Basic Witches: How to Summon Success, Banish Drama, and Raise Hell with Your Coven

December 14, 2017 - Comment

A magical lifestyle guide for everything from powering up a stylish crystal to banishing terrible Tinder dates Want to feel terrifyingly beautiful? Wear the right color of eye shadow to project otherworldly glamour. Need to exorcise a toxic friendship? Repeat the proper incantation and make it disappear. Want to increase your energy? Whip up a

A magical lifestyle guide for everything from powering up a stylish crystal to banishing terrible Tinder dates

Want to feel terrifyingly beautiful? Wear the right color of eye shadow to project otherworldly glamour. Need to exorcise a toxic friendship? Repeat the proper incantation and make it disappear. Want to increase your energy? Whip up a tasty herbal “potion” to rev up your stamina. DIY projects, rituals, and spells—along with fun historical sidebars—summon the best trends of the modern witchy lifestyle and the time-trusted traditions of the hell-raising women of the past. With humor, heart, and a hip sensibility, Jaya Saxena and Jess Zimmerman dispense witchy wisdom for the curious, the cynical, and anyone who could use a magical boost.

Selected Table of Contents:

CHAPTER 1 – Self-Initiation: An Induction into Basic Witchery
What We Mean by “Witchcraft”
Our Favorite Pop Culture Witches

CHAPTER 2 – Glamours: The Power to Change How You Look
How to Clothe Yourself in Literal Darkness
The Dark Magic of Unfeminine Haircuts
A Spell for Self-Care

CHAPTER 3 – Healing: The Power to Care for Yourself
A Spell to Make Peace with Your Body
Magical Exercise
A Ritual for a Relaxing Netflix Binge

CHAPTER 4 – Summoning: The Power to Care for Others (and Have Them Care for You)
The Transformative Power of Vulnerability
A Collaborative Ritual to Deepen Friendship

CHAPTER 5 – Enchantment: The Power to Make Choices about Love and Sex
Conjuring Your Perfect Mate
The Magic Circle of Consent
A Spell for Talking about Sex

CHAPTER 6 – Banishment: The Power to Avoid What Brings You Down
Expelling Social Toxicity
The Different Types of Personal Demons
A Spell to Counter Impostor Syndrome

CHAPTER 7 – Divination: The Power to Decide Your Destiny
A Spell to Name Your Heart’s Desire
How to Read Tea Leaves

Comments

Mel H. says:

HEY WITCHES, THIS WASN’T ACTUALLY MEANT FOR YOU. YOU’D KNOW THAT IF YOU READ THE BEGINNING CHAPTERS PROPERLY Heads up witches, pagans, and wiccans alike: THIS BOOK ISN’T INTENDED FOR YOU. Please do not be offended by the contents of this book. In the beginning chapters the authors explicitly state that this book is not intended for witches. Could it provide some lovely inspiration for spells? Absolutely. Though their “spells” read more like meditations which makes sense because it is essentially a self help book formatted through the lense of witchcraft.Could this spark some curiosity…

Arwen in NM says:

Relevant and Irreverent I got this book thinking I would disagree with most of it. But I wanted to give it a chance. I’m so glad that I did. Full disclosure: I’ve been Wiccan since 1985 and went through a degree-system of study.At once both relevant and irreverent, Basic Witches takes a “bite-sized” approach to magic. This is not a Witch 101 by any means. It is a “take back your power” book. It openly addresses ciswomen as well as those whose feminity takes a different route of expression…

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