The Witch's Library

Welcome to my blog! Now, be warned — I have lots of interests and am happily enthusiastic about many of them. Therefore, you’ll likely find posts not just on writing or Witchery, but also on (but not limited to) life in general, books, cetaceans, Taylor Swift, words, music and lyrics, pop culture, gaming, creativity, personal development, Multiple Sclerosis, knitting, spirituality, and magic. Below, you can find my latest posts, or you can always visit the Archives

[Review] Her Majesty’s Royal Coven by Juno Dawson

TW: Murder, transphobia, mental health issues, racism, violence, bereavement   I came to Her Majesty’s Secret Coven somewhat nervous; the UK edition is a bright, neon pink and yellow hardback which is so far outside of my comfort zone. The book design is blinding and I hate it, but that’s

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One Witch’s Thoughts about Incense-Making

Would you like me to read this to you? Click here:     One of my favourite roles, in the first coven in which I served, was making incense. For every ritual, whether esbat, sabbat, or something else, I would make loose incense linked with the magical intention for that

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Thrice Around the Circle’s Bound

Would you like me to read this to you? Click here:     One of my favourite protection chants is very simple. It’s from Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner by Scott Cunningham, and it goes like this:   Thrice around the circle’s bound, evil sink into the ground.   

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Would you like me to read this to you? Click here:     The first book I bought on Witchery was The Wicca Spellbook by Gerina Dunwich. It was the mid-’90s, I was in college, and I had been drafting a novel about teenage witches. I told myself that the

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[Review] The Great Witch of Brittany by Louisa Morgan

CW: Witch trials, attempted rape, murder    I first encountered Louisa Morgan’s books in 2020, when I had the opportunity to advance read/review The Age of Witches. That was a five-star read for me, and I immediately bought and devoured her debut, A Secret History of Witches, and also The

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[Review] Vespertine by Margaret Rogerson

I read and thoroughly enjoyed Rogerson’s Sorcery of Thorns in 2019, and so it was with high hopes that I started Vespertine, her new novel (and, I believe, the first part of a series). I was not to be disappointed.    From the first pages I was fully immersed into

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[Review] The Wild Wisdom Companion by Maia Toll

This its another gorgeously-illustrated release from author Maia Toll and illustrator Kate O’Hara, which takes the reader around a full turn of the year with seasonal practices and wild wisdom offered to encourage and inspire.    Starting in late autumn and following the year-wheel around, Toll guides the reader through

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[Review] The Spirit Engineer by A. J. West

I was intrigued by the premise of The Spirit Engineer from the very beginning: set in 1914, Belfast is still reeling from the sinking of the Titanic, built in its shipyard. High society has become obsessed with Spiritualism, particularly séances and physical mediumship. The protagonist, William Jackson Crawford, is Professor

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