📝 Spells8 Book Club VII - Readers' Reviews!

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

The current reading period for Book Club [May 14 - Jun 11] has now ended - well done to everyone who joined in!

Book Club Members This Reading Period:

  • The Illustrated Key to the Tarot: The Veil of Divination by L. W. De Laurence
    @TheTravelWitch
    @mary25
    @judith5

  • Drawing Down the Moon by Margot Adler
    @nesserinne

  • Witta: An Irish Pagan Tradition by Edain McCoy
    @IrisW

  • The Complete Guide to Astrology by Louise Edington
    @Siofra
    @Francisco
    @Rowan

  • Everyday Magic by Semra Haksever
    @Liisa

  • Pagan Portals - Hellenic Paganism by Samantha Leaver
    @Amethyst

  • Evoking Hecate: The Goddess of Magick by Anousen Leonte
    @Rowan

  • The path of the witch. Rituals and practices to discover which witch you are - Lidia Pradas.
    @nuria

  • Intuitive Witchcraft (audiobook) by Astrea Taylor.
    @Magdelina

  • Reiki for Beginners (audiobook) by Adya Acharya
    @Magdelina (I am reading two different books right now).
    @Sarall

  • Badass Ancestors: Finding Your Power with Ancestral Guides by Patti Wigington
    @Wade

  • Spiral Sance by Starhawk
    @Wasantha

  • Magic Made Easy by Patricia Telesco
    @NickWick

  • Irish Witchcraft from an Irish Witch: True to the Heart By Lora O’Brian
    @wendy4

  • Moon Divination For Todays Woman by Cassansra Eason
    @Jeannie1

  • Angels, Spirit Guides and Goddesses by Susan Gregg
    @Fabian

  • Midsummer Night’s Mischief by Jennifer David Hesse
    @Amethyst

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!


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:

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:

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

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, June 16th

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, June 18th

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.

Hooray for books! :partying_face: :books: It can be hard to find the time and motivation to read on your own- hopefully book club helped you to find time for reading and that it led to some wonderful new knowledge and discoveries.

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! :sparkling_heart:

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Book Title and Author: The Complete Guide To Astrology - Louise Edington

Status? : Finished

My overall rating of the book : 8/10

How does this book relate to my magickal practice?: I work with astrology & it’s a significant part of my practice

My personal thoughts/opinions: I agree with @Francisco, it’s not for a complete beginner & to have your birth chart handy while going through it. Illustrations or diagrams would be very helpful, especially when discussing the decans of the signs. (Decans are the subdivisions in 10 degreee increments of each of the 12 signs).

An interesting quote from the book: "The Sun is your core, the Moon is your soul, & the ascendant is your persona "

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

Since I won’t retain everything & I will probably use this as a reference point when I work with Astrology I am going to hold onto the book. The more detailed aspects I still don’t completely get, so it will be helpful when I go through updates to my chart or someone that I have done it for in my family.

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Book Title and Author: Complete Guide to Astrology-Louise Edington
Status?:Finished
My overall rating of the book: 7/10
How does this book relate to my magickal practice?: Astrology is an interesting part of my craft, and I hope to gain more knowledge about it.
My personal thoughts/opinions: Being not very knowledgeable in Astrology, this book was a bit overwhelming and I had to read and re-read a lot of the chapters. I think I jumped into the deep end of the pool without knowing how deep it really was.
An interesting quote from the book: “All the energies intertwine in an intricate dance of planetary magic and science, and the language of astrology interprets that dance.”
Edington, Louise . The Complete Guide to Astrology: Understanding Yourself, Your Signs, and Your Birth Chart (p. 4). Rockridge Press. Kindle Edition.

All in all, would I recommend this book?: Yes I would recommend it, but only to someone with a bit of knowledge about Astrology, not to a beginner.

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I have finished the Reiki for Beginners and it had a ton of history on the practice as well as what each symbol name is and what they are used for. It had both Reiki level 1 and 2. I am now ready to get my attunements for both which my husband will do as soon as I tell him I am ready.

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Congrats on finishing Reiki for Beginners, @Magdelina! :clap: Wow, it sounds like it covered a lot of material, and it looks like you were able to move forward in your reiki practice! That’s very exciting- I hope you continue to enjoy your reiki studies, Magdelina! :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:

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My curiosity to learn more about Isis led me to a cute book, Angels, Spirit Guides and Goddesses by Susan Gregg is mini encyclopedia of 100 different spiritual guides. It provides a brief summary, how to connect with the divine and more. Also, the graphics are adorable. For a beginner practitioner, it can be a great source of information and easy guide to understand.

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Book- Everday Magic
Author- Semra Haksever
Status- Finished
Overall rating- 10/10
Personal Thoughts and Opinions- I loved this book! Its a beginner’s book more than it can be classed as an advanced book and I didn’t learn lots of new information, however, that does not take away from how well researched, layed out and illustrated this book is :heart: there is information on moon phases, toolkits, altar building, sigils, magical correspondences, crystals, dispelling spell remnants and Psi balls along with several spells and potions :grin: The information remains completely neutral in its language and information so it can be used by witches of all beliefs and religious practices :heart: I have to include a picture of one of the new things I learned because the artwork is lovely ( the book is illustrated by Nes Vuckovic)


Each spell and potion has a moon phase associated and there is an index of magical correspondences at the back to help look for replacement herbs and crystals for ease of use :blush:

How does this book relate to my magical practices?- I have already written half of the spells and potions onto parchment to be put into my BOS :blush: this one is my favourite


Would I recommend this book to others- Yes definetly, especially for beginners. Not that a more advanced witch couldn’t gain something from it through the spells and potions section of the book :heart:

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Really like it when you mentioned this part right here. It’s really helpful when you have this kind of information to guide you when doing spells. Really must take a read on this book @Liisa Thank you so much for sharing :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:

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No worries at all :heart::hugs: I bought it around a month ago now and hadn’t got around to reading it till now, I’m glad I bought I though :grin: :heart:

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@Liisa It sounds that the spells in the book are down-to-earth and easy to follow! I always appreciate that in a book. I haven’t read it but the step-by-step images also look very helpful for beginners. Thanks for your review!

@fabian Looks like a good book for reference. Have you finished it??

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That looks like a gorgeous book, @Fabian! The artwork on the cover is stunning :heart_eyes: I added you in to this session’s reading list- I’d love to hear more about what you think of this one! :open_book: :blush: Happy reading!

I’m so glad you enjoyed Everday Magic, @Liisa! :raised_hands: It sounds like a wonderful starting point for a witch early in their practice, and a great reference book for witches at all levels of study :books: Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts on it! :hearts:

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I have. It has a quick reference into angels and archangels and gods and goddesses from different cultures. It does not contain all of them, but the most known are in the book. Some deities include from Egyptian, Hellenistic, Hoodoo, Judaism, Christianity mythologies, and more. It was very interesting. It is so curious how similar the beliefs are and how they originated. For a beginner, I think is a great guide to start with.

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Book - Evoking Hecate
Author -Anousen Leonte
Status - Finished
Overall rating - 10/10

Personal Thoughts and Opinions I really enjoyed reading this book. For me, Hecate has been a goddess that I was quickly drawn too, even before I knew much about her. I felt drawn to learning as much as I could. This book has helped me in that sense, I feel I know a bit more about her and it also helped in igniting the spark a bit more to continue learning.

How does this book relate to my magical practices? It helps me in my pursuit of connecting with Hecate, to enhance my craft and enlighten my path.

Interesting quote from the book: pg 33 “You may have questions as to whether she exists objectively as a separate consciousness or subjectively as a force within ourselves, but I personally like to keep my mind open on this matter. The real question is what results do you get when you evoke? If you have a sensation of her presence, receive visions and communications from her, and if you notice your requests granted by her, does it really matter whether she is real as a separate, objective consciousness or whether or not she is some deeply embedded atavism of your own psyche? Magick is a journey, not a destination, and after a while I think we all realize that conclusions are never as certain as they first seem. There is something wonderful about uncertainty, actually, and though the unknown may be a source of fear to some, I find it very beautiful. And whatever Hecate is, she is beautiful. To see the world as a manifestation of her is to see it in such a way that the light and darkness both find balance, for she is both wrathful and gentle, tender and terrifying. Learning about her has given me a new way to look upon the world and myself, and I think that, psychologically speaking, the best place to be is one where we balance both the light and darkness within ourselves so that they work together for a common good. Hecate, ultimately, is the Goddess that represents this harmony.”
Leonte, Anousen. Evoking Hecate: The Goddess of Magick (p. 33). Kindle Edition.

Would I recommend this book to others - Yes, definitely.

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It sounds like an amazing book covering deities from a vast range of cultures and beliefs :pray: So glad you enjoyed it, @Fabian! Thanks for sharing your thoughts :open_book: :blush:

I’m so glad you had such a great experience with Evoking Hecate, @Rowan- it sounds like a book that resonated beautifully with your practice :smiling_face_with_three_hearts: Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts on it! :books::sparkles:

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Hello ,

So I have read and enjoyed this book that I have chose for the Spells8 Book Club VII. This were my findings:

Book - Magic Made Easy
Author - Patricia Telesco
Status - Finished
Overall rating - 10/10
Personal Thoughts and Opinions I found this book to be very beneficial and full of information relating to magic, spells and chants. The book contains of rules, guidelines, principles and tips for successful magic. The information was very informative and easy to follow. I shared a little of what I read about magic made easy below

These tips and rules really help me to more understand magic💫

How does this book relate to my magical practices? - since spells and chants are part of witches life this book helps to strengthen my knowledge on spells that is related to the craft. By realigning this book it has also assisted me in strengthening my path as a witch.

Would I recommend this book to others ? Yes I would, since this book is suited for any type of witch or person interested in the craft. In this book there is also different types of magic, like numbers, knot, color and puppet magic to name a few. It has guidelines and is suitable for a person who has no experience in the craft. Overall it has a little of everything.

Blessed Be💫

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Just a quick note that any reviews that were already shared across the various threads for this month’s Book Session (the main thread and the two threads for books that had multiple readers) have now been gathered here!

This is to help keep the forum tidy by collecting all reviews in one place- and it makes it easier for anyone searching for book reviews to read! :blush::+1:

Thanks again to everyone who has shared a review so far- I’m looking forward to reading them! :open_book: :two_hearts:

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I’ve quite finished but hoping to complete the book over the weekend so I’ll post my review when I’ve finished. I have though really enjoyed this book so far :slight_smile:

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Book Title and Author: Reiki for Beginners :yin_yang:
By: Adya Acharya
Narrated By: Jennifer Pineda

Status? : Finished

My overall rating of the book : 10/10 :+1: :+1:

How does this book relate to my magickal practice?: :brain: :muscle:
This book helped me understand more about the craft. How it works and how you can tie things in with others, like crystals and Reiki go well with each other and the Chakra and meditating is a big part of Reiki. I learned about something I knew nothing about before.

My personal thoughts/opinions:
I got really excited about this book after the first chapter. It answered some questions about Jesus that I had been seeking all my life! So the history part of this book was great for me. I like the thought of Reiki healing. I have found a place that does it local. I am going to get an alignment. I’m not sure if its ‘my thing’ yet. Going to try it out. I’ll share my experience when I do. @Magdelina you are very lucky your husband can do Reiki, That is soooo awesome!

An interesting quote from the book:
" Cats are particularily aware of Reiki energy but they have an attitude about it. They feel that cats invented it and they want to keep it." :cat2: :cat:

All in all, would I recommend this book?: :bouquet: :rose: :rose: :rose: :rose: :rose:
Yes. Even if your not interested in the healing or getting certified for Reiki this book is still worth listening to (audible) or reading. It has interesting history information and a few neat stories about people in history and modern bio histories too! The narrator has a pleasant voice.

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Book Title and Author: Reiki for beginners/Adya Acharya

Status? : Finished / Still Reading Finished

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

How does this book relate to my magickal practice?: I wanted to learn how to charge my selenite pendants with healing Reiki energy or general Reiki energy without draining my own energy reserves will doing so. This was the easiest for me way to learn how to do that since my hubby is a Reiki Master and can give me the proper attunements.

My personal thoughts are that the information given is good for a starting point but it is more a historical account than an actual reference into how to truly do it properly. I am sure the physical copy would include the hand positions and each of the Reiki symbols which are to me just as important as the history of the practice.

I don’t have any interesting quotes from the book as it’s an audio book and I didn’t write any notes during the listening as I was driving while working through the book. I will listen to it again at a later date.

I would definitely recommend this book as a starting point. Taking a class is just as important to get the total experience if that is what the reader is after.

On to my next book the Intuitive Witch.
Blessed Be! :tada:

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Written Bye: Jeannie

Book Title and Author: Moon Divination for Todays Woman by Cassandra Eason

Status? Still Reading

My overall rating of the book : 7

How does this book relate to my magickal practice? During one of our challenges we were working on Astrology and Reading the Sky’s, I found this book Moon Divination for Todays Women. I Explored the Zodiac Symbols, Aries, Gemini, Leo, Libra, Sagittarius, Aquarius, Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio, Capricorn and Pices! Also the planets The Sun, The Moon, Earth, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupitar, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, and while working on this challenge I had a little help.

My personal thoughts/opinions: I like this book; it has a day-to-day challenge to help navigate the Zodiac Wheel and the Planets. Not only that I had activities to help me navigate the Zodiac Wheel and the Planets. While working with this book I made a Moon Cloth that is symbolic for the New and Waxing Moon, & Full Moon. The Waning/ & Dark Moon. I had some hands-on experience learning using my new tools for fair game. The Moon Cloth helps divide the seasons: Autumn, Winter, Summer, and Spring. I also made individual stones to represent the Planets so you can use the stones for casting.

**Cassandra goes into scenarios for readings for people and she helps them to understand how one would do an interpretation. For example meg’s reading for Mercury is the stone for communication and Megs hearing disability obviously puts obstacles in the path of clear communication. It is a sad fact that any form of disability tends to be regarded as symptomatic of mental feebleness. (Take some time to find the hidden issue)

An interesting quote from the book: " "An interesting chant there was in the book

New Moon,

True Moon,

Star in the Stream

Bring Me fortune in my dream

All in all, would I recommend this book? Yes But if you don’t like older books than I would say no it was published in 1994. Personally I like older books and I don’t mind. But that is a personal preference!
Blessed Be!

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