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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Mixology and Murder

If you know anything about me it’s that I am ALWAYS looking for an excuse to eat or drink. It is safe to say that Ulysses Press has caught on to that fact because they offered me the chance to review “Mixology and Murder: Cocktails Inspired by Infamous Serial Killers, Cold Cases, Cults and Other Disturbing True Crime Stories” by Kierra Sondereker.

People have always been intrigued by true crime, and with the success of streaming documentaries and podcasts on the subject it is more popular than ever. “Mixology and Murder” features all the true crime happenings you would expect: Charles Manson, John Wayne Gacy, Aileen Wuornos, O.J. Simpson, Jim Jones, and more. The cocktails are most of the staples you would expect in a cocktail book, except they have names to go with crimes, for example the “Check and Mate and Mule” which is a Moscow Mule renamed for the story of Alexander Pichushkin, a Russian serial killer who wanted to kill as many people as there were squares on a chessboard.

Obviously, it wouldn’t be a review if I didn’t try out a recipe, so welcome to “Big Mother Ship Brew!” Sondereker writes, “A coffee-flavored cocktail for the serial killer whose last meal was a cup of coffee. Aileen Wuornos also had some interesting last words: ‘I’ll be back like Independence Day, with Jesus. June 6, like the movie. Big mother ship and all, I’ll be back, I’ll be back.” Why this one? Well, I found the idea of coffee and tequila interesting, and I already had everything I needed for the recipe.

It tasted surprisingly good too. I think I still prefer rum in my coffee, but tequila was not as weird as I was anticipating.

“Mixology and Murder” does a decent job as an introduction to true crime AND cocktails. If you’re looking to dip your toe into the genre or hanging out with some buddies to bullshit about the latest true crime podcast, you’re listening to, “Mixology and Murder” is a great book for you.

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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.

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The Intuitive Night Goddess Tarot

I need another favorite tarot deck like I need a whole in the head. I wanted to pick a few decks to work with repeatedly in an attempt to improve my overall tarot/oracle reading skills and after AGONIZING over deciding ultimately could only narrow it down to six. SIX IS STILL A LOT! Then comes along the female forward, goddess oriented “Intuitive Night Goddess Tarot” by Linzi Silverman and the count may come up to seven! In case you weren’t aware, seven is EVEN MORE THAN SIX! Sigh…..

Let’s start with the art. I love the vintage collage style art of this deck. This certainly isn’t the first deck to use this art style, “The Enchanted Love Tarot” by Amy Zerner and Monte Farber immediately springs to mind, but it doesn’t make it any less striking in “The Intuitive Night Goddess Tarot.” Beautiful.

It is the design that makes this deck truly stand out! No one card is particularly linked to a specific deity, it deals more in archetypes. The Fool become Potential, The Magician becomes The Witch, The Emperor becomes The Monarch, The Hierophant becomes The Mystic, and more! The Minor Arcana suites are Wands, Cups, Swords, and Pentacles, however Page, Knight, Queen, and King are replaced with Nymph, Warrior, Queen, and Spirit.

“The Intuitive Night Goddess Tarot” by Linzi Silverman really resonates with me. The art and design truly feel intuitive, just like the name implied it would! This is a fantastic deck for any empowered female identifying person and maybe anyone looking to get in touch with their feminine aspect.

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Peace and Spiritual Warrior Workout

This is a review that is WAY past due. OG Magical Buffet interviewee, and crazy well-known new age artist Paul Avgerinos is back with not one, but two albums!

First is “Peace.” This instrumental album was created to aid the listener in finding comfort and relaxation. This 10-track album is for those who enjoy meditation with music, massage therapists looking to create a cocoon of bliss for their clients, and anyone who just wants to close their eyes and exhale.

Take a moment to enjoy the first single from the album:

The second album to discuss is “Spiritual Warrior Workout w/ Deepak Chopra.” This isn’t the first time Avgerinos and Chopra have partnered up. You may remember that back in 2019 I shared that the two had collaborated to create “Musical Meditations on The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success.” The “Spiritual Warrior Workout” is crafted to provide an hour long “high-vibration” soundtrack to your workout. The songs feature Chopra speaking affirmations.

I honestly cannot decide how I feel about this one. The music is beautiful and upbeat; however, I find the spoken affirmations to be jarring sometimes. This album will be an acquired taste. It won’t be accompanying any of my workouts soon, but perhaps it will yours.

Try out the track “Observe Workout” from the album:

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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.

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Traditional Brazilian Black Magic

Let’s give a round of applause to Destiny Books (an imprint of Inner Traditions) for shepherding Diego De Oxóssi’s book, “Traditional Brazilian Black Magic: The Secrets of the Kimbanda Magicians” to the American marketplace. I obviously don’t know every book that has ever been published, but it seems like Africa meets Brazil isn’t too prevalent.

De Oxóssi offers a history of Kimbanda that starts in the 17th century with the arrival of African slaves that were brought to Brazil up to modern times. Already having minimal knowledge of African magical practices and none of Brazil’s, Kimbanda was a fascinating first look at the spiritual and magical practices. Kimbanda encourages working with deities and embracing the dualistic nature of life. Light and dark, virtue and vice, male and female, etc. It is a rich tradition featuring seven realms with nine dominions, each with their own entities that reside within them and govern them. What I found of particular interest is that there is a branch of Kimbanda that is a synthesis of Western high magic and Luciferian traditions. This came about from the association of Goetian daemons with Kimbanda’s Eshus. It feels like a unique evolution.

“Traditional Brazilian Black Magic” by Diego De Oxóssi packs quite a punch in its slender 100ish pages. I picked it up expecting a quick read and instead found myself slowly reviewing each section due to the volume of information packed into each page. Not only is the book a great read if you’re interested in learning about this practice, but it will make a fantastic re-read when inevitably you’re pulled back in to learn more.

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Tree Magic Review and Giveaway

It’s time for a heart to heart. Sandra Kynes is way under appreciated. Why is that? Is it because while other authors are curating their Instagram grids, she has had her nose to grindstone, steadily and consistently authoring dozens of books about everything ranging from crystals to plants to symbols and more? This isn’t meant to be a slam on the social media savvy authors out there, many of whom I enjoy following greatly, but what I’m trying to say is that Kynes has been doing the work. I can’t help but feel like for her it has been thankless job.

For example, with what seems like zero fanfare, Kynes latest book “Tree Magic: Connecting with the Spirit & Wisdom of Trees” released. Do magical folks no longer care about trees? Seems unlikely. But if for some reason you’ve been lacking enthusiasm for trees, “Tree Magic” will fix that! The core, or perhaps roots is a better term, of the book come from Kyne’s 2006 book “Whispers from the Woods.” However, “Tree Magic” is thoroughly revised and greatly expanded with a focus on magical practices. Kynes profiles over 60 trees including scientific information, astrological correspondences, deities associated with certain trees, elemental correspondences, wildlife and magical creatures that favor each tree, powers and attributes of the tree, and even more! The extensive information provided allows you to use the tree as a focus of your magic, or as an enhancement to your already existent magical practices.

Sandra Kyne’s “Tree Magic” is filled with so many new ideas I found myself, a non-nature-oriented gal, inspired to look for new ways to use them in my personal practice.

You can learn more here.

Are you looking for tree inspiration? Tree-spiration? The good news is, Sandra Kynes was kind enough to give us a signed copy of her latest book to giveaway! As per usual, we’ll be using Rafflecopter! Giveaway ends at 11:59pm eastern on 09/11/2021. Must be 18 years or older to enter.

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Passport to the Paranormal

I love books that give me excuses. Books about magical cocktails as an excuse to drink. Books about food magic as an excuse to eat. Books about magical places as an excuse to travel. I’m an enabler who loves to be enabled herself. Therefore, I read “Passport to the Paranormal: Your Guide to Haunted Spots in America” by Rich Newman. (“200 Terrifying Places You Can Visit!” the cover touts.)

There is no shortage of ways to learn about creepy locales, in America or internationally, particularly if you have access to the Discovery Channel. Even the book’s author refers to visiting many of the locations mentioned in the book while filming for a Japanese television show about the paranormal. I’m not going to lie; the paranormal location marketplace is crowded. Bordering on, too crowded? Yet here I am, writing about Newman’s latest. Why?

“Passport to the Paranormal” narrows the focus to the United States and given the lockdown way we’re living our lives these days closer to home is good. Also, I don’t know the author personally, but in writing he’s far more entertaining than many hosts of paranormal television shows. And in even more enabling, “Passport to the Paranormal” also includes tourism tips.

Rich Newman’s “Passport to the Paranormal” is a thorough and entertaining entry in the paranormal places’ genre. If you’re looking for an excuse to travel, you’ll find it here!

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