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, magical oils and perfumes, mythology, folklore, and fairy tales. Judika is the author of Encyclopedia of Witchcraft; Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells; Encyclopedia of Spirits; The Big Book of Practical Spells; Magic When You Need It; 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 consultant and editor-at-large for Weiser Books. Judika is the editor of The Weiser Book of the Fantastic and Forgotten, an anthology of vintage esoteric fiction. She wrote the 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 witchcraft, magical practice and traditional spirituality.