📝 Spells8 Book Club XI - Readers' Reviews!

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

The current reading period for Book Club [Oct 1 - Oct 29 ] has now ended - thank you to everyone who joined in!

Book Club Members This Reading Period:

  • Herbal Teas Throughout the Seasons by the Herbal Academy
    @TheTravelWitch

  • Witchcraft Today By Gerald B. Gardner
    @Princess_Tara

  • High Magic’s Aid by Gerald B. Gardner
    @Princess_Tara

  • The Meaning of Witchcraft by Gerald B. Gardner
    @Princess_Tara

  • Book of Shadows by Gerald B. Gardner
    @Princess_Tara

  • Gerald Gardner Old Words & the Old Laws by Gerald B. Gardner
    @Princess_Tara

  • A Little Light on the Spiritual Laws by Diana Cooper
    @Princess_Tara

  • Herb Magic by Patti Wigington
    @NoName

  • Native American Herbalism Encyclopedia by Shania Williams
    @NoName

  • The Witch’s Path by Thorn Mooney
    @MeganB
    @SunshineLee
    @Princess_Tara

  • When, Why, If by Robin Wood
    @Amethyst

  • Anatomy of a Witch by Laura Tempest Zakroff
    @Rowan

  • The Inner Mysteries by Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone
    @Valen

  • Wiccapedia, A Modern Day White Witch Guide by Shawn Robbins and Leanna Greenway
    @MsQ

  • Crystal Reiki by Krista Mitchell
    @Christina4

  • Celtic Spirituality: a Beginner’s Guide to Celtic Spirituality by Sara Owen
    @Siofra

  • Pagan Portals: the Morrigan: Meeting the Great Queen * by Morgan Daimler
    @Siofra

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!


Art by Patricia Eubank: Witch and Friends Reading

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, December 3rd

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, November 5th

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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Book Title and Author: Celtic Spirituality: a Beginner’s Guide to Celtic Spirituality by: Sarah Owen

Status? : Finished

My overall rating of the book : 9/10

How does this book relate to my magickal practice?: I am learning about Celtic deities & want to incorporate Celtic Paganism in my practice.

My personal thoughts/opinions: easy introduction to history, deities, Rituals, divination, Druidry… all of it

All in all, would I recommend this book?: Yes to anyone wanting to know more about the Celtic path

I finished my 1st book! :dizzy: So I immediately started another & added it to the list! :books:

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**Book Title and Author:Anatomy of a Witch by Laura Tempest Zakroff

Status? : Finished

My overall rating of the book : 10/10

How does this book relate to my magickal practice?: It pertains to my craft by opening my eyes and furthering my knowledge. I enjoyed how the writer explained certain things that made it easier or more obvious to a connection within my belief or craft.

My personal thoughts/opinions: This book is amazing! I love when I find a book that just feels like a cozy chat with a close friend. It was an easy page turner, and helped answer questions I hadn’t realized.
Favorite Quote: I have three that are lengthy, so I snapped pics…

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

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Book title & author: Crystal Reiki by Krista Mitchell
Status?: Finished
Overall rating: 8/10
How does the book relate to my magical practice?: Crystals are a huge part of my practice. This book covers healing the mind, body, and soul. If you can’t first heal yourself then how could you help heal others? That’s how I look at it.
Personal thoughts/opinions: I devoured this book! This book teaches the fundamentals of working with crystals and energy healing. It’s very useful for the basics and as a go-to guide.
An interesting quote from the book:
“People often ask about grouping crystals. Are there crystals that shouldn’t be around each other? Are some more harmonious than others? There are no rules, per se: you can group crystals according to color, element, function, chakra, whatever feels the best to you energetically and intuitively. That being said, you need to pay attention to how the grouping feels.”
Would I recommend this book?: Yes!

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Book Title and Author: The Witch’s Path by Thorn Mooney

Status? : Finished

My overall rating of the book: 10/10

How does this book relate to my magickal practice?: This book described nicely the concepts of witchcraft or ritual or spell crafting and so on.

My personal thoughts/opinions: This is a book good for beginners. It will give every be beginner nice guidance about the coven. Also, this book is good for those who want to start their own covens.

An interesting quote from the book: “Our real concern is our practice, our own traditions, and our own communities.”

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

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Book Title and Author: A Little Light on the Spiritual Laws by Diana Cooper

Status? : Finished

My overall rating of the book : 10/10

How does this book relate to my magickal practice?: This described natural laws with which we witches play regularly.

My personal thoughts/opinions: I always thought that why the universe did not leave any norm list for its creation, but after reading this book I realized that the universe left a simple norm that “Think before doing and you will be paid in your own terms”.

An interesting quote from the book: “God does not stop loving you when you have turbulent emotions or find a piece of work difficult.”

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

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Book Title and Author: Gerald Gardner Old Words & the Old Laws by Gerald B. Gardner

Status? : Finished

My overall rating of the book : 10/10

How does this book relate to my magickal practice?: This book provided a different angle view of Gardner’s coven.

My personal thoughts/opinions: Conflict is everywhere. There cannot be any life without conflict.

An interesting quote from the book: “The High Priestess chooses the God or the Priest of the Coven because God has surrendered his power already before her through five fold kisses.”

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

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Book Title and Author: Book of Shadows by Gerald B. Gardner

Status? : Finished

My overall rating of the book : 10/10

How does this book relate to my magickal practice?: This book is a cookbook of Gardner’s magical work.

My personal thoughts/opinions: Last time this book helped me to stop spreading covid in the UK. This time this book gave a new vision about west self-initiation and how it differs from east self-initiation.

An interesting quote from the book: “The only circle that matters is the one drawn before every ceremony either with a duly consecrated magic sword or Atheme.”

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

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Book Title and Author: The Meaning of Witchcraft by Gerald B. Gardner

Status? : Finished

My overall rating of the book : 10/10

How does this book relate to my magickal practice?: This book described a historical relation between magical and non-magical people, the birth of religion, and the misuse of laws.

My personal thoughts/opinions: This is the best book I read in my life. Every witch must read this book to know more about historical relations, laws, religion, magic & so on. I love this book.

An interesting quote from the book: “In Pre-Aryan era, magic started spreading through England to Europe to Madditrian to India.”

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

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Book Title and Author: Witchcraft Today By Gerald B. Gardner

Status? : Still Reading

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Book Title and Author: High Magic’s Aid by Gerald B. Gardner

Status? : Finished

My overall rating of the book : 08/10

How does this book relate to my magickal practice?: This book applied magical rituals in a storylike manner.

My personal thoughts/opinions: This is a nice storybook magical application.

An interesting quote from the book: “Sometimes we have to break the laws of the universe for our protection spell and rituals”

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

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Book Title and Author: When, Why … if? By Robin Wood

Status? : Finished

My overall rating of the book : 10

How does this book relate to my magickal practice?: This book is about the ethics of magic and Wicca. I hope to learn more about those and figure out what my personal beliefs are.**

My personal thoughts/opinions: This is a great book for people just starting out their path, or for young people being taught who want to know why they shouldn’t cast that love spell. There are exercises at the end of each chapter that makes you stop and think. Being ethical isn’t an easy path all the time, you’ve got to be mindful of what you believe, be open-minded, and look at people with a heart full of love. This really was an easy read. I liked it!**

An interesting quote from the book: “Everything that you do, or don’t do, has consequences that ripple through the world like a pebble dropped into a pond, and you are responsible for them!”

And: “In order for you to become an ethical being, you need to make these decisions and determinations yourself. No one else can do it for you. If you allow someone else to make your ethical decisions, you are giving away your own personal power, and you are not behaving ethically at all. You are behaving obediently.”

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

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Book Title and Author: The Witch’s Path by Thorn Mooney

Status? : Still Reading


So far I’m enjoying this book. It’s given me a lot to think about even as a witch who’s been at it for a while. I’m still reading, though, so I don’t want to give my full thoughts just yet!

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Book Title and Author: The Morrigan: Meeting the Great Queen by: Morgan Daimler

Status? : Finished

My overall rating of the book : 9/10

How does this book relate to my magickal practice?: I have been itching to learn more about Celtic Paganism, Irish Paganism, & specifically the Morrigan.

My personal thoughts/opinions: I loved the book It was easy to read & understand in a way that the reader can put the 3 sisters together as the 1 Morrigan & understand the stand alone Morrigan is also valid.

An interesting quote from the book: "Among Reconstructionists it is disrespectful to say you work with a deity, because however you view the Gods they are not usually seen as our partners in projects. Patrons, perhaps, or guides, but not partners as another person would be to work with us. It’s an interesting bit of semantics between the two approaches to paganism. In neopaganism the phrase is used commonly and doesn’t seem to even register with most people, while in Reconstructionist faiths you don’t tend to see it used and when it is it ban become the focus of the discussion as people debate the accuracy or blasphemy of it. Many neopagans tend to see the entire concept and nature of deity in a way that lends itself to the idea of Gods helping us for no reason except that we ask for the help, while recons tend to see our relationship to deity based on reciprocity & balance. "

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

The above is 1 quote, the rest of the book is written through the writer’s lens & offering others to form their own opinion of the information given. There are stories about the Morrigan & the sisters & other deities she is involved with

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Book Title and Author: Herb Magic by Patti Wigington

*Status? : Still Reading

My overall rating of the book : 6/10

How does this book relate to my magickal practice?: I’m really into herbs and plants. Not just magical properties but medicinal properties. This book is a “dictionary” of basic plants to use in this purpose. There is a list of spells as well.

My personal thoughts/opinions:
It has ended up becoming more of a reference type book. I can go back and forth looking up different plants I want to work with. It is only a few of the more basic plants, not for the more advanced person working with herbs. I’ll definitely be keeping this in my kindle library.

An interesting quote from the book:
“There’s something powerful about inhaling the soft aroma of fresh herbs—it’s an ethereal sensory experience that’s reminiscent of an earlier time.”

All in all, would I recommend this book?: Yes, it does have good information that is clear and straight to the point.

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Book Title and Author: Native American Herbalism Encyclopedia by Shania Williams

Status? : Still Reading, I haven’t even opened it yet :see_no_evil:

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

I wasn’t able to start reading this. I am looking forward to reading it as I love Native American traditions. I’ll probably not enter it for a few months so I can read something more entertaining through the winter months.

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Many thanks to @Siofra, @Rowan, @Christina4, @Princess_Tara, @Amethyst, @MeganB, and @NoName for your reviews! :partying_face:

I’m really excited to dig into them and hear your thoughts about each of your books! The forum had quite a boost of Halloween and Sabbat activity, so I’m afraid I’m a bit behind- but I’ll have some time later this week to give each of these reviews the attention they deserve! Looking forward to it! :star_struck: :books:

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Please let me know how you like the book because I’m into this type of stuff!! Last month, I did a review on Native American crystal healing.

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I’ve already got my book for the next round ready:
Witchcraft Therapy by Mandi Em

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I already started reading my next book :bookmark:, The Morrigan: Celtic Goddess of Magick & Might. Then I don’t know what I am reading after that, I feel like this is going to be another 2 book Book Club :grinning:

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