Power Spellcraft for Life (a review)

Welcome lovelies. Today I am writing a review on a book that I have recently picked up. I did not purchase this book. However, it was not given to me for free by the author or anyone else in exchange for a positive review. The story behind this book is that I had found it in a pile of books that was going to be thrown away. I have read many pagan/wiccan books in the past. For some reason I decided to go through that pile of books before they made their demise in a dumpster and found this little gem.

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Excuse the poor picture quality as my phone was dead so I had to use the rather awful quality camera on my desktop.

The author is Arin Murphy-Hiscock. She is a Wiccan High Priestess. This is kind of off putting for me because often times authors such as this have very biased one sided views and believe that their way is the only way. I could go on about this but that is another subject for another time.

This book sets the above mentioned apart from what I have encountered. It is a book written from a nondenominational point of view. This is a huge plus for me. It allows any reader from any pagan background whether it be wicca, paganism, or even someone who is dipping their toes in the water with a monotheistic/pagan approach.

She goes step by step sharing her process for writing new spells and allows for you to take those steps and create your own. She stresses the importance of rechecking and making sure that your end goal is as clear as possible to ensure that your spell will be as effective as possible. She also points out to keep your notes and to make notes later on the effectiveness or ineffectiveness of your spell so that you may work on it and make it better the next time.

I also appreciate that she makes comment on the transference of energy. In her opinion energy is neither dark nor light it is neutral. She makes examples on how someone might say that it is one or the other but that the energy itself is not dark or light only the person’s intent is. This is an interesting take on energy and I can’t say that I completely disagree. I think that intent on the use of the energy is what determines the kind of energy you are projecting. If you think about sometimes we give off energy and other people pick up on it. When we are happy and everything is going well we often let off energy that feels exhilarating and electrifying. People may be drawn to such a positive energy. While when we are sad and everything seems to be against us we may be at a breaking point and letting off a dark gloomy energy that others may pick up on. That energy can be felt and many empaths like myself will feel the draining effect that kind of dark energy makes.

The book also goes into detail about solar and lunar phases as well as the seasons to ensure you can really get the effect you want. She has a few spells made up within the book that you may use and change to fit your denomination. I haven’t really read through those simply because I am more interested in the information used to make my own spells.

I don’t know about you guys but I find making your own spells has a greater more from the heart feel than one that you borrow from a book.

All in all I label this book as a must for anyone interested in writing their own spells who may not know exactly where to start. I am not saying everything in this book is super useful or not because each person has their own needs and expectations. However for beginners interested in writing your own spells the spellcrafting section is worth it. I will definitely be keeping this book in my library to reference in the future.

Imbolc February 2nd

As the year begins we have the first pagan holiday of 2017 approaching. This holiday is Imbolc sometimes known as Candlemas. It marks the change of the Crone into the Maiden. It also marks the beginnings of Spring. Depending on your traditions you may bring in other aspects. The Gaelic Goddess Brigid is often associated with the holiday. Brigid was also chritianized into Saint Brigid and marks the patron of Saint Brigid Day (February 1st).

Traditional foods to be eaten at this time include dairy, breads, grains, and vegetables stored from fall such as onions and potatoes. Some may argue that spicy and full bodied foods are preferred.

In our family I prefer a nice stew or Shepard’s pie. Both seem to be adequate dishes to celebrate the season. That and I have a picky modern American family who doesn’t like to try new things like leek soup. Oh and pancakes! Their golden color and shape represent the sun returning it’s warmth for the spring.

As an undercover witch one of my favorite ways to celebrate is to light candles. White for the Goddess, Red or Yellow for the God, and Orange to symbolize the change to come.

Weather divination is also a part of Imbolc. Traditionally you would watch for serpents and badgers emerging from their dens which may explain the North American tradition of Groundhog’s Day.

In Gaelic tradition it is about when Cailleach the divine hag gathers her firewood for the remainder of winter. If winter was to last longer then the weather would be bright and sunny so that she could gather more firewood. If the weather was cloudy and foul it meant that spring was closer because she could not go out to gather more firewood.

In Greek mythology it is the story of Demeter searching for Persephone. It marked the bringing of Light (Persephone) back into the world.

Although traditionally many witches perform some sort of ritual on this day or on the nearest full moon, I prefer small celebrations with the family. I love making pancakes with the kids, lighting candles, burning incense , and cooking a hearty meal for the family.

Rituals aren’t a big part of my being a witch. It can be at times, but for me it’s about reaching mental clarity and with that I like to meditate on the meaning of the holiday and apply it to my life. Imbolc is about new beginnings and self cleansing. Out with the old so to speak. It’s a time to work on making changes for the new year and cleansing all the negativity out of your life.