Infused with divine wisdom, empathy, and humor, Enchantments: A Modern Witch’s Guide to Self-Possession is an essential tool for all spellcasters—new and old alike. Titled after the oldest occult shop in New York City, Mya Spalter’s enthralling debut intertwines spells, tools, and rituals with reflections on her own journey as a witch. A seamless hybrid of grimoire and memoir, Enchantments is an undeniably transformative read.
The Illuminated Tarot
Fusing the tradition of tarot with elements of playing cards, The Illuminated Tarot offers newcomers and seasoned practitioners of cartomancy with a way to bridge the gap between the recreational and the divinatory. A fun yet luminescent tool for self-reflection and insight, The Illuminated Tarot is an innovative twist on an esoteric tradition.
The Book of Spells
The Book of Spells by Jamie Della offers readers over 50 spells, tips for spellcasting, and an immersive overview of witchcraft’s roots. From banishing negative energy and manifesting joy to protection and harnessing the power of plant medicine, The Book of Spells is an immersive introduction to the power of the ancient Craft.
Award-winner Nnedi Okorafor’s Akata Witch follows Sunny, a 12-year-old girl, who exists between worlds. As an albino Nigerian girl who was born in America, Sunny is feared because she is different until a foreboding premonition and an unexpected friendship changes her life forever. As Sunny discovers her magical powers, she and her new friends combine forces to conquer an ancient evil. Akata Witch is a genre defying tale about growing up and being courageous.
Basic Witches is a mesmerizing grimoire for anyone who wants to manifest their dreams, find a mystical way to cope with stress, or start a coven. Practical and uplifting, Saxena and Zimmerman’s offering of rituals and spells will help any reader “dismantle the cultural conditioning that trains women to be weak and small.” From rituals for self-care to crystal magic, Basic Witches is a survival guide for living an enchanted life.
The Crystal Code
Penned by a shamanistic practitioner, reiki master, tarot reader, and crystal healer, The Crystal Code delves deep into how to harness the life-changing power that crystals possess. Guided by Tamara Driessen’s wisdom, readers will discover how to tap into their intuition and use crystals as tools for protection, healing, and manifestation. Filled with rituals, guides to crafting crystal grids, and best practices for caring for your crystals, Driessen’s book is a must for modern mystics.
Within the pages of Gabriela Herstik’s Inner Witch: A Modern Guide to the Ancient Craft, readers are reminded of the importance of the witch and her magic: “Being a witch means living in the world consciously, powerfully, and unapologetically.” A memorable primer on tarot, sympathetic moon magic, and how to celebrate high holidays like Samhain, Inner Witch is a divine meditation on contemporary witchcraft and its potential to manifest change.
The Spirit Almanac
Conjured by mindbodygreen‘s Emma Loewe and Lindsay Kneller, The Spirit Almanac is an illuminating guide for cultivating spiritual enlightenment. By utilizing tools like breathwork, meditation, astrology, and tarot, The Spirit Almanac urges readers to reconnect to with the earth, the seasons, and their inner truth. Loewe and Kneller’s words are a perfect reminder of how powerful intentions can be.
In the introduction to Literary Witches, The Witch Wave’s Pam Grossman reminds modern readers that “the Witch is arguably the only female archetype that has power on her own terms. She is not defined by anyone else… The Witch… is a woman who stands entirely on her own.” Throughout the ages, the Witch has been feared, vilified, and suppressed and yet she persists. After generations of imprisonment and persecution, the archetype of the Witch has become a conjurer of change, a seer of truth, and a defender of justice.
As the wheel of the year continues to turn, let us remember to take the time to celebrate and honor the spirit of the Witch—within ourselves and others—and the spellbinding magic she wields with these bewitching books.
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