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The Book of Dog Magic


Title: The Book of Dog Magic by Sophia with Danny Sargent

Category: Nonfiction, New Age, Magick

Review: I was very happy to get this book and it didn’t disappoint. I am a dog person through and through, so it is nice to see a book just about dogs with information about the history of dogs and humans, spells, etc… This book covers many areas of dogs and humans lives together. It talks about how dogs and humans first came together. It then goes into different things like how to find a dog or puppy that is right for you, letting go of a deceased dog, getting a dog to return home, etc… What I liked was the history. She went over a lot of history in each chapter. Not just one specific religion. There was Greek, Roman, Egyptian, Japanese, and more. I also like that towards the end she mentions information about astrology. For example, I’m a Gemini, and she mentions what type of breeds would be best for me (as for the others). She also talks about the dogs and their signs. The book also has a great amount of spells and charms. I think it was well written. So if you are a dog lover and want to find something that will help you with understanding your friend, buy this book. It’s a wonderful read.

Rating: *****


Practical Magic For Beginners


Title: Practical Magic For Beginners by Brandy Williams

Category: Nonfiction, New Age

Review: This is a well-written and put together book for those who are beginning the craft and those who have been practicing for years. The author focuses on creating a foundation for the student, meaning learning how to visualize, to ground, seeing an aura, etc… She also includes tips on creating a spell, including some of the basic correspondences. Not giving too much which will come later with practice. She also includes rituals of her own that can be followed by anyone who is not comfortable in creating their own just yet. I find that the beginning witch will like this book and it would have been nice to have when I started. Try reading it if you’re new to the craft, whether from the library or buying it from Llewellyn (they sell on deals all the time).

Rating: *****

Wheel of the Year


Title: Wheel of the Year by Pauline Campanelli and Dan Campanelli

Category: Nonfiction, New Age, Paganism, Wicca

Review: This is another great book by the author who wrote Ancient Ways. This book is divided by months. So I read this book and it took me a year to read because I wanted to follow it by the months. This book does feature the Sabbats, however, it also features different types of magick as well. It talks about different moons of different months. It talks about fairy magick and working with the fairies. It also talks about working with herbs and dutch Pennsylvania magick. There are a variety of topics that are talked about in each month that is featured. I was very happy that I bought the book. It is another book that a witch, beginning or old-timer, needs to have.

Rating: *****

Ancient Ways


Title: Ancient Ways by Pauline Campanelli and Dan Campanelli

Categories: Nonfiction, New Age, Paganism, Wicca

Review: Ancient Ways is one of the best books you can by if you are a Wiccan or Pagan. If you are a beginner or an old-timer. The author has done a well researched book and I have enjoyed reading this book and the information in it. This book is divided by the eight Sabbats. This makes it really nice because you can go to a particular Sabbat if one has passed by and learn about it. The Sabbat the book starts with is Imbolc, which is basically the beginning of the new year. The author covers different subjects in each section and gives spells and teaches you how to make things on your own. I enjoyed it because she shares her experiences as well. It is a book for everyone and I recommend that you get it for your collection.

Rating: *****



Title: Llewellyn’s Sabbat Essentials, Samhain

Category: Nonfiction, New Age, Wicca, Witchcraft, Sabbats

Review: So the reason I got this book is because Samhain or Halloween, is my favorite Sabbat of the year. Has been since I was a little girl, though I didn’t know it was a Sabbat back then. Anyway, this book is a great resource for anyone who wants to learn about Samhain. It gives a great history on it; where it began, what it is called in other countries, traditions, etc… It also gives great recipes and divination techniques. Cause as you may or may not know, the veil between worlds is the thinnest at this time of the year. Also, the book has a great array of invocations, rituals, and celebrations. Samhain is not a Sabbat of death entirely, it is one of change. It has spells to focus on ourselves as well as to communicate with our long gone ancestors. I loved this book and am looking forward to incorporating some of what I have read into my practices on Samhain. I hope you get this for your personal library. It was excellently written and definitely a great book for someone who wants more knowledge on this Sabbat.

Rating: *****

Faeries and Elementals for Beginners


Title: Faeries and Elementals For Beginners by Alexandra Chauran

Category: Nonfiction, New Age

Review: I ordered this during the Father’s Day special on the Llewellyn website. I have been wanting to learn more about faeries in general. I think this is a very good book for the beginner. It starts with a basic dictionary of faeries and things like etiquette. The book then progresses on to teach you to communicate with the different kinds of faeries. There are four chapters, one devoted to each elemental which gives different types of rituals and a type of meditation that will help you get started working with the elemental. I feel that the author wrote this book very well and for a beginner in mind. She warns of the dangers and blessings of having faeries and elementals as friends or foes. You have to be careful because these are not creatures to control. She gives various examples of what could happen if you try to control them. I find this book very helpful for a beginner and look forward to using it to make my own friends with the faeries. Definitely find a copy and read it.

Rating: *****

Kitchen Table Tarot


Title: Kitchen Table Tarot by Melissa Cynova

Category: Nonfiction, New Age, Divination, Tarot

Review: From the moment I opened this book I was entranced by the author. Melissa Cynova, aka Lis, really takes you into the world of tarot and is an honest and down-to-earth writer. She tells you stories about how she became a reader and how she has made mistakes. The one thing that I warn you about is that she is rough. There are a lot of curse words. So if you can’t handle that, then don’t buy this book. I really didn’t care about it. I found as if I was talking to a friend who was giving me straight up advice. She talks about the cards a little differently than other books. Normally, regular tarot books will give you keywords about a certain card like: wealth, financial stability, etc. She takes you through the cards individually and looks through each of their eyes, then gives you what they represent. I enjoyed this book immensely. It has made me pick up my tarot cards again and start practicing. Definitely take a look at this book if you are wanting to get into tarot reading, for yourself or others. I felt it was a worthwhile buy.

Rating: *****

Everyday Sun Magic


Title: Everyday Sun Magic by Dorothy Morrison

Category: Nonfiction, New Age, Spells, Rituals

Review: I’ve read books by Dorothy Morrison before and I decided to purchase this book back when we were having Black Friday. I just got to it now. 🙂 Anyway, I am a big fan of this book. Those who are Wiccans and Pagans typically work in cycle with the Moon. It’s typical because when you think about casting spells and performing rituals, it’s the Moon that is conjured up in your mind. However, the author introduces us to a different approach and a much quicker way to get what we want. In the first part of the book, she introduces us to the Sun and its different phases, the different types of magicks that can be worked at those phases, the sun signs and the magicks that can be worked at their times, incantations, and some rituals to get us started. In the second part is where she divides the spells by the phase of the Sun. This is very useful and she has different spells that planned out very thoughtfully. I think this book is a great book for anyone who is just beginning to work with the magick of the Sun. I know I will be trying out some of the spells. Definitely take a look at this book. Witchcraft isn’t all about the Moon. The Sun is the way to go as well.

Rating: *****

The Witch’s Magical Handbook


Title: The Witch’s Magical Handbook by Gavin Frost and Yvonne Frost

Category: Nonfiction, New Age, Witchcraft

Review: I was not too impressed with this book. I had purchased it a few years back and had never read it through like I usually do with books. I planned to donate it and still do, but when I found it I thought I would give it another try. I found that this is not the type of book that as a Wiccan, I would recommend to other Wiccans or Witches.

The reason why is that it takes a scientific approach rather than a more religious approach. I don’t have anything against the scientific approach, but for some reason this book turned me off. When I think of a handbook for a Witch, I think of the basics of Witchcraft. For example, the Threefold Law, the basics of rituals, the elements, etc… This book went over healing others, the house (energies), it had some spells, bringing back pieces of yourself, etc… I think this book would be more of an advanced witchcraft type of book. I finished this book because I finish all books I start, but I definitely think it is not a book I would recommend for any Witch or Wiccan. I just prefer a more religious approach when I read New Age books.

Rating: *

May Book Goals

Hello everyone,

Two days till the end of April and yes I am preparing for my new goals for May. This month I have read more fiction than I intended to. So far I have read:

  • Fiction: 4
  • Science: 1
  • History: 1

I am hoping to get one more fiction book in (yeah I know). I am reading The Shining by Stephen King. I am also reading The Art and Science of Culinary Preparation as a rehash on cooking for my new project. So what are my book goals for next month? Here they are:

  • Fiction: 1
  • History: 3
  • New Age: 1
  • Cooking: 1 (if at all possible)

I got a lot going on in May with my new blog project. So we’ll see how it goes. However, I think I can achieve my goals. 🙂 BTW, I hope you like the new look. I designed the logo on the right by myself. 🙂 Have a good one everyone!


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