Take a deep dive into the mysterious, magical world of the Triple Moon Goddess with these bestselling books at Enchantments.
Entering Hekate's Garden by Cyndi Brannen (PhD) is a pharmakeia guide to botanicals associated with the Goddess Hekate. Bringing pharmakeia (or the practice of plant spirit witchcraft) to modern times, Brannen offers readers ritualistic advice and tips for building altars, as well as poetic musings and petitions to the Triple Moon Goddess. The 273 page book from Weiser also features 39 monographs of esoteric, magical botanicals including damiana & American mandrake, as well as practical ingredients already found in your kitchen cabinets, such as lavender, bay laurel, and fennel.
The most complete anthology of Hecate in the 21st century, Hekate, Her Sacred Fires, features a collection of essays and artworks on the Goddess from writers and practitioners from all over the globe. With an introduction by editor Sorita d'Este, the 300+ page book explores ways to work with and honor the primordial Triple Goddess, as well as rituals, historicities, timelines, incantations, and personal narratives associated with her. A surprisingly thorough tome with magical deep dives into the Queen of Witches.
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Hekate, Liminal Rites, penned by Sorita d'Este and David Rankine, retraces the Goddess of the Crossroads' ancient provenance and origin stories that reach back through the millennia. According to the authors, Hecate's "magical powers were considered so great that even King Solomon became associated with her, she was incorporated into Jewish magic, and merged with other goddesses including Artemis, Selene, Bendis and the Egyptian Isis." This nearly 200 page book published by Avalonia draws from a wide range of sources, including historical and magical research, that paint a deeper, more nuanced picture of the Goddess and her mysteries.
A more compact version of the anthology above, Hekate, Keys to the Crossroads features a collection of personal essays, invocations, recipes, and rituals from twenty modern witches and Priestesses. This 156 page book edited by Sorita d'Este offers a comprehensive study of the history, mythology, and power of the multi-faceted, key-bearing Goddess of the Night.
According to d'Este, "Wherever you look, be it in the texts of Ancient Greece and Rome, Byzantium or the Renaissance, the Greek Magical Papyri or the Chaldean Oracles, you will find Hekate." You can purchase the book directly from the publisher here or visit the Enchantments shop.
In this 2017 book published by Llewellyn, Stephanie Woodfield uncovers the "many faces of the dark goddess" that lead to personal transformation and change. Woodfield's book is a practical guide organized in three sections (descent, challenge, and rebirth) and looks at misconceptions surrounding Hecate. Focusing on shadow work, healing, and renewal, Dark Goddess Craft includes rituals, offerings, and invocations for the Goddess.
You can purchase the book directly from the publisher here or visit the Enchantments shop.
As you may have noticed, Sorita d'Este has written a lot on the subject of the sacred Moon Goddess. In Volume I of Circle for Hekate, d'Este explores the Goddess's Divine Ancestry beginning with her first mentioning in Hesiod's work and her subsequent conflation with other Goddesses, iconography, and literature leading up to modern times. D'Este uncovers Hekate's presence around the world, including Egypt, Greece, Russia, Macedonia, Libya, Syria, Italy, and beyond. A mix of scholarly research compiled from a wide range of courses, this book offers a strong base into Hekate's origins, mythology, and history.
All books can be purchased at the Enchantments shop in the East Village, NYC. Call for availability. To read our brief history of Hecate from our Gods and Goddess series, check out this story.
By Enchantments Staff
A roundup of our favorite magical, pagan-friendly books for the wee witch in your life.
Finding age-appropriate magical books for children isn’t always an easy task (and no, we’re not talking about sleight of hand magic, but the spiritual kind). The reality is, there’s just not that much out there on the subject for younger folks. But it’s not that the demand isn’t out there.
At Enchantments, we’ve spoken to countless families who not only want to learn more about their childrens’ innate spiritual gifts, but also want to offer pagan-friendly reading material for their little one. Here are some of our favorite kid-friendly magical books to get your started on your reading journey.
A Kid's Herb Book, by Leslie Tierra
Penned by nationally licensed acupuncturist and herbalist Lesley Tierra, A Kid's Herb Book is a creative blend of activities, color-in artwork, stories, activities, projects, and practical herbal tidbits. It also describes 17 commonly used herbs that are great for children's ailments and includes the medicinal use of flowers and plants – most of which are already found right in your kitchen or grown in your backyard. The book teaches how to make natural toothbrushes, homemade cough medicine, culinary feats such as "Basil Pesto" and "Rose Petal Jam," and ways to grow your own window herb box.
Wee Witches Children’s Book –– Hands down the most delightfully perfect children’s book on the market, Wee Witches is richly illustrated ABCs book complete with pagan symbolism and earth-loving messages for the little witch in your life. Limited autographed author copies available in-store. ($14.95)
Series: Young Person's School of Magic & Mystery (Volumes 1 - 6), by Ted Andrews
Welcome to the Young Person's School of Magic and Mystery, where you can learn what every magician, priest, priestess, shaman, witch and wise one through history had to learn. You will start to understand the power of imagination and belief. You can begin to develop your psychic abilities, if you wish. As you work the exercises in this second volume in the series, you will come to realize that you truly are more magical and more wonderful than you ever dreamed!
The Magickal Family, by Monica Crosson
"A hands-on guide to raising a magickal family in the modern world. The Magickal Family is a real-life guide for those who want to practice magick and simplicity but need a little nudge to take a break from the workaday world. Filled with tips, ideas, stories, and projects to bring you and your family closer to nature and to celebrate the God and the Goddess, this book shows how to be true to your magickal self while raising little Witchlings—or helping others with theirs. Discover how to create the life you want through gardening, Kitchen Witchery, DIY projects, and celebrations based on the Wheel of the Year. Includes more than 65 rituals, blessings, recipes, crafts, and activities." –– From publisher, Llewellyn
Kids Who See Ghosts: How to Guide Them Through Fear, Caron B. Goode, Ed.D., NCC
"Ghosts can be children’s best friends, and fear of ghosts can be a providential opportunity for parents and kids to face fears and become empowered. Is my child psychic? Do all psychic children see ghosts? Are stress and seeing ghosts related? How can we help them not be afraid?
Kids Who Sees Ghosts takes an up close and personal look at kids who see ghosts, the parents who want to help them, the science of perception, and how kids are affected. This is a book that answers questions and offers real tools and guidance. Many children and parents are afraid, some to the point of physical illness. Cautious and concerned parents worry for their children’s fears and educate themselves on how to handle the situation. But Goode teaches that it doesn’t matter whether parents believe in ghosts to know how to help children through frightening experiences." –– From the publisher Weiser
All books can be purchased at the brick-and-mortar Enchantments store located at 424 East 9th Street in New York City. Call shop for availability.
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