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Basic Witches: How to Summon Success, Banish Drama, and Raise Hell with Your Coven Hardcover – August 29, 2017
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“The practical mantras and rituals in Basic Witches help banish toxic vibes and summon the sorcery to lead an empowered life. Pairs well with a cauldron of rosé.”— Los Angeles Times
“The perfect book for our times… It’s not going to tell you how to turn invisible, or use positive thinking to bring yourself everything you ever want in life. What Saxena and Zimmerman created is a fun, thoughtful, and sometimes very funny way to use rituals to take care of yourself, to create reminders of the way you want to move through the world... Magic, indeed.”—Tor.com
“Packed with plenty of magick, including spells you can cast by yourself or with your BFFs, this book is for the basic witch in us all.”—HelloGiggles
“A modern take on mysticism for the Rookie set.”—Sanctuary
“This book is a gem—get it for you, for your girl gange, and any woman who might be occasionally tempted to hex a catcaller.”—BookRiot
“A handy guide to boosting self-confidence and reaching positive outcomes.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
“This book is a gem—get it for you, for your girl gang, and any woman who might be occasionally tempted to hex a catcaller.”—BookRiot
“An excellent book that puts a spell over its reader from start to finish.”—BioGamer Girl
“Jaya Saxena and Jess Zimmerman’s magical lifestyle guide is an uplifting and transformative must-read for anyone—witch or otherwise—in need of spiritual enlightenment.”—Signature Reads
“Jaya Saxena and Jess Zimmerman’s self-care manifesto is the perfect read for women who wish to embrace the power they have from within and transform it into personal purpose, truth and intention.”—Soul & Spirit Magazine
About the Author
Jaya Saxena is coauthor of Dad Magazine (Quirk, 2016) and The Book of Lost Recipes (Page Street, 2016). Her work has appeared in ELLE.com, the Daily Dot, the Toast, Eater, Buzzfeed, and more.
Jess Zimmerman is the editor-in-chief of Electric Literature. Her writing has been published in the Guardian, the New Republic, the Washington Post, Hazlitt, Vice, Eater, and others.
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At once both relevant and irreverent, Basic Witches takes a "bite-sized" approach to magic. This is not a Witch 101 by any means. It is a "take back your power" book. It openly addresses ciswomen as well as those whose feminity takes a different route of expression. It also acknowledges women whose lack of so-called feminity might get them a triple-take at the women's restroom. It has a broad approach to what constitutes female. I really appreciated that. For me, a ciswoman, I want the topic of gender to be broad.
The magic in this book is not just in the spells. It is in the words, the topics, the approach. Yes, there are spells. Yes, there is actual practical magical work in this book. But the true treasure is in the empowerment. In the "you can do this and we've got your back" tone from the authors. They create a sense of sisterhood that is global in its approach.
The reading is delivered in small pieces. You can tell that there is a magazine writer lurking in the narrators. Sometimes I wished for a longer, meatier section, but I also realize that I am not the target market. At 56, I am about 30'ish years off. And that's fine by me.
I would recommend this book to those who aren't wanting to do a deep dive into witchcraft just yet. This is a great "toe-wetting" book that gives hands-on projects anyone can do. Excellent.
Could this spark some curiosity and bring about a drive to learn more about witchcraft? Totally. Is this a witchcraft for beginners book? Hell no.
It is entertaining and fun. Hell even for actual witches if you are in a slump this might be the pick me up you need. But it is definitely not an educational source for witchcraft, and it was never intended to be so.
Pick this up if you want to smile. Not if you want to learn about different forms of witchcraft (not just wicca).
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I give this book 4.5 stars which rounds up to 5.Read more