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Judika Illes is the author of non-fiction books of folklore, folkways and mythology about the subjects of the occult, magic, divination, spiritualism, fairies, witchcraft and the paranormal. A certified aromatherapy consultant, she has taught introductory courses on the subject at Australasian College (2000-2002), and practices taromancy.

Judika Illes (2009)

On her personal website, Judika explains that her interest in divination began while playing with a Tarot deck at the age of six. Her first Tarot deck was the Builders of the Adytum (BOTA) deck, which she described in a 2005 interview as "formidable and very esoteric," an unusual starter for a child of her age.[1]

In an interview with Facing North, she attributed a childhood spent in the culturally diverse Queens borough of New York City as a significant influence on her writing career. During her teen years, Judika frequented New York bookstores such as Magickal Childe and Samuel Weiser's, known for their metaphysical and occult collections, and Latino botanicas[2]

She worked as a "telephone psychic" for Psychic Friends Network from 1991 to 1993.

Judika Illes has a Bachelor of Arts in English and Communications from Rutgers College and earned a Graduate Certificate in Aromatherapy[3] from the American College of Healthcare Sciences (previously known as the Australasian College of Health Sciences) in 1999. Her writing interests include mythology, folklore, astrology, spellcasting, spirit-working, herbalism and traditional healing.

Her last name, Illes, is pronounced as you would with the "Ph" omitted from "Phyllis." Judith Illes was used as the byline for some of her Tour Egypt articles, rather than her Hungarian name, Judika.





  • The Weiser Field Guide to Witches. Weiser Books. Expected in 2010.
  • The Encyclopedia of spirits: the ultimate guide to the magic of fairies, genies, demons, ghosts, gods, and goddesses. Harper Collins Publishers (2009). ISBN 9780061350245.
  • The encyclopedia of 5000 spells. HarperOne (2008). ISBN 9780061711237. Previously published as The Element encyclopedia of 5000 spells: the ultimate reference book for the magical arts. HarperElement (2003). ISBN 0007164653.
  • Magic when you need it: 150 spells you can't live without. Weiser Books (2008). ISBN 1578634199. Previously published as Emergency Magic! 150 Spells for Surviving the Worst Case Scenario. Weiser Books (2002).
  • Pure Magic: A Complete course in Spellcasting. Red Wheel/Weiser LLC (2007). ISBN 1578633915 and ISBN 9781578633913 . Previously published as Earth Mother Magic: Ancient Spells for Modern Belles. Fair Winds Press (2001). ISBN 1931412650.
  • The Element Encyclopedia of Witchcraft: a complete A-Z of the entire magical world. HarperElement (2005). ISBN 0007192932.

Magazine Articles

The following articles by Judika Illes were part of her monthly column, Beauty Secrets of the Ancient Egyptians, published during 2000 and 2001 by the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism in its on-line magazine, Tour Egypt.[4]

Ancient Beauty Secrets (monthly column series):

  • Ancient Facial Secrets (Introduction), Vol. I, No. 1, June 1, 2000.
  • Haircare and Wigs, Vol. I, No. 2, July 1, 2000.
  • Perfumes of Ancient Egypt, Vol I No. 3, August 1, 2000.
  • Ancient Egyptian Eye Makeup, Vol. I, No. 4, September 1, 2000.
  • Nefertem, Ancient Lord of Perfume, Vol. I, No. 5, October 1, 2000.
  • Tattoos in Ancient Egypt, Vol. I, No. 6, December 1, 2000.
  • Henna, Vol. II, No. 1, January 1, 2001.
  • Fertility Shrines of Ancient Egypt, Vol. II, No. 2, February 1, 2001.
  • Tutankhamun's Perfume, Vol. II, No. 3, March 1, 2001.
  • Flowers: The Fundamental Fashion Accessory, Vol. II, No. 4, April 1, 2001.
  • The Beginning of the Book of Making an Old Man into a Young Man..., Vol. II, No. 5, May 1, 2001.
  • Cats Eyes and Eye Make Up, Vol. II, No. 7, July 1, 2001.
  • Glass Beads: "Fabulous Fakes" and the Birth of Costume Jewelry, Vol. II, No. 8, August 1, 2001.

Feature Articles published in Tour Egypt, 2000 - 2001:

  • Hathor, Lady of Beauty[5]
  • Beauty Salts[6]


  1. ^ TWPT Talks to Judika Illes TWPT (2005). Retrieved 2010-1-27
  2. ^ Joy and Fascination: An Interview with Judika Illes Facing North (April 5, 2009). Retrieved 2010-1-27
  3. ^ Department of Aromatherapy Description of certificate program, retrieved 2010-1-25
  4. ^ Tour Egypt Archives: Ancient Beauty Secrets Retrieved 2010-1-25
  5. ^ Judika Illes. Hathor, Lady of Beauty Tour Egypt. Egyptian Ministry of Tourism. retrieved 2010-1-26
  6. ^ Judika Illes. Beauty Salts Tour Egypt. Egyptian Ministry of Tourism. retrieved 2010-1-26

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