Magick Monday: My Thoughts of The Witch’s Path by Thorn Mooney

From the Llewellyn:

Get Unstuck, Find Inspiraiton, and Take the Next Step on Your Path

The Witch’s Path is all about raising your Witchcraft practice to the next level―whether you’re a beginner who feels overwhelmed, a disillusioned adept, a jaded coven leader, or anyone in between. This book shares specific, hands-on tips for what you can do to move forward spiritually today, no matter what your starting point.

Join Thorn Mooney on an exploration of the most common themes practitioners need to look into when they’re feeling stagnant or stuck: sacred space, devotion, ritual and magic, personal practice, and community. Every chapter features four separate exercises, designed for four different types of readers, so you can come back to this book as you grow and discover fresh techniques and activities. The Witch’s Path helps renew your sense of engagement with the Craft so you can continue evolving your spirit, your practice, and yourself.

I was truly blessed to receive an Uncorrected Proof of Thorn Mooney’s latest work, The Witch’s Path: Advancing Your Craft at Every Level. And blessed is the right word here. Let’s just come right out of the gate with this one: I loved this book. I have not read the author’s debut, Traditional Wicca: A Seeker’s Guide, but I can assure you, I will be doing so in the very near future.

This is the sort of occult book I enjoy reading. Oh sure, I devour grimoires and inscrutable texts for research often, and there’s a certain amount of satisfaction that comes from deciphering and scrutinizing complex esoterica, but The Witch’s Path serves almost like a diary or memoir that instructs, gently, but with erudition.

That’s where Mooney shines, when she offers us a glimpse into not only the triumphs of working the Craft, but also the minefield of foibles that litter our journey.

A paraphrase I often use to relate to my own occult journey is cribbed from the late great Stan Lee, in which he states that Thor can have all the adventures he wants in Asgard, but every once in a while he has to return to Earth and take his lumps from the Absorbing Man.

The Witch’s Path is about those lumps, and the author takes us on a walk through the major aspects of a witch’s practice and gives practical exercises for nearly every stage of development to overcome them. When I talk about Magick by Trial and Error, this is what I mean.

There’s a part, early in the book, where the author waxes poetic about witches being scary, of the advantages of being an outsider, of being different from those in the mundane world. I like this. I like this a lot. I have preached it high and low for decades. She makes a good point about how in the early days of the Occult Revival, witches had to impress upon the public that their kind were good, they had to put special emphasis on the Wiccan Rede, An ye harm none, do what ye will. Why? Because, for one, in the UK, it was still illegal. And for another, they were trying to change people’s perceptions.

Now, my take is somewhat different than the author’s, because I have little interest in changing people’s perceptions. I think largely Mooney doesn’t either. I am not an activist by nature. I prefer the shadows, the mystery. I prefer things scary. Change the world? Maybe in subtle ways, but when you drag everyone into “the light”, well the dark’s a lot less fun (or vice versa).

But that’s neither here nor there. The Witch’s Path is an unmitigated joy. It is personal, intimate, and just wonderfully written. I found all of the exercises relatable, workable, and concise. This is a book not just about growth, but about sustainability. The author really opens up, reflecting on her path and how, when we do for others, often times we neglect ourselves. To maintain the course, we have to keep the embers alive. The fire might not always be lit, but we have to be able to fan them back to life.

It’s true, we all need some downtime now and then. Of course, we feel disconnected and this creates a hollow place inside. The Witch’s Path tells us we are not alone in this, and it gives the means to rekindle the fire and dance around it once more.

Hm, I wonder if I recommend this book?

The Witch’s Path: Advancing Your Craft at Every Level by Thorn Mooney will be released on September 8. Preorder your copy through Llewellyn (preferred) or Amazon (the evil empire) at your earliest convenience. Trust me. You’ll want to read this book.

One Response to “Magick Monday: My Thoughts of The Witch’s Path by Thorn Mooney”

  1. […] recent book reviews I managed to post. I read some great titles from Llewellyn Books (especially Thorn Mooney’s The Witch’s Path) that really put me in delicious mood (and there are more to come), and now here we are, slowly […]

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