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Book Review – Making Magic by Brianna Saussy

April, 2019

Book Review
Making Magic
Weaving Together the Everyday and the Extraordinary
by Brianna Saussy

With an eye made quiet by the power
Of harmony, and the deep power of joy,
we see into the life of things”
-William Wordsworth-

This quote was a beautiful entry into a book that entices the reader to look more deeply at everything that surrounds them and recognize the potential for the magick held in every moment, in every experience and every interaction. Fourteen (14) Chapters are packed jam full with info, ideas and ritual to implement the focus. The prelude sets the tone of what we can expect…

…”Somewhere
in the world right now there are people from every conceivable
culture, walk of life, and set of experiences who all have one thing
in common: they have remembered they are making magic. Are you ready
to make it too?”…” We all have a deep capacity to make magic
and to do it as easily as we breathe or open our eyes”…

I
appreciate the freshness and candor of this introduction and its
gentle demystifying of something many consider to mysterious,
unreachable and requiring everything, yet not recognizing the single
and only key ingredient-us! The Introduction ends with a familiar
tale infused with magic and a promise. It’s entitled “Golden
Locks and the Bear People”-go figure.

Chapter
One
prepares the reader to begin a
journey of “Remember(ing) Your Magic”, and the call to return to
the place of knowing and integrated wisdom that allowed a wild and
natural magic to flow. Ms. Saussy uses the analogy of a wild animal.
The experiences it endures and how it finds way to survive in a world
that is not always welcoming…. “Magic
moves through the wilderness of the soul soil of everyday life and
experience”.
Emphasis is placed on
looking and listening to gather evidence and reveal the clues that as
the author states will bring us back to making magic. The standard
encouragement of journaling is part of the work here, always being
the staple resource for any seeker knowledge of the sacred arts.

Two
rituals are provided in each chapter as a way to deepen your practice
and there is also the thoughtful addition of “Stepping
Stones”
that supports a more
time-friendly alternative to keep the magic going. According to Ms.
Saussy….Across time and culture the
seeker’s journey is understood to be a spiral path…an apt
description of the experience that our souls undergo in the search
for truth and beauty … the experience of a growing wisdom, in
consciousness, we never lose sight of the beginning, our starting
point.”…

I
love that this book was organized in a way that it holds the
necessary theory required for a good foundation of building a magical
practice, albeit, not in the usual set of semantics that prod the
reader to think in only one way about what magic is and who uses it.
The author clearly has an understanding based in a diverse practice
of esoteric wisdom that spans cultures and beliefs beyond the
Hermetic practitioner. This makes the material that much more useful
and accessible by everyone.

Titles
such as: Memory and Imagination
(visualization); Finding the Doors (home protection/warding); Taking
Your Time (time magic); Kith and Kin (ancestor magic)

and more piqued the interest in exploring the magic of these crafts
more deeply. The final chapter, entitled: Weaving the Worlds Back
Together was a beautiful ending to this book. The weaving together of
all of the experiences had in the preceding chapters is the guiding
force of the ending. Remember that spiral that was spoken of in the
beginning? Now, the reader is drawn to return to the beginning and
acknowledge all that has come into their memory of their magic and in
that weaving, something new is created. Wild, free and finally in
tune with the magic of the world….

…”
We move from seeking magic to finding it, from remembering it to
making it and as the worlds are woven together, living it”…

In
conclusion, the “Notes” section boasts a bibliography, organized
by chapter, which provides the reader with lots of additional
resources to continue the exploration and support coming into our
natural gifts.

Making
Magic”
is a wonderful
introduction to what magic can be in its simplicity and beauty. Often
the statement is made that living a spiritual/magical life is a
24/7-365 endeavor. This book leads the reader into that space where
magic and the mundane are fueled and informed by the other.

About
Brianna:

Briana Saussy is a writer, teacher, spiritual counselor, and ritualist dedicated to the restoration and remembering of the sacred arts. She combines a practical and creative approach to spirituality that includes the riches of the perennial world religions, the contributions of modern psychology to the search for meaning, and the often-overlooked bodies of wisdom contained in folk magic, divination, and storytelling practices. Briana studied Eastern and Western classics, philosophy, mathematics, and science at St. John’s College (Annapolis and Santa Fe), and is a student of ancient Greek and Sanskrit

Making Magic: Weaving Together the Everyday and the Extraordinary on Amazon

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About
the Author:

Robin
Fennelly is a Wiccan High Priestess, teacher, poet and author.

She
is the author of (click on book titles for more information):

The
Inner Chamber Volume One on Amazon

It’s
Written in the Stars

Astrology

The
Inner Chamber, Vol. Two

poetry
of the Spheres (Volume 2) on Amazon

Qabalah

The
Inner Chamber, Vol. Three

Awakening
the Paths on Amazon

Qabalah

A
Year With Gaia on Amazon

The
Eternal Cord

Temple
of the Sun and Moon on Amazon

Luminous
Devotions

The
Magickal Pen Volume One (Volume 1) on Amazon

A
Collection of Esoteric Writings

The
Elemental Year on Amazon

Aligning
the Parts of SELF

The
Enchanted Gate on Amazon

Musings
on the Magick of the Natural World

Sleeping
with the Goddess on Amazon

Nights
of Devotion

A
Weekly Reflection on Amazon

Musings
for the Year

Her
books are available on Amazon
 or
on this website
 and
her Blogs
 can
be found at
Robin
Fennelly
 

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