đź“ť Spells8 Book Club XIII - Readers' Reviews!

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

The current reading period for Book Club [Dec 10 - Jan 7 ] has now ended - thank you to everyone who joined in!

Book Club Members This Reading Period:

  • The Cup of Destiny by Jane Lyle
    @TheTravelWitch

  • Psychic Visions Novel (“ Today’s child ”) by Dale Mayer
    @SingingWitch

  • A Guide of Spirits: A Psychopomp’s Manual For Transitioning The Dead To The Afterlife by Chris Allaun
    @MeganB

  • Celtic Tree Magic: Ogham Lore and Druid Mysteries by: Danu Forest
    @Siofra

  • The Little Work: Magic to Transform Your Everyday Life by: Durgadas Allon Duriel
    @Amethyst

  • The Divine Arcana of the Aurum Solis - Using Tarot Talismans for Ritual & Initiation by Jean-Louis De Biasi
    @Temujin_Calidius

  • The Spirit of the Celtic Gods & Goddesses: Their History, Magical Power, & Healing Energies by: Carl McColman & Kathryn Hinds: Foreword by Courtney Weber
    @Siofra

  • Tending Brigid’s Flame by Lunaea Weatherstone
    @christine13

  • This Poison Heart by Kalynn Bayron
    @jem1

  • The Modern Witch’s Guide to Self Care: 36 Sustainable Rituals for Nourishing Your Mind, Body, and Intuition by Tenae Stewart
    @Murphy

  • A Little Bit of Palmistry by Cassandra Eason
    @Rowan

  • Witchery: Embrace The Witch Within by Juliet Diaz
    @Rowan

  • Tending Brigid’s Flame by: Lunaea Weatherstone
    @Siofra

  • Witchcraft Therapy: Your Guide to Banishing Bullsh*t and Invoking Your Inner Power By Mandi Em
    @Torista

  • Celtic Mythology by: Sofia Visconti
    @Christine13

  • Psychic Witch by: Mat Auryn
    @themuslimwitch

  • Sex Magic For Beginners by Skye Alexander
    @IrisW

  • The Witch’s Book of Self Care by: Arin Murphy-Hiscock
    @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!


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 :heart:


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 forum!

Deadline for Reviews for this Session: Friday, February 11th

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, January 14th

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 Tree Magic Ogham Lore & Druid Mysteries by: Danu Foresgt

Status? : Finished

My overall rating of the book : 9 /10

How does this book relate to my magickal practice?: I started learning about the Runes & a big part of my practice is Celtic derived. Learning the Ogham & different Celtic/Druid techniques for their uses & also for grounding & meditation are something that I am feeling more of a connection to as I learn more.

My personal thoughts/opinions: The book covers all of the meanings or interpretations of each symbol & Druid mastery exercises & how to cast & interpret the staves.

An interesting quote from the book: …“Bloddeuwedd is said to attempt murdering Llew with her lover Gronw & is turned into an owl by Gwydion as punishment. This reveals Bloddeuwedd as a fierce & strong female character, a force of nature rather than a passive creation of men. Her Duality as flower maiden/owl woman show her to be far more complex & probably a far more ancient Goddess than the story suggests at first glance. There are several tales where a goddess is fought over by two male consorts who each have their divine roles, often related to Summer & Winter, or the world Above & the Underworld.”
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(When I first read this passage, I immediately thought of Persephone)

All in all, would I recommend this book?: Absolutely to anyone wishing to follow a more Celtic path or to learn about their Divination with Ogham Trees & Staves

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I finished my next book for this Session!

Book Title and Author: The Spirit of Celtic Gods & Goddesses: Their History, Magical Power, & Healing Energies By: Carl McColman & Kathryn Hinds with a foreword by Courtney Weber

Status? : Finished (Finally, 3rd time is the charm :four_leaf_clover:)

My overall rating of the book : 8 /10 I gave the book an 8 due to the obvious bias, confusion, or both of the Morrigan being associated with eroticism. Clearly taking the stories, myths, legends out of context for at the very least her encounter with the Dagda on Samhain.

How does this book relate to my magickal practice?: I am studying Celtic Paganism & Spirituality. I also currently honor Brighid & the Morrigan & continue learning about the Celtic Pantheon & the polytheism aspect of Celtic Spirituality. However, right now in my life, I have a balance with happenings & events & both Goddesses that I Honor make their presence known each day at before different things go on or just for comfort I suppose.

My personal thoughts/opinions: (This is my personal view) A similar context is used for Medb who is not one of the Morrigan sisters but a goddess of eroticism, she was known for sexual encounters in her associated stories but they are not the same person in their stories as the Badb, Nemain, Macha can be directly associated with the Morrigan as sisters & create any part of her identity.I can follow most of the book, the parts about some of the deities, from what I have learned from other sources, is more speculative than based on the time of the occurrences.

An interesting quote from the book: “This is magic indeed. It is motivated by love; informed equally by knowledge & wisdom; powered by a focused, well-trained will; and carried out by means of words whose potency is increased by their poetic form and their sung utterance. This magic sees beneath appearances & recognizes possibilities. It is a change of consciousness that changes the word.” (pg 168)

All in all, would I recommend this book?: Absolutely, it gives a starting point to working the Celtic Gods & Goddesses & following a Celtic path.

I added my next book, another 3rd time is the charm book. I remember when I tried to start these books, they were so hard for me to settle into & now it’s like the connection is really there & where my path is taking me.

@christine13 I will be looking forward to what you think of the book also, I am now reading (restarting) the same book you are! Happy reading! (Tending Brigid’s Flame)

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My review of This Poison Heart by Kalynn Bayron
This book was a really wonderful one to read and was full of twists,turns and excitement.
Overall I rate this book a 9/10 and would definitely recommend it to anyone who loves greek mythology.My favourite part of the book would either be the parts in the garden or when Hekate appears.
I’m extremely excited and anxious to get my hands on the next book and I will update you when I get it!
Blessed be.

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@Siofra Thanks for sharing that lovely review about The Spirit of Celtic Gods & Goddesses! It sounds like there were some rough patches, but congrats to you for sticking through and finishing it. I’d add my note about rehoming it into the Review post when it’s launched, but you’re so awesome you beat me to it! :laughing: :+1: Thanks for sharing that info with Jem! :heart:

@Jem1 Thanks for sharing your review of This Poison Heart, Jem! :smiling_face_with_three_hearts: Like Siofra kindly mentioned, there is a suggested template to help guide reviews, but it is simply a guide- you’re free to use as much or as little of it as you’d like, the most important thing is getting your thoughts out there! :grinning: And wow- it sounds like a very fun read, how cool that Hekate Herself appears! Is there a sequel coming out soon (or is it already released?) I hope you can get your hands on a copy! :star_struck: :open_book:

I was reunited with my digital reader (is it a kindle? I don’t even know- it might be an Amazon fire or something else :joy:) for the first time in two years and I didn’t realize how much I’d miss it! I always say I prefer a physical copy, but it really is handy how it can hold so many books in the tablet :books: An entire library right in our hands :open_hands: :grin:

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The next book unfortunately doesn’t come out until June :sob:

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A tragedy @Jem1- there’s nothing quite like the anticipation of waiting for the next entry in a favorite series. May the time fly, the book come out soon, and may it be everything you are hoping for in a sequel! :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:

Until then, maybe there’s another book you have in mind? I know it can be hard to switch to another series when you’ve got a good one, but maybe you can find another amazing new series/book to explore! :blush:

If so, blessed reading! :open_book: :sparkles:

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Book Title and Author: Tending Brigid’s Flame by Lunaea Weatherstone

Status? : Finished

My overall rating of the book : 8/10

How does this book relate to my magickal practice?: Well, I wanted to learn about the Celtic pantheon because I am Irish, Scottish, and English. I had read things here and there on Brigid, but there were 4 things that struck me that I really connected with was the cow with the red ears, Imbolc, that she was the Goddess of the hearth, and the corn husk dolls. I love cows and had worked on a few dairy farms, and I love Spring when the trees and flowers are rebirthed and green and new. One of the main reason’s we bought this house we’re in now is because of the hearth–it was welcoming and a source of comfort to me, and the corn husk dolls my grandmother–she was from Newfoundland–used to make us when we were kids.

My personal thoughts/opinions: I think I hyped myself up on the book and was excited to learn about Brigid, but I was disappointed because there wasn’t that much about her specifically. I mean, there were blessings, charms, and incantations in the book so that was helpful, but I was looking for more specifics. Apparently the Celts didn’t like to write things down and record things so it’s kind of vague information.

An interesting quote from the book: There really wasn’t anything that called to me.

All in all, would I recommend this book?: I do recommend the book because just because I didn’t click with the writer doesn’t mean someone else won’t. I just was looking for more information.

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Hey Christine!

I noticed your review for Tending Brigid’s Flame and wanted to pop in with some more recommendations! That particular book has meh reviews from Irish people but I am sorry you didn’t connect with it. The two books I can definitely recommend for Brighid are Pagan Portals: Brigid by Morgan Daimler and Brigid by Courtney Weber.

As for other stories, there is loads of information in Her lore and mythos! I’ll leave some links here for you if you’re interested in learning more. And you’re right, the ancient Irish didn’t have a writing system outside of Ogham, and that was just used for carvings on stones. What we do know about them comes from the Roman missionaries and monks that came to Ireland and wrote everything down.

The Life of St. Brigid → Bethu Brigte (it is impossible to separate Brigid the Goddess from St. Brigid, so learning about both aspects is a good idea!)

The Second Battle of Mag Tuired → The Second Battle of Mag Tuired (this one details an important battle in Irish mythology; it also tells the story of how Brighid invented Keening)

The Well at the Edge of Loch Lawne → Srath an Urláir | The Schools’ Collection | dúchas.ie (folklore directly from Ireland)

The Mantle of St. Brigid → Legendary Fictions of the Irish Celts: St Brigid's Cloak


I also have a video that talks about some of Her myths and stories. And I even wrote a post about Herself here → St. Brigid :fire: Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know

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Thank you so much for the recommendations! The book was definitely, meh.I did get The Pagan Portals: Brigid, and I’ll definitely look into the other ones.

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Book Title and Author: Celtic Mythology by: Sofia Visconti

Status : Finished

My overall rating of the book : 10/10

How does this book relate to my magickal practice?: It’s important to me to read the history, myths, and legends of the Irish/Celtic Pantheon because of my nationality. I believe it’s important to know who you are and where you have come from. But not only that when reading it I realized why I like fairies, leprechauns, rainbows, and dragons besides the fantasy aspect of it, it’s important mystical legends and folklore.

My personal thoughts/opinions: I really liked the book and the information it gave. The book flowed nicely. It was engaging and interesting. To learn some of the different God’s and Goddesses and their legends was cool. I never knew the story of the Loch Ness Monster came from the Scottish. I didn’t know that fairies and water sprites were stories from the Irish. And just learning about the different myths and legends and where they originated from I have a greater respect for the Celts because a lot of fairytales and stories that were passed down from them.

An interesting quote from the book: “All of nature and her creatures were viewed as sacred to the Celts and treated with great respect”

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

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Book Title and Author: Tending Brigid’s Flame by: Lunaea Weatherstone

Status?: More than halfway through, I had to stop. I will come back to it, I had to take time for myself.

My overall rating of the book: a tad dry or meh/10

How does this book relate to my magickal practice?: I have been a follower of Brighid for over a year & this book gives some very good ideas on how to honor Brighid with seemingly mundane daily activities & relate them back to her correspondences & working with her now & then.

My personal thoughts/opinions: This book is a bit, meh, dry, she may be a priestess but this is very much a more advanced interpretation of working with Brighid on a regular basis with minimal information from outside herself or others contributing to the book. Heavily biased

All in all, would I recommend this book?: I would with a disclaimer that you already have a pretty good working knowledge of Celtic Mythology, Celtic History, Celtic Paganism, Celtic Gods & Goddesses along with their stories. Otherwise, it would be a hard book to get through without your own practices in place.

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@Christine13 You’re welcome, Christine- I’m so glad you enjoyed Celtic Mythology so much, it sounds like it was a great read for you! :heart_eyes: And haha I know the feeling- there are so many great books out there, it can be easy to get them confused especially when you’re flying through them! :books::blush:

@Siofra I’m sorry Tending Brigid’s Flame was a bit of a dry read for you, Siofra (although I had to chuckle at your rating- “meh/10” is a hilarious way to rate it :joy::+1:) Thanks for sharing your thoughts about the book- I’m sure it will be very helpful for others who work with Brigid and are considering giving it a read! :heart:

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Book Title and Author: Witchcraft Therapy By Mandi Em

Status? : I read this once and reread it for good measure.

My overall rating of the book : 10/10

How does this book relate to my magickal practice?: Currently my practice it is mainly focused inward on finding and accepting my shadow self. So far I’ve found a lot of success; and I feel like this book is a great stepping stone on my path.

My personal thoughts/opinions: I needed this book. It drew my mind to some things I should rethink in myself. I listened to the audio book version and I really enjoyed both the book and the narrator. Though now I really wish I had gotten a physical copy and I might get one anyway.

An interesting quote from the book: It’s important to get in touch with your higher self when attempting to uncovers what success means to you.

All in all, would I recommend this book?: Absolutely! I want to recommend it to everyone I know.

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10/10- sounds like Witchcraft Therapy was an awesome read for you, @Torista! :smiling_face_with_three_hearts: I’m so glad you enjoyed the book so much that you read it once and then once again- it looks like the kind of book that will always have a special place on your bookshelf :books: Thank you for recommending it! :heart:

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Okay, so I didn’t finish the book I was reading, A Guide to Spirits, because I just can’t. I can’t force myself to finish a book that I’m turning out to hate :sweat_smile: I did a whole book review on my blog (A Guide of Spirits by Chris Allaun || Book Review - 'Round the Cauldron) if anyone wants to read it but I can summarize here, too.

Book Title and Author: A Guide to Spirits by Chris Allaun

Status? : Did not finish

My overall rating of the book : 2/10

How does this book relate to my magickal practice?: I’ve been looking into more death work and necromancy as a way to connect with my ancestors and delve into more spirit work.

My personal thoughts/opinions: Too New Age for my liking, there isn’t a clear explanation of where the author is coming from in terms of his belief system. There was chunky writing that didn’t make sense sometimes. The author appears to encourage cultural appropriation without clear explanations. The author also says that death is a wonderful experience, yet in all my experiences with death and the dying, it has been anything but wonderful and full of loving energy.

An interesting quote from the book: :man_shrugging:t3:

All in all, would I recommend this book?: Not really. If anyone chooses to read it, I just recommend approaching with a discerning eye.

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Book Title and Author: The Modern Witch’s Guide to Self Care: 36 Sustainable Rituals for Nourishing Your Mind, Body, and Intuition by Tenae Stewart

Status?: Finished

My overall rating of the book: 7/10

How does this book relate to my magickal practice?: I think these days everyone could use a bit of help as far as self-care goes. I know it’s something I’ve struggled with in the past! I also sometimes have difficulty trying to incorporate my practice into my daily life so I’m always looking for more ways to do that.

My personal thoughts/opinions: The book is very well-written and has a TON of information. However, based on the title I thought the emphasis was going to be on sharing specific rituals, which it really isn’t. The first part of the book is a lot meatier and gives a lot of info about what sort of self-care might work for you based on your zodiac sign. There’s also a lot of guidance for creating morning/evening rituals as well as rituals that you’ll be able to stick with over the long haul.

The second part of the book was a bit disappointing, especially considering that (this is how I interpreted it anyway) this was the main focus of the book’s title. Stewart does share a variety of rituals, but none of them are especially inspiring. I’ve read a couple of similar books that had much more creative ideas, so I was a little let down. I almost wish she had gone more in-depth with the ideas from the first part of the book and focused on how to build can be built to serve the individual witch.

All in all, would I recommend this book?: Yes, but adjust your expectations. If you’re looking for a list of new and interesting rituals to fit into your day you might be just as happy searching the internet. If you’re interested in how to build your own rituals this would likely be more useful to you.

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@Murphy I think you would like the book I’m currently reading: The Witch’s Book of Self Care by: Arin Murphy-Hiscock

It has plenty of spells, Rituals, Recipes for all kinds of self care to incorporate daily, before bed, waking up, & incorporating your practice. Of course you can find rune them, but I’m excited to.do them & finding myself wamting to do more than 1 in a day.

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Book Title: The Cup of Destiny by Jane Lyle

Status? : Finished

My overall rating of the book : 10/10

How does this book relate to my magickal practice?: I am very interested in Tasseography/Tea Leaf Readings and waited quite a while to get my hands on this book! It has a wealth of information about tea leaf readings :tea:

My personal thoughts/opinions: I really enjoyed this book- it’s not a long nor difficult read, but it has some fantastic information about tasseology! It includes specific guidance for reading the Cup of Destiny, but it also has information about how to read leaves in any normal cup. Then there is a massive collection of correspondences for symbols- way above and beyond just a few basics.

I know I was just talking about how things like tea leaf divinations tend to be very personal, and I will almost always go with my first/gut response when I read, but still- having a book of symbol correspondences with various ways to read them is great! I will definitely be referencing the guidebook for readings, even if I don’t always use or agree with the way every symbol is interpreted by Lyle.

An interesting quote from the book: " Never strain to make sense of a cup that refuses to divulge its secrets. It may not be the right time for a reading, or the week ahead could be full and uneventful."

"Your common sense and good humor are the most important tools for successful divination. Have fun. "

All in all, would I recommend this book?: Yes! If you are interested in learning about tea or coffee readings, this book is a great resource. Even if you are not specifically studying tea or coffee leaf readings, the large glossary of correspondences is useful for other kinds of divination as well- such as dream interpretations, wax readings, cloud reading, and more :+1:

Note that the book does come as a set with the Cup of Destiny- a diviner’s tea cup designed after the Nelros Cup of Fortune. I doubt it is possible to buy just the book without the cup, but I may be wrong!

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Hi everyone! Thank you to get me involved in this! English is a new language for me and it’s very interesting to learn it throughout various and revolutionary aspects as for Witchcraft.

I sure have had an entry for the book " Tuesday’s child" of Dale Mayer @TheTravelWitch , however I couldn’t finish it due to my new courses on accounting and I am a newbie into reading long pages books in another language.

I have done two chapters already. It’s a fiction book sadly but it also has aspect of the psychic world in a detective story depicting a woman who finds herself in different victims bodies when they got murdered. She is trying to convince the police officers to cope with her and believe her so they could arrest the murderer.

It’s interesting. I would have completely devoured the book if it was not my new courses. However I have completed three courses on Spells8 already consisting on the whole tarot course, wiccans self initiation, and deity essentials. I also read various articles on witchcraft especially on tarot on Google. Don’t know if it does count as an effort part for the club. I have done something and I will keep going with the book for the next round!

Greetings!

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