Monday, 25 November 2019

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Mini Reviews: Witchery by Juliet Diaz, Moonology by Yasmin Boland, and Everyday Magic by Semra Haksever

Witchery by Juliet Diaz, Moonology by Yasmin Boland, and Everyday Magic by Semra Haksever

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Today I'm sharing with you mini reviews of three magical books I've read recently - Witchery by Juliet Diaz, Moonology by Yasmin Boland, and Everyday Magic by Semra Haksever - all of which, unfortunately, weren't quite what I was expecting.

Witchery by Juliet DiazWitchery by Juliet Diaz
Published: 5th March 2019 | Publisher: Hay House UK
Source: Bought
Juliet Diaz's Website

Welcoming the curious, beginner and advanced witch, Witchery is an exciting new title from one of the leading witches on Instagram to help readers believe in their magic and have confidence in their practice.

Now is a time of great change, with many people choosing to embrace the 'old ways'. The younger generation is turning back towards the natural energies of Mother Earth, moving away from the fast-paced wave of modern progress, and finding ways to include natural rituals, magic, and spirituality in their lives.

For practicing and curious witches alike, Witchery is a companion to be used over and over again, filled with guidance, wisdom, and inspiration. Juliet Diaz, a hereditary witch from a long line of witches and creator of The School of Witchery and November Sage Apothecary, has combined her favourite spells, potion recipes and DIY herbal remedies, as well as moon, crystal and herbal magic in this compendium. Juliet explores the different forms of divination and offers guidance on how the reader can use them to unlock their powers. Witchery also works with the seasons of the witch, helping you to harness the unique energy of each Sabbat to amplify your magic.

Practical information includes: how to adjust your altar for each season; which specific incense, crystals, herbs, candles or spells work best during a particular season; spells, potions and healing rituals you can build into your everyday life; and much more.

When you receive your book, you will anoint it in a special ceremony to connect you to it, and begin your transformational journey towards a life of nature wisdom, spiritual intuition, and magical guidance, unlocking the powers that already live inside you.
From Goodreads.

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Witchery by Juliet Diaz sounds like an incredible, but I found it to be really disappointing, actually. Diaz covers lots of very different subjects, but only just touches on them. It's 243 pages long, but it's actually quite a small book, with a lot of space around the text, so you're not really getting as much info as you think you will. It talks about the Wheel of the Year and the different Sabbats, what kinds of spells to perform on those Sabbats, and various correspondences, and it also talks about the Moon and working with it, but there's very little as regards to why. There's no real information regarding correspondences; you don't know why you're using certain herbs or crystals. Diaz tells you how to create your own spells, and tells you to think about the correspondences, but doesn't actually give any.

On the positive side, it's full of very quick and simple spells, potions, teas and rituals to get the beginner witch started - but again, there's no real information as to why all of the above involve the particular tools. It does discuss cultural appropriation and terms to steer clear of, which was good to see, and there are some elements that I think will be useful to journal about, to get to know myself a little better. But Diaz believes in a lot of things I personally don't, and she focused a lot on the witch really digging deep into themselves and who they are, which was just a bit much for me, so I did struggle to connect to a lot of what she was saying. However, she does say not to trust any book - including hers - 100%, so she's of the same mind of pick and choose what works for you as I've read in some other books.

I think Witchery might be helpful along with a more in depth book, but I don't think it's going to do very much for a new witch on it's own.

Moonology by Yasmin BolandMoonology by Yasmin Boland
Published: 5th July 2016 | Publisher: Hay House UK
Source: Bought
Moonology Website

Did you know the cycles of the moon have a huge effect on our health, our mood, our relationships, and our work? By understanding these phases, we can work with them to improve and empower every aspect of our lives. In Moonology , world-renowned astrologist Yasmin Boland unveils:

-why connecting with the moon can change your life for the better
-powerful rituals and ceremonies for each moon phase
-how the moon connects us to nature and the cosmos
-how to work out where the moon is in each cycle
-international New Moon and Full Moon dates for the next 10 years

You will also learn affirmations, visualizations, and chants to use during each phase of the moon, and will discover the role of Angels, Goddesses, and Ascended Masters during the New and Full Moons. This is a book for all those wishing to deepen their connection with nature and take their spiritual practice to a new level.
From Goodreads.

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Moonology by Yasmin Boland was a bit of a surprise for me, because it's more of a book you dip in and out of as you need it. It explains how the New Moon is a powerful time of manifestation, and how to make New Moon Wishes, as Boland calls them, and how the Full Moon is a time of forgiveness and gratitude, and rituals to perform for both. But the majority of the book focuses on giving you the information you need regarding working with the moon based on what the phase of the moon is, what sign it's in, and what relation is has to your own natal chart.

So I didn't read the whole book, because it just wouldn't have been helpful. I read up on the Full Moon that had just passed as the time of reading - Full Moon in Pisces - and bits surrounding it, but the New Moon in Taurus wouldn't exactly be helpful for the time I was reading. It's a book you're meant to revisit and look up at each moon. When it got to the New and Full Moon in regards to your natal chart, though, I started getting pretty confused. This is mainly on me than the book, however, as I'm just not au fait with astrology yet. I managed to get my head around it all eventually, but again, it's to dip in and out of.

But it does get really involved, and I just don't think, on the whole, Moonology is really for me. There are elements I can incorporate into my practice of witchcraft, but it's not really something I would stick to religiously. I might dip in and out to read about specific moon phases with moon signs, to get a better idea of what's going on, but I doesn't really work for me.

Everyday Magic by Semra HakseverEveryday Magic by Semra Haksever
Published: 2nd October 2018 | Publisher: Hardie Grant
Source: Bought
Semra Kaksevra's shop, Mama Moon Candles

No longer the stuff of broomsticks, black cats and cauldrons, witchcraft is all about self-care in a modern and often confusing world. This is the perfect book for all women looking to channel their inner power, make positive changes in their lives, cleanse, heal, and embrace a little more spirituality. Semra will teach readers how to make bespoke spells, construct an altar, create manifestations, moon rituals, gratitude meditations, and more. Blend some oils to increase your luck, use a candle manifestation to break a hex and get over past lovers, or make a special blend of tea to stay calm.

Featuring information on crystals, tarot, herbs, oils and much more, this is a book on cosmic assistance that is accessible for everyone. When you are happy and positive on the inside, it makes you glow on the outside, and Everyday Magic will help you do just that.
From Goodreads.

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Everyday Magic by Semra Haksever is not too dissimilar to Witchery above - though in some ways better, and others, worse. Everyday Magic isn't so focused on the witch really digging deep, which I preferred, and there is more information in regards to correspondences - just not enough, in my opinion. I'd have preferred the Crystal Family Tree to be more about crystal correspondences; while it was interesting to see Haksever's take on the crystals, I'm not sure it's as useful as actually telling us their correspondences clearly.

But Everyday Magic is a very quick read - I read it in one day - that's chock full of spells, rituals, potions, teas and baths that are really very quick and easy - and with the herb correspondences at the back, it's easy to understand why you're to use the specific herbs mentioned. This is more of a spell book than anything else; it's purpose is to provide you with spells, etc. for you to try out. Which is fine if that's what you're after, but I thought there might be a little more There is a very heavy focus on herbs and essential oils, though, more so than anything else, so in all there were just two spells that I myself could actually do, what with my fragrance sensitivity - but what is good is that Haksever does say you can use the herb correspondences to adapt any all spells, etc., mentioned in this book if you have allergies or dislike certain scents, so that was pretty good.

However, Everyday Magic does talk about spirit animals and smudging, which comes from Native American spiritual practice, gives instruction on how to use mojo bags and cast a hoodoo spell, and this can be seen as cultural appropriation, so I wasn't quite happy with that.

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So those are my mini reviews! Have you read any of these books? What did you think? And do please share any recommendations with me, I'd love to hear them!

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