The Modern Witchcraft Book of Natural Magic - A Review

Today I'm reviewing a book by Judy Ann Nock on Natural Magic.  Thanks to the fine folks at Adams Media for providing me this review copy. I have review a few books in their Modern Witchcraft series which you can find here and here.

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I am going to preface this review with the following statement.  I do not practice Wicca. I am not a priestess nor do I claim any religious affiliation.  I identify as an atheist witch and my review of any pagan/witchcraft books is presented from this point of view.

Again I have to call out the publisher for this book being not that great to look at. I know, I know, don't judge a book.....  But yea, these pages that are mismatched and don't line up correctly.  Majorly annoying to me. Makes it hard to hold and a little annoying to flip through the pages. I know it is just a way to give the book character but, yeah.  No.

This book addresses how nature can be involved in your magical practices. Each chapter covers a different aspect of magic and nature.  Air, Fire, and water are pulled together to show how working with the natural world is as common today as it was with our ancestors.  Chapter one talks about seed magic and how to create your magical outdoor space.

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As you progress through the book there are references to other belief systems as well as Wicca. The author references the Nine Noble Virtues in chapter two, which is part certain sects of Odinism and Ásatrú.  Each chapter offers not only information on natural magic but provides the reader with spells, ritual tool creation and a history around its usage. Chapter five even goes into creating your own incense, which I feel is a lost art today.

This book comes with quite a few reference tables and a complete index in the book.  Looking for herbs, stones or a list of correspondences you cannot go wrong with this book. There is nothing mind blowing new about this book but it is a solid reference that any witch would be happy to have in their library. 

Introducing a New Line

Image may contain: 1 person, smiling, sitting, ocean, sky, sunglasses, mountain, outdoor, water and natureHappy June! I can't believe we're here already. The year has really flown by since January. I have been really busy with work and creating new things; it has really been fantastic.  The park is fantastic and we're really enjoying being outside more and celebrating a fantastic life together.

So many have asked me about my wire weaving.  They ask, how do you do that? Have you ever thought of teaching a class?? How about a tutorial?  Can you make a tutorial??
Well, I decided that I would do a quick intro series on what I call Wire Theory.  Basically I'm not going to sit down and write out exactly how to make one specific piece. I think we can safely say there are plenty of people out there who do that.

You will learn the skills to create something like this carnelian piece that sold literally ten minutes after I finished it.

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What I find most lacking in the tutorials available today is the theory behind the piece. What do you do when the wires are too short?  What do you do when you don't have the right bead?  How do you make something without a tutorial?? I'm going to fill that gap for you. My tutorials will be written in such a way to provide you with the gentle nudge you may be looking for to get started in become a Wire Jewelry Creator instead of a Wire Jewelry Replicator. My tutorials also come with support.  At any time you have a question, or just want to chat about wire weaving, share your work or ask a question you can pop into the  Facebook group and leave a message there or message my FB Page. I'll do my best to respond as quickly and as fully as possible.  I've uploaded 4 PDFs and one Introduction file to the website and you can find them here.

Also in celebration of 38 years of LGBT Pride Parades I've added a coupon code for the month of June, LGBT Pride month.  For all orders over $100 you can apply the PRIDE38 coupon code to get 38% off your total purchase.  I've excluded the tutorials but everything else is fair game. EVEN items on sale!

So that's what's going on right now.  Tons of stuff. Lots of pretties on the website, festivals coming up. So much to do.  I really hope you all have a wonderful month. Remember to share your pretties on the Facebook page.  I'd love to see what you're working on!