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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November 30, 2022
As we prepare to say farewell to 2022, we welcome December, a month of change and renewal to send us off with flying colors into the new year. As the last month of the calendar year, December is likely to bring some closure to the events going on in our lives and present the signs with the opportunity to sit down, reflect, and plan out their future. As such, this is likely to give us a chance to get our life together more, slow down, and enjoy the moment with loved ones.
Aside from the general vibe of the month, December is likely to be quite an active month for the planets, with key influences coming from Mercury, Mars, and Jupiter. To start, we will kick off the month with Neptune going direct in Pisces in the first week of the month, stirring up a dreamy and imaginative aura that is likely to help us find better clarity in our lives. Mercury will then move into the sign of the Capricorn on the 6th of the month, boosting our communication and pushing us to speak more freely about the things on our minds. A few days later, Venus will move into Capricorn, which is likely to put a focus on our relationships for the next several weeks and help us find more stable ground within them. On the 20th, Jupiter will enter the Aries sign, encouraging expansion, new energy, and passion in our lives.
Then, on the 21st, we enter the season of the Capricorn, which is likely to push the signs to become more serious about the path ahead and work to start planning out their future better. This is also the same day that Yule begins, bringing with it a powerful period of restrospection, transformation, and rebirth. To end the month, Mercury retrograde will begin in Capricorn on the 29th, ushering us to reflect and slow down as we move into the new year with a steadier and calmer pace. And, with Mars retrograde still actively going on until January, this is likely to slow our energy even more so.
As you can see, December is likely to be full of many unique energies that are likely to inspire many changes within us as well. But, to give you a better idea of some energies that may be present around you this month, today, we're going to go over what energies and changes each Zodiac sign can expect throughout November and how you can adjust your life to make the most of them.
November 13, 2022
There’s no doubt about it; 2022 was quite a year for us all, and it’s hard to believe the holidays are just around the corner as we bridge the gap between 2022 and 2023. While the year may have brought its fair share of challenges, let’s all end the year on a positive note and focus more on celebrating the warm moments and loving people we have around us. And what better way to do that than to give a thoughtful gift before the year’s end?
Giving gifts has a way of instantly bringing a smile to your face and on the face of the receiver. Bought or handmade, gifts are magical in the way they don’t have to be expensive in order to be special when there’s love behind it. Truly, receiving a gift always brings us back to a simpler time and reminds us of all the love and kindness we have around us, even in difficult times.
So, if you’re looking to spoil yourself with a gift you deserve this season or shop something special for someone close to you, here are the best-of-the-nest gift ideas for 2022, featuring 22 enchanting ideas to help you find a gift full of love that is sure to put a smile on someone’s face.
November 13, 2022
If you have a friend or family member who has recently shared their interest in the occult or witchcraft with you, you may be wondering what items you should shop for them this holiday season. While they are sure to enjoy the usual beauty kit or bath bomb, you may be looking to get something a little more personal that aligns more with their witchy interest but may not really know where to begin (and that’s okay).
Shopping for a witchy friend or family member can be tough, and you may be feeling a bit overwhelmed with where to start. But don’t worry; we’ve got you covered. This year, we’ve made it easy for you and have put together a unique gift guide of our top 20 favorite and witchy items for $20 or under to help you find a unique gift for that special someone. Let’s get started.