My thoughts on Blackthorn’s Botanical Magic & Sen Moise’s Working Conjure

blackthornWhile we gently slide into the witchy season, what better time than now to talk about a couple of books I had the pleasure of devouring recently.

First up was one that caught me a little off guard. To say that I was pleasantly surprised by Amy Blackthorn’s Botanical Magic is more than an understatement.

In the 40+ years that I’ve been interested in folk magic and the occult, I have read dozens of books on herbalism, potions, oils, and the like.

This one hit that sweet spot, being concise and informative. The author has a smooth voice, coming across friendly but knowledgeable. She’s the neighbor you wish you had.

The book is comfortable to read, with heavier stock newsprint so there’s no glare. Not overly fond of the inserts, but overall the font is relaxed and not hard on the eyes. Us over-50 year olds have to worry over such things ;)

The star of the book is the simple recipes found throughout. This is spellcraft laid out for beginners, but there are plenty of intriguing creations that will entice the seasoned veteran as well.

You can pick up a copy of Blackthorn’s Botanical Magic wherever books are sold, or just click the Amazon link and get it delivered to your door.

conjureAnother fascinating book I had the chance to devour was Hoodoo Sen Moise’s Working Conjure: A Guide to Hoodoo Folk Magic.

I’ve always had a soft spot for traditional folk magic, particularly Southern rootwork that blended heathen magics from Europe and Africa to create something new and wonderful… and downright scary at times.

I was unfamiliar with the author, hoodoo’s not really my scene (I’ve got a thing about chickens), but Sen Moise delivers are well-balanced primer for those interested in dipping their toes into the modern revival of Root Magic.

I see that as the strength and weakness of this book. While the author is respectful of his ancestors, I see this as an evolution of the craft. It’s a bit modern and revisionist, but it speaks to the times we’re in and this is Conjure for the 21st Century, where the old and new find a balance to move forward.

It was certainly an interesting and enveloping read. It was personal, which is a strong point, especially with this flavor of magic. While this isn’t exactly my cup of hoodoo blend, I was better for having experienced it and will certainly integrate aspects of the work, particularly parts of Conjure in the Graveyard, into my own practice.

Working Conjure: A Guide to Hoodoo Folk Magic by Sen Moise is available on Amazon or wherever books are sold.

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