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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Fluffy Bunny

Okay so this is kind of a rant. I was on a wiccan/pagan page recently where someone called someone a “fluffy bunny” for worshiping a known deity. In the same breath they mentioned that they themselves worshiped a god named Ryuk. As in the the fictional character from the anime Death Note.

Fluffy Bunny from what I have gathered is a blanket term for someone who does not acknowledge another’s beliefs or brushes it off as unimportant or nonexistent because it does not coincide with their own belief systems. Basically it’s a term for those who choose to be willfully ignorant in the many sects of the pagan community. This could also qualify as someone who has only read new age books and refuses to look into other branches such as mythology or other cultural traditions than many wiccans or pagans have adapted from.

I hate the term fluffy bunny. It sounds cute and adorable. It does not scream ignorance. The problem with people like this person is that they are caught up on their own ideals and viewpoints and consider anyone who doesn’t agree as wrong or ignorant. That is far from the case. The only one appearing ignorant is themselves.

I am not one to bash someone for worshiping another god/dess then I myself have chosen. I understand that others have different needs on a spiritual level that another god/dess can fulfill. However I find that these special “snowflakes” (I hate this term but it fits here) who peg themselves as pagan or wiccan yet worship an anime character as fruit loops. A fictional character is just that fiction. Yes from another standpoint you might say that Jesus is a fictional character if you believe the bible to be a work of fiction with the intent on preaching morals.

I guess the question is where do you draw the line? At what point do we say enough is enough? Yes technically Ryuk was a shinigami which is a god of death or death spirit. However Ryuk himself is fiction. If you look up the origins of shinigami you will find that they were often spirits of the deceased with ill intent. Does this person actually know the lore behind a shinigami? Do they realize that they are most often associated with the reason people commit suicide? If they do then do they realize that it shouldn’t be a God of worship but something to fear? Something you might hope would not possess you or a loved one.