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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!