📝 Spells8 Book Club IX - Readers' Reviews!

Wishing a very warm welcome to all of the Witchy Readers! :open_book:

The current reading period for Book Club [Jun 23 - Aug 20 ] has now ended - well done to everyone who joined in!

Book Club Members This Reading Period:

  • Tea-Cup Reading and Fortune-Telling by Tea Leaves by A Highland Seer
    @TheTravelWitch

  • The American Indian Secrets of Crystal Healing by Luc Bourgault
    @christina4

  • A Mandala of Cards the Buddha Tarot by Robert M. Place
    @anneshakargupta

  • Maya by Bhakti Purusottam Swami
    @anneshakargupta

  • How to Live with God by Swami Chetanananda
    @anneshakargupta

  • The Wild Wood Tarot Wherein Wisdom Resides by Mark Ryan and John Matthews
    @Amethyst

  • The Little Book of Moon Magic - working with the power of the lunar cycles by Sarah Bartlett
    @IrisW

  • The Doctrine and Ritual of High Magic by Eliphas Lévi
    @Francisco

  • Wicca: A Modern Practitioner’s Guide: Your Guide to Mastering the Craft by Arin Murphy-Hiscock
    @Limeberry

  • Anatomy of a Witch by Laura Tempest Zakroff
    @Rowan

  • House Witch by Arin Murphy-Hiscock
    @Rowan

  • Auras: Your Personal Guide by Joylina Goodings (In Focus series)
    @Missa

  • Blood in the Bayou by Docteur Sureaux
    @jessika

  • Wicca: A guide for the solitary practitioner by Scott Cunningham
    @WhiteFox

  • Silver’s Spells for Protection by Silver Raven Wolf
    @Garnet

Even if you are not listed above but you read a book during this reading period/ you decided to read a different book than listed- you are very welcome to share and discuss here too!



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Time to share your thoughts with your coven! :star_struck:

This discussion post will serve as a place to share your thoughts and opinions on the book you chose.

  • :heart_eyes: If you loved your book and think everyone should read it- awesome! Talk about your favorite points or something you learned.
  • :woman_shrugging: If you didn’t connect with the book- consider explaining why it wasn’t for you.
  • :angry: Absolutely hated your book of choice? Warn others to stay away!

This is a great place to share your love for books and find recommendations for new books to read :+1:


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Your book review can be as simple or elaborate as you’d like :writing_hand:

If you’re not sure what to talk about, here is a suggested format you can use. Feel free to write as little or as much as you’d like!

Book Title and Author:

Status? : Finished / Still Reading

My overall rating of the book : ???/10

How does this book relate to my magickal practice?:

My personal thoughts/opinions:

An interesting quote from the book: " "

All in all, would I recommend this book?: Yes / No

Remember that your review is uniquely yours- this is a chance to let your opinions and voice be heard :raised_hands:

Please keep in mind that others may have opinions that differ from yours- when responding to the thoughts of others please always show respect! Remember that 100 people will read 1 book and have 100 different experiences. That’s what makes sharing interesting! :hugs:


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What if I didn’t finish my book / joined late? :raised_hand:

No worries at all!

You are welcome to share your thoughts about the part you have read so far. If you joined the session late and have just started, feel free to talk about your expectations for your book. You can continue reading it into the next reading period.

And whether you read a book or not - you are very welcome to jump in and discuss what others share about their books! :handshake:


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Deadlines and Dates :spiral_calendar:

You have 5 weeks to share your thoughts and discuss- until the next Readers’ Review Post appears in the forums!

Deadline for Reviews for this Session: Friday, September 24th

While you have plenty of time for reviews, know that the next reading period will begin in one week:

The Next Reading Session will Begin: Friday, August 27

On this day a post will appear where you can announce your next book (or continue with your current reading!).

Until then, you can find more info about the club in the Book Club FAQ.

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It can be hard to find the time and motivation to read on your own- hopefully book club helped provide a bit of motivation and that it led to some wonderful new knowledge and discoveries in your Craft :books:

Thanks again for joining in and being a part of Book Club! I am so excited to read your thoughts and learn more about the book you spent time with :blush::open_book:

Blessed be! :sparkles:

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Book Title and Author: A Mandala of Cards the Buddha Tarot by Robert M. Place

Status? : Finished

My overall rating of the book : 10/10

How does this book relate to my magickal practice?: This teaches about “Mandala” which is essential for maintaining the focus for during spellcasting. It teaches about the Wheel of Fortune which is The Mandala or Consciousness or Wheel of law or Wheel of life or Wheel of Justice, in other words, and the position of 7 Chakras, the position of 4 element and how those can be reached through 4 Yoga, the position of triumph card of Tarot Divination within this Wheel of Fortune. Following these 4 Yoga helps to develop the intuition & knowledge power for ritual and spellcasting purpose most.

My personal thoughts/opinions: This present consciousness is necessary to have speedy progress for developing intuition.

An interesting quote from the book: “One who is awake requires everyone to live in a present consciousness because the past has gone and the future will come to you for enjoyment.”

All in all, would I recommend this book?: Yes. Here is the link: https://www.amazon.com/Mandala-Cards-Buddha-Tarot/dp/8178223031/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=A+Mandala+of+Cards+the+Buddha+Tarot&qid=1629446803&sr=8-1

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Book Title and Author: The American Indian Secrets of Crystal Healing by Luc Bourgault

Status? : Still Reading

My overall rating of the book: 10/10

How does this book relate to my magickal practice?: This book relates by teaching the Cherokees and Apache tribe ways of crystal healing.

My personal thoughts/opinions:
This book really has valuable information! There’s an exercise from the book that I enjoyed doing. It’s energizing your food, drink, meds. You first have to energize your hand chakras. (I’d recommend getting used to doing this first then energizing your meal).
You rub your hands together with your elbows out then blow on them. Do it again and as many times as you’d like until you feel the ball of energy build up between your hands. (I like to close my eyes to feel it even stronger).
With this in mind, you place your hands over your mean and keep the intention of ‘to help and to cure’. Do it a couple times and if you don’t feel the energy ball, the author suggests not to eat the meal.
He had a meal that explained that wouldn’t charge, he didn’t eat it but his friend did and ended up being sick all night.
Same with medication, take it with the intention of ‘to help and to cure’. I personally haven’t don’t this with food, only crystals! The author does teach a ton of great information about crystals, I just wanted to point out something more interesting to me.
There’s so so much more information, I just can’t fit it all here :sweat_smile:

An interesting quote from the book:
“To begin with, the first crystal with which you work, which you clean, polish and purify must be yourself.”
And I love this one:
“There are two basic principles which anyone who wants to work with crystals must understand- meditation and respect.”

All in all, would I recommend this book?: Yes, absolutely!

:gem: Thank you for reading my book report :relieved:

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Ooh, I love the quote!!! :smiling_face_with_three_hearts: Very nice book review :blush:

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Book Title and Author: Maya by Bhakti Purusottam Swami

Status? : Finished.

My overall rating of the book : 6/10

How does this book relate to my magickal practice?: This book clarifies the laws of nature and how illusion cover our soul, through material pleasure, from achieving magical skills.

My personal thoughts/opinions: This is a nice book which speaks about a difference between Yoga or Wheel of Fortune which is divination skill and Moha/Maya/Illusion which deals with material pleasure which is temporary.

An interesting quote from the book: “Internal Energy works when one is in service of universe to purify others through self-realization.”

All in all, would I recommend this book?: No.

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Book Title and Author: How to Live with God by Swami Chetanananda

Status? : Still Reading

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As I said I thought I might in the thread, I went rogue and I’m reading something else :rofl:

Book Title and Author: The Modern Witchcraft Book of Tarot by Skye Alexander

Status? : Still Reading

My overall rating of the book : 10/10

How does this book relate to my magickal practice?:

I’ve been keen to improve my tarot reading abilities for a while so this is extremely relevant.

My personal thoughts/opinions:

I have another book by the same author, and love the look and feel of the books. They’re hard back and the pages have been made to look aged with ragged edges.

I’m still working my way through the book, and will probably do so alongside reading tarot for myself. But so far I’m really enjoying the way it’s laid out.

There are sections explaining the history of tarot, the language and symbols and numerology and tarot, which I’ve read.

There are then extensive sections of interpreting the cards of the minor and major arcana.

Each card has a summary of what it represents, and what it means upright and reversed. And there are even explanations in what each means in readings about money, work and love.

This is all really helpful for me and I’m hoping will help me get to grips with interpretations.

The last chapters include different spreads to use as well as a section on using tarot in magick, with some spells.

I’ve got a feeling I’ll come to love this book.

An interesting quote from the book: “You can’t separate the tarot from practice of magick and witchcraft - they’re entwined. Look at the card called The Magician - he’s card number one in what’s known as the Major Arcana. Right there on the table before him lie the four main tools in a witch’s"toolbox”: the wand, chalice, pentagram, and sword/athame. Look a little further and you’ll realise the four suits of the tarot’s Minor Arcana symbolise the four elements (earth, air, fire, and water) that witches and other magicians work with in modern rituals and spellcraft."

All in all, would I recommend this book?: Yes

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Book Title and Author: Silver’s Spells for Protection by Silver RavenWolf

Status? : Reading

My overall rating of the book: from 0-10? a solid 9+

****How does this book relate to my magickal practice?:****This book reads like a “How to.” manual for practical magic.
My personal thoughts/opinions:
To be honest the written reviews explained better than I can how good this book is, so I’ll quote: here is self-blessing ritual and spells to protect your vehicle. There are spells to protect those in your home and ones to uncross yourself when confronted with negativity and setbacks. You’ll find techniques to get people to stop lying about you, and others to aid you in court. In fact, by understanding what underlies the techniques given in this book, you can come up with protection spells for any purpose. The appendices give you correspondences and suggestions so you can easily convert the spells given in this book to exactly work with your needs. One of the best parts of this book is a basic introduction to magick. Even if you’re an old hand at spells and rituals, this section will refresh your memory and give information on ideas you didn’t know or might have forgotten. How long should a ritual or spell last? Why didn’t my magick work? When should I do this ritual? If magic for evil purposes works, why shouldn’t I do it? All of these questions are clearly answered. This book makes an excellent gift – to a friend or to yourself. Protection from the problems of life and from negative energies is needed by all. You can find answers here.

An interesting quote from the book: *An ounce of protection can prevent a pound of problems. Which essentially means, don’t look at the sky while humming, you’ll get mugged or run over. Pay attention at what is going on around you. Practice your magic, but be aware and think about your surroundings.

All in all, would I recommend this book?: Yes absolutely!

My only regret with Spells8 is that we don’t have a way to swap books among each other.
Finally finished the book, There are some great spells and sage advise. herbs and substitutes. over all Great book

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Thanks for sharing your book reviews, @anneshakargupta! Sorry that Maya wasn’t quite what you were hoping for, but I’m glad you enjoyed A Mandala of Cards. I hope that How to Live with God is a wonderful and insightful read for you- enjoy it! :heart::open_book:

It sounds like you found an awesome book, @Christina4! Those quotes are absolutely beautiful too- thanks so much for sharing them and your thoughts about the book! :sparkling_heart:

It sounds like your leap into a different book paid off, @IrisW- looks like you are really enjoying Modern Witchcraft Book of Tarot! It’s always great to find an author that you like, and bonus points when they have multiple books :grin: Thanks for sharing your find!

I love the quote you chose, @Garnet- it sounds like a great book with some very valuable foundational magick information. I’m so happy you enjoyed it! And I agree- a Spells8 swap would be wonderful! :books: Although my list of witchy books to-read is already so long- there’s never enough time to get through all the wonderful books out there! :laughing: :+1: Thanks so much for sharing your review :two_hearts:

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Hello @TheTravelWitch
Maya is actually a good book, but not relating to magic. So, I cannot refer it here. Thanks for conducting this nice book club. @anneshakargupta

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I wasn’t able to finish my book for this review but I am almost finished just another chapter to go and I will post it in the “X - (Aug 27-Sept24)” post!

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I can’t believe I forgot to post my review. I wrote it, I just didn’t post it. D’oh!

Here we go!

Book Title and Author: The Wild Wood Tarot Wherein Wisdom Resides by Mark Ryan and John Mathews. Art by Wil Worthington.

Status? : Finished

My overall rating of the book : 8/10

How does this book relate to my magickal practice?: This book goes with the new tarot deck I bought and I was hoping it would clear up some confusion about the cards.

My personal thoughts/opinions: This is a good book to learn the tarot by, as long as you keep in mind that some cards are different. Many of the Major Arcana are different and the card replacing Justice in in the place of the card replacing Strength. Five of Cups is Ecstasy rather than Despair. Things like that. It doesn’t explain why, either, which is a bit disappointing.

An interesting quote from the book: “Everywhere in the early literature of the West, the forests are thronged with curious mythological creatures: The leaf-clad Wildman, seen as more animal than human during the Middle Ages: the Green Man and Green Woman, the oldest known images of the interaction between humanity and nature; the Woodwose, a troll-like being of great strength and fierceness who guards the deepest layers of the forest; and of course, the legion of faery beings, monsters and powerful creatures that also dwell there. Many of these you will encounter in the Wildwood Tarot.”

All in all, would I recommend this book?: Yes. Especially if you’re into tarot cards that are shamanistic based.

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I’m in the same boat, @Missa- it’s a busy time of year! I hope you continue to enjoy your book, looking forward to reading your review when you’ve finished! :blush:

Very interesting, @Amethyst- I would have thought that the guide book would explain why the switches were made, but I guess that remains part of the mystery of the deck! That aside, it sounds like the book had lots of interesting details about folklore and mythology- thanks so much for sharing your thoughts! I hope you continue to enjoy the Wildwood Tarot deck :smiling_face_with_three_hearts: :flower_playing_cards:

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There’s another book I have, working with the Wildwood Tarot, that I’m going to read after a bit of a break. I’m hoping to find my answers there.

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That’s amazing that a tarot deck has so much content built around it! :star_struck: I hope the second book has the answers you are looking for, @Amethyst. Whenever you get around to giving it a read, I hope you enjoy it! :open_book: :deer:

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Thank you, my dear! I’ll be reading it next month.

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