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.

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Meditation

Meditation is an undercover witch’s best friend. It can be your gateway to your spirituality. You don’t need a ton of supplies to practice your craft. Sometimes you need a spiritual connection, but you are in a place you can’t just whip out your alter supplies and cast a spell or ritual.

My husband is a Christian, and although he is well aware of my religious path he prefers a head in the sand kind of approach. (His exact comparison) In other words he is okay with it as long as he doesn’t see it. So how do I do rituals and things when he’s around? I can simply tell him I’m in need of some quiet time, and request that I not be bothered for x amount of time. However, we have four children so I can’t always be sure that something won’t happen and be disturbed.

So in order to practice my craft without it being openly obvious I’ve determined that meditation is useful. during meditation you can usually go through your rituals and spells within your mind’s eye. You can open your circle, summon the four elements, and talk to the Lord and Lady. It works just like any other ritual or spell except you perform it within your mind through visualization instead of in the physical realm with all your supplies. Just like any other spell or ritual remember to close your circle and ground yourself before you leave.

If it helps to cleanse your mind for your ritual you can anoint yourself with a corresponding oil. I usually place in on my forehead. However you can also chose to take a ritual bath before or after as well. You could also perform your meditation ritual within the bath I suppose if you could without interruption. However, this is unfeasible for me most of the time because I have four children who think it’s prime time to yell “Mom…mom…mom…mom….MOM!” from behind the bathroom door. Mother’s everywhere will understand that small children and bathtime usually means you aren’t going to enjoy it peacefully.