A popular culture that is beginning to creep into the mainstream recently is Witchcraft/Wicca. Some who have been practising the craft for a long time may find this irritating or offensive, others are happy that their passion is trickling into peoples lives and welcome newcomers. Either way, it seems to be making waves for several reasons and doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon.
Firstly, I do not claim to be a witch, by any stretch. I didn’t think I practised Magick, I don’t have a book of shadows or an altar, I don’t have a specific path of deity that I worship. However, when I read any book on the topic, they all suggest that the fact I’m being pulled towards the subject means I’m having some form of awakening. That I’m remembering what I am and have started on a path and that some things I do are all forms of Magick in their own right. For example Tarot and Angel cards, burning incense, crystals, throwing salt, knocking on wood. It’s all Magick.
Since this is something that seems to intrigue many, myself included, I thought I’d share some of the books I have read that I’ve found the most insightful and educational on the topic. Books that may be useful to someone drawn to the enigma that is Wicca, or who are already “awake” but need some help in practising their craft. Many of these have some historical education as well as informative and practical lessons. They’re great tools to have if you’re getting started, and even just interesting to those who want to know more about it!
Witch: Unleashed. Untamed. Unapologetic
by Lisa Lister
“If you’re reading this, if you picked up this book, then it’s your time too. It’s time to wake the witches.
You are a woman rooting. A woman remembering. A witch waking.”
A WITCH IS A WOMAN IN HER POWER
She’s wise, a healer, someone who is aligned with the cycles of Mother Nature and the phases of the Moon. Yet for so long, the word ‘witch’ has had negative connotations – being used as an insult, a slur and to perpetuate fear. In this book, third generation hereditary witch Lisa Lister explains the history behind witchcraft, why in past centuries the word ‘witch’ has led women to be tortured, drowned and burned at the stake, and why the witch is now waking once again in women across the world today.
This book will help women to remember, reconnect and reclaim the word ‘witch’ and its power. It explores the many different versions of witchcraft and their core principles and practices, and shares ancient wisdom made relevant for waking witches, including how to:
– Align your energy with the wheel of the year, the sabbats and the cycles of the Moon
– Connect with and trust your intuition
– Use divination tools such as Oracle cards, scrying and rune reading
– Cast circles, create altars and set sacred space
– Work with the elements of nature and use herbs and crystals
– Discover and work with five different aspects of the witch: the Force of Nature, the Creatrix, the Healer, the Oracle and the Sorceress
– Rediscover your powers and manifest your reality with spellcasting
Lisa also shares her own journey to reclaiming the word ‘witch’, along with personal, hands-on rituals and spells from her family lineage of gypsy witch magic.
Craft: How To Be a Modern Witch
by Gabriela Herstick
“We’re waking up. And with our eyes to the moon, we recall the eternal truth. You are a witch. You are made of Magick. It’s time to remember.”
Infuse a drop of magick into your everyday life
Writer, fashion alchemist and modern witch, Gabriela Herstik, unlocks the ancient art of witchcraft so that you can find a brand of magick that works for you.
From working with crystals, tarot and astrology to understanding sex magick, solstices and full moons; learn how to harness energy, unleash your inner psychic and connect with the natural world.
Full of spells and rituals for self-care, new opportunities and keeping away toxic energy, Craft is the essential lifestyle guide for the modern woman who wants to take control and reconnect with herself.
After all, empowered women run the world (and they’re probably witches).
The Little Book of Witchcraft
by Astrid Carvel
“To me, a witch is a woman that is capable of letting her intuition take hold of her actions, that communes with her environment, that isn’t afraid of facing challenges”. – Paulo Coelho
Are you in need of a little magic to entice love into your life?
Maybe someone you know could benefit from a good-luck spell?
Or perhaps you want to feel more in control of your destiny?
The Little Book of Witchcraft uncovers the mysteries of this ancient art and shows you how to tap into the positive natural energies of the cosmos to release your inner power. Learn about different kinds of witchcraft and its fascinating history, its symbolism and the building blocks of Wicca, and how to perform simple spells to attract good energy, luck, love, health and happiness.
Wicca: A Modern Guide to Witchcraft and Magick
by Harmony Nice
“The Wicca faith, it’s traditions and principles can signify different things to different people and many aspects are open to interpretation.”
To me, Wicca will always be about experiencing the earth, working with what you can find and practicing the craft for its true meaning. It promotes equality in all and has brought me many benefits: acceptance, kindness and self-love.
Harmony Nice is at the heart of a growing community of modern-day Wiccans who practice natural magic to improve their own lives and the world around them. In Wicca, she encourages you to explore the positive impact that ritual, meditation and embracing nature can have on your creativity, confidence and sense of self-worth.
Discover how to cast spells, start your own Book of Shadows, join a coven and feel empowered to follow a path that feels good and true to you.
Witchery: Embrace The Witch Within
by Juliet Diaz
Everywhere, the witches are rising. Are you ready to answer the call and embrace your own inner witch?
In this book, third-generation Witch Juliet Diaz guides you on a journey to connect with the Magick within you. She explains how to cast off what doesn’t serve you, unleash your authentic self, and become an embodiment of your truth. You’ll also learn the skills and techniques you need to build your own Magickal craft.
Within these enchanted pages you’ll discover how to:
– Connect with the power of your inner witch
– Create spells, potions, and rituals for love, protection, healing, manifestation and more
– Amplify your energy by working with a Book of Shadows
– Create an altar and decorate it according to the seasons
– Work with the Moon and the Seasons of the Witch
– Connect with your ancestors to receive their wisdom
Filled with Magick, inspiration, and love, Witchery is your guide and companion on a wickedly delicious journey to true self-empowerment.
Until next time ♡