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Judika Illes fell in love with the magical arts as a child and has been studying them ever since. An independent scholar, her interests include tarot and other forms of divination, astrology, spell-casting, witchcraft, amulets, traditional healing and spirituality, Kabbalah, the Egyptian Mysteries, runes, magical oils and perfumes, mythology, folklore, and fairy tales. Judika is the author of The Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells, The Encyclopedia of Spirits, Pure Magic, Magic When You Need It, The Element Encyclopedia of Witchcraft, The Weiser Field Guide to Witches and The Encyclopedia of Mystics, Saints, and Spirits. She is also the author of The Weiser Field Guide to the Paranormal, published under the alias, Judith Joyce.

Judika has worked as a professional card reader and spiritual counselor for over two decades. She is a paraprofessional crisis counselor and certified therapeutic aromatherapist. She wrote the popular monthly feature, Beauty Secrets of the Ancient Egyptians for TourEgypt, the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism’s on-line magazine. Judika lectures and offers workshops on various aspects of magical practice and traditional spirituality.