Moody Moons rounded up a refreshing list of witchy fall reading to make the season of turning leaves a little cozier.
From books on how to weave witchcraft into your personal politics to freshly published reads on witchcraft-based self care, we selected some of the most recent releases on the magical scene.
This is your chance. Take 10 minutes to update your witchy library and set yourself for an autumn full of good books.
It’s the best reason to break your Hulu habit. Trust me.
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Calming Magic: Enchanted Rituals for Peace, Clarity and Creativity by Nikki Van De Car
Who doesn’t need a little more chill in her life?
From aromatherapy tips to yoga postures and candle spells, Calming Magic by Nikki Van De Car inspires a more tranquil approach to life.
If you burned out on Netflix and working remotely this year, pick up a copy of this blissfully soothing guide to bringing a little more peace and serenity into your spiritual practice.
Retreat onto the porch on a cool day with a cup of hot tea and for goodness sake: relax.
Scheduled for release September 8th, 2020.
Revolutionary Witchcraft: A Guide to Magical Activism by Sarah Lyons
“Politics is about the moving, wielding and embodiment of power in our world. That may not seem immediately tied to witchcraft, but try replacing the word power in that sentence with energy and you’ll start to get a sense of much the political is tied in with the magical.”
So begins the well-timed book, Revolutionary Witchcraft: A Guide to Magical Activism by Sarah Lyons.
If the recent climate of political passion inspires you and you want to incorporate your ideals into your spiritual practice, this one is for you.
That said, it’s not for everyone—-by which I mean it leans pretty heavily on current, popular liberal ideas. If that’s you, you’ll love it.
If not, maybe not.
Travels to the Otherworld and Other Fantastic Realms: Medieval Journeys into the Beyond
Leave your leaving room and enter the world of legends.
Faeries. Glittering mythological creatures. Heroic chivalry. Travels to the Otherworld and Other Fantastic Realms: Medieval Journeys into the Beyond gathers all the magic of the Middle Ages.
With detailed illustrations and delightful passages, this one is a great fireside read.
Magical Self-Care for Everyday Life by Leah Vanderveldt
Looking for some fresh ideas on how to create a more mindful witchy practice? Pick up a copy of her recent release, Magical Self-Care for Everyday Life.
You may recall my interview with author Leah Vanderveldt earlier in the spring. She’s everything my readers love. Young, modern, stylish witchcraft (hold the cheese).
This holistic guide jump starts any magical self care routine. From healthy, nourishing recipes to designing the best self-care routine for your moon sign, get started on the path to magical wellness.
The House Witch by Anne Murphy-Hiscock
A lovely read to curl up with on a rainy autumn afternoon, The House Witch by Anne Murphy-Hiscock offers some very creative ideas for a more enchanted home.
I read this one cover-to-cover to kill time on a road trip and came back inspired enough to set up a home altar for domestic harmony.
At first, you may find some of Hiscock’s suggestions a little hokey—like naming your appliances to give them a personality. But I urge you to try it anyway. After a while, it gives your house a feeling like that castle in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast where the teapot is a motherly homemaker and the candlestick comes alive.
Especially great for the kitchen witch who wants to branch out her magical practice into other parts of the hearth and home.
Waking the Witch by Pam Grossman
From Joan of Arc to the Wicked Witch of the West, Waking the Witch by Pam Grossman examines the witch in her many manifestations throughout culture and history.
Why do you call yourself a witch? Or, conversely, why don’t you? Whatever connotations come to mind when you hear this word, this book explores where they came from and how they’re changing.
Just came out of the broom closet? Pick up a copy of this one for a close friend to help her untangle some of her misconceptions about yoru practice.
Miracles of Our Own Making: A History of Paganism by Liz Williams
A meaty, well-researched book about history and image of the witch across time and cultures, Miracles of Our Own Making: A History of Paganism by Liz Williams appeals to the proud pagan history geek.
Witty and engaging, Williams’ no-nonsense approach to pagan history is both accessible and intelligent.
Get this one for a factual brush-up on the deep roots on modern pagan thought.
Hausmagick by Erica Feldman
While The Housewitch emphasizes a home-based magical practice, Hausemagick by Erica Feldman is more of an interior design guide that incorporates common principles of modern witchcraft.
A lot of readers criticized this book for its watered down, pop-culture take on spirituality. Frankly, I think those criticisms are fair.
But it’s also really approachable and non-threatening to people new to the Craft. To the point that you could almost put it on your coffee table even if you’re not out of the broom closet.