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Everywhere, the witches are rising. Are you ready to answer the call and embrace your own inner witch? In this book, third-generation Witch Juliet Diaz guides you on a journey to connect with the Magick within you. She explains how to cast off what doesn't serve you, unleash your authentic self, and become an embodiment of your truth. You'll also learn the skills and te Everywhere, the witches are rising. Are you ready to answer the call and embrace your own inner witch? In this book, third-generation Witch Juliet Diaz guides you on a journey to connect with the Magick within you. She explains how to cast off what doesn't serve you, unleash your authentic self, and become an embodiment of your truth. You'll also learn the skills and techniques you need to build your own Magickal craft. Within these enchanted pages you'll discover how to:   *  Connect with the power of your inner witch   *  Create spells, potions, and rituals for love, protection, healing, manifestation and more   *  Amplify your energy by working with a Book of Shadows   *  Create an altar and decorate it according to the seasons   *  Work with the Moon and the Seasons of the Witch   *  Connect with your ancestors to receive their wisdom Filled with Magick, inspiration, and love, Witchery is your guide and companion on a wickedly delicious journey to true self-empowerment.


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Everywhere, the witches are rising. Are you ready to answer the call and embrace your own inner witch? In this book, third-generation Witch Juliet Diaz guides you on a journey to connect with the Magick within you. She explains how to cast off what doesn't serve you, unleash your authentic self, and become an embodiment of your truth. You'll also learn the skills and te Everywhere, the witches are rising. Are you ready to answer the call and embrace your own inner witch? In this book, third-generation Witch Juliet Diaz guides you on a journey to connect with the Magick within you. She explains how to cast off what doesn't serve you, unleash your authentic self, and become an embodiment of your truth. You'll also learn the skills and techniques you need to build your own Magickal craft. Within these enchanted pages you'll discover how to:   *  Connect with the power of your inner witch   *  Create spells, potions, and rituals for love, protection, healing, manifestation and more   *  Amplify your energy by working with a Book of Shadows   *  Create an altar and decorate it according to the seasons   *  Work with the Moon and the Seasons of the Witch   *  Connect with your ancestors to receive their wisdom Filled with Magick, inspiration, and love, Witchery is your guide and companion on a wickedly delicious journey to true self-empowerment.

30 review for Witchery: Embrace the Witch Within

  1. 5 out of 5

    Haliation

    I liked this book. It's very much a beginner book, more "witch 101" than I usually buy, but I figured it's written by a WOC so I needed it. I liked: - The "Practice Responsibly"!!! I appreciated earlier in the book that she didn't use the term "smudging" but rather cleansing and clarified why near the end. As a Cree person who was taught to traditionally smudge by my kokum, I really appreciate this. - The seasons of the witch section. I love a straight-forward correspondences section. - The "Love L I liked this book. It's very much a beginner book, more "witch 101" than I usually buy, but I figured it's written by a WOC so I needed it. I liked: - The "Practice Responsibly"!!! I appreciated earlier in the book that she didn't use the term "smudging" but rather cleansing and clarified why near the end. As a Cree person who was taught to traditionally smudge by my kokum, I really appreciate this. - The seasons of the witch section. I love a straight-forward correspondences section. - The "Love Letter" in the back - Her personal stories embedded throughout. I would totally read a memoir by her. A few things I didn't love: - the spells are very "ingredient heavy", some including rarer ingredients such as high john the conqueror and dried white horehound. Lots of essential oils. It's not super accessible, but to be fair, Diaz is a herbalist so it makes sense that they're relied on! - This is certainly not specific to the book and is present in so many witchy books, but I am not a fan of the whole "positive vibes only" thing. One small example from this book is "always protect yourself by staying away from negative people or situations" (p. 18) Conflict and other "negative" things can spur growth. We can't be comfortable and happy all the time. Sometimes we need to fight. Sometimes we need to be angry. Sometimes we need to interact with difficult, hurt people. Sometimes people you love are difficult, hurt people with "negative vibes". No, I don't mean it's your job to fix people or put your own wellness on the line, but I certainly don't think you need to "unfriend" someone because they're "negative". Again, this certainly isn't specific to this book only, but this mentality is present throughout.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    “ I love you, I care for you and I will never stop speaking up for us all” “You are precious” THIS BOOK IS AN GOOD BOOK I think I’ve read too many books by whyte witches who are entirely too comfortable with appropriating other cultures and being disrespectful in general, reading a witch book by a person of colour was such a blessed reprieve. On top of that she acknowledged cultures that weren’t her own and suggested other phrases that aren’t specific to certain cultures to avoid appropriation. T “ I love you, I care for you and I will never stop speaking up for us all” “You are precious” THIS BOOK IS AN GOOD BOOK I think I’ve read too many books by whyte witches who are entirely too comfortable with appropriating other cultures and being disrespectful in general, reading a witch book by a person of colour was such a blessed reprieve. On top of that she acknowledged cultures that weren’t her own and suggested other phrases that aren’t specific to certain cultures to avoid appropriation. This book was easy to read, not that it had overly simple language but in that it was a joy to read and made me want to read more. I felt guided but also not pressured in anyway, and most importantly I felt cared for. I read the phrase “you are precious” and I felt loved because I had such genuine caring vibes from the author. I can’t even attribute this to writing style, I think it was more that I could sense a genuine want to help and love from the author. On top of that it actually had super useful information without being authoritative. AN GOOD BOOK.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mirela

    "Every Witch should meditate daily.." Just.... no. Also, I might just be a beginner, but why would an author include so many spells, rituals and potions that contain expensive and hard to find ingredients without every explaining the WHY of it. What is the purpose of using rice to anoint a book? Where do I even buy dried blue lotus? Why would you anoint anything with menstrual blood? How does holding a black obsidian help earth someone? I have too many questions. "Every Witch should meditate daily.." Just.... no. Also, I might just be a beginner, but why would an author include so many spells, rituals and potions that contain expensive and hard to find ingredients without every explaining the WHY of it. What is the purpose of using rice to anoint a book? Where do I even buy dried blue lotus? Why would you anoint anything with menstrual blood? How does holding a black obsidian help earth someone? I have too many questions.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Elli Toney

    Good philosophy I wish there was more philosophy, less spells. Solely because the ingredients required are obscure and not easily obtained. Otherwise, I quite enjoyed it. Refreshing that it wasn't new age or wiccan. Good philosophy I wish there was more philosophy, less spells. Solely because the ingredients required are obscure and not easily obtained. Otherwise, I quite enjoyed it. Refreshing that it wasn't new age or wiccan.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Renee (The B-Roll)

    This book is like a primer to witchcraft and the power that it can have if you accept it and believe it.  A major component of this book is the idea that women (in any form) have an innate connection to the divine and the universe in terms of power and abilities.  This book goes through different ways of accessing power and using intuition as well as using a suite of traditional tools such as crystals, tarot, herbs, candles, and spells.  This book also goes through the seasons and holidays, and This book is like a primer to witchcraft and the power that it can have if you accept it and believe it.  A major component of this book is the idea that women (in any form) have an innate connection to the divine and the universe in terms of power and abilities.  This book goes through different ways of accessing power and using intuition as well as using a suite of traditional tools such as crystals, tarot, herbs, candles, and spells.  This book also goes through the seasons and holidays, and how to use those to help with your practice. This book is small but packs a punch.  At first, I was more curious about how Juliet Diaz could fit so much into this book!  This book is packed with so much information about anything and everything you would want to know.  It truly is a primer or introduction to witchcraft and what it means to be a witchy or witchy.   I love the vibe throughout this book and how the author genuinely seems to care about her readers and truly wants what is best for them.  This book does not read like some arrogant attempt to distill something so innate and intuitive for a lot of people.  Juliet's authenticity and care pours out of every page.  I love how she invites the readers to follow her instagram page, which is full of extras and fun things related to both the book, and living a witchy life.  I love when authors really want to share something they are passionate about, whatever that may be, and it just flows out of their writing. This book is easy (and fun) to read.  The language is simple and understandable and really does a great job getting the author's points across easily and with plenty of heartfelt meaning.  At not point was I bogged down by this book or confused; I finished it in a day and had plenty of sticky notes and highlights all throughout for things that I found interesting or important.  This is one of those books that is small but will give you plenty of things to remember or want to write down because of how honest it is.  I wish there had been more books like this around when I younger because as a teenager, I needed these kinds of pieces to help me realize my own power and importance.  It is nice to read reminders of how crucial it is to listen to your intuition, especially as you get older and have more life experiences.  This book is like your cooler aunt or your big sister there to help you when things may get a bit dark or you just need a minute to pick yourself up.  Reading books like this isn't just about being a witch or leaning to do spells and rituals.  It's about taking time for yourself and learning to love and respect the things that you may or may not need.  It is very important to listen to yourself, because you probably already have the answer in some respect.

  6. 5 out of 5

    M Aghazarian

    I'm not entirely sure--there's a lot here and an incredible amount of specificity. Can be used easily as a reference volume. Not quite what I was expecting, but useful. Looking forward to her upcoming book I'm not entirely sure--there's a lot here and an incredible amount of specificity. Can be used easily as a reference volume. Not quite what I was expecting, but useful. Looking forward to her upcoming book

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mallory

    lovely, reaffirming, sweet 💕

  8. 4 out of 5

    Wilder

    A wonderful read!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Joanne

    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 talk 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.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Icy Sedgwick

    I like a lot about this book but be aware that some of the spells are wasteful in terms of their ingredients - who wants to buy a full jar of honey only to bury it later? It's only an introduction so don't expect anything particularly comprehensive, as you're directed to research the things that take your fancy. The two biggest downsides for me were the inclusion of the Law of Attraction (really? Did a book on witchcraft need that? Especially when Diaz makes no mention of its origins in Hermetic I like a lot about this book but be aware that some of the spells are wasteful in terms of their ingredients - who wants to buy a full jar of honey only to bury it later? It's only an introduction so don't expect anything particularly comprehensive, as you're directed to research the things that take your fancy. The two biggest downsides for me were the inclusion of the Law of Attraction (really? Did a book on witchcraft need that? Especially when Diaz makes no mention of its origins in Hermetic philosophy) and the commentary around vivid memories from when she was 3 or 4. I'm dubious that a 3 year old would demonstrate quite the self awareness that the retellings would suggest. Still, as with any book on the craft, take what you like and leave the rest.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    Loved it! I've committed to the meditation practices, so helpful! Loved it! I've committed to the meditation practices, so helpful!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mindy Delia

    Juliet offers one of the most beautiful books I have ever read. I feel like this book has become a friend and companion. This book is an amazing entry into Witchery or a fantastic addition to even the most experienced witch. However, it is SO much more than witchcraft, this book is a guide to finding and living to your highest self for both witches and anyone else no matter how you identify or what you believe. I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in self-discovery and healing thems Juliet offers one of the most beautiful books I have ever read. I feel like this book has become a friend and companion. This book is an amazing entry into Witchery or a fantastic addition to even the most experienced witch. However, it is SO much more than witchcraft, this book is a guide to finding and living to your highest self for both witches and anyone else no matter how you identify or what you believe. I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in self-discovery and healing themselves spiritually. What a beautiful contribution she has given the world. I cannot wait for more.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Laura Jayne Tricker

    "I wrote this book to help you build the foundations for connecting to self, to healing, to our magick, and to our craft" Juliet Diaz certainly accomplished what she set out to do in this beautiful little witch 101. I really enjoyed this book. You can feel the soul in it. It's a helpful, unpretentious, relatable little guide. I really recommend this one if you are starting to learn about the craft. It does wonders for your mindset and doesn't come with any fluffy bullshit. Just truth and helpful "I wrote this book to help you build the foundations for connecting to self, to healing, to our magick, and to our craft" Juliet Diaz certainly accomplished what she set out to do in this beautiful little witch 101. I really enjoyed this book. You can feel the soul in it. It's a helpful, unpretentious, relatable little guide. I really recommend this one if you are starting to learn about the craft. It does wonders for your mindset and doesn't come with any fluffy bullshit. Just truth and helpful spells. I really enjoyed it.

  14. 4 out of 5

    lily

    4/5 - absolutely loved reading this book. i own and already read quite a few books about witchcraft and i have to say this one is absolutely perfect for someone starting their witch path! personally, i was already aware about most of what was said, but the part with all of the spells was very interesting and informative. so glad i read it!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Taylor (taymwoods)

    This guide is so much more than spells, Sabbats, and chants. I loved her ways of expressing that Self Love and Law of Attraction is just as much a part of the craft as the rest is. Very informative, glad I own it!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Bee Smith

    Very good book. Informative and well written. Would be good to use as a reference point or just casual reading.

  17. 5 out of 5

    SA

    Really solid -- one of the rare contemporary intro books I would feel totally comfortable handing to a novice.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jeannette

    This book is an amazing tool for witches who are new. I have several on my shelf which only made me continue to feel overwhelmed and a little lost especially as a solitary. This book however is a beautifully clearly written gem. It's as though she is right there with you teaching, guiding, and mentoring you. I can't thank her enough for this book. I highly recommend it for those who are seeking. Jeannette This book is an amazing tool for witches who are new. I have several on my shelf which only made me continue to feel overwhelmed and a little lost especially as a solitary. This book however is a beautifully clearly written gem. It's as though she is right there with you teaching, guiding, and mentoring you. I can't thank her enough for this book. I highly recommend it for those who are seeking. Jeannette

  19. 4 out of 5

    Shayla Perreault

    This book feels like "coming home". Juliet's not a fluffy content, capitalist driven guru of self-help but a genuine and deeply loving mentor. This book is a tool for a more intimate relationship with the self, and for healing the broken parts. It gives support and leverage to live in your full self-expression and have an embodied relationship with the earth. She is never dogmatic and is so relatable. She came from difficulty, not the suburbs, and because of this her wisdom- both through experie This book feels like "coming home". Juliet's not a fluffy content, capitalist driven guru of self-help but a genuine and deeply loving mentor. This book is a tool for a more intimate relationship with the self, and for healing the broken parts. It gives support and leverage to live in your full self-expression and have an embodied relationship with the earth. She is never dogmatic and is so relatable. She came from difficulty, not the suburbs, and because of this her wisdom- both through experience and through sharing traditions that have been passed down to her from her family and ancestors-is more useful and relatable. If you have had a relatively easy past, you'll still find the book to be practical, respectful and inclusive. This is not just a pretty addition to your book shelf. I recommend reading it all the way through. It's a fast read. Then come back, do the anointing ceremony if it feels right, and do the work.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Claire Clulow

    I had been searching for a way to work with the moon and magic for months and when I saw Juliet's book I just knew it was what I needed to work with in my journey. When I received the book I felt an instant soul connection. The magic in this book comes to life as soon as you start reading and the spells I have done working with it are awesome! Juliet teaches you that magic is truly within you and to bring in forth in the everyday in the most simplest and natural of ways! Best book purchase I hav I had been searching for a way to work with the moon and magic for months and when I saw Juliet's book I just knew it was what I needed to work with in my journey. When I received the book I felt an instant soul connection. The magic in this book comes to life as soon as you start reading and the spells I have done working with it are awesome! Juliet teaches you that magic is truly within you and to bring in forth in the everyday in the most simplest and natural of ways! Best book purchase I have ever made and it has inspired me to start journalling and to write my own book of shadows and grimoire! Thank you Juliet for sharing your beautiful magic! I feel so blessed to have found something that I completely resonate with!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Drew Bennett

    In my quest to develop my understanding of witchcraft and different types of magic, I found myself drawn into the work of Juliet Diaz via her appearance on the witch wave; reading this book seemed like the natural next step to that progression. As I opened the book, I wasn't entirely sure what to expect, but I soon found out: it's literally exactly what it says it is. I've been studying witchcraft for just over three years, but I haven't practiced in any way other than the occasional sigil. This In my quest to develop my understanding of witchcraft and different types of magic, I found myself drawn into the work of Juliet Diaz via her appearance on the witch wave; reading this book seemed like the natural next step to that progression. As I opened the book, I wasn't entirely sure what to expect, but I soon found out: it's literally exactly what it says it is. I've been studying witchcraft for just over three years, but I haven't practiced in any way other than the occasional sigil. This book gave me the nudge I needed to get into the active practice of witchcraft, even if I didn't learn much new from it. Diaz begins her book with an introduction, as most books on witchcraft, then with a ritual--this was new. The ritual in question was a simple one, requiring only the ingredients a practitioner may find in their kitchen (and perhaps some incense,) but it is marked as essential for activating the reader's connection with the knowledge in the book. I found this an incredibly good idea: so much of the time we find ourselves researching and researching and researching, but never actually doing. Perhaps it is the fear that we'll do something wrong, or simply the fact that it's something that we haven't done before; this was a great way to get over that first hurdle. After performing that ritual, I have found myself increasingly able and willing to do actual spells and to really engage with magic in a way that I haven't before. This was the first of a series of strengths in the work that I found really supported young witches just coming into their practices. The book is well-written and enthusiastic, not getting bogged down in overly-complicated explanations or terminology, and does a good job of explaining the basic concepts behind witchcraft well, as well as suggesting basic exercises to get to grips with them in a practical way. I believe it was Kelly Ann-Maddox who spoke about the risks of becoming armchair-occultists; this book seems like the right foot to get off on to avoid that. I also found, despite being familiar with most of the material presented, the rituals and spells offered to be extremely useful. Instead of declaring that there is only one spell for each intent, and listing all the exotic ingredients you need for it, Diaz offers a selection of different spells and rituals, all to the same end--some are more complex and require specific crystals and herbs, but others are simple, requiring only yourself and something to cleanse with. This makes the craft accessible to a new generation of witches in a way that many books previously haven't. However, every book has its flaws, and Witchery is no exception. I have two main issues with the book. One: I feel as if Diaz could've gone more into detail explaining the need for each component in the rituals and spells she offers. She does this with the tools for cleansing, however, it doesn't come up again. I had to ask myself if it would be okay to leave out a component to the earlier spell, something which could've been avoided had its significance been briefly summarised in the text. Of course, I understand why this was not done: it would require significantly more explanation than is perhaps appropriate in a book for beginners, though it still would've been majorly appreciated. Two: Disclaimers. There is a small print legal disclaimer in the front of the book, but it would've been nice to have the standard 'herbal magic should not be substituted for regular medical care.' While I'd hope that it would be common sense for most people, I still worry. Since most of my issues are "I'd love to hear more about why each of these things helps," I think what I'm really getting at is a desire for Diaz to write another book for higher level practitioners that really gets into the details of the practice. Of course, Diaz also has provided several sources of further exploration, so I'd assume it possible to find explanations there, though I shall miss her positive and welcoming writing style. Overall, would definitely recommend for anyone new to the craft, but not as a definitive resource.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    Easy read and pretty basic information but it's nice to have it all on one convenient book. Easy read and pretty basic information but it's nice to have it all on one convenient book.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jennifurreads

    This is a great book to read but you must have an open mind. Pagan culture and witchcraft have also been intriguing to me. Granted, I do not practice any of it but I do thoroughly enjoy reading about the culture and where it all started. Unfortunately, this book does not provide that (which I knew). It is a great tool for a modern witch. Someone who wants to focus more on the "here and now" rather than "how did we get here". Its filled with helpful potions ranging from love to protection to heal This is a great book to read but you must have an open mind. Pagan culture and witchcraft have also been intriguing to me. Granted, I do not practice any of it but I do thoroughly enjoy reading about the culture and where it all started. Unfortunately, this book does not provide that (which I knew). It is a great tool for a modern witch. Someone who wants to focus more on the "here and now" rather than "how did we get here". Its filled with helpful potions ranging from love to protection to healing. According to the author, most of these spells and potions have been passed through her family for generations & have been successful for her. Although I did not try any of the recipes in this book (so I am unsure as to how successful they are) , I am glad I decided to purchase it. I am a huge tea drinker and there are a few natural recipes for creating teas which I plan on trying. Most importantly, I do trust this author and her word. This is a great book for a modern witch who wants to begin her journey through witchcraft. Coming from someone who isnt that, the book did keep my attention and it was refreshing to read about different cultures of witchcraft and how different people practice it.

  24. 4 out of 5

    julia ☆ [owls reads]

    The writing was lovely! Diaz has a wonderful voice and way of explaining things. This also draws a lot from her own personal experiences and I found that to be super nice to read about. It also addresses a few subjects beyond Witchcraft. Some of the suggested spells do seem to be a bit too complicated, though, or sometimes use ingredients I'm not that comfortable with. The writing was lovely! Diaz has a wonderful voice and way of explaining things. This also draws a lot from her own personal experiences and I found that to be super nice to read about. It also addresses a few subjects beyond Witchcraft. Some of the suggested spells do seem to be a bit too complicated, though, or sometimes use ingredients I'm not that comfortable with.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jupiter Quartz

    This book is an okay book for absolute beginners, bringing in a few different correspondences such as moon phases and sabbats etc, which is great. It talks about certain practices such as visualisation, meditation, a bit on spellcraft etc. I really appreciate the chapter about cultural appropriation, which a lot of witchcraft books fail to include. It only included a few commonly appropriated terms, but it still included them nonetheless. It is also a very aesthetically pleasing book, with golden This book is an okay book for absolute beginners, bringing in a few different correspondences such as moon phases and sabbats etc, which is great. It talks about certain practices such as visualisation, meditation, a bit on spellcraft etc. I really appreciate the chapter about cultural appropriation, which a lot of witchcraft books fail to include. It only included a few commonly appropriated terms, but it still included them nonetheless. It is also a very aesthetically pleasing book, with golden prints and black drawings on the pages. I personally didn’t agree with a few topics in the book, such as everyone has a witch inside them. I am of the opinion that if you practice witchcraft, you are a witch. There are people who are witchy inclined (myself included), however that doesn’t automatically make someone a witch. I found it focused too much on some subjects and not enough on others. I also found the book kept assuming the reader was female, asking for menstrual blood in a lot of spells and referring to the inner witch as ‘her’ - this approach doesn’t consider males and also people of the trans community. As a book that was released in 2019, i feel this is an outdated approach to witchcraft. It also listed spells that had uncommon, or rare ingredients that the average person wouldn’t be able to get their hands on, and doesn’t suggest substitutions either. I am of the personal opinion that its best that beginners learn the basis & theory of spellcraft (along with some correspondences), before diving full force into practice (the period of study before practicing is entirely dependant on each individual). The spells listed didn’t explain why things were used or why she did it a certain way. So someone going from this book wouldn’t know why she included rosemary, or why she started with grounding etc. It wouldn’t help further a beginners knowledge in that aspect. However, even Diaz stated at the end that you should trust no book 100%, including hers, which i appreciate. The book also suggested a few things to do which i personally wouldn’t recommend anyone to do, such as throwing salt, herbs and ashes outside or into a stream. These can be very harmful to wildlife, especially the salt! Overall, an okay book for absolute beginner witches who are maybe worried about starting or are self-conscious about their journey as it is focuses a lot on self-love, & spirituality.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    I find myself recommending this book and buying it as gifts for people more than any other book on my shelf! Many of us are only just now going through this personal and collective reawakening of our personal power and magic, and I can personally attest to this being an ideal, empowering place to start. It helped demystify spell work for me, helped me connect the dots from childhood memories and experiences back to a magickal lens, and is my most frequently references book when I'm working on a I find myself recommending this book and buying it as gifts for people more than any other book on my shelf! Many of us are only just now going through this personal and collective reawakening of our personal power and magic, and I can personally attest to this being an ideal, empowering place to start. It helped demystify spell work for me, helped me connect the dots from childhood memories and experiences back to a magickal lens, and is my most frequently references book when I'm working on a spell or ritual. There's a little bit of everything in here, but it's highly approachable, and down to earth. The breadth of content, makes it to where you can easily make the information your own, and build your own practice in whatever field you're already in, or feel called too. Most importantly, I love what Juliet stands for - I'm really choosey with the spiritual books I choose to consume because there is often too much of an opportunity for love and light spiritual bypassing trying to negate the harsher realities of the current iteration we're all currently living. So I loved how Juliet makes it clear that along with witchcraft being for our own person healing, growth, and prosperity, that we are not separate from the collective or the earth, and therefore our magickal practice shouldn't only be only self-serving. Our magickal practice is our activism. I don't see many occult books or spiritual guides address that fact. I found this book randomly at a local bookstore while I was looking for something else. I was drawn to it, and I cried with it, not very far into it at all, and I believe that that was the witch wound starting the process of beginning to heal. The solace and kinship I've found in this book has made me feel safe enough to come out of the broom closet and incorporate my magickal practice into the other work I do in the world as a full spectrum doula, writer, and photographer. It has been a key component in helping me feel empowered and invigorated to start sharing my own needed medicine and magic with the world to contribute towards the reproductive justice agenda I feel called to. And I have no doubt it can ignite and invigorate others to show up the way that they are needed in the world too.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    This was a very good book! I liked how the author kept religion completely out of it. Not all of us are Wiccan! We don't need or want a religion in order to "practice" witch craft. I needed somewhere to start with, a beginners book, but modernized. I tried following this when I was younger, but with no internet or Amazon it was hard and confusing! I love how straight forward this book is- there is no right or wrong way to practice! And apparently while reading this book I realized that I was act This was a very good book! I liked how the author kept religion completely out of it. Not all of us are Wiccan! We don't need or want a religion in order to "practice" witch craft. I needed somewhere to start with, a beginners book, but modernized. I tried following this when I was younger, but with no internet or Amazon it was hard and confusing! I love how straight forward this book is- there is no right or wrong way to practice! And apparently while reading this book I realized that I was actually already a "green witch." I've used herbs and essential oils for creating healing balms, bath salts and additives, essential oils for healing and stress. So, my next step was to pick up , which I've already started reading and it's wonderful! However, I love this book and will keep it as a reference guide. I love the Seasons of the Witch chapter, the Moon and the Witch chapter, the Grounding chapter, and Part 5: Practice Responsibly. There is also two more additions at the end of the book by the author: Continuing your Journey and A Love Letter, which are just so sweet! Love this book and this author! I sincerely hopes she writes more, but in the meantime I will be following her on her website NovemberSage.com

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jacob Stone

    Loved this books so much it was insane to be able to read this and find a new awakening. Would recommend to anyone wanting to explore what true witchcraft is about, research, self journey, for anything really. However, there was only one thing I didn’t like. 4.5 stars as their are points toward the end I find to be debatable. The topic of respect and appropriation are just that, debatable. My argument is that if you have a knowledge and respect of the thing you are “appropriating” and have an und Loved this books so much it was insane to be able to read this and find a new awakening. Would recommend to anyone wanting to explore what true witchcraft is about, research, self journey, for anything really. However, there was only one thing I didn’t like. 4.5 stars as their are points toward the end I find to be debatable. The topic of respect and appropriation are just that, debatable. My argument is that if you have a knowledge and respect of the thing you are “appropriating” and have an understanding respect for where it’s origins lay, then I don’t see a problem with using words like mantra or spirit animal. The word mantra may bother me the most as Hinduism is the most open religious culture I have ever studied and experienced. Being a practitioner and believer in many Hindu beliefs, this is a harmful way of thinking. Hinduism is embracing of all religious and spiritual practices that don’t clash with the melting pot mindset. At a certain point it’s semantics of meanings of words when you start trying to rephrase the words you use. I’m not here to spark a drawn out conversation, more power to anyone who isn’t hurting anyone and or conforming to the authors thoughts. However, I did want to throw out my opinion for people to ponder a bit. Really loved this book. Just some slight disagreements.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Alissa

    Accessible and easy read. A good overview for a beginner. But LOTS of ingredients and props, which will get expensive if you follow them to a "T", and not always practical. For example, I'm extremely allergic to lavender. The littlest exposure makes my sinuses feel as though I just snorted a tub of Icy-Hot and often leaves me with a headache. Also, I have cats. One of whom is Ninja-sneaky and Ninja-quick and whose curious spontaneity overrides her common sense 9 times out of 10 and who is, basic Accessible and easy read. A good overview for a beginner. But LOTS of ingredients and props, which will get expensive if you follow them to a "T", and not always practical. For example, I'm extremely allergic to lavender. The littlest exposure makes my sinuses feel as though I just snorted a tub of Icy-Hot and often leaves me with a headache. Also, I have cats. One of whom is Ninja-sneaky and Ninja-quick and whose curious spontaneity overrides her common sense 9 times out of 10 and who is, basically, not to be trusted with anything. So the candles, or anything with an open flame, are pretty much a no-no (when I use incense I use an enclosed burner...and I keep a close eye on Lilo). All that is fine as I'm from the minimalist school of thought where I don't believe one absolutely needs a lot of fancy props to manifest intent. That was mostly born from being the broke college student who could barely afford ramen noodles, let alone a bunch of fancy herbs and oils. Now, years later, I prefer to keep it simple. The mind is the most powerful tool out there, and it's free. So I skimmed all the recipes and just went straight for the other bits. Most of it was stuff I'd read before, only updated. I first began my Witchy interest in the late 90s, so much of my books are older and some are kind of dated. So a good modern perspective.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    This book feels so precious, and well, *magical* to me (couldn't help myself). It's an accessible introduction to witchcraft (and spell-casting), but more than anything it's a guide for tapping into your own inner power (and embracing it). As Juliet Diaz writes: "Being a Witch gives you the power to heal yourself, change your life, change the world, and conjure your every dream. In this book I will guide you on your journey to becoming a Witch and help you connect with the Magick that lives withi This book feels so precious, and well, *magical* to me (couldn't help myself). It's an accessible introduction to witchcraft (and spell-casting), but more than anything it's a guide for tapping into your own inner power (and embracing it). As Juliet Diaz writes: "Being a Witch gives you the power to heal yourself, change your life, change the world, and conjure your every dream. In this book I will guide you on your journey to becoming a Witch and help you connect with the Magick that lives within you. I explain how to cast off what doesn't serve you, how to unleash your authentic self, and how to become an embodiment to your truth." It feels too personal to write all of my feelings about this book, but for me, it really hit home, and I feel like a changed person. I would encourage others to check this out if you're interested in either witchcraft or developing your own confidence/power. Her nurturing, encouraging writing style also made this a joy to read, and I appreciated her short chapter on integrity in witchcraft and caution against appropriative practices/language. Lastly, since following Juliet Diaz on Instagram (how modern), I can say that I have so much respect for her indigenous activism. She is the real deal.

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