Magical Thinking

Sometimes we need a little magic in our lives, whether we create it ourselves or look to others to create it for us. Let these magic-makers offer you inspiration, wonder, and escape.

Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman is a classic of the genre. It introduces us to sisters Gigllian and Sally Owens and their efforts to endure the Owen family curse. The sequel, The Rules of Magic is about the Aunts in the 1950s & 60s. Also look for Hoffman’s forthcoming book, Magic Lessons (out in October) to learn the origin of the Owen family curse.

In Woman Most Wild, respected witch and author Danielle Dulsky invites readers of all genders to call forth their inner witch by connecting with the rhythms of the earth and the spirit of the wild feminine, which she argues is present in all of us but has been too long neglected.

Spanning decades and generations, A Secret History of Witches by Louisa Morgan, captures the struggle and loves of five generations of witches in the Orchire family. Magic is passed from mother to daughter in this family saga, though each generation receives and uses it differently. Look also for Morgan’s other books, The Witch’s Kind and The Age of Witches.

Witchcraft is often associated with young women discovering themselves and their powers in their teenage years (think Buffy, The Vampire Slayer or Sabrina, The Teenage Witch). For a new take on this old trope, try Quan Barry’s We Ride Upon Sticks, which is about a high school hockey team in Danvers, MA as they do whatever it takes to make it to state finals, even if that means tapping into some dark powers.

But witchcraft is not just about dark powers, deals with the devil and whatnot, nor has it ever been. For a comprehensive and approachable guide  modern witchcraft, try Laura Tempest Zakroff’s Weave the Liminal: Living Modern Traditional Witchcraft. Her book is a guide, much like Woman Most Wild, to creating a personal practice of traditional witchcraft that deepens our understanding of and connections to the worlds around us.

~posted by Veronica H.

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