I’m a little late when it comes to this book, since it came out in 2019, but better later than never for Juliet Diaz’s debut novel.
One of my favorite reasons to read a beginners guide, even if you’re not longer a “beginner” (but I mean you should always keep learning,) is that you get to read about the experiences of so many different kinds of practitioners.
Something that I immediately loved about this guide was that Juliet added in a book ritual for being able to truly tap into the books power, adding to the common belief that power and magic can be imbedded inanimate objects but also in the power of the written word
I won’t lie, that when it comes to reading about the experiences of those that got to grow up in households with family that practiced some kind of craft I get extremely envious. I don’t think I would be better at my witchcraft, maybe more confident but having generations of spells and rituals that you know work helps them to keep working.
Juliet lovingly shares some of the spells she saw worked by her mother, and everything in the book comes from her personal Grimoire, really connecting the reader to parts of her soul
When I think of rituals and spells I always think of candles and setting up space and there’s nothing wrong with that obviously, but so many of Juliet’s shared spells are more simple and easier to use than having elaborate set ups. Glasses of water and infused oils. Things that are regular household items and that work so well, which makes learning much easier for beginners.
Too often spells in beginners guides require ingredients that have to be found in specific occult stores, which while it may make the craft seem more alluring and mysterious, can actually make people feel less inclined or able to practice.
Using what you already have and believing in your own power is one of the main themes of Witchery and while it’s a common one in many beginners guides, the description and modalities or how to do that is so well explained. I felt more confident in my own craft even after practicing for over a decade after reading her book.
Witchery is concise, easy to read and understand, and it honestly gave me tingles reading many of the passages. Juliet strips away a layer of the unknown by being honest about her life, where she came from and how she practices. This honesty really makes you connect with Juliet not just as an author but as a friend and a fellow witch. She quickly becomes someone you’d like to have tea with (hint hint, if you ever visit Toronto let me know.)
Juliet’s book is unique to the beginner guide word while also providing the reader with an honest, ethical, and easy to understand look into witchcraft. It has definitely and easily made its way onto the list of books I would not only recommend to beginner witches, but it’s one I would lend to my own children to read should they ever be interested.
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