Book Review: Practical Magic For Beginners

reviewcover-practical magic for beginnersTitle: Practical Magic For Beginners

Author: Maggie Haseman

Genre: Non-Fiction, Mysticism

Rating: 4 Stars

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Description/Synopsis:

Embrace your inner witch with this beginner’s guide to practical magic and spellcasting
If you have ever wondered about the mystical qualities that exist within you, this is the perfect beginner’s guide to everyday rituals and spellcasting. Practical Magic for Beginners is a simple, yet extensive reference that teaches you about conscious conjuring using a wide range of tools, techniques, disciplines, and elements.

Whether you’re interested in chakras, astrology, talismans, dreams, or anything in between, you’ll find what you’re looking for. Discover entry-level remedies, recipes, and spells, and learn about plant magic, herbal cures for common ailments, spiritual cleansing, and more.

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I’ll be frank… I think this book was miss-titled. I went into this book expecting a guide to, well, witchcraft – spellwork, incantations, maybe a little herbalism, something about the history of witchcraft, moon phases… basically, the usual witchcraft kit of information give or take some personal views.

That isn’t what this is.

The book is well written, incredibly thorough, if lacking much of a personal touch, and covers a wide variety of topics – don’t get me wrong. It’s a useful book to have on your shelves… it’s just not so much about “magic” and witchcraft as it is general mysticism. Very little in this book is about the topics mentioned earlier. If you want to learn about Tarot, crystal healing, palm reading, or divination, this is a great resource, and those practices can certainly be an aspect of witchcraft… but recognize going in what this book is, and what it isn’t.

Book Review: A Practical Guide For Witches

review-cover-a practical guide for witchesTitle: A Practical Guide For Witches

Author: Ylva Mara Radziszewski

Genre: Non-Fiction, Witchcraft

Rating: 5 Stars

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Witchcraft is a vast and varied range of magical rituals and beliefs―which means refining and deepening your craft can seem overwhelming at first. A Practical Guide for Witches is a simple but comprehensive reference to guide you through using witchcraft in all aspects of your life. It’s a solid foundation of knowledge and wisdom that empowers your practice to grow.

Inside you’ll find approachable spells, nourishing rituals, and encouraging advice that can help all witches channel their energy into everything from blessing house plants, to soothing a broken heart, lighting candles for protection, and attracting good luck.

This powerful guide for witches is:

  • Truly practical―No matter where you are on your path, this book draws on all types of witchcraft to help you tap into the enchantment of daily life.

  • Find your roots―Explore a brief history of witches and an introduction to magical practices like manifestations, setting intentions, the phases of the moon, and building altars to the seasons.

  • Magic for all areas of life―Use your craft to strengthen your health, happiness, relationships, career, and beyond.

Awaken your power and infuse magic into everything you do with A Practical Guide for Witches.

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A Practical Guide For Witches by Ylva Mara Radziszewski is one of the better witchcraft books I’ve read this year – and I’ve read quite a

few. I found the author’s inclusive and welcoming approach to the practice to be very calming and reassuring. The book was well written, easy to follow, and packed with a wealth of historical knowledge and modern practice.

There’s a little bit of everything in this book, from spells & charms to practical everyday advice, and philosophies on practice. If you are a practicing witch, or just someone interested in learning a little more about modern witchcraft, I’d recommend this book as a good place to start, as well as a useful reference for your library.

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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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.

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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.