Witch, Please

When I agreed to review “Witch, Please: Empowerment and Enlightenment for the Modern Mystic” by Victoria Maxwell I was expecting a blunt, slightly crass, book of advice. And to me, that isn’t a bad thing. However, Maxwell isn’t the sassy straight-talker I was expecting. Instead, she’s you’re supportive, spiritual seeker sister. And that, is always nice.

Not to make this weird, but Maxwell is definitely a spiritual sister of The Magical Buffet. In her introduction Maxwell states, “I’ve always been a big believer in the ‘take what resonates and leave the rest approach’.” Old school Magical Buffet readers may recognize that as a more eloquent version of my original website’s theme, “Take what you want and leave the rest.” So obviously by page 5 I was sold on this book.

With that said, what are you interested in? “Witch, Please” gives you a veritable plethora of options to explore: relationship magic, meditation, cleansing, money magic, working with energies, creating a grimoire/journal, warding, tarot cards, and much more. Everything is presented clearly, with enough information to get you started and find if it’s something you wish to pursue.

People who have an established spiritual and/or magical practice may want to pass on “Witch, Please.” On the other hand, if you’re like me and always looking for new magical bits to add to your daily life, Victoria Maxwell wrote a great place to start.

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Qabalah for Wiccans

Anyone who has had any interest in magic has stumbled across Qabalah. Unlike Jewish Kabbalah (a closed tradition to those of the Jewish faith), hermetic Qabalah is an appropriation of the tradition that blends Jewish theology, astrology, Hermeticism, and Neo-Platonic philosophy. It serves as the roots from which many initiatory lodge systems, such as the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, arose. It can come across as overly complex, difficult to learn, and perhaps not entirely practical for those not interested in a formal ceremonial magic practice. However, in saunters Jack Chanek with his book “Qabalah for Wiccans: Ceremonial Magic on the Pagan Path,” and believe me, it changes EVERYTHING.

Trust me, I’m a lady that has looked into Qabalah. I’m an Israel Regardie fangirl (he founded the Golden Dawn). I’ve read the comic “Promethea” from Alan Moore (a ceremonial magician who wrote this comic centered around the Qabalah). Heck, I’m from a Jewish family, the Kabbalah should be in my DNA! Yet, the Qabalah has always remained foreign, alien, out of my grasp. But Chanek made Qabalah readily accessible. I’ve never been so exhilarated from a text. I get it! I got it! AMAZING!

Now, imagine finally getting Qabalah, and then finding out you can easily apply it to your Wiccan/Pagan practice! Chanek’s purpose in this book is to “show that Wicca and Qabalah are already compatible with each other,” and he succeeds. He writes from the perspective of British Traditional Wicca, but don’t worry, I’m decidedly not Wiccan and everything made sense. “Qabalah for Wiccans” has meditations, exercises, and rituals that will feel familiar to Wiccans, but help meld Qabalah with your practice.

To sum up, if you are ANYONE EVEN REMOTELY INTERESTED IN MAGIC, get “Qabalah for Wiccans” by Jack Chanek NOW!

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Moon, Magic, Mixology

Some of you may remember that I reviewed a wonderful book back in 2020 titled “Witchcraft Cocktails: 70 Seasonal Drinks Infused with Magic & Ritual” by Julia Halina Hadas. If you missed that review, you can check it out here. I enjoyed that book so much, I was thrilled to learn she wrote a follow up, “Moon, Magic, Mixology: From Lunar Love Spell Sangria to the Solar Eclipse Sour, 70 Celestial Drinks Infused with Cosmic Power.”

Hadas does a wonderful job acquainting the reader with the importance of the moon, particularly with regards to a magic or spiritual lifestyle. And much like in “Witchcraft Cocktails”, she provides an excellent overview of the tools and ingredients of the bartender, magical or otherwise. “Moon, Magic, Mixology” offers over 70 cocktail recipes tied not only to season, but moon phase. Each recipe also features “More Moon Magic”, which is a section that offers up even more ways to amp up the magical nature of the cocktail.


“Moon, Magic, Mixology” by Julia Halina Hadas offers a unique approach to creating and consuming cocktails. The recipes range from familiar to unusual and from simple mixes to elaborate creations. This would be a fun book for someone looking to jazz up their magical practices, or home bartenders looking to up their game.

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Enchanted Crystal Magic

Anyone who has read The Magical Buffet for a while knows a few things about me: I love eating and drinking, I love pretty much anything written by Claude Lecouteux and Deborah Blake, and lastly, that I LOVE anything crystals. Thusly, I had to check out “Enchanted Crystal Magic: Spells, Grids & Potions to Manifest Your Desires” by Pamela Chen.

Before we dive into the book, I must address the obvious, which is Pamela Chen’s hair is magical af. Seriously. Here is a photo of the author taken by Teresa Torres and do you see what I mean? Words cannot express the level of hair envy I have, and I may never recover. Send help.

Okay, with that out of the way, let’s discuss “Enchanted Crystal Magic”. Chen has a boundless enthusiasm for the topic, and it comes through in her writing. The book is upbeat and conversational. Books about crystals can approach the subject from different angles. Chen offers plenty on the fundamentals of crystals and from there expands into her style of crystal magic, which leans into new thought traditions.

If you’re looking for a fun book about crystals and all the versatile ways they can be used with a new age flavor, “Enchanted Crystal Magic” is the book for you!

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Tales of Witchcraft and Wonder

It is no secret that I love Claude Lecouteux. So, let’s not pretend that there’s a chance I won’t like one of his books. The real question is, why is THIS book just as worth reading as his other books?

Today we’re talking about “Tale of Witchcraft and Wonder: The Venomous Maiden and Other Stories of the Supernatural” by Claude and Corinne Lecouteux. This is another fascinating exploration of the evolution of lore from the Middle Ages. The format is wonderful because they share the oldest version of the story, and then they share iteration after iteration of the tale so you can read firsthand how they change. My description may come across as tedious, but to the contrary, it makes for a brisk, entertaining read. You’ll read tales of transformation, devilry, and magic.

If you’ve never tried a Lecouteux book, this is a wonderful place to start. “Tales of Witchcraft and Wonder” delivers on the title and maintains the level of accessible scholarship that we’ve come to associate with Lecouteux.

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Favorite Things 2021

It is here again. That magical time of the year where I pretend Oprah and I are somehow on the same level and rivals by doing my annual “Favorite Things” list. As always, my list is superior to hers in every way.

If this is your first time here, “Welcome, where the hell have you been?” Also, you should know that I pick my top 10 favorite things that were featured on The Magical Buffet website since the previous year’s list was published. Every year it is a nerve-wracking task, but I always love bringing attention to some of the best stuff out there early enough in the gift giving season that you can do some shopping based off of my recommendations. So now, presented in no particular order, are my 10 “Favorite Things” for 2021.

1. The Art of the Occult: A Visual Sourcebook for the Modern Mystic by S. Elizabeth
With over 175 full color reproductions of art from the 15th century and earlier right up to modern times, this is an eye-opening look at the relationship between art, artist, and the occult.
You can read my original review here.

2. Witch Hunt: A Traveler’s Guide to the Power & Persecution of the Witch by Kristen J. Sollée
A wonderfully feminist, witch-ocentric travelogue.
You can read my original review here.

3. Dark Goddess Tarot by Ellen Lorenzi-Prince
This is the first of two tarot decks to make this year’s list. Both celebrate the divine feminine, I guess I have a type.
You can read my original review here.

4. The Divine Feminine Tao Te Ching by Rosemarie Anderson
2021 was the year I found my preferred translation of the Tao.
You can read my original review here.

5. The Ancestral Power of Amulets, Talismans, and Mascots: Folk Magic in Witchcraft and Religion by Nigel Pennick
I was already a Pennick fan, however as a person who makes talismans this book was destined to be a favorite.
You can read my original review here.

6. New World Witchery: A Trove of North American Folk Magic by Cory Thomas Hutcheson
Is this the North American Claude Lecouteux we’ve been waiting for? Or at least I’VE been waiting for? By all indications, yes!
You can read my original review here.

7. Iconic Tarot Decks: The History, Symbolism and Design of over 50 Decks by Sarah Bartlett
The next best thing to playing with tarot cards is reading about tarot cards.
You can read my original review here.

8. Mysteries of the Werewolf: Shapeshifting, Magic & Protection by Claude Lecouteux
Just when you thought you knew everything about werewolves, Lecouteux comes out with a new book.
You can read my original review here.

9. Intuitive Night Goddess Tarot by Linzi Silverman
Divine feminine tarot deck two!
You can read my original review here.

10. The Eclectic Witch’s Books of Shadows: Witchy Wisdom at Your Fingertips by Deborah Blake
It’s no secret that I love me some Deborah Blake, but trust me, this book is good.
You can read my original review here.

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Eclectic Witch’s Book of Shadows Review AND Giveaway

There was a lot of excitement leading up to the release of Deborah Blake’s latest book, “The Eclectic Witch’s Book of Shadows: Witchy Wisdom at Your Fingertips,” and it was well deserved. I do not know who pitched this book idea and its format, but a hearty round of applause to everyone involved.

As always, Deborah Blake has written a charming and accessible book for anyone interested in the witchy world. She provides excellent guidance on what a Book of Shadows is and what it has to offer a practitioner of magic. Basics of divination, rituals, candle magic, herbs, stones, celebrations, and more are covered throughout the book. However, what takes this solid text and propels it to the level of modern classic, is the pairing of Deborah Blake’s writing with the artwork of artist Mickie Mueller. Every page features Mueller’s playful artwork in full color. Lastly, there are beautifully illustrated blank, lined pages for the owner to add their own notes and reflections.

The combination of Blake’s timeless wisdom, Mueller’s whimsical art, the sturdy hardcover format, and the owner’s personal reflections, gives “The Eclectic Witch’s Book of Shadows” the potential to become a cherished heirloom for magical families. In a marketplace flooded with books on the topic, Llewellyn put together the perfect team to create a standout.

You can learn more here.

Excited? You should be, because thanks to Llewellyn and Deborah Blake I have an EPIC giveaway to offer. I not only have a copy of “The Eclectic Witch’s Book of Shadows,” but also a copy of Blake’s “Everyday Witch Oracle” with a cute bag for it. Interested? Just direct your eyes to the Rafflecopter below. Giveaway ends on Friday, December 3, 2021, at 11:59pm eastern, is eligible for residents of the United States who are 18 years of age or older.

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Kitchen Witchery

I like food. Duh, right? Unless you’re new here, in which case, hello, I like food. Thusly, I am always on the lookout for books that can offer me new and exciting reasons to enjoy the foods I like. Enter “Kitchen Witchery: Unlocking the Magick in Everyday Ingredients” by Laurel Woodward.


Personally, I’m loving this renaissance of food and cocktail books infused with witchery, and “Kitchen Witchery” is a wonderful addition to this growing niche. Woodward includes plenty of recipes. However, what I truly loved was the extensive list of ingredients and their potential for adding magic to your cooking. I liked looking at the ingredients that go into some of my favorite dishes and reimaging the dish as this new, magical thing. And thanks to Woodward’s thorough writing including oils, nuts, vegetables, fruits, beans, gluten-free flours, spices, and more, you’re sure to find magic in everything!

For example, tonight for dinner I made chicken with black beans, corn and bell peppers. The side has corn, which is associated with abundance, fertility, life, luck, protection, resurrection, and spirituality, black beans for healing, love, prosperity, and wisdom, and green, red, and yellow peppers which are associated with growth and prosperity, vitality and strength, and creativity respectively. Suddenly that pile of veggies is a lot more impressive, right?

“Kitchen Witchery” by Laurel Woodward is for anyone looking for a little more in their meals.

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The Witch’s Path

Thorn Mooney gets it. “There was a time,” Mooney begins in her latest book “The Witch’s Path: Advancing Your Craft at Every Level”, “particularly toward the beginning of my practice of the Craft, when I would have planned an elaborate working to mark the occasion. The full moon is a great time to work magic, and I would have taken advantage of the opportunity. Maybe a spell for wealth or luck. Maybe I would have written a meditation and blended an appropriate incense to encourage visions. Maybe I would have cleansed and reconsecrated my altar and simply sat in silent prayer.”

“But not tonight,” she continues, “I had a long day at work and have a lot of other things on my mind. My boss is driving me nuts, I’m worried that I’ve misbudgeted and won’t have enough money to pay the car repair bill I just received, and I still need to figure what weekend would be good for our next coven meeting. I try to schedule two per month, but between a full-time job, birthdays, illnesses, and travel, it’s more like once per month. I’m exhausted, and I just want to sit on my couch with a glass of wine and remote control. That would be okay every now and then, but the truth is that I’ve made a bit of a habit out of this. This isn’t the first full moon I’ve skipped.”

THIS. I FELT THIS on every level. Mooney GETS IT. And I suspect those two paragraphs resonated with many of you too. If so, reward yourself with a copy of “The Witch’s Path”. This book answers the question of what comes after. After you’ve decided you’re a witch of some sort. After you’ve established a bit of a practice. After the practice becomes routine. She offers practical insights, ideas, and exercises to embellish or reinvigorate your practice.

If you’re new to the craft, “The Witch’s Path” offers guidance to help avoid pitfalls when establishing a practice, and if you have an established practice, there is definitely something here for you.

You can learn more here.

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Living Magic

“Living Magic: Contemporary Insights and Experiences from Practicing Magicians” by Frater U∴D∴ is a collection of essays about magic from the founding members of the Bonn Workshop for Experimental Magic in Germany. Although anticipating discussions about magic, I wasn’t prepared from the biographical angle of the book. You’ll find interviews and personal recollections. I didn’t mind because I’m nosey by nature and love to learn about the practitioners as much as the practice, but it is something to keep in mind.

“Living Magic” is well-written, and I found many of the essays provided food for thought. If you’re interested in magic, particularly from the Western occult tradition, I’d recommend giving this book a try.

You can learn more here.

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