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Book Review – Light Magic for Dark Times: More than 100 Spells, Rituals, and Practices for Coping in a Crisis by Lisa Marie Basile

Book Review

Light Magic for Dark Times

More than 100 Spells, Rituals,

and Practices for Coping in a Crisis

by Lisa Marie Basile

176 Pages



I was lucky to be sent a copy of the book “Light Magic for Dark Times” by Lisa Marie Basile. It’s published by Quarto Publishing Group USA Inc, 2018. This book is 176 pages and is a hardback.

This is a book that is perfect for the current state of the world. It is filled with self-care and coping practices targeted for the hard or challenging times in life. This book has lots of general information that will help any newbie to magic or rituals. It covers the basics like grounding practices, materials needed and cleansing. It also explains a bit about how magic works and how to help you invoke your own magic in your life.

The meat of this book however, is its wealth of unique rituals and spells. This book has some very different ritual suggestions that I’ve never seen before. So many spell or ritual books tend to regurgitate the same spells over and over again with just slight tweaks- not so with this gem of a book! Solid and substantial are the two words I would use to describe it.

Here is an idea of the types of rituals you will find throughout. Rituals aimed at dealing with grief and trauma, such as “a bathing ritual for moving through feelings of grief” and “an artistic practice for saying goodbye to something you’ve lost”.

It has rituals for dealing with negativity, such as “nature practices for negativity busting” and “a practice for honoring your truth after experiencing gaslighting”.

It also has rituals about receiving love, such as “a pick-me-up rose quartz elixir for self love” and “a healing love ritual for your younger self”.

Included, is also a section dedicated to identity and your body, with ideas such as “a practice for getting comfortable with a workout or physical health routine” (I’m excited to try this one). There is even a spell for “saying hell no to labels”- that is a breath of fresh air to me.

There is a section all about recharging and regeneration, with rituals such as “a spell to recharge after attending a protest or doing social justice work”- very helpful for many right now!

The section on shadow work contains rituals such as “a red rose ritual for aging acceptance” and “a practice for finding your shadowy archetype”.

There is a section all about writing magic, which incorporates your own writing into the rituals to make them your own. It has ideas for writing your own incantations, on magical journaling and grimoire writing, and magical poetry tips. This is probably my favorite chapter of the book. It’s just chock full of great material.

In the next section, it covers last minute ideas for magic on the go, in a pinch or in emergencies. The final chapter discusses finding your craft or finding the type of magic that works for you like working with plants, with kitchen witchery, sex magic and more.

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this entire book, cover to cover, and will be trying many of these rituals myself. It’s a perfect book for a beginner, but it also brings forth so many different ritual suggestions that it’s a wonderful book for even a long time practitioner of magic. I was not expecting to love this book as much as I did. There is an abundance of great ideas inside these pages. I highly recommend this book to all. This may be my favorite book I’ve reviewed to date! Excellent read!!



Author Lisa Marie Basile is a poet, essayist and editor living in New York City. She’s the founder and creative director of Luna Luna Magazine, an editor at Ingram’s poetry site Little Infinite, and co-host for the podcast, AstroLushes, which intersects astrology, literature, wellness, and culture.

She regularly creates dialogue and writes about intentionality and ritual, creativity, poetry, foster care, addiction, family trauma, and chronic illness. You can learn more about her on her site

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Retha N. Lent has been married for 19 yrs to her husband Mark and they have 4 cats that are their best friends. She lives in Eagleville, Pa. Retha has her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Behavioral Counseling Sciences from Drexel University. She is the owner of “Retha’s Crystals” and sells sterling silver unique crystal jewelry and specimens in her FB business group “Retha’s Crystal Circle“. She posts pieces for sale as well as posts information on all things magick and crystal related. She is also an adviser in the sage goddess affiliate program since it began. She has her Holistic Healing certificates and Pillars of Priestessing certificates from Sage Goddess. She is also an ordained Pagan Minister from Universal Life Church. Retha has a passion for crystals, tarot, astrology, working with the moon phases, runes, essential oils, herbs, ancient cultures and practices, numerology, nature, manifestation work, magick and music. Her favorite place is new Orleans, La and she travels there multiple times a year. Retha has an extensive personal crystal collection and loves sharing her knowledge of and love for crystals with the world. She has been a practicing Pagan since she was 16 yrs old.

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