📝 Spells8 Book Club XVII - Readers' Reviews!

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

The latest reading period for Book Club [Apr 29 - May 27 ] has now ended - thank you to everyone who joined in!

Book Club Members This Reading Period:

  • the morrigan by courtney weber
    @Nikita-mikaelson

  • the zombie survival guide by max brooks
    @Nikita-mikaelson

  • Hekate’s Modern Witchcraft by Cyndi Brannen
    @Jeannie1

  • Making Magic: Weaving Together the Everyday and the Extraordinary by Briana Saussy.
    @Amethyst

  • A Broom at Midnight by Roger J. Horne
    @MeganB

  • The Real Witches’ Handbook By: Kate West
    @Janae_Rochele

  • The Horned God of the Witches By: Jason Mankey
    @TheMuslimWitch

  • Foraging for Beginners by Diamond Press
    @melinda6

  • Spellcrafting (2020) by Aris Murphy-Hiscock
    @Undomeher

  • Chakras for Beginners: A Complete Guide to the 7 Chakras, Their Importance & Impact on Your Life by: Leigh Cantrell
    @Siofra_Strega

  • Chakra Healing: A Beginner’s Guide to Healing Techniques that Balance the Chakras By: Margarita Alcantara
    @Siofra_Strega

  • Charms, Amulets, Talismans, & Spells by Marian Green cont’d from last session
    @TheTravelWitch_Bry

  • The Complete Guide to Chakras: Activating the 12 Chakra Energy System for Balance & Healing By: April Pfender
    @Siofra_Strega

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, July 1

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 3

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’ve been reading this book for awhile know, and it’s about time I give my own personal reflection :sparkles::sparkles::sparkles::sparkles::sparkles:five stars! Cyndi is a very knowledgeable about Hekate and her hidden mysteries and epithets! She has a school about Hekate and teaches modern psychology and uses witchcraft for healing and teaches at her school called Covina. She also can be found on utube.
Jeannie

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Book Title and Author: Chakras for Beginners: A Complete Guide About the 7 Chakras By: Leigh Cantrell

Status?: Finished

My overall rating of the book : 10 /10

How does this book relate to my magickal practice?:

  • I am an empath & have been taking crystal healing courses. Chakra energy was a class & they were touched upon, but I want to understand them if I am going to use their energy with crystal energies for healing & other energy work.

My personal thoughts/opinions:

  • Great beginner book with in depth information about each Chakra broken down easily.

An interesting quote from the book:

”…It’s best to maintain an open mind & rely on your own experiences.” (Pg: 214)

All in all, would I recommend this book?:

  • Yes, I would recommend it to someone interested in any capacity of the 7 (main) Chakras & their energies.
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The template is:

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

I actually have another 1 to write up. I have another book that I started, so I need to add that one, but I don’t know if I’ll finish it before the end. So my review will probably be in the next session :rofl:

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Book Title and Author: Chakras Healing: A Beginner’s Guide to Self Healing Techniques that Balance the Chakras By: Margarita Alcantara

Status? : Finished

My overall rating of the book : 10 /10

How does this book relate to my magical practice?:

It is a great book for beginners looking for different ways to incorporate Chakra Healing their practice. There are meditation, essential oils, crystals, yoga, mantra… & it’s set up by each Chakra starting with the Root Chakra.

My personal thoughts/opinions:

I enjoy each section & their recommendations coincide with practices that I already use regularly.

An interesting quote from the book:

”…you may also be able to heal multiple chakras with a single crystal. Selenite is a wonderful crystal – one that clears debris in the energy body & helps overcome stagnation, allowing yourself to communicate more clearly with your Higher Self” (Pg:159)

All in all, would I recommend this book?:

Yes, I would recommend it to someone interested in self-healing techniques for their energy centers.

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Another 10/10- you are a roll with your reading, Siofra, and also on a roll of finding some great books! :partying_face: It sounds like you are really thriving with your chakra and energy work :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:

And from the quote you shared, it sounds like this book ties in very well with your crystal studies too- how cool! :gem:

Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts about Chakras Healing! :heart::open_book:

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Book Title and Author: Charms, Amulets, and Talismans by Marian Green

Status? : Finished (finally lol)

Not only did I not manage to get my hands on a new witchy book, it took me way longer than expected to get through the last few pages of this book from last session :sweat_smile: Not blaming the book though- just a busy schedule!

My overall rating of the book : 7/10

How does this book relate to my magickal practice?: It’s a book offering an introduction and general coverage of many various aspects of magick. The sections of the book are as follows:

My personal thoughts/opinions: This book was in the gift shop at the British Museum and I couldn’t resist getting it :laughing:. I had very low expectations for the book as a gift shop purchase from a historical museum, but I was actually pleasantly surprised by how much passion the author used. And it turns out that Marian Green is not just a writer, but is an actual practicing witch and seems to have quite presence in witchy communities in the UK :woman_mage: So big points there.

The book is good and covers a lot of ground. However, the author makes a comment about a “Chinese cat amulet” next to a picture of a Japanese Maneki-neko. It’s a rather harmless (and common) mistake- but anytime I read something and catch an error like that I’m unable to trust other things the author says :sweat_smile:

Would I recommend this book?: Yes… to those who want a basic intro to many various areas of magick all in one book. It is a good book for someone who knows nothing about magick (even if they don’t want to practice it themselves but want to learn more).

Those more advanced in their path will find some interesting things, but aren’t the target audience for this book.

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Book Title and Author: Making Magic: Weaving Together the Everyday and the Extraordinary by Briana Saussy.

Status? : Finished

My overall rating of the book : 10/10!

How does this book relate to my magickal practice?: This book is all about getting back to the basics and relearning what you know about magic. Taking it down to the brass tacks.

My personal thoughts/opinions: This was a great book, not filled with spells but with the wisdom of nature and ritual. The magic of being yourself and the sacred breath, the magic that runs in your blood. It was very interesting! I loved it!

An interesting quote from the book: “Magic tells a different story: every curse holds it’s cure; every broken place carries within it a deep blessing, a hope. The deeper the wound, the bigger the benediction, and no broken place is too great, too terrible, to keep brave blessings away.”

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

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:weary: still on the same book. I blame it on the house of earth and blood novel by Sarah J. Maas. It calls to me lol plus i just got to the juicy part… :laughing: :woman_facepalming:

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I think I’d like to pick this up! Looks great!

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**Book Title and Author: I was quite bored by mine, i totally switched, the book I am now reading (and an so obsessed with) is Laurie Cabots Book of Spells and Enchantments

Status? : Still Reading, I tried to get through foraging but it was so dull and i have given up on trying to be an herbal witch! Not my forte at all! So I started this new book 2 days ago and am obsessed! Super detailed, fun to read and so practical! It makes magick seem much more personal to me and lets me experiment like i keep wanting to do, i now can add a few enhancing herbs or crystals or other things to my spells and have been having great results!

My overall rating of the book : ??? 10/10 so far!

How does this book relate to my magickal practice?: asked and answered( been watching too much of the Johnny depp trial :rofl:)

An interesting quote from the book:

So many good quotes in this book! Two favorites are

"No one can take away your personal power unless you allow it "
and

“You can see, feel and hear the enchantment wherever you go, in whatever you do.”

All in all, would I recommend this book?: Highly reccommend and a must for any witches library!

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That’s a great review, I have seen that book before & wondered about it, like is it more of a reference book such as a cookbook type of set up or if it was in fact a book about them as a whole with the different “recipes” intertwined. I find that a lot with books about deities & their stories or associations.

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:blush: It was a good book!

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@Amethyst i started it this afternoon! It’s lovely so far!

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Im haven’t finished my books yet due to being sick and sleeping alot

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It’s a great book, at least I think so. I’m glad you’re liking it!

So sorry to hear you’ve been so sick. You can always put down the same book next month. It’s all good.

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I am only on the 9th chakra right now :laughing: once I finish this one, I will happily post a review for it. I have another book all lined up too! I’m excited about it too!

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10/10 Woohoo!!! :partying_face: I’m so happy you found such a good book to read, Amethyst- it sounds like it was loaded with wisdom and helpful practices. That quote you shared is powerful- what an encouraging and uplifting message about magick, especially when it comes to healing :mending_heart:

Thank you so much for sharing your review! :blush:

Hahaha nothing wrong with having a book that draws you in! :laughing: Keep on reading, Khadija- I hope it continues to get better and better for you! :open_book:

Good for you for being honest with yourself and not being afraid to switch it up when something isn’t working- and hooray that your new book is such a great one! :star_struck: :open_book:

It sounds like the Book of Spells is everything you were hoping for and more! Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts and I hope you continue to enjoy the book :heart:

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I had to stop following the trial news- it was getting a bit too ridiculous for me to watch lol :laughing:

No worries and no rush, Nikita! Please get some good rest and take care of yourself as you heal :pray::heart: Feel better soon!

Looking forward to it- I hope the last few chakra sections in the book have lots of helpful tips and wisdom for you! :blush: And awesome- how cool that you’ve got another exciting book lined up! Can’t wait to hear about that one too :grinning:

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You’re welcome! It was a good book!

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Am still looking for books to read :pensive:

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