Book Review: The Complete Book of Moon Spells

reviewcover-the complete book of moonspellsTitle: The Complete Book of Moon Spells

Author: Michael Herkes

Genre: Non-Fiction, Witchcraft

Rating: 4 Stars

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Description/Synopsis:

Luminescent and ever-watchful, the moon is a powerful source of energy and a conduit for magical abundance, bestowing blessings from the universe to help you achieve your goals and desires. The Complete Book of Moon Spells provides down-to-earth guidance on the phases, folklore, and science of the moon, as well as contemporary life-changing moon spells you can perform to cultivate love, money, health, success, and happiness in your everyday life.

Discover a primer on the orbit cycles and phases of the moon, as well as how moon magic manifests in abundance. Create your lunar atmosphere with advice on various techniques for casting moon spells in alignment with the moon’s phases, including ceremonies to perform and the ingredients you’ll need. Once your intention has been set, watch it manifest with easy-to-follow moon spells, rituals, and potions for love, success, joy, and peace.

The Complete Book of Moon Spells includes:

  • Nighttime rituals―Live in magical abundance with more than 60 simple-to-do moon spells and potions divided by the 8 lunar phases, including additional considerations to make the most of each moon spell.

  • Many moons ago―Explore the mysteries of the moon with an overview of the history and modern practice of moon magic, the effects of each moon phase, and which cycles will yield the abundance you seek.

  • Magical mind―Whether setting an intention or self-reflecting, The Complete Book of Moon Spells provides space in each section to imagine, inspect, and inspire you on your magical journey.

Embrace lunar power and enrich your life each day with The Complete Book of Moon Spells.

WARNING – SPOILERS MAY ENSUE BEYOND THIS POINT – REVIEW BELOW

The Complete Book of Moon Spells by Michael Herkes was an interesting read for me as someone who isn’t a practicing witch but instead has approached this topic from a more academic standpoint. I’ve spent the past year reading a wide variety of modern witchcraft and Wiccan literature, as well as delved into researching the more historical aspects of the topic.

Though I don’t practice, I find the topic compelling. I would assume that if you are reading this review, you are likely a practicing witch, so feel free to discard what opinions I may impart here, or at least take them with a grain of salt.

Overall, I think the book was well written. It contains a good amount of historical background to moon-centered witchcraft practices as well as common mythologies. There is an abundance of spells and some potions included within these pages with clear instructions and lists of needed materials. There are also many affirmations and incantations. I think if you are a practicing witch, you’ll find this a good resource for a wide variety of spells.

As an outside observer of the practice, I only have one nitpick – which is that the author is not a poet, and the incantations are rhymed in the way of children’s literature – very sing-song in nature. I would encourage the practicing witch to find their own words if they feel the need. Having read quite a lot of modern witchcraft literature in the past year, I’ve found that most spellwork I’ve read comes with a sense of thoughtfulness and peace that I’ve found to be lacking in these incantations. That isn’t to say that they won’t be effective for you – but if the nature of how they are said bothers you as it does me, don’t feel discouraged from using your own words.