Book Review: Herb Magic

cover-herb magicTitle: Herb Magic: An Introductions to Magical Herbalism and Spells

Author: Patti Wigington

Genre: Religion & Spirituality, Non-Fiction

Rating: 5 Stars

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Description/Synopsis:

Herbal magic is a powerful method of inviting protection, love, health, and wealth into your life—it can even aid you in finding guidance through divination. Perfect for fresh and seasoned herbalists alike, Herb Magic is your easy-to-digest guide to magical herbalism, introducing you to the spiritual side of herbs and how to use them in folkloric spells and rituals.

Dive into magical herbalism with a reader-friendly overview of this old-world magic belief system, including advice on the best time to practice, building an altar, and setting intentions. Learn about the healing properties of dozens of sacred herbs, how to unlock their power, and magical uses before exploring 75 easy-to-follow spells and rituals, including simplified magic for the witch on the go.

This magic herbalism book includes:

  • Principles of magic—A simple-to-navigate intro shows you the history of magical herbalism along with help on prepping and planning, as well as some of the preparations you’ll be working with.

  • Magic herbs—Understand and honor your herbs to better your magical results with illustrated profiles for 40 herbs, including their magical qualities and benefits.

  • Spells and rituals—Embrace the magic of herbalism every day with spells and rituals for protection, love, healing, wealth, and even divination—plus a handy herb glossary.

Empower and enrich yourself with the magical power of herbalism.

WARNING – SPOILERS MAY ENSUE BEYOND THIS POINT – REVIEW BELOW

Herb Magic by Patti Wigington is a fantastic, quick resource for beginning herbalists, whether your interest is spurred on by Wiccan practices or otherwise. There is a lot of good, basic information, resources to learn more, and beautiful illustrations of the herbs being described within.

If you are at all interested in learning about herbalism, particularly in rituals and spellwork, this is a good place to start. The book was easy to read and follow and contains an abundance of knowledge.

Book Review: Modern Wicca

cover-modern wiccaTitle: Modern Wicca: Beliefs and Traditions for Contemporary Life

Author: Rowan Morgana

Genre: Religion & Spirituality, Non-Fiction

Rating: 5 Stars

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Description/Synopsis:

Lighting the Wiccan path for the modern practitioner. The magickal practice of Wicca centers devotion to nature, promotes peace and balance, and embraces self-determination. Walk down the divine path with Modern Wicca, an up-to-date overview of the principles of the faith. Whether you’re just starting out or have already begun your journey, this inclusive guide can help you focus your intentions and claim your personal power.

Learn the history of Wicca, and find out how it has evolved into the modern day. Get acquainted with common deities of the Wiccan traditions, observe the spiritual significance of the holidays, and celebrate the full moon’s monthly cycles. Details for creating altars, gathering tools, and spellcasting offer plenty of possibilities to adapt and enrich your worship.
Inside Modern Wicca, you’ll find:

* Diverse traditions―Explore the variety of belief systems, and examine the pros and cons of joining a coven or practicing Wicca solitarily.

* The power of spells―Harness spell casting for positive change with 8 spells for protection, house purification, healing, and more.

* Rituals and rites―Learn 8 key rituals to foster connection with the moon and sun, Goddess and God, and Mother Earth throughout life.

Step into the light of the Wiccan way with the guidance of Modern Wicca.

WARNING – SPOILERS MAY ENSUE BEYOND THIS POINT – REVIEW BELOW

Modern Wicca by Rowan Morgana was an eye-opening and intensely thought-provoking read for me – someone not of the Wiccan faith. I have never been a religious person and classify myself as something akin to an Athiest or Agnostic dependent upon my place in life… but after reading this book, I can say that IF I were to ascribe to a system of belief, it might very well lead me towards Wicca.

The Wiccan belief system, which centers around nature, inclusivity, and the idea of balance between our actions and their consequences spoke to me on a very human and basic level. Though the idea of altars, rituals, spells, and magick may seem silly to the casual observer, it was fascinating to see the underlying currents of real thoughtfulness and awareness that went into the physical acts of ritual and spellcraft. There is a sense of patience and understanding in what Wiccan practitioners do that goes beyond the surface level things we see and hear about Wicca in the media.

I hold a certain respect for Wiccans after having delved this little bit into their world and am certainly interested in reading more. (Author, hit me up if you need more reviews!) This book was well-written, well-organized, and came across as both thorough and unbiased in the way the author portrayed information. If you are interested in learning about Wicca, I’d say that this is an excellent place to start.