after reading his masterwork Magick: Liber ABA Book 4.  Crowley’s writings have had an enormous impact on the occult, and last year a 1910 edition of Crowley’s The Scented Garden of Abdullah the Satirist of Shiraz sold on AbeBooks for $7,386.   

After working closely with Crowley for four years, Regardie left to pen his own occult book, The Tree of Life. He joined the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and wrote The Golden Dawn: The Original Account of the Teachings, Rites, & Ceremonies of the Hermetic Order after the Order disbanded. He was accused by past members for violating the oath of the Order by revealing secret information, but Regardie believed the information should be shared. Despite the initial backlash, The Golden Dawn is a mainstay in modern occult organizations and magical practices.

Magick: Liber ABA Book 4 by Aleister Crowley  The Tree of Life by Israel Regardie  The Golden Dawn by Israel Regardie

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50 Responses to “Rare spell books sell for $13,865 but beware of the curse”

  1. Im not sure about “curses”, But there are things in this world that I think shouldnt be tampered with. If someone is looking for something dark, I think they just might find it. In just the same way, I think it is no wonder that most churches are filled with people that do fairly well financially. You dont see “bums” off the streets in churches often…

  2. Be quiet Keith, you fool.

  3. They are foolish and should we weary of the warnings.

  4. Intresting! I respect all walks of Life. Bible mentions Evil, yet not all spells are Bad. I practice and what a major difference. All boils down to respect. We all want a good Life Not? So take Charge of u Life and stop judging!!!

  5. Couldn’t be hundreds of years of Wiccan knowledge because Wicca began in the early 20th century

  6. Lucinda ~
    I have been thinking very hard for a very long time about this balance. I am torn though. I feel I have it in me to be so much more and find my soul. I believe in God or a creature and I believe in Science as well as our very own universe and others. I believe we are meant to be so much more and I find it frustrating bc I would love to use my mind and soul along with the right education or guidence to really be who I think I need to be. I’ve always had a strong pull to natural things and feel I conect with the earth deeply. I’m just lost and don’t know where or how to start and not feel like its “witch craft” I just feel lost and I’m not doing whatever it is in life I was created for. Do you have any advice or can you point me in the right direction? I saw your post and I felt the same way so..

  7. Hello Natasha
    In response to your comment above to start out with there are couple of things you should be made aware of that will be a good source of help to you. Firstly we all should have a strong Spiritual Knowledge of who we are, and having said this being conscious of our dreams is the first starting point, because this is our direct link to the Universal Power of – All – In – All. Beside the general knowledge of the Astrological and Astronomical knowing I would recommend you to read the Book Entitled : Cycle of Life and Self Mastery by the Rosicrucian Library. I think you can still find this at Amazon.com and very inexpensive.
    Secondly Once we know our self and how we operate at mundane conscious level, then we can start to learn about Natural Laws as it applies to Spiritual World above and below.
    Thirdly, Once we get through to this level of development, you would notice that you would be operating in light and able to overcome any and all issues that crosses your path Physically, Mentally and Spiritually. These are also the best Elements of Magickal Practice you can achieve. It’s like building your body for the Foundation of all Magical Practices.

  8. Natasha…

    leave witch craft well alone. It nearly destroyed my life as I too was searching. I for a time felt I had found things, except it all turned nasty. It is demonic, a lure for the curious and those seeking things tat are a trap. I had a dislike for traditional religions and sought something magickal. I cannot explain the demonic problems I had but let me say that when everything else failed, I reluctantly went demanding an exorcism from a priest and was delivered from my spiritual problems and attacks. The name of Jesus Christ is very powerful and real, or it wouldn’t have worked. Christ’s teachings are the true path to enlightment, so simple yet so profound in effect and transforming, yet many will not follow…..they seek like me, complicated hidden books that take years to master and for the ‘elites’ of the magicikal world…well, I learn’t my lesson the hard way as they say. Jesus Christ’s way is for everyone and not the adept or those who spend years trawling through books and performing rituals and so on. That is a trap, digging a hole deeper and deeper with years and years lost and wasted. Even Aleister Crowley admitted before he died, that he had wasted his life and wished he had done different things. He died a broken destitute man in a Salvation Army shelter. Lucifer is indeed a great deceiver, and those who practice magick and occultism, are deceiving themselves, all because of a pretentious quest to seek power, control and self importance in an elitist esoteric way. Steer clear….

  9. Senjiian Zagran April 3, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    It startles me that a Christian, who claims to have found the only spiritual path that is for everyone, would dain to call others’ beliefs pretentious. But such is the nature of the spiritual world. To each his own. My path has wonderful magic, and no Devils or demons at all. Perhaps some need demons to feel engaged. One’s spirituality is about one’s choices.
    Choose wisely, Natasha, and no Devils will ever darken your spiritual door.

  10. What about liber null @ phaconaut or ancient Egyptian magic and the book of azazel and grimoire arum and the necronomicon and the satanic bible and ancient Egyptian revenge spells and all that stuff?

  11. My name is Jay, I am seeking council with those who have truly performed “magic.” My thirst for “power” as they say has become relentless. I am seeking answers and wish to know the truth. If anyone has something REAL they’d be comfortable sharing with me I can be contacted at Jordanvaughn224@gmail.com I am not looking to be harassed by christ nazis, just some REAL answers

  12. EnlightenedSoul May 18, 2015 at 6:32 am

    Spiritual paths are as those above stated a choice, mine is peaceful and filled with nature and life. If someone finds demons well maybe they need look at themselves and not towards the whole community of spiritual people. Bad spirits exist as do good spirits but it’s the same with people. You decide your path and that leads to who you become, same with any religion. There’s good and bad in all of them.

  13. Terri,
    What do you mean that wicca started in the early 20th century. There has always been witches from the beginning of time. It has not always been called wicca but there has always been witches. What do you think wicca is. It is the craft. Witchcraft.

  14. 13k? Could have bought a hitman for that much. Thats a real curse.

  15. hi there my names morgan and we have a numerous number of book and statues everywhere in our house today my mother has moved her bed to another location in her room only to discover sand coved egyptian books and one single statue the sand came from where? and what does it mean? i cant find anything on it

  16. Kathy, Terry is correct. Wicca is one type of Witchcraft and the two terms are not interchangeable. Though the Craft has been practiced for thousands of years, Wicca is relatively modern. It was founded in the mid twentieth century by Gerald Gardner.

    Serafina, Traditional Wiccan

  17. I’m an ancient knowledge is part of my family as you can see i got a word created just for me, The four horsemen are here the end is near…-Cinobub

  18. Wicca is one of many practices of witchcraft but not all witchcraft is Wicca. To many who practice the old ways they call Wicca “new age” Witchcraft.

  19. Ok, I’m sorry but the is bullshit, or a prime example of a confused wiccan witch. I say wiccan due to the article went into detail how this was a wiccan witchcraft bos, if true first off wiccan reds will not allow you to harm. Second, hundreds of years it has been written by wiccans? No. Wicca was founded in the late fouties and early fifties of this century. It is in fact one of the newest religions to date. So, there is no way wiccans have been writing this for hundreds of years.
    Now as to comments about good and bad spells…. There is no good or bad, white or black, light vs dark, magic is just that! Magic!
    Someone curses death on a another man. Black magic? Bad magic? No…. Why? The man that was cursed was a child murderer and killed many. Or the man cursed cursed others… Or the man that received a curse was in fact bad…
    Magic is not bad. Magic is not good. Magic is a force, an energy.
    Ok rant over.

  20. With all do respect I do not want to offend anyone or intentionally put anyone down in their thoughts or beliefs, but I do have proof that Wicca is not a few 20th century religion. I also have proof that there is dark magic and light magic as contrary to Sarah’s posting. Also that what is now called the Book of Shadows is only new because of it’s name only, but in fact was called by many other names in the past.
    First a little about me and my background. I am 44 yrs old, from Termini, Sicily, Italia. I inherited a book that was written by my 3rd great grandmother in her own hand. The earliest entry in this book was Aug. 18, 1792. The last entry was Aug. 2, 1855.
    The book is titled Piatrina’s Manifesto de’ Gromancci. It is her private journal and has many of her own experiences dabbling in the magic arts. In her book, Wicca she noted as Wikka was mentioned 13 times. Every time it was mentioned, it was referring to Wikka as a nature loving religion, that had weak magic but strong love of nature. Their main basis was to bring the world together by love and to avoid evil at all costs.
    I studied a lot on the American and European Wicca religions and they are very similar to the Wikka my ancestor talked about in her journals. The only difference is that Americans and Europeans refer to themselves as witches. When in fact true Wikkan’s were only into protective spells and weak ones at that. (No offense to the Wiccans. I am just trying to defend your beliefs a little.) According to my ancestor, their protective spells were to thwart against spells cast by people like my ancestor. Most being unhelpful to the person a spell was cast at. The Wicca everyone is saying that Gardner created was purely based off old traditional Wikka from time past. Something that he studied and mixed with his own ideas. It’s not new, it is old. But it is fairly newly altered a little.
    Now this leads me to Sarah’s post. No matter what you believe there is light and dark magic. My ancestor mentioned many times of cursing spells against others some of which were to do harm or even death. According to her notes, most succeeded in their intentions. Twice she cast spells of death against someone only to have them granted within days of the spell being cast. And one was because of the fact that my ancestor owed money to an individual that I will not mention. The money owed was for payment on property bought by my ancestor. Upon the death of the seller, my ancestor acquired the title to the land as paid in full. Now tell me that person deserved that… That was dark magic if I ever heard of it. In fact my ancestor only mentioned casting 3 spells that would be classified as light magic. One love spell and two spells for protection. Now that being said, Your opinion of no such thing as dark or light magic is total assumption. That is like saying there are no evil or good people in this world. I beg to differ.
    I will close this here as I have to be at my job in less than an hour. So my conclusion is to all you Wiccans out there, don’t let ignorant or miss informed people try to thwart your beliefs. Do your own studies and come to your own conclusions. Bless you all.

  21. im looking for a source of magick that will grant any wish. i only have one wish and that wish is a very complicated one. i am one of those people who believes in magick and im trying to find a website that could help me with this magick thing.im just wondering if there are any for real spell books that could help me with that or perhaps maybe there could be a certain place i have to venture to to find that magick source. i honestly will do any thing for this wish to come true. i will not give up on it. anyways i just wanted to put that out there if you wanted to comment on my comment. thank you

  22. maybe there is a source of magick out there. i have no clue as to where that might be, but never stop looking because youll never know. just keep trying and if you fail well dont give up still i know exacctly where your coming from on this.

  23. Hello all people…I am new to magic and spells i already did some things with magic,and am trying to find a spell book, also for all of the comments in top of me lacey yes i agree and sort of the same as catty thank you for reading this. One more thing… if any of you can help me here is the email to contact me juliachase555@gmail.com !

  24. P.s. same with inquisitor also. ^_^

  25. Wicca White Magic Spell Casting

    White magic is poles apart as black magic for the reason of its intentions. While the concluding induces damage or soreness from the other social gathering, white magic is shed for the well being or the superior of the human being who will assistance from it.

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  27. a book of shadows is true?or false?please answer this bec. im still confused

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  32. Wicca is a religion that honors the old traditions of pagan religions as well as witchcraft. It is a contemporary practice that started in the mid-1900’s. Witchcraft is an extremely broad term referring to any number of practices. Some date back hundreds, if not thousands of years, and others are fairly recent developments. I know of Christians who are witches as well as atheists and agnostics, not just pagans. Let me reiterate: Wicca a new concept and you have to be a witch to be Wicca. Witchcraft is an umbrella term that includes all sorts of belief systems, some old and some new, and you do not have to be Wiccan to be a witch. I hope this clarify some things.

  33. P.S. Ignore the grammar mistakes. I wrote this on my phone.

  34. Reverend Paul Freeman January 17, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    The modern English word witchcraft has three principal connotations: the practice of magic or sorcery worldwide; the beliefs associated with the Western witch-hunts of the 14th to the 18th century; and varieties of the modern movement called Wicca, frequently mispronounced “wikka.”

    The terms witchcraft and witch derive from Old English wiccecraeft: from wicca (masculine) or wicce (feminine), pronounced “witchah” and “witchuh,” respectively, denoting someone who practices sorcery; and from craeft meaning “craft” or “skill.” Roughly equivalent words in other European languages—such as sorcellerie (French), Hexerei (German), stregoneria (Italian), and brujería (Spanish)—have different connotations, and none precisely translates another. The difficulty is even greater with the relevant words in African, Asian, and other languages. The problem of defining witchcraft is made more difficult because the concepts underlying these words also change according to time and place, sometimes radically. Moreover, different cultures do not share a coherent pattern of witchcraft beliefs, which often blend other concepts such as magic, sorcery, religion, folklore, theology, technology, and diabolism. Some societies regard a witch as a person with inherent supernatural powers, but in the West witchcraft has been more commonly believed to be an ordinary person’s free choice to learn and practice magic with the help of the supernatural.

    it works if you believe it works, the same as christianity, if it comfots you,then it works, the mind (brain) is a powerfull thing and most of you only use a third of it, WAKE UP

  35. I know how to read Theban language!

  36. hail to the goddess and the gods.
    and to all fellow wiccans blessed be.

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  38. The story behind this book is really awesome. But it is sold at very costly rate.

  39. Jasmin Rodriguez March 19, 2016 at 6:07 pm

    I know what all of that “rare” writing says i in fact don’t believe in god or jesus i think its a bunch of bs but yea i do think that everything is done mentally and i do believe in the craft and i write in that sort when i don’t want people to read my stuff like diaries ….

  40. can someone give me an easy effective money spell…ive used st expedite with no results… :(

  41. I bet you guys believe the Necronomicon is a real book, and not a plot device created by HP Lovecraft. You seem to be under the delusion Wicca wasn’t made in the 1960s and has a well documented history.

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  43. It reads: “To those of the craft, this book of shadows is opened without reservation or condition.”

    It’s signed Persephone. A Wiccan’s Book of Shadows is sort of a journal of your path as you start out, as well as for you to write spells and rituals and outcomes. Many other things related to a Wiccan’s path can be written in said book and is considered essential to the journey of all Wiccans.

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  45. The CREATERS OF EVERYTHING did just that. They made good and evil. YOU PICK ! GROW UP!

  46. Witchcraft is a way of life. it is not something to do because you want to make someone love you or to win that lottery. It is an awareness of the elements of nature and their interactions and place in your life and in the world. it is living as one with the universe. it does not come overnight, you need to work to reach that stage..but it is worth it. Spells for love and wealth and anything else are just a a small part of it.

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