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Book Review – The Modern Witchcraft Spell Book: Your Complete Guide to Crafting and Casting Spells by Skye Alexander

May, 2019

Book Review
The Modern Witchcraft Spell Book
Your Complete Guide to Crafting and Casting Spells
by Skye Alexander
Published by Adams Media
Pages: 301

This
first part of this book covers the basics needed to prepare a novice
for working the spells in the second part. Skye Alexander starts out
by explaining that a spell “is something you do with clarity,
intent, and awareness to generate a result. A spell consists of a set
of thoughts and symbolic actions performed in the physical world to
initiate change on a higher level. Once a change takes place at that
higher level, it filters down and materializes here on earth.”

“Spellcasting,”
she writes, “is a method; it’s a secular activity with no dogma
attached to it. … and everyone possesses magical ability.” Spells
are done by people across many cultures and religions. They can be as
simple as making a wish before blowing out candles on a birthday cake
or saying a prayer to casting a spell that requires time
to formulate, research, write and execute.

Readers of The Modern Witchcraft Spell Book: Your Complete Guide to Crafting and Casting Spells will be introduced to 13 steps for successful spellwork, techniques to hone the ability to sense energy, helpful tools, astrological magic and creating sacred space. Sections also cover the power of words; working with spirits, deities and other beings; and tapping into energy by aligning with nature and the universe using gemstones and botanicals.

Part
II contains spells for the three most requested intentions – love,
money and protection – in addition to spells for healing,
self-improvement and success. There are spells to do with others and
spells for the sabbats – more than 125 in all – involving
incantations, potions and charms. For each, Alexander gives a short
intro, a list of tools and ingredients, the best time to perform the
spell, and understandable directions.

A
spell to release sadness involves flying a kite and one for success
entails making a talisman with three rune symbols painted in gold on
three gemstones corresponding with an objective and keeping them in a
gold pouch wrapped with a red ribbon with intentions knotted in.

Practitioners
of all levels will find the correspondence charts useful for
incorporating the magic of astrology, and ingredients for various
intentions.

The
book does a good job of introducing the subject. It concludes with
eight pages dedicated to “Taking the Next Step.” Alexander
stresses practice, gives steps for creating spells from scratch and
encourages readers to craft ingredients.

“Knowledge
is power, as the saying goes. The more knowledge you have, the more
powerful you’ll become as a spellworker,” she writes.

About the author Skye Alexander :

Skye Alexander is the award-winning author of more than thirty fiction and nonfiction books, including Your Goddess Year,The Only Tarot Book You’ll Ever Need, The Modern Guide to Witchcraft, The Modern Witchcraft Spell Book, The Modern Witchcraft Grimoire, The Modern Witchcraft Book of Tarot, and The Modern Witchcraft Book of Love Spells. Her stories have been published in anthologies internationally, and her work has been translated into more than a dozen languages. She is also an artist, writing teacher, feng shui practitioner, astrologer, and tarot reader. She divides her time between Texas and Massachusetts.

The book gets a 4.7 out of 5 by 59 customer reviews on Amazon.

The Modern Witchcraft Spell Book: Your Complete Guide to Crafting and Casting Spells on Amazon

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About
the Author:

Lynn
Woike
 was
50 – divorced and living on her own for the first time – before
she consciously began practicing as a self taught solitary witch. She
draws on an eclectic mix of old ways she has studied – from her
Sicilian and Germanic heritage to Zen and astrology, the fae,
Buddhism, Celtic, the Kabbalah, Norse and Native American – pulling
from each as she is guided. She practices yoga, reads Tarot and uses
Reiki. From the time she was little, she has loved stories, making
her job as the editor of two monthly newspapers seem less than the
work it is because of the stories she gets to tell. She lives with
her large white cat, Pyewacket, in central Connecticut. You can
follow her boards on Pinterest,
and write to her at woikelynn at gmail dot com.