December 2021 MBR The Metaphysical Studies Shelf

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The Thrifty Witch's Book of Simple Spells
Wren Maple
Fair Winds Press
c/o Quarto Publishing Group USA
100 Cummings Center, Suite 265D, Beverly, MA 01915
9781592339808, $22.99, PB, 160pp

Synopsis: When it comes to the metaphysical arts of witchcraft, there is nothing wrong with being simple and straightforward. Easy spells are not less worthy spells. These ideas are central to the practice of the Thrifty Witch. Sick of not being able to easily source (or afford) what she needed for spells, Wren Maple dedicated herself to collecting and optimizing spells that could work for all witches -- no matter where they were on their journey and no matter their personal resources. Now in the pages of "The Thrifty Witch's Book of Simple Spells: Potions, Charms, and Incantations for the Modern Witch", Wren shares her research and brings her collection to the page for the first time.

"The Thrifty Witch's Book of Simple Spells" is part primer, part spellbook. It includes: Getting started/witch basics: Witchcraft as self-care, how to establish a practice, and a handful of super-easy spells to get casting today; Key ingredients for spells: Starter stones and herbs, how to source, what to buy first, and more questions answered!; Simple spells for every witch: Just like the spells Wren is known for online, nearly every spell in the book requires five items or fewer, and all ingredients are easy to source; Specific spells: Organized by purpose (e.g. love spells, protection spells), these spells are sure to cover what you're looking to cast; Tips and Tricks for Casting: When to cast for best results, where to cast and why it matters -- making your spells count!

The beauty of these spells is that they are easy enough and affordable enough to practice daily. Since practice and process are so important, The Thrifty Witch's Book of Simple Spells" provides an invaluable resource unlocking the ability to try new spells and refine casting methods multiple times per week and even daily!

Critique: Inherently fascinating, exceptionally well organized and presented, "The Thrifty Witch's Book of Simple Spells: Potions, Charms, and Incantations for the Modern Witch" especially recommended for personal, professional, community, college, and university library Metaphysical Studies collections -- is a 'must' for the personal reading lists of all aspiring Wiccans and metaphysical studies practitioners.

Editorial Note: Wren Maple, aka The Thrifty Witch, is the founder of The Thrifty Coven and @TheThriftyWitch on Instagram, a popular and fast-growing resource for witches looking for simple-to-source and easy-to-cast spells. Wren has written about witchcraft and a variety of other topics for pop-culture sites such as Pop Sugar, Teen Vogue, and more. Previous to her witching career, Wren was an editor and writer, contributing to magazines and websites including Martha Stewart, Better Homes and Gardens, and other lifestyle publications.

Dark Goddess Magick
C. Ara Campbell
Fair Winds Press
c/o The Quarto Group
9780760370957, $24.99 pbk / $11.99 Kindle

Synopsis: Light magick is all well and good, but sometimes you can't just "love and light" your way through challenging circumstances. The potent shadow goddesses you meet here, however, can guide you through the darkness.

Authored by Ara Campbell of the wildly popular Goddess Circle school and community, each dark goddess entry includes spells, invocations, and practices to utilize the goddess's magick and wisdom for embodying strength, setting boundaries, and transforming your life.

Often, it is in the darkest times that we find our strength and reclaim our power.

Someone poaching on your lover, your home, or your business? Call on Kali, The Warrioress, to release your fear and stand your ground.

Is your world falling apart or are you processing deep trauma or grief? Call on Persephone, The Dark Queen, to help guide you through your emotional underworld and find a new beginning.

Trying to shake your "nice" girl or people-pleaser tendencies? Call on Lilith, The Rebel Renegade Goddess, to reclaim your freedom.

Feeling stuck in some life situation that won't move forward? Call upon Morrigan, The Phantom Queen, to shapeshift the circumstances.

When life gets hard and messy, Dark Goddess Magick gives you spells, practices, and dark goddesses you can call on.

Critique: Dark Goddess Magick: Rituals and Spells for Reclaiming Your Feminine Fire is a metaphysical guide written especially for women, offering suggestions for connecting with legendary goddesses, in order to kindle the fire within to meet life's overbearing challenges. Here are magick and strong-willed mythological role models to aid women in setting boundaries, being more assertive, and transforming their own lives. Dark Goddess Magick is a thoroughly fascinating browse, reference, and resource for Metaphysical Studies collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that Dark Goddess Magick is also available in a Kindle edition ($11.99).

Editorial Note: C. Ara Campbell is a visionary writer, author, and founder of The Goddess Circle. She is a soul guide, cosmic channel, facilitator of The Inner Priestess Awakening Online Journey and Relationship Empowerment & Sacred Love Online Journey, and author of The Astro Forecast Publication. She is also a purveyor of rare and high vibration crystals in her popular Etsy Shop. Ara is a modern day mystic dedicated to the rising feminine, and connecting others with their gifts and healing using the natural world.

The Ultimate Guide to Psychic Abilities
Karen Frazier
Fair Winds Press
c/o Quarto Publishing Group USA
100 Cummings Center, Suite 265D, Beverly, MA 01915
9780760371398, $26.99, PB, 192pp

Synopsis: Essentially, psychic ability is the capacity to know the unknowable. We are all born with this gift -- but we need to know how to access it. In the pages of "The Ultimate Guide to Psychic Abilities: A Practical Guide to Developing Your Intuition", Karen Frazier shows how to awaken different psychic abilities including: Mediumship (the ability to talk to Spirits); Precognition (the ability to know events before they occur); ESP (the ability to glean psychic information from objects); Remote viewing (the ability to see events at a distance); Channeling (the ability glean information from other people or Spirits); Psychic dreaming (the ability to use dreams to predict the future or know events); Astral projection (the ability to send your energy and awareness to other locations); Psychokinesis (the ability to affect and move objects with your mind).

Readers will also learn how to use their psychic abilities in conjunction with other divinatory tools such as tarot and astrology. Setting energetic boundaries and protection is also discussed as are strategies for managing psychic information if the reader is empathic or highly sensitive. Exercises and practices allow anyone to explore and learn at their own pace as they strengthen and refine your abilities.

Written in an accessible style, The Ultimate Guide to Psychic Abilities is the essential guide for developing your most important ability.

Critique: Exceptionally 'user friendly' in organization and presentation, "The Ultimate Guide to Psychic Abilities: A Practical Guide to Developing Your Intuition" is extraordinarily well written and an ideal combination of introduction and instructional guide to psychic abilities -- making it an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to personal, professional, community, college, and university library Contemporary Metaphysical Studies collections.

Editorial Note: Karen Frazier is an intuitive energy healer, psychic medium, author, and musician. She has written several successful books about energy healing, crystals, sound healing, metaphysics, and the paranormal. She is a columnist for Paranormal Underground Magazine. She currently writes two columns for the magazine: Dreams and Symbols, and Metaphysics and Energy Healing. Karen also co-hosted Paranormal Underground Radio for more than eight years. She formerly served as Paranormal Underground's Managing Editor. She also edits and writes for the website about paranormal, horoscopes, tarot, feng shui, and energy healing.

The Zenned Out Guide to Understanding Tarot
Cassie Uhl
Rock Point
c/o Quarto Publishing Group USA
100 Cummings Center, Suite 265D, Beverly, MA 01915
9781631067730, $18.99, HC, 184pp

Synopsis: The tarot is a tool of divine guidance that allows you to connect with your inner knowing through the spread and layout of cards. There are 22 Major Arcana cards and 56 Minor Arcana cards that help you tap into your inner source of awareness, power, and wisdom. The Major Arcana usually concerns itself with life's spiritual lessons while the Minor Arcana represents what we experience on a day to day basis.

"The Zenned Out Guide to Understanding the Tarot: Your Handbook to Reading and Intuiting Tarot" by Cassie Uhl will lead you to increase your self-knowledge and enlightenment through the tarot, demonstrated with illustrations of 78 lavishly designed cards. This comprehensive collection will introduce you to the art of tarot and tarot readings. Complete with actionable exercises and steps that you can easily do at home, you'll be able to add tarot to your magickal arsenal. You'll learn how to use your intuition to interpret the cards' messages and use the messages to manifest your intentions.

Critique: Nicely illustrated throughout, "The Zenned Out Guide to Understanding the Tarot: Your Handbook to Reading and Intuiting Tarot" is the ideal DIY introduction to the use of the tarot deck for self-inspection, self-discovery, and self- motivating. Unreservedly recommended for both personal reading lists and community library Metaphysical Studies Collections, "The Zenned Out Guide to Understanding the Tarot: Your Handbook to Reading and Intuiting Tarot" is thoroughly 'user friendly' in organization and presentation, and has a great deal of insight and expertise to offer both the novice and the experienced tarot user.

Editorial Note: Cassie Uhl is the owner and founder of Zenned Out, a jewelry store brand aimed at normalizing spirituality in the common marketplace. Zenned Out handcrafts jewelry with meaning and provides a community that inspires a mindful and spiritual lifestyle. Cassie hopes to give spiritual souls a place to feel at home on her Zenned Out blog and offers handcrafted jewelry with meaningful symbols, powerful gemstones, and mindful quotes to enable people to wear jewelry that aligns with their souls' purpose.


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