📖 Spells8 Book Club IV (Jan 22 - Feb 19)

Thanks for the link @TheTravelWitch_Bry! I hope a few more people can join us!

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That’s beautiful, Berta!!

This is from “To a Mouse”. According to legend, Burns was ploughing in the fields and accidentally destroyed a mouse’s nest, which it needed to survive the winter.

But Mouse, you are not alone,
In proving foresight may be vain:
The best-laid schemes of mice and men
Go oft awry,
And leave us nothing but grief and pain,
For promised joy!

:mouse:

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Wonderful! Thank you for this.

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In my personal opinion, I’ve always seen philosophy (and psychology as well!) as ways to deeper understand your mind- and where does magic come from, if not our intent- our mind? :blush: Through studying these fields, it is possible to learn ways to gain control over our lives- and the essence of magic itself is manifesting our desires and taking control over both inner and outer circumstances.

So go for those philosophical books, Benjamin! :laughing: :+1: I loved your reviews last session and I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on your current books. Happy reading! :heart_decoration:

Happy Birthday Robert Burns- and thanks for sharing the poem, @Berta! It makes me miss Halloween season- my favorite time of the year! :jack_o_lantern: :laughing:

And wow- look at that fancy cover! It’s a beautiful book :blush: Would you maybe like to be added to the current reading list with this book? :open_book:

You’re very welcome, Kasie! I hope so too- looks like a fun book to read :star_struck:

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@praecog29 and @TheTravelWitch_Bry I think you both know where my heart lies when it comes to self exploration. I totally agree with you Brianna that it is a way to dig deeper into our true intentions and personal truth. Authenticity powers intention - the universe knows when we are lying to ourselves, and supports us when our hearts are pure. I whole heartedly support the exploration of philosophy - the good to inspire, the bad to avoid and the ugly to know the enemy. :heartbeat: :two_hearts: :heartbeat:

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Beautifully and powerfully said, Berta! The realms of thought and philosophy are wonderful and enlightening to explore :compass: :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:

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Oh well, it is fun for anyone who enjoys poetry. I’ll leave that up to you.

Right now I am doing a side by side comparison of 3 books on Correspondences. It is really fun looking through them - The trouble is that I like them all for different reasons. They are all crammed full of information. Depending on the author’s preference of working.

‘The Complete Magician’s Tables’ by Skinner is focused on Kabbalistic, Angelic, Astrologic, Alchemic, Demonic, Geomantic, Grimoire, Gematria, I Ching, Tarot, Pagan Pantheon, Plant, Perfume and Character with 800 tables

I find myself having to look up a lot of the words he uses in references, but find his angel references particularly intriguing.

‘A Witch’s Book of Correspondences’ by Briggs is what I would categorize as more in line with Green Witch working. It is a blend of information and tables .for instance; it has Herbal correspondences as well as informational pages on methods of drying herbs.
Tree correspondences, Pharmacopoeia, Oils, Crystals, Colors, Candles, Elemental, Tools, Work Tables (sorted by the focus of the work), Planetary, Lunar, Wheel of the Year, Astrology, Astronomy, Zodiac, Divination, Numerology, Magic Squares, Alphabets, Chakras, Angels, Faeries, Totems, Pagan Traditions, and an extensive Appendix of Witch Wisdom.
This is probably my favorite, but if I can’t find what I am looking for here I turn to

‘Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Correspondences’ by Kynes.
This is probably what I would consider the main stream witch’s reference. It starts with a bit of a tutorial on ‘why use correspondences’ and then goes into a chapter on Issues, intentions and powers. It has tables for Plants, Minerals, Animals, Dieties, Astrological, and finishes with Miscellaneous - elements, directions, colors, chakras, numbers, and tarot.
I will say that it is easy to find information since each table is fairly thorough in its content, but the same information is not included in all tables. I feel that is a lack of consistency and a little disappointing.

BUT… as they used to say on “READING RAINBOW”…'but you don’t have to take my word for it" … I encourage you all to do your own exploration and see what you think. HAPPY READING!

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3 Books of Correspondences at once, @Berta- you go, girl! That’s amazing :star_struck: Do you find the books to agree on some/most correspondences, or do they all have a fairly unique method for matching things?

Happy reading to you too- Enjoy! :open_book: :two_hearts:

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@TheTravelWitch_Bry I am trying to find common topics to do side by side information comparison… I’ll look into it more and get back with you. Perhaps post a second review.

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That would be awesome to see, Berta! :heart_eyes: I’m curious to see how similar/different the various books of correspondences are. I think a comparison would definitely help people find which book relates best to their own style of practice! :books: :sparkles:

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Wow! I almost missed this post!! Excellent job, Berta! That was a great comparison and review, and super useful for us! I’ll have to add Viktorija Briggs’ book to my library! :books: Thanks!

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I picked up my book Witchcraft: A Secret History at the local Coles book store a few days ago. I’m making pretty good progress in it. I definitely want to order my next book online though. Maybe the next will be that Drawing Down the Moon book that @Jeannie1 is reading! Some history and background on the Craft is good for me too though. :slight_smile:

Anyway I’m happy to make my second book club entry!

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Ohhhh it sounds like a nice find, @colin! I can’t wait to hear what you think about it :open_book: :blush:

And that sounds like a great choice- Drawing Down the Moon is a really hot book right now! :grin: I know Francisco recommends it and Marissa enjoyed the audiobook version as well. Jeannie shared a great review of the first part of the book- I hope you are still loving it, @Jeannie1! :two_hearts:

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A friendly reminder to book lovers near and far-

:grey_exclamation: The current reading period will end in one week :grey_exclamation:

I hope everyone is enjoying their books so far! :open_book:

Happy reading and blessed be :sparkling_heart:

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I have question, can it be any book? I’m going to join the next reading club once this one ends & I am going through my books to try and find one that piques my interest. I was wondering if the book has to relate to magic or our craft to be considered for the club?

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I think @TheTravelWitch_Bry has mentioned before that it doesn’t necessarily have to relate to Magic. After all, anything can be related to Magic if you’re creative enough!

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@Francisco thank you! I’m going to go through what I have and try to get back into reading. I miss it!

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Francisco to the rescue- he is absolutely right! :blush: The book you read for Book Club does not have to directly relate to magick.

You are welcome to choose any book that inspires your creativity or helps you to explore new ideas, @Krissie117. Magick is very multi-disciplinary in it’s nature- so by pursuing your passions and enriching your life, you are certainly improving your mentality and magickal abilities as well! :sparkles::grin:

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Today marks the end of this reading period!

A discussion will soon open up in the forum for everyone to share their thoughts and swap book reviews :open_book:

Please keep an eye on the forums! :eyes:

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Didn’t finish your book or just got started ? No worries!

Feel free to share your thoughts so far and chime in on the reviews that your fellow coven members have shared. You may find a recommendation for a new book! :open_book:

After a one week review period, the next reading session will begin: Next Friday, February 26th . Feel free to continue reading your current book into the next session or start a brand new book at that time!

Happy reading and reviewing! :books:

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