Teen Astrology: Making Your Life Your Own

Teen Astrology:
The Ultimate Guide to Making Your Life Your Own
by M.J. Abadie
Bindu Books

 

There are a lot of worthless Sun-sign astrology books on the market. This isn’t one of them.

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A Witch's Guide to Ghosts and the Supernatural

A Witch's Guide to Ghosts and the Supernatural
by Gerina Dunwitch
New Page Books

 

When there’s something strange in the neighborhood, who you gonna call?

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Everyday Tarot

Everyday Tarot
by Gail Fairfield
New Page Books

 

I read Tarot cards. Too often I can draw nothing useful from the image before me. When that happens I have to rely on a book to learn what the author meant that image to mean. That is inconvenient, inefficient and intrusive, and when it happens I have wished for a simple way to remind myself what a Two of Pentacles or a Page of Wands might mean.

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Herbal Magick — A Witch’s Guide To Herbal Enchantments, Folklore and Divinations

Herbal Magick:  
A Witch’s Guide To Herbal Enchantments, Folklore and Divinations  
by Gerina Dunwich
New Page Books

 

I jumped at this book as soon as I saw the title. I’ve been seriously studying and practicing herbalism since 1994 and a large portion of my library is dedicated to this subject. My approach has always been one that has dealt more with the medicinal properties of herbs and leans heavily toward a scientific approach, but I wanted to expand my knowledge on the magickal uses. So, when the book finally arrived in the mail, I eagerly opened the package and began to read it. Unfortunately, I was disappointed.

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Natural Magick

Natural Magick    
by Sally Dubats
Citadel Press

 

Natural Magic can best be described as a beginner’s guide to folklore, magic, and alternative healing. Pretty much all of the basics are covered, but if you’re looking for information beyond that you’re going to have to look elsewhere. For example, the herbal section contains a disappointing reference section; quite frankly, I’ve seen more interesting and in-depth lore and usage suggestions in New Age catalogs. Ditto for the astrology section, which repeats everything that you’ve already seen between the pages of your average fashion magazine.

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Spellcraft: Practical Spells for Modern Life

Spellcraft:  
Practical Spells for Modern Life  
by Ann-Marie Gallagher
Penguin Books

 

A better subtitle for this colorful little tome would be, “128 Pages of Useful Kitchen Witchery.” I liked this book. Her spells are all “harm none.” Her underlying premise is that magic is an art and its medium is symbols. For example, she proposes to lessen the influence of an office bully by running successive copies of his photo through the copier with the toner slide set at minimum, and to keep doing it until his image fades to white. Nothing could be simpler, and this obviously “harms none” other than the office toner supply.

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