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Witchcraft on a Shoestring: Practicing the Craft Without Breaking Your Budget Paperback – September 8, 2010
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About the Author
Deborah Blake is the award-winning author of The Goddess is in the Details, Everyday Witchcraft, and numerous other books from Llewellyn, along with her Everyday Witchcraft tarot deck. She has published articles in Llewellyn annuals, and her ongoing column, “Everyday Witchcraft,” is featured in Witches & Pagans.
When not writing, Deborah runs the Artisans’ Guild, a cooperative shop she founded with a friend in 1999, and also works as a jewelry maker, tarot reader, and energy healer. She lives in a 130-year-old farmhouse in rural upstate New York with various cats who supervise all her activities, magickal and mundane. She can be found online at Facebook, Twitter, and www.deborahblakeauthor.com.
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After correctly pointing out that the only tools one really needs for the craft are within; this book proceeds to address such topics as inexpensive witchy resources (online and via a listing of other recommended books), creating sacred space on the cheap, and substituting inexpensive (and often more readily available) items for more expensive ritual & spell ingredients. 35 witchy and inexpensive craft projects are included (everything from making runes to string magic to creating a witches bottle) as well as a whole section of 45 recipes, divided fairly equally among the sabbats. The book raps up with a chapter that includes 50 suggestions for practicing the craft with little to no money...and once again, these suggestions are easily transferable to those of us who perhaps have the means, but little to no access to witchy 'goods' and obscure ingredients in our local areas.
I would recommend this book to anyone who has more witchy desire than dollars...and anyone who would like to practice witchcraft but who does not have local access to brick-and-mortar pagan shops stocked full of every tool and possible spell ingredient imaginable.
I especially commend the author for her honesty mixed with the conversational tone she wrote the book in. It's a very refreshing book, especially compared to the amount of commercialism that other books preach in the effort to sell products. (As a general rule, I don't trust any book that emphasizes objects/tools and where to buy them more than it emphasizes the possibility of someone making their own tools or even forgoing tools altogether. This book emphasizes personal power and knowledge over tools and objects.) In a society that emphasizes the "necessity" to spend money, this is a very good book for any cash-strapped (and otherwise) Pagan/magician/witch/shaman/Wiccan/etc. to have.
I can't wait to try out the DIY projects and the recipes.