Dark Goddess Magic - A Review

 Today I'm reviewing Dark Goddess Magick, Rituals and Spells for Reclaiming your Feminine Fire by C. Ara Cambell. 

Let's start with the physical book. This book is a medium sized soft cover book with a beautiful illustration of the dark goddess, Morrigan on the cover. The back features small silhouettes of some of the other dark goddesses within the book. The book offers a small glossary and an index in a very small font at the back of the book. The pages of the book are really smooth and thick to the touch. They have a good feel and makes holding and reading pleasant. The contents page lists out each of the twenty goddesses covered in the book with a small icon of their image on each. 

The author begins by telling us about herself and how this book should be used. I found the section on intent and hexes to be well placed and a note that anyone should heede before beginning work with any thing related to what is often called the left handed path.

I'm not going to go through all twenty of the goddesses mentioned in this book. I will focus on the very first in the book because it has special meaning to me. As many can guess this goddess is Hecate. The author does give a nod to the origins of Hecate with a note on the spelling as well as to Perses and Asteria. She goes on to tell us about those items most associate with the Goddess including color, plants, symbols and crystals. 

The author provides the reader with two spells, one for breaking a hex and one for clarity. The second spell maybe something one would use to help build up their skills in divination. Hecate is considered a lightbringer and can shed her light on things that one would miss in the darkness. So this is a great way to call upon that energy to ask her to use her keys to unlock hidden knowledge and grant her wisdom upon you.  The next two pages offer recipes.  One for for a smudge to be used before or after rituals in her honor. The second is for a witch's bottle of protection.  Most witch's bottles can be created with herbs and trinkets found around the house and then placed in an area for protection of a space or person. These items are also used for healing, wards or other types of protection magic.  Hecate, as great mother spirit, often called Hecate Soteria  (savior) is excellent to invoke during this type of spellwork. I often work with her for this type of magic.

Though short, I felt that this was a great introduction into the goddess. It provided some basic information that a beginner to use to look up more information as well as some simple spell work to get that ole magical ball rolling so to speak. 

The author goes on to replicate this type of delivery for nineteen other goddesses. These cross over through different backgrounds and countries to include amazing goddess energies such as Kali, Persephone, Ianna, Oya, and the Morrigan just to name a few. The artistry in this book is fantastic. I could see a publisher making theses images as altar cards or pocket cards and it would be a hit. Overall as an introduction, I think this is a great book. Not only good for beginners but also good for the advanced witch looking to expand their work with other deities. Take the time and grab this book, you'll love having this on your shelves for years to come.



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