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About Lisa Chamberlain
“Everything you need to start practicing Wicca, today!”
With no central, sacred text to follow, it can be difficult for an aspiring Wiccan to know where to begin. Using her many years of experience as a practitioner, Lisa dispels all the common misconceptions about this diverse religion, giving her readers the perfect foundations for taking their first steps on their Wiccan journey. There’s no agenda or bias regarding any particular practice of Wicca here: just solid information to help you carve out your own path, using the ideas that resonate with you.
Unlike other Wicca guides, Lisa’s books provide information that’s found across many Wiccan traditions, rather than coming from just one person’s perspective. In fact, she writes the kinds of books she wishes had been available when she was just starting out in the Craft all those years ago.
Whether it’s the history of Wicca, differing beliefs among practitioners, parallels between magic and modern science, or practical tips for performing Wiccan rituals and Witchcraft, Lisa's work will help you broaden your understanding of this fascinating way of life as you deepen your practice.
When not writing or experimenting with spellwork, Lisa loves to read, play piano, and spend time surrounded by nature.
If you want to learn more, check out all of her books on Wicca, or visit wiccaliving.com.
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Everything You Need to Know to Begin Working With Runes
The enigmatic nature of the runes is undeniable. In fact, the English word “rune” comes to us from the Norse word runa, which means “a secret,” or “to whisper.” As symbols, the runes mean little to the untrained eye, yet the magical energies they activate can be used for positive, impactful change in your everyday life. But what are runes, exactly?
On the surface level, runes are the characters in a writing system used by the ancient Germanic peoples of Europe. But unlike our modern letters, the runic symbols had been used for magical purposes long before they were fashioned into an alphabet. This is known from runic inscriptions found on ancient artifacts as well as Germanic myth and lore handed down over the centuries. Indeed, those who work with the runes today are taking part in an age-old magical tradition established by our Northern European pagan ancestors.
In Runes for Beginners, best-selling author Lisa Chamberlain shines the light on these ancient symbols, showing you how to discover and utilize their unique magical energies. With both an eye toward tradition and a multicultural spirit, Lisa combines an appreciation for the Germanic roots of the runes with a more eclectic Neopagan approach. Unlike many other books on the topic, Runes for Beginners is completely accessible to those with no experience in Northern European magical traditions, yet it doesn’t ignore those traditions altogether. You will emerge from this guide with a basic understanding of the runes’ role in ancient Germanic paganism, as well as a solid foundation of knowledge to build your own runic practice, regardless of your religious or spiritual path.
Foundations in Runic Magic and Divination
The runes represent various aspects of the human experience of the Universe—both tangible and intangible. Each runic symbol embodies a natural force, or type of energy, which the rune worker can attune to and then manipulate in various ways. Runes can be sent out into the Universe to manifest a magical goal, or they can be used to consult with the unseen realms about a situation at hand. In Runes for Beginners, you’ll learn all you need to know to start working with runes, including:
- The history of the runes and their role within the framework of the Germanic magical worldview
- The origins of runic wisdom in Norse mythology
- An overview of the Elder Futhark, the oldest-known runic alphabet and most widely used rune system in contemporary Neopaganism
- Basic techniques of rune magic, including rune scripts, bind runes, and creating runic talismans
- How to make your own runes
- Instructions for traditional rune-casting as well as contemporary rune spreads
- Tips for successful divination
- The divinatory meanings and magical uses of each rune in the Elder Futhark
- A suggested reading list for further exploring the runes and the magical and spiritual traditions of the ancient Germanic peoples
- Detailed tables of correspondence for a handy condensed magical and divinatory guide
By the end of this guide, you will have a working knowledge of the runes that will enable you to use them with confidence in magic and divination.
Everything You Need to Know to Begin Reading Tarot Cards
For centuries, Tarot cards have been consulted for divination by those seeking answers from the unseen realms. The Tarot has been credited with illuminating solutions to major dilemmas, and even helping people avoid future misfortunes. The Tarot experience can indeed be empowering, bringing clarity to confusing situations and showing us that we have the ability to shape our future based on the choices we make in the present. Far more than mere “fortune telling,” the Tarot is a tool for meditation and reflection, for seeing new angles that give way to broader perspectives about how we approach our lives.
In this 2nd edition of Tarot for Beginners, best-selling author Lisa Chamberlain opens the door for newcomers to the Tarot in her trademark clear and straightforward manner. She dispels old myths and misconceptions about the Tarot, providing an objective look at its origins and its divinatory potential for 21st-century readers. Tailored especially for those who want to read the cards for themselves, this guide offers strategies for getting familiar with each card, a step-by-step breakdown of the process of a reading, options for tailoring the approach to suit your unique style, and advice for getting the most out of reading the cards for yourself.
Most guides to the Tarot are centered on a specific deck, such as the Waite-Smith, the Tarot of Marseille, or other decks ranging from the well-known to the rather obscure. While these books can be useful and informative, their card interpretations are largely restricted to the particular deck they focus on. Tarot for Beginners takes a different approach, offering basic card meanings that can be applied to any deck, and used in tandem with any descriptions that accompany the deck you’ve chosen to work with. So no matter which Tarot deck you use, the information in this guide is relevant, providing a solid starting point for a skill you can carry with you for a lifetime.
Foundations in the Art of Divination
Tarot can be thought of as a kind of language through which we can hear and understand divine messages. This communication comes through the individual cards and through the symbolic system of the deck as a whole. Tarot for Beginners sets you up to learn this language with a thorough grounding in the key concepts surrounding the Tarot, including:
- The origins and evolution of the Tarot as a divinatory art
- A comprehensive overview of the Major, Minor, and Court Arcana
- Tips for choosing your first deck and getting acquainted with your cards
- Beginner tips and exercises for interpreting the cards
- Instructions for the basic 3-card spread and the 10-card Celtic Cross, two of the most widely-used spreads in contemporary Tarot
- A step-by-step process for conducting Tarot readings
- Advice on reading the cards for yourself
- Core meanings of each card in the standard Tarot deck
The art of Tarot takes time and experience to master, and your willingness to study the cards, practice reading, and hone your intuition will be key to your development as a Tarot reader. Let Tarot for Beginners put you on solid footing for your Tarot journey!
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As Wicca grows ever more popular, interested novices wonder: How can I get started? Popular Wiccan author Lisa Chamberlain answers their questions in this concise, yet comprehensive guide that covers all the basics: the history of Wicca, its deities, the core elements of its rituals and holidays, setting up an altar, choosing the right tools, the principles of magic and spellwork, how to begin practicing, and much more. She’s also included a master spell suitable for beginners.
Everything You Need to Know to Start Working Magic with Candles, Crystals and Herbs
Are you looking for some inspiration to take your magical practice to the next level? The Wicca Spellbook Starter Kit from best-selling author Lisa Chamberlain offers three collections of spellwork focused on the powerful energies of candles, colors, crystals, mineral stones, and magical herbs.
Together, these books form a comprehensive grimoire of accessible, practical magic to help you further your own unique practice. Each Book of Shadows in this set expands on a form of magic covered in Lisa's three beginner guides, Candle Magic, Crystal Magic, and Herbal Magic. They can be used as companions to these guides, but they also stand on their own. The 160 magical workings within are designed for beginners and more advanced practitioners alike.
Book of Candle Spells
Book of Candle Spells focuses on working with the Element of Fire, and the potent vibrational frequencies of the visible light spectrum. Candles take center stage to varying degrees across this collection. Some spells are focused exclusively on the combined magic of candle and color, while others incorporate additional tools such as crystals and other color-appropriate ingredients. The spells are also organized by color, with chapter introductions detailing the magical properties and uses for the 14 colors most widely used in Wiccan and other contemporary magic.
Book of Crystal Spells
Book of Crystal Spells is devoted to the magical uses of the 13 crystals and other mineral stones introduced in Crystal Magic. Many of these spells are focused on aspects of emotional healing and energetic balancing, two purposes that crystals are uniquely suited for, but you’ll also find more traditional goals represented, like prosperity, protection, and relationships. The spells are organized by stone, rather than by purpose, so you can develop a magical connection with different types of crystals, one at a time. You’ll find an overview of the properties of each stone in the chapter introductions.
Book of Herbal Spells
Book of Herbal Spells builds on the information from Herbal Magic, with a chapter for each of the 13 herbs featured in the original book. Single herbs are often the main focus of these spells, with minimal additional ingredients, to help you focus your attention on the subtle energies of the herbs themselves. As you work more and more with herbal magic, you will develop a natural affinity with these marvelous plant beings that have been co-creating with magical people since the beginning of time.
Magical Workings for Any Experience Level
The practice of magic is a lifelong path, with delightful and rewarding results that can transform our lives. References like The Wicca Spellbook Starter Kit are invaluable tools for shaping your unique journey. Throughout these collections, you’ll find:
- 168 spells, rituals, magical charms, and recipes
- Clear step-by-step instructions
- Magic for prosperity, protection, romance, healing, success, and more
- Workings focused on 14 colors, 13 crystals and mineral stones, and 13 magical herbs
- Chapter introductions outlining the magical properties and uses of each color, crystal, and herb
With the help of this accessible guide by one of the most popular Wicca authors today, even beginners can successfully perform Wiccan spells to bring positive experiences into their life—and the lives of those they love. From thousands of potential spells, Lisa has chosen 50 of the most important, distilling them into three key categories of magical aims: love and relationships, including friends and family (such as “Relationship Potential Divine Forecast” and “Spare Key Spell for Spiritual Connection”); wealth and prosperity (“Honey Abundance Jar" and “Job Interview Success Spell”); and health and well-being (“Anxiety Calming Spell” and “Protection Spell for Pets”). Plus, there’s a section on divination and spellwork involving essential oils, moon phases, and homemade ingredients—from an avocado beauty spell to a chicory root victory charm.
Everything You Need to Know to Start Your Wiccan Journey
Although it is estimated that there are over 1 million practicing Wiccans around the world today, Wicca is one of the world’s few religions that is more likely to be studied entirely on one’s own than through in-person guidance. Depending on where you live, you might be able to find a coven or circle where you can meet fellow Wiccans and ask questions, but most newcomers to Wicca find themselves traveling solo.
Luckily, there is no shortage of information about the “Old Religion” in print and online. Yet with all of the diverse and often conflicting perspectives out there, it can be hard to know where to begin. That’s why best-selling author Lisa Chamberlain created the Wicca Starter Kit, bringing together three of her most popular guides—Wicca for Beginners, Finding Your Path, and Living a Magical Life—to get your journey well underway.
Wicca for Beginners: a Guide to Wiccan Beliefs, Rituals, Magic, and Witchcraft
Wicca for Beginners was created as an entry point for anyone seeking information about this fascinating religion. It is intended as a broad introduction, addressing the most commonly asked questions by people new to Wicca.
Lisa covers the history of Wicca, including its modern foundations as well as its ancient inspirations; the Wiccan God and Goddess and their multiple aspects; the Sabbats and the Esbats comprising the Wheel of the Year; core elements and tools of Wiccan ritual; basic principles of magic from both ancient and modern sources; and even an example ritual and spell suitable for beginners. By the end of this guide, you will definitely have a solid understanding of the essence of Wicca!
Finding Your Path: A Beginner’s Guide to Wiccan Traditions, Solitary Practitioners, Eclectic Witches, Covens and Circles
One of Wicca’s greatest strengths as a spiritual practice is the variety of paths one can choose from. Perhaps you want to join a coven within an established tradition, or maybe a more individualized practice is your calling. In Finding Your Path, you’ll learn about the wide spectrum of contemporary Wiccan practice, from traditional “orthodox” covens to looser, more “eclectic” covens and circles, as well as the more recent phenomenon of solitary practice, which has appeal for both traditional and eclectic Wiccans alike.
Lisa covers everything you need to know about covens and circles, including their history, their structures, and how to find your Wiccan community. You’ll also be introduced to the main Wiccan traditions: Gardnerian, Alexandrian, and Dianic, as well as other less common traditions. If you don’t already have a sense of the amazing diversity of this innovative religion, you certainly will after reading this book!
Living a Magical Life: A Guide to Initiation and Navigating Your Journey in the Craft
New Wiccans will encounter two essential questions: 1) should you formalize your practice of the Craft with an initiation ritual? and 2) how do you integrate your new beliefs into your day-to-day life?
In Living a Magical Life, Lisa addresses questions regarding coven initiation and solitary self-dedication, as well as less often-discussed topics like navigating common obstacles along your spiritual path, leaving behind old beliefs that no longer serve you, and developing and strengthening your inner psychic guidance system.
Everything You Need to Know About the Magic of the Moon, from Best-Selling Author Lisa Chamberlain
For Wiccans and other Pagan practitioners, the Moon is a vital presence with much to teach us—about the eternal rhythms of the Universe, the powers of Nature, and the magical potential that is ours to tap into when we align our intentions with lunar energy. For millennia, the Moon has been associated with many central concerns of human existence: love, passion, fertility, mystery, death and rebirth, and the afterlife, just to name a few. It’s no wonder that this celestial body is the domain of the Goddess in so many traditions!
Wiccans know that the Moon influences all of us, whether we realize it or not. Yet it’s not always clear what this means in the context of our day-to-day lives. The focus on the New Moon and Full Moon throughout so much of Wiccan and Pagan lore can leave the impression that the Moon’s significance is limited to these times. But in fact, each phase of the lunar cycle offers particular energies that you can attune with and harness for your specific magical goals.
This book is for anyone wanting to learn more about the connections between the Moon and the practice of magic. While much of the information comes from a Wiccan perspective, and it is designed to include newcomers to Wicca, the broader focus of Moon Magic provides a rich foundation for enhancing your personal practice of magic through working with lunar energies.
Foundations of Lunar Magic
Many books about Wicca and magic will tell you that the waxing Moon is a time for attracting and the waning Moon is for banishing, but in reality, there’s much more to it than that. Moon Magic takes an in-depth look at the lunar cycle, providing limitless possibilities for working with these multifaceted energies. The practical elements are accessible enough for beginners, yet those with more magical experience will still find plenty of new ideas, concepts, and tips to enhance their practice. In this book, you’ll find:
- How the Moon’s energy influences the Earth, animals, and people
- The core elements of the Moon in Wiccan spiritual practice
- How the Triple Goddess in each of her aspects—Maiden, Mother, and Crone—aligns with the lunar cycle, and how each aspect can assist you with manifesting your magical goals
- A detailed breakdown of magical properties of the lunar cycle, beginning with the New Moon and moving through all 9 phases of the Moon’s journey around the Earth
- Working magic on Blue Moons and Lunar Eclipses
- Spells for each phase of the lunar cycle, as well as magical recipes, techniques, and correspondences—all focused on making the most out of your connection to the Moon’s amazing power
So whether you follow a particular tradition of Wicca, Witchcraft, or another Pagan path, or an eclectic combination of all three—or even if you’re simply just curious!—you will find plenty of useful information within these pages.
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How do you begin collecting crystals—even on a budget? How do you clean, clear, and charge them? And which crystals are the best and most versatile?Wicca Crystal Magic explores these gifts of the earth, providing an overview of 13 popular crystals and stones in contemporary witchcraft, along with a comprehensive look at their practical applications in everyday spellwork. Since the spells themselves use only the stones featured in the guide—amethyst, bloodstone, carnelian, citrine, hematite, jet, moonstone, jade, lapis lazuli, malachite, quartz, rose quartz, and tiger’s eye—this is perfect for beginners. The wide variety of elixirs, candle spells, and charms includes a Citrine Empowerment Elixir, Blessing for a New Home, Crystal Money Spell, Bad Habit Banishing Spell, Quartz Crystal Clarity Bath, and Spiritual Energy Amethyst Elixir.
Everything You Need to Know to Start Connecting with the God and Goddess
Perhaps the biggest difference between Wicca and other religions is the belief that individuals can do more than simply pray to a supreme, all-powerful deity and hope that things will work out to their benefit. Wiccans understand that individuals can actually co-create with the forces of nature by linking their own personal energy with the divine through ritual and magic. But what is “the divine” when it comes to Wicca? Who are the Goddess and the God, and where did they come from? Why do they have different names in different Wiccan traditions, and how do you begin to work with them in your personal practice?
Magical Deities, by best-selling author Lisa Chamberlain, answers these questions and more. Going beyond the usual brief introduction to the God and Goddess found in many beginner guides to Wicca, Lisa covers the origins of the Wiccan deities, as well as their varying manifestations among different Wiccan traditions. What’s more, she explains the difference between traditional duotheism and more eclectic polytheistic practices, both of which are found among the diversity of forms within this dynamic religion. You’ll find advice for learning to forge your own spiritual connection with the divine masculine and feminine, and introductions to sixteen ancient deities who often function as “aspects” of the God and Goddess within Wiccan practices. Finally, you’ll find ideas for honoring and working with these deities in your magical practice—and make no mistake, having the assistance of the gods and goddesses of the Universe is an enormous boon in the magic department!
Foundations in Wiccan Concepts of Divinity and Magic
For many practitioners who keep to the traditional duotheistic concept of Wicca, the ancient deities are “aspects” of the “supreme” Goddess and God and don’t have a role to play on their own. For those who fall into the category of “eclectic” Wiccans, the inclusion of ancient deities is more polytheistic. Eclectics often have personal relationships with “patron” gods and/or goddesses, who may be included in ritual practice alongside the God and Goddess. In both approaches, deities may be called upon for assistance with specific magical aims. But it’s not simply a matter of speaking a god’s or goddess’ name in your spellwork—you need to develop an understanding and personal relationship with your chosen deities. Magical Deities will help you to do just that, with valuable information including:
- The history of the Wiccan Goddess and God and their evolution through various traditions
- An introduction to the Triple Goddess and her three aspects: Maiden, Mother and Crone
- Introductions to the Sun God, the Horned God, the Green Man, and the Holly and Oak Kings
- How to represent the God and Goddess on the Wiccan altar
- The mythology, cosmology, and magical practices of the ancient cultures that gave rise to Wicca
- The most popular deities of the Egyptian, Roman, Greek, and Celtic pantheons
- Advice for choosing deities to work with, and magical goals and methods specific to each one
The paths to connection with the God and Goddess, or to any of the deities “borrowed” from other cultures are as multiple and varied as the people who worship them.
Everything You Need to Know About the Wiccan Wheel of the Year
The ancients lived by a fundamental truth that is often lost in our fast-paced world—that time is circular as much as it is linear. Following the Wheel of the Year by honoring the eight Sabbats, or days of power as they’re often called, helps us integrate this concept of circular time into our daily lives. The Wheel provides a sense of rhythm to the year, as the equal increments of days and weeks between the Sabbats allow us to feel the seasons turning in a beautiful symmetry.
The Sabbats also provide a context for honoring the dynamic relationship between the Goddess and the God. As the seasons turn, the divine pair shifts from mother and child to co-creative consorts and then back again. We honor these shifting roles and aspects throughout the year, with each Sabbat representing a point in the overarching story. This close participation with the cycles of the season is what some Wiccans refer to as “turning the Wheel.”
Perhaps because it’s such a big topic all on its own, many introductory sources on Wicca tend to gloss over the Wheel, providing just a paragraph or two on each holiday. In Wheel of the Year Magic, best-selling author Lisa Chamberlain devotes a full chapter to each of the Sabbats: their significance within the context of the ever-changing seasons, the part they play in the mythological cycle of the Goddess and the God, and the spiritual themes they ask us to reflect upon as we celebrate them. So whether you’re just starting out in Wicca or you're a seasoned practitioner looking for new perspectives, this guide can support and inspire your journey. And while the information here is rooted in Wicca, much of it is applicable to Pagans of all stripes, as well as anyone who is simply curious about the rich traditions surrounding these milestones of the Old Religion.
For those who include spellwork in their practice, the energies surrounding the Sabbats make them excellent opportunities to work magic. In fact, many Wiccans and other Witches like to incorporate spellwork and/or spellcraft (creating magical oils, incense, amulets, etc.) into their Sabbat celebrations. As with all of Lisa’s books, the spells and other workings included in this guide can be followed as-is or adapted to suit your individual style. They can also be a springboard for more ideas about how to approach magical work on these special occasions.
Foundations in Celebrating the Days of Power
A dynamic, creative and evolving approach to connecting with divine Nature is at the heart of Wicca and other forms of modern Paganism. Wheel of the Year Magic was written in this spirit, offering insight and information that will help you to build your own unique relationship with these eight days of power. Whatever your experience level, you can build on your knowledge with the information in this guide, including:
- The origins and development of the modern Wheel of the Year
- The seasonal and spiritual significance of each of the eight days of power: Yule, Imbolc, Ostara, Beltane, Litha, Lammas, Mabon and Samhain
- The pagan history behind each Sabbat—the myths, beliefs and customs that have inspired our modern celebrations
- Suggestions for creating your own Sabbat celebrations, whether you’re a solitary practitioner or working with fellow Witches
- Spells and other magical workings aligned with the seasonal and divine energies of each Sabbat
When you choose to mark the Sabbats, you are participating in a timeless tradition of honoring th
Since the beginning of human history, healers and shamans have understood the nutritional, medicinal, and magical properties of herbs. Whether you’re well versed in magic but are just discovering herbs, or are new to Wicca altogether, this handy guide by popular author Lisa Chamberlain covers all the basics, from creating your own magical garden to gathering, harvesting, drying, and storing the herbs. She centers the spells around 13 herbs, most easy to find and inexpensive: basil, bay laurel, chamomile, cinnamon, dandelion, elecampane, hibiscus, lavender, mugwort, nutmeg, rosemary, sage, and thyme. Because they’re primarily culinary and/or medicinal herbs too, you’ll have plenty of options for using the leftovers from your spellwork. The spells include magical teas, baths, and oils to smudging, blessing, and healing rituals.
Everything You Need to Know to Start Working Candle Magic Today
The use of fire is universal in religious and spiritual practices throughout the world. However, it could be said that Wicca and Pagan traditions are where fire really takes center stage, whether it’s a ritual bonfire, tall candles honoring the Goddess and God, or small tea lights marking the boundaries of the sacred circle. One of the most delightful ways to work with the transformative Element of Fire is through candle magic. Simple, elegant, and highly symbolic, candles make it easy to work with this power in the form of a single, mesmerizing flame.
Candle magic is a way of harnessing the unseen energy of the Universe into particular thoughtforms that work to effect a change in the physical world—whether that change is tangible, like more money in your pocket, or intangible, like a more positive outlook on a situation that once seemed hopeless. Candle magic is not only powerful, but is also regarded as the easiest and most simple form of magic for beginners to learn. This makes it an ideal starting point for anyone looking to start practicing Witchcraft. But while this guide is written from the perspective of Wiccans and other Witches, you need not identify with these paths to benefit from the practice of candle magic. No matter your spiritual leanings, you will find valuable, empowering information within these pages.
Unlike many other books on this fascinating topic, Lisa Chamberlain’s Candle Magic goes beyond simply providing spells and a brief list of color correspondences. While these are certainly essential components of a book on candle magic, there’s a much bigger picture to understand. Using core concepts found in the ancient wisdom of the Hermetic Principles, as well as long-held traditions of color associations relating to specific goals, Lisa takes readers through a step-by-step explanation of how fire and color work together to manifest the changes you seek. Rather than wondering whether magic works, you will actually know how it works, which tremendously strengthens your odds of success!
Foundations of Candle Magic
Although candle magic can be delightfully simple, there’s still more to it than just lighting a votive and saying a few words out loud. Like any other art, there are technical (not to mention safety) considerations, as well as other “tricks of the trade.” In this guide, you’ll find:
- Core concepts underlying the “why” and “how” of candle magic
- Practical tips for selecting candles based on your magical aims
- Instructions for clearing, charging, anointing and inscribing your candles
- Candle spells for love, prosperity, healing and more
- Instructions for making your own herb-infused anointing oils
- Tips for timing your spellwork in accordance with Moon phases and the days of the week
- Suggested sources for further reading for those who want to explore candle magic further
- Tables of correspondence with colors, herbs and oils, and days of the week for easy reference
With the help of this guide, along with some patient practice, you will soon be discovering your ability to shape the circumstances of your life through the power of candle magic.