December 31, 2019 2 Comments
What’s one thing a witch loves more than candles? Books, of course! If you’re as much as a bibliophile as we are, check out our top 10 witchy books. We list our favorite non-fiction and fiction for your reading pleasure!
Non-fiction Witchcraft Books
1. The Green Witch by Arin Murphy-Hiscock
The Green Witch by Arin Murphy-Hiscock isn’t just helpful for the beginner witch, it’s practical for witches no matter where they are on their path. Murphy-Hiscock explains what it means to be a green witch and provides hands-on exercises that will get you in touch with nature and your own green abilities. PLUS the author keeps this book strictly focused on witchcraft as a spiritual and magical practice which makes it accessible to anyone from any religious background.
2. The Witching Herbs by Harold Roth
Every witch that’s read The Witching Herbs raves about it. We’re no different! If you’re a witch and interested in working with traditional witchcraft herbs, pick up a copy of this book. Roth details 13 magical herbs sacred to the witch including: sage, poppy, yarrow, hyssop and wormwood. Focusing on the lore of each herb and their esoteric properties, Roth’s produced a beautiful and useful piece of
3. Earth Air Fire Water by Scott Cunningham
If you’ve never read a Scott Cunningham book, now’s the time. One of our favorite Cunningham books is Earth, Air, Fire, Water: More Techniques of Natural Magic. It is true that Cunningham has a Wiccan flavor to his writing, yet the information he presents to the reader is simple to understand and useful in
4. An ABC of Witchcraft Past and Present by Doreen Valiente
Many modern books on witchcraft seem to focus on the same subjects, that sometimes witches get discouraged from reading. Some of it begins to be monotonous and doesn’t stretch the inquisitive witch’s mind. So, our solution is this – read witchcraft books and lore from the past. Doreen Valiente’s book An ABC of Witchcraft Past and Present touches on a wide range of witchcraft and occult subjects that aren’t often included in modern witchcraft 101 books including historical witches like Alice Kyteler, Baphomet and the Knights Templar, the Basque witches’ god Janicot and much more.
5. The Inner Temple of Witchcraft by Christopher Penczak
Penczak’s Inner Temple of Witchcraft will aid the witch in increasing his or her psychic abilities. Where many witchcraft books tend to fail is where Penczak picks up – learning how to focus one’s mind via meditation and visualization. Basic magic principles are defined first, then practices to stretch one’s intuitive abilities, learn how to astral travel, meet spirit guides and more. If you’re ready to take your practice to the next level, read this book.
Fiction Witchy Books
In addition to learning witchcraft through books, witches also enjoy reading for fun. Turn the television off, set down your phone, and pick up an enchanting, fictional witchy book like our favorites.
6. The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman
The Rules of Magic is the second book in The Practical Magic Series by Alice Hoffman. Practical Magic is the first book in the series, but if we had to recommend reading one it would be The Rules of Magic. You don’t have to read the first in the series to read the second. In fact, many witches agree The Rules of
Magic is more riveting than the first! It follows a set of magical siblings and their journeys in a vintage New York City. There’s even talk of this book being made into a movie. We’d love to see Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock make an appearance!
7. Familiar Spirits by Nicole Canfield
Canfield’s The Cotton Family Series is fun, frightening and spellbinding. Familiar Spirits is book 1 in the series and takes us to a tobacco farm in rural Maryland where a family of witches has lived for two centuries. And where there are witches, there are other magical things like restless spirits, shapeshifters,
and demons. The main character Lucy Cotton must embrace her abilities and eradicate an evil spirit that’s haunted her family and their estate before the evil spirit overtakes her body and soul.
8. The Witching Hour by Anne Rice
A classic literary masterpiece (not second to Interview with the Vampire) is The Witching Hour by Anne Rice. Anne Rice takes us to a beautiful old home in New Orleans, where a family of witches has lived and battled their demons for decades. Book one in the Mayfair Witch Trilogy, you’ll read this from start to
finish and you won’t want to stop! Each Mayfair witch’s story is engaging and will make you feel like you’re casting spells right along with them.
9. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
Hands down one of our favorite witchy fictional series is the Winternight Trilogy by Katherine Arden.
Book one is called The Bear and the Nightingale where we are whisked away to a Medieval Russia where there are household spirits, witches in the wood, and very real threats of foreign conquerors and roque, psychopathic priests. Vasalisa, the main character, is accused of being a witch because she talks to horses and sees the old spirits of the land. Inspired by Russian folklore, this is a trilogy any witch would fall in love with.
10. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
The All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness has been read hundreds of thousands of times the world over. Witches and muggles alike enjoy the mystery and forbidden romance aspects of A Discovery of Witches. With a powerful witch as the main character and a mysterious vampire ally, what more could you want in a witchy fictional novel? Oh, not to mention, A Discovery of Witches is now a TV show.
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June 27, 2022
Kicking off a new month, we welcome hot summer nights, new beginnings, and self-care into our space as we all learn the importance of slowing down and grounding to our current environment. Entering the month of July, we are led by the sign of the emotional and intuitive Cancer, encouraging all signs to slow down and live more in the moment. This could have us turning more to our roots and becoming more in touch with our intuition and our emotions, helping us to build a more grounded foundation within ourselves mentally and spiritually.
In terms of planets, this month, we have the influence of many different planetary changes going on this month. This includes Venus, Jupiter, and Chiron as some of the main events. With that said, Venus will enter Cancer mid-month, highlighting a nurturing, compassionate, and gentle approach to love. This could also bring changes to the way we connect with and communicate with those we love, as well as invoke a deeper, more caring approach to our self-care routine. Following this, Chiron will turn retrograde on the 19th of the month, pushing the signs to turn within for wisdom and introspective for the next several months. We will then enter the Leo season on July 22nd, helping us to channel some fiery new confidence that invokes creativity, hard work, and a shift in focus towards creating the life we want. And finally, Jupiter will also go retrograde on July 28th in the sign of the Aries, pushing the signs to deeply examine and evaluate their life and their path to better navigate where they want and need to be.
As you can see, July is likely to be full of many unique energies that are likely to inspire many changes within ourselves as well. But, to give you some deeper insight into what you can expect this month, today, we're going to touch on what energies and changes each Zodiac sign can expect throughout July and how you can adjust your life this month to make the most of it.
June 19, 2022
As we move through June, we soar into new beginnings as the hot nights of summer take over and guide us to a season of fun, laughter, and adventure. Often referred to as the season of new hope, summer is a rich time of year full of optimism and new beginnings. It is a time when we channel more energy towards our personal endeavors, spend time with those closest to us, and make plenty of new unforgettable memories. Not to mention, it is also a time of personal empowerment as we embrace more of the fiery light within ourselves and allow it to shine freely with the guidance of the sun and the Solstice.
Because of this, doing what we can to welcome in and honor this energy is essential to truly make the most of it and can help to enhance our spells and rituals at this time. And what better way to do that than by setting up a summer altar? So in this blog, we wanted to share a few of our favorite ways to decorate your altar to welcome in and celebrate the summer season, as well as a few product recommendations that align with the energy of this time of the year as well. So, without further ado, here’s our personal guide to setting up a summer altar to make the most of this beautiful season.
June 19, 2022
Summer is finally here, and it’s time to get out, let loose, and get crafting on all your summer spells and rituals. With new opportunities beaming around us and a new burning flame of passion within us, this is the perfect time to align more with confidence and motivation as we pick up the pace in our lives and become more fearless in our approach to our goals and dreams. And one of our favorite ways to do that is by making sun water.
Energetically, the sun is known as the divine master healer of the cosmos and the creator of solar energy. It is the cosmic force that gives health and life to all, and without it, we and all life of our world would cease to exist. For that reason, the energy of the sun is incredibly powerful to work with in our practices and can help us to channel health, vitality, and healing within ourselves. Not to mention, it can also help us to see more of the light in the surrounding world as well as within ourselves. For that reason, sun water is a popular thing to make in the summer to absorb some of this radiant energy to truly make the most of the solstice and the season. For that reason, today, we’re going to direct our focus to sun water, its benefits, and a simple step-by-step guide for how you can make it for your summer practices. Let’s get started.