📝 Spells8 Book Club X - Readers' Reviews!

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

The current reading period for Book Club [Aug 27 - Sep 24 ] has now ended - thank you 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

  • Auras: Your Personal Guide by Joylina Goodings
    @Missa

  • Iris - Goddess of the Rainbow and Messenger of the Godds by Irisanya Moon
    @IrisW

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

  • When, Why, If by Robin Wood
    @Amethyst

  • What Is Religion by Swami Vivekananda
    @Princess_Tara

  • Witchcraft by Malcolm Gaskil
    @Princess_Tara

  • How to Live with God by Swami Chetanananda
    @Princess_Tara

  • The Journey of Self-Discovery by Swami Prabhupada @Princess_Tara

  • The Complete Book of Witchcraft by Raymond Buckland
    @sarah29

  • Kitchen Table Magic by Melissa Cynova
    @sarah29

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! :nerd_face:


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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, October 29th

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, October 1st

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:

:books: :heart: :infinite_roots:

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I’ll have to join in next time. I can’t to read everybody’s reviews! :relaxed::revolving_hearts:

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Book Title and Author: What Is Religion by Swami Vivekananda

Status? : Finished

My overall rating of the book : 10/10

How does this book relate to my magickal practice?: How we can connect better with the power of the universe for doing magic effectively.

My personal thoughts/opinions: This book clearly expressed some basic concepts like what is religion. We profess many religions like Paganism, Hindu religion, Buddhism, but we never thought what is the mechanism of development of all these religions. Religion means realization or realizing yourself through the different paths of different religions.

An interesting quote from the book: “Jnana Yoga is to become this jivan-mukta means living-free”

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

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Book Title and Author: Witchcraft by Malcolm Gaskil

Status? : Still Reading

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

Status? : Finished

My overall rating of the book : 10/10

How does this book relate to my magickal practice?: The 5 Yogas are the basis of developing your magical power by realizing cosmic consciousness through cosmic energy. These 5 meditations help you to remove chakra blockage.

My personal thoughts/opinions: How to learn and develop our magical power, how to use that power well, and what the universe wants from a magical person.

An interesting quote from the book: “Nothing is irrational”

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

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Book Title and Author:
History of Paganism by the makers of ‘All about History’

Status? :
Still Reading

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Book Title and Author: Wicca for Beginners by Lisa Chamberlin

Status? : Finished

My overall rating of the book : 9/10

How does this book relate to my magickal practice?: The book assisted me in understanding the basics of Wicca and Witchcraft

My personal thoughts/opinions: Lovely layout and a nice book if you are not a heavy reader. Easy to understand.

An interesting quote from the book: “Blessed be”

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

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Book Title and Author: The Journey of Self-Discovery by Swami Prabhupada

Status? : Finished

My overall rating of the book : 10/10

How does this book relate to my magickal practice?: Self-realization is the key to magical practice. Realize your power through Hath Yoga/Physical exercise, Karma Yoga/Work, Bhakti Yoga/Devotion, Jnana Yoga/Knowledge, Raja Yoga/ Use of Magical power, Nothingness/The real truth of the universe.

My personal thoughts/opinions: I realized what is nothingness. I was thinking that I must try to save the world because I cannot see my England being destroyed by nature like planet Minerva. After reading this book, I realized that England is in me. No matter from which part of this material world my body belongs, but my soul belongs to my England through my practice of magic life. I am no more dissatisfied or upset with my life because my soul is energy, energy is immortal, England is the source of my energy, England is my soul and England is immortal through my soul. The material world is not mine, but my soul and its source of energy is mine for which I am unique at my magical practice.

An interesting quote from the book: “In Kali-Yoga marriages will be made for mutual liking and when that mutual liking will go, then conflict will transform to divorce and dissatisfaction”

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

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Book Title and Author: Wicca book of spells by Lisa Chamberlin

Status? : Finished

My overall rating of the book : 8/10

How does this book relate to my magickal practice?: The book gave me some great beginner spells to start with

My personal thoughts/opinions: A easy light reading book with great spells for a witch who is just starting off in their journey

An interesting quote from the book: “Never seeking to harm anyone or anything”

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

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Book Title and Author: A little book of Palmistry by Nikki Van De Car

Status? : Still Reading

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@Princess_Tara i am glafd to know there is another book worm like me out there :blush: :heartpulse:

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Yes @TheMuslimWitch

I read a total of 24 books throughout the month and these 3 of them were magic-related. At least one book in each day I need. @anneshakargupta

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Wow good on you! i am sure i would have my head in the books every waking moment but unfortunately my four lovely little ones don’t give much time for personal space or a little me time so sometimes say up into the late hours when all are in bed to fit in that needed me time…

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Can’t wait for Oct 1! I’ve missed the Book Club!

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So have I! Don’t feel bad, there’s always another one! :relaxed::two_hearts:

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Book Title and Author: Iris, Goddess of the Rainbow and Messenger of the Godds by Irisanya Moon (part of the Pagan Portals series)

Status? : Finished and Still Reading (explanation below)

My overall rating of the book : 9/10

How does this book relate to my magickal practice?:

When choosing my craft name I chose Iris based on this Goddess so wanted to learn more about my namesake.

My personal thoughts/opinions:

Once again, the reading session came and went like a flash for me so I didn’t actually properly get stuck into this book until a couple of nights ago. It is though only 79 pages long, so I’ve skim read it and will be going back to look at certain parts in more detail as and when the need arises.

There is very little information out there on Iris, which is why the author wrote this book, to gather together what information she could on her patron Deity.

Altogether it seems like Iris is a bit of a force of nature, forging her own path amongst the Gods and Goddesses of the Greek Pantheon. In some places she is described as being the rainbow, in others as travelling upon the rainbow.

Whether she was asked or forced is in contention, but she was appointed her to serve as messenger to travel between the Gods and worlds with messages. The author posits that it was likely a role she was given and not given much of a choice, and that it may have been tiresome at first. She describes how in some circumstances service is a lingering part of patriarchal society and Christian practices, but does feel in the case of Iris that it isn’t blind service. Whilst service can equal subservience, acts of service can also be gratitude for the gift of living. And in serving others, you also need to learn to serve yourself and balance acts of service; you need to honour yourself in the way you serve the Deities and yourself, and balance is vital in achieving this.

There is some good background information on Iris’s involvement in various Greek stories:

  • she travelled to the River Styx when the Gods were making promises.
  • she spoke to Demeter on behalf of Zeus when Persephone went to the underworld with Hades.
  • she served Hera and is described as the most trusted of the Deities as she listens and delivers messages to her.
  • during the Trojan War she was called upon several times to carry messages on and off the battlefields, as well as to support the Deities. Several accounts in the Iliad show her as not only a faithful servant but powerful being in her own right.

There is a whole chapter in the book with practices for travelling through the different colours of the rainbow…

  • RED - sunlight and rain
  • ORANGE - reflection
  • YELLOW - refraction
  • GREEN - splitting
  • BLUE - more reflection
  • INDIGO - more refraction
  • VIOLET - dispersion

…followed by chapters with rituals to Iris and cultivating a relationship with her, all of which I need to study in more depth.

I already have a tribute to Iris above my altar and I’m planning a dedication ritual to her.

An interesting quote from the book:

In discussing the role Iris played in the story of Persephone and Demeter, there is this interesting quote:

“After Persephone has been taken (or chooses to go to the underworld, depending on your interpretation)…”

I very much like this, as it seems to back up the alternative version of the story of Persephone (another of my Deities) being “taken to the underworld” discussed here: Persephone Dual Deity - #8 by Amethyst I much prefer the idea that she went willing rather than by force. Makes her sound far more bad ass.

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

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Many thanks to @Princess_Tara, @TheMuslimWitch, and @IrisW for your book reviews! :raised_hands: I’m making a note here to go back and read through them thoroughly when I have the time- I’m on vacation at the moment, but am really looking forward to all your thoughts about the books! :heart_eyes:

And no worries @Rowan and @Christina4, you’re absolutely right- the next session is coming up soon! Do you have any book(s) in mind that you’re thinking of reading? :open_book: :blush:

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Merry Meet! Will you be posting a new reading list? Thank you and Blessed Be!
-Megan-

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:bookmark: Book Title and Author

  • Auras: Your Personal Guide by Joylina Goodings

:bookmark: Status

  • Finished

:bookmark: My overall rating of the book

  • 9/10

:bookmark: How does this book relate to my magickal practice?

  • It does relate because I can use this book as a reference when doing spell work, healing, and crystal work.

:bookmark: My personal thoughts/opinions

  • This book includes so much great information if you are just getting into auras. It includes the history of auras, auras relating to chakras, the different layers of auras, aura colors, aura readings, aura healing, and much more.

:bookmark: An interesting quote from the book

  • “So much has been learned over the years, including how an aura changes due to both internal and external influences-when a person thinks of different things, either positive or negative for example. This creates an emotion within the body that is then reflected in the aura.”

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

  • Yes
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Ohhhh it looks like you enjoyed this one, @Missa! :star_struck: I can’t wait to sit down and go through all these entries with the time they deserve once I’m back from vacation. Can’t wait- thanks for sharing! :revolving_hearts:

Merry meet @megan16! :blush: Yes- the next session of Book Club begins today. The new post will launch in just a bit! Meanwhile, this thread will remain open for a few more weeks for everyone to share reviews :writing_hand: You are very welcome to join in! :heart:

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