What to say about “Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Correspondences: A Comprehensive & Cross Referenced Resource for Pagans & Wiccans” by Sandra Kynes. Essentially my first reaction was; Holy shit! I apologize for the profanity, but that was truly my reaction when I pulled this hefty book out of its package. It must have been an extreme undertaking for author Sandra Kynes. There’s just so much information in there! It’s over 500 pages long!
Kynes new book is divided up into issues, intentions, and powers along with their correspondences at the beginning. Next are sections dealing with plants, minerals, animals, deities, astrological, and miscellaneous that are all cross referenced with each other. Not to mention the delightful index. The amount of information to be found within each area is amazing, even as Kynes is apologizing and acknowledging that more could have been added. Did I mention more than 500 pages?
She presented the information in these cross referenced sections to allow readers more options when working with correspondences. Kynes explains that the way these books normally work, the research creates a pin wheel. Her example is you look up love and you find that the Moon is associated with love. That would normally be the end. However the way Kynes has done things you look up love and you learn that the Moon has a link to love (as before), but now you’ll see that the Moon is associated with the Sapphire gemstone and perhaps that clicks with you more, or perhaps that is something you feel can reinforce what you’re doing. Kynes says that “We can bring correspondences to life by thinking in terms of a web. Doing so allows us not only to expand the links of attributes, but it also allows us to personalize the way we use magical correspondences.”
“Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Correspondences: A Comprehensive & Cross Referenced Resource for Pagans & Wiccans” is truth in advertising. And it’s true that it does have a definite Pagan/Wiccan lean to it, but it is certainly well researched and resourceful enough that any occult/magic user would find it a handy book to have on their shelf.