Are you ready to get cozy with a new book? We've curated a list of our new favorites from Llewellyn, the world's oldest and largest publisher of spiritual books.
Remember back in the day when the best time of the year was gathering up your change and begging your parents for $10 (maybe $20 if you were lucky) for the school book fair? Those days may be far behind us, but the excitement of getting a new book is still there at any age. There's a magic in discovering hidden worlds within the pages and it's even better when combined with the simple ritual of brewing a cup of tea and lighting a small candle before diving in. Here, we've curated a list of new witch books by Llewellyn, featuring primarily women authors, with subjects ranging from pagan prayer and invocations to critical histories and earth magic, as well as kitchen witchery and personalized approaches to witchcraft.
Lights, Camera, Witchcraft: A Critical History of Witches in American Film and Television, By Heather Greene
Heather Greene’s Lights, Camera, Witchcraft (October 2021) focuses on the history of witchcraft and witches in American film and television. As a journalist and film scholar, Greene turns her focus towards classic films like The Wizard of Oz and Carrie to uncover how these cinematic depictions of witchcraft and women’s power have helped shape public consciousness within our patriarchal society, mixing gender studies, religion and entertainment in a critical history of Hollywood.
Kitchen Witchery: Unlocking the Magick in Everyday Ingredients by Laurel Woodward
Laurel Woodward’s Kitchen Witchery (August 2021) is a practical witch’s guidebook (with recipes) for turning nearly every kitchen staple into a magickal tool, including fruits, herbs, sweets, oils, beans, and more. Woodward emphasizes how cooking can be a ritual of creation and includes recipes for special seasoning blends and oils, too. So next time you attempt homemade sourdough, don't forget to add a little magic to it.
Tarot by the Moon by Victoria Constantino
Victoria Constantino’s Tarot by the Moon: Spreads & Spells for Every Month of the Year (August 2021) offers month-by-month tarot spreads and rituals that harness the power and energy of the moon. Including spells for cord cutting and house cleansing rituals, Constantino’s book also uses the tarot to illuminate new insights into relationships, ways to tap into our higher power, and release work –– all carefully timed with the moon phases.
Uncrossing by Katrina Rasbold
Katrina Rasbold’s Uncrossing (August 2021) offers ways to cleanse, recover, and protect yourself from psychic attacks, whether they be intentional or incidental. The 264-page book includes instructions for ritual baths, how to set up a healing space, and how to create uncrossing sprays and smudging bundles to recover your empowerment and vitality. It’s a powerful guide to healing, “whether you are suffering from a curse, hex, haunting, possession, the evil eye, or even an accidental self-crossing.”
The Eclectic Witch's Book of Shadows by Deborah Blake
Deborah Blake’s The Eclectic Witch’s Book of Shadows: Witchy Wisdom at Your Fingertips (September 2021) is a guide to customizing your own Book of Shadows, whether you’re a practicing Wiccan or an eclectic witch. Blake, a Wiccan high priestess and leader of the eclectic group Blue Moon Circle, offers divination tips, magical recipes, invocations, rituals, and candle magic wisdom in this 288-page hardcover with color illustrations by artist Mickie Mueller.
Rise of the Witch by Whiskey Stevens
Whiskey Stevens’ Rise of the Witch: Making Magick Happen Your Way (September 2021) explores both the history of the Craft and a personalized approach to magick. Stevens covers witches tools for both the novice and advanced practitioner, ways to harness energy, tarot and meditation tips, sex magick, and shadow work in this 216-page practical book to reveal a magic that is “uniquely yours.”
Elemental Witchcraft by Heron Michelle
Heron Michelle’s Elemental Witchcraft: A Guide to Living a Magickal Life (December 2021) focuses on Hermetic magick, elemental allies, and merging with the Divine Mind. Michelle, who is the owner of the Sojourner Whole Earth Provisions metaphysical shop and a Reiki master, offers nuanced insight into esotericism, including opening elemental gateways, constructing astral temples, balancing magickal elements, and developing deeper relationships with the goddesses and gods in this 384-page book.
The Witch's Path by Thorn Mooney
Thorn Mooney’s The Witch’s Path (September 2021) includes exercises and techniques in each chapter to take your craft to the next level when you’re feeling stuck or stagnant. Mooney, the high priestess of a traditional Gardnerian coven in Raleigh, shares hands-on tips for enhancing your magic and ritual work in this 312-page book. Both novices and advanced practitioners can gleam new insight into their personal spiritual practices, with themes ranging from renewal, evolving your spirit, and empowerment rituals.
Earth Magic by Dodie Graham McKay
Dodie Graham McKay’s Earth Magic (October 2021) is part of Llewellyn’s Elements of Witchcraft series and focuses on rituals, spells, and exercises to help you reconnect to the sacred energy of the earth. “Grounding,” aka reconnecting to the earth to find balance and recenter, is important for everyone but especially so for spiritual practitioners. Here, McKay discusses sacred sites, animal guides, crystals and stones, and myths and deities with the powerful earth energies and playful ways to harness this element to create positive change in yourself and the world.
A Year of Pagan Prayer by Barbara Nolan
Barbara Nolan’s A Year of Pagan Prayer (October 2021) is a “sourcebook of poems, hymns, and invocations from four thousand years of Pagan history.” Containing over 450 prayers spanning a variety of traditions, this 456-page book is perfect for anyone who “yearns to embody the eloquent expressions of our Pagan past,” and includes wedding blessings, funeral prayers, invocations to deities, prayers to Janus from Horace and Ovid, a pharaoh’s hymn to Isis, a song for Lammas by Gwydion Pendderwen, and more.