Element Encyclopedias: An illustrated bibliography
A complete list of these these large bumper guides to ancient histories and secret spiritual knowledge, published by HarperCollins starting in 2001. There was a huge missed opportunity here for adding beautiful illustrations, but the books are hefty and comprehensive, the writers are authoritive, they have some serious shelf presence, and most of them are available pretty cheaply second-hand.
The Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells by Judika Illes (2004).
1120p. 9780007164653 (HB), 9780061711237 (PB).
A magical Wiccan cookbook. It goes beyond the Wiccan tradition to include a multitude of eastern and western magical traditions, whilst fulfilling the archetypal fantasy of the grand grimoire (i.e. a master spell book). The selection includes a collection of spells drawn from world folklore, including binding spells and banishing spells, spells for love, luck, wealth, and power, as well as spells for spiritual protection, physical healing, and enhanced fertility.
The Element Encyclopedia of Birthdays by Theresa Cheung (2007).
752p. 9780007261499 (HB), 9780007298938 (PB).
This encyclopedia combines astrology, psychology, numerology and tarot. *The paperback edition is a slimmed down version of the longer hardback at 576p.
The Element Encyclopedia of Magical Creatures by John & Caitlin Matthews (2001).
704p. 9780007208739 (HB), 9780007298945 (PB)
This compendium of magical creatures explores the history, folklore and mythology of fascinating beasts throughout all the magical worlds. *The paperback edition is a slimmed down version of the longer hardback at 576p.
The Element Encyclopedia of Secret Signs and Symbols by Adele Nozedar (2008).
704p. 9780007264452 (HB), 9780007298969 (PB).
A guide to the secret and ancient knowledge of signs and symbols, some of which have been lost over thousands of years. *The paperback edition is a slimmed down version of the longer hardback at 576p.
The Element Encyclopedia of Secret Societies and Hidden History by John Michael Greer (2006).
704p. 9780007220687 (HB), 9780007298952 (PB)
Includes information on secret societies like the Freemasons, the historical mystery of Atlantis, why King Arthur, Leonardo da Vinci and Hitler are key figures, plus conspiracy theories, forgotten sciences, and ancient wisdom. *The paperback edition is a slimmed down version of the longer hardback at 576p.
The Element Encyclopedia of the Psychic World by Theresa Cheung (2005).
864p. 9780007211487 (HB)
An A-Z of spirits, mysteries and the paranormal. Includes information on mediums and spiritualists, near-death experience, ghosts, levitation, telepathy, astral travel, precognition, all forms of divination (tarot, runes, crystal balls, tea leaves, etc.), evidence for the afterlife, contacting spirit guides, haunted sites, famous historical figures, haunted places and documented experiments, and more.