📖 Spells8 Book Club XIV (Jan 14 - Feb 11)

Wishing a warm welcome to all of the forum book-lovers!

:books: :blush: :heart:

Thank you again to everyone who joined in for last month’s reading session (Reading Session XIII)

For those who haven’t yet shared their thoughts about their book (or anyone who enjoys reading book reviews!) you still have time to do so in :memo: Spells8 Book Club XIII- Reader’s Reviews .

As of today, the fourteenth book club reading session has now begun !

Spells8 Book Club

Time to read!

  1. Announce your book
    The first post below is an editable wiki post- add your book title and name to the list! (instructions below)

  2. The reading period is open for [[ 4 weeks ]]
    While it is great if you can finish your book during this time, it is okay if you break it into chapters or sections- do as much as you can and know that doing your best is always good enough!

  3. Share your thoughts
    You are very welcome to share any thoughts or tidbits while you read in the comments below or in a new post in the forums. But save the best parts for the final discussion at the end of the reading period!

  4. Final Discussion
    After four weeks, a discussion post will open encouraging all readers to share a review of their book and any personal thoughts they have about it. A mini-review is perfectly fine, and there will be a suggested format for anyone who would like to write a longer review.


Art by annyamarttinen on Society6

A note about sharing books:

While everyone is free to choose their own book, you may consider reading along with someone else ! It is fun to share thoughts and insights about different books and even more exciting to do in-depth about a book with fellow readers :handshake:

If the book you plan to read is already on the list below, add your name to the list of others reading that book! For books with multiple readers, a separate discussion just for you will open for you to swap thoughts and share insights.

Please keep in mind that everyone will reconvene for the final discussion, regardless of which book you read :books:


Not sure what to read?

You can find book recommendations in:

And also:

Reading on a budget?

Free online books can be found in:

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Gif from Best Witchy Books for the Beginner Witch

If you have any questions about Book Club, be sure to check the Book Club FAQ and/or ask in the comments.

Blessed be and happy reading!

:sparkles: :open_book: :sparkles:

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~~ ~~ ~~ This post is a WIKI POST- it is editable by everyone! ~~ ~~ ~~

Please announce your books here :blush:

Example:
Book Title by Author
(@) your username

Out of respect to others, please only add/edit your own entry

  • Tarot: Connect with Yourself, Develop Your intuition, Live Mindfully by Tina Gong
    @TheTravelWitch

  • Celtic Lore & Spellcraft of the Dark Goddess by: Stephanie Woodfield
    @Siofra

  • Empty Cauldrons by Terence P. Ward
    @MeganB @miriad79

  • Witch Life: A Practical Guide to Making Every Day Magical by Emma Kathryn
    @Amethyst

  • A Little Bit of Palmistry by Cassandra Eason @Rowan
    Witchery: Embrace The Witch Within by Juliet Diaz @Rowan

  • Introduction to The Akashic Records: How to understand the Akashic Records, Hear the story of your soul & connect with Devine Knowing by Cheryl Marlene
    @Queenie_H

  • Following The Sun: A Practical Guide to Egyptian Religion by Sharon LaBorde
    @Temujin_Calidius

  • Circle of the Sun: Rites and Celebrations for Egyptian Pagans and Kemetics by Sharon LaBorde
    @Temujin_Calidius

  • Celebrating the Egyptian Gods by Sharon LaBorde
    @Temujin_Calidius

  • Cunningham’s Magical Sampler by Scott Cunningham @christine13

  • The Empaths Toolkit: A Guide to Recovery for the Overwhelmed Empath by: Anna Sayce @Siofra

  • Herbal Magick: A Guide to Hebal Enchantments, Folklore & Divination by Gerina Dunwich
    @Viss

  • A Field Guide to Demons, Vampires, Fallen Angels, and Other Subversive Spirits By: Carol K. Mack, Dinah Mack*
    @Torista

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For anyone who has trouble with adding their entry to the wiki post above, here is a step-by-step guide on how to do so:

How to Edit a Wiki Post (with pictures!)

If you’ve read the instructions but are still having a tough time- no stress at all! For anyone who prefers, I am happy to add you in. Just write your book title and author in a normal post and I will take care of it :blush:

Blessed be! :heart:

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I got this book at fivebelow, read through the intro (and absolutely loved it!) but didn’t get much further than that- life has been busy :sweat_smile:

I’m hoping to make my way through the whole book over the next few weeks for this session of Book Club. I’ve loved what I’ve seen so far, and Gong has some very creative ways to put the tarot to use! I hope it continues to be a good read :blush::books:

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Book Title and Author: Celtic Lore & Spellcraft of the Dark Goddess: Invoking the Morrigan By: Stephanie Woodfield

Status?: Finished

My overall rating of the book: 10 /10

How does this book relate to my magickal practice?: I am studying Celtic Paganism & Spirituality. I work with the Morrigan & this is a great resource for working with the Morrigan & her sisters. Either together or singularly.

My personal thoughts/opinions: I loved reading the stories for each aspect of the Morrigan & the ways to honor/invoke her into your life & practice.

An interesting quote from the book: “Some have speculated that the Brigid, the Irish Goddess of Smithcraft & fire, was a daughter of the Morrigan & the Dagda. Other sources name her as the daughter of Boann, who like the Morrigan was associated with rivers & was the Goddess of the Boyne River” (pg 44)

All in all, would I recommend this book?: I would, but not as a first book about the Morrigan. It’s a great resource but I have found that starting small & then working my way through. I started with a series of books by Morgan Daimler & then learned more about other Gods & Goddesses so when they are mentioned, I have some idea of who they are. :laughing:

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Ding, ding- sounds like you found a winner, Siofra! :clap::blush: I’m so glad that you enjoyed Celtic Lore & Spellcraft of the Dark Goddess so much- it’s exactly your kind of book! And it sounds like a fantastic resource for anyone interested in working with the Morrigan :raven:

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your thoughts about it! :open_book: :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:

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It really was a great book & she cites at least 3 sources that I have already been through & she’s a priestess of the Morrigan. I really did like it & that it has recipes for incense, diffusers, invocations, rituals, meditations. Chock full of great information.

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Book Title and Author: The Empath’s Toolkit: A Guide to Recovery for Overwhelmed Empaths By: Anna Sayce

Status? : Finished

My overall rating of the book : 9 /10

How does this book relate to my magickal practice?: I am an extreme empath & right now I am healing from some things & I am overwhelmed so I am looking to find out more about how to manage my empathic gifts.

My personal thoughts/opinions: Some things make a lot more sense & other things I will need to work on, so I am going to start with 2 exercises at a time & go through them as needed while adding other exercises as I can & then use the ones I need at the time.

An interesting quote from the book:

“The problem with wishing away our empath gifts is that empathy is usually an integral part of our souls purpose” (pg 167)

Without the dark, we cannot get to know the light.” (pg 169)

All in all, would I recommend this book?: It would be better suited if I wasn’t just emerging from the dark so I already had these tips to use with my other ways to grieve & deal with moving forward & familial changes at my home. It’s a wealth of information for Empath’s & the different gifts & the best way to integrate them into my life in a more constructive way.

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Book Title and Author: A Field Guide to Demons, Vampires, Fallen Angels, and Other Subversive Spirits By: Carol K. Mack, Dinah Mack

Status? : Finished

My overall rating of the book : 8.5/10

How does this book relate to my magickal practice?: I haven’t really done any diety work but I’ve had a few supernatural or paranormal experiences before so I was interesting to learn about different kinds of entities, many of which I hadn’t heard of before.

My personal thoughts/opinions: Highly informational and very diverse touching many cultures, native American, Australian, Norse, Russian, Celtic and many more. The last entry was my favorite though.

An interesting quote from the book: There is section on a demon that had many forms either a omen of death, a household helper or a shapeshifting lover, I think from north African lore.

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

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