PAMELA BALL and SPELLS
(Investigator 171, 2016 November)
Ball and her Output
Pamela J. Ball's extensive literary output numbering dozens of books
suggests she is no idle dreamer, but is constantly writing as if held
spellbound by it.
Ms Ball was born in Hawaii, 1940, and raised by American parents. She
was a professional dream counselor for over thirty years working in
America, Switzerland and England, eventually settling in Florida, USA,
where she taught creative writing.
The message in her book Spells,
Charms, Talismans & Amulets A Complete Guide To Magical Enchantment
(2002 Hinkler Books) is that people can get their way in almost
anything. All they need to do is speak the right spells with the right
Spells are sentences, often in verse and spoken in prepared settings,
that produce results by magic.
Spells, Charms, Talismans & Amulets
In the Preface of Spells, Charms,
Talismans & Amulets Ball refers to herself as "we": "For
practice ... we give you some
techniques for protecting your home..."
At other times "we" includes the readers: "...given the correct method,
we can protect ourselves from
harm and make things happen through the
use of talismans." (p. 381)
In Chapter 1 readers learn that the ancient gods of Pagans, Druids,
Wiccans and Shamans have a real existence and everyone, even
Monotheists and Atheists, can access them to empower spells to produce
No proof is given. Everything that a skeptic, thinker or ordinary
person would query or want evidence for is simply assumed as factual.
Ball accepts that there are magical powers associated with candles,
crystals, voodoo, talismans, etc.
Chapter 2 "Techniques of Magic" introduces readers to Colour Magic,
Herb Magic, Candle Magic, Crystal Magic, Knot Magic, Representational
Magic, Symbolic Magic, Elemental Magic, and Talismans, Amulets and
Charms, and to forming a ritual.
"Colour" rather than "Color" reflects Ball's habit of moving between
American English and British English.
Casting successful spells is not impromptu or spontaneous like throwing
a ball, but requires preparation. Chapter 2 continues with consecrating
a sacred place, setting up and dedicating an altar, consecrating altar
objects, self-purification, and consecrating various tools:
you become proficient, you may find you can actually see as well as
sense Nature spirits. Dryads are the principle Nature spirits, mainly
of forests and trees... The Celts believe them to be spirits who dwelt
in trees. (p. 53)
Ball divides spells into Invocation, Incantation, Love Spells, Bidding
Spells, Blessing, and Healing Spells.
Chapter 3 goes into perks and benefits and is titled "Love, Money and
Job Spells". Readers are assured that spells can produce success in
love, enhance their attractiveness, get rid of unwanted suitors, and
lead to jobs and money.
Chapter 4 describes "Rituals of Magic" and how to include candles,
colour, robes, crystals, incense, herbs, the "five elements", and
magical days. Different herbs are said to attract love, protection,
healing and health, or help spirits to appear:
For spirits and
apparitions to appear they must have some sort of substance to
manipulate. Smoke has often been used for this purpose. The smoke from
certain herbs can also be used to work clairvoyantly. (p. 124)
Any and all of the ancient gods and goddesses that people once
worshipped can be called on to make magic rituals more powerful. Ball
lists over 150 deities on pages 137-156 and apparently presumes all of
them to have a real, empirical, existence.
Chapter 5 "Forms of Magic" tells about Candle Magic, Oils, Knot Magic,
Crystal Magic, Herbal Magic, and Incense.
Chapter 6 goes into Charms, Amulets, and Talismans.
Pamela Ball's many published books include:
• 1996 Quantum
• 1996 10,000
• 1997 10,000 Ways
to Change Your Life
• 1998 Jack the
Ripper: A Psychic Investigation
• 1999 The
Complete Dream Dictionary
• 2000 Lucid
Dreaming and the Art of Dreaming Creatively
• 2001 A Woman's
Way to Wisdom
• 2001 Natural
Magic: Spells, Enchantments & Self Development
• 2001 Spells,
Charms, Talismans and Amulets...
• 2003 The
Complete Book of Dreams and Dreaming
• 2003 Your Sexual
• 2004 Dreams and
Dreaming: An A-Z of All Your Dreams
• 2004 The Essence
• 2005 The Great
Book of Spells: Magicking Health, Wealth and Happiness Into Your Life
• 2005 The
Prophecies of Nostradamus: A Selection of the Seer's Most Intriguing
• 2006 The
Illustrated Dream Dictionary: What Dreams Reveal About You
• 2006 The Power
of Creative Dreaming
• 2007 Recreating
the Circle of Wellbeing
• 2007 The A To Z
of Dream Interpretation...
• 2008 10,000
• 2009 Large Print
• 2009 The Book of
• 2009 The Dream
• 2009 The
Ultimate Book of Spells...
• 2011 The Dream
The Complete Book of Dreams and
Dreaming (2005 edition, Gramercy publisher) is advertised by
online booksellers such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble as having 666
pages. To church people 666 is a sinister number and very off-putting
and several individuals comment about this on book-sellers' websites.
Other book sellers either don't state the number of pages or assign the
same book 672 pages. Problem solved.
Many of Ball's books have gone through multiple editions and multiple
reprinting by different publishers. Different websites disagree on the
publishing dates, and getting the list correct is difficult even if one
is "on the ball". The above list attempts to provide the dates of
first-release but is provisional.
Ball has also authored novels; and some of her books appear in German
and possibly other languages.
Pamela Ball's writings are popular and influential — 10,000 Dreams Interpreted has sold
over one million copies. The "Google Books" website says that Ball has:
"advised and guided many thousands of people, including figures in
business, politics, and the arts."
Clearly, Ball has done more than most to promote society's widespread
distrust and rejection of science and its replacement with superstition.
If you are unemployed, short of money, threatened by criminals or feel
sick, don't waste time casting spells. Instead do job-training, follow
a budget, report to the police, and visit a doctor.
Spells, Charms, Talismans &
Amulets (2002, Hinkler Books), which I had access to for this
article, is crammed with claims that skeptics would dismiss as
unscientific or unconfirmed, and with counsel that church people would
reject as spiritually dangerous. One church person cited Jesus and
implied Ball is a "stumbling block":
Woe to the world
because of stumbling blocks! Occasions for stumbling are bound to come,
but woe to the one by whom the stumbling block comes! (The Bible —
In Ball's favor is that she is not as extreme in her claims about what
spells can do as certain others are. At least one website supplies
spells to change oneself into a mermaid or a vampire — and guaranteed
to work too!
versus religion and the paranormal on this website: