Book Review: The Good Witch’s Guide : A Modern Day Wiccapedia of Magickal Ingredients and spells

Written by: Shawn Robbins and Charity Bedell, pub 2017 Sterling Publishing Co. 305pp

The Good Witch’s Guide is not your average, everyday introductory or advanced peep into the Craft. To be honest, owning quite a few of these guides, myself, I was used to the standard Wiccan/Witchcraft encyclopedia reference materials. Most of them, I find, are stuffy, and to be clear, I’m not a huge fan. When I cracked open this book, I was expecting this to be just another reference guide, however; I found myself pleasantly surprised. This book is a real page turner.

The Good Witch’s guide is full of wonderful spells, incantations.

There is a guide to crafting your own personal Magick and yes, stones, essential oils, colors and herbs.

It has everything from Witchy Wisdom, rituals and formulas, spirituality, folklore, health and health remedies.

Of course, there are sections dedicated to candle Magick, brewing your own potions, tinctures and salves.

This book is jam packed with all kinds of recipes for Sabbats and special occasions.

Want to know how other Witches are casting their own versions of these spells? There’s even a section dedicated to that!

There are tons of traditional spells that are tried and true and all of the “how-to’s” that go along with them.

In this authors humble opinion, this may very well become the definitive guide for all who take the time to read it. The Good Witch’s Guide is a pleasure to read for the Beginner in the Craft all the way to your most Adept Student. It can be used strictly as a reference manual or can be read cover to cover without the monotony of other reference guides.

On a more personal note, this is one book is one that I will cherish and read again and again!

Laurie Bates
Falcon Lunafyre

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Blessed

I’m blessed to see the crescent moon

before she falls asleep

I’m blessed to watch the sun rise up 

from the darkness deep

I’m blessed to care for little ones 

that always give a smile

I’m blessed to have some quiet time 

even the shortest while

I’m blessed to be inspired 

to write my thoughts down everyday

I’m blessed to have a loyal man

that loves my witchy way

I’m blessed to have a family

 that often cares too much 

I’m blessed to have friends 

when i can’t keep in touch 

I’m blessed and every day 

I’m grateful for every breath

For we all know 

we’ll never know 

when the time comes of our death 

-Autumn Rayne 

cemetery kisses

Cemetery Kisses

On sacred ground

Surrounded by spirits

happy to see 

My spirit 

show him that part of me 

That sick twisted reality

That’s such a deep part of my soul 

And I felt his heart  

and he put his hand on mine

Eyes closed

Feeling the divine

Sealed with a cemetery kiss

Long dark shadows of crosses on the ground 

A part of me was found

Buried under me

Six feet above the cemetery 

-autumn rayne 


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WE Can Make America Great, Again

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I refuse to allow myself to think that we have voted for the worst parts of humanity. I refuse to believe that Xenophobia, Homophobia, Islamophobia, Racism, and Anti-Femimism,are the things that won yesterday.  I refuse to believe that I must now fear that my neighbors, friends, and allies and family members will be rounded up, snatched from their homes and livelihoods and sent to Conversion Therapy, “back” to Africa, Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Yemen, Lebanon, India, etc. or killed. I refuse to believe that I or anyone in my community should be or must be afraid to wear headwraps,Pentacles, Afro-Centric attire, jilbabs, abayas, afros, braids, locs or anything else cultural or religious.  I refuse to believe that people who I know and care for; wonderful, loving, kind, accepting and beautiful people who I interact with everyday, that I have prayed with, manifested with, casted with…, hell shared beers with would “not care” for my and all those I share intersectionality with to elect someone who  could cost us health,  safety, and autonomy. I refuse to ever again comfort my children and dry their tears because they fear their friends will have to leave school because their families are from afar.

No. I refuse to think or do any of this. Because I know better, I am better, and I know WE are better.

What I believe is that Fear has created a Servitor, and fear won, on both sides.  From the Tweets, Facebook posts, News pundits, family fights, unfriendings, hate crimes, hashtags and conflicts that both fan and foe of President-Elect Trump are guilty of, if nothing else is clear, what is, is that we have been operating in fear and have manifested exactly what we have focused on.

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Fear drives hate; hate is just fear unchecked. One side is fearful of nuclear war, marginalization, further loss of jobs and industries, and moral decay. The other is fearful of social justice setbacks, loss of economic safety nets, mobilization of the worst members of society,  theocracy, and, well, conservatism. Mix all of this with the fact that a lot of people have a “my way is the right way” attitude( yes, even we Pagans) and you have a recipe for mayhem.

At any rate, what’s done is done. President-Elect Trump,  while not having the majority of the popular vote, fairly won the needed number of Electoral votes. His party has the majority seating in both House and Senate. If his acceptance speech is any indication, the times of division, rancor and stalemate in Washington, D.C. are over and he seems set up to succeed. May Justice, Fairness, and Truth guide him as he leads this country.

Where our focus should lie now, is with being and molding the best humans that we can be. We can kill the Servitor that we have created by intentionally chosing to operate in an opposing energy.  That energy, Friends, is Love.

I choose to believe that we can make this country great again by choosing to be great people. I choose to believe that we all want what is just and best for humanity.  I choose to believe that everything will be well and will get better.  I choose to believe that we all know and recognize the Divine/ Ultimate Potential in each other and ourselves, and will treat each other accordingly. I believe that we ALL abhor the evils of Racism, Xenophobia, Islamophobia, Sexism, Homophobia, and the like. I also chose to believe that we as people will band together and fight these monsters wherever they may appear. I chose to believe that all that was wished to succeed is a change in politics as usual and to give an outsider a chance. I chose to believe that the hope for Change won over a promise of the same. I choose to believe that we all will protect them those whom injustice targets with all we have.

I choose to stop contributing to this Servitor by feeding it with hate, vengeance and division. I acknowledge that I have contributed to and been influenced by It. But I know I am better, and you are better. I know my coworkers are better,my neighbors are better. I know that by you and I treating ALL humans with Love,Kindness, Friendship, and Respect we can defeat the Hate that Hatred has produced.  I believe that we can disagree and still be civil.  I know we will not let our great society devolve into Nazi Germany or 1950’s America as so many fear. We are too great for that. And only by us remembering this, and committing to make our society better one interaction at a time, with all that we come across can we achieve the goals laid out in President-Elect Trump’s acceptance speech:

Now it’s time for America to bind the wounds of division; have to get together. To all Republicans and Democrats and independents across this nation, I say it is time for us to come together as one united people.
It’s time. I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all Americans, and this is so important to me…
I’m reaching out to you for your guidance and your help so that we can work together and unify our great country. I’ve said from the beginning, ours was not a campaign, but rather an incredible and great movement made up of millions of hard-working men and women who love their country and want a better, brighter future for themselves and for their families. It’s a movement comprised of Americans from all races, religions, backgrounds and beliefs who want and expect our government to serve the people, and serve the people it will.

I know we as people, as Humans can do this. only by suspending the fear mongering that has consumed the last 2 years and acting out of love towards all from love of ourselves can we defeat this evil that has infiltrated society.  We know better, we are better,  we can do better, and as Magickal Practitioners and Earth lovers we must do better. Espouse the Good, reprimand the evil, Love all and always love.

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The Magick of Your Mentality

THE MAGIC OF YOUR MENTALITY

Our thoughts contain the power to alter the flow and intention of our energy. They also have the power to influence our environment, not just in our lives but in the lives of those around us. Consider how your work environment is influenced by what mood the boss is in. When you were growing up, the energetic environment of your home was influenced by the mood of your parents or caregiver. Have you noticed that when you are in a good mood things flow much more smoothly? That’s because when we are happy we set up a flow of energy that keeps the good things coming. You might even notice that your smiling demeanor causes other people to feel better and to smile too. A happy mentality brings us better health, can increase our prosperity and generally make the world seem like a better place.

On the flip side of that coin, have you noticed that when you are in a bad mood, the bad just keeps on coming? What would normally be a minor annoyances become amplified as your mood worsens and people begin to steer clear of you, not because you are upset but because of the malefic energy that is emanating from you. Nobody wants that energy toxifying their space so they stay away and tell everyone else at work, “Don’t go near so and so today. They’re in a really bad mood!” Now everyone is ostracizing you thanks to your bad mood and the bad energy that comes with it.

If your mentality can affect so many people, imagine what type of influence it can have on your magical works. One of the reasons that it is so powerful is because your thoughts don’t just stand on their power alone. There is an emotional and physical response to them that adds to the energy and triples the effect. For example, imagine that your car breaks down and you get an estimate that is far beyond your means of paying at the moment.

Thought – Oh no! How am I going to pay for this and how am I going to get back and forth to work while it’s broken?

Emotion – Fear and/or anxiety because you need your car to get around and have no other means of conveyance. Sadness because you don’t have the money to pay for it which can also bring on feelings of shame and failure

Physical response – elevated heart rate/blood pressure, muscle tension, adrenaline coursing through the body as your body goes into survival mode, etc.

All of these ingredients go into the making of your energetic output as the trifecta of thought, emotion and physical response combine to create the energy that surrounds you. This means that all day, you are making magic but perhaps not the kind that you intended. You may be thinking, “Well if I’m just feeling something it doesn’t mean I am casting an intention.” Unfortunately you are. When you are asking yourself questions like “How am I going to pay for my car repairs?”, the energetic translation is, “I don’t have the money to pay for my car repairs.” Taken alone, that statement carries very strong energies especially because it is the fact of the matter and therefore is a part of your true belief system. Add the adverse emotions and physical responses and now the energy that you are inadvertently casting  is filled with the belief, “I don’t have the money to pay for my car repairs”. Your beliefs play a huge role in your life and wield a very strong influence in the outcome of your magical works because we have to truly believe that the positive changes we are going for will truly take place. Engaging in negative beliefs is a powerful form of magic and can wreak havoc in our lives.

Of course every metaphysician knows that when casting a spell, we must have the proper thoughts and intentions. We clear our minds, our spaces, cleanse our tools, power up and cast our emotion and intention filled requests to the Universe for fulfillment. We even manage to believe soon all will well and order restored to our lives. However, that 30 minute spell you just put all that work into may also be severely affected if afterwards you return to an adverse mental state. Let’s say you cast a spell to get the money to pay for your car repairs. While doing the spell you were able to get into the proper mind set, power yourself up and cast one of the best prosperity spells ever. You may have even patted yourself on the back afterwards and sat smiling while still enjoying feeling the awesome power of your works. But then the negative thoughts start to seep back in such as, “How am I going to get to get my child to daycare and me to work next week?” or “I was supposed to pick up my dry cleaning and get groceries. There’s hardly anything here for the kids to eat.” Now panic starts to set in as you mentally go over your options. With the thought and the panic comes the resulting physical response and now new and powerful energy filled with doubt and desperation are being cast. Also, you could have created the best prosperity candle in the universe but unless you put some protection around it, it is now sitting in the hard energy you are filling the environment with which may be whittling away at all the good energy you imbued in your candle.

This is why it is extremely important to keep constant tabs on your mental state and make the appropriate adjustments to help keep your thoughts properly directed and the energy you send out filled with your true intentions and not those dictated by a negative mentality. Studying and practicing techniques to help you to clear away adverse emotions can also help you to maintain a peaceful mentality. As metaphysicians we don’t just cast while doing intentional spell work. We cast constantly and the intentions we cast the most are the ones that will take root and flourish be it for the good or for the bad. It is up to us.

Psychic Empath Goddess Rhonda Harris-Choudhry has been utilizing her psychic gifts since she was a teenager. It is her Divine mission to empower people by teaching them about their innate spiritual and energetic gifts and how to use them effectively to improve their health, life and happiness. She also trains empaths, helping them to lead happier and healthier lives. Learn more at www.healinghennagoddess.com.