Everyday Magic - A Reivew

Today I'm reviewing Everyday Magic by Semra Haksever.

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Generally I like to start out with a disclaimer. I am an atheist witch.  I look for the connection between magic and science without the need for a deity. I receive no compensation for these reviews and all my links are standard Amazon links and not affiliate links. I am a practicing photo reader and have spent the last 13 years honing my craft.  I offer personal readings by request and have a strong online history that boasts nearly 400,000 views.

Starting this review as all my others, let's talk about the physical book. With the age of e-Books, I never get tired of opening my mailbox and find a physical book to hold on to. While I get the portability of e-Books one just can't escape the missing feeling of holding a physical book in your hands. This particular book has that smooth cover that feels almost velvet. It's a small hard cover book. It fits well in my hands and I can easily flip through without a great deal of effort. It offers a four page index, which in my opinion is critical for any book worth its weight in magic.

This book is separated in to two large sections after the introduction. The first is a Getting Started guide to witchcraft. Topics include a basic tool kit, using charcoal, spell accessories and how to cast a circle - just to name a very few from this section.

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I am a Keybearer for the Covenant of Hekate and one of the most frequently asked questioned by far is How to dispel Spell  Remnants.  This book offers a short and sweet explanation on how to to continue your magical energy by using burial, dispersal or flushing it.  It is only a paragraph or two but certainly provides the detail needed for new casters to make the most of their spell work.

The novice and advanced witch alike, will benefit from the easy read that this book provides. The section on How to Cast a Circle (page 24) focus on the directional spirits for example, instead of calling on specific deities or beings that may offers a more generalized approach to calling the quarters than I have found in most beginner magic books.

Section one goes on to address moon cycles and spell work as it relates to the energies of the lunar cycles. While like most books, the full moon gets the majority of attention, the author does include a brief passage on the Dark Moon and how best to work with this energy. Being my favorite lunar cycle to work with the dark moon offers a chance to finish up spell work that may be lingering, purification rituals and banishment lend themselves to this unique of spell intentions.

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After working through the first section the author takes us on a journey through spells and potions.  This chapter offers the reader detailed spells and instructions for tinctures and oils for magical uses. I really enjoyed the recipe for Psychic Tea. I have worked with mugwort quite often throughout the years, particularly at Samhain when working with the dead.  On page 66 the author gives us a recipe for what is called "Courage Oil".  For those looking for a boost in job interviews or public speaking, this oil professes to be the one for the job.  The money attract oil on page 130 also provides instruction on creation as well as use. All of the ingredients would be readily available in most standard kitchen witch cupboards that I have seen.

Cover texture aside, I believe this is an extremely valuable resource to have in your witches library whether you are a beginner or a seasoned practitioner; this book will fit the bill.

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