• Reviews & Interviews

    Book Review – The Junior Witch’s Handbook: A Kid’s Guide to White Magic, Spells and Rituals by Nikki Van De Car

    Book Review The Junior Witch’s Handbook A Kid’s Guide to White Magic, Spells and Rituals by Nikki Van De Car 98 Pages     I would give anyone ages eight to twelve interested in learning about magic and witchcraft, and desiring to become more empowered in common life situations a copy of “The Junior Witch’s Handbook: A Kid’s Guide to White Magic, Spells and Rituals.” In it, three major areas of a young witch’s life are addressed: friendship, personal fulfillment, and family. Each section includes simple spells, rituals, activities and meditations to heal and empower. For example, a healing spell to let go of hurt feelings is offered in the…

  • Crafting Articles

    WitchCrafting: Crafts for Witches

    Making Soap     Merry meet. We all need a bit more magic these days, and soap is one way to add magic to your life without it being noticed. I never liked messing with lye, so I found two easy options. Briefly, one is to grate bars of soap, melt, add ingredients and pour into molds. The second way is to buy the soap base from craft stores, melt, add ingredients, pour into molds. It’s that easy.   (image: soap with oatmeal)   Directions for the latter are on the package, so I’ll step through the first lazy method. [1] If you choose to use botanicals, sprinkle some in…

  • Monthly Columns

    Peeking in the Shadows: Crafting a Book of Shadows and Light Second Edition

    Last month I shared some documents with you to consider adding to your BOS. This month I want to share some brainstorming prompts to use as you fill more of your BOS pages. On first glance this month’s article may appear less robust than most but I assure you that if you work with each of the questions in a thoughtful and authentic way, you will have more than enough to keep you occupied. So, let’s get started. Some of these will become checklists for crafting your own rituals. Others are in the moment wanderings and others are for the intention of having a strong foundation to grow upon. Be…

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    MagickalArts Second Edition

    Creating Sacred Space   The Experience of Sacred Space makes possible the “founding of the world”: where the sacred Manifests itself in space, the real unveils itself, and the world comes into existence … Mircea Eliade … What is Sacred Space? Read and re-read the quote above. Take it into your space of meditation. Analyze, dissect and observe it from all angles, perspectives and meaning. Try to feel the weight and breath of its meaning and allow the words to gently wash over you. Digest it and then simply sit with the feeling of satiety its inner essence provides. And, once you have done these things, redo them, one by…

  • Reviews & Interviews

    Book Review – Modern Wicca: Beliefs and Traditions for Contemporary Life by Rowan Morgana

    Book Review Modern Wicca Beliefs and Traditions for Contemporary Life by Rowan Morgana 170 Pages I have never thought of Wicca as “modern”. In fact, back in the mid-to-late 1980’s, when I first began to explore this religion – and its co-religions Paganism, Heathenism, Druidism, and various forms of Witchcraft – it was routinely called “the Old Religion”. After reading books by scholars like Margaret Murray, Merlin Stone and Monica Sj??, among others, it made perfect sense to me that the ancients revered a great goddess over all and the rise of a patriarchal society gradually changed this to where the god ruled alongside the goddess but eventually took over…

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    Book Review – Grimoire of Aleister Crowley: Group Magick Rituals by Rodney Orpheus

    Book Review Grimoire of Aleister Crowley Group Magick Rituals by Rodney Orpheus 320 Pages     I have read four books on Aleister Crowley. To me, he has been this mythical person that I had heard of since I was a kid. I’ve wondered if the people writing about him are just writing to get published, or is there something that I am missing in their books. Most books I felt that I was having to struggle to get through or stay awake while reading. I am now looking into reading more of Lon Milo DuQuette’s works, after reading the forward he wrote for Rodney Orpheus’ book: Grimoire of Aleister…

  • Spells & Rituals

    Self-empowerment and Charisma Spell to Create Your Own Future Book Excerpt from Knot Magic by Sarah Bartlett

    Self-empowerment and Charisma Spell to Create Your Own Future Book Excerpt from Knot Magic by Sarah Bartlett     It’s hard these days to know what we truly want for our future, isn’t it? This spell will not only empower you with charisma and self-confidence, but enable you to create the future you truly desire right now.   WHAT YOU WILL NEED 5 gold rings 5 lengths of gold-colored ribbon or cord   WHEN TO CAST SPELL Morning   On a very sunny morning, lay the five gold rings in a circle, either outside in full sunlight or in a very sunny place indoors. Take the five lengths of ribbon…

  • Monthly Columns

    Peeking in the Shadows: Crafting a Book of Shadows and Light

    Starting Your Book of Shadows: Part Three Some Docs To Get You Going And Some Time In Magickal Contemplation   Last month we discussed and enacted a ritual of dedication for your Book of Shadows. Now you are ready to begin filling it with your goodies. This month I’m going to give you some traditional writings that you may want to include in your BOS. (photo by Angelina Litvin on Unsplash) Begin with your own writing. Spend some time thinking about how you would like your BOS to serve your growth. What “mission” will it serve as part of your journey? Is there a specific Deity that you would like…

  • Reviews & Interviews

    Book Review – The Moon + You: Your Guide to Finding Energy, Balance and Healing with the Moon by Diane Ahlquist

    Book Review The Moon + You Your Guide to Finding Energy, Balance and Healing with the Moon by Diane Ahlquist 240 Pages     This book review is for The Moon + You by Diane Ahlquist. Its a guide to finding energy, balance and healing with the power of the Moon. I gotta say the first thing I fell in love with was the design of the cover. It’s hard back and it’s a shiny glimmer silver and white with a purple inside binding. It’s really well done, they say never judge a book by its cover but its my favorite cover i’ve seen haha. This book has 240 pages.…

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    Book Review – The Witch’s Book of Love: Hundreds of Magical Ways to Attract and Strengthen Love by Mary Shannon

    Book Review The Witch’s Book of Love Hundreds of Magical Ways to Attract and Strengthen Love by Mary Shannon 256 Pages     If Mary Shannon’s last chapter had been her first, it would have been a very different book. The Witch’s Book of Love presents tools, tips, solutions and spells to help any love quest. Introducing numerology – the metaphysical study of numbers – Shannon explains their potential significance. With the understanding “[e]verything in the universe is made up of some form of energy,” that means numbers do as well. The life path, destiny, soul urge and personality numbers give a profile of your personality. The meaning of each…