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review 2019-09-10 17:04
HEXEN'S BINDING BY J. KOWALLIS
Hexen's Binding - J. Kowallis

 

In Hexen's Cross Taran was impressive in so many ways but she seemed to be lacking in the practice of the Hexen craft and it was clear that she would need to bolster that moving forward. I couldn't imagine just how exactly that would come about in Hexen's Binding and I was truly surprised how it did in the best way. Some say the pen is mightier than the sword and that has maybe never been as true as it is for Taran, especially when that pen is building a magical arsenal of knowledge into her own grimoire.

 

 

I also have to say I really appreciated the strong family dynamic elements in this one. A lot of this story is getting to know ones roots, whether it be on the magical side of things, family, or even feelings. In all of those scenarios one thing rings true, it isn't easy to dig in deep and it is not always pretty what you find along the way, but in the end real strength will be found and built upon piece by piece. The Grims and the Donovans are like any other family in a lot of ways, they have their fractures and their failings but they also have immense strength and in the end a willingness to put differences aside and stand together when it counts.

 

 

While I wouldn't go as far to say that Hexen's Binding was the calm before the storm, because there was enough struggle to keep you glued to the pages, I did feel like it was building to a grand crescendo coming about in the next book. This ending satisfies just enough but will have you on the edge of your seat desperately awaiting the next installment.

 

 

I received an ARC of this book from the author and this is my honest review.

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review 2017-12-23 13:53
Sigil Witchery
Sigil Witchery: A Witch's Guide to Crafting Magick Symbols - Laura Tempest Zakroff

by Laura Tempest Zakroff

 

Non-fiction

 

This is a book about sigil magic, something that has roots in a spectrum of ancient cultural esoterica but became popular with the rise of chaos magick in the 1970s. The book starts with a general explanation and some history of some of the systems where sigil magick began. It then continues with a full chapter on pictorial art from cave paintings to symbols used by secret societies, hitting a few little known facts but missing out obvious things like Runes, which is later explained.

 

I have mixed feelings about this book. As a book about art and how to apply drawing techniques for interesting looks for sigils, it excels. On magic... not so much. I have no doubt that the author's spells would work for her, but the explanations of how sigil magic works falls short and in some instances contradicts safety information I've read from more experienced and trusted authors on the subject.

 

I noted that an early reference to the method used in chaos magic(k) gave me the impression that it had been taken from a couple of variations that might have come from Internet forums and thought the author could benefit from reading the book by Austin Spare where that particular method originated, then later she talks about having read that very book and suggests it's difficult to follow.

 

She also never mentions anything about charging the sigils, which is an important step in the process. For people new to sigil magic, I'd suggest people start at the known authors; Spare, Carroll, Hawkins and possibly Hine.

 

I think this book would be a good resource for someone who already has a working knowledge of sigil magic and is looking to expand on the artistic possibilities. Her information on art materials was excellent and it's clear she knows her stuff on that. This would be a good supplement for visual appeal and some alternative approaches, plus some I've read about elsewhere like motion sigils get more attention here than in the earliest sources.

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review 2016-09-14 15:05
Good Story and Characters
Knightless in Seattle (Knit Witchery Tales Book 1) - Jill Jaynes

It is Jackie’s birthday. Jackie  wishes she had been born in a different era when there where knights who rescued damsels in distress. Jackie has a nowhere job with a demanding boss and she hopes for a better future.  Her best friend knitted her a pair of mittens that may have  magic in them. On her way back from picking up the mittens Jackie ran out of gas. Then a knight pushed her car to the gas station. The Man dressed as a knight was actually in a play at the Renaissance Festival. Lance is a Martial Arts Master and owned several Martial Arts Studios. . He is in Seattle on business and pleasure as he is participating in a L A R P tournament-  Live Action Role Playing-. Lance  meets Jackie and and likes her and invites her to the tournament then after the tournament Lance invites Jackie to celebrate with him.

I loved this short story it was just so sweet. Also it made me laugh at times. It was just a quick light read but it also lighted up my day. If only…… I love the ins and outs and I highly recommend.

I received an ARC of this story for an honest review.

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review 2015-03-29 09:17
Book of Witchery: Spells, Charms & Correspondences for Every Day of the Week
Book of Witchery: Spells, Charms & Correspondences for Every Day of the Week - Ellen Dugan

Lazy review time. I'm just posting my statuses of these books, because yeah.

 

Yeah, this author is not for me. I read the rest of the ebooks I have of hers, and sad to say it never improves. That is why I took forever to review this, and I didn't mention the other books, because meh and blah.

 

"Not with the weightloss/fitness preachiness and stories now. For fuck sakes. You don't need to ramble on before each spell/ritual. I might even prefer if she doesn't."

 

 "Honestly, you can use witchcraft for anything you want, it's just the way she does it is with a heaping of condescension.

 

Instead of it being like here is an option to help with motivation if you want to lose weight or start a fitness regime. She almost makes it sound like it should be connected to your magic, when it's really not, at least not as important as she makes it out to be. She assumes that if you were over-weight like her, you must have been miserable as she was. Which isn't true.

 

She talks down to her readers, and it's pretty insulting. I got all these books for free, and they are pretty quick reads for me, so I'm just going to read them all, because why not? The first book I read of hers, was mild compared to the others so far.

 

She contradicts herself saying we should do want we want and experiment, but almost only if we follow her rules/guidelines. *Rolls eyes*

 

Her books feel more like personal story-hour than necessary how-tos. I feel like I'm mining for any good material. There is some good/decent stuff but it comes with searching through all the crap. It's sad that this is the edited version, because this is a major new age publisher."

 

"Better than the last book of her's I've read, but still really preachy/condescending. I do like the idea behind this book though."

 

"Also ALL magic is manipulation, even positive/light/white/whatever you wanna call it magic is manipulative, because it manipulates the situation. This is getting annoying. "

 

"I was hoping we could go a whole book without bashing people who hex/curse. Seriously, people have various reasons to do that, and they can be valid. We are not jealous cowards automatically."

 

"So she condemns dabblers, but she dabbles herself? Lol"

 

You can also read my other review on her Protection magick book.

 

She is so unbelievably arrogant, and judgmental. Also insults her fans/readers a lot. I just can't. People talk a lot about Ravenwolf (who deserves it), but this writer seems to get passes. Nah. Not from this witch.

 

I'm 300% done with this writer. BYE.

 




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review 2015-02-18 00:32
Natural Witchery: Intuitive, Personal & Practical Magick
Natural Witchery: Intuitive, Personal & Practical Magick - Ellen Dugan

This was a decent primer, though you can see Cunningham's influence. I would say this book is for more beginner Wiccans, then other types of Pagans. There were still some cool stuff in here, but not all is relevant to my path, since I am not Wiccan.

I need reccs to Pagan/Spiritual books without the Wiccan influence, please? I don't mind the wheel of the year, or elemental work, or even general spells/invocations. I'm at the point where I skim ethic portions in these books, because I am not Wiccan, I don't follow their ethic code. I have my own. Anyone got reccs?

Also got this ebook for free, and ethically too, from tuebl.

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