Two Book Reviews
Small books are fun to grab and travel easily. This month, we’ll take a look at two that are about spells.
Little Cauldron of Good Luck Spells by Midia Star, first published in Great Britain in 2004, is a collection of more than 40 spells and charms to bring about good fortune.
Dedicated to “all those who are down on their luck right now,” this 128-page book offers a magical helping hand. There are good luck spells for an audition, travel and selling your home. Others cover business, finances, love and health. Nearly all take up two pages, assuring that nothing is too complicated. Tools and ingredients are common and simple.
Readers are also given a section on banishing bad luck, and advice on how to retract a spell that was cast and then regretted.
The book starts off with a brief introduction including rules of the Craft and some basic information that serve as a base for working magic. Star rightfully notes, “You can craft spells using no tools whatsoever, except for the tool within you – the power of your mind,” and, “The best spells are the ones that come from inside you.”
Not every spell will resonate with every reader, and while you can follow the recipes – which the author states do work – you are also free to piece together parts of more than one to tailor something for yourself.
The Little Book of Hexes for Women by Sophia was printed in 1997. The professional psychic, spiritual teacher and author offers hexes for nasty landlords, phone or door-to-door solicitors, drivers who steal your parking spot, people who leave you waiting and individuals who always tell the ending of books and movies. If you feel you’ve been wronged, chances are Sophia has a curse you can use for revenge.
While the introduction states this book is “just for fun, a laugh, a harmless way to blow off steam,” it also calls itself “an instant karma-adjustment-how-to book.”
Hexes, bindings and cursing are not for everyone, and some paths forbid it. Like other forms of magic, hexes are serious and should be done after careful thought and with a clear intention. For instance, the hex for “people who are always on the phone (yak … yak … yak …)” reads, “These people can tie up a phone line for hours, talking about … nothing! It is remarkable, but it can go beyond irritating. When enough is enough, pull the plug with this little number!” The spell to correct that calls for dipping a black feather in patchouli oil, drawing a W in the air and repeating a chant, leaving the feather under the phone or a under a photo of the person – “at night when the moon is half-waning.”
If it is important to you to put a techno snob in his or her place, to seek revenge for a bad haircut or to change the behavior of couples who use “cutesy-wootsie” terms of endearment, then this book will offer hexes so “you can have the last laugh.”
Both books are available on amazon.com.
And merry meet again.