This book was more for beginners since a lot of it is very basic and repetitive (probably to help the reader remember?). At several points, the author tries to say that things may not have worked for people in the past because other books out there have the "wrong" information (in spite of the fact he blames several factors for why things in his book may not work out for an individual), even though most pagans have their own way of approaching things and there really isn't any "right" or "wrong" when it comes to what works for an individual or what they are comfortable in using. So, I definitely would take some of what this guy say with a grain of salt if it doesn't sound right to you or makes you question what you've already found that works for you.
I did find some incense recipes I may use and the ingredients aren't all that hard to find if you have access to the internet and don't mind shopping online if you can't find the things in a local store. But I must warn the thrifty shopper that some of these recipes will get pricey if you make a full batch because some of the ingredients are more rare and expensive. However, even with these few recipes, it really wasn't necessary for me have bought the book outright. (A PBS credit would've been far more sensible.
I discovered, I don't care much for the author. His perception of the beliefs of others is very annoying. He makes several insult at thing like Karma and such which I felt were quite disrespectful. It made me feel like the author believes that only what he says/believes is right and everyone else is wrong if they don't agree with him.
Overall, it's a mediocre book. I'd suggest looking for authors with more info like Scott Cunningham and Raymond Buckland or anyone others who have more experience and less BS.
This book seemed to be one big contradiction. The author insist several times that belief is the only thing nessecary to achieve success in a ritual but then says that candles, tools and undeveloped, natural land is essential.
I may use the authors recipes for incense but I think they were used in other books. Altogether, I found nothing unique and the introduction and first chapter, useless.
For centuries people have used candles to light their homes and brighten theri lives. They have been used in churches, temples, and religious ceremonies all over the world to warm and awaken the hearts of thoe seeking union with spirit. Candle energy is magical energy, probably the simplest, most direct and effective magic you can work. Candle Magic has everything you need to begin your exploration into the fascinating world of flame and wax. Using Cooper's techniques for training your mind and working with the energy of candles, you can change your life and help others.
super great book! very informative, well-written, and intriguing topics.