Our August Titles Are Here!

August is here. And we have two great titles available this month! Check them out and finish off your summer reading with a bang!

Grimoire of the Thorn-Blooded Witch9781578635504

Raven Grimassi

“Many books talk about the relationship of Witches to natural magic. This book takes you into the very heart of it.” —Christian Day, author of The Witches’ Book of the Dead

For the first time in more than a decade, Grimassi introduces readers to a new system of witchcraft, one that draws upon the old ways and the old days. Rich with spells, rituals, and detailed illustrations of plant spirits, Grimassi dares readers to take the path that leads deep into the darkened woods—to traverse upon the Thorned Path.

Meet the entities that dwell within the organic memory of the earth, the devas, the deities, the magical life force that lies within the wooded glen. Learn to work with these spirits, and use their wisdom to transform your life and your practice.

(Weiser Books)

9781571747150 Jesus the Magician
Morton Smith

This book challenges traditional Christian teaching about Jesus. While his followers may have seen him as a man from heaven, preaching the good news and working miracles, Smith asserts that the truth about Jesus is more interesting and rather unsettling.

The real Jesus, only barely glimpsed because of a campaign of disinformation, obfuscation, and censorship by religious authorities, was not Jesus the Son of God. In actuality he was Jesus the Magician. Smith marshals all the available evidence including, but not limited to, the Gospels. He succeeds in describing just what was said of Jesus by “outsiders,” those who did not believe him.

He deals in fascinating detail with the inevitable questions. What was the nature of magic? What did people at that time mean by the term “magician”? Who were the other magicians, and how did their magic compare with Jesus’ works? What facts led to the general assumption that Jesus practiced magic? And, most important, was that assumption correct?

The ramifications of Jesus the Magician give new meaning to the word controversial. This book recovers a vision of Jesus that two thousand years of suppression and polemic could not erase. And—what may be the central point of the debate—Jesus the Magician strips away the myths and legends that have obscured Jesus, the man who lived.

(Hampton Roads Publishing Company)

Meet your city totem animal

From Christopher Penczak’s City Magick:


1. Start with an intention to meet your city totem animal. Do not think about what it could be, or what you hope it will be. Just affirm out loud or to yourself that you intend to know your city totem.

2. Start Exercise 5. Before you feel yourself enter a tunnel or step on a long and winding road, ask and intend that your city totem be at the end of the pathway.

3. When you reach the end, your totem will appear in your inner vision. Let it come easily. The animal may speak to you, or may be silent, communicating through actions, intuition, or by leading you to something you need to see. The meeting is often simple and brief, or it may lead to a journey. Follow the spirit vision quest and let your unconscious mind take over. You will go from a point of visualizing your creature to letting go of preconceived notions. Go with the flow. Let the adventure lead you where it may.

4. When the journey feels complete, ask your totem to guide you back through the path or tunnel and return your perceptions to the physical. If you feel light-headed upon return, make sure to ground yourself.


Exercise 2.2. Checksums

“In computer engineering, checksums are information computed from digital data and used to compare results and identify accidental errors or corruptions that might have crept in during transmission or storage of the data. We use the term for an internal checklist that you can use to make sure when you leave the seat of the seer, you’re the same person as the one on your driver’s license. Reverse the pro­cedure you used to go into trance, breathing more quickly, moving fingers and toes, lowering psychic shields, withdrawing awareness to the boundaries of your body once more. As you develop your skills as an oracle, pay attention to your health and feelings. Not feeling like your “usual self” after trance work may indicate a prob­lem. If you develop disturbed sleep, fatigue, emotional instability or illness you may need to step back or slow down.”

—From Diana L. Paxson’s The Way of the Oracle

Witchcraft Apps

Have you checked out Confessions of a Pagan Soccer Mom yet? We sure have. Filled with great tips, tricks, and spells, Mrs. B’s blog is a great resource for any domestic witch or pagan. Recently Mrs. B posted a great list of Witchy apps available for everything from tarot and astrology to voodoo and reiki, check them out here.

If you like Confessions of a Pagan Soccer Mom, make sure to keep an eye out for her forthcoming Weiser Books title, Mrs. B’s Guide to Household Witchery, which hits the shelves this October. Here’s a peek at what the book will feature:

  • Room by Room: How to create magic while you cook, set up a family altar in the living room, or do a junk drawer divination
  • The Elements for the Domestic Witch: a primer on the 4 elements and how to balance them in your home
  • The Domestic Witch’s Herbal: Magical uses for every herb and food in your pantry, as well as instant magic with prepackaged spice mixes
  • Simple Sabbats for the Busy Witch: simple ways to celebrate the passing of the seasons
  • Magical Recipes: More than 100 recipes and spells