Today I’d like to draw your attention to two titles from Weiser Books, The Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook by Denise Alvarado and Coventry Magic with Candles, Oils, and Herbs by Jacki Smith. Both are geared toward people in the springtime of their spiritual journey and I found the spellwork and magical theory presented in both works accessible, practical, and effective. There’s no heavy lifting here — just simple, paint-by-numbers intuitive magic for beginners.
Denise Alvarado’s Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook is a colorful overview of traditional New Orleans culture and practices. Ms. Alvarado’s writing style is relaxed and comfortable and her research is admirable. Yes, this is a lighter version of that practiced by the African diaspora, synthesized and homogenized for the more politically correct and PETAcentric world we live in, but there is sound magic to be found within its pages. Despite some minor quibbles with some of the corresponding charts, the rituals and spells all have the air of authenticity and the publisher has assembled the work in an attractive package.
Equally impressive is Jacki Smith’s Coventry Magic, despite a rather lackluster and generic cover. Ms. Smith writes with a joyful exuberance, infusing her narrative with charm and passion. I found the author’s approach to be practical, intuitive, creative, and, most of all, fun. There’s something you don’t run across every day. I love the way the book is assembled, giving equal time to magical theory, candle magic, magical practice, and the all-important appendices. I thoroughly enjoyed the reading experience, quickly added a few techniques to my arsenal, and filed this away for future reference. It’s a book I’ll certainly return to time and again. If you’re looking for a comprehensive and down-to-earth primer on candle magic and magic in general, this is a good place to start.
I recommend both books without hesitation and happily direct you to Weiser Books so that you can add them to your library.