Book Review: Witchcraft Therapy

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Author: Mandi Em

Genre: Non-Fiction, Witchcraft

Rating: 5 Stars

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Self-help is hard (and therapy is expensive!), but magic makes it easier than ever.

In Witchcraft Therapy, you will learn how to use the mystical powers of intention, mindful manifestation, divination, and righteous indignation to cope with whatever life throws your way. Author and witchy wellness guru Mandi Em offers advice in her own unique brand of positivity providing spells, rituals, and more that you can do right at home.

Complete with wisdom like “Remember that ‘f*ck off’ is a banishing spell,” Witchcraft Therapy will have you feeling more empowered and liberated than ever.

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Whether you are a practicing witch or someone who thinks the craft is all very woo-woo, I think you could benefit by giving this book a read. I really appreciated the no-bull, practical approach the author took to writing this book. It was full of recipes, rituals, and mindful exercises to help the reader with grounding themselves and dealing with things like stress and anxiety while reminding them that sometimes the best thing to do is speak to a doctor or a therapist, and take a proactive approach to their own self-care.

This is certainly a book I’d recommend to anyone looking to improve their overall well-being as well as those new to witchcraft, as it has a very practical and balanced approach that I feel most readers will enjoy.

Book Review: The Path of the Witch

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Author: Lidia Pradas

Genre: Non-Fiction, Spiritualism, Witchcraft

Rating: 4 Stars

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Witchcraft is not one defined path—rather, it is a diversity of practices you can curate and align with based on your lifestyle and unique gifts. Which witch are you?

Do you have an affinity for working with plants and herbs for magic and medicine? You may be a Green Witch.

Is the kitchen and home space sacred to you? Are you able to tap into the sensory and healing properties of food for spellwork? Is cooking an intentional act for you? You may be a Kitchen Witch.

Are you able to easily connect with the spirit world or the liminal realms? You may be a Hedge Witch.

Can you do many practices with ease? You may be an Eclectic Witch.

The Path of the Witchdescribes the many different types of witches, their gifts and abilities, and their practices. Each path shows readers activities and rituals that they can use to discover and explore that type of witchcraft and discern which one is the fit for them.

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This book was interesting. Though not a practicing witch myself, I’ve done a fair bit of reading on the subjects and have studied a lot of the basics of both witchcraft and the Wiccan religion. The path of the Witch by Lidia Pradas held a generous amount of information about different aspects of the craft – from general knowledge to recipes, and history. It was a lot of information to absorb, but I really appreciated how thorough the author was about different aspects of each practice.

My only real nitpick about the book is the manner in which it was organized. It was divided into specific categories of witches rather than covering the different aspects of the practice as a whole, shared between the different, more specialized paths. The differentiation between Green, Kitchen, Wiccan, and other types of witches felt very narrowing the way it was divided.

That aside, as I said, the book contains an abundance of information, and if you’re looking for an intermediate level read on witches, you are sure to find some good info here.

Book Review: Candle Magic For Beginners

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Author: Mystic Dylan

Genre: Non-Fiction, Witchcraft

Rating: 5 Stars

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Note: At the time of the scheduling of this book review, the book had not yet been released, nor it’s information uploaded to GoodReads, because of that, I’ve left off my usual link to GoodReads. My apologies! The book will be released December 01, 2020.

Description/Synopsis:

Are you new to candle magic, but with a burning desire to learn? Light the flame with Candle Magic for Beginners, the comprehensive guide to beginning your candle magic practice. With detailed, step-by-step instructions for everything from choosing the right candle to performing the perfect ritual, you’ll find everything you need to know to start magically manifesting your goals.

Discover the different types of candles and their ideal uses, and find out how shape, size, color, and burn time can influence your results with candle magic. Learn how to create a sacred altar, prepare your candle for spellwork, and focus your intentions. Select a spell like Mental Health Magic, Kemetic Flame of Protection, Lucky Cat Candle, Aphrodite’s Beauty Ritual, or Druid’s Circle of Serenity, and get started!

In Candle Magic for Beginners, you’ll find:

  • 30 Step-by-step spells―Find clear, detailed spells for love, healing, protection, abundance, and enlightenment―all from a variety of traditions.

  • The magic of color―Explore the many purposes of color in candle magic―yellow for insight, pink for compassion, green for success, blue for strength, and more.

  • Complete candle care―Learn step-by-step how to choose, cleanse, charge, consecrate, and dispose of candles used for magical work.

Let the magic begin with Candle Magic for Beginners.

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What I really like about Candle Magic For Beginners by Mystic Dylan is that though being about using candles in witchcraft, which can sometimes meander away from practical practice into the more tenuous realm of spiritual belief, this book did a great job of providing the reader with a wealth of historical knowledge, ancient mythos, and practical facts. I love that the burn times of the various types of candles, and what materials are used to craft them was shared. I think that if you are looking to learn more about how candles are used in witchcraft, and the history behind the craft of using candles for such, this is a fantastic resource of information.

Book Review: Crystals For Witches

reviewcover-crystals for witchesTitle: Crystals For Witches

Author: Eliza Mabelle

Genre: Non-Fiction, Witchcraft

Rating: 3 Stars

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Note: This book was not available on GoodReads at the time this book review was schedule to be posted, as the book will be released December 01, 2020. Because of this, I have left off the usual link to GoodReads, My apologies!

Description/Synopsis:

Explore a collection of magical practices that embrace the power of crystals and bring a new dimension to your craft. Crystals for Witches is your ultimate guide to selecting and incorporating the right crystals for your spells and rituals―no matter what kind of witch you are. From making an amulet for prosperity out of quartz, to protecting your home with black agate, to using amethyst for spiritual awakening, this book will teach you how to make crystals a guiding force in your magical practice.

Crystals for Witches features:

  • All about crystals―Learn the basics of crystal magic, including how to choose, cleanse, and activate them, before moving into tips and guidance for altars, grids, meditations, spellwork, and beyond.

  • Finding the magic―Discover what makes crystals such an important part of witchcraft, and learn practical ways to build the relationship between yourself and the spirit within a crystal.

  • Know your stones―Reference full profiles on over 30 different crystals, plus quick overviews of 100 more, so you can easily identify any stone and its specific magical properties.

Find simple, powerful ways to infuse crystal magic into your spells and rituals with Crystals for Witches.

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I went on a reading adventure the past few weeks, absorbing a ton of literature on Witchcraft and Wicca, from the more historical aspects to modern-day practices – and I’ll be honest, this was my least favorite of all the materials I’ve read. I try to keep a relatively open mind on the topic of witchcraft, even though I am not a practitioner, but this is the first book I came across where the topic leaned so far towards the hippy-dippy. It seems as though most witchcraft is based on a combination of mythos, connection to the natural world, and thoughtful meditation – and has very little to do with the actual belief in “magic”, which, I can get behind because I see where it would be helpful in people’s lives. However, Crystals For Witches by Eliza Mabelle was very much grounded in magic, power, spirits, and “feelings” without any sort of grounded basis.

There was very little to the book that explained why certain crystals were believed to have certain powers – based on any sort of mythos or scientific evidence, and instead, more “this will help you with love because that’s just what the purpose is”. I wish there had been more thorough information on how these beliefs came about and less spouting that things were true “because”. The way it was presented sounded more like someone sharing their religious beliefs, rather than sharing information.

Don’t get me wrong – if you are one of the people who believe in that sort of thing, that’s fine, to each their own, and I don’t mean to disparage anyone for their beliefs… but it wasn’t what I was looking for in my endeavor to learn, and I found it less helpful than I would have wished.

Book Review: Missing Witches

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Author: Risa Dickens & Amy Torok

Genre: Non-Fiction, History, Witchcraft, Witches, Feminism

Rating: 2 Stars

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When you start looking for witches, you find them everywhere. As seekers and practitioners reclaim and restore magic to its rightful place among powerful forces for social, personal, and political transformation, more people than ever are claiming the identity of “Witch.” But our knowledge of witchcraft and magic has been marred by erasure, sensationalism, and sterilization, the true stories of history’s witches left untold.

Through meditations, stories, and practices, authors Risa Dickens and Amy Torok offer an intersectional, contemporary lens for uncovering and reconnecting with feminist witch history. Sharing traditions from all over the world—from Harlem to Haiti, Oaxaca to Mesopotamia—Missing Witches introduces readers to figures like Monica Sjoo, HP Blavatsky, Maria Sabina, and Enheduanna, shedding light on their work and the cultural and sociopolitical contexts that shaped it. Structured around the 8 sabbats of the Wheel of the Year, each chapter includes invocations, rituals, and offerings that incorporate the authors’ own wisdom, histories, and journeys of trauma, loss, and empowerment. Missing Witches offers an inside look at the vital stories of women who have practiced—and lived—magic.

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Missing Witches by Risa Dickens & Amy Torok was not what I expected. Going into this book, I was expecting a comprehensive telling of the unknown (or little known) histories of the witch… and it is only by a tenuous stretch of that expectation that I can say that the book tried.

The overall problem I faced is that the book was exceedingly scattered in the way it was written. The narrative was longwinded and cut frequently by even longer quotes and roundabout asides by the authors. On any given page, I found it difficult to discern what the current topic even was.

It is my feeling that the book was not organized well, and was written in such a way that only the most determined will be able to slog through it. This book will not be accessible to your average reader, and frankly, I’d encourage you to find your history elsewhere if you can.

Book Review: Witchcraft For Healing

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Author: Patti Wigington

Genre: Non-Fiction, Witchcraft

Rating: 5 Stars

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Witchcraft for Healing is your guide to unlocking magic’s transformative, empowering nature, and finding spiritual, emotional, and physical healing in all aspects of your life. Learn about how witchcraft has its roots in wellness, and explore dozens of simple spells and remedies like crafting an incense blend for prosperity, mixing oils for community unity, or brewing a healing herbal tonic.

Witchcraft for Healing offers:

  • Wisdom for all witches―Whether you’re a new witch or an experienced witch, find ways to deepen your craft and reclaim your power through authentic information, practical applications, and empathetic wisdom.

  • What you need to know―Begin with a look at the history of witchcraft and the basic knowledge you need to approach your magic with confidence, before diving into spells and rituals to enrich your life and heal your mind, body, and spirit.

  • Tips on the tools of the trade―These rituals use basic tools like candles, crystals, herbs, and essential oils that most witches can easily find or already have on hand―but remember: magic is made in the mind and the heart.

Tune into yourself and harness the power of self-care in all parts of your life with Witchcraft for Healing.

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Witchcraft For Healing by Patti Wigington is an absolutely gorgeously crafted book. I found it to be well-written and designed, with clear sections that make it easy to look up the topics within.

Though relatively short, it covers a variety of healing and well-being based topics along with recipes and spellwork. There are some great exercises for centering yourself and dealing with negative emotions, and I don’t think you need to be a practitioner of witchcraft to benefit from them.

If this sounds like something you are interested in, I would certainly recommend it as a positive and calming read.

Book Review: Practical Magic For Beginners

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Author: Maggie Haseman

Genre: Non-Fiction, Mysticism

Rating: 4 Stars

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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

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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

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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.

Book Review: Green Witchcraft Grimoire

reviewcover - green witchcraft grimoireTitle: Green Witchcraft Grimoire

Author: Amythyst Raine

Genre: Non-Fiction, Witchcraft

Rating: 5 Stars

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The green witch is a healer and practitioner of natural magic, who uses the power of plants, crystals, and the elements to draw on the energy of the earth. With the Green Witchcraft Grimoire in hand, you’ll learn how to harness your inner green witch and develop your own unique magical practice. It’s your how-to grimoire guide to the craft, loaded with spells, rituals, and recipes to help you create everything from meditation oils to sleep tinctures and spells for safe travels.

In this grimoire, you’ll find sections for working with stones, candles, herbs, and sigils, along with personal and reflective writing space. Take notes on the results of your spells and recipes, and the energies and ideas that come to you as you practice and grow. Over time, this practical grimoire will become your own keepsake record of spells cast, organic ingredients used, and recipes to share in the future.

Green Witchcraft Grimoire helps you:

  • Cast your green circle―Begin with simple directions for preparing your own sacred space for rituals, ceremonies, and solitary magical connection.

  • Within your witchy kitchen―Discover the everyday essentials for any green witch’s kitchen and the tools you’ll need to create balms, salves, oils, and elixirs.

  • Seek or be guided―Use this grimoire to look up the herb you need, or flip through it at random to catch information the universe is directing you to find.

The Green Witchcraft Grimoire is loaded with knowledge and will be an invaluable tool in your practice of green witchcraft.

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Green Witchcraft Grimoire by Amythyst Raine is a delightful little reference book for those practicing green witchcraft, whether they be new to the practice, or more experienced.

I found the book full of beautiful incantations with clear instructions and lists of needed ingredients and tools. It was easy to find spells and rituals for all sorts of situations, complete with suggested substitutions, thorough explanations, and helpful warnings about the toxicity of certain plants and stones.

As someone who doesn’t practice witchcraft myself, but has spent this year delving into the history of witchcraft and learning the practices and methods of modern witchcraft on a more academic and curiosity-based level, I found this to be a delightful read, and I believe, a useful addition to any witch’s library.